Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of The Legend of Zelda, came on stage moments ago at Nintendo's E3 2011 Press Conference and announced that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available this holiday season. Nintendo is releasing a gold Wiimote around release Zelda fans. Skyward Sword will utilize Wii Motion Plus technology to allow for more fluid sword swings and easier use of the bow and arrow. For more Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword details stay tuned to G4TV.com!
We got to check out Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary last night at Microsoft's "Best of E3" Showcase event, and we learned a lot more details about the game. First and foremost: Halo: Combat Evolved is a very awkward name. Halo: Combat Evolved HD wouldn't have been that bad. But name issues aside, the game actually looks very impressive. Everything from weapon effects to orchestral music (the team spent a lot of time at Skywalker Sound tweaking the audio) has been improved.
Most telling is the "Classic Mode" that they put into the game. At the touch of a button, you can flip from the uprezzed version to what Halo: Combat Evolved originally looked like on the original Xbox. That was originally going to be a menu item, but it is so visually arresting that the team decided to make it more immediate. We were dropped in to the opening moments of the game, and when they changed it to the original graphics, it's shocking to see how different the game looks. The water effects alone will blow you away. You'll be thinking "Whoa. Halo looked terrible."
But Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary looks very impressive. Read on for more details, and a list of the things you may not know.
This week at E3 2011, Into The Pixel is exhibiting all of the winners for the Into The Pixel 2011 exhibition. Ivan Simoncini is one of the artists who worked on Alien Swarm, published by Valve. Check out his piece entitled "Incident at the Workshop" above (you can see a high resolution version by clicking on the artwork), and then head on beyond the break for our full interview with Ivan.
"Into the Pixel showcases the incredible creativity, skill and artistic talent that pervades in the video game industry. You really see that there are great artists working across every genre of video games, and at every stage of the production process.” according to Glenn Phillips, Senior Project Specialist & Consulting Curator, Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, at the Getty Research Institute.
The entire 2011 Into the Pixel collection will be unveiled and presented at the annual E3 Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 7-9, or you can visit our Into the Pixel 2011 gallery and check out all of the art for yourself, and see all of the winners right here.
Sony packed journalists and foreign dignitaries into the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to unveil their E3 2011 offerings, and house music pumped over a crowd washed in darkness and heat. It was actually like a real-life sauna in there, and they kicked things off with 3D. So if you thought Sony might be letting the 3D thing fall by the wayside, you are sorely mistaken. Ominous music bored a hole through our heads while the PlayStation logo flew around the screen before giving way to some sexy, sexy shots of the NGP, and then revealed a full suite of PlayStation products, including "3D World" by Sony. So, again with the 3D. A trailer full of Sony's upcoming products, with heavy emphasis on the NGP and other announced title poured out over a soundtrack so full of bass that it vibrated intimate parts of my body, free of charge! The whole thing was powerful enough to convince the most diehard anti-Sony fan that this is a system worth some attention.
Day one of E3 2011 is just about over, and we kept seeing one awesome video after another. Here are our top five of the day, but you should definitely check out our all of our E3 2011 Videos. Our videos page features every single official trailer and demo that was shown today during our extensive E3 2011 coverage. Let's kick things off with a little Assassin's Creed Revelations.
After the cut you'll find our other favorite videos from the day including trailers from Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and Far Cry 3. Man, that's a lot of awesome threequels!
Microsoft didn’t show off any Xbox Live downloadable titles during its E3 2011 press conference, but they did release a bunch of info post-show to whet your XBLA appetite.
So hit the jump for more details about some of the titles heading to XBLA in the coming months.
There’s no bigger showdown going on during E3 2011 this week than the one between DICE’s Battlefield 3 and Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and that’s why we’ve gone ahead and put together a handy little comparison for you. You know, for easy…comparing. Both games were demoed live on stage during Microsoft and EA’s respective press conferences, and there’s little doubt that both of them managed to captivate and awe viewers from start to finish.
MW3’s New York City harbor invasion sequence started underwater with a stealthy bombing and breaching of an enemy submarine and ended with heart-pounding boat chase through exploding aircraft carriers and sinking battleships. It’s Call of Duty doing what Call of Duty does best. The Battlefield 3 demo showcased a tank-based invasion set in the deserts of Tehran. The assault does a fantastic job of not only showcasing the scope of the vehicle combat players can expect from the game, but it also showed off the awesome lighting and particle effects the Frostbite 2 engine is capable of delivering.
Both demos left us wanting nothing more than to get our hands on both games, but for now, we’ll have to settle for some glorious HD gameplay. Hit the jump to watch!
EA's E3 2011 press conference took place at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The room was a classic theater dating back to [whenever it dates back to], a far cry from the last conference at the Galen Center. Gold curtains, intricate molding, and red velvet adorned stage, ensured we were all ready for a show. The more lavishly styled theater was perfect for EA to highlight their offerings for the future.
With no formal announcement the conference was about to start, the news cuts in and telecasts from all over the world warn of an impending alien invasion. The skyline becomes in focus and pans across buildings. An alien four times the size of any of the buildings looms over. Tentacles thrashing at the buildings. Earth is under attack. Mass Effect 3's logo looms in. Your choices from the past games will come to a resolution. Casey Hudson walked on stage with a smirk and an N7 shirt. He knew we were all waiting for him to give it up, the release date. Mass Effect 3 will be released across the platforms on March 6, 2012.
There was so much stuff packed in to Microsoft's E3 2011 Press Conference that the company had to leave a few very interesting things out, including the introduction of Cloud Storage Saves and a new feature called Beacons. Coming this year, Xbox LIVE will integrate these features to help bring an even better Xbox Live experience to your living room.
Cloud Saves will make it easier for you to sign in to your Xbox Live account from any console and allow you to access your game saves and full profile as well. All of your items, like your Microsoft Points, Achievements, and friends will travel along with you via the Cloud. In layman terms, this means no more gamertag recovery!
Ubisoft kicked off their E3 2011 event with a fast-paced montage of their greatest titles, Assassin's Creed, Rabbids and Beyond Good and Evil were in the mix. Ubisoft's president Yves Guillemot explained why this year was so special. It's their 25th.
Since it's a stage Michel Ancel came on stage to ask Yves a simple question, Ubi or not to Ubi? Yves of course responded with "Ubi!"
Sony dropped so many details on the now officially named PlayStation Vita (aka: The Handheld Formerly Known As NGP, PSP2) that we grabbed all those new game announcements, demos and information and made a nice bed for you and your nerd fantasies to sleep in. Look below to see all the highlights from Vita's unveiling!
- The next PlayStation handheld is officially called the Vita.
- The price of the PlayStation Vita is $249 for Wi-Fi only, $299 for 3G models.
- Ruin, a new action RPG is coming to the PlayStation Vita.
- Bend Studios demoed Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PlayStation Vita during Sony's E3 2011 press conference. Details ahead.
- Street Fighter x Tekken will be coming to the PlayStation Vita with a new character: inFAMOUS 2's Cole McGrath.
Street Fighter x Tekken will be coming to the PlayStation Vita with a new character: inFAMOUS 2's Cole McGrath. Cole fits perfectly in to the game with his electrical moves and flying attacks. Not much was revealed around the game's PlayStation Vita or 3 versions, other than that its simple commands using the touch command features will allow the game to appeal to a wider audience. No release date has been revealed, but we'll let you know more about Street Fighter x Tekken as we get more info on the PlayStation Vita and PS3 title during our extended E3 coverage.
Developers from Bend Studios demoed Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PlayStation Vita live during Sony’s E3 2011 press conference, showing off the games intuitive and dynamic use of the Vita’s traditional control scheme as well as the touch screen and rear touch pads.
In the demo, we watched as Nathan Drake moved fluidly through a stunningly detailed (thanks advanced water and lighting shaders!) jungle setting typical of the series. The game supports all types of control preferences so if, for instance, you want to jump to a nearby ledge, you can either use the thumbstick to point Drake in the right direction, or tilt the Vita and then swipe the screen to make him jump.
During the Sony E3 2011 Press Conference, Ruin, a new action RPG coming to the PlayStation Vita was announced. Ruin is a game that will test your reflexes. It looks somewhat similar to Diablo or Torchlight as it's a third person over head action RPG which will feature different classes. The game uses other players as rivals via Social Media tools. As your rivals grow in level, you'll visit their lair which will grow in difficulty.
You can use the PlayStation Vita's cloud saving functionality to flawlessly take your Ruin save from your Vita to the PlayStation 3 to continue your journey. Details surrounding Ruin are still pretty slim, but as we get more information during our extended E3 coverage we'll be sure to get them to you.
Dust 514, Sony’s multiplatform sci-fi shooter, will be released Spring 2012. A closed beta for the game will be held later this year.
Dust 514 will support Move controls, and is being designed to work across PS3, Home, and NGP. How exactly the multi-platform design will work isn't clear just yet, but expect more details soon.
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