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June 12
2014

E3 2014: Splatoon, Nintendo’s Adorable Answer to Shooters

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This E3 was swamped with new shooters: Tom Clancy’s The Division, Battlefield Hardline, Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, and many more. While these games are assured moneymakers, they are hardly innovative and fresh. “Hey look! You’re a nondescript white guy shooting up someone in a brand new world of greyscale! Buy it now!” It gets a little monotonous.

Luckily, Nintendo has decided to step into the ring with their own shooter. Well more like they decided to just design their own ring. While everyone else showed off more generic scruffy white guys with guns Nintendo thought, “Hey! What if we had girls? Who are also squids?”

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Lords of the Fallen feels like Dark Souls without the fun

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The toughest enemy in your game should not be the camera.

Lords of the Fallen is an upcoming action-role playing game from City Interactive and Deck13 Interactive, and wears its two primary inspirations on its heavy spiked gauntlets. The art design – especially when it comes to characters – would look right at home in a Darksiders sequel, and the combat is gunning for the tactical edge and difficulty curve of the Dark Souls franchise. It’s the latter that I got my hands with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the game during E3 this week for a quick hands-on impression.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Nintendo Is Finally Starting To Get It. Fans Are The Driving Force.

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This year, Nintendo is taking a step in the right direction by addressing their fans and establishing a better relationship them. The lighthearted approach on presenting their information this year with Mega64 and The Robot Chicken team was a smart move on their part. The ridiculous Nintendo Digital Event presentation was a welcomed surprise compared to the usual dry and formal presentations from years past.

The shining star of Nintendo’s efforts came in the form of the Smash Bros. Invitational tournament. It might sound biased given I’m an obsessive Smash Bros. fan but having been at the Invitational myself, the amount of passion and excitement from all the series’ fans was contagious.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Entwined looks to be a gorgeous, pure expression of love

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Not enough games tackle the subject of affection. And when the few that do bring the subject up, it’s usually through a series of dialogue wheels leading to a cutscene of weirdly creepy character models fondling each other.

Entwined takes a much less complicated but no less complex approach to intimacy. Its announcement trailer made waves at Sony’s E3 press conference earlier this week. It told a tale of orange fish and blue bird seeking to join together and become a gorgeous green dragon by flying through gateways and filling up their respective color meters. A minimalist soundtrack and beautiful art direction make it feel like a cousin to the titles of thatgamecompany, high praise considering how well that team utilized wordless characters and heavy narrative themes.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Dragonball Xenoverse

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How many times can you make a game based on a hit manga/anime series that is 30 years old? At least once more if you’re Namco Bandai. Following in the tradition of Dragonball Z Budokai, Dragonball Z Budokai 2, Dragonball Z Budokai 3, Dragonball Z Shin Budokai, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 1, Dragonball Budokai Z Tenkaichi 2, Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Dragonball  Raging Blast, and Dragonball Z: Battle of Z comes the first Dragonball Z game for Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Dragonball Xenoverse.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Legend of Zelda…..Starring Zelda?

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The internet is a buzz following yesterday’s unveiling of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. The teaser trailer is absolutely gorgeous, showcasing a vast and fully explorable world (some are already calling this Zelda meets Skyrim) with a beautifully rendered cel-shaded style. It looks like much more successful attempt at the Skyward Sword art direction that melded colorful cel-shading with a less cartoony aesthetic than Wind Waker’s. But as the trailer continues and we finally get a look at our hero’s face…..well suffices to say the internet isn’t entirely sure it’s our classic hero at all. Our classic heroine, though? Perhaps.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Pac-Man Joins The Cast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

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After Sal, Zach and I came off the high from the Smash Bros. Invitational (I’ll have more on that soon), Nintendo held a closed door Smash Bros. conference that brought some new information to light. For months, there have been countless rumors and debates on Smash Boards, Reddit and NeoGAF on what characters we’d expect to see at E3. After months of anticipation, Pac-Man was finally revealed in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.  Get a glimpse of him in action in the video below.

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