It’s a bit intimidating trying to sift through all the news coming out of E3. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the press releases we’ve seen over the past few days. Check out our DayMarkNews YouTube page, at http://www.youtube.com/DayMarkNews, for more news: we’re featuring a bunch of videos that have been released during the course of the show.
-Upcoming Nintendo 3DS games include New Super Mario Bros. 2, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Kingdom Hearts 3D. Third-party titles: Transformers Prime, Rabbids Rumble, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Heroes of Ruin.
-Upcoming PS Vita releases include the Assassin’s Creed III Liberation PS Vita Bundle, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, LittleBig Planet and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
-Upcoming PS3 releases include God of War: Ascension, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, BEYOND: Two Souls, The Last of Us, LittleBigPlanet Karting, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. PSN and indie games include Sound Shapes, When Vikings Attack, Journey Collection and The Unfinished Swan. Wonderbook: Book of Spells features content written by J.K. Rowling.
-Upcoming Xbox 360 releases include, of course, Halo 4, Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey, Gears of War: Judgment coming this holiday. Also: Dance Central 3, Ascend: New Gods, Wreckateer, Matter, Lococycle, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Madden NFL 2013, FIFA 2013, Resident Evil 6, Tomb Raider, Avatar Motocross Madness, Happy Wars, Joe Danger: The Movie, Mark of the Ninja.
-Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the 3DS is coming out November 18, 2012, which is the same date that Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 is being released for the consoles.
-Lace Mamba Global’s 3D horror adventure Lucius for PC has a release date of October 26 online and in stores.
-NCSoft’s platformer/shooter Project 83113 is now in the App Store for $.99.
-Big Ideas Digital’s new “Fantasy Movies” DLC for Say What You See: The Collection, is out as of today for $.99 as an in-app purchase.
-Chillingo is releasing two new games: fairy tale puzzle Catapult King from Wicked Witch Software ($.99) and Tiny Troopers from Kukouri Mobile Entertainment ($4.99 with a $2.99 launch sale).
-2K Play and Nickeleon’s launch lineup includes Nickelodeon Dance 2 (consoles), Bubble Guppies (DS), Dora & Team Umizoomi’s Fantastic Flight (DS).
-Menace of the Underdark, a new expansion to Dungeons and Dragons Online, will be out June 25.
-The fourth major expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online, Riders of Rohan, is out today and launches this autumn in the U.K.
-Trine 2 from Frozenbyte is being developed exclusively for Nintendo’s Wii U, set to be launched this holiday season.
-Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Special Editions Football Bundle is now out for British fans at a price of £9.49 at the PlayStation Store.
-Ubisoft, which wowed crowds early at E3, released its lineup for the Wii U, including Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Rabbids Land, Rayman Legends, Sports Connection, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, and ZombiU.
-Activision showed off Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON. It will also release The Amazing Spider-Man later this year, 007 Legends, and Family guy: Back to the Multiverse.
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse features an all-new original narrative which is an expansion on the popular episode, “Road to the Multiverse”, turning the outrageous world of Family Guy into an action-packed video game filled with nods to the long-running comedy. Playing as either Stewie or Brian, each with unique abilities and weapons, players will battle their favourite Family Guy characters as they advance through ‘Multiverse’ themed levels in their pursuit to battle Stewie’s evil twin, Bertram, who has returned and is hell-bent on destroying Quahog. Fans will also be able to team up in co-op multiplayer mode or compete against each other in competitive multiplayer levels – all with a Family Guy twist. (Developed by Heavy Iron for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system; not yet rated.)
- Konami’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance receives the “Most Valuable Game” Award from The Official Xbox Magazine, The Official PlayStation Magazine, GamesRadar.com, and gets nomination for “Best Action/Adventure Game” from Machinima.com
-Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate gets “Most Valuable Game” Award from Nintendo Power; the trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is nominated for Best E3 Trailer
-NAMCO BANDAI announces that Snoop Dogg will create an original song, “Knocc ‘Em Down” for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and will make an appearance as an NPC in The Snoop Dogg Stage as a pre-order bonus.
-Starting today, players can create guilds in the browser-based game Forge of Empires as they build a city and develop it through the centuries.
-Upcoming from Turtle Beach: Ear Force M7 headset, Ear Force ZLa headset, Ear Force PLa & XLa, licensed gaming headsets for Nintendo’s Wii U, Limited Edition Call of Duty: Black Ops II Gaming Headsets, and a partnership with Major League Gaming.
NINTENDO: Today’s big event at E3 was Nintendo’s press conference, which showed off the abilites of the Wii U and its GamePad controller. Announcements included the release of Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Sing, Aliens: Colonial Marines and NintendoLand.
Also spotlighted was the Wii Fit U. The company showcased asymmetric play in Luigi’s Mansion, which require players to cooperate, since those watching the TV and not the GamePad can’t see the ghost that’s chasing them. The Wii U will also be integrated with Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Amazon Video.
And for the 3DS: New Super Mario Bros. 2, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City: Undercover from TT Games.
Already announced games from Ubisoft for the Wii U include ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed III, Your Shape and Rayman Legends.
We’re busy posting videos from one of the industry’s biggest gaming expos right now, so come check us out at www.youtube.com/daymarknews! E3 officially runs from 6/5-6/7, but the action’s already started. The buzz is great for UbiSoft’s new IP Watch Dogs, and the big three are showing off ways in which video game consoles are being turned into complete media machines.
Also highlighted: the announcements of Rayman Legends, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Just Dance 4, Dead Space 3, Spec Ops: The Line co-op, Ascend: New Gods, Battlefield Premium service, Dance Central 3, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, SimCity Social for Facebook. New content is coming for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Microsoft’s music service will be called Microsoft Music. There’s plenty of news this week, so stay tuned!
Currently, over 2,000 packaged and downloadable games are available for Nintendo DS devices; both of these systems come preloaded with software such as Flipnote Studio, the Nintendo DSi Camera and Nintendo DSi Sound. The XL version also includes pre-installed games like Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock.
Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games, said, “When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing. Since then, we’ve uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need to deliver the best Infinite possible, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February.”
After months of speculation spurred by leaks and rumors, Activision Publishing, Inc. and Treyarch have finally, officially announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be released November 13, 2012.
The game will be set in the year 2025, during a global conflict with advanced weaponry, robotics and drone warfare in a Cold War scenario. A press release from Activision says the game will feature new graphics technology to drive “the stunning cinematic action of the single-player campaign’s branching storylines and non-linear missions.”
In a recent message to EVE players, the company detailed the free stuff available to fans of the MMO starting May 4 – two days before the nine-year birthday of EVE Online.The offer will be live through June 4 and players will use a redemption process to pick out their gift and give them to their favorite character.
Telltale Games has announced that the first episode of The Walking Dead games series, based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, is now available on PlayStation Network, PC and Mac. It will release tomorrow, April 27, on Xbox LIVE Marketplace as well.
This episodic game in five parts lets players take on the role of Lee Everett, a convicted murderer who finds a chance for redemption in a new world populated by zombies. They’ll get to choose their path as they meet familiar characters and visit locations from the world.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has caused quite a stir within the gaming community since its release, and now there’s more: Bethesda Game Studios announced that Skyrim will get a free update to allow Kinect functionality during the week of April 23.
The upgrade for Skyrim will utilize Kinect’s voice control capabilities, allowing players to use special vocal powers called Dragon Shouts. It will also let them arm weapons, activate spells and order companions about. Players can voice commands to jump to cities on the map and sort their inventory by weight, value or name. In all, around 200 voice commands will be available.
Rumors and speculation about the next generation of consoles has been filtering to gamers more often lately, and we’re all interested to see what the big three – Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft – have in mind. Recently, Kotaku revealed information about Sony’s next generation plans, which the gaming publication claims it received from an unnamed source that has been reliable in the past.
Kotaku’s source reveals a few key points: firstly, the successor to the PlayStation 3 may be named Orbis. It’s still unclear whether this is a code name or a final name, although the existence of a website named orbis.scedev.net seems to hint at the latter – especially since the PS Vita had a site similarly named before was officially announced. Secondly, the system is expected to be out in time for the holiday season in 2013. Kotaku’s source says that select companies have been receiving development kits since the beginning of the year.