June 2011 Archives
Developer: Stainless Games
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, video card with 256 MB VRAM, 700 MB HD space, Windows XP service pack 3 or more recent operating system
Magic: The Gathering, the collectible card game from Wizards of the Coast that's been running since the early '90s, has a new game for consoles and the PC. Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 is an updated version of Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers, featuring updated graphics, more polish, a new multiplayer mode and ten decks.
If the community revolt is sustained, the game is finished.
Developer: Zen Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360
Captain America, Bucky and the Howling Commandos have located Baron Zemo's castle, where the Red Skull and Baron Zemo are aiding the World War II Axis powers. Intelligence suggests that the Red Skull has the nearly omnipotent Cosmic Cube. Cap and his companions must stop the Red Skull and his allies before they use the Cosmic Cube. How can they do so? The same way World War II was won – with pinball!
Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3
Dead Nation is standard zombie apocalypse fare, the sort caused by a viral outbreak rather than supernatural mumbo-jumbo. You've heard it before: nearly everyone is dead, wandering the remaining wreckage of the earth in search of the few remaining edible morsels. In Dead Nation, you are one of two survivors fortunate enough to be immune to the zombifying virus. Tasked with retrieving a sample from the first virus victim, you'll wade through thousands of zombies before you can bring that putrid flesh to another survivor.
Developer: Colossai Studio
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 2.4 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB RAM, 2 GB HD space, Windows XP or more recent operating system
Prolonged economic crises and increasingly scarce resources have strained international relations to the breaking point and plunged growing populations into unsustainable austerity measures. That's today's reality. Storm: Frontline Nation begins in 2012, when economic breakdown transforms into open war across Europe and the Middle East. The United States is carving out a presence in Egypt, while European powers compete to control the remaining natural resources, backed by the most advanced armies in the world and the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Only adroit politics, backed by a strong army, will guarantee the continued survival of any nation.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the version available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and has players taking various Transformers around the globe to save humanity. The game introduces a new transformed state – a hybrid between robot and vehicle. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Stealth Force Edition is available for the Wii and 3DS, and follows a storyline that takes place before the events of the film. Finally, DS owners can purchase Autobots or Decepticons editions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, each with slightly different content.
Developer: Spicy Horse Games
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360
After Alice's family perished when her family home burned in 1863, she spent a decade convalescing in Rutledge Asylum before recovering enough to work at the Houndsditch Home orphanage in return for treatment from Dr. Angus Bumby. At Rutledge, Alice escaped her cruel burns and survivor's guilt by falling into Wonderland, the twisted and cruel world Alice constructed to make sense of the torments that had befallen her. Between working at Houndsditch Home and wandering the seedier side of London, Alice uncovers the suppressed memories that suggest her family's deaths may not have been an accident.
Nintendo certainly knows how to combine the best of showmanship and fan service. Despite intense rumors concerning the company's upcoming hardware, Nintendo began with a live orchestra playing music and sounds from the Legend of Zelda franchise with Shigeru Miyamoto promoting both the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda franchise and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. That was Nintendo quickly appeasing its core fan base before acknowledging that it will announce a new hardware platform. That platform is exciting, but Nintendo had to talk about the 3DS first.
Despite the substantial leaks surround the PlayStation Vita (previously dubbed the "Next Generation Portable"), there's no question that the biggest issue on everyone's mind coming into Sony's E3 presentation was the PlayStation Network outage. Sony's Jack Tretton opened the presentation apologizing for the outage, eager to move on to the benefits of the PlayStation Network and the planned announcements for the show. What could better distract the angry core audience from the PlayStation Network outage than rapidly moving on to a spectacular demo of Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception? The obvious subtext was, "You can't abandon our platform, we've got cool s**t like this that you can't get anywhere else!"
From the very beginning, Microsoft's annual E3 presentation today focused on the games, but mostly on how Kinect would integrate with those games. The presentation began with an intense demo of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and within moments of launching, there was a brief glitch as the demo machine popped up the message "Please Reconnect Controller." That's how I feel. Let's reconnect the controller if we can't come up with inspired ways to use the motion and voice controls.