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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.

See for yourself:

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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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June 11
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Nintendo

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Today was the last of the big media briefings, so we finished it all off with Nintendo…from the comfort of the Media Lounge at the convention center. Rather than pack thousands of people into a huge hall, Nintendo (as you may know) decided to stream to millions over the internet, and I for one applaud the decision. Whether their games will be any good or not remains to be seen, but so far Nintendo is the winner of the five I went to and they have successfully convinced me to invest in a Wii U. Let’s take a look…

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Sony

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Waiting for Sony was the perfect inverse to waiting for Ubisoft: registration emails were valid as proof of media credentials, we could get in line and let in right away, and THEY SERVED FREE FOOD AND BEER! It was an untold joy when I got a Corona, some tacos, and some donuts into my system. Plus, we managed to snag some sweet seats up really close to the action. Even before the brief started, I was feeling much more positive about the whole situation…which I suspect was Sony’s intent all along. When your press is relaxed, full, and a little bit buzzed they’re gonna think  you hung the moon. Fortunately, several of the games they had to show were actually worth our while.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – EA and Ubisoft

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Next on the brief agenda was everyone’s favorite evil monolith, EA. We stopped and asked for directions and a helpful Microsoft representative told us that the bus in front of us would take us where we needed to go. We hopped on and were carted…to a hotel. Fortunately it wasn’t far from the EA venue, so we summoned an Uber SUV and $50 later all five of us were at the EA venue just a few minutes before it was due to start…literally across the street from where the Microsoft brief was. If that Microsoft rep had been in sight, I’d have slapped her so hard she’d have had to cross the street to go pick up her lips. Ugh. We moseyed upstairs, found a spot in front of a TV to park it, and watched the most underwhelming presentation we’d see all day.

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