Archive: Game Play

Visit to Wisteria Lane

I had an interesting experience in the Disney booth at Buena Vista games. Since it was Disney I expected to run into Mickey Mouse and things like that, but instead I broke into someone's house, stole stuff to sell later, and got caught because I made too much noise. I decided to slap the woman who owns the house, but I was still able to lie my way out of it with a claim that I smelled a gas leak ... then to repay her kindness, I seduced her husband and ended up sleeping with him in a nice cut...

By Bob Greiner | May 12, 2006; 05:35 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

People Who Aren't Real Will Phone You

Nokia is working on a new immersive RPG for the N-Gage (although N-Gages pretty much look like regular phones now, so I don't see why it couldn't be on other phones, other han licensing). The game, called Shadow Born is coming out in the second half of '07. The graphics are really good looking -- that's starting to be expected, even for mobile platforms, but this was still impressive. At one point I was talking to an NPC in a marketplace -- He said, "I don't have what youre looking for now, but if I get it later, I'll let...

By Bob Greiner | May 12, 2006; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

Pandemic says "right now only on PS3" ... The game looked freaking awesome. The demo I saw showed the processing power of the PS3. The game takes place in Venezuela. Lush jungles, cool vehicles - I was duly impressed. Another cool feature: A co-player can join any time during a single-player game. They plugged in a controller during a single-player game and the screen went into split screen automatically. No need to stop and restart the game. -- Tom Ham...

By Bob Greiner | May 12, 2006; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

The ultimate MK game. Total of 60 characters. If you've seen them in an MK game, they're here -- including bosses and sub-bosses. Air combos are new. Customizable fatalities were pretty cool, too. Huge single-player game and online play as well. Coming out October this year. I had a lot of fun with this one. -- Tom Ham...

By Bob Greiner | May 12, 2006; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A Real Workout

Kind of an interesting product from SDW Games ... One thing I got a demo of was virtual kickboxing -- you strap two sensors to your leg and put on two boxing gloves, and then you box and kick the person on the screen, and basically fight them. They also have virtual tennis where when the ball comes to you on screen, you swing an actual tennis racket and it sends the ball back. They have ping pong as well, and a baseball game too. They're selling them in an interesting way. Right now you buy the whole game --...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Rocking Out at E3

The Guitar Hero guys showed a taste of their next version of the title, due out in November. Publisher Red Octane, which was just purchased by Activision, is putting a few tweaks on the next installment, such as a new type of cooperative playability. At the Sony booth, attendees test out Guitar Hero 2 (Chris Barylick) Mainly what people want, though, is new songs, and the company has only announced a few tracks so far, such as a classic Black Sabbath song. Daniel Sussman, producer at Harmonix Music Systems, the company that does the music for the games, said that...

By Alicia Cypress | May 11, 2006; 05:52 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

From Swords to Phasers

Bethesda is trying to follow up on its hit Oblivion using the Star Trek franchise to do it. September will mark the 40th anniversary of the original TV series, and to commemorate Bethesda is releasing a game called Star Trek Legacy. In this real-time tactical/stragety game, you can command every Enterprise from every show and movie in the history of series -- plus Romulans, Klingons, even the Borg. As a single player you follow a historical where you command all Federation ships starting with the first warp-capable starship as featured in the "Enterprise" television series, all the way up to...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 05:16 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Long Look at Resistance: Fall of Man

Just left the Sony PS3 booth where I had a behind-closed-doors meeting with Ted Price of Insomniac Games, who game me and three other people a one-hour walkthrough of Resistance: Fall of Man. The game takes place in an alternate 1951 universe in which World War II never occurs. Instead there was an alien invasion that wiped out the whole world except for England. In this world, for once the Americans come over to save the day and get wiped out. You play a lone American soldier teaming up with the British to resist the final alien assault. It's Call...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Darkness for PS3 and Xbox 360 for 2007

First-person shooter action-adventure based on a comic by Top Cow. Players will use conventional weapons in addition to magical powers. Wicked-looking summoned creatures, lots of violence, compelling storyline. The game looks promising. -- Tom Ham...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Every Kid a Game Designer?

Gamesweet.com is touting PC software that lets kids design their own video games. You can take objects like trucks or people, put them on the screen and define the rules of the world -- i.e., it's a combat game and you're supposed to kill enemies, or a racing game where you're supposed to go through "gates," or a collection game where you pick up things like coins or hearts. You design your layouts, make it single or multiplayer, change backgrounds. For more advanced setups like combat racing, you could create, say, crates on the road that the player can run...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tekken: Dark Resurrection for PSP

Over 30 different characters and 19 stages. Without a doubt the best fighting game on a handheld. Exclusive PSP features: Tekken Dojo in single-player mode, ad hoc network play. Plays incredibly fast and smooth. Visually stunning. -- Tom Ham...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Piano Wizard Mac Version; Guitar Wizard on the Way

Kentia Hall never ceases to amaze me with the innovation they have down here. Piano Wizard has a unique way of teaching children -- or anyone, really -- to play piano. It's $200 and comes with a keyboard with multicolored keys that you set in front of your laptop or desktop monitor. It starts out as kind of a game where little bugs go across the screen and you have to hit the keys at the right time, which makes the bugs launch. However, as you get into higher levels, the bugs slowly start to go from up the screen...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Justice League Heroes

Checked out Snowblind Studios' Justice League Heroes, an isometeric, top-down action game for the Xbox. You can play as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern and many others. I blew off a meeting so I could keep playing this game. Watch for it this fall. -- Tom Ham...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Handling the Wii

So I went to Nintendo right before the show closed for the day. I wanted to really spend some time with the Wii controller. I have mixed impressions. It is cool. On games like Metroid -- which fully utilizes the "nunchuck" controller, it really adds another dimension to the gameplay. For example, there was a sequence where I needed to open a door. I first had to grip the handle. Then I had to pull it out (which I did with my right hand by actually making the gesture of "pulling on a handle). Then I had to turn the...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 02:27 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Feeling Some Euphoria

The thing that most impressed me as I walked back to my hotel (I always like to be within walking distance of the convention to avoid LA's nasty traffic) was the Euphoria technology that LucasArts was demonstrating in their booth. In essence, the licensed technology allows game makers to create artificial intelligence that behaves like real human beings. Anyone who's ever played through a game, including next-gen titles like Call of Duty 2, knows that when you die, you start over and know exactly where the Germans are and how they'll behave. Euphoria creates a different game experience every time...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wii's Wider Appeal

I saw Robin Williams late Monday afternoon getting a booth tour from Electronic Arts executive Bing Gordon. The only thing was that Williams was at the Ubisoft booth. A die-hard gamer, Williams is one of many celebrities that attend E3 annually to see the latest games. I also saw Williams two years ago at the Sony booth, where he was very graciously signing autographs for game makers. In addition to having his own comedy riff on gaming, Williams has a daughter named Zelda (he let his son name her after the popular Nintendo game series)....

By Bob Greiner | May 10, 2006; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tennis Anyone?

Played PS3 and XBox 360 versions of Virtua Tennis 3. Smooth game-play, just like the original on the Dreamcast. Fans are going to love it. -- Tom Ham...

By Alicia Cypress | May 10, 2006; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Clancy's Vegas

Rainbow Six Vegas is a top notch shooter from the Clancy Camp. Totally rebuilt from the ground up fully utilizing the 360's power. Felt like Ghost Recon and other classic Clancy games. Watch for this one. -- Tom Ham...

By Alicia Cypress | May 10, 2006; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Red Steel, Brothers in Arms

Played Red Steel for a bit. Tried the Nintendo Wii controller with Red Steel. There is definitely a learning curve associated with it. If you're not exactly in front of the receptor bar, you won't get a good response. This may cause some trouble for newb players. Also played Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway on the 360. Probably one of the best WWII games I've seen. This game is Call of Duty quality. Impressed me a bunch. -- Tom Ham...

By Bob Greiner | May 10, 2006; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Hitman: Blood Money and Reservoir Dogs

Accidents happen, but moreso when Agent 47 is in town. I just finished an interesting meeting where I rigged a barbecue grill to explode the next time somebody uses it, threw somebody off a balcony, and infiltrated a high-security area wearing a chicken suit. Of course I'm talking about Eidos's next big hit -- literally. Hitman: Blood Money comes out May 31, and I got to play this title featuring the big bald guy. Unlike previous Hitman games, the missions in this one are intricately linked and your performance in one level dictates how many people will be able to...

By Bob Greiner | May 10, 2006; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

 

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