E3 2012: Misc.

It's not all guns and fists out there, as the spread of genres this year can attest. Downloadable titles, Facebook games, sims, and strategy titles are in abundance at this year's E3. Sony Pub Fund darling and PlayStation Network exclusive Papo & Yo stands out with its deeply personal roots alongside Portal designer Kim Swift's charming puzzler Quantum Conundrum. Rumor has it new Nintendo games will be sneaking onto the show floor, many of them announced at last year's E3, such as Luigi's Mansion 2. 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 miscellany 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 one genre, 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 titles we're expecting to see at E3 2012 that don't fall under a major category, and make sure to mention in comments the ones we didn't include.

'Portal 2 In Motion' blurs the line between your Portal gun and you

Down the right-hand side of Sony's E3 booth were waves of wrist-flapping and bicep-jerking while E3 attendees tested Portal 2's motion controls.

This is the new iteration of the game as imagined by developer Sixense, which results in one of the better uses of the Move controller as a whole - a literal interpretation of the Portal gun that begins to break down the divide between the controller and the game's puzzle solving weapon.

We learned one week before E3 hit that Portal 2 would be getting Move support and a level pack later on in the year. The Move DLC, which was christened Portal 2 In...

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'Orgarhythm' blends 'Pikmin,' 'Patapon,' and 'World of Warcraft' on the Vita

Game developer Tak Hirai is no stranger to mixing videogames and music. Once known primarily for his work on Shenmue, Hirai went on to help create such beat-heavy classics as Space Channel 5 and Meteos. Now Hirai runs his own studio, Neilo, and is preparing to release its first Vita game, that difficult-to-describe Orgarhythm.

In their efforts to give me a quick pitch of what Orgarhythm is, representatives from Xseed describe it as "Pikmin meets Patapon meets World of Warcraft." So what does that mean in practice? At first glance, Orgarhythm looks like a straight-forward real-time strategy...

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Wonderbook finally makes reading worthwhile

Sure, you know you should be reading. All your friends keep saying how inspired they were by Eat, Pray, Love or Tuesdays With Morrie or The Bible, but to you, it all seems to be just staring at a bunch of squiggles on a page! Is that really the best way to spend this precious gift of life? We submit it is not.

Luckily, Sony used its E3 keynote to announce the Wonderbook, an augmented reality application for the PS Move that makes those boring squiggles into a toy begging to be played with.

SCEE's Dave Ranyard walked us through the Wonderbook's first application, the Harry Potter-themed...

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THQ sets its sights on Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim

Saints Row the Third sold more than four million copies when it was released last fall to mostly positive reviews. But Jason Rubin, the recently appointed president of THQ, says he expects more from the developers who made it and the company that released it.

More from Volition and THQ not because Saints Row the Third didn't sell, or didn't garner positive reviews, but more because he knows both can do better.

"Why couldn't that be a Red Dead Redemption or a Skyrim?" he said. "I look at that title and I say, ‘Who cares what it is and why it got to be what it is? From that team we can make...

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BBC's growing gaming interest spurs new Jane Austen fiction

A new bit of Jane Austen fiction hits e-readers later this year thanks to the BBC and its growing interest in video games.

"State of Affairs" will tell the story of a niece of Jane Austen's coming to the novelist's estate after her death in a quest to find the manuscript for Persuasion, a novel that was published posthumously in 1818.

The short story was created by one of BBC Worldwide's game writers to run in concert with the release of the company's upcoming Jane Austen Facebook game: Jane Austen Rogues & Romance.

Robert Nashak, executive vice president of digital entertainment and games...

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'Papo & Yo' might make you cry

If you've been paying attention, you know there's a personal backstory behind Papo & Yo that's far more on the nose than in most games. If you haven't been paying attention, read our feature and catch up. It's worth it.

Now that the game's getting close to launch, developer Minority has invited local players in to test the game, and according to creative director Vander Caballero, some of them have ended it in tears.

At E3 this year, though, Minority brought a new slice of the game that stays away from the emotional aspects and focuses on puzzle solving. Lead character Quico runs around a...

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The uphill battle of 'Happy Wars'

Happy Wars, the upcoming action arena battler from ToyLogic, faces problems a number of Xbox Live Arcade titles have faced over the last few years.

I think I get what ToyLogic is going for. The characters are cute, and mutter meme-y taunts and laments as they fight and win – or not – and the clear influence of tower defense titles and battle arena games like DOTA is present. The difference being a matter of approachability: Happy Wars is so lighthearted and simple that anyone should be able to jump in and give the game a go.

But I'm not sure who's going to stick around. Combat is simple...

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'A Mother's Inferno' is a terrifying trip through one woman's personal hell

The game begins on a moving train, but this train is anything but ordinary. A ride for a mother and son takes a terrifying turn when a demonic entity absconds with the child. The mother, armed with only a shard of broken glass, must pass through the train cars, which are often filled with more otherworldly things than seats. She must decapitate corpses, kill fierce creatures, and do physical harm to her own person if she ever wants to see her son again.

A Mother's Inferno is a free-to-play first-person horror game for PC, developed by students from The National Academy of Digital...

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'The Unfinished Swan's' second level is water-based

If you read Chris Plante's preview of The Unfinished Swan last month, you may recall that the game begins in a pure white room, and players find their way around by throwing ink blobs at the walls so they can see where they're going.

You may also remember that his story ended at the conclusion of the game's opening, at which point the development team teased that there would be many levels in the game, each using its own mechanic.

At E3 today, Giant Sparrow game designer Ben Esposito demonstrated a brief look at the second of those, where water blobs replace your paint blobs, and you can...

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Songlines creation-myth sandbox for Kinect invokes the sublimity in humanity

Songlines, a Kinect game featured at this year's E3 IndieCade, weaves a colorful story of world creation. Players take on the role of a rainbow-riding deity from indigenous Australian creation myth to sculpt a habitable world using body gestures.

The game is based on Australian aboriginal mythology and is a retooling of the culture's creation story. The artwork and music are influenced by the aborigine traditions, with its frequently-present pattern of swirling circles and concentric dotted lines modeled after ancient cave paintings discovered on the continent.

Designer Samantha Vick and...

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Video: Dyad, an insane racing game that's 'pure hyperbole'

Imagine: You've just entered the E3 show floor and you're instantly awash in lights and sound. From every corner of the cavernous West Hall, bass pounds and strobes flash. Finally you make it from the carnival of stimulation to the relative calm of the PlayStation booth only to find that your first appointment is the absurdly colorful, hallucinatory madness of PSN exclusive trip-racer Dyad.

"It's a bizarre, insane, strange racing game with the weirdest music and most awesome gameplay ever," said developer Shawn McGrath. Big talk, but is he sure the game can back it up? "Absolutely. The game...

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Team17 opens a fresh can of 'Worms Revolution'

Kevin Carthew has worked on the Worms series for 14 years. During this time 19 Worms games have spawned their wriggly selves from the ground to make the series an iconic turn-based strategy staple on PC, console, and mobile devices everywhere. But as the series ages, Carthew is determined keep Worms wriggly and relevant, and he plans on doing that with Worms Revolution.

"The history of the brand is kind of a strange one," Carthew told Polygon at E3. "We've made a lot of Worms games and sometimes those games have been re-releases of the original title. With Worms Revolution, we're conscious...

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SimCity multiplayer lets players share their energy, population and smog

SimCity's multiplayer component represents a new kind of multiplayer interaction altogether; one that deals less with cause and effect, and more with decision and prolonged repercussion.

Those two things might sound synonymous, but there are some subtle intricacies. In fact, all of SimCity's multiplayer interactions are subtle. Whenever you connect your city with that of a friend — a pact which places them in relatively close proximity on a much larger map — the decisions each of you make will affect the other in oftentimes indiscernable ways.

A hands-off demo at EA's E3 booth...

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'Jet Set Radio' plays great on the PSVita

Beloved action-platformer Jet Set Radio is getting the HD-conversion treatment with a port for PSN, XBLA, and Steam later this year. At E3 Polygon got a chance to toy around with the Vita version, and so far it's looking pretty good.

The new Jet Set Radio uses the source code for the original, spruced up with a bit of tinkering to make it work in widescreen HD. The version used is the De La Jet Set Radio deluxe edition released only in Japan. The camera has also been expanded to include a wider gameplay area.

The game looks and sounds just like the classic, with the added bonus of featuring...

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'Dance Central 3' brings the throwdown to your living room

Dance Central 3 was announced yesterday at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The title boasts over 40 new songs as well as the ability to import tunes from Dance Central and Dance Central 2.

Today we got a chance to go head-to-head with our peers in Dance Central 3's new multiplayer face-off mode. Up to eight players divide into two teams as evenly as possible for a battle-royale of moves. The Kinect snaps a photo of each team and will randomly select a member from each group to face-off in battle. Each round consists of a dance mini-game, and the player with the highest points at the end...

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'Pikmin 3' is a return to, well, 'Pikmin'

After Nintendo's official debut of PIkmin 3 at its E3 2012 press conference, we took some time at their booth to make sure it wasn't just a figment of our imagination.

The core ideals of Pikmin remain 100% unchanged in this latest installment. It's still about controlling a crowd of tiny, colorful, ant-looking creatures, commanding them to battle larger beings and break down walls in a variety of garden environments.

The basic control scheme uses the Wii MotionPlus controller and the nunchuk, guiding pikmin with your cursor or throwing them into enemies and obstacles with the A button. The...

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'Game & Wario' brings all-new irreverent mini-games to Wii U

Nintendo's less lovable mascot Wario will have a new game prepped for the launch window of the Wii U, Nintendo announced today. Game & Wario, a working title that softly puns on Nintendo's Game & Watch series, will give future Wii U owners a new sackful of mini-games – not micro-games, mind you – that span a variety of play styles.

Game & Wario focuses solely on using the Wii U GamePad for a collection of games that "retain the original flair and character" of the WarioWare series.

Among the games confirmed for Game & Wario include: "Arrow" which uses the GamePad as a high-tech bow and...

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'Pokemon Conquest' trailer shows fuedal Pokemon-on-Pokemon action

Nintendo released a new trailer for Pokemon Conquest this morning following the company's E3 press conference.

The trailer demonstrates how battles are set up and how to capture and train Pokemon. The game requires players to form special "Links" with their Pokemon in order to harness their power and use them in battle. Players must use their team of creatures to defeat powerful warlords and conquer their lands.

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'Sing' bringing karaoke to Wii U

The Wii U will be getting a new karaoke franchise called Sing. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the makers of DJ Hero, Sing allows friends to gather around the TV and make fools of themselves across a variety of pop songs.

Nintendo premiered the game during the company's 2012 E3 press conference. The debut trailer showed off the ability to read lyrics off the Wii U GamePad, so that singers can stand at the front of the room, facing out into their friends as they belt their hearts out. The trailer also showed off a Wii U-friendly microphone attachment.

Sing is currently a working title, so the...

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Wii Fit U shown at Nintendo's E3 press briefing

At Nintendo's E3 press briefing this morning, the company showed the latest version of its popular Wii Fit series, and the first for Wii U. <i>Wii Fit U</i> will include new events as you would expect, and takes things one step further by letting players upload data from an external device; in the presentation, a woman uploaded data from a run into the system to sync up with her in-game stats.

A video in the presentation showed the same woman moving on the Wii Fit Balance Board to jump on a trampoline in the game, a man holding the Wii U controller in front of himself to simulate using a...

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'Scribblenauts Unlimited' announced for Wii U

Scribblenauts Unlimited will bring the word-based puzzle-platformer to Nintendo's Wii U console, 5th Cell just revealed during Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference.

Scribblenauts Unlimited allows players to use the Wii U tablet to create their own objects, and then register them in the series' trademark magic notebook. A trailer showed a player (and two players!) combining objects and assets to add their own creations — like a dog that's also a car. Scribblenauts will also have multiplayer, though that mode was not detailed.

The trailer also teased a 3DS version of the game.


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'New Super Mario Bros. U' announced by Nintendo

At Nintendo's E3 press conference this morning, the company confirmed New Super Mario Bros. U for the company's upcoming Wii U console.

The game is similar to Super Mario Bros. Wii but features several additional mechanics. One player participates with the tablet controller while up to four other players use Wii motes. The player using the tablet can tap on the tablet's screen to create platforms for the other players to jump on. Once a platformer has been jumped on it begins to shrink away. The game can also be transferred between the television to the tablet controller.

There is also a...

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'Pikmin 3' announced for Wii U

At Nintendo's E3 press conference this morning, the company announced a brand new Pikmin game for the Wii U.

Pikmin 3 utilizes the enhanced resolution of the Wii U to show Pikmin in greater details. Pikmin can find objects to build bridges, and new animations make the Pikmin appear even more like tiny, live ants.

A new rock Pikmin was introduced. Rock Pikmin can break objects. The motion technology of the Wii U allows accurate positioning and throwing of Pikmin at enemies.

The tablet controller will always display the game's map, deepening strategies in placing and controlling your...

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J.K. Rowling's 'Book of Spells' coming to AR peripheral Wonderbook for PlayStation Move

Channeling 2010's Eyepet, Sony announced a new platform for PlayStation Move tonight with Wonderbook. A sort of delivery system for interactive storytelling, the big news in this announcement is Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's involvement. Rowling is bringing Pottermore, the online expanded universe of Harry Potter to the platform with Book of Spells, an interactive wizarding simulation.

Players use an AR compatible tablet as the titular book and a Move controller as their wizard's wand to perform various magical actions.


Sony also announced that Moonbot Studios, comprised of...

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'LittleBigPlanet 2' playable with PS Vita in new cross-platforming DLC

Sony announced at its E3 press conference this evening a new DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 that will make the game playable with the PS Vita.

The cross-platforming DLC will allow simultaneous multiplayer co-op using the PS Vita and the traditional dualshock controller. The Vita grants players a unique tilting option when navigating and creating levels. The Vita will display a different on-screen perspective from its PS3 counterparts, but both players will be working towards the same level objective. The DLC will also include new story mode elements, costumes, stickers, decorations, and objects...

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'Rabbids Land' revealed during Ubisoft E3 press conference, coming to Wii U

Rabbids Land is coming to the Wii U according to an announcement during today's Ubisoft E3 press conference.

The upcoming Rabbids title, revealed in a trailer, joins the growing roster of Wii U games developed by Ubisoft, including YourShape and Sports Connection.

Rabbids Land was initially rumoured in May when a job listing for a game title Rabbids Party Land was spotted on a developer's resume online. The game has since gone through a title change.

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Just Dance 4 dancing to Wii U

Ubisoft will bring its bestselling dancing game to the Wii U this holiday. The publisher announced that the next big entry, Just Dance 4, will be released for Nintendo's Wii U - and the plain old Wii, of course - later this year.

Expect much of the same feel-good dancing to pop tunes fun, with a few new additions, including something called "Puppet Master" mode, which appears to let the person piloting the Wii U game pad control the action while others shake Wii Remotes. The Wii U version promises standalone gameplay for those dancing with themselves.

You might also expect a Flo Rida tune...

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Peter Molyneux unveils new iOS game 'Curiosity,' first full title to hit within three years

Peter Molyneux today revealed his first game with new studio 22 Cans, titled Curiosity.

Curiosity focuses on the act of breaking cubes into smaller blocks, and breaking those blocks into smaller pieces. The game will release on iOS and PC within the next six weeks.

"You're presented with this white room. In the middle of the white room is a black cube," he said to GameTrailers. "If you touch on that black cube, you'll zoom into it. This black cube is made up of millions of tiny little cubes. You can tap away at that cube.

"As you're doing that, these words will come up: 'Curiosity, what is...

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'Sim City Social' announced for Facebook

Sim City Social is coming to Facebook, EA Maxis announced today during the EA E3 press conference.

This casual take on Sim City was originally rumoured in May, after EA registered domain names for the upcoming title.

Sim City Social marks EA's push into the world of casual gaming, following the release of Facebook title The Sims Social in 2011.

The game is scheduled to release later this month.

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Gore Verbinski and Microsoft announce 'Matter'

As part of a series of three new game announcements in Microsoft's E3 press briefing this morning, the company announced a new game called Matter from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. A brief trailer showed a Portal-like aesthetic and shape-shifting environments, but we know little about what the game will include beyond that, nor which studio is developing the game.

Given that Microsoft announced it alongside games from Signal Studios and Twisted Pixel, it seems possible that Matter will be an Xbox Live Arcade game rather than a retail title, but we don't have platform...

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E3 2012: The Rest

It's not all guns and fists out there, as the spread of genres this year can attest.

Downloadable titles, Facebook games, sims, and strategy titles are in abundance at this year's E3. Sony Pub Fund darling and PlayStation Network exclusive Papo & Yo stands out with its deeply personal roots alongside Portal designer Kim Swift's charming puzzler Quantum Conundrum. Rumor has it new Nintendo games will be sneaking onto the show floor, many of them announced at last year's E3, such as Luigi's Mansion 2.

This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily...

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