Each time I have had a chance to look at gameplay from Square Enix/Crystal DynamicsTomb Raider prequel, the girl child in me does "the dance of joy." At the Microsoft Media Briefing this morning, I was treated to another demo of game visuals and gameplay mechanics that solidified my pre-order intentions for the game.
With the introduction of the Kinect (from Microsoft), Playstation Move (from Sony), and Wii Motion (from Nintendo) there has been a massive surge in the number of games in the fitness genre. Many of these games are designed to appeal to the healthier side of life. Many gamers enjoy being active. Sales of these motion based play systems prove this, so it's not a stretch to believe that we (the already stereotyped inactive, living at home with our parents gamers) may desire to better ourselves with out the stigma of going to a gym and being internally – and maybe even externally – judged.
In less than 3 days, I will be on a plane kicking myself for forgetting about that stupid adapter I left on my kitchen table (you know, the one that I really needed to bring with me) as jump on a flight to LA to attend E3 2012. A bunch of the Team ESH team members will meet me there and we'll compare notes on who is going to go see what during the show, and what we are really excited to see.
So, I started working on my "What I really want to see" E3 list.
Every so often team ESH has the pleasure of attending events in person, and this year 4 members of the crew will be descending on LA next week to bring you all the video game news, previews, and hands-on recaps than you can shake a stick at. (Why you'd want to shake a stick at news, reviews and recaps I don't know, but hey...this is a judgement free zone.
Game developer Naughty Dog has been delighting us for years now with the amazing Uncharted series for the PS3. When they announced a new IP, the bar was instantly set ridiculously high. From what they’ve shown us thus far, it looks as though they won’t meet those expectations with their new title The Last of Us. They will instead, yawn as they soar over those lofty expectations with their amazing-looking new game.
One of favorite things about the Nintendo 3DS, right out of the box, were all of the augmented reality games that were included. Save for a few examples here and there, the AR possibilities for the 3DS have been woefully underused. With Kid Icarus: Uprising coming to the US next friday, Nintendo is going to rectify this using the AR Idol Cards battle system.