E3 2011 – Day 3 Roundup

Today (or later I guess) is the third, and also the last, day of E3. GameSpot’s Live Stage lineup will be as follows (updated with links to videos): Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Dead Island, Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Journey, Inversion, Medieval Moves, Carnival Island, Final Fantasy XIII-2, NCAA Football 12, Prey 2, The Darkness II, Supremacy MMA, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men: Destiny, NHL 12, Silent Hill: Downpour, NeverDead, WWE ’12, Rayman Origins, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider. I’m pretty interested in the ones in bold.

E3 is over, but you can still check out the re-broadcast of the live show (with various booth tours in between the stage demos). Same goes for their LiveCam Tours 1 and 2.

Microsoft incorporating Kinect into all first-party games

Not surprising given some of the big titles already announced to come with Kinect functionality, both first-party (Forza Motorsport 4) and third-party (Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier). And of course, when you consider Kinect’s popularity now and the fact that a pretty big part of Microsoft’s press conference was dedicated to core Kinect games as well. You can also check out an interview with Phil Spencer (Microsoft Game Studios) here.

Missing in Action

Definitely missing Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Metal Gear Solid Rising, Devil’s Third, Max Payne 3, and Devil May Cry here. There was an interview with Tomonobu Itagaki for Devil’s Third but nothing new, and a rather hilarious teaser video prior to E3 if you haven’t seen that:

Definitely looking forward to the next game from the creator of the Dead or Alive and current-gen Ninja Gaiden series. It’s a pity that the subsequent games won’t be handled by Itagaki, but I suppose there’s always new games to look forward to. There was a trailer for Devil May Cry but nothing else besides that, and something felt off about it too. Apparently a number of YouTube users felt the same:

As it happens, I suppose there’ll be more of those games (maybe besides Max Payne 3) at this year’s Tokyo Game Show from September 15-18.

Tomb Raider E3 2011 Stage Demo (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

This is an extended version of the Microsoft press conference demo, which shows the starting level, with actual gameplay. As I’ve said before, the game looks amazing. There are a lot of contextual controls, quick-time events and the game generally has a very cinematic feel, like Heavy Rain (or at least, from what I’ve seen from videos). Not really such how previous Tomb Raider games play out though, since I haven’t played any myself. There’s a feature called Survival Instinct which highlights points of interests (namely, those related to the platforming/puzzle-solving portions). I’ve never been one for pure adventure games (action-adventure are OK), but Tomb Raider definitely has me interested.

General Roundup

E3 2011: Day Three Wrap-Up

News
Activision Publishing CEO sounds off on Wii U, Vita, and Call of Duty: Elite
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations preorder bonuses detailed
E3 2011 attendance grows to 46,800
John Carmack talks Wii U, PlayStation Vita, and next-gen Rage
Mass Effect and Wii U a ‘really nice fit’ – EA

Nintendo stock continues post-Wii U decline
Nintendo Wii U: Everything You Need to Know
Reality Check – Where Is Rare?
Sega’s Pritchard talks Aliens: Colonial Marines, used sales
Silent Hill HD Collection spooking PS3 this fall

Wii U tablet limited to one per console

Videos
GameSpot Booth and West Hall Rundown

LiveCam Tour 1 Day 2 Highlights
Nyko Booth Tour

Start/Select E3 Special

Games Roundup

The Darkness II – Fear the Light
Dead Island E3 2011 Stage Demo

Was watching this during the live show, definitely looking forward to it. Zombie killing + RPG-ish experience system and weapons = awesome.

Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter Interview
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Screens

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns Preview
Jurassic Park Preview
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Preview

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Floor Demo

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Natsumi E3 2011 Booth Tour 1
Serious Sam 3: BFE – Gun Nut

Serious Sam 3: BFE Interview
Prototype 2 Interview

Torchlight II Hands-On Preview

Two Worlds II: Pirates of the Flying Fortress Preview Impressions

Walking Dead Preview Impressions

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