E3 2012

07.03.12

One of the big games of 2013 will feature new technology both under the hood and in the gameplay. Powered by Crytek’s proprietary CryENGINE, Crysis 3 promises to advance the state of the art with unparalleled visuals and dynamic shooter gameplay. Players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The developer talks about the new game in the exclusive video interview below.

07.03.12

In true celebrity fashion, the "surprise guest" for the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 display was growing late to the party by the minute. The sparsely dressed, gleaming eyed booth babe's plastered smiles wavered as they grew fatigued. Some guy with a big rim around his neck continued to waddle around, his purpose not exactly clear. The amassed crowd began to shift in their seats just as a commotion stirred in the back of the stage. Poof! Smoke hissed to cloud the entrance (in a very appropriate manner) of the Doggfather himself: Snoop Dogg. 

 

07.02.12

Dead Space has horrified audiences since it first started in 2008. You played as Isaac Clark, a ship systems engineer on titan station when all hell breaks lose. Setting the tone for the series is the soundtrack done by Jason Graves. Graves score in the series is chilling and often leaves players on the edge of their seat. In Dead Space 2, he used a wide range of instruments to horrify the player. Screeching violins, vibrant ambient noises and roaring electric guitars always kept the game fresh as you continued to fight against necromorphs. but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

07.02.12

TECMO KOEI America is offering a preorder incentive and Collector’s Edition version for DEAD OR ALIVE 5, which will ship on September 25 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The popular DOA series returns with a new look and feel while honoring the core franchise’s fighting legacy, and premiums for the game reflect this with both sensual in-game swimsuits for female characters and a deluxe set of both physical and in-game items in a sleek metal case for the Collector’s Edition. Created by Team NINJA, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 is coming off a strong showing at E3 2012.

07.02.12

Nearly 50 percent of all American homes have a video game console, according to research released last month by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and more Americans than ever are playing video games on smartphones, tablets and handheld devices. The ESA puts on E3 every year, which celebrates the biggest games in the industry.

06.30.12

A couple of months ago in Denver, Colorado, an event called the Pinball Showdown was held, and pinball makers and fans of all types got together to celebrate the machines of old, as well as new ones coming from manufacturers.  Along with Stern’s AC/DC pinball machine (and the recently announced X-Men), Jersey Jack Pinball brought details on its debut effort, one based on the cinematic classic The Wizard of Oz.  We managed to talk with the founder of the company, “Jersey Jack” himself, Jack Guarnieri, about what to expect from the table.

06.29.12

Timothy Michael Wynn has scored music in the video game industry since 2005. He has worked on known game franchises like Command & Conquer, Warhawk and Red Faction. You might have heard his work on CW’s Supernatural. His best work was in Warhawk as gave its vibrant atmosphere that suit it’s military theme. It’s Wynn’s behind the scenes work that helped make the game stand out from the rest, but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.29.12

DFC Intelligence has released its new report examining industry trends that emerged from the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) held in Los Angeles from June 5-7, 2012.  For a limited time DFC is making this report available for to anyone that signs up for the beta version of the DFC Dossier. The report found that Ubisoft (Watch Dogs) and Sony (Naughty Dog's The Last of Us) were some of the few original games to debut at the trade show.

06.27.12

Over the years, we’ve gotten used to understanding what a Fable game is supposed to be like.  Under the guise of Peter Molyneux and his team at Lionhead Studios, we’ve played through three games, all of which featured memorable quests, with different decisions to make and the ability to control your fate however you chose.  By Fable III, however, the formula was getting a little dry, so Microsoft began looking for ideas on how to expand it.  And one of those ideas was the previously announced Fable: The Journey, an exclusive project for Xbox 360’s Kinect device.

06.27.12

Last fall, Epic’s Gears Of War franchise came to a close. It has helped form the third person shooter genre as various publishers have adapted the Unreal Engine. The series launched in 2006 with Kevin Riepl designing the score for the game. The signature Gears Of War echo came from him and has been echoed through out the series. The thunderous bass, drums and orchestral clashing together are what fans come to expect. Riepi also showed his full repertoire by creating the somber and depressing times in Gears Of War, but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.26.12

One of the surprise Microsoft games at E3 2012 this year was Epic Games’ Gears of War: Judgment. The prequel to the bestselling trilogy is in development at People Can Fly and Epic Games. Rod Fergusson, director of production at Epic Games, talks about what’s in store for shooter fans come 2013 in this exclusive video interview below.

06.26.12

Konami had a pretty killer show this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.  Though Castlevania: Lords of Shadow II was present in video form only, it did have plenty of other playable games to offer, including the Lords of Shadow spin-off Mirror of Fate for 3DS, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and Frogger Pinball.  But in the middle of all this was its next soccer champion, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, or PES 2013 for short.

06.25.12

In just a matter of months, the new NBA season will kick in, and teams will challenge the recently championship crowned Miami Heat for superiority.  And in the video game world, the basketball war will heat up once more, with EA Sports’ returning NBA Live 13 going head-to-head against 2K Sports’ winning franchise, NBA 2K13.  We already did a news piece talking about the game in action, but now we’ve gone one step further, chatting with its producer, Erick Boenisch, about what to expect this time around.  Complete with game footage!

06.25.12

On Monday we talked with Sam Hulick, Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco about composing the Mass Effect soundtrack. This time we had the privilege of talking about another Bioware’s dark fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age. The series has many similarities from Mass Effect like interweaving dialogue choices throughout the current installments. However Unlike the Mass Effect series, score is done by one man. Inon Zur has been the franchises leading composer since day one, helping atmosphere behind the series. It’s an underrated soundtrack, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?