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Lurch on over to our ZombiU preview from E3 2012!

Alex Albrecht had a chat with Ubisoft Producer Guillaume Brunier about the Wii U's first, and so far only, zombie title. Players will use the Wii U's GamePad as the ultimate survival tool. Almost everything you do will be done through the controller's touch screen. So that means if you need to pull something from your inventory, you'll have to frantically root through your pack like your girlfriend looking for her ringing cell phone in a movie theater.

ZombiU has no release date as of yet, but we can go ahead and atribute that to the fact that the Wii U still has no release date.

ZombiU Floor Report E3 2012 »

G4 Announces Best of E3 2012 Winners!

X-Play's Best of E3 2012 winners have been announced! Our editors painstakingly scoured the floor for the best games that E3 2012 had to offer and compiled an impressive list of nominees. From those games, we picked the best of the best for our winners list.


Best of E3 2012 Award Winners »


Did you guess correctly? Check out the list below to find out who took home the gold in X-Play's Best of E3 2012!

Game of Show

Winner: Assassin's Creed 3

  • The Last Of Us
  • Dishonored
  • Watch Dogs
  • Halo 4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Far Cry 3

Best 360 Game

Halo 4

  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Forza Horizon
  • South Park and the Stick of Truth

Click the Read More tag to see the rest of the winners!

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Hands-On Preview From E3 2012 -- Roll Out Sonic

In our Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed hands-on preview from E3 2012, we got to check out what's coming to the sequel of 2010's kart racer Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. In the new game, your karts can transform in to air and sea-based vehicles on the fly, which worked seamlessly during our demo.

From our Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed preview:

Throughout each map, there are different types of surfaces. In Dragon Canyon there was land, water, and air. On the land surfaces we used our kart, but in the lava and air areas our kart transformed into a boat and then an airplane. The game's controls completely change up based on the vehicle you're in, which is jarring at first but feels natural after a lap or two. The hardest to control was probably the plane, but once you get the hang of it it's not that bad, and it's fun to go from one vehicle to the next automatically. You can even do tricks in every vehicle, which gives you a boost.

Put on your seat belt and read our full Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed preview from E3 2012.

New Super Mario Bros. U

The recently announced New Super Mario Bros. U will allow five players to compete at once. I know what you're thinking: playing four players in New Super Mario Bros. Wii was chaotic enough! Rest assured, the fifth person on the Wii U GamePad can actually help everyone else's gameplay experience by manipulating levels.

We take a look at the new feature in our New Super Mario Bros. Wii U Preview:

"While up to four characters can be on screen at once in New Super Mario Bros. U, a fifth person can join in via the game's nifty Boost Mode. Boost Mode utilizes the new Wii U controller and allows players to place block platforms wherever they touch on the screen. If you only have two people playing, for example if you're a parent who's teaching your kid to play the game, Boost Mode would be perfect because you could put a platform over a gap to save a character from potentially falling through. More malicious players can also use Boost Mode to trap their friends in a rough spot, getting them killed, which is always humorous in a game like this."

Whether you use the Wii U GamePad to be nice or nefarious is up to you. Reading the rest of Leah's New Super Mario Bros. U hands-on preview, however, is not optional.

If this Assassin's Creed 3 gameplay video from E3 2012 doesn't get you excited about the next game in the AC franchise, then I don't know what more we can do for you. Here's your chance to get a general overview of the new storyline and the new combat gameplay ready to go in Assassin's Creed 3.

Official E3 Preview of Assassin's Creed 3 »


In our Assassin's Creed 3 gameplay video from E3 2012, New England steps into the spotlight---at least, colonial Boston does. Learn about how the city was recreated in the new Assassin's Creed game from Ubisoft's Julien Laferriere.

Assassin's Creed 3 is set to be released in October, 2012.

Official E3 Preview of Boston in Assassin's Creed 3 »

Pikmin 3 Development Reportedly

Rise up and lead your army to our Pikmin 3 hands-on preview straight from E3 2012. We embarked on a journey to the Nintendo E3 booth to test out the Wii U launch title and what did we discover? Rock Pikmin and Wii U GamePad controls! The gameplay remains familar, and, as Pikmin fans, that's exactly what we've been waiting for.

From our E3 2012 Pikmin Preview:

Nothing shown significantly mixes up the franchise formula in any capacity. The rock Pikmin (which cause additional damage and shatter objects on impact) don’t really change the gameplay, and while the GamePad’s minimap and end-of-level replay feature are appreciated, they’re merely bonuses.

The seven-year wait for Miyamoto's next entry into the Pikmin series is almost over. In the meantime, click on over to that Pikmin 3 preview.

Rayman Legends

The sequel to the Rayman Origins reboot was announced by Ubisoft at E3 2012 and it's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Wii U. Our Rayman Legends preview takes a look at the return of Rayman's return. Using the Wii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller, Leah Jackson goes hands-on with the colorful and whacky game in this Rayman Legends preview:

"Platforming has never looked as good as it does in Rayman Legends. The whimsical adventure game was recently unveiled by Ubisoft during E3 2012, and after our first hands-on demo with the Wii U version of the beautiful game, we were blown away by its simple yet elegant controls, sound, and of course, top-notch visuals."

Rayman Legends is set for Wii U's launch window, which hopefulyl means we'll be playing as the armless adventurer and his pal Murphy before the end of the year. In the meantime, hop on over to our Rayman Legends preview.

After two days of E3 2012 coverage on G4, it's finally your chance to lead the discussion. Feedback's 2-hour live E3 extravaganza has begun and we're streaming every minute of it for you. Blair Herter and all of your G4 favorites, like Morgan Webb and Jessica Chobot, will be speaking with industry pros like Randy Pitchford, Rod Fergusson, and Robert Bowling. Of course it wouldn't be Feedback without you! You can send in your questions to us on Twitter with the hashtag #E3Feedback, on G4tv's Facebook, or right here.

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This Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two gameplay demo from E3 2012 continues the trend of Warren Spector being one of the best guests to interview in the video game industry.  The legendary designer uses the word "magical" in every single interview (multiple times, if you're lucky) and he gives credit where credit is due. Case in point, when showing G4 hosts Morgan Webb and Candace Bailey Epic Mickey 2, he accredits the training level fail-safe to the proper originator.

"The real magic stuff is when you screw up," revealed Spector. "It's a training level, so if you fall off this path that you're creating as you go, the world magically rises up to catch you."  When Webb said that she like the idea of the arms of the Earth coming up to embrace you, Spector admitted, "I wish I could take credit for it. One of our designers actually came up with the idea and when I saw it, I said 'Yes, oh my God!'"

That's a class act - one might even say a magical act. Watch the rest of this magical gameplay demo with Warren Spector below.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two E3 Gameplay Demo »

This DmC: Devil May Cry gameplay demo from E3 2012 features DmC producer Alex Jones talking to G4’s Blair Herter about the series reboot. Yes, the same reboot that includes Dante’s new haircut. The good news is that DmC: Devil May Cry gameplay retains the original’s over-the-top feel while the graphics take on a more realistic tone.

There’s also a giant boss battle that can’t be missed midway through this DmC: Devil May Cry video. Watch Dante dual-wield guns and his trusty sword - The Rebellion - as he stylishly grapples and runs circles around this demon boss. On the DmC combo grading system, we give this video interview a well deserved A.

DmC: Devil May Cry E3 2012 Gameplay Demo »


Best of E3 2012

G4 has announced its Best of E3 2012 nominees! This year’s field of games is one of the best we’ve ever seen, and that means we can all look forward to countless hours of unbelievable gaming experiences over the coming months and months. For the time being, we wanted to call particular attention to what we feel are the best of the best of E3 2012. Hence, the following list of nominees.

This year’s most attention-grabbing games includes everything from AAA blockbusters to downloadable titles and everything in between. To say that the upcoming slate of games has something for everyone would be a gross understatement, as you can see by the full Best of E3 2012 list below!

And be sure to check back on June 7 (as in tomorrow) during G4's E3 Live show and Feedback Live when we'll reveal the winners!

Game of Show

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • The Last Of Us
  • Watch Dogs

Check out the rest of the nominees after the jump.

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Darksiders 2 Art Director Han Randhawa joined the G4 stage for this gameplay demo at E3 2012 Live.

Darksiders 2 follows Death across an enormous world filled with more quests and items than the original Darksiders. Returning players will be happy to hear Death receives his horse immediately to compensate for the vast terrains he will be traveling. The fantasy action adventure lets players customize Death either for melee, spellcasting, or a combination of both, offering unique customization of gameplay.

The release date for Darksiders 2 is August 14, 2012. It will be released for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

Darksiders 2 E3 Gameplay Demo »

Scribblenauts Unlimited preview

Bone up on your vocabulary with our Scribblenauts Unlimited preview from E3 2012. Our affinity for putting these creative words together for you proves that spelling is one of our stronger suits and that past Scribblenauts games have taught us well. At the Warner Bros. booth, our Scribblenauts Unlimited demo involved the use of the new Wii U GamePad for the ultimate in "edutainment."

"One of the major new features is the ability to use the Wii U GamePad as a sort of object editor, in which you can access literally thousands of physical traits and components to create a custom object that you can then summon, at will, in the game. But 5th Cell has gone beyond simply allowing the creation of an object; they’re allowing creation of its behavior, by exposing a front-end, highly customizable scripting engine. You want the item to light aflame upon use, start to vibrate, and then explode violently? Done."

Enroll in our Wii U preview of Scribblenauts Unlimited. Readers apply.

Rayman Legends gets an E3 2012 preview with this interview with Ubisoft Senior Brand Manager Michael Micholic. Rayman Legends is the fifth game in the Rayman series, and a direct sequel to the 2011 hit, Rayman Origins.

Players can run, punch, and jump their way through various levels as Rayman, Globo, and Murphy. Using the Wii U's touch screens and gyroscope, players will be able to cut through ropes, grab enemies, and solve puzzles.

Rayman Legends doesn't have a launch date yet, but it's looking to be one of Wii U's most popular titles!

Rayman Legends Floor Report E3 2012 Live »


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