E3 2013 round up

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E3 2013: PopCap teases Plants vs. Zombies 2 with hilarious ad and teasers

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Plants vs. Zombies started life as a PC and Mac game, released in 2009. In 2010, the game made its way on to iOS and exploded in popularity. It’s been three years without a sequel to the massively popular game so what’s the deal? PopCap shows its self-deprecating humor by creating a teaser that features people asking why the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is taking so long.

Click here to watch the teasers.

E3 2013: Solve your own murder in Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Square Enix first teased Murdered: Soul Suspect back in February with a short trailer. The company released a new trailer at E3, showing the protagonist being thrown out of a window and watching himself be shot to death. The game takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and the trailer shows a bit of the colonial scenery from the Salem witch trails, hinting that you’ll have to interact with other ghosts in the game.

Read on to find out more.

Nintendo announces release dates for upcoming Wii-U games

Nintendo have finally put dates on a raft of big games coming to its Wii-U console. With Pikmin 3Mario Kart 8, and new MarioLuigi and Donkey Kong games, pretty much all of Nintendo’s big franchises will be getting new titles in the next 12 months. The company has struggled to excite people with Wii-U games so far, but it’s certainly trying to address that, and Nintendo fans have lots to look forward to.

Read on to find out the release dates.

The Walking Dead: 400 days brings five new stories

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days is the latest episode in the series. I chose The Walking Dead as my game of the year for 2012, so hopefully 400 Days can live up to the previous game.

Read on to watch the trailer.

E3 2013: Konami shows off Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gameplay

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The first gameplay footage of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been released by Konami. For the first time ever, a Metal Gear game goes open world. The trailer shows gameplay that looks strikingly similar to Assassin’s Creed and Red Dead Redemption with Snake riding a horse through the deserts of Afghanistan. The graphics are breath taking the world features real-time weather. Snake also shows off his new stealth skills by ducking around his horse to avoid being seen. The trailer also shows off the new vehicles that plays will get to drive.

Click here to watch the 7 minute long trailer.

E3 2013: Nintendo announces Mario Kart 8, coming spring 2014

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The Wii U has had a rough start with a noticeable dearth of games for the console. Nintendo had its E3 press conference yesterday and has revealed a bunch of new games, including the next installment in the Mario Kart series. Mario Kart 8 retains the gameplay that its fan know and love while adding crazier environments into the mix. Tracks also let you defy gravity by riding along walls and upside down.

Click here to watch the trailer.

EA and DICE resurrect Star Wars: Battlefront

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Star Wars: Battlefront is getting a sequel thanks to EA and Battlefield developers DICE. A surprise announcement at the EA conference, this puts to rest years of uncertainty about the game.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Battlefield 4 will have exclusive DLC map packs on Xbox One

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Battlefield 4 is coming to Xbox One, with 60 frames per second 1080p action. Featuring the new Frostbite 3 engine, it will have even more of the dynamic, destructible environments the series has become known for. It was also the first glitch of the Microsoft E3 event, but after two false starts we got to see a mission called ‘Angry Sea’.

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E3 2013: XBox One exclusive games

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Microsoft has announced a raft of exclusive games for Xbox One at E3 in Los Angeles. Here are our highlights so far:

Ryse: Son of Rome is the latest game from Crysis developer Crytek. Set in Roman times, it marks a new direction for the studio famed for its futuristic games. A third person action game, it’s unsurprisingly visually stunning, and being set in Rome, the combat is bloody and crunching. The gameplay showed the fighting will require timed button presses to succeed. There was also formation marching, where you fight in a group using your shield to create an impenetrable shell. It also showed how you’ll be able to lead your men and issue commands in the midst of battle. It’s very bombastic stuff, but looks like an impressive attempt to bring ancient warfare to life.

Click here to find out about the other exclusive Xbox One titles.

Watch the Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 teaser trailer

Konami has released a short teaser trailer for PES 2014. It shows the slow motion drama and emotion of soccer, with pained expressions from players and enthusiastic fans.

Click here to see the teaser.

The Features:

E3 2013: Titanfall multiplayer first impressions

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Titanfall will be one of the first games to release on Xbox One, as Microsoft showed at their E3 2013 presentation. Developed by Respawn, Titanfall is set in a futuristic world where players take control of huge war machines called Titans. The game, which promises lots of swift, relentless action, has features reminiscent to Call of Duty andMirror’s Edge. The graphics weren’t nearly as stellar as other Xbox One games, but this could be because it will also release for Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts – more of the same

Playing Activision and Infinity Ward’s demo of Call of Duty: Ghosts, I was afraid it would be more of the same action that the series is known for. This game takes place in a different time and setting from previous editions, though, which should theoretically establish a new story.

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Hands on: we play Dark Souls II

Fans are poised for the arrival of Darks Souls II, the highly anticipated sequel to über-RPG Dark Souls, regarded by some to be the darkest, most difficult game ever made.

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E3 2013: announcements from Microsoft’s press conference

Microsoft ConferenceMicrosoft kicked off E3 2013 with a highly-anticipated press conference where they showed off their catalog of games for the Xbox One. Did their announcements match our expectations? Or was there something even more surprising? Join us as we take a look at Microsoft’s plans and share some of our impressions.

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E3 2013: Hands on with Murdered: Soul Suspect

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The teaser trailer of Murdered: Soul Suspect didn’t reveal much about the game, other than you were a ghost who has to solve his own murder. Square Enix’s expanded demo at E3 2013 revealed a lot more about the game and many of the core mechanics.

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E3 2013: What is Quantum Break?

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There’s something about Quantum Break that makes it special. After our hands-on with the game, I’m still not sure that I like it or not. But it’s clear that this game is like nothing we’ve seen before.

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E3 2013: Hands on with Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2

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Konami had a very subtle approach with the games that they showed off at E3 2013. The game that they’re focusing on is Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2. In this sequel, you now play as Dracula set in a fictional modern day world. The plot is that Satan is attempting to start the apocalypse and Dracula makes a deal with Death to regain lost powers and defeat Satan.

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E3 2013: Battlefield 4 multiplayer preview

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At E3 2013, EA showed off “Siege of Shanghai”, a multiplayer map for Battlefield 4. The map was previously demoed at their press conference to much applause from the audience. Highlighted features from DICE’s new title include simultaneous 32-vs-32 players, new locations, and dynamically destructible environments.

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Forza 5: the return of Drivatar

E3 2013 is all about the next generation of consoles. Microsoft is in a fierce battle with Sony, and every day brings a new revelation that tips the scale slightly more in one direction or the other. Their respective press conferences ended in a decisive win for Sony – PS4 seems a much more interesting console than the Xbox One.

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E3 2013: Saints Row 4 hands-on preview

After seeing the trailers for Saint’s Row 4, I was really excited to get a hands-on with the game. The demo that Deep Silver and Volition showed off was a small section of the game at the beginning, where the aliens first invade the White House.

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The PS4 = Games + Power + Freedom

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Sony is going all out for its new generation console. As we saw at yesterday’s EC 2013 presentation, there’s no other way to say it: Sony’s listened to users and given them everything they’ve ever asked for. They announced Killzone Shadow Fall (slated for the PS4 launch), DriveclubinFamous Second SonKnack and The Order (a new franchise from Santa Mónica Studios).

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E3 2013: Gameloft’s mobile games lineup

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Gameloft is showing off six new mobile games at E3 2013 and we’re here to give you a sneak peak of each. Planned for release on iOS and Android, the six games feature their own unique gameplay style, atmosphere, and graphics. Are you ready to get your hands on Despicable Me: Minion RushAsphalt 8Brothers in Arms 3Total ConquestGangstar Vegas, and Modern Combat 5?

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E3 2013: highlights from EA’s press conference

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Electronic Arts showed off 11 games at today’s press conference. A few of them were already known, such as FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4, while others like a new Mirror’s Edge or Star Wars Battlefront were wishful rumors. EA COO Peter Moore confirmed that these titles would be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, although some would also be available for the current generation of systems. To help show off the power of the new systems, many of these games will use new graphic engines such as Frostbite 3 and Ignite (the latter being mainly for EA Sports games). The development of these engines took the company nearly two years.

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