E3 2012: Sports

Why go outside when you can play from your couch? With air conditioning? The gang of E3 2013 sports games have revamped their systems and polished their engines, making for more realistic sporting experiences without having to break a sweat. This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our sports stream. Of course, you'll still be able to follow our coverage of the big press conferences, show floor spectacles and everything in between - but if you're only interested in the sports scene, you'll be able to find news on the games you care about under a single category. For now, check out some of the biggest sports games we're expecting to see at E3 2012 and make sure to mention in comments the sports titles we didn't include.

Madden NFL 13 puts shouting at your TV to good use

The Kinect functionality built into Madden NFL 13 is built around the assumption that, hey, you're already shouting at your TV while you play, so why not make those shouts mean something?

This year's Madden will allow you to select and alter plays with the power of your own voice using a simple interface that's ever present, at the bottom of the UI. Your commands are spread out before you, changing as the situation demands. Shout a player's name, and then "Streak" to change his route from the line. You can also call audibles, or shout "Hurry Up" to go no-huddle when time is tight.

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'Wii Fit U' cleverly integrates GamePad into workouts, blasts quads

While Nintendo is attempting to bring in a more hardcore audience for the Wii U with games like Pikmin 3, the company hasn't forgotten that the Wii was built on the backs of casual gamers.

Wii Fit was one of the biggest casual draws on the console, so it makes sense Nintendo would introduce a new installment for the Wii U. But can someone really work out and use the somewhat bulky GamePad at the same time?

During E3 we had a chance to play through two of the new fitness games in Wii Fit U, both of which use the GamePad in clever ways. The first was centered around a lunging exercise,...

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Tony Hawk talks about reviving a dying genre

There was a time when famed pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk thought that the video game that popularized skateboarding for many gamers and helped make him an almost household name, was dead.

"Yeah, I thought that was a definite possibility," Hawk told Polygon in a recent interview. "But at the same time I felt that we could review our very first games and bring them into the new architecture and the new technology of what's available now. I felt like the time had come, and I really pushed Activision that way.

The result is Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, the twelfth in the long-lived series and a...

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'Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed' brings some variety to the table

We got a chance to go hands-on with Sega latest Sonic title, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The game features a score of characters from Sega's most beloved games racing on dynamic and often perilous tracks in vehicles that transform.

The courses are based on environments from Sega's previous titles. For the demo we jumped on board with Shadow the Hedgehog, a middle-weight racer, and took off on a track taken from Panzer Dragoon, a 1995 rail shooter for the Sega Saturn.

Right out of the gate, the controls felt tighter and more responsive than the previous title, making for a solid,...

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'Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed' adds NASCAR driver Danica Patrick to roster

Today SEGA announced a partnership with auto racer and model Danica Patrick for their Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Patrick will be a playable character alongside Sonic, Tails, and other SEGA series characters when the game hits this holiday season. Patrick's car will also be sponsored by SEGA when she drives at Texas Motor Speedway in October.

Patrick previously drove the #7 and #10 GoDaddy.com cars sponsored by the company.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transforming features characters from beloved SEGA franchises racing competitively in transforming vehicles.


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'Forza Horizon' is a blend of arcade racing and simulation

This year's Forza Horizon isn't Forza Motorsport 5. Horizon is more like an off-shoot...a different spin on a long-running racing franchise that aims to bring in new fans while appeasing some of the old.

For whatever reason, Ralph Fulton of Playground Games doesn't like the term "arcade" when it comes to describing Forza Horizon. No, he prefers the term "action racing." I attempted to press him on what that really means. What it sounds like is a racing game that's less worried about being grounded in reality, but still has a respect for real-world cars and physics.

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EA buys publishing rights for UFC off THQ

During this morning's E3 press conference Electronic Arts announced a multi-year multi-product deal with the UFC, the company taking over the franchise from publisher THQ.

THQ stated that EA obtained the publishing rights for an "undisclosed cash payment."

THQ CEO Brian Farrell said, "We have relished our relationship with UFC over the last several years and believe that the UFC gaming brand is in great shape. THQ's more focused strategy moving forward meant that transferring the license to EA made sense to all parties.

"We would like to thank UFC for their great support and partnership...

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is open-world, encourages carnage

EA's annual installment of Need for Speed is returning to its roots. Shown for the first time during the company's E3 2012 press conference, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is being developed by Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit) with a release date planned on October 30, 2012.

During the demonstration, Matt Webster, the executive producer of Criterion, described Most Wanted as "an open world driving game where players race, chase and explore." Criterion's last NFS game, Hot Pursuit, was a more directed racing game, with specific tracks and shortcuts. Most Wanted...

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'LocoCycle' coming in 2013 from Twisted Pixel

An exclusive racing series is coming to Xbox 360 in 2013. Developed by Twisted Pixel, 'LocoCycle' seems to borrow some of its style from TRON, what with the shiny, titular cycle. Not much is known about the actual gameplay, but the trailer does seem to imply that assassinations play into the game in some way. Car combat, perhaps? More information as it develops.

From the official press release:

Presenting I.R.I.S. Two-time Valedictorian of the illustrious Big Arms Academy's School of Assassination. Proficient in over 40 forms of unarmed combat, earning Sensei status in Jiu-jitsu, Aikido,...

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'Madden 13' and 'FIFA 13' with Kinect allow you to call plays with voice control

EA Sports's two juggernaut sports franchises, FIFA and Madden, will be "powered by Kinect" this fall.

During Microsoft's E3 press conference, a demo of FIFA 13 showed that substitutions can be made and formations can be called via voice control with Kinect. No longer will players need to pause gameplay and flip through menu screens to manage their team. They'll just need to talk to the television.

Also shown was the ability to argue a ref's call. Curse him out, and prepare to be penalized in-game.

For Madden 13, Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback (let's not mention the 49ers) Joe Montana was...

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'Forza Horizon' release date set for October 23, 2012

The first trailer for the next installment of Microsoft's exclusive racing series made its debut at the company's E3 2012 press conference. Forza Horizon appears to bring more of an arcade, street-racing atmosphere to the simulation franchise, if the trailer is any indication. The visuals are, as expected, stunning, with licensed cars racing through suburban alleyways and down highways all over the globe. In addition to a fast-talking commentator and a dub-step soundtrack, the trailer revealed the game's release date to be October 23, 2012. Turn 10 will once again be developing.


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E3 2012: The Sports

Why go outside when you can play from your couch? With air conditioning?

The gang of E3 2013 sports games have revamped their systems and polished their engines, making for more realistic sporting experiences without having to break a sweat.

This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our sports stream. Of course, you'll still be able to follow our coverage of the big press conferences, show floor spectacles and everything in between - but if you're only interested in the sports...

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