You, Me, and E3: Day 2 — Everything from ‘All-Stars’ to ‘ZombiU’
Kids, I am BEAT! Two full days of running around the massive E3 floor and trust me, I needed some hardcore sleep. Next year, better shoes, for sure.
Saw lots of great stuff during E3. There was a ton of great exhibits there, so I’m gonna try to run down the list real quick with some first impressions, but you know the GotGame Crew will break them down into more detail in the coming days. I’m going to try to recall everything I put my hands on during day 1…
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: I had a blast with this title, due out in Holiday 2012. With about eight fighters and four stages revealed, this title admittedly looks like a Super Smash Bros title clone. Fortunately, I like Super Smash Bros. All your favorite PlayStation stars duking it out to be king of the console, it’s going to be a hit with all ages. Plus, I want to mention that I whooped major ass during our demo run. Look for my in-depth E3 preview coming soon.
- Forza: Horizon: Usually if I’m playing a racing game, there’s Koopa shells launching out of the car. But this was undeniably fun. Even the music really fit the pace. Only one short track was playable, but you’ll be racing to the finish line in no time flat. Just try not to wreck up the expensive foreign car like I did…
- The Walking Dead: Episode 2: If you like the show, you have to be playing the game. One unique point to it is whatever you did in Episode 1 carries over to this episode. So… who did you kill off? Ramon will have a full report on that one.
- Bellator Fighting Championship: This was the only combat sport game being introduced at E3 this year, and frankly I had low expectations from it, but 345 games pleasantly surprised me. Other MMA games are slow and clunky. Controls are hard, and combinations need to be exact. Not so with Bellator, which actually has more of an arcade fighter feel. I’ve got a full rundown on this game, so glove up!
- Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter and Raiderz: I finally gave in to MMORPGs and gave these Perfect World titles a try. Neverwinter seemed smooth, and very faithful to the D&D continuity, but Raiderz, admittedly still not in final stages, seemed very clunky in its control. There will be more coming up soon as more work is done.
- Nyko showed us some cool peripherals. Ramon has more on that coming up, but if you’re a hardcore fighting game enthusiasts, you should take a look at their Free Fighter fighting stick. Launching in Fall, the stick will retail for about $180, and have detachability between stick and buttons, programmable macros, variable turbo speeds to keep the opponent guessing, and will be EVO- and MLG-approved for professional gaming.
- Then there was the Wii U demos. OMG. You gotta play this. They’re not messing around. Yeah, they have the NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros. U, but you also have to check out items like ZombiU and Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition. They’re out there, proudly demonstrating to the world that the Wii U is not going to just be a kiddy toy. They’re vicious, they’re bloody, they’re the yang to the cartoon-y title’s yin. And it works. WAY more on that coming up soon. And way more coming up on the E3 goodies tomorrow in the blog.