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E3 2013 announcement coming Monday

By: BatRastered Jul 27, 2012 | 251 Views | 1 Comments | Updated: Jul 30, 2012

According to the ESA, there will be a big announcement on Monday regarding E3 2013.

One of the odd things about this year's E3 was that on the way out, we didn't get dates for next year's conference. It turns out that was because the city of LA is planning on knocking down half of the convention center to make room for a football stadium next to the Staples center. Nevermind that they don't have an NFL team yet, they're building it in hopes that will happen.

Anyway speculation has run wild as to when and where the E3 convention will be held next year. Looks like we'll find out on Monday. Rich Taylor of the ESA (the guys that put on the show tweets):

"Hey guys. On Monday I’ll be making a big announcement regarding E3 2013, so be sure to follow me for updates and spread the word! #E32013"

And the @E3expo account backs it up with: 

"Make sure you guys are following @RichAtESA. He’ll be making a big #E32013 announcement on Monday!"

So there you have it, we'll find out Monday. I can't wait... we need to get that hotel room booked in advance... or maybe it'll be in Vegas and we won't have to travel. That'd be nice!

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Arthvader's E3 Wish List #2

By: Arthvader May 27, 2012 | 61 Views | 3 Comments

A secondary list of what I'm expecting to see at E3.

     I Just can't simply wait until E3 in a couple of weeks. I've wrote a list earlier this month about a couple of games that are going to appear that I can't wait for, and I just managed to find out more. This will be my second list of what I'm anticipating in the comming months and E3:

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Jalexbrown's E3 2012 Wishlist

By: jalexbrown May 19, 2012 | 79 Views | 1 Comments

What I'd like to see at E3 in 2012.

E3 is around the corner, Jimmy.  Did you know that?  Of course you did.  You're not some idiotic nuab; you're on the #1 gaming site on the Web, so I know you're smarter than that.  So with that in mind, why don't I tell you just a few games I want to see at E3 this year.


1. Persona 5

It's a Jimmy-ass logo, but then again there's nothing official to use instead.  What the $*#@ Atlus?  Anyway...if you read my Game of the Year article for 2011 (don't be a Jimmy...go peep it if you didn't), you know I said Persona 4 was the best game I played last year.  It's like playing one of the craziest animes you'll ever watch.  I also really liked the Persona 2: Innocent Sin PSP release.  If this doesn't happen, I might...well, I'm sane enough that I'll probably do nothing at all, but who knows?

2. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment PSP

This was just released in Japan a couple days ago, so it might be a cop-out, but I really want to hear that this is getting a US localization.  I will be very unhappy if Atlus forces me to sit here with only half of the Persona 2 collection on PSP.  And if neither one nor two is present at E3 2012...I won't be very happy with Atlus.

3. Titan

Another unofficial logo; hopefully whoever owns this logo doesn't sue me.  Anyway, I'm a bit of an MMO junkie (more on that a little later in the list), and while I consider World of Warcraft to be kind of lukewarm, I really want to know if Blizzard is producing a true next-generation MMO or just a rehashed version of World of Warcraft that's been rebranded.

4. Final Fantasy Versus XIII

After the poor reception towards both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2, I'm growing more and more curious rather or not Square-Enix is downright abandoning this project.  Or are they actually taking their time and making this the best game possible?  Or maybe they've just spent all this time trolling us.  In any case, hopefully they'll at least tell us this year.

5. Jade Empire 2

With Mass Effect (hopefully) done and Dragon Age safely trapped in the land of lulz, maybe Bioware will finally remember that they still have at least one more franchise ripe with options for screwing up.  Except maybe they won't screw up, and maybe they'll actually make a good sequel for Jade Empire. 

6. The Dark Tower Game

Even long-time Gouki readers probably don't know that I'm a huge fan of Stephen King's.  I've been entranced in everything the man conjures up for as long as I can remember.  I only bought Alan Wake when I heard it described as "like a Stephen king video game".  The Dark Tower is the magnum opus of Stephen King's career.  The series as a whole stands right up there with Lord of the Rings as one of the most epic epics every to be written.  With a movie adaptation slated to be released sometime in 2013, it seems like it could be altogether possible that we'll see a video game adaptation as well.

7. Anything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This sort of goes along with The Dark Tower.  I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I have for as long as I can remember.  There's a new cartoon slated to launch this year and a new movie slated to be released next year.  They're going to build a hype train for this series as big as possible, and what could be bigger than an awesome video game announcement at E3?  Two more wishes relating to this one, if you don't mind: Please don't make another fighting game, and please oh please don't use this ugly-ass logo.

8. Batman: Arkham City Follow-up

I'm not sure how they plan on following up on Arkham City, but I've got a pretty strong hunch that for better or worse they will.  Hopefully they don't just continue upping the scale, because Arkham City was plenty big enough for me.  In fact I'd be fine without the sandbox elements of Arkham City.  I just want to feel like a complete badass playing Batman some more.

9. Diablo 3 Expansion

I know Diablo 3 was just released less than a full week ago (four days ago for those of you keeping count), but I'm already itching to know what Blizzard plans on doing next.  How about adding necromancers and/or druids?  How about a talent tree system?  And don't forget that you still owe us some PVP (although I hope they won't be making that a feature of the expansion pack).  Lord knows I don't want to encourage Blizzard to start milking Diablo 3 like they did with World of Warcraft, but there's definitely some room for Blizzard to create an expansion pack that isn't just milking the cash cow.

10. Ultima Online 2

While this can be filed pretty solely in the "no way, no how" folder of my mind, this is a wishlist so I might as well include a wish.  Ultima Online is an amazing MMO, and I think it might be one of the reasons why I love the genre so much.  This was an era when MMOs were more than raid-grinding.  Ultima Online was a true social experience.  You could never fight a single monster and still get ample enjoyment out of fishing, gathering, crafting, housing, and other non-combat activities.  You were a free-form character that could be anything you wanted; you weren't restricted to class choices, and no decision you made was ever permanent.  If you didn't like your swordsmanship-mage, you could dump your skills and turn your existing character into a archer-tamer one skill at a time.  If every aspect of this could be translated into a 3D MMO without becoming a mindless raid-grind, I'd never need to buy or play another MMO.

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Sony Press Conference

By: jalexbrown Jun 15, 2010 | 223 Views | 2 Comments

My impressions of Sony's E3 2010 press conference inside.

Sony, Sony, Sony...whatever would we do without you?

Okay, so I'm going to jump right into it: Killzone 3.  There was a demo of Killzone 3 that literally blew my mind.  I enjoyed Killzone 2 immensely, and Killzone 3 just looks so much better - amazing.  Sony was also really pushing the fact that Killzone 3 would have native 3D support and native Move support.  Rather or not I care about either is still up in the air, but you can't deny that it's a great incentive and great features for the people that are demanding it.  Killzone 3 will be released in February of 2011.

Sony talked about a few other games that would have native 3D support, including Mortal Kombat, Sly Collection, and Gran Turismo 5.  Sony is really spending a lot of energy to push the 3D support on people, and I really believe that 3D is part of the future of Sony's business strategy.

Sony talked about the Move, including the release date and pricing.  Sony Move will officially be released in the US on September 19, 2010.  The controllers alone will retail for $49.99 for the controller plus $29.99 for the navigator controller.  There will also be a bundle including a Move-based sports game for $99.99; the hundred dollar bundle will be packed in with a PS3 for $399.99.

Sony showed off a few Move-based games, but it wasn't as much of a focus as I expected.  The first game they showed was Sorcery, which looked like it could be quite an interesting premise if it's executed as well as it looked on the stage.  The move controller functionality looked really good and responsive.  The game had sort of a darker Harry Potter feel to it, but at the same time it really did look like it could be a lot of fun to play.  Sorcery will come out in the spring of 2011.

Next up EA showed off Tiger Woods 2011 using the Move.  It looks like a more accurate version of the Wii, which I guess is good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing.  The thing that I noticed that I thought was a big deal was that there was a lot of lag between the swing and the game responding to it.  I wasn't quite impressed by the technology here, but it's still early, and I'm sure it'll be fixed.  The Move support will be released via a downloadable update in the fall of 2010.

Next Sony showed a trailer for Heroes on the Move.  This game is like an amazing mash-up of Sony's best platforming properties: Sly Cooper and Bentley, Jak and Daxter, and Rathet and Clank.  The trailer looks like this could be an awesome platforming experience mashing up Sony's best-known mascots.  I am pretty sure - as the name seems to imply - that this game will be fully Move-optimized, although support for traditional play is apparently unknown at this point.

Next there was God of War: Ghosts of Sparta.  This looks like it will be a much-improved version of Chains of Olympus - which was in itself quite a good game.  I'm pretty pumped about this game for two reasons.  One: because it's nice to have a PSP game I can be excited about; two: because it looks like it's pushing the PSP to its limits.  I think this will be an amazing game when it comes out in fall of 2010.

*Insert break here*  (I went to shower...sue me.)

I come back in time to catch Sony talking about Little Big Planet 2.  As you probably know, Little Big Planet built a great foundation and then allowed the players to build most of the experience.  I have a small problem with this style of game philosophy in that most of us just aren't game designers.  But for those of us that are, Media Molecule is claiming that you can now create games from different genres instead of just making platforming levels.  The trailer for the game looks like there is tons of creativity going into this game, and even the levels in the box appear to be varied and unique and fun.

Sony then had Electronic Arts talk about some content on a couple upcoming games that will be exclusive to the Playstation 3.  Medal of Honor will come complete with a remastered, high def version of Medal of Honor Frontlines; Dead Space 2 will come with a Move-optimized version of Dead Space Extraction.    Additionally Sony announced that other games like Mafia 2 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will also have Playstation 3 exclusive content.

And who would come on stage?  Gabe Newell.  Yes, that's right; Gabe Newell - the guy that talked all kinds of trash about the Playstation 3 a while back.  He came out to announce that Portal 2 will come to the Playstation 3 on top of the previously known platforms.  Then they showed a trailer for Portal 2 that I thought was amazing.  I really want this game to come out.  The game will come out sometime in 2011.

After that we got to see a new Final Fantasy XIV (yeah, that's the one that's online - no, that was Final Fantasy XI; this is the new one that's going to be online) trailer, and it looked amazing.  I mean, it might not be The Old Republic amazing - but it will definitely be interesting to anyone that cares at all about Final Fantasy (like myself!).

Next was the new Gran Turismo 5 trailer.  The graphics in this game look to be ground-breaking.  I mean - wow.  I think that there are points where I wouldn't know the difference between Gran Turismo 5 and real life; it's that amazing.  I don't even care a bit about racing games, but this is something that has me blown away.  And the best part - there's a release date finally: November 2.  Yes, that's November 2 of 2010.

The next announcement was Infamous 2.  I was a huge fan of the original Infamous; I thought it made the sandbox experience really fun and interesting, and to make things better it gave you powers to use while running around - and it was indeed a blast to play.  But the trailer for Infamous 2....wow, this really looks like Sucker Punch is one-upping themselves here.  Not only are the visuals here really great for a sandbox experience, but the trailer boasts what should be some really interesting gameplay additions - like being able to charge up melee weapons with lighting.  It also looks like Infamous 2 will have a much more varied and interesting level design between the different districts.  Infamous 2 will be out in 2011.  (Oh yeah, and if you're interested then you can learn more; Infamous 2 is the cover story of the new Game Informer magazine.)

Last but not least...something I thought I'd never see again...something that I thought had just sort of fallen off the map: Twisted Metal.  And this wasn't just a trailer (well there was a trailer, but it was just sort of uninteresting), but there was also a full-fledged multiplayer demo.  The gameplay here - it looks something like Twisted Metal Black; the design has that dark and gritty feel to it.  I've got to admit: I'd like to see Twisted Metal come back with the campy vibe of Twisted Metal 2, but that's not to imply that this is losing anything by being like Twisted Metal Black.  In fact it looks great; it just looks...sort of like it blends in to all the other brown and black games we're seeing so much of lately.  Oh well, it's Twisted Metal - and Twisted Metal is awesome.  It will come out sometime in 2011.

So there you go.  All the conferences are over - but the expo is just beginning.  We've got people on the show floor, so keep hitting F5, because we're bringing all the best from E3 here at Gouki.

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E3 2010 Preview Part One

By: jalexbrown May 6, 2010 | 432 Views | 6 Comments

Check out my first of a couple articles laying out what E3 2010 might look like.

I don’t need to tell you that E3 is upon us.  It’s that time of the year again where rumors and speculation run rampant; everyone wants to get their say in what the next E3 will hold.  I’m not going to take too much time to indulge in speculation, although I admittedly might throw a claim or two that is sheerly based on my own guesswork, but most of what I’m going to assume we’ll see at E3 is based on announcements made and things saw at last year’s E3.

So the big three: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.  These are probably the guys you most want to see, because they usually set the stage for all the awesome exclusives.  And I’d say everyone can rejoice, because we’ve got good reason to believe that all three will be showing some slick exclusives and brand new things.              

First, let’s look at Nintendo.  I broke news on Gouki about the Nintendo 3DS, and since it’s been officially confirmed, I see every reason to believe we’ll see Nintendo showing off their plans for the 3DS launch.  As far as what properties could be present at the 3DS launch is anyone’s guess at this point, but I don’t think expecting to see a new Mario or Zelda 3DS is too far out of the realm of possibility.  Aside from that we could potentially get a new Pokemon game (perhaps the rumored Pokemon Black/White) or a portable Super Smash Brothers game (they must know that the fans have been asking for it).  And speaking of Zelda, I’m expecting to see some Zelda Wii stuff on display as well, and possibly even some Metroid: Other M stuff since it got a pushed-back release date.  There is some speculation about seeing a Wii HD, but I have a feeling that no such announcement will come from Nintendo at this year’s E3; I think the 3DS will be enough from a hardware perspective.

Let’s move on to Microsoft.  Last year Microsoft unveiled Natal; this year I expect them to kick up the presentations twofold and probably put it out for demo as well.  Microsoft knows how skeptical people have been since last year’s Milo presentation, so they might take the perfect opportunity to comfort all of the Natal naysayers.  But Natal won’t really be the big fish in the sea, because that will go to Halo Reach and Fable 3.  Both of these games are getting a spectacular amount of hype, and much like Natal both titles have a fair amount of naysayers.  Microsoft, Lionhead, and Bungie will be a force to be reckoned with.  I’m expecting a campaign demo for Halo Reach (the only thing I can imagine since the multiplayer is already in private beta), and some sort of hands-on for Fable 3 (perhaps showing off the Natal features).  I also wonder if Microsoft won’t maybe have a trailer for Mass Effect 3 in store; I’d say it’s a strong possibility.

Out of the members of the big three, we really know the least about what Sony’s got going on.  With the exception of Move, most of what they showed off last year will be out by this year’s E3.  At least we can safely assume that Move will out for demonstration, and I’m sure Sony will be pushing hype on a bunch of titles that will use it.  I can imagine that we’ll maybe get to see a trailer for Resistance 3 (after the whole billboard deal was circulated), and perhaps even LittleBigPlanet 2 (a rumor, I’m afraid).  But there is a ray of sunshine in all of this: there are endless possibilities for franchises that Sony could take interest in revisiting or moving to the PS3, far more than I could consider listing.  So I guess what I’m admitting is that Sony’s show will be the most up-in-the-air, but I’m optimistic that they have some great surprises in store.

So I think that’s going to wrap up part one of my E3 preview.  Keep reading, because I should get around to getting some third-party speculations up before too long.  In the meantime don’t forget to make Gouki one of your stops for E3 coverage and information!

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