B3 2012 Screenshot Gallery

 

How ’bout them E3 screenshots y’all? I am so STOKED about all of the eyecandy pouring out of┬áLos Angeles┬álike sweet love-nectar from the loins of our corporate overlords and their press agencies. Of course with B3 occuring in tandem with video gaming’s biggest marketing event, we have a screenshot gallery of our own. Step inside, walk this way, you and me baby, hey hey hey!

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors – Guilty Pleasure

Most of the games we cover are serious and mature. They dwell in dark worlds of murder and deceit. We talk a lot about game such as The Witcher 2, Batman, and Dark Souls, but I don’t want to be entrenched in angst every single time I play game. Sometimes, I want my games to be bright and irreverent.

Since One Piece: Pirate Warriors was developed by Omega Force, the developer behind Dynasty Warriors and Fist of the North: Ken’s Rage, the gameplay shouldn’t require much explanation – pound the living snot out of huge mobs of bad guys, pull off a bunch of flashy moves, head to the next area, and repeat. It’s the way we played games when we were growing up, and I like to let the kid in me have some fun every now and then.

Besides, One Piece is a surprisingly good series. Yes, it looks weird, and I still struggle to get past that sometimes. But, it’s both funny and exciting, and filled with superhuman pirates; a good recipe for a beat-’em-up if you ask me.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #127

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It’s E3 Day 2, so that must mean it’s time for Jumping the Shark E3 Podcast Day 1. (Surprise!) Hear some Dishonored love, some Elder Scrolls Online hate, Arkham City Wii U surprises, and quite a bit more as Bill, Brandon, and I sum up our first day on the show floor.

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E3: Borderlands 2 and Dishonored Quick Hits

It’s late and I’m exhausted, but I wanted to throw up some quick points about Borderlands 2 and Dishonored, two of the best games I saw today, and two games that will probably end up being some of my favorites of the show.

Bill and I played both games, cooperatively in the case of Borderlands 2 and separately in the case of Dishonored. In fact, they had to usher us out of the room when we were playing Borderlands 2, so enamored were we.

Don’t worry, this won’t be my last word on either of these games. I just wanted to throw up some quick impressions.

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Elder Scrolls Online. Hmm.

It seems an odd time to develop an mmo and while it is impossible to deny the staggering popularity of The Elder Scrolls games, it is very much an uncertainty whether or not Bethesda can lure the players of the strictly solo RPGs to jump online and share the world with other adventurers.

We always say that it is unwise to overly praise E3 demos, but it is equally unwise to be too critical, particularly with a hands off developer driven demo.

That said.

It looks sort of…bland. The combat, while action oriented and not old school mmo, still has powers and cool downs (despite what the Zenimax rep said during the demo). The idea of public dungeons seems taken right out of Warhammer Online and the public quest system. There are private instances, raids, and pvp with hundreds of people per side.

It is also a low min spec game, which should be laptop friendly and not too graphic intensive but should look sharp on higher end rigs. The demo we saw looked…ok. The vistas look fine but the character animations need work.

There are novel ideas here, such as branching storylines and bonuses for playing as a group such as turning a simple fire spell into an area of effect firebomb just by grouping with teammates.

There still didn’t seem to be too many features here that will entice those with mmo fatigue unless you are just itching to join forces In the world of The Elder Scrolls. I realize I may not be the target audience here, but I have played my share of mmos and I’m not sold yet.

Sony’s Press E3 2012 Event — thoughts from afar

Last of UsOne of the strangest things about not going to E3 after years of going to it is being able to watch the press events. Notice I didn’t say “best”. I’m so used to spending the Monday of E3 week getting to LA and being “intimately” patted down by TSA agents that I haven’t seen MIcrosoft or Sony’s dog and pony show since 2008. While I always used to physically show up for Nintendo’s, all I knew of the other publisher’s showcases/clusterfucks were the prevailing memes coming out of them. Continue Reading…

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron E3 Trailer

This trailer may not have an ounce of gameplay, but gosh is it pretty, and we do love our Transformers.

At this very moment, Brandon is likely quivering with glee.

Dead Space 3 E3 Screenshots

I wasn’t going to post any more screenshots for today, but you know what? Dead Space is awesome, so deal with it.

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Skyrim Dawnguard DLC E3 Screenshots

Dishonored E3 Screenshots