It’s that time — time for the week long game fest that is E3. The entire NHS team will be covering the show for GameShark this week. Well, everyone but Barnes. He’s legally not allowed to leave Georgia. (Well, according to his wife, anyway.)
But the rest of the crew, as well as several other GameShark writers, will be on hand.
Here’s what we have planned…
The GameShark crew this year consists of me, Todd, Brandon, Danielle, GameShark Sr. Editor Brian Rowe (@UndeadAreGo) freelancer Mitch Dyer (@MitchyD), Tom Chick (@…wait Tom doesn’t use Twitter, nevermind), our newest writer Justin Amirkhani (@Keadin), and video man Jason McMaster, who isn’t taking any video this year. I am a genius.
Planning E3 is a real bitch, and the NHS crew won’t see every game at the show but — we’re going to see a lot of them. I wanted to share some of our schedule this year so you’ll have an idea of what we can talk about here during the show and what you can expect us to talk about on our nightly E3 podcasts.
Seriously make sure to tune into the podcasts because we have a lot of people on talking games and having a good time. We’re usually punch drunk (not really drunk, as drunk E3 podcasting is never, ever a good idea).
Anyway our schedule:
A Game of Thrones (me and Todd)
The 2 hour EA Tour (Mass Effect 3, Madden, NCAA, etc.) (Me and Todd)
Battlefield 3 (me)
Star Wars MMO (me)
Aliens: Colonial Marines (Brandon)
Namco (Dark Souls…I am not seeing this, Brandon is, which makes me sad. I’m booked for the EA Tour during the Dark Souls apt.)
Serious Sam BFE (Brandon)
CD Project (Todd)
Warner (Batman) (Danielle)
Sega: Rise of Nightmares (Danielle)
Kalypso (Tropico 4, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action) (me)
505 Games (Brandon, Danielle, where we see Danielle play a Kinect swimming game)
Bethesda (hands on RAGE, also Skyrim likely non playable demo. Great lemon squares.) (Me, Brandon, Todd)
Paradox (me and Todd)
2K Games (me and Brandon) — likely seeing XCOM, Darkness II
The rest of SEGA (Danielle)
Paramount (Danielle, new Star Trek game)
DTP Entertainment (Todd)
THQ (Saints Row bitches! And Space Marine.) (Me and Brandon)
BioShock Infinite (Me, Todd, Danielle)
Deep Silver (Dead Island) (Brandon)
Square Enix (Deus Ex) (Todd)
So, that’s it, at least from the NHS team’s perspective. You likely noticed some big names not on that list — Sony, for instance. That’s because we can’t see everything between the four of us and it’s why I have a team of nine people.
But if you want to know what we thought of a particular game/company booth now you know when we’re seeing what. As for updates here on the blog, we’ll do what we can. Remember we’re going there for GameShark and you can expect daily recaps posted every night starting on Tuesday with brief write ups from the entire GShark E3 team located on the main page of Gameshark.com. The weekend after E3 is when we get everything together and post our massive E3 A-Z feature. I’ll post that link here when it’s done. It’s a beast of a feature. In addition, we’ll post here as well, about individual games that caught our eye, in a more relaxed blog format.
Our E3 2011 banner (a Danielle creation) is below so when you see that, you know — “hey an E3 update!”
Barnes will also be around posting press releases and making sad posts about how he can’t be at E3.
We’ll return to regular blog operations starting June 13th. For a week, at least. After that I go to Yellowstone with the family for a week and Brandon is also going on vacation so it’ll be Mike, Todd and Danielle holding down the fort while we’re gone.
OK time to announce the winner of the Hunted contest! I played a few hours of co-op with Brandon Friday night and we had a lot of fun. It’ s a hard game — you can easily die after only a few direct hits. Brandon played the brute and never did seem to get the whole “I need to use this shield” tactic. And you really do need to work as a team or you’re dead. I liked that. Brandon did not. Brandon should never, ever, play Demon’s Souls. But remember what Brandon has always said: he is not good at videogames.
Brandon is an honest man.
So – the winner of this shiny new game is: (Bill goes off to use Random.Org…)
Congrats! I’ll drop you an email shortly and get the game out hopefully Monday. If not Monday…then after E3. So hopefully Monday.