E3 doesn’t start until Tuesday but GameTrailers has some early goodies for us!
Last night GTTV aired what they called VGA’s E3 First Look 2009 on Spike. So aside from the sad attempt by Skipe to try to shove the lackluster VGAs down our throat (the freaking thing takes place in December and has nothing to do with E3!) and the mandatory girl who obviously knows nothing about video games (sorry Rose McGowan), we actually had some pretty cool stuff.
Some of the stuff didn’t air last night but has since popped up on GameTrailers.com.
Not everything was great but nothing sucked (as opposed to the VGAs). I’m going to post the trailers that I like most.
On a sidenote I wish I could embed the HD version from GT but WordPress doesn’t support that so I have to go through the Tube.
The Saboteur: amazing trailer, ambiance and art direction. I’m feeling good!
Mafia II: Mafia II!!!! Need I say more??? This is going to be epic!
Mass Effect 2: looks fraking sweet!! Awesome music too
Arkham Asylum: Joker gameplay looks awesome and Mark Hamill is the best
Dragon Age Origins: the Grey Warden! Great trailer!
Alpha Protocol: very effective trailer with good gameplay promise!
Dante’s Inferno: cool trailer, I like the ambiance
Brink: good but not much info. It’s the next Bethesda so it has my attention
Just Cause 2: very nice surprise, looks like loads of fun
Lost Planet 2: a nice effective trailer
Brutal Legend: as offbeat as you can expect from Tim Schaeffer
More trailers where shown like Madden, NHL 10, DJ Hero…. but these are, to me, the most noteworthy.
Peter Molyneux has always been one for juicy statements and today he struck again. In an interview with GameTrailers from last week he announced that he had plans for Fable III, IV and V and that it was all part of a big arc as would be evident once we play Fable II in October.
He also said he was contemplating doing a sports or driving game simply because these genres seem ‘locked in stone’ and he likes the challenging aspect of making something different.
One can only hope.
Now where is Syndicate?!
Activision, Brutal Legend Survives
Following yesterday’s eventful announcement Tim Schafer announced in a very straight to the point manner that “Brutal Legend is fine.”. Roger and out.
Delays, Delays and Delays!
- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.K. from 2008 to Early 2009
- Battlefield Heroes from Summer 2008 to 2008
- Tiberium from End 2008 to fiscal year 2010 (April 2009-March 2010)…Ouch!
- Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway from from August 2008 to September 2008, because apparently they want to coincide the release of the game with the anniversary of Operation Green Market (which the game depicts). If you have no clue what I’m talking about do yourself a favor and go rent Band of Brothers…NOW!
Star Trek Online Revealed!
Originally owned by Perpetual Entertainment, which closed its door in January, the MMO based on the world-famous TV show seemed to be facing tough times. Thankfully the license was acquired by Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes/Villains) and along with the confirmation came a bunch of lovely screenshots.
Vivendi Properties Shake-Up. Who Lives and Who Dies?
After Vivendi Games merged with Activision earlier this year and subsequently formed Activision Blizzard, there had to be some changes happening. Well these past days have been a roller coaster ride of announcements.
It was revealed that Activision would be publishing Vivendi’s best selling properties: Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and Ice Age, along with the upcoming Prototype and another unknown project.
While there are other publishing arms that weren’t mention in the press conference to take care of the other franchises, it leaves several big games on the potential cutting board. Chief among these are Ghostbusters, Brutal Legend and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
Today a Sierra representative announced that, while he couldn’t speak for other franchises, Ghostbusters is not canceled.
We can be sure to have more announcements in the coming days n the subject while Vivendi and Activision review their properties but I for one hope they do bring us Chronicles of Riddick because I’m very excited about it.
XBLA Dates, Dates and Dates
- Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved out on July 30
- Braid (which has me very excited) on August 6
- Bionic Commando Rearmed on August 13
- Galaga Legions on August 20
- Castle Crashers on August 27
Wizard 101, MMO for Beginners
KingIsle, Texas-based developer, is currently working on an MMO aimed at a broad audience. The game lets you play a Wizard in training on his way to the Ravenwood school (of Witchcraft and Wizardry). you will be able to choose a pet to accompany on your quests, learn different schools of magic through various teachers. The fighting system seems to be card-based which can be found on the ground around the world and quests will involve puzzles and mini-games.
DC Comics Acquires Rights for Resident Evil and Devil May Cry Comics
The two major Capcom franchises will join previous acquisitions of Gears of War, Prototype and just recently Mirror’s Edge and will be published under the Wildstorm banner of DC Comics.
Telltale Games Loves Wallace & Gromit
The studio that successfully relaunched the Sam & Max franchise through episodic treatment is planning to do the same with the famous English characters. The game will be called Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures and will be a classic point ‘n’ click adventure.