As many of you may now know, SimCity 5 is slated for release in early next year. Maxis is promising us a glorious and grand return of the title, with amazing new game play and world set up. Yet, they now have some major competition in the city building and simulation genre. SimCity’s cheif competition is Cities XL, which first appeared in 2009 to fill the city building and simulation void left by Maxis and EA when they chose to take such a long break from the franchise. It offers users a full 3D world that could be zoomed into street level and panned 360°, as well as multiplayer capabilities. Cities XL offers and entire globe full of city locations and a variety or maps to choose from, with stunning new and updated graphics it brought to us everything that Sim City 4 couldn’t or hadn’t.read more
While at E3 I had the opportunity to play the upcoming Scribblenauts title for Wii U for a few minutes. Once it was announced at Nintendo‘s conference, people seemed pretty excited about it, as the innovative title is well loved on portable consoles but this will be it’s first appearance on a home console. Given the fact that it was previously on DS, it lends itself extremely well to adaptation on the Wii U GamePad, with it’s similar touch screen controls and navigational button layouts.read more
My colleagues and I had an exciting opportunity to meet with the people at Perfect World while we were at E3. They gave us a brief tutorial and allowed us to plunge into their upcoming game, Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter. Unbelievably, this new MMO will be entirely free to play. Having heard this before about other games, I expected to see something with lackluster graphics and a simpleton storyline. With those expectations in place, I was entirely unprepared for what was placed in front of me for play.read more
Everyone seemed pretty shocked when Nintendo‘s E3 conference kicked off with a video displaying Pikmin running around Mr. Miyamoto’s dressing room. There were pleasantly surprised gasps to be heard all throughout the conference hall. Of course, they were speculating that this meant the announcement of a new Pikmin title, but all the same, the crowd burst into applause when the “Pikmin 3″ title page came up on the big screen. After waiting in line for a while, I finally got to try it out for myself.
The demo that I had the opportunity to play was a level where your mission is to gather as much fruit as you can within the 7:00 minute time limit. Unfortunately, in the current level of development, the controls were not yet fully interchangeable with the Wii U Controller; I could play only with the WiiMote and Nunchuk. The layout of the level looked very similar to the first levels in Pikmin, with lush greenery, ponds, and a nasty bug problem (which the Pikmin and I took care of). The graphics for this new title are breathtaking, almost unbelievable when looking back on previous Pikmin titles, but we have to remember that there has not yet been a TRUE Wii version of Pikmin.read more
Sony revealed quite a few things at E3 2012 and at their press conference. I took this video during the press conference on June 4th. I just got the video uploaded so please take a look if interested.read more