Square-Enix's booth this year was awesome, but one game towered over all the rest in terms of storytelling, gameplay, and graphical quality. That game was the #1 RPG of E3, Dragon Quest VIII. This title promises to give players a trip back to the days when an RPG was about becoming the hero of your own story, while still delivering the immersive experience modern fans have come to expect from Square-Enix.
Amid all the hype and screaming about the Xbox 360, which definitely deserves it, Sony's remained silent about its intentions for the PS3. But at E3 this year they finally showed off the first floor models and first teaser footage for this next gen system. Does the Cell processor have what it takes to keep Sony on top for another hardware generation? The answer just might be yes.
In Gods and Heroes, players become classic heroes of the ancient world, born of immortal blood. As a scion of the gods, each player will have the opportunity to pursue his destiny through a series of epic quests that will span all levels of gameplay, over time commanding amazing God Powers and acquiring famous weapons and treasure of myth.
What is with platformers turning into racing games lately? Crash Tag Team Racing is the way the Crash Bandicoot franchise handles the transition, by dividing the game equally into platforming and racing halves. With polished, traditional gameplay for the action half and the unique Clash mechanic for the racing, Crash Tag Team Racing is shaping up to be a unique experience.
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is an online action RPG scheduled for PC in the first half of 2006. A mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan. Now you can enter the brutal domain of the world's greatest fantasy hero.
by Geson Hatchett on May 23, 2005 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Shadow The Hedgehog allows players to collect an arsenal of weapons, vehicles, and objects to rocket through more than 50 unique missions. In his feature debut, Shadow is tormented by a dark past, struggling to discover his true identity. He is caught in a complex battle between aliens, the G.U.N. army, and Dr. Eggman, and discovers that he may be the very element that will tip the scales between good and evil forever.
by Geson Hatchett on May 23, 2005 @ 5:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Paraworld combes for the first time ever a setting never seen before with personalized unit management, it brings new life to the real-time strategy genre. Modern elements blend with primeval conditions in a long forgotten, incredibly beautiful prehistoric world. Creatures long extinct come once more to life, a constant danger to anyone living in the area.
In the mid-25th century, human technology has become so advanced that they have learned to manipulate the natural order of the universe and begin meddling in God's design. Humanity's arrogance infuriates God, so he plans to cleanse the Earth of mankind and start anew. The Devil, fearing his own loss of power wages Armageddon, the war to end all wars, for the remaining souls of men.
by Mark Crump on May 23, 2005 @ 4:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Star Wars Battlefront II takes one Imperial-walker step forward with all-new space combat, playable Jedi, and never-before-seen environments straight out of the Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith film. Enjoy an all-new single-player experience that takes players through an epic, story-based saga where every action the player takes impacts the battlefront and, ultimately, the fate of the Star Wars galaxy.
by Kris Graft on May 23, 2005 @ 4:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
The first ever 3D version of the most popular fighting franchise in history, The King of Fighters Maximum Impact comes to the Xbox Video Game System. Gamers from around the world will be able to battle it out across the Xbox Live network and play as their favorite SNK character in full 3D with beautifully rendered backgrounds and full flowing animation.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on May 20, 2005 @ 4:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Unreal Tournament 2007 is being developed by North Carolina-based Epic Games. The game promises to blow fans away with the gameplay, modifiability and visuals that Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology will deliver.
by John Curtis on May 20, 2005 @ 3:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Venture into the city of Metronome, a sprawling mass of haphazardly built houses and huge steam engines where the outlandish inhabitants are carrying out their chores day and night. A city where the life of every citizen is dictated by the Corporation, a single bureaucratic entity that owns all the land, the entire infrastructure and all the industries.
by Corey Owen on May 20, 2005 @ 3:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
In DF: BHD players will take on the role of an elite Delta Force Operative as they participate in a number of daring raids against the oppressive Somali warlords in and around Mogadishu. Black Hawk Down brings the intensity of Modern Warfare to Xbox with a range of intense single player and multiplayer missions.
by Mark Crump on May 19, 2005 @ 12:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Mythic announced today that the next expansion for Dark Age of Camelot will be Darkness Rising. In this expansion, you will get to interact with the each Realm's new King to stop a rising force of evil. In its early stages, we had a quick look during E3..
by Paul Reith on May 19, 2005 @ 12:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Far Cry Instincts takes the PC version's signature locations, Full-Action Response A.I. (F.A.R. concept), and unprecedented view-distance, and combines them with improved gameplay scenarios that will challenge players to utilize an even broader range of strategies and survival tactics to uncover the many secrets within the beautiful, but deadly islands.
by Paul Reith on May 19, 2005 @ 6:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
187 Ride or Die tells the story of a reluctant urban hero named Buck (L. Tate), a young man living a thug's life seething with money, fast cars and beautiful women -- with danger lurking around every corner. Set in the underworld of Los Angeles, Buck must defend the territory of his mentor Dupree (G. Black) from a menacing nemesis and his gang of bandit roughriders, led by Cortez (N. Gugliemi), who are determined to take control of the streets.
by Thomas Wilde on May 18, 2005 @ 5:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure combines combat, action, adventure and stealth, using a thrilling graffiti-driven framework to tell its story of self-expression and the fight for creative freedom. A thug, an outcast, a rebel...the lead character, Trane, is all of these in Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. He sets out to earn his street cred by getting his graffiti tag up throughout the politically oppressive city of New Radius but as events unfold, Trane becomes the unlikely leader of an urban revolution.
by John Curtis on May 18, 2005 @ 5:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Based on an updated version of the same engine technology used in Bungie's first person shooter "Halo," "Rebel Without a Pulse" puts players in control of a wisecracking zombie named Stubbs, "who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies." The game is rife with tongue-in-cheek humor, a strong storyline and innovative combat techniques.
by Thomas Wilde on May 16, 2005 @ 3:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
TimeShift is an innovative first-person shooter in which players control time to complete missions and defeat foes, is in development by Saber Interactive for the PC and Xbox. TimeShift will leverage first-of-its-kind gameplay abilities and functionality, the latest graphics technology, and high production values to create a truly unique action game experience.
by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on May 15, 2005 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
In ER you joins the cast of the TV show as a newly hired intern and handle a steady flow of patients with health issues ranging from minor cuts and bruises to serious injuries sustained from accidents and violence. Through it all, you will have to navigate goals, dodge sticky politics, deal with gut-wrenching ethical dilemmas, and engage in steamy romances. With perseverance, you will gain prestige among peers and supervisors and ascend the ranks of Chicago’s County General Hospital.
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