I saw a trailer and gameplay of this game and it seems like it’ll be a fun game. The story follows Asura, a fallen god trying to seek revenge on this colleagues who have kidnapped his daughter. The gameplay is a cross between God of War and Bayonetta. You run around beating up baddies with the intensity of GoW but there are constant quick time events ala Bayonetta. The game may not be original but it looks like a competent copy. The graphics are quite good. It looks like it uses the same graphical design as Street Fighter IV. It has a cartoony look (albeit a dark one) and everything has deep crisp lines. It is to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Trailers of gameplay were shown at E3 and it looks like more Dead Rising. It has all of the new features the second game introduced and the trailers introduced a new area, Uranus Zone. Frank can take pictures just like in the first game and Uranus Zone introduces some new weapons, like a unicorn firework. I don’t like the Dead Rising series since I feel they lack polish and some game mechanics that are expected now. This seems like a game cashing in on the series’ success and at a retail price of $40 bucks, it looks that way too. It could’ve just been DLC. Fans will like this game but it won’t change anyone’s mind if you don’t like Dead Rising. It’s coming out this fall for the PS3, 360 and PC.
A fantasy epic, this game looks rather pretty but the story seems predictable and familiar. I saw a video of some gameplay and the camera seemed bad, the buttons were already laid out and it seemed to get hectic without you know where you are. You fight with three other NPCs that fight independently and it seems to be an Action RPG but I could be wrong, I don’t really know for sure. The game isn’t finished so the problems could be addressed but from what I’ve seen, it’s not on my radar. It’ll be released March 27, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
The Resident Evil series has been hit or miss for me. The E3 trailer seemed good but the last team based Resident Evil games, the Outbreak series, were just bad games with flawed execution and severely aging game mechanics. Gameplay shows four player co-op that is online only (boo). It seems to be using an over the shoulder perspective, like Resident Evil 4 and 5. You play as Umbrella operatives (yes, you are the bad guys) and they are well trained. As such, you can do melee takedowns and will utilize cover. You’ll be killing those trying to stop the virus outbreak, as well as zombies when they attack you. If you start bleeding, you’ll attract zombies to come after you. It honestly look pretty good and seems to be more like the recent iterations with its emphasis on action gameplay, rather than survival horror. They may have learned something from playing Gears of War. It is slated to be released at the end of the year for PS3, PC and 360.
Resident Evil: Revelations
The only game Capcom is showing for the Nintendo 3DS, this game stars Jill Valentine on a boat looking for Chris Redfield. It takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5. The trailer seemed to show a typical Resident Evil story: engaging but predictable however, the game seems really polished. Gameplay shows that it appears to control like the RE4 but it’s not action oriented. This game goes back to its survival horror origins and focus is on obtaining items and information. A good way to describe it would be Resident Evil 3 but with Resident Evil 4 graphics and controls. I scare easy so this probably won’t be up my alley but I am intrigued by it. One thing to note: although I’m sure the touch screen and 3D effects will be utilized, neither of the 3DS’ exclusive capabilities were on display. It’ll be released in 2012.
Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition
Okay. First thing: SF33SOE. Why are these titles so long? It’s unnecessary. Just call it Street Fighter III Online. SF3O. That’s fine. It’s not vital to know that it’s the third version of Street Fighter III in the title. Second thing: the trailer is freakin’’ stupid. Alright, with that out of the way, the game will feature a trials mode, YouTube functionality to upload replay videos and obviously online play. The trials mode is essentially a training mode to teach you the game mechanics. The parry trial is the standout one, as the final one has you recreate 2004 Evo tournament champ Diago’s 15 hit parry of Chun-Li’s Super Art. Multiple graphic filters will let you stretch the original 4:3 perspective into 16:9 widescreen and transform the graphics into HD or leave it in it’s original pixelated look. I loved this game on the Dreamcast and I’m sure I’ll love this. Probably for Street Fighter and fighting game fans only but I’m one of them and online play will be awesome for this title. An easy buy for me. It’s for the 360 and PS3, will retail for 1200 Microsoft points or $15 and will be released this summer.
Street Fighter X Tekken
I love fighting games and this makes me happy. The game uses the Street Fighter 4 graphic look and is a 2D fighter. Matches appear to be 2 on 2 and you can mix and match any of the combatants. Gameplay footage showed Kazuya’s Super Move. It was a three hit combo followed by a eye beam blast from his Devil persona. It also showed off other Tekken characters doing their Super Moves. The trailer also showed off some impressive juggling combos as well. This game looks to be really amazing. Ryu, Chun-Li, Kazuya, Nina, Ken, Guile, Abel, Julia, King, Marduk, Bob, Cammy, Sagat and Hwoarang are all confirmed to be in the game. Cole McGrath from Infamous 2 will also be in the Playstation Vita version, as well as the PlayStation 3. Tekken characters can use the Street Fighter 6 button layout or the Tekken 4 button layout and many of the Tekken characters will keep their moves from the Tekken game, keeping it true to that series. Fighters will now be able to charge their special attacks for automated EX and Super moves. Also, to encompass the Tekken gameplay, some of the Street Fighter characters are reported to be controlled somewhat differently that in past Street Fighter games. I am SOOOOOO excited about this game. I love fighters and this looks to be as mind blowing as Street Fighter IV was when it was launched.
Capcom has a decent line-up to show at E3. My favorite from Capcom would be Street Fighter X Tekken. Can’t wait for that game. Having said that, I think the Resident Evil games are looking pretty good, specifically the 3DS game. I was very surprised by how solid that game played.
Thanks to IGN, Gamespot and G4TV’s coverage of E3 for giving me the latest E3 updates and my sources for my coverage.