E3 Video: Agni’s Philosophy – Final Fantasy Realtime Tech Demo

Square Enix had this to show at E3 to wow audiences with. It’s new tech, not necessarily a game, that this bit of footage shows off in realtime. In other words, none of this is pre-rendered.

Servers didn’t slave over hours to push out pixels frozen in film. Everything in this clip was happening, as the title says, in realtime until someone captured the demo to post on the ‘net. Which means that one day, possibly very soon, you might be playing a game that looks as good as this.

E3 Video: Star Wars 1313

Gametrailers posted this segment up showing off part of the demo that Lucasarts held with Geoff Keighley yesterday. This is the new Star Wars, third-person cover shooter title being worked on which casts you as a bounty hunter heading down to level 1313 on Coruscant. In this segment, your partner has decided to take a much faster way down.

For the Star Wars newbies, Coruscant is the heart of the Empire and whose surface is covered and layered by a titanic city. “1313″ is a reference to “CT-1313″, a fake ID that Boba Fett had used in an expanded universe story, but here, it’s used to name level 1313 of Coruscant. That’s right, the city has “thousands” of layers and this one is supposed to be the home to Coruscant’s worst.

Keep in mind that everything you see is in-game from the cinematics to the interaction. Excited yet?

E3 Video: Medal of Honor – Warfighter

EA’s selling point for their revived Medal of Honor series is that it’s set a lot closer to the modern world than “those other” shooters. That means taking you into hot spots like Somalia’s pirate infested coast to pursue your objectives and dealing with the grit that comes with that kind of work. And that’s also thanks to the Frostbyte 2 engine running underneath the hood, the same engine running EA’s Battlefield 3.

That’s where this gameplay reveal from EA’s press event goes, so be warned – it does get violent.

E3 Video: Watch Dogs

The nearly ten minute debut of Watch Dogs, a new IP from Ubisoft that plays on information as a weapon…and then some. It’s like a mash up of The Net, Sneakers, a little Cyberpunk, and Eagle Eye blended in gently with Splinter Cell and Grand Theft Auto. So it’s all kind of awesome.

Also, it gets pretty brutal in both language and bodily harm, so be warned. The UK rating stamp isn’t just there for show.

Ghost Recon Alpha

Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier is only a little more than a week away and to celebrate the series’ impending return, they’ve put together a small prequel movie called Ghost Recon Alpha.

It crams more story in the twenty minutes it runs (25 if you count the credits) than some shooters do and it does get bloody, so be warned. This goes to the mat with bad guys and bullets.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier releases on the PS3 and the Xbox 360 on May 22nd. PC is getting its own copy June 12th.

“I don’t want to be an eggplant again,” and other lines from the Kid Icarus: Uprising trailer

The new trailer for the long-awaited “Kid Icarus: Uprising” shows what could be a very fun game that lets players fight a bunch of monsters while somehow manages to include at least one robot-like device in a world that’s inspired by Greek mythology.

It also features some of the cheesiest writing in gaming history. At first I wondered if the writing was just bad, then I realized it was intentionally bad.

Or maybe this is just Nintendo’s way of tying to convince people to stop asking for voice acting in Zelda games.

Here are just a few lines:

  • “I don’t want to be an eggplant again.”
  • “If he deep fries you, keep your distance. One bite, and you’ll be finished.”
  • “It was bad enough when the dark forces were contained in the underworld.”
  • “Get ready for a display of raw angel power.”

(H/t Kotaku)

Mass Effect 3 gives “Femshep” her own trailer, stuff blows up

This is a couple days old, but I didn’t get a chance to post BioWare’s new Mass Effect 3 trailer until now.

This is the first trailer from the Mass Effect trilogy to feature a female Commander Shepherd, commonly known “Femshep” among many of the same fans who call the male version of the game’s protagonist “Broshep.” Anyone who has played Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2 know that the game allows players to build a custom male or female character. Anyone who has not played a Mass Effect game should check them out, since the franchise is this writer’s favorite series to debut during the current console generation.

“Femshep” is voiced by Jennifer Hale, who is widely regarded as one of the premier voice actresses in video games. Watch her and her allies blow stuff up in space in the new trailer:

Semi-actual competition in sports gaming: Dueling trailers for MLB 12: The Show and MLB 2K12

There was a time, known as the 1990s and early 2000s, when actual competition existed between the producers of sports games.

Players who wanted a football game could choose between the Madden, NFL 2K and NFL Quarterback Club. Players who had a Sony console could choose NFL Gameday, at least until that series vanished from gaming in 2005.

Of course, NFL 2K and NFL Quarterback Club series are also relics of an earlier time. EA Sports enjoys an exclusive NFL license, and thus are the only publisher to make an NFL video game.

It’s a similar story for basketball and hockey. 2K Sports’ outstanding NBA 2K series has emerged as the (for now) unchallenged king of NBA simulations, and EA Sports is the only publisher making an NHL game.

Baseball is a little bit different. Sony Computer Entertainment’s MLB: The Show franchise enjoys wide acclaim, but is exclusive to Sony consoles. 2K Sports gets to publish their MLB 2K series for all consoles, but their game has yet to earn the same kind of admiration as The Show.

 Personally, I consider MLB 2K11 to be a “B+” game. I’ve actually been playing it quite a bit lately and have been having fun, but every now and then I will see a player animation that just does not make sense. It’s not a bad game by any means, but my heart will always belong to MVP Baseball 2005.

That said, it’s almost time for new baseball titles, and here are the trailers for MLB 12: The Show and MLB 2K12. If you have a PlayStation 3 and want to play video baseball, you actually have a choice between the two titles.

MLB 12: The Show

 

MLB 2K12

Link goes to the desert in new Zelda footage

Nintendo released a couple new videos today showing Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword hero Link in action in the game’s Lanayru Desert and Lanayru mining facilities.

First impressions: The footage showing how the game will employ motion controls while Link rides a mine cart Indiana Jones-style was an interesting surprise. The sequences showing Link using a leaf-blower like device as weapon were another surprise.

The presence of a Gohma-like boss was not a surprise, however, since a version of the giant arachnid has appeared in many Zelda titles.

Here is the first clip, the second is after the jump:

Skyward Sword is scheduled to be released Nov. 20 for Nintendo Wii.
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Grand Theft Auto V trailer released today

Here it is, Rockstar Games’ first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V:

Thoughts:

1. Rockstar doesn’t seem to able to fail when it comes to recreating cities. Los Santos looks like it will be so close to the real Los Angeles that I will be able to recognize actual neighborhoods and landmarks.

2. The shots of laborers and windmills in places that resemble the real-life Central Valley and Coachella Valley make me wonder if the “state” of San Andreas will be back in some way. If memory serves, Rockstar only introduced San Fierro/San Francisco when first promoting GTA: San Andreas, and then revealed Los Santos and Las Venturas/Las Vegas much later.

3. The recession and foreclosures appear to be a theme in the game. This should be interesting given that GTA, for all its violence, could be interpreted as a moralistic satire of American greed and excess. (Then again, parts of the games just seem to be about ridiculous levels of mayhem.)

4. Recent Rockstar John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) was introduced in the game as a reformed criminal, who despite the events of his storyline, didn’t want to kill anybody. I wonder if GTA V’s lead character will similarly be more sympathetic than past leads.

4.5. I’ve read rumors that GTA V will feature multiple protagonists, which again makes me wonder if more than one city will be featured in the game.