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E3 2011 Report – Part Two

/ Jun 13th, 2011 No Comments

Being back at E3, expectations throughout the day were meh, because you already knew who the big players were. Being a veteran of E3 I wanted to catch who the underdogs were this year, where were the surprises this year that would make you think, “You know what, I’m glad I stopped by this booth I would have missed this otherwise”. But lets start with some of the big boys first.

Modern Warfare 3

Bigger and badder, how do they do it every year? After having my share of MW2 with all the insane explosions and action packed sequences – how can they possibly match their previous title? Looking at the live demo behind closed doors where one of their guys played a couple of levels all I could say was WOW. The demo looked fantastic as it started out with the hero SEAL team after the events of the 2nd game, with Washington D.C. destroyed.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Demo

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Demo

Your team is now in New York in submerged in water, cars and trucks still occupied with the unfortunate victims who couldn’t get out. Your objective is to plant a bomb on an incoming submarine.  Soon all hell breaks loose, the sub surfaces, and as the player now look at a New York that’s seen far better days, F-18’sand F-22’s flying over head, buildings destroyed, chaos everywhere as you try to rejoin your team on a motorboat.  Through the firefight we passed between aircraft carriers and other navy vessels getting bombarded with missiles, till we reached our destination. It was a fast, furious and action packed first part of the demo, and that was just level one. Level 2 showed off again the amazing graphics as you infiltrate an enemy base, starting with the narration while looking at everything in night vision to another intense battle where you try to take out more Russians at one of their bases. We were thoroughly impressed with the graphics and the presentation of this installment but what else would you expect, this game dominates the market for a reason.

Resident Evil Raccoon City

Lets face it, one of the few franchises that’s changed over the years has been Resident Evil, from not being able to run and shoot while pissing your pants when a zombie gets near you to going Judo chop mode on anything that moves, RE had lost some of its fear factor but not its fun factor. This title, Raccoon City, goes back to the roots of the franchise, but in a different way. This time you’re Umbrella, and you are back in Raccoon City, set in the time period between the events of 2 and 3 (seems a lot always happens between a span of couple of days but hey whatever we’ll play it.) and your job is to do damage control after your superiors order you to clean up their mess in Raccoon city. This is socom meets RE, an action packed shooter that still defers from the survival horror that made it famous but answers many peoples prayers who wanted to be in Raccoon City during its final days and have more freedom and more firepower. There are some nice twists to this bad boy that I think many of you will welcome to the franchise: Not only do you have to deal with zombies and the RE regulars but other soldiers doing clean up duty for other gov’t agencies. If you get bit by a zombie and you’re not healed after a while YOU BECOME A ZOMBIE. It only took about 13 years to get it right but, whatever; it’s a welcomed addition. Sadly you cant control your new zombie character but if you think about it, if you are dead you should become lifeless, so it makes sense. You get 6 classes to choose from but only 4 of you can play online at once so there’s some strategy involved in what you pick. This newest edition will be out for xbox 360, ps3 and the PC.

Assassins Creed Revelations

I’ve heard of the franchise and heard of the rep and how much fun this game is. It was late at E3 there was maybe a half hour before the show was to close for the day and we happened to run into the newest title Assassins Creed Revelations. The demo included a 3v3 match where you played one round where you hunted your opponents and vice versa. During the 2 rounds you accumulated points based on whether you were able to stun and escape those hunting you, or if you kill the hunted. You had many weapons and skills at your disposal to achieve your objective. If you were hunted, you could drop a spell where you blended with a crowd of people and they would look like you and you could set traps for the hunters as well. If you were doing the hunting you could find out who the imposter was in the crowd and pick em out, with both sides having the ability to grapple and climb walls to get either get away or get on someone’s tail. Graphically the game looked great, you wanted to admire the town around you and see what was going on but you get too caught up in the game. I enjoyed my experience here, fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.

Razer

Razer - Star Wars The Old Republic Keyboard

Razer - Star Wars The Old Republic Keyboard

Face it, if you are into competitive gaming you’re all about getting the one up on the guy on other side. We checked out one of the leaders in gaming hardware in Razer, who have some exciting plans for 2011 and beyond. Razer is taking it upon themselves to partner up with major gaming labels to release game-specific branded keyboards and mice for new releases, such as MW3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. For example, with TOR you can get a nice keyboard where you can customize your keybinding and you can change the white faceplate to the color of your faction when you pick up your copy. Moving on to their high end mice they are releasing, they will come with new duel sensor tracking. So what does that mean? It means if your the kind player who picks up their mice often while playing you can set a certain height cutoff when you pick up your mouse. Finally, their wireless headsets for consoles offer lightweight rechargable fun that will make life easier for the console gamer, which comes as a breath of fresh air and a welcomed addition.

Creative Labs

Anyone familiar with Creative Labs knows about their tournaments sponsorship of such competitive gamers like Fatal1ty and their high quality headphones. We checked out their booth which was rather packed being one of the smaller booths. Their Tactics 3D headphones were the highlight of their lineup, offering excellent sound and gave you that real sound that many people would go for. They weren’t touting much here, outside of the impressive headphones and a new USB device that acts as a sound card that you can plug the wireless Creative Headphones into for a richer experience.

Carl Armstrong

Carl Armstrong

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Carl Armstrong has been with GI for over four years, serving as a review writer, on-site reporter and Associate Editor. He's worked as an award winning radio show producer for The Mighty 1090 sports station, Xtrasports 1360 and was the executive technical director for the San Diego Chargers radio network from 2008-2012.

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