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  • 10Jun

    E3 Hands On: Skylanders Giants

    We didn’t have an Activision appointment at E3 2012, but as I was walking by, I decided to see if I can get some hands on time with Skylanders Giants. We previously had Jackson review Skylanders and from what I know, Skylanders is a HUGE hit with kids (and probably some adults too). Skylanders is a game where physical toys come to life in the game. There is a portal that you place your game character on and that instantly allows the player to play as that character. I learned at E3, that all characters, even the new ones, remember what level they are. So if you take your characters to a friend’s house, that little figure will know what level it’s at and you can play right away with it. For Skylanders Giants, there are eight new collectible figures. They are called Giants for a reason, they are actually

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  • 10Jun

    E3 Review – Dust: An Elysian Tail

    Along the Microsoft E3 booth were a variety of Summer of Arcade titles out for people to try. I immediately was drawn to Dust: An Elysian Tail. I hadn’t heard of this title previously and a quick google search shows me that it is the brainchild of Humble Hearts Studios. Dust: An Elysian Tail was previously a Dream.Build.Play winner in 2009. You play as Dust who is a fox I think. The website says that Dust is trying to liberate an oppressed village, and rediscover his past. He is accompanied by Fidget, his sidekick who actually does help in combat. In the demo, I got a look at the very funny dialog that occurs between Dust and Fidget. Hopefully that is a sign of something that carries throughout the game. The 2D action games has beautiful graphics. I saw mentioned that this game was hand painted by the creator. Which

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Of Orcs and Men

    If you’ve ever been playing one of the numerous fantasy/action/RPGs and are on you 50th wave of ocrs and goblins you need to kill to make it to the 51st wave, you may have thought to yourself at some point, “Self? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play as an orc or a goblin instead and wail on some humans for a change?” This is your chance! Of Orcs and Men takes place in a world at war, with the Empire of Men on the verge of wiping out all orcs and goblins by means of genocide. Entering the game first as an elite orc solider from the Bloodjaws (a legendary legion from the orc armies). He is a veteran warrior who’s been there done that seen it all kind of orc with one last mission to complete: Kill the human emperor to stop the war

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Sim City

    I love to play simulation games and have control over operations whether it’s been a theme park, airport, household or a city. So when I had the chance to sit in and watch a demo of the new Sim City coming out for PC next Februrary, I jumped on it. Graphics wise the game looks absolutely beautiful. The interface and the way that the game looks overall has received a wonderful face lift. A lot of the upgrades can be attributed to the Glassbox engine which makes the entire world just look amazing, even down to finer details like stop lights changing. But where you can see a lot of the changes is in the design interface for building your city. They said that the design for development was highly inspired from things like Google Maps, and that when they were developing the game they wanted to make sure things looked

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Hands-on Preview: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

    If you took what little grittiness Kingdom Hearts had with the first game and threw up cotton candy and pastel colors all over it, you’d get Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (KH3DS). I’m not saying that it looks terrible; it’s just um, very, VERY Disney Town (see Birth by Sleep) and brightly, brightly colored. It’s definitely nothing like the earlier KH games, but it looks and plays a lot like BBS. If you loved the way BBS handled, gameplay-wise, get ready for a second helping. It seems that Square Enix has finally figured out what control scheme they want to use for the franchise from now on. Be thankful it’s not the control scheme from Re:Coded. In case you aren’t familiar with those controls, they aren’t your traditional “tap X to slash.” Players load a set list of commands into the character’s arsenal, such as special attacks, magic spells, and even

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Scribbleauts Unlimited

    Scribblenauts is back with Scribblenauts Unlimited for the Wii U and it will feature more expansive gameplay and no limits on how the player uses his or her imagination within the game. Still a side-scrolling game, Scribblenauts Unlimited features high-definition hand-drawn scenery and objects. Players will help the game’s hero, Maxwell, solve puzzles and challenges by creating any object they can imagine, just like the previous game. What’s different in this version is that players will be able to create their own original objects and assign those objects unique properties (while playing the demo, I was told someone earlier in the week had created a Bacon Unicorn just because they could). They will also be able share their creations with other players online, which can then be either further modified or used in game by the other players. 5th Cell has also added a backstory for Maxwell where players will

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Hands-on Preview: New Super Mario Bros. U

    Believe it or not, I actually played a Super Mario Bros. game willingly. Now here’s the kicker: I enjoyed it. Wha???? I liked a platformer? It’s true, but not in the traditional sense of a platformer. With New Super Mario Bros. U, players who wield the GamePad can become a game master of sorts and help or hinder the other players. While your compadre runs the gauntlet, the GamePad player can create new blocks to help the other player reach new heights or get out of trouble, like if he or she falls into a zone of Munchers and can’t escape without the sweet embrace of death. With the GamePad, you can also tap on enemies to knock them out or bump them out of the way if Mario gets in trouble. Of course, you don’t have to use this power for good. You can also use it to create evil by

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: EA Mobile and Social Games

    Stephanie and Summer got to hit up the EA Preview for their latest line of mobile and social games during E3 2012. Here’s the details and what they thought of them! OUTERNAUTS Stephanie: Outernauts is an RPG type adventure game that will be coming to Facebook this summer. In the game, you are an Outernaut who will have to fight space pirates and help out other people on your journey. The game itself actually looks pretty good and features great graphics, sound and fun controls. As an Outernaut, you do battle with the assistance of your various pets that you can trap and collect around the worlds you visit. These pets can level up, and will also live on your own personal world that you can enlarge and customize to your own liking. The more space and feeders, the more pets you can have! Since it is a Facebook game,

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