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[quote=“Snowy Stampede” post=143539]-Xbox Live Gold Members, new and existing, get 2 free games each month starting July 1 leading up to the launch of Xbox One as a new initiative.

Why? You won’t be able to play them on the new system anyway.[/quote]


[quote=“miquelfire” post=143546]

Why? You won’t be able to play them on the new system anyway.
And you probably already own them, or didn’t care enough to buy them when they were new. The first two games will be Halo 3, and Assassin’s Creed 2.

The Microsoft conference was pretty underwhelming. It just didn’t wow me all that much. And they used the world “driveatar” like it was an acceptable word.

$499 is a lot of money, but what really sucks is how badly they’re screwing over Europe and the UK. €499 is around $660 and £429 is around $668.[/quote]


The Download - Spotlight: EA

-Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (trailer & demo with 4 player Survival Mode)
-Peggle 2 announced!
-New engines announced! EA Sports Ignite & Frostbite 3
-Star Wars: Battlefront (trailer)
-Need For Speed Rivals (trailer & demo)
-Need For Speed film announced. Hits theaters in Spring 2014.
-Dragon Age Inquisition (‘The Fires Above’ trailer) - Fall 2014
-NBA Live 14 (new technology called BounceTek)
-Madden NFL 25 (trailer) - Fall 2013
-FIFA 14 (trailer) - Fall 2013
-EA Sports UFC (trailer) - Spring 2014
-Battlefield 4 Commander Mode (‘Siege of Shanghai’ demo)
-Mirrors Edge 2 announced!

Trailers galore (some gameplay too)

Spotlight: Ubisoft

-Rocksmith 2014 Edition (trailer & demo) - October 2013
-Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (trailer) - August 20 2013
-Rayman Legends (trailer) - September 3 2013
-The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot
-South Park The Stick of Truth (trailer) - Holiday 2013
-The Crew (trailer & demo) - Early 2014
-Watch Dogs (trailer)
-Just Dance 2014 (trailer)
-Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show announced for Nickelodeon! - Coming Soon
-Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (trailer)
-Trials Fusion (consoles) & Trials Frontier (mobile) announced.
-Tom Clancy’s The Division announced! (trailer & demo)

Trailers Galore (some gameplay too)


Spotlight: Sony
-Vita games announced include: Batman Arkham Origins, Tearaway, Dead Nation, Doki Doki Universe & God of War Collection
-The Walking Dead on Vita (comes with complete first season & 400 Days)
-The Last of Us (trailer)
-Puppeteer (trailer)
-Rain (trailer) - Fall 2013
-Beyond: Two Souls (trailer) - October 8 2013
-Gran Turismo 6 (trailer)
-Batman Arkham Origins (trailer) - Fall 2013
-Grand Theft Auto V bundle announced for $299 - September 17 2013
-Sony Pictures announces programming plan exclusive to PS4 & PSN.
-Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited available on PS4 launch
-Redbox Instant by Verizon, Live Events Viewer & Flixster announced for PS4.
-The Order 1886 (PS4 trailer)
-Killzone: Shadow Fall (trailer) PS4 launch
-Drive Club (trailer)
-inFamous Second Son (trailer) - Q1 2014
-Knack (trailer)
-The Dark Sorcerer (trailer)
-The Witness announced
-Transistor (trailer) - Early 2014
-Don’t Starve, Mercenary Kings, Octodad: Deadliest Catch, Secret Ponchos, Ray’s Dead, Outlast, Oddworld: New N’ Tasty and Galaxy
-Diablo III announced for PS3 & PS4
-Final Fantasy XV (trailer)
-Kingdom Hearts III (trailer)
-Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (demo)
-Watch Dogs (demo)
-NBA 2K14 (trailer)
-The Elder Scrolls Online (trailer) - Spring 2014
-Mad Max (trailer)
-PS4 supports used games, you can trade games, don’t have to be connected online to play and won’t require online check
-Playstation Plus memberships to carry over to PS4
-Destiny (trailer & demo)
-PS4 will have a pricetag of $399

Trailers Galore


Spotlight: Nintendo - Direct Edition

-Pokemon X & Y! (new FAIRY type confirmed!; Sylveon announced as just one example of that type, effective against Dragon types.) - October 12 2013
Pokemon Amie - A new way to bond with your pokemon (feed, pet & play). Cppy Pokemon’s reactions to make them happier.
-Super Mario 3D World (Wii U trailer) - December 2013
^New Cat Mario Powerup, 4 player Multiplayer f/ Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach
-Mario Kart 8 (Wii U trailer) - Spring 2014
^New feature: Anti-Gravity
-Wii Party U - October 2013
-Wii Fit U - December 2013
-Art Academy for Wii U - Summer 2013
^Upload creations to MiiVerse
-Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Wii U) - October 29 2013
-Batman Arkham Origins (Wii U) - October 25 2013
-Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS) - October 25 2013
-Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Wii U) - 2013
-Disney Infinity (Wii U) - August 18 2013
-Just Dance 2014 (Wii U) - October 8 2013
-Rayman Legends (Wii U) - September 3 2013
-Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii U) - Fall 2013
-Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (3DS) - Fall 2013
-Disney’s Planes (Wii U) - August 6 2013
-Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS) - July 16 2013
-Skylanders SWAP Force (Wii U) - October 13 2013
-Skylanders SWAP Force (3DS) - October 13 2013
-Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (Wii U) - August 20 2013
-Sonic Lost World (Wii U) - Holiday 2013
-Sonic Lost World (3DS) - Holiday 2013
-Watch Dogs (Wii U) - November 19 2013
-Ballpoint Universe (Wii U eShop)
-Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U eShop)
-Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)
-DuckTales: Remastered (Wii U eShop)
-Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U eShop)
-Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U eShop)
-Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty (Wii U eShop)
-Scram Kitty & His Buddy on Rails (Wii U eShop)
-Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)
-Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party (Wii U eShop)
-A World of Keflings (Wii U eShop)
-The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (trailer) - October 2013
^Wii U Update: Tingle Tuner replaced with Tingle Bottle. Using MiiVerse, You can insert messages and send them out to someone. Photos too. Comments/pics wash up on shore in other players games.
-The Wonderful 101 (Wii U) - September 15 2013
-Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Wii U) - November 2013
-Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) - 2014
-X (Wii U) - 2014
-Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) - 2014
-Super Smash Bros. (3DS) - 2014
^Mega Man confirmed as new playable character


WiiFit Female Yoga Instructor in Smash Bros… Wat?


At first I was against any more console buying but Nintendo actually made me think about buying a Wii U. We’ll see what happens but the moment they announced Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, they won E3. While the announcements of SSB and MK were awesome, I’m a solo gamer so they don’t do anything for me.


I’m really strongly considering picking up a WiiU, primarily for Bayonetta 2. The first game was awesome. It’s a shame it didn’t really sell as well as Sega was hoping for. Sonic Worlds also looks pretty good, and the Sonic games have been getting steadily better. I’m really looking forward to it as well.


[quote=“miquelfire” post=143546]

Why? You won’t be able to play them on the new system anyway.[/quote]

it doesnt matter. people won’t want Microsoft watching their kids run around in their underwear in the morning or listening at all hours of the day to their family anyway with the always on mic, and webcam that microsoft can watch and monitor you with of their new xbox keinect. or should i call it the xbox voyeur illegal wire tap device.

i will stick with my atari 2600 and PS2. machine that are gaming platforms not mini-app platforms. hell i am surprised microsoft is even making a new xbox, rather than jsut selling people on a gaming version of the microsoft surface tablet thingy nonsense, as all those things like “smart phones” are just oversized and overpowered nintendo gameboys.


My smartphone is actually smaller than a GameBoy and it is worlds more useful. I don’t play games on it, BTW.

I’m also against the new Xbox and the PS4 doesn’t really do anything for me. All the gameplay footage I’ve seen still puts them behind PCs (which is to be expected, considering their hardware) so there’s not even the “eye candy” aspect to try and get me to sell out to M$. I’m still not happy with Sony over all the shenanigans they pulled with the PS3. While I don’t necessarily know that they’re going to go “evil” with it, as we do with M$ and the Xbox One, there’s a good chance.


I picked up a Wii U a few months back got the few games I wanted which were all great and the controller has grown on me. Been kind of disappointed not having anything new so it’s nice to finally see more games coming, I will probably eventually end up with the new Xbox after i make sure no hardware issues happen and a PS4 when the price drops.
May get a 3DS XL once I get my cash back to where it needs to be. Course still need to get a kayak for some real world interactivity. So may be a little.


Looks like the new 3DS Yoshi and Zelda will be titled Yoshi’s New Island and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.



[quote]The long-awaited new game The Last Guardian was conspicuously absent from Sony’s knockout E3 press conference, and now we know why.

Speaking with Geoff Keighley of Game Trailers, Sony’s Jack Tretton revealed that the long-awaited game is on hiatus. No, it’s not cancelled, but it’s unclear what’s happening with the development process or when it will come out of hiatus. Either way, don’t expect to see The Last Guardian anytime soon.

The game was first announced back at E3 2009, and is being developed by Team Ico, the same studio behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Both of those games were released on the PS2, which means The Last Guardian has been in development longer than the entire life cycle of the PS3.[/quote]


So now that E3 is over and I’ve had some time to absorb everything, I think I’ll share my thoughts on a few things…

First thing… Between Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, the winner this year is Nintendo. Had you asked me a couple days ago, I would have said Sony, but after a little thought and discussion with my friends, I came to this realization:

If you take Nintendo out of the picture for a moment, Sony doesn’t win E3… Microsoft loses E3.
When I go over Sony’s conference again, I realize that they didn’t really announce anything particularly exciting or game-changing. Of the games they showed off, most of the good looking ones aren’t exclusive. Sony showed the trailers for Final Fantasy Versis XIII (now Final Fantasy XV), and Kingdom Hearts 3, but those aren’t exclusive to the PS4, so even though it was part of their conference, you can’t take the hype of those games as being part of the hype for Sony. The same goes for the other gameplay demos they showed off like Destiny. So if you don’t take the non-exclusive games into account, it was really business as usual. Not very exciting at all. Except that near the end, they said three things that earned them as close to a standing ovation as you can get from an audience with computers on their laps… They said they support used games, there will be no periodic check ins, and the price of the console is $399 (which is $100 less than the Xbox one). At one point after their conference they said that all they did was emphasize something that they were already planning to do, with the used game support and everything. On top of that, the reason the Xbox One is $100 more is likely due to the addition of the Kinect 2. So it isn’t what Sony did that makes them the winner, it’s what Microsoft did to makes themselves the loser.

So back to Nintendo. Despite not having a conference like Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo did two things that make them the winner in my eyes… They showed me the Wind Waker remake, and they showed me a new Super Smash Brothers game. Zelda alone is enough for me to buy a Wii U, but Smash Brothers just makes it all the better…

Now let’s talk about the rest of E3… If you had to ask me overall who won E3? It would be tough, but I can’t decide between EA, and Ubisoft.

Over at EA, I get Star Wars Battlefront being made by DICE, who make the battlefield franchise, so they know what they’re doing. On top of that, DICE is also finally making a new Mirror’s Edge game, which despite the first Mirror’s Edge being a flop at launch, is one of my favorite games.

Now, Ubisoft showed me more Watchdogs, which is shaping up to be a very nice game. But on top of that, they showed me what has to be one of the biggest surprises of E3 for me… The Division. This game looks like it’s going to be pretty fun, and being a Tom Clancy game, it’s more grounded in reality than most other games shown at E3. I’m kind of interested in how their matchmaking system is going to work… Supposedly, it’s designed to match you with people who are similarly susceptible to real-world interruptions. For example if you have a small child which requires your attention every now and again, the game will match you with people who either have similar situations, or are understanding of such a situation where you may need to stop playing for a few minutes every now and again.

I’ve already pre-ordered my PS4, and Destiny… Now we just have to play the waiting game…


I share much of your sentiment. Microsoft definitely lost E3 but I couldn’t forget that there were some games shown that I think will be huge sellers for them. Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon and Killer Instinct.

In the end I also thought Nintendo was #1 this year mainly for showing a new Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario 3D World but no doubt there was something that stuck out in every conference whether very little or a lot.

All thoughts put away, the bloodbath will come this holiday season. When peoples minds are made up, that will really determine who won E3.


Money talks and the power of the consumer has spoken.


[quote=“OneWayDevil” post=144254]Money talks and the power of the consumer has spoken.[/quote]

This is good, now they need to fix [strike]Windows 8[/strike] the other really big mistake they made. That will take something more in convincing since Steve Ballmer’s pride is tied up in it.

Mark Gosdin


After hearing about the DRM system that the Xbox One will be going by, Ive now officially lost interest in Microsoft and will be switching to the PS4. I really dont want to have to pay extra money to buy a used game from my friends just because the makers of the game want in on the side profit, that’s just crap.


They already reversed the DRM stuff, read the link in the post above yours.


I caught this change on Bloomberg this morning and Microsoft made a good move there regarding XBO. Now that they cleared the smoke of this controversy, it all comes down to simple pricing.