Having co-created Apple in 1976, fired 11 years after; return in the next 11 years and took Apple to the global leader of consumer electronics, computer software and personal computers. He was a genuis. He is legendary. He will be missed.
Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 S announced! Includes: 2 limited edition custom wireless controllers (with transforming D-Pad), custom Xbox 360 S with 320GB, standard edition game, wired headset (unknown colour); and two DLC tokens: an "Infected Omen Weapon Pack" (skins for Lancer, Retro Lancer, Gnasher, Sawed-off Shotgun, Hammerburst) and "Adam Fenix" multiplayer character. Priced $399 (£243.96 as of June 7 2011, 6:35am BST) for the bundle; $60 (£36.68 as of June 7 2011, 6:35am BST) for the wireless controller. Controllers available August 11th 2011, the bundle available when the game launches--September 20th 2011. @joystiq @destructoid @kotaku
Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition announced! Includes: hardbound book case, Dark Horse comic, soundtrack, a lithograph of the Normandy, a fabric "N7" patch, 3 DLC: a mission, a character, a weapon pack and a robot dog (for your Normandy crew); in a metal disc case. Xbox 360 version includes a Normandy Avatar Prop. @joystiq
SSX (2012) for PS3 gets an exclusive Mt. Fuji level for FREE. @sony_keynote
Battlefield 3 for PS3 gets Battlefield 1943 for FREE. @sony_keynote
Need for Speed: The Run gets 7 exclusive "super cars" (cars unknown) for FREE. @sony_keynote
Assassin's Creed: Revelations Signature Edition will include a bonus single-player mission, an exclusive multiplayer character, weapon capacity upgrades, an animated short film and a soundtrack. @joystiq
Resistance 3 Doomsday Edition announced! Includes: the game, PlayStation Move "Sharpshooter" peripheral, PlayStation Move controller, Navigation controller, PlayStation Eye camera. Priced $150 (£91.73 as of June 7 2011, 6:53am BST). @sony_keynote
Halo: Combat Evolved - Anniversary will NOT feature online multiplayer. It will feature online co-op. Instead, it offers 6 Halo: Reach multiplayer maps. Priced estimated around $40 (£24.45 as of June 7 2011, 6:56am BST). You can also switch between HD and SD mode, at any time. @joystiq
Microsoft secretly announces Cloud Storage for Xbox LIVE. Specific details are unknown. @joystiq
Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox 360 to get exclusive, limited time DLC... like previous Call of Duty games. @destructoid
Retailer GAME has priced the PSV: £229.99 (Wifi-only) and £279.99 (3G+Wifi). Yeah, no thanks. @tom's_hardware @GAME
Supports up to 4 Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) and Nunchuk controllers.
Backwards compatible with all Wii devices (like Wii Balance Board).
Four USB 2.0
Slot-Loading Disc Drive supporting a new 25GB SL disc ( @kotaku) and previous Wii disc formats.
Video outputs: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i via HDMI, Component, Composite and S-video.
Audio outputs: 6-channel PCM linear via HDMI.
HDD: Internal flash memory; with option to expand memory via SD memory card or USB HDD.
CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core.
So dudes, it's that time again as Giant Bomb battles the Electronic Three! Here are the press conferences' times and where you can view them on the internet. New links will be added if there are any; past events will be replaced with my thoughts on each of the press conferences. I recommend that you load the page about 1 hour before each conference begins in case it starts earlier than expected! Times displayed are in British Standard Time (GMT+1). If there are any problems, please PM me. Enjoy!
Mass Effect 3. MARCH 6th 2012!!! No mentions of the Kinect stuff but good demo overall. Looking GREAT!
Need for Speed: The Run. So you can now get out of the car and do some QTE (Quick Time Events). A nice twist to a mainly-car driving game but still largely a car driving game (meaning sealed, circuit racing with indicators on where you should go). Would've liked it if they made it open world driving.
Star Wars: The Old Republic. Mentions of raids and such (which was previously announced in a trailer, released earlier before E3) and a remake of past trailers was shown. No actual gameplay footage. No worries, wasn't interested in the game anyways.
Resistance 3. As much as I try to like the Resistance series, I just can't. What was shown at this year's E3, does not wow me. Sorry Insomniac.
God of War: Origins Collection. 3DHD upgrades of PSP games - God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghosts of Sparta. Available sometime in September 2011. Is it necessary to release a 3DHD version of this game? You could've ported it to the PS Vita.
24" 3DHD PlayStation-branded TV. This TV features a split-image system where two people view a different image... how this works is unknown. I think depending on where they sit (?) or what "player" their 3D glasses are assigned to (example: player 1 sees image A, player 2 sees image B--on the same screen). A bundle is offered, including: TV, Resistance 3, 3D glasses and a 6ft HDMI cable for $499 (£305.52 as of June 7 2011, 3;26am BST). Unknown if this is only for US or if it'll be available in other countries. For a 24" 3DHDTV... no thanks. I'm fine with my 32" HDTV. Fuck 3D.
NBA2K12. Now supporting PlayStation Move. What can I say? It's a basketball game. Next.
Medieval Move. The way you use different weapons depending on the way you use the PlayStation Move controller is cool; but the game seems to be on rails. Wasted potential.
Infamous 2. Why are they showing inFamous 2?! It's already out!
StarHawk. The CG trailer shown looks cool, but I doubt the gameplay will match it. I'll wait for more info before I decide.
Dust 514. Heard about this game a long~ time ago and now confirmed to be PS3-exclusive! I'm very interested but I have questions I need answered... will there be a subscription? How do I play it--do I need to have an EVE game or connection? NEED MORE INFO!
BioShock: Infinite. HOLY SHIT! Very excited about this game... a first for the franchise as well! I didn't like BioShock 1 or 2. I will definitely pick this up. Also, Elizabeth is hot... just saying. The PS3 version will include BioShock 1 on the PS3; on the same disc; for FREE! Also, Ken Levine teasing about a PS Vita BioShock game; cool.
Battlefield 3. PS3 version gets Battlefield 1943; on the same disc; for FREE.
PlayStation Suite. A system to allow PlayStation certified devices (such as: certain Android phones) to access "PlayStation-like experiences". So I guess, PlayStation Network?
NGP is officially known as PlayStation Vita (PSV from hereon). There are two models available: Wifi and 3G+Wifi. The NGP has all the features it was announced with, which is surprising. Price announced at: Wifi-only for $249 (£152.41 as of June 7 2011, 3:52am BST); and 3G+Wifi for $299 (£184.64 as of June 7 2011, 3:53am BST); but I suspect retailers will round it out at £150-£160 for Wifi and £180-£200 for 3G+Wifi. PSV was told to be available "this holiday" 2011 but is that for US, or elsewhere also? SPECIFICS PEOPLE!
PS Vita: Party Room. Basically a copy of Xbox 360's Party system.
PS Vita: Near. You have local play, online play, ad-hoc play and now "near play"... which connects you to someone nearby who has a PS Vita. Something like Nintendo 3DS' Street Pass?
Ruin. An action-adventure game for the PSV AND PS3... ooh~ snap Kojima! Took your Transfarring tech and hit you with it. All you need to do for Ruin is save in the Cloud to play from PS3 to PSV; and vice-versa. None of this transferring crap.
Orchestra playing Zelda songs; opening the keynote. Zelda's 25th birthday and a great presentation and designs for the monitors.
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Originally a Game Boy game, now available on the Virtual Console for 3DS. Priced $6 (£3.64 as of June 7 2011, 8:08pm BST). I don't have a 3DS to check the actual price.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. 3D, upgraded version of the original game, featuring: Hint movies (for newbies), "Master Quest" mode and Boss "Challenge" mode. I might pick this up but I need a lot of games before I pick up a 3DS. Total games, including this game: 1.
Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. Available in September 2011 for the DSi, downloadable for FREE; and features multiplayer. Pretty cool if you own a DSi and have friends that own one too.
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Available this Holiday 2011 for Wii. Special limited edition gold Wii remote controller available on launch. I didn't enjoy Twilight Princess, so I'm going to wait until a price drop.
Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary Symphony. Hosting events around the world, in Fall 2011. There will also be 2 music CDs. First disc is the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword official soundtrack available for FREE to those who register the game. Second disc is the Symphony soundtrack, available to purchase at the launch of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Cool.
Mario Kart (3DS). 3D, upgraded version of Mario Kart, which includes: flying cars, underwater tracks and customization. Available Holiday 2011. Mario, friends and foe on cars... yep.
Star Fox 64 3D. 3D, upgraded version of Star Fox 64, which includes: players' face integration and new gameplay controls (gyroscope). Available in the US, September 2011. It looks okay.
New Super Mario Bros. Mii. 3D, upgraded version of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which includes: playing as your Nintendo Mii character. A minor upgrade from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, not really worth full retail price.
Kid Icarus: Uprising. Announced at last year's E3, now includes multiplayer. Available later in 2011. Personally, I'm not interested. Pass.
Luigi's Mansion 2. Another game for Luigi! I wasn't really interested in the original game for the GameCube, and I'm not interested now.
Nintendo eShop News. It's out NOW! Go download it. You get a FREE Excite Bike 3D and Pokédex 3D.
Nintendo's next console's controller announced: Wii U. I understand why they did this but I don't see the longevity for it. The console has backwards compatibility for Wii games and peripherals. It will launch in 2012. The name sounds strange to me too. (read below for the origin of this controller design).
Third Parties' hardcore games join Nintendo. Finally! But when will you see third parties develop with the Wii U as the main console? Nonetheless, I'm excited to see what games will be developed for this new console.
Originating on the GameCube and GBA SP, Square Enix released Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, which allows 4-player co-op. The TV was the main battle area, displaying the 4 players, but with a GBA SP connected, you can use that as your controller instead of your normal GameCube controller. Gameplay was taken to a new level, where you can easily and effectively manage your own inventory and character WITHOUT interrupting gameplay on the TV screen; using your GBA SP! It was revolutionary, but I can only see this potential for RPG games (and games with inventory management: Zelda, Final Fantasy).
So the website got an update today. I welcome the update but I can't help but pick on some aspects. Here are my thoughts on specific parts of the website:
A. A nice addition to the website, much like Bungie's website.
B. I think this may be a layout problem but the Giant Bomb "slogan" is a bit low and should be bumped up, just below the navigation bar.
C. The "featured article" section is nice. It maybe a bug but when a video content is featured, the "social controls" (comments, twitter, facebook) and premium controls are a bit low and should be bumped up, just below the video. Also, it is redundant to have two comment buttons on the video (big button on the right, another small at the bottom left). The "Coming Up on Giant Bomb" schedule display should be moved to the right of the News section; replacing the "Featured Games" section (see second picture below).
D. The "other featured content" section is good; but when you hover over a featured content, it displays brief info about the content. Sometimes, the info is too long and cuts off the comment button, which said button should be removed. E. The "News" section has a much needed, much appreciated "Grid" view. Thanks.
G. The "Featured Games" section should be replaced with the "Coming Up on Giant Bomb" section as it feels squashed on the right side. Reverting this section to the previous Giant Bomb layout (similar to the "other featured content" section in the above image; horizontal and center aligned, below the "other featured content" section); and renamed as "Upcoming Games". Also, replace the writing with icons, much like the previous version of Giant Bomb website design.
H. Surprised that the "Views" counter is still displayed. I thought that this would've been removed due to it being useless information. It seems that it displays the same amount of recent forum updates. Would've liked it to feature more forum updates. Also, maybe remove news articles from the forum updates as they can be found on the "News" section.
I. I feel that community stuff should be displayed in the same way as the "other featured content" section (horizontal, center aligned), at the bottom of the page.
J. It's not good to have an empty space hanging about. Makes the site look uneven.
Another bug. The Giant Bomb "greeting" (shall we call it?) is unreadable at a user's blog (depending on the background image used). Maybe a shaded border fix, like our control panel (the top right corner, with our name, XP, mail and followers)?
I'm not expecting Whiskey Media to change the design. I just feel that the content mentioned above could've been done another way.
Was (foolishly) waiting for a price drop on these games but I had a voucher and decided to use it. I just ordered a Component cable for the Wii and will play these games when I get it (ETA: 2 days from today).