“Oh, shit!” was Derek Smart’s reaction upon hearing the announcement of Sony Online Entertainment’s PlanetSide 2. Smart and his team of thirty at 3000AD had been working on his newest, similarly-themed title Line of Defense for some time before Sony broke the news, but Smart is a PlanetSide fan and has no hard feelings toward the game or its team. “They’re not doing anything different. They’re not doing anything innovative. I see it’s more of a polished PlanetSide… which isn’t a bad thing. I say it on Twitter all the time, but I think people are going to be disappointed if they’re expecting anything different.” The bombast of SOE’s large and loud booth to play that game kept things in perspective as a few days earlier, I’d visited Derek Smart in a quiet hotel room for a one-on-one interview and preview of his new indie game, one he hopes will be his most approachable one yet.
Hiding in plain sight, Microsoft had a single kiosk dedicated to Motocross Madness on the E3 show floor. The game hadn’t been announced in any capacity and it was a bit of a surprise, but Microsoft deemed it worthy enough to fly one of its twenty-five developers from Austria-based Bongfish to show it off. Destined for a post-Summer release, Motocross Madness is a reboot of the series for Xbox Live Arcade, something that Microsoft actually came to Bongfish with after their success with the snowboarding title Stoked.
During this year’s E3, we climbed up to the lofty second floor of the Microsoft booth and caught a preview of Forza Horizon, the latest racing game from developer Playground Games in association with Turn 10 . From the offset, the developer told us that this is not strictly a racing sim and it’s not an arcade racer. “This is an action racing game.”
For years I’ve dreamed of being able to go to E3. The Electronic Entertainment Expo. Mecca. Heaven for a gamer. Ever since I first heard of it, 15-odd years ago, I wanted to find a way to get there and get in.
Unfortunately, I was never able. I was too busy working, I wasn’t an employee of one of the game retailers and I wasn’t a member of the press so there was just no way I could get there and justify gaining admission to the biggest gaming expo in the world.
Now that another E3 is done and over, it seems fitting that the media collectively bellows about how much they were let down and irritated by the whole thing. If you’ve been listening to our podcasts or reading our articles, you knew from afar that this show would be on cruise control as publishers are saving a lot of their talent and resources for next-gen consoles that won’t be announced until next year’s show. This was my fourth E3, but my first as media. So what was really the issue with this year’s show? The same as most any other year: the people who don’t need to be there.
Blast it! No one made me laugh. Don’t get me wrong, I was quite amused by the two comments. So here, take another shot. Same rules as last time. Write a caption that best fits the awkward facial expression or body position. Try to win some of my E3 swag — if you dare. Read the rest of this article…
In a world of MMORPG’s, there’s one game that strives to stands out above the rest. Age of Wushu does just that in its own unique way.
I’m not sure how it happened, but this E3 was more than happy to pull at my heart strings with reboots of my favorite franchises. My most anticipated title going into the show was XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a reimagining of my favorite game of all time by Firaxis, known for their landmark Civilization games. After a presentation of the game and a (very) brief interview, I thankfully walked away with more answers than questions. I’m now confident that XCOM: Enemy Unknown, nearly twenty years removed from its forebear, can win a place in my heart.
E3 is a sausage fest. Mostly. I know that isn’t much of a surprise to me or anyone else but I thought I would point it out. So if you are trying to get a bunch of people at your booth next year, here’s what to do. Read the rest of this article…
Yeah…that happened…Planetside 2 got its hands all over me today and I, in turn, did some handling of IT, as well.
I made my way to the Sony Online Entertainment booth, where I got to go hands on with a few different titles, including Wizardry online, D.C. Universe Online and, of course, Planetside 2.
So what were my thoughts?