E3: The Saboteur & DJ Hero

The Saboteur
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Pandemic Studios
Release Date: Holiday 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, PC

Ever since I first saw this game, I had a sort of love for it. It might be the fact that this game reminds me of other games that I love, such as Assassin’s Creed and Prince of Persia. The Saboteur is a little bit different though. Taking place in Paris, you play as a race car driver turned saboteur for the sake of revenge. The entire city is a completely open world sandbox environment, and is very beautiful to boot. The first thing you will notice is the color scheme. In the areas that are a safe haven for you, or an area in which you’ve finished a major mission task, the world around you will be more in color, signifying that the peoples’ morale is higher. Due to this, resistance members will come out and help you. But when the area is still fully occupied by the Nazis, the world will be a unique black and white color, with only important details, such as a propaganda speaker being in color, a-la the movie Sin City. This game is a third-person shooter game, contains a lot of weapons that are from the time period, and while this game is inspired by the time period, it is not limited to it, as you will find some weapons that the developer has made up to make the game a little more interesting. I think it’s the unique idea behind it, the time period, and the fact that it reminds me of Assassin’s Creed in some ways that makes me interested in this game, and chances are I’ll be picking it up at the end of this year.

DJ Hero
Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Developer: FreeStyleGames
Release Date: Fall 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, WII, PS2

Seeing this game in action is an amazing experience, because this game is very unique in the way that it works, to a certain extent of course. Working off of the whole “Hero” franchise name, it uses the “highway” approach as the notes come around this now curved record-shaped highway at you. In case you haven’t seen the new wireless turntable controller, the main side of it contains a 360 degree spinning record which has three buttons on it, blue, red and green. The other side of the controller contains a shifter for which record it’s fading to, and some extra buttons that represent “Star Power” and a “Whammy Bar”. DJ Hero will contain over 100 tracks, specially mixed specifically for this game. And, if you’re interested in playing DJ Hero with a friend, you can hook up a guitar controller and play a guitar vs. DJ mode. Have a third friend who wants to join in? Then hook up a microphone controller as well, and they can MC for you while you all play! As someone who loves the trance and dance music genre, this game interests me to a big extent, although, once again, consumers will have to pay for another unique controller, chances are jacking the price of this game over the USD$100 mark once again. But, if the audience is big enough, and people are curious enough to try something different, this game will be a big seller.

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