This time around things have changed. A new antagonist has risen known as Handsome Jack and he aims to take over all of Pandora. The people of Pandora aren't taking this lying down and have risen against the would-be tyrant. This means there are new characters and new classes to play as. I was only able to play as the Siren, Maya, and the Assassin, Zero, and they differ entirely from their counterparts from "Borderlands."
The trailers have been everywhere. It was a big deal when they aired all over TV that the return of "Call of Duty: Black Ops" was imminent in this newest installment of the "Call of Duty" franchise. I won't talk about how somehow Woods survived jumping out a window with a man holding a grenade in his hand, or the crazy Michael Bay-esque cornucopia of explosions that filled television screens. What was interesting was what the commercial didn't show and what gaming press got a taste of at E3 2012.
"Dead or Alive 5" has been announced over half a decade after the previous installment in the fighting game franchise, and is set to come out Sept. 25. I was lucky enough to sit down with Team Ninja leader Yohei Shimbori at E3 2012 to talk about the long-awaited sequel
During the interview, Shimbori was playing a match with a previously unannounced character, Sarah from "Virtua Fighter," whom wasn't shown or playable on the E3 show floor against returning "DOA" favorite, Bass, in a circus arena full of traps and fun to give me insight into the game.
|Quico has to placate the monster in order to solve puzzles.|
Tucked away in a corner of the massive PlayStation booth at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo was a single demo station for for a game that puts players in the bare feet of a young boy named Quico trying to coax a giant rhinoceros-like monster through the world to solve puzzles.
“The creator had a rough childhood, and this game is his way of expressing it and dealing with it,” Stéphanie Landry, environment artist for developer Minority Inc., said.
Landry went on to explain that the monster, whom is addicted to eating frogs, represents a disinterested and aggressive father figure, and that Quico is analogous to the creator of the game, Vander Caballero.
The monster is largely uninterested in Quico's activities in the demo level, so he must be coaxed through levels with fruit because the only thing the monster likes more than sleeping is eating, according to Landry.
The level I demoed revolved completely around moving the monster from point A to point B, which required puzzle solving and manipulation of objects in the world and reach the other side of a courtyard.
The controls are a little stiff, the graphics are decent, but not amazing and character animations don't seem to mesh well with the environment, but “Papo & Yo” is not yet ready for release and seems to be aiming more at storytelling than impressive graphics.
The game will be released later this year, according to Landry.
Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference this morning was all about the games.
Shigeru Miyamoto opened the event with a look at the upcoming "Pikmin 3," which is being developed for the company's upcoming Wii U console. The game itself looks cute and colorful just likes a Pikmin game should. The big feature touted was the ability for players to take control of four leaders (none of which are Captain Olimar) and use them all simultaneously to change up the normal gameplay strategy.
A black model of the Wii U console could be seen on stage and the image popped up sporadically onscreen throughout the presentation.
After a somewhat fog-filled and anxious wait in the venue, the crowd was greeted by a cacophony of sights and sounds of music and dancing. A very energetic preview of the new music and moves of "Just Dance 4" was accompanied by a performance from rapper Flo Rida which was...interesting. There seems to be a theme going around of celebrities making appearances at E3 press events.