The PlayStation 3 is still in its prime, holding several exclusive franchises and hosting titles backed by Sony’s Pub Fund program. We’ve been teased with the possibility of cloud streaming and hints at the availbiltiy of more PSOne classics. Polygon will be providing coverage for each console in streams. Follow this stream for everything and anything PlayStation 3 at E3.
Hitman Absolution was showcased at this year's E3 after a week of controversy, but we had other things to talk about in our interview with Roberto Marchesi, Art Director at Io Interactive. Hitman Absolution marks the series return after six years and nearly an entire console generation with a new engine, but with an old-fashioned aim to make Absolution the definitive Hitman title.
At first glance, Of Orcs and Men, the upcoming RPG co-developed by French teams Cyanide and Spiders, may look like another generic fantasy game. It has the various races and locations, the tactical combat, and the loot fixation that you've seen in hundreds of games like it before. But something is just a little bit different here.
In the world of Of Orcs and Men, the war between the two titular enemies is already over. Humans won. Drunk on that victory, they have decided that the only way to safeguard the world from future conflict is to completely wipe out the orc and goblin races.
John Edwards, Lead Designer at NetherRealm, the creators of the recent Mortal Kombat reboot, said the studio's upcoming DC Comics superhero fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, won't include decapitations or disembowelment.
"There's a place for Mortal Kombat," said Edwards, "and there's a place for this, also."
Injustice includes a bit more comic book goofiness than its viscera-stewed predecessor. Harley Quinn, for example, has a special move that involves placing an explosive pie between the legs of her combatant. While in the Fortress of Solitude, fighters can be knocked into the...
The reps from Criterion Games were the happiest people I met at E3, passing around beers to friends, joshing with the racers getting demolished in their new game, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. They made off-the-cuff comments about the freedom they have as a developer to do whatever they want with the series following the success of their last Need for Speed, Hot Pursuit. They're grown-ups, but they were giggling like kids given the keys to one of EA's finest rides.
The latest iteration of the annual racing franchise, like their beloved Burnout Paradise, takes place in an open-world filled...
My overwhelming victory behind the wheel of Big Daddy during my PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale demo is probably reliant on one of two factors: My skill, or my drill.
The BioShock mini-boss, which was announced for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale during Sony's E3 2012 press conference, is a wrecking ball. He's a lumbering goon, slow, but with a rushing drill attack that clears entire platforms at a time, racking up the valuable energy required to execute Battle Royale's ever important super attacks. He also possesses a handful of plasmids, but they were of limited use when...
The spectacular tech behind the Unreal Engine 4 demo shown off during E3 will start powering playable games next year, Epic Games vice president Mark Rein tells Joystiq.
Asked when the first Unreal Engine 4 game will ship Rein said he didn't know exactly, adding:
"For sure something next year, I just don't know exactly when," Rein told Joystiq in a video interview partially transcribed by CVG. "Until we're really clear on when the game is going to be finished, when the partner wants to put in the sand and market it, we don't really have those kind of dates."
We've reached out to Rein to see...
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...
It's unfair to write off obstinant Devil May Cry fans' fears that Ninja Theory's upcoming reboot is going to ruin the franchise, singlehandedly, with a dye job.
There's a lot more to this reinvention than an adjustment to the brightness slider on DanteHair.sys. Though New Dante possess more or less the same suite of melee attacks and juggling maneuvers as Old Dante, the moves themselves feel different — a bit snappier, and more animated. I actually found it a little easier to keep combos going this time around thanks to those subtle adjustments.
In addition to his trusty dual pistols...
We were all children once, no matter how badly some don't want to admit it. The innocence of our worldly "newness" let us create worlds from thin air, taking inspiration from our own small lives and projecting our dreams onto the environment. Our imaginations were our best tools, and Studio Ghibli and Level-5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch made me ache to be little again, wide-eyed and powerful in my will to believe in magic.
Level-5's original idea for Ni no Kuni stemmed from the desire to create a game that celebrated the company. The publisher knew it wanted to create something...
Fighting game crossovers seem more common than not these days, but it was still surprising when Tecmo announced three months ago that Virtua Fighter characters would appear in Dead or Alive 5, given how serious the VF series has taken itself in the past.
Unlike most fighting series crossovers, though, this one — at least, for now — is a one way street. Akira and Sarah will appear in Dead or Alive 5, but Sega has announced nothing about DOA characters appearing in a Virtua Fighter.
It's classic marketing that the underdog likes to position themselves next to the leader, and while Virtua...
E3 is full of bombastic, triple-A sequels, but sometimes the games that stick with me the most are off-beat titles from smaller publishers. Such is the case with Way of the Samurai 4, the upcoming open-world feudal Japan simulator from Xseed and developer Acquire.
Way of the Samurai 4 is set during a fascinating part of Japan's history when the island nation first opened its ports to the West. At the game's outset, a group of British immigrants has moved in and set up a Little Britain in the center of town. A group called the Disciples of Prajna wants to get rid of the new neighbors. And...
Is the camera of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two better than that of its predecessor? No. At least not yet.
At the Disney booth on the E3 show floor, we had a chance to play Epic Mickey 2, traversing Wasteland – the franchise's twisted take on the Disney universe – in high-definition for the first-time.
On the PS3, Mickey's adventure pops. The colors are brighter, the edges smoother, the world more tangible, like it's an action figure play set recessed into the television.
Looking into the world is a pleasure – when it's not spinning.
Once again, an unreliable and fidgety camera...
There was an Uncharted 2 commercial that featured a couple sitting down to watch the game, the conceit being that the player's significant other didn't realize it was a video game. While the ad was intended to play up the cinematic nature of the game, it also spoke to the maturity of the subject matter. It said, "Uncharted 2 is a game that you don't have to be embarrassed to play when your non-gaming husband and/or wife enters the room."
Naughty Dog's latest game, The Last of Us, makes the Uncharted series look like Saturday morning cartoons.
"We took great efforts in making Ellie...
It's not until Jodie Holmes, Beyond: Two Souls' protagonist, climbs atop a train that the complexity of her world becomes clear. The rain pours, and the fidelity of each individual drops causes mini-explosions in the environment. The whipping wind blows loose clothing and unkempt hair and knocks characters off balance. The music builds to a crescendo as Jodie fights for her freedom, leaping from the train as she's enveloped in an energy shield.
When the demo began a few minutes earlier, Jodie was curled into the fetal position, asleep on the same train. She's on the run, chased by "every...
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...
Sony's The Last Guardian was not present at E3 this week because, simply put, it wasn't ready.
SCEA Senior Vice President of Product Development and Worldwide Studios Scott Rohde told Polygon, "Fundamentally what we're about is making great games and great experiences and we're not going to ship a game until its ready to be shipped - especially when it's from a team like that."
Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida also told Eurogamer that developers were experiencing "technical difficulties" and that there was not enough time to get a demo ready for E3 this year.
The Last Guardian was...
Injustice: Gods Among Us, an upcoming fighting game starring the iconic heroes and villains of the DC Comics universe, has one of the more flavorless titles at this year's E3. In fact, I had to dig up the press release to recall the name. Then look it up again after I'd forgotten it by the time Microsoft Word had loaded. The title has something to do with the story, but any details about said story are yet to be revealed, giving us nothing really to hang the name to on our brain walls.
I dwell on this because the game itself is much more memorable. It features Batman and Superman and...
'Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse' attacks the Amish with sniper rifles, exploding diapers and chicken on September 25
A few years ago, the creators of Family Guy threw series stalwarts Stewie and Brian into various parallel universes in "Road to the Multiverse," an episode that was critically praised and quickly grew to become a favourite among its fanbase. Now Activision has partnered with the show's creators to take that to consoles. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse throws Stewie and Brian back into a series of twisted worlds, including one dimension in which the Amish rule and bad beards are the order of the day.
The publisher showed a short hands-off pre-alpha demo during E3, featuring gameplay of...
We're streaming live from The Loft™ (not an actual trademark), regaling tales of the second day of E3, where we got our hands on pretty much everything: Halo 4, XCOM, PlanetSide 2, and about 20 more. Watch the stream, post your comments, love life, etc.
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...
Solid Snake's story may have ended in Metal Gear Solid 4, but his robot buddy, Raiden, remains. And, for the first time since Metal Gear Solid 2, Raiden wil take on the starring role in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Konami had a playable build at a recent press event, so we were able to put the game through its paces.
The moment the demo started, it was clear that Revengeance controls nothing like previous Metal Gear titles. Raiden moves fast, able to zip around the world like Ryu from Ninja Gaiden. Cover? Bah! Who needs cover when you have a giant samurai sword.
The combat is almost...
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...
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 takes Activision's golden goose further into the future than its ever been — and that's not even the biggest risk the developers at Treyarch are taking with it.
That's not to say the 2025 segments in Black Ops 2 represents a safe bet from the franchise. All of the series' entries, even the Modern Warfares, were guided with differing levels of authenticity by the hand of history. Without actual events to inspire them, Treyarch had to find new inspirations for their battles and weapons from obvious sources like DARPA, and less-than-obvious sources like the TSA.
Dishonored is the story of morality's greyer shades, of freedom of choice - and of whales, according to the game's lead designer Ricardo Bare. Arkane Studios, the development team behind the upcoming steampunk-like saga of protagonist Corvo Atano, built a city from the ground up featuring its own lore, history, plagues, religion, and spin on the industrial revolution. Their Dunwall has gone through a revolution in technology. It's a coastal town whose entire technological infrastructure and economy is based on a whaling industry in which huge ships go out to sea to capture the animals, kill...
One of the big trends in games in the past few years has been the weak middle class — the big budget games are working, the indie games are working, but the games in-between are struggling. It's a bit of a controversial topic, given that there are still plenty of mid-budget games that review well and make money, but as an overall trend, it's easy to point to examples of studios and companies that have struggled with mid-tier games. Cliff Bleszinski even gave a speech about it at 2011's Game Developers Conference.
Based on what I saw at an E3 demo today, Eurocom's 007 Legends fits pretty...
At E3 today, I saw demos for Tomb Raider and 007 Legends. The two differ in many ways, but in one they're polar opposites: In 007, James Bond rarely speaks except in cut-scenes, to the point that it seems weird when his friend speaks to him and he doesn't respond; in Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is more or less an action game Tamagotchi, describing everything she's doing, talking to herself like a crazy person, and breathing loudly when she doesn't have anything to say.
It's a bit silly when you go out of your way to notice it and start scribbling down her quotes in your notebook at a trade...
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...
When Splinter Cell: Blacklist releases in 2013, it'll be the return of Sam Fisher, one of the most popular video game characters today. But there will be something very different about this super spy: his voice. Yes, the gravelly baritone of Michael Ironside will no longer be the voice of Sam Fisher.
Max Beland, the creative director of Blacklist, explained the change in an interview with Polygon.
They had a passing of the goggles, so to speak.
"It was probably the hardest decision of my career," he said, speaking of changing the voice from Michael Ironside to a younger actor, Eric...
In its effort to make gameplay experiences more immersive, Sony is turning to a familiar and somewhat kitschy concept—rumble feedback headphones. Last week, it introduced the PlayStation Pulse wireless stereo headset Elite Edition, a $149.99 simulated surround sound headset that pairs with the PlayStation 3 via USB dongle and just about any device with a 3.5mm headphone port. Despite its somewhat gimmicky marquee feature, however, the Pulse is actually a great looking and decent sounding solution. Like the $99 wireless stereo headset PlayStation introduced last year, the Pulse uses stereo...
The Doggfather of hip-hop, Snoop Dogg will make an appearance in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 when the game ships.
Dogg will appear in a bonus arena level themed around the musician, Namco Bandai revealed at E3 today.
Players who pre-order the game will received early access to the level, which features Dogg watching the fight from afar perched on a golden throne.
In addition to his in-game appearance, Snoop Dogg worked on a new song and music video titled "Knoc Em Down" which prominently features Tekken. In the video, people at a part play strip Tekken and then get into a real fight using...
Portal 2 In Motion, a new DLC pack for Portal 2 on PS3, will be available later this year. The content, shown on the E3 show floor, includes the same levels originally available for the Razer Hydra controller, according to a Sony representative. Unlike normal Portal 2 levels, these allow players to manipulate objects, rescaling them to solve new puzzles.
Rumors of Move support were denied earlier this year.
In recent years, the Resident Evil franchise has evolved into something very different from where it originated. What was once a series about conserving ammo, low body counts and horrible voice acting has become a series about blasting away with machine guns, high action and, well, the voice acting is still pretty iffy. But it's the shift from survival horror to action that seems to have turned off some fans. Capcom seems focused on continuing the franchise's transformation, though, at least if the Resident Evil 6 is any indication.
At a recent press event, Capcom let members of the press...
At Sony's E3 press conference this evening, Naughty Dog unveiled a new gameplay trailer for The Last of Us.
The trailer follows protagonists Joel and Ellie through an abandoned hotel buried in overgrown weeds and a flooded first floor. Joel leads the way with Ellie on his heels, chattering idly to fill the silence. As they climb to the next floor and round a corner, Joel spies someone rifling through the doors of battered dresser. Within seconds Joel has choked the stranger and pockets the goods for himself.
Gunfire heralds the presence of other people, and as Joel returns their fire and...
At Sony's E3 2012 press briefing, Sony Santa Monica director Todd Papy walked on stage to show <i>God of War: Ascension</i>'s single-player footage for the first time.
While the game takes place early in the God of War timeline, and Papy has said in the past that Kratos won't be quite as angry in this game as he has been in many other God of War titles, the footage on display looks in-line with what we've come to expect, with an angry Kratos, brutal battles, quicktime events, etc.
New this time around: Kratos earns the ability to rebuild broken structures and slow down time, which may...
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 ex-Pixar...
Assassin's Creed 3 will be available on day one with a new PlayStation 3 hardware bundle, Sony announced today during its E3 press conference.
The new PS3 bundle includes the system, the game and exclusive DLC.
This isn't the first time an Assassin's title released with the PS3. Sony brought out a PS3 hardware bundle with the release of Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
Assassin's Creed 3 is scheduled to release October 30 in North America and features a new colonial setting.
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...
Sony has just announced that it will be adding a number of new titles to PlayStation Plus, free to download for customers. Sony's add-on subscription service will see the new games added to its arsenal starting tomorrow, with Infamous 2, Saints Row 2, and Little Big Planet 2 amongst those offered for PlayStation 3 owners. Over 60 games have been made available as part of PlayStation Plus thus far, and with the new additions, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO and President Jack Tretton touted the service as "an instant game collection" — for $5 a month, of course.
At Sony's E3 2012 press conference, the company announced that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be coming to Vita, in addition to the PS3, when it launches later this holiday season.
Both versions will support Cross Play, which means up to four players can partake in multiplayer, with two on Vita and two on PS3, or three on Vita and one on PS3, or any other combination therein. Cross Save will also be supported, which means you can progress on either version and carry that progress over to the other version.
Also announced were two newly playable characters in PlayStation All-Stars:...
Beyond Two Souls, the next game from the people behind Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain, explores the life of a young woman with special abilities running from a government organization.
Developer Quantic Dreams CEO David Cage introduced the Playstation 3 exclusive game during the Sony press conference today with a bit of in-game cinematics and gameplay that appeared to show a woman with psychic abilities hunted by a paramilitary government agency.
The cinematic lead into a montage of gameplay showing lead character Jodie Holmes apparently possessing a soldier, perhaps using a bit of telekinesis...
Last year Sony wowed the audience with a $250 price point for the PS Vita. What will they share this year? We're expecting to hear about some of its recently revealed games like God of War Ascension, The Last of Us, PlayStation All-Stars, but what about the secrets? Let's find out together!
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Kicking off Ubisoft's E3 2012 press briefing today, a new batch of Far Cry 3 footage showed the game playing up its edgier aspects -- beginning with a naked woman, continuing to a scene where the most discernible word was "fuck" repeated a bunch of times, and finishing with tigers that the player could use like explosive barrels: freeing them to attack enemies, lighting everything on fire, and then killing the tigers after.
For an abbreviated version of that footage, check out the game's latest trailer:
Ubisoft unveiled a new trailer and gameplay video for Assassin's Creed III at their E3 press conference this afternoon.
The trailer follows Connor as he stalks Redcoats across the American Frontier, seeking revenge for the British oppression of his people. Connor moves stealthily through a heated battle on an open field, wielding his signature tomahawk and a bow and arrows in total slaughter of his opposition.
You probably already know that Far Cry 3 will have a pretty expansive single-player campaign. You may even know that it will have an adversarial multiplayer component, complete with weapon unlocks, custom classes, the works. What you may not know is that, on top of those pretty meaty modes, there's also going to be co-op. Yep, an entirely separate co-op campaign where you and three buddies will team up to take on the island's various pirates and cult leaders.
The mode follows in the footsteps of Left 4 Dead in that each player takes on a different set character with their own backstory. At...
As part of Electronic Arts' E3 2012 press briefing, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White appeared on stage to announce a deal between the two companies for a "multi-year, multi-product partnership." That's about it for details, since today's news was about the deal rather than a specific game, but given THQ's recent struggles, it makes sense that the UFC brand would find a new home.
Perhaps notably, White didn't acknowledge his 2009 comments about EA Sports, when he said EA was initially dismissive of UFC, then saw THQ's success with it and made their own mixed martial arts...
Atlas today announced Zeno Clash II which is scheduled to release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2013.
Zeno Clash II is the sequel to the award-winning first-person melee brawler from developers ACE Team. The game will offer full drop-in, drop-out co-op multiplayer.
Fans will also now be able to explore the setting of Zenozolk, which is described as an open world that users can "fully and freely explore."
The original Zeno Clash released to PC in 2009, followed by an XBLA release in 2010.
Following the reveal of the South Park: The Stick of Truth release date at Microsoft's E3 press conference, THQ has let us in on a few new details of the upcoming game, including DLC news and pre-order bonus info.
For those rushing out to the store to pre-order, you'll receive the bonus "Good Times With Weapons" pack for South Park: The Stick of Truth. This includes the Bulrog Chicken Attack, Cartman's Kick-ass Sai, and a Samurai Costume for the main character.
If you happen to specifically pre-order the Xbox 360 version of the game, you'll also get the "Mysterion Superhero" pack, which...
Getting out just before Microsoft's E3 press briefing this morning, Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that Vita musical platformer Sound Shapes is also coming to PlayStation 3, and both are releasing August 7th on PSN. The two versions will be sold together, so if you buy one for $14.99, you'll get the other for free, similar to an iOS universal download.
Developed by Queasy Games, Sound Shapes is part 2D platformer, part music creation software, with players being able to share save progress, created levels, etc. between the two versions.
Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream will debut its new game, Beyond, this week during Sony's press event, according to sources.
Speaking to MCVUK, the title is expected to be a Sony exclusive and will feature a narrative focus and motion-captured actors.
Images believed to be from the upcoming title were leaked today on AllGamesBeta and depict action shots of a car crash, as well as up-close images of a young woman believed to be the protagonist of the game and a man with white eyes.
This follows last month's rumour that the studio would reveal a new PS3 project during E3. A senior...
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