E3: A Closer Look at Games Day One

The Beatles: Rock Band
Publisher: MTV Games
Developer: Harmonix Music
Release Date: September 9, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, WII

I took a closer look at more behind the game for the newest Rock Band game, and I must admit that I was quite impressed. I said it before, but I’ll say it again; the change that they made to the graphics to make it look more authentic to the time period is brilliance. They’ve changed the color scheme an the overall theme of the game when you are playing to look more like the time period, with more classic browns and such. Though this hasn’t changed gameplay; it’s still Rock Band at heart, and that will not change. One of the most unique new features though is the ability to play with up to six players in the band now; a guitar, a bass, a drummer and three vocalists. Other than the unfortunate fact of having to purchase two more microphones, this is a really cool new feature for those who enjoy big Rock Band parties.

Brutal Legend
Publisher: EA Games
Developer: Double Fine Prod.
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360

It’s safe to say that with the amount of fans out there who love Jack Black also playing video games, this game is going to be a hit no matter what. The one problem that I can see with this game is the fact that, really, it looks like another God of War or Devil May Cry when you’re playing it; there’s a lot of hack-and-slash going on, with some special moves that you’re able to pull off, and it’s a violent game. One of the differences it has though is that the gameplay is a little more varied, with some scenes taking place in a car that the main character has built for you, changing it up a little bit. And with the stellar cast and abundance of comedic moments, that is what’s going to keep this game afloat. I still can’t see this being my type of game, but I have a good feeling it will be a big seller.

Left 4 Dead 2
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Valve Software
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Platforms: 360, PC

After hearing more about this game, I found out a little more information than I had had before. Left 4 Dead 2 will take place in New Orleans, slightly after the events of the original game. Basically, it was thought that virus had been contained to the north, but they find that it is appearing in other parts of the country, and now the government is also stepping in, and just trying to destroy it at this point. You play as one of four new characters, now armed with twenty new weapons, including new melee weapons such as a frying pan, and what I expect should be a crowbar. You will also get access to incendiary ammo, or what we would like to call “flaming bullets”. From what the trailer showed, it looked as if this game will be taking place more in the day time, although all that they were showing so far was a small cinematic trailer, so it’s unknown when it will take place. I figure this game will be equally, if not more popular than the original, without a doubt.

MAG
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Zipper Interactive
Release Date: Q4 2009
Platforms: PS3

Every time I see footage for this game, especially when the footage is live gameplay with 256 real, actual humans, it gets me more and more excited for it. I saw another demo for it played, and it continues to surprise me how deep this game is going to be. You will be able to play for one of three factions when you start the game, each with a different weapon set, and slightly different special abilities. When you start out, you are a soldier in a squad. Each squad contains eight members, four squads are in each platoon, and four platoons are in each company, equaling a total of 128 players for your side. As you play further, you will earn experience for earning kills, destroying or repairing certain objectives and other important tasks. The higher level you are, the more chance you have to be a higher rank on the battlefield. Squads will only get to communicate with their fellow squad members, while squad leaders will get to communicate with other squad leaders and platoon leaders, so on and so forth. This game has a very deep sense of team-play to it, and this is my kind of game. I will be all over this game when we hear more about it in the coming months.

Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release Date: 2010
Platforms: PS3

I actually got to see a playable demo for this game, and I am quite intrigued by what this game has in store for people. This game, while being a game, can be described more as an interactive movie, in which you play as the main character, and what happens to him and really up to you. The graphics of this game are gorgeous, showing a level of detail that we really haven’t seen concentrated on before. Instructions on how to control your character are subtly shown to you on screen in the form of some sort of  shape with the symbol of the button to press inside of it. Depending on the situation, and what you are given to do, when you press, or miss the button, the reaction to your action is shown on screen instantly and fluidly, with no loading what the next task in line is. Nearly everything in the entire game is interactive. You get to play as four different characters throughout the game, and depending on your actions decides if they live or die. If one of your characters dies while you are playing as them, there is no game over screen, and you don’t get to start over; rather, the game continues on without that character involved. I’m extremely interested to see more of this game, and if there is going to be multiple endings depending on how you succeed or fail in playing the game. This game has potential to be something big if people are willing to grasp a new genre of game, and I will be right behind it.

Guitar Hero 5
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Neversoft Ent.
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, WII, PS2

There isn’t really much of anything that I want to say about this game, because, let’s be frank: it’s Guitar Hero. But, one new point I wanted to stop on is the fact that they announced they are releasing ANOTHER new guitar, supposedly different and better to play. After all of these different instruments that I’ve had to buy in the past, this does not bode well in my eyes. Really, are YOU going to buy another new guitar?

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