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Summer of Arcade 2011 Lineup Revealed - Facts, Features & Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 7:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Xbox Live is proud to present the fourth annual Summer of Arcade program, delivering blockbuster downloadable games that are fun for everyone. Starting this July, enjoy five consecutive weeks of the season’s most highly anticipated titles, which you can instantly download and play!

'Bastion' (X360/PC) - New Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 7:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Bastion is an original action role-playing game set in a lush imaginative world, in which players must create and fight for civilization's last refuge as a mysterious narrator marks their every move.

'Fruit Ninja Kinect' (XBLA) Revealed - Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 7:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

YOU are the ninja! Your arms are now blades, and the epic battle against the world's most delicious produce is just beginning.

'Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet' (XBLA) Unveiled - Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 7:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

From the mind of renowned artist Michel Gagne comes a captivating adventure set in a unique, rich and insanely twisted world. Blending exploration, intense shooter action, and puzzle-solving with gorgeous artwork, rich storytelling and Hollywood quality presentation, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet draws you into an epic journey full of surprises, danger and wonder.

'Toy Soldiers: Cold War' (XBLA) Revealed - Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Toy Soldiers: Cold War blends intense first-person combat with addictive action strategy, whether you're scrapping solo or jumping into the fray with friends. Battle in campaign, competitive, co-op modes or fight for the highest score in minigames!

'Overstrike' (ALL) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Combining Insomniac's knack for imaginative weaponry with immersive and witty storytelling, Overstrike is a four-player cooperative action game featuring a team of elite agents called Overstrike 9.

'From Dust' (ALL) - New Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 6:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Project Dust is set in an extreme version of Planet Earth where nature unleashes her power in a much more violent way than what we are used to. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions are what the days are made of for the people of Dust. In this kind of God game, users will play with powers to manipulate the world around them.

Next Generation Portable Now Called PlayStation Vita, Reveals Models, Date, And Price

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) as the official platform name for the next generation portable entertainment system, while also revealing two models and pricing.

'Battlefield 3' (ALL) Gets Release Date, Multiplayer Beta - Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York.

Xbox 360 To Get Cloud Storage For Game Saves And Live Profile

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Microsoft is making it easier for you to sign into your Xbox Live  account from any console at any time to access your game saves and full profile, including items such as Microsoft Points to make purchases, Achievements and friends.

'FIFA 12' (ALL) To Debut EA Sports Football Club Community Service - Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 5:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

FIFA 12 is the latest installment in the soccer franchise, adding a slew of new features such as a new impact engine to improve hit detection, a brand new passing system, improved AI, new lighting effects, a more ergonomic menu interface, and presentation matches to emphasize the atmosphere of the game

505 Games' E3 2011 Lineup

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 5:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

505 Games revealed its lineup of titles that it will have on display at the 2011 E3 Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 7 - 9, 2011, such as Blackwater, Grease, Supremacy MMA, Wrecked: Revenge Revisited and a few others...

Close Combat Series Getting Free v2.0 Reboot, New Contest

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 5:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Matrix Games, Slitherine and Black Hand Studios announced that they are nearing completion of a new relaunch of the Close Combat series, representing countless hours of hard work from the developers and based on community feedback to greatly improve unit pathfinding, friendly and enemy AI and more!

'Saints Row: The Third' (ALL) - Facts & Features

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 4:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

The Syndicate, a legendary criminal fraternity with pawns in play all over the globe, has turned its eye on the Saints and demands tribute. Refusing to kneel to the Syndicate, you take the fight to a new city, playing out the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen. Strap it on.

'Mass Effect 3' (ALL) - Features & New Screen

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 4:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth.

'Batman: Arkham City' (ALL) - Facts & Features

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 4:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.

'Gears of War 3' (X360) Gets Custom Console - Features & Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 4:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Gears of War 3 plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood that concludes the current story arc for "Gears of War." With the last human city destroyed and the remaining survivors stranded, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race from the jaws of extinction.

'Forza Motorsport 4' (X360) - Features & Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Forza Motorsport 4 will bring together genre-defining, controller-based racing, the power and freedom of Kinect, and content from leading brands like “Top Gear” to create an automotive experience unlike anything before it.

'Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary' (X360) Revealed - Screens

by Judy on June 6, 2011 @ 4:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a remastered version of the original Halo campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the franchise. The Anniversary edition has a bounty of new features, including cooperative play over Xbox Live, a bundle of multiplayer maps reimagined for Xbox Live, new challenges and a new story.

'Tomb Raider' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 4:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.

'Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 3:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier features cutting-edge technology, prototype high-tech weaponry, state-of-the-art single-player and multiplayer modes, while going beyond the core Ghost Recon franchise and deliver a fresh gameplay experience, with an unparalleled level of quality that will excite long-time fans and newcomers alike.

'Halo 4' (X360) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 12:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Set in the aftermath of Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.

Microsoft Announces New Titles, Kinect Support For Upcoming Games, New Features

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 12:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

At E3 Microsoft announced new game titles from blockbuster franchises like Halo and Gears of War, and unveiled a flood of new Kinect games and hands-free controller support for titles such as Mass Effect 3, Forza, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

'Fable: The Journey' (X360) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 11:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Fable: The Journey, powered by the latest Unreal Engine 3 tech, is poised to take the action-adventure series to new dimensions by fully using the Kinect technology.

Microsoft Adds Voice Control To Bing Search Engine On Xbox 360

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 11:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Microsoft kicked off the Electronic Entertainment Expo by solving the challenge of finding the entertainment you want, quickly and easily. The solution: voice search with Bing on Xbox 360.

'Dance Central 2' (X360) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 11:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dance Central 2 expands the Dance Central universe with new venues, characters and game modes. Players will meet new dance crews and be able to team up with their friends or challenge them to a head-to-head Dance Battle, proving once and for all who really has the best moves!

'Raven's Cry' Announced

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 11:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Raven's Cry doesn’t paint pirates as the funny and playful ones we have to come to accept in pop-culture, but rather the ruthless and blood thirsty portrayal of historical relevance.

'Gorky 21' Announced

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 11:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Killing mutants and cybernetic commandos has never been this fun as the player will strategically blast their way through a plethora of post-apocalyptic environments using only the sexiest of Steampunk weapons and Nano-Technology power-ups.

'Dead Island' (ALL) Gets Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 10:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Dead Island is a FPP shooter that combines elements of the survival horror genre and adventure games. The game tells the story of a couple being tossed ashore onto the sandy beaches of a desolate, zombie infested, island.

'Atomic City Adventures: The Case of the Black Dragon' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atomic City Adventures is an exciting, third person action adventure game in set in a cool, retro-futuristic world in which players will pilot hoverbikes and flying jetbikes while battling villainous robots and vicious thugs.

'miCoach' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 9:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The completely connected interactive experience will feature many of the world’s most well-known adidas athletes, who will guide users through a wide selection of sport-specific personalized training programs.

'Resident Evil: The Mercenaries' (3DS) - 39 New Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the Resident Evil universe, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will deliver relentless action with players competing against the clock to defeat as many enemies as possible in a fixed time.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, June 6, 2011

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added one WiiWare, and three NDSiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem points to download: Ubongo (Wiiware), GO Series Picdun, Dreamwalker, and Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party (NDSi).

'Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 6:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gods & Heroes is a massively multiplayer RPG of mythic adventure in the ancient world featuring epic God Powers, intense squad-based combat, and creatures drawn from the myths and legends of the ancient world.

'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' (ALL) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 4:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance.

Activision's E3 2011 Lineup

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 4:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Pre-E3 2011

Activision revealed its lineup of titles that it will have on display at the 2011 E3 Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 7 - 9, 2011, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, PROTOTYPE 2, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men Destiny and a slew of others...

'Hitman Absolution' (ALL) - First Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 3:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hitman Absolution follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.

PS3/X360/Preview - 'Prototype 2'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on June 6, 2011 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

In the original, you played as Alex Mercer, and tables turn in the sequel as you control Sergeant James Heller with the sole mission of finishing off the protagonist of the first title by becoming a a mutated monster.

'Operation Flashpoint: Red River' (ALL) Valley of Death DLC - New Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 12:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set to deliver an authentic and intensely personal US Marine Corps infantryman experience, Red River’s epic campaign will be played out on a deadly new battlefield set in the remote yet beautiful country of Tajikistan along the Vakhsh River.

PS3/PC Review - 'Red Faction: Armageddon'

by Brian Dumlao on June 6, 2011 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Half a century after the Red Faction resistance and their Marauder allies freed Mars from the brutal Earth Defense Force, harmony on Mars is again threatened but this time by a lethal force shrouded in mystery.

'Journey' (PSN) - New Screens

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 12:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Journey delivers simple gameplay and accessible controls in a rich interactive environment that invites players to explore and experience emotional chords that are still uncommon in video games.

It Is Out Of Selfish Reasons We Haven't Beaten Each Other To Death A Long Time Ago

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today, E3 kicks off with a slew of media briefings. Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are all showing off their goods later today, and we'll be there, of course.

Thomas and Chris arrived in Los Angeles last night. Later today, we're picking up Tony and Greg from the airport, and Ricky and Brian are local, so that makes things easy.

We've loaded up on granola bars, water, Coke and lots of candy for a massive sugar rush, so we're good to go for the rest of the week. Not saying we'll be the beacon of health by the end of this trip, but we'll make do. :)

Let the games begin...