Developer: Toys for Bob |
Publisher: Activision Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: TBA 2012
Skylanders was a game that nobody really saw becoming a success. Plastic toys you put on a cylinder base to make them come alive on your television screen? Adults didn't get it but the kids did. Some see the release of Skylanders as the start to a next generation toy market. Activision is hoping to continue the magic and with the release of Skylanders Giants. The villainous Chaos is back from the first Skylanders and he is desperate to still take over all of Skylands. Fortunately there are the Skylanders standing in his way to stop him.
Developer: Game Arts |
Publisher: XSEED Players: 1 to 4 Player Game |
Release Date: 08/21/12
Japan is the home of many different genres in the gaming industry. One such genre is the Action RPG Monster Hunting that took the country by storm when Capcom released Monster Hunter and all the multitude of sequels. Monster Hunter has become so popular in the country that if a console or handheld was released without a Monster Hunter title, the Japanese people didn't purchase it. Capcom released a Monster Hunter title for the 3DS, which still isn't announced for the US, and the Vita was left out.
Developer: Next Level Games |
Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 2012
The reveal of Luigi's Mansion 2 at Nintendo's press conference took me by surprise. I did not expect Nintendo to come revisit the idea of Luigi as a ghost buster, but I was happy to see it. I enjoyed the gameplay of the original, and it showed off the power of the GameCube and its new controller quite well.
Developer: Retro Studios |
Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 to 8 Player Game |
Release Date: Fall 2011
Even if it wasn't shown briefly in video form last year, I think we all knew that a Mario Kart game would be coming for the 3DS. It still doesn't have an official title, but Nintendo uncovered some concrete details with its playable demo at this year's E3.
Developer: Capcom |
Publisher: Capcom Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 2011 - 2012
Capcom is showing some confidence in the 3DS with Resident Evil Revelations. This is a brand new, original Resident Evil game, not a remake. The game takes place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. We follow Jill Valentine with her new partner, Parker Luciani, looking for a missing Chris Redfield. His last known location was aboard a cruise ship. Of course, being a Resident Evil game, it happens to be a super creepy, abandoned cruise ship.
Developer: Nintendo |
Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: Fall 2011
While the Wii U may have been grabbing headlines as Nintendo's main announcement at E3, it was the Nintendo 3DS that had the most gameplay to show off at the Big N's booth. Super Mario 3DS (working title) is definitely one of the highlights.
We don't know what the plot is, but honestly, does it really matter? I predict that Bowser's involved and something's happened to Peach. If my prediction is right, no one will be amazed. Mario 3DS takes a lot of elements from old school Mario games, and throws in a dash of new here and there. I have to say, the recipe is working great.
Developer: Telltale Games |
Publisher: Telltale Games Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: Q4 2011
Deep in the heart of the LA Convention Center, in the quiet Concourse Hall, Telltale Games is hard at work showing off their latest titles. One of these is the greatest game based on the Jurassic Park license ever seen.
Developer: Sony |
Publisher: Players: |
Release Date: Winter 2011
We got our hands on the newly named PSVita after Sony's Press Conference. Sony released several details about their newest handheld but left many questions for us to speculate about.
On release date, Sony offered a "Holiday 2011" launch for Vita. When I questioned them about if this was meant for the Japanese market only, I was told that Sony is trying for a worldwide release this year. If they can pull it off, that will cause a serious problem for Nintendo's 3DS sales during the Holiday of 2011.
Developer: 5th Cell |
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 10/12/10
Last year, a little game called Scribblenauts arrived on the scene and wowed and amazed players. This year, Super Scribbenauts is on the show floor to give players more objects, new possibilities, and an incredible amount of fun. At the same time, they are keeping the charm and basic formula of the first title.
By Kaleb Rutherford - 06/16/10
ESRB Details: - Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief -
This is a puzzle game in which players navigate a series of traps, puzzles, and enemies to collect stars scattered throughout the colorful levels. By typing in whatever nouns they can imagine, players can conjure up a myriad of different objects or entities into the game world. By adding adjectives, players can also modify these nouns to create different word combinations, triggering innumerable whimsical scenarios such as: a 'flaming snowman' that can set a Christmas tree on fire; a 'homicidal house' that can attack a man; and a 'carnivorous bike' that can eat a corpse. Players can also elect to summon 'cartoony' versions of bats, bombs, guns, and flamethrowers. These types of items can be used to destroy objects or even other summoned items (e.g., a bat can be used to club a skydiver; guns can be fired at smelly zombies; a knife can be given to a murderous computer to attack a merman). These triggered animations are minimally depicted and are usually accompanied by popping, musical sound effects; bright, star-shaped flashes; or small puffs of smoke. If players wish to, they may type in the word vomit, which causes a beige-colored lump to appear on the screen. Tags:
Developer: High Impact Games |
Publisher: SCEA Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 11/03/09
If you are ever curious what happens when an unexpected console mascot bursts onto the scene then look no further than the Jak and Daxter franchise. The original series was always planned as a three-game set, and Sony was happy to have a new set of heroes exclusively gracing their consoles. But then something unusual happened, and fans latched onto the duo with a fervor that no one had really expected. Thus, when the original trilogy ended and effectively closed off the storyline Sony couldn’t help but wonder how they could continue to profit off the franchise. The solution they determined was to release a new adventure on the PSP starring Daxter, and that title’s impressive sales and solid reviews showed Sony that there was still life in this franchise. Now, they’re going back to the well once more with a new PSP Jak and Daxter adventure, but it seems that the well may finally be running dry.
By - 10/09/09
ESRB Details: - Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes -
This is an action adventure game in which players control an elf-like hero named Jak, who, along with his furry sidekick, Daxter, must save the world by collecting a mysterious energy called 'eco.' Players explore fantasy environments, interact with whimsical characters, and dispatch 'Dark Eco warriors' through a combination of melee and shooting attacks. Players can use futuristic laser weapons and oversized machine guns to blast at robots, 'eco eels,' and three-legged walkers that all disappear in a flash of purple light; these enemies also leave behind 'dark eco' (purple orbs) that can be picked up and used for weapon/power upgrades. Air missions (roughly 40% of gameplay) sometimes require players to attack enemies and floating stations: from a third-person perspective, players shoot lasers and launch rockets at airborne pirate ships that explode into a burst of light. The game's combat is supplemented by cutscenes that are mostly irreverent in tone; aside from a brief depiction of armpit-sniffing (e.g., a character sniffs, then says, 'No worse than usual'), the crude humor is mostly stated in dialogue: 'kanga-rabbits are gonna fly out of my fuzzy butt' and 'At least you didn't say the exit's through the rear.' The dialogue occasionally ventures into suggestive innuendo with comments like 'She's being entertained by the captain . . . if you know what I mean' and 'Ahh, not much for small talk are you'—a line delivered by a woman named Danger Sexy Pirate. The expletive 'damn' can also be heard on occasion. Tags: