Posts Tagged ‘E3’

Hitman Interview: “The Aspiration Is To Build The Perfect Hitman Game”

By Philippa Warr on June 25th, 2015.

Front row, obviously. What? No. I'm definitely a fashiopn blogger.

The Hitman [official site] trailer shown at E3 gave a promising tease for a game which is provoking anxiety as well as anticipation. The sentiment I’ve heard echoing through editorials and comment sections boils down to “more Blood Money, less Absolution, please” but IO Interactive’s creative director, Christian Elverdam hopes to marry the best of both games, distilling them to find the essence of Hitman. Eau d’Assassin, perhaps?

“We’re trying to distil the essence of [Hitman],” Elverdam tells me. “We’ve been doing Hitman for fifteen years and we felt we had a chance now to try to build… I wouldn’t say the perfect hitman game, but the aspiration is to build the perfect Hitman game.”

We’re sitting in a little room at the back of the Square Enix booth a little removed from the scrum of the E3 show floor. Elverdam is about to take Agent 47 to a Parisian fashion show in an enormous mansion – possibly an art gallery. It’s at this swanky gathering that you’ll attempt to find a way to take out a gentleman by the name of Viktor Novikov.

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Master of Orion: A Hands-Off Peek

By Philippa Warr on June 23rd, 2015.

Vroom vroom!

Remake or reboot? That’s the question I asked Jacob Beucler, director of global operations at Wargaming during an E3 demonstration of Master of Orion [official site].

“Definitely a reboot,” he says. “We’re taking things very seriously in terms of what made this franchise great.” By this he means Master of Orion and its first sequel, not the curious but problematic Master of Orion 3 (which our Adam likes to pretend never even happened).

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God Foot: Total War Warhammer’s Wonderfully Weird Units

By Philippa Warr on June 19th, 2015.

When I go to watch the Creative Assembly team show off units from their upcoming Total War: Warhammer [official site] game, what really sticks out to me is the sense of humour. I’ve been to Total War previews before and the emphasis is very definitely on serious historical epic battles. This time around I watch a goblin with scrappy-looking wooden wings clamber into a catapult, preparing to fling himself into the ranks of the opposition.

“That’s called the Doomdiver catapult,” grins battle designer Simon Mann. “Goblins volunteer – I don’t know why you would – to have a pair of wooden wings strapped to their backs, get loaded into a catapult and then just get launched. In our game it is kind of silly, and there’s a lot of humour in the Warhammer franchise.”

The demo we’ve just seen didn’t involve a hands-on but it did give a decent peek at a lot of the units from the Empire and Greenskins factions. (Dwarfs and Vampire Counts will come a bit later, with Chaos also very strongly implied in trailers.) The Greenbacks are all manner of weird and wonderful, while the Empire occupies relatively familiar Total War territory – give or take the odd demigryph.

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Star Wars: Battlefront – A Yoghurt-Scented Hands-On

By Philippa Warr on June 19th, 2015.

Leave my lovely innocent AT-ST alone

R2-D2 smells like yoghurt. In fact, the whole second part of the Star Wars Battlefront [official site] queue at E3 smells like yoghurt. I’m in a group of 40 attendees waiting for our turn to do battle on Hoth in the final play session of E3. I think the yoghurty smell is coming from the copious dry ice, which is swirling around R2’s wheels as EA try to create a Hoth-like experience in a cavernous conference hall in downtown LA.

The Hoth of the game is not yoghurty, but it is gorgeous. An expansive snowy wilderness which we spawn into as Stormtroopers. Well, 20 of us do. The other 20 are rebel scum, ripe for the shooting.
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David Braben Talks About Rollercoasters

By Philippa Warr on June 19th, 2015.

Mate, I don't know what you're on about. It's clearly a dinosaur.

“Can I play as the dinosaur?” I ask a slightly jetlagged David Braben as we discuss the just-announced Planet Coaster [official site] after the PC Gaming Show at E3.

“Mmmm. Not at the moment but it’s a nice idea.”

He pauses then adds, “You do realise it’s not actually a dinosaur? It’s a bloke in a suit.”

“We’re done here.”

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Every Game From E3 In One Place, With Videos And Commentary

By RPS on June 18th, 2015.

E3 is in full swing. The announcements and press conferences are done, and attendees are getting down to the business of playing games, chugging energy drinks and wondering when it will all be over (TODAY, IT WILL ALL BE OVER TODAY). Pip is on-site but the rest of RPS stayed home, watching from afar. We’ve covered the showcase events, gathered all of the news and shouted CUPHEAD until our lungs burn.

Below, you’ll find details of every major PC game at the event, including those that were revealed for the first time. All of the trailers and videos are in one place, along with our thoughts about what we’ve seen.

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Hands On: Just Cause 3

By Adam Smith on June 16th, 2015.

Just Cause 3 [official site] is a spectator’s dream. I’d been playing for at least two and a half hours when I decided to take a walk around the room to see what all of the other journalists were up to. Some were testing the physics by attaching cars to boats, planes to people and spluttering scooters to everything. Some had learned to navigate the game’s new yet familiar setting – the fictional Mediterranean island of Medici – like ground-skimming superheroes, swift creatures of the air who used a combination of grapple lines, wingsuit and parachute to stay airborne. Some were exploding everything.

On one screen the Looney Tunes violence elsewhere had been transformed into something grim.

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Doom Isn’t About Chainsaws, Guns And Gore, It’s About Moving Sideways

By Nathan Ditum on June 16th, 2015.

Doom [official site] came to the Dolby Theatre as E3 began. Bethesda’s showcase event included an in-depth look at a game we already knew about, the announcement of a game that we already knew about and the blood-spattered reveal of a game we’ve been playing (in various forms) for most of our adult lives. Doom is back. Nathan Ditum was on-site for the live demonstration, and squinted through the gore and melee animations to find the rhythm of the past.

It’s a strange and difficult thing, to bring back a classic game. During the in-game demonstration of id’s new Doom at Bethesda’s E3 showcase, crowd reaction suggests that this particular reboot is on the right track. There are cheers when our hero punches a demon’s head clean off with an outrageous melee attack. There is a round of appreciative applause when an arm is wrenched off at the elbow and the palm used as a key (clever!). And there are delighted gasps as a demon is torn in the manner of a strongman phonebook trick, a wet fleshy tear from the jaw down.

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Vikings Vs Samurai Vs Knights: Ubisoft’s For Honor

By Adam Smith on June 16th, 2015.

A viking, a samurai and a knight walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Is this some kind of videogame?” and the knight replies, “Yes. Yes it is.”

For Honor was announced at the Ubisoft E3 event last night. Under development at Ubisoft Montreal, where 90% of the world’s games will soon be created, it’s a violent blend of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, War of the Vikings and daft-as-a-motorised-frog TV show Deadliest Warrior*. As a viking, samurai or knight, you’ll run around battlefields attempting to gain control of key areas, fighting human opponents as well as hacking your way through AI warriors. Two videos await below – a glossy made-for-E3 trailer and some multiplayer footage with dev commentary.

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Yu Suzuki On Board For Shenmue 3 Kickstarter

By Adam Smith on June 16th, 2015.

When Microsoft made the announcement that they’d be adopting some kind of Early Access process for the Xbone, I joked that one of the other major publishers would use their conference to announce a Kickstarter. And so..

Last night, while I was catching up on sleep after a frantic weekend, Sony invited Shenmue director Yu Suzuki onstage to announce that they would be funding and publishing Shenmue III on PS4 he would be Kickstarting the sequel and releasing it on PC and PS4. The campaign has already raised almost $1.8m of a $2m target.

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Beauty In Motion: E3 Just Got SUPERHOT

By Adam Smith on June 15th, 2015.

If you’d have told me that E3 would play host to a more attractive video than the CUPHEAD trailer we covered less than an hour ago, I would have laughed you out of the building. Doesn’t matter which building you were in – be it house, pub, shop or tower – I’d have shown up and chased you out of the backdoor, chortling like a ticklish hyena. If you happened to be outside at the time, I’d have laughed you off the planet.

That’s all over now. SUPERHOT [official site], the exquisite first-person shooter in which time only moves when you move, looks astonishingly beautiful in a new video, which you can see below.

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Remember Citadel? The New Tacoma Trailer Does

By Adam Smith on June 15th, 2015.

Tacoma [official site] – AKA wot the Gone Home studio are doing right now – isn’t necessarily channeling System Shock or 2001, but a short new trailer revealed during the Microsoft E3 conference suggests there’s something a little bit off about the AI on board the titular station. Steve Gaynor presented live onstage at the conference and spoke about how Gone Home had explored the familiar and Fullbright were now trying to show life in an unfamiliar place. His words seemed appropriate to his own situation as he stood in the echo chamber of whooping and hollering*. META.

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Fallout 4 Release Date Announced

By Philippa Warr on June 15th, 2015.

Nuclear winter is coming. I don’t know if that wordplay worked given the Boston setting for Fallout 4 [official site] seems pretty balmy but you’ll have to make your peace with it because it’s the best this jetlag will produce. As for *when* it’s coming, the answer is 10 November, 2015.

Fallout 4 was the big finale game at the Bethesda E3 conference, with Todd Howard revealing that the studio had been working on it properly for the past 4 years, although design started in 2009, pretty much as soon as Fallout 3 was done. At the event the company showed off a lot of artwork from the game as well as sharing more detail on some of the game’s mechanics, systems and setting.

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