Few days ago, I had written about a new Need For Speed: Most Wanted coming soon. At this year’s E3, EA gave a demo of Need For Speed: Most Wanted and showed us what can be expected from it.
Being developed by Criterion, the sequel to Most Wanted looks like a Burnout Game in Need For Speed clothing. Each race will have a start and finish line; how you reach the line is completely up to you. You can take the tarmac roads, go hunting for shortcuts or even go offroad. Autolog will be available as well and you and your Autolog friends should be able to jump into the race at any point of time. Need for Speed Most Wanted will be released on October 30th in North America and November 1st in Europe for all major consoles (PS3, Xbox 360), PC and portable and mobile devices.
Till then, there’s a short gameplay video of what you can expect
E3 or Electronics Entertainment Expo 2012 is here upon us. EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Ubisoft – each have their own press conferences demonstrating their products and keynotes. While Microsoft’s keynote just concluded half hour ago, the rest will be livestreaming their keynotes. Here’s a summary of press conference timings and livestream links, if you don’t want to miss them
Ask any gamer who likes Racing genre of games what their favorite game is and you’re bound to hear about Need For Speed: Most Wanted a lot of times. Need For Speed: Most Wanted was an absolute blast of a game, combining what most people crave – open world racing, car customization, street racing and cop chases.
IGN reports that a new New Need For Speed: Most Wanted is coming soon, and this was outed by TwitchTV’s E3 gaming schedule. Whether the new Most Wanted will be a reboot of the series or a sequel remains to be seen; there’s no news on what the new game’s going to be like. Come E3 2012, however, this should be clear.
E3 2012 begins June 5th, 2012. And in case you don’t know what Most Wanted is all about, here’s Most Wanted’s trailer to bring you up to speed.
Gamescom was held over the past week with over 270,000 gamers attending the event. It is the biggest trade fair for video games, surpassing E3, though not quite as popular.
Now I couldn’t travel all the way to Cologne, Germany to attend Gamescom, but over the weekend I scoured through all of the trailers shown at Gamescom and here’s my take on some of the best upcoming PC games that were shown in Gamescom.
Starting off with couple of MMORPGS, first is BioWare & Lucas Arts’ production, Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare have been releasing footage of Star Wars:The Old Republic on a fairly regular level. At Gamescom, BioWare showcased combat from a Sith perspective.
Star Wars:The Old Republic is slated to release this quarter and I’m eagerly waiting for it.
Next up in the line of MMORPG is the NCSoft published, ArenaNet developed GuildWars 2. Looking at the trailer, the developer diary and some PvP footage, it does look like Guild Wars 2 is going to be real pretty game.
Moving on to RPGs, BioWare’s final game in the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect 3 was on the spotlight. The footage showed a combat scene in Mass Effect 3 in a slightly more tactical approach rather than the usual run-and-gun.
Another RPG which has captured my interest is 38 Studios’ Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. I first spotted the game during this year’s E3 and have been following it rather keenly. With the story written by none other than R. A. Salvatore, the creator of the Icewind Dale trilogy(which BioWare based upon for their cult D&D game Icewind Dale), the game looks a must-play.
Following up on their 2009 release, 2K Games and Gearbox software showed a small 30-second teaser trailer to the FPS/RPG hybrid Borderlands. The teaser shows the character shooting away at enemies with a modded machine gun in Borderlands’ signature cell shaded glory.
Moving on to Action/FPS games, EA has been showing quite a lot of Battlefield 3 footage, trying to pit it against Call of Duty series. Over the past few months, there’s been lot of chatter between the fans and developers of the two games especially with both the company CEOs exchanging some mudslinging.
At Gamescom, EA showed a gameplay trailer featuring a 64-player multiplayer map with tanks, foot and air combat. Definitely a must watch.
Also on show was Prototype 2, the sequel to Activision/Radical Entertainment’s Sci-Fi open world action game Prototype. Prototype featured you as Alex Mercer once an ordinary human being transformed into a shapeshifter with superhuman powers by way of Blacklight virus infection. Prototype 2 continues the story with the player playing as Sgt. James Heller, trying to get revenge on Alex for killing his family.
In the racing genre, EA had announced in E3 that their new iteration of their flagship racing game series, Need For Speed dubbed as Need For Speed:The Run, would be returning to fast-cars-open-world-cop-chase-street-racing genre. At Gamescom, EA showed a 5 minute gameplay video of a race through a snowstorm set in Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Have a look at it:
For the finale, Valve showed off the trailer for DoTA 2. Defense of The Ancients – better known as DoTA – has come a long way from it’s origins. DoTA started off as a custom map/scenario for Warcraft III. Much like Counter Strike, the mod achieved a cult following thanks to it’s addictive gameplay. Valve showed their trailer for DoTA 2 and also held some tournaments based on the as-yet-being-developed game.
The tournament gameplay videos and signup for beta testing DoTA is available on the DoTA2 site.
One has to hand it to Nintendo for being willing to take risks. It kick-started the motion gaming revolution with its Nintendo Wii in 2006. Last year, it made a bold move by announcing the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld gaming device with glasses-free 3D display. Now, it is trying to shake things up again with the Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo Wii U is the successor to the massively popular Nintendo Wii. Once again Nintendo is targeting casual users more than hardcore gamers. In fact, Nintendo is officially calling the Wii U a “home console” instead of a “gaming console”.
As you might expect, the Wii U boasts of significantly improved hardware. It has an IBM Power based multi-core CPU, and a custom designed AMD Radeon HD GPU. This means that Wii U games will look at least as good as current PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. The Wii U also supports full HD video output, and has a front-facing camera. The console will have internal flash memory, but you can use an ordinary SD card or an external USB hard disk drive to expand its storage. However, the real draw of the console is not its powerful hardware, but its innovative new controller.
The Wii U comes with a tablet-like 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, which also has all the traditional controls, including two analog Circle Pads. The touchscreen can replicate the image being sent to the television, and can be used to continue gaming when the television is unavailable. It can also provide entirely different perspectives and can add an extra dimension to gaming. It’s difficult to describe in words exactly how this controller works. Check out the trailer video embedded below to understand the full potential of the Wii U controller.
Nintendo Wii U Trailer Video
The Wii U supports all Nintendo Wii controllers and up to four Wii Remotes can be connected at once. However, Nintendo hasn’t yet revealed how many Wii U controllers can be paired.
What the Wii U is trying to pull off is ambitious and bold. It will be up to the game developers to leverage the Wii U in an intuitive and ingenious manner. If they succeed, then Nintendo might have another huge hit in their hands. The Wii U is slated to be released in 2012.
Tech Demo Demonstrating the Graphics Prowess of the Wii U
The show stealer at Sony’s E3 event was undoubtedly the PlayStation Vita. However, the Japanese entertainment behemoth had quite a few other neat surprises in store for us. One of them was the PlayStation 3D display bundle.
3D TVs are nothing new, and have been quite the rage for the past couple of years. However, one thing that has been keeping them from going mainstream is affordability, or the lack of it. The new 24 inch PlayStation 3D TV is Sony’s attempt at tackling this problem. It’s mainly targeted at gamers who want to experience the benefits of 3D, but can’t afford the high end displays with bigger screens.
It also has a unique 2D multiplayer mode. When enabled, the active shutter glasses will present two entirely different images to two different players, thus eliminating the need for split-screen view in multiplayer games. The glasses will feature a button for toggling between ‘Player 1′ and ‘Player 2′ views.
The PlayStation 3D TV bundle will include a pair of active shutter 3D glasses, HDMI cable, and a copy of the 3D game Resistance 3. The whole bundle will be available for a very decent $499, with the bundled freebies alone costing in excess of $150.
A short while back, Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai officially announced Sony’s next generation handheld gaming device the PlayStation Vita. Vita, which was originally codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable) will succeed the ageing PlayStation Portable, which was announced way back in 2004.
The word Vita means Life, and Sony believes that Vita has the muscles to be able to blur the differences between entertainment and real life for the first time on a handheld console. The Vita has a 4-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a 200 MHz SGX543MP4+ GPU. In short, it blows away Nintendo’s 3DS and other handheld gaming devices like the Xperia Play. The powerful hardware will be well complemented by the 5 inch OLED capacitive multi-touch screen (with rear touch panel) that boasts of a resolution of 960 x 544. The combination of larger than average size with a mightily impressive resolution means that everything from games to HD Videos will look stunning on the Vita.
Vita Announcement Video
Besides the standard PlayStation buttons, the Vita has two analog sticks and a D-pad. The device also has front and rear facing cameras, stereo speakers, six-axis motion sensor, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Sony has tied up with over 150 developers, and there should be an impressive number of titles available at launch. Games for the Vita will be distributed on NVG cards, which will be available in 2 GB and 4 GB sizes. Some of the games that have been announced include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The Vita will also be capable of playing existing PlayStation Portable (PSP) games.
Sony is pushing augmented reality and location-aware games along with social gaming on the Vita. A feature called “Party” will allow gamers in the same room to voice chat with each other. Another feature called “Near” will allow you to connect and play with other gamers around you.
Sony will release two editions of the Vita a Wi-Fi only version for $249, and a Wi-Fi+3G version for $299. In the US, Vita will be exclusive to AT&T. It will be launched during the holiday season this year.
Vita Trailer Video
Vita’s closest competitor is obviously the Nintendo 3DS, which impressed us in last year’s E3. The 3DS’ biggest selling point is obviously its ability to support glasses free 3D imagery. However, when it comes to raw power the Vita absolutely owns the 3DS. Once again, it appears that the Nintendo’s offering will appeal more to the casual gamers, while Sony’s VIta will appeal to enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. However, at $249, the 3DS might be too expensive for casual gamers, but the Vita might be perfectly priced for gaming enthusiasts.
Yes, Portal 2 is going to be awesome way more awesome than the original Portal. Hopefully. Here is 10 minutes and 53 seconds of exactly why Portal 2 is going to be awesome.
That is a compiled video of all demo videos released during E3
Of course, as long as Wheatley’s voice is not retained. (We are used to forced cuteness without emotion, aren’t we?) There is of course, much that will be added in due course. ALSO we are missing our dear companion cube! What is that wretched box of glass that has taken your place, my dear friend-that-has-a-heart-on-all-six-sides? What other opinions do you have about Portal 2?
EA will be releasing a new refresh for the Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit this November. The game will go on sale on November 16, 2010 and pre-orders are available right now.
EA recently demoed the game at E3 2010 and a preview of the game is available to watch online.
The game has some stunning graphics and hot new cars and will challenge you to become Seacrest County’s top cop or most wanted racer. The unique part of this game is that this is the first time you can choose to play on either side of the law, which means that you can either play a cop or a top racer. NFS Hot Pursuit is available for pre-orders, you can pre-order a copy at Amazon for $49.95. Pre-order NFS Hot Pursuit at Amazon.
Watch the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit trailer revealed at E3 2010 in the video embedded below.