Gaming peripheral company SteelSeries announced some really exciting hardware at E3 this year. Among the items gamers can expect to see this year are:
Sentry Eye Tracker
Specifically designed and optimized for gamers, the SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker is a virtual, visual coach that provides players with the ability to track, analyze and benchmark eye movement and behaviors during gameplay in order to improve gaming performance. In a partnership with Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking forged earlier this year, SteelSeries will be introducing its first phase of the new technology called the Sentry. This
game training tool unlocks the power of tracking and analyzing past replays to provide feedback on where you were looking and not looking on the screen. Graphs, heat-maps and statistics help gamers identify significant ways of improving and becoming more efficient players.
If you’ve ever tried to play a game with touch controls on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you’ll know how frustrating it is to control your onscreen avatar using the lower left and right corners of your device. The Stratus XL is a full-sized, console-inspired gaming controller designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices. Compatible with the ever growing 300+ controller-enabled games found in the Apple App Store, games now have the option of either a full-sized or pocket-sized wireless controller from SteelSeries.
The Sims 4 Peripherals
Are you a fan of the Sims? Now you can game in Sim fashion with these handsomely designed, Sims-inspired peripherals ranging from a headset, mouse, and or mousepad. The all-white, USB, slim profile, on-ear headset features an illuminated Plumbob on each earcup that changes colors to reflect the current emotional state of your Sim. The glossy white Sims 4 Mouse features an ergonomic, six-button design with an illuminated Plumbob underneath the scroll wheel that changes illuminated colors to reflect the emotions of your Sim as well. To complete this setup, The Sims 4 QCK micro-fiber surface mousepad ensures a smooth, consistent glide during gameplay.
Our team managed to sneak in some time with creators of World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. Guess what? While Wargaming.net have had us wage war on land and in the air, there is one theatre left; the sea!
Wargaming.net’s St. Petersburg studio is currently developing World of Warships. In a closed alpha stage with a closed beta dropping later in 2014 World of Warships is already looking impressive. Sporting a new rendering engine, 40+ ships in alpha, all guns functional (140 guns on some ships), torpedo cams and four super-classes of ships, World of Warships is looking to be their biggest game yet.
Your choice of ship super-class is between a Destroyer, a Cruiser, a Battleship or an Aircraft Carrier. The Destroyer is equipped with smokescreens and torpedos. The Cruiser is the workhorse with deck mounted weapons and torpedos. Battleships can travel longer distances and bring the heavy artillery. Up to this point there is a lot that likely sounds familiar to those of you who have played Wargaming.net previous titles. However, I left one class out: The Aircraft Carrier. An entity on its own and played as an RTS (yes and RTS. As in real Time Strategy) you command squadrons of planes and attack enemy ships from the air. Thinking about it that makes sense as really that is what Aircraft Carriers are built specifically to do.
There are over 120 players in the US playing the alpha version at this moment.
World of Warships is not the only title the 3,400 employees of Wargaming.net are working on a number of other titles not just for the PC but also for the XBox 360, iOS and Android.
Launching on June 26th in the US, World of Tanks Blitz has already been released in a number of Nordic regions. In those regions it has propelled itself into the top 3 in the app store.
Blitz will feature 96 tanks (US, German and Soviet) with 8 new re-imagined maps pulled from World of Tanks. The games are a lot quicker with the goal to be 6 or 7 minutes per match and a load time of around 20-30 seconds. Keep in mind this is designed as a standalone mobile game and as such the currency between World of Tanks and Blitz are different. Blitz will be available for the iPad and iPhone so long as you have at least an iPad 2+ and an iPhone 4+. Blitz also includes radial chat, full chat, fully customizable controls along with full facebook implementation. Word of warning, remove your boss from your friends list if you plan on playing this at work.
World of Tanks has seen over 3.8 million downloads on the XBox 360 alone. Launched in 86 countries, those of you playing know Wargaming.net just released an expansion . What you might not know is that the ability to create a Platoon is coming soon. The Chicago based dev team is also working on a Blitz title and a retail sku for the 360.
Last but not least is a new gametype with indestructible tanks. Why would they make indestructible tanks you ask? So you can play 3 on 3 soccer/football with them. That’s why!
Left 4 Dead developer, Turtle Rock, and 2K have teamed up to bring gamers a truly original game experience: a 5-player asymmetrical co-op shooter. The game pits a 4 player team against a single, evolving behemoth. Welcome to Evolve.
This is a hunter vs beast affair. Hunters come in four flavors: Trapper, Assault, Support, and Medic. The objective is to hunt down and kill the creature before it evolves, making it a far more dangerous target the more time slips away. Stick together because if you find yourself alone, so will the monster. 2K was showing off the new beastie at E3, called the Kraken.
Tiff says ”Did hands on then and played as the new assault character against the Kraken. That monster is so beast and scary. The game was just as much fun as it was at PAX East and will definitely be on my must buy list for this fall. We got our asses kicked.”
Evolve drops October 21st, on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
It looks like Deep Silver has finally escaped Gilligan’s Island and made it to the mainland. While the differences between the first game and Riptide were barely discernible, except for the game killing glitches, Dead Island 2 looks to be a proper sequel that improves on the foundation of the first two games.
This time around, our protagonist is actually heralded as a hero, instead of the enemy. There’s a NPC helper, named Max, who may or may not own a Mo-Cap cat. The game looks to be set in California, and the locale in the trailer looks suspiciously similar to the beach in GTA V.
Deep Silver has made several improvements to the game. Dual wielding has some very promising applications in the zombie slaying department. Dead Rising 2 has assigned individual status to the zombies, and no two zombies will look alike. Motorized weapons make their debut in DR2. Perhaps we will be able to dual wield the ol’ shotgun/chainsaw duo. Groovy! Motorized weapons will need gas to remain functional, which is kind of a weird place to start trying to establish realism, but whatever. Deep Silver looks to be attempting to balance realism with fun in this game. Co-op partners will share XP this time around, so no more of that running off and shooting shit on your own. Was that even a thing in the last 2 games?
Although nothing was playable at E3, there will be some sort of playable demo at both PAX and GamesCon. Dead Island 2 will retain its FPS style presentation, players will still be able to craft items, and co-op will allow up to eight players. Release date to be announced for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
After years of temptation, the Playstation darlings at Insomniac have finally turned to the Xbox dark side. They didn’t bring Ratchet and Clank with them (yet), but they have brought Xbox gamers one of the most anticipated titles of the new generation of console gaming: Sunset Overdrive.
Naturally, an organization as mature and prestigious as 2Old2Play has three sets of eyes at E3, and our Editor in Chief, Tiffany Nolan, was there to tell us what she saw.
Welcome to Sunset City
The game is set in the fictional Sunset City, in the year 2027. A contaminated Fizzco energy drink, named Overcharge Delirium XT, has turned most of the population into bloodthirsty mutants. The highly customizable protagonist is charged with cleaning the streets...by making a mess of the mutant horde. Wait, that didn’t make sense...moving on. The dev team at Insomniac are evil geniuses when it comes to crafting over-the-top weaponry, and Sunset Overdrive looks to be no exception: the guns in this game will not suck. The guns are customizable, and players can add perks, called amps, to boost their effectiveness.
High velocity momentum and aggression are the keys to surviving the streets of Sunset City. Players will have to stay off the streets to stay alive, so go high and go fast. Being all stylish and shit allows a style meter to fill, allowing players to unleash an amp ability. There are dozens of amps, custom crafted by the player. Sunset City is an open world environment, and each mission has a story behind it.
The game focuses on themes, and our Editor in Chief describes the three prevalent themes in Sunset Overdrive:
Fun in end times.
Be who you want to be
We Are Not Alone
Our protagonist isn’t exactly Omega Man, and there are plenty of non-mutant survivors in the city. Groups like the Bushido Troop and Fargarths are prospering in this over-caffeinated apocalypse. There is also a group of surviving humans, called The Scabs, that seem opposed to the player’s survival. Mutant enemy types include grunts, called the OD, and stronger enemy types like the Herker and the Blower.
Sunset Overdrive features 8-player co-op, called Chaos Squad, and is accessible from any photo booth in the city. Chaos Squad missions last between 20-25 minutes and loot and weaponry is carried across modes...so you won’t lose your shit. Insomniac uses in-game monitors to stream current news and game updates into the game.
Sunset Overdrive will be available, for the Xbox One, starting October 28.
Our crack team happened by the Activision booth and managed to get some time in front of a couple of games. Activision had at least two noteworthy games on full display at their E3 2014 booth.Here is what our 2old2play team saw from the Activision guys this year.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
After 3 years in development, Sledgehammer games has come up with something that I think is sorely needed in the COD franchise: something different. Sure, this looks like the same old same old on the surface but I am hopeful some of the changes can make an impact.
Sledgehammer told our team that they are really focusing on story for this iteration. The story in the last few games has, in my opinion, become weaker and weaker. The series seemed to gravitate more to shock value, quick time events and confusion in its single player campaign. What gives me a sense of hope is that not only was the part we saw in the trailer, played by Kevin Spacey. was written with him in mind, but he actually said yes.
You now have an exoskeleton and your HUD is on the weapon where it seems a little more natural. Your character is also now equipped with jump packs, which reminded the team a lot of Titanfall. I know this seems small but those additions could change the gameplay and the strategy enough to be the shakeup COD needs.
For this new iteration of the series, Sledgehammer didn’t just paint a few more pixels in where they could. They told our team that their staff have worked hard on every detail down to characters pupils dilating.
The weapons are new and from what our team saw...badass. They got to witness a couple of levels and what they saw did more than impress.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to hit shelves November 4th, 2014.
Skylanders Trap Team
Next up is the 4th game in the Skylanders series.
Skylanders Trap Team sticks to the base formula, but with a few new tricks. Toys for Bob has designed the game for the virtually every console, including next gen. Along with the new game comes along a new portal. This one has speakers in it so you can hear the characters speak through it. It sounded a little strange, as you could already hear them in the game, so why include it? The game is called Skylanders Trap Team and what you can hear are the characters that you trap.
Kaos returns as the main antagonist but he isn’t alone. All the villains have been released from prison and its your job to locate the traptonium spread throughout Skyland.
Using the traptonium you can capture the bad guys and play as them. Besides playing as the baddies, you get 50 new characters along with the ability to bring all your Skylanders in from the previous three games. You can then use the villain you trapped and your character to tag team the next bad guy. While playing as the villain you get to hear their specific theme music. With over 40 villains to capture that is a lot of theme music!
Here is a list of some of the new characters:
Snap Shot. Water. He's a trap master.
Shrednaught is a new bad guy you can trap.
Food Fight. Another new character. Will be in the starter pack.
Buzzer Beak. New villain character. Air
Broccoli Guy. New villain character. Life
Painyatta. New villain. Magic. He barfs candy.
Wildﬁre. New trap master. Fire.
Wallop. Trap master. Earth.
Jawbreaker. Trap master. Tech.
Wolfgang. New villain. Undead
Chopper. New core character. He's a dinosaur. Tech.
Krypt King. New trap master. Undead.
As a interesting little twist you can also capture Kaos and play as him.
There is no digital download for this title. You need to buy the starter pack with the game disk and new portal
Skylanders Trap Team is coming October 2014.
Perhaps still feeling the sting from criticism over last year's Xbox One reveal and E3 briefing, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer took the stage Monday morning and declared that this year’s event was all about the games. Phil wasn’t lying: this was the best sneak peek that Xbox gamers have had at gaming nirvana in several years. The 90-minute presentation was packed full of future goodness, and a handful of the right here and now.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Activision was the first to take the stage to show off its new Kevin Spacey shooter. The game appears to be set in the near future. The hardware was, for the most part, modern assault rifles but with high-tech optics, including a sight that lights up targets like holograms. The grenades have multiple choice settings...I highly recommend the smart grenades. The gameplay demo also featured some sort of spider tank, clouds of malevolent flying chainsaw things, and a lot of folks losing appendages. Is there hope for the definitive next-gen shooter? Xbox One players will get DLC for this game first.
Forza Horizon 2
Dan Greenawalt, who arrived at E3 in a Lamborghini Aventador, took the stage and declared that Nurburgring, laser-scanned and built brand new for Forza 5, drops today and drops for free! Holy fuck! The Green Hell has finally hit next-gen and Forza 5 is an actual Forza game after all. Well done, Dan...oh wait, there’s more.
Damn, it’s Ralph Fulton and he wants to talk about Forza Horizon 2. Sit down, Ralph: I want to see some screen shots of Nurburgring. Okay, Ralph just said that that Forza Horizon 2 will feature over 200 cars, including a new Lamborghini, the Forza 5 graphics engine, day/night driving, weather, open world drivatars, and car clubs. I will admit that the graphics look very good. We will find out on September 30 when Horizon 2 hits our consoles. Open world drivatars...God help us.
A quick trailer was shown, promising beta and DLC first for Xbox players.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Ubisoft’s Vincent Pointbriand took the stage to show off a little Assassin’s Creed co-op magic. Set in 18th century Paris, during the French Revolution, AC Unity will feature four player cooperative gameplay. That’s kind of badass. The gameplay demo shows four assassins closing in on the Marquis de Sade’s dinner party while a peasant riot is broiling right outside the walls of his mansion.The assassins prowl the rooms and halls of the mansion, picking off guards, ultimately crashing the soiree and throwing the Marquis off the balcony and into the streets, where he promptly loses his head.
Dragon Age Inquisition
Ted Price from Insomniac showed off an amusement park stage from Sunset Overdrive...and it looked fun as hell to play. There was a lot of speed, some very unique weapons, lots of color and attitude, and...8 player co-op! Xbox players finally get a real Insomniac game, on October 28.
Dead Rising 3
Capcom, in celebration of their 31st Anniversary, has released the Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition which allows players to play as any old-school DR protagonist in a 4 player co-op arcade-style setting. Can you play as Chuck? Yep. You can even play as camera guy and what’s her name. This DLC hits the XB1 today...as in you can download it now.
Fantasia: Music Evolved-October 21 (XB1 & 360)
Dance Central Spotlight- September
David Eckelberg, from Lionhead, came out and narrated a little 4 player co-op level in Fable Legends. The game looked fairly impressive, and David didn’t promise a bunch of shit that the dev team could never deliver on, so that’s a step in the right direction for Lionhead. The thing that impressed me the most is that a fifth player can assume the role of the villain. The villain has sort of a top down view of the active map and can dynamically add traps and monsters wherever he or she desires. That’s a nice little gameplay twist. Eckelberg promises a multiplayer beta in time for the holidays.
So, apparently these guys are still way into Master Chief, because they are bringing The Master Chief Collection to the XB1. This collection focuses on the Master Chief storyline, and will contain all 4 of the numbered Halo games, with over 100 multiplayer maps and six brand new MP maps. Special attention is being given to the Halo 2 Anniversary with updated high-res graphics running at 60 frames per second.
343 also announced a Ridley Scott produced live action Halo series called Halo: Nightfall, which will feature a character from the upcoming Halo: Guardians, which is also part of The Master Chief Collection.The beta launches late in 2014.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Crystal Dynamics is following up the Tomb Raider reboot with a new Lara Croft adventure. This is the new Lara Croft doing the old Lara Croft stuff: high adventure, traveling the world, and actually raiding tombs. Rise of the Tomb Raider will release sometime in 2015.
Platinum Games has a dragon riding game on the horizon.
Ori and the Blind Forest
This game is centered around an orphan on an amazing adventure in a beautiful place. It looks to be one of those emotional kind of games from Moon Studios.
Witcher 3 and Tom Clancy’s The Division round out all the mentionable games. We also have that Quantum Break shipwreck simulator and a new Gears of War game on the horizon. Xbox is also making it easier for devs to self publish on XBL with the ID@Xbox, expanding the free to play game universe, and promises ongoing support and development for the 360 platform, since some gamers are dragging their penny pinching asses and playing on antiquated hardware.
This was Xbox’s strongest show in years and the impressive library of impending games should have a little something to please almost every MS fanboy.
If your head still isn’t spinning from all of the announcements from the first day of E3 2014, wait until you get a load of what EA announced today and your head will continue spinning until each of these games are released! Here are the games that EA announced at their press conference yesterday at E3.
Star Wars Battlefront
Can DICE redeem itself with the game that they say they’ve always wanted to make especially after a bug-plagued Battlefield 4 launch last year? Will this Star Wars game be the Star Wars game we’ve all been waiting for?
Now you can play cops and robbers, Battlefield style! From EA and Visceral Games comes the next evolution in shooters but will it live up to the hype or will it suffer from the challenges that Battlefield 4 suffered at launch?
Dragon Age Inquisition
You can’t have an EA press conference to announce a line up of upcoming EA games without a Dragon Age installment… especially one that’s being launched on the new consoles!
Mass Effect 4
Okay, maybe Dragon Age was pushing it but… you can’t have an EA press conference without a Mass Effect 4 announcement! Although no video was presented, various stills of concept art were shown and Bioware gave confirmation that the next Mass Effect installment would be on the Xbox One and PS4 - but you already knew that, didn’t you?
For most of you that don’t already have The Sims, you can get Sims 4 in September. I’m one of the people that already have the Sims so I’m going to skip Sims 4 when it comes out. My version of the Sims is called, “The wife, kids, and co-workers.”
EA PGA TOUR
Using the Frostbite engine for something other than an FPS game, EA has turned it into a massive golf simulator. No word as to whether or not you will need the Kinect or some plastic golf club attachment.
An EA press conference wouldn’t be complete without Mass Effect, Dragon Age, AND Madden 15! Come and play some football on your console and experience the best that the virtual World Cup, err, Superbowl has to offer!
Mirror’s Edge 2
Before Titan pilots could wall run and parkour, Mirror’s Edge’s Faith was running circles up and down walls and pilots and all! Currently in development, Mirror’s Edge 2 promises to bring the vertigo!
Tiff and DSmooth were representing for 2old2play at Bethesda’s E3 media events. The internet was anticipating a surprise reveal and had fingers crossed for more detail on the next Fallout game. Alas, the studio did not confirm or deny the game coming out or being set in Boston. Instead, the big reveal this year was dusting off the Doom franchise which hasn’t seen the light of day since Doom 3 ten years ago.
Doom’s Day is Coming
I spent hours playing the original Doom but never racked up much time on the sequels. Not much game detail was revealed other than the trailer but they promised more info to follow at QuakeCon in July.
I didn’t see anywhere to stream any of Bethesda’s stuff so I’ll rely on the press assets and Derek and Tiff’s surprisingly coherent notes!
Derek’s Impression of Bethesda in 140 characters or less:
Great #E32014 appt with @Bethblog today. The Evil Within is as freaky as I had remembered. Surprise winner was Battlecry. So much fun!
The Evil Within
The Evil Within is a survival horror game Bethesda is developing for all the consoles. Do we have an industry term yet for stuff coming out on current gen and old gen? If not someone make one up for me stat! Tiff and Derek got some hands on experience and remarked on the grain effect really giving the game a horror feel. The devs also provided them some tips for game play like:
So you know pretty much the tutorial to every survival horror game ever. Thanks for the tips!
First look impressions from the team:
This game is freaky and scary. You will want to have headphones on and all pets and
family members locked away. I was holding my breath and stressed the entire time playing
it as I was expecting someone (thing) to jump out and scare the shit out of me. If you like
horror games, this is going to be great.
The pace was a little slow for me and I would have liked to try out a little more combat.
Our team found this free to play game to be tons of fun. Apparently its faction based set in “world without gunpowder” so they’ll have to get creative with weapons. It also has a character class system with 5 to choose from. The crack team at 2old2play tried out a Duelist and an Enforcer. The graphics were very stylized in the pre-alpha build available for journalists at E3. A beta is planned for 2015.
Random impressions from the team:
Reminded me of team fortress
Was a lot of fun to play and definitely had a low entry point to just pick up and play it
Strong friction between factions (Someone’s a poet and they don’t know it, I won’t say who! :p)
So either Ubisoft doesn't think the 2old2play community plays their games or they are just big French jerks. Ubi, once again, did not let any one of our intrepid crew into their briefing this year.
We're not bitter, we're pissed! However the house that was built on poutine still makes some kick ass games, so lets see what they have this year.
The show opens with bus ride in a foreign land. I know its foreign as there are dingle balls decorating the bus and a monkey beside us. The bus stops and things start to get tense as it looks like a random spot check with what might be border patrols. Don't want to ruin it but shit goes wrong and the Monkey bites it. Some weird dude with a $5 haircut comes out of a Helicopter and drops a crap load of F-Bombs and promises to "tear shit up!" Dan Hay comes out to announce FarCry4. You start the game with some cash, a bus ride and "well...you're fucked". See below for the first few minutes of FarCry4
Aisha Tyler is the host again this year...damn she's tall. Why do tall women need Stiletto heels?
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance 2015, with 100 million players so far in the series, features tracks from Pharrell Williams, Ylvis and Ellie Goulding. I was really hoping not to hear "Happy" or “What Does the Fox Say?” as I have heard those tracks enough for a lifetime already, but it looks like I am going to hear them again in October when my kids beg me to pick this up.
Also announced is the ability to play Just Dance Now on a smartphone and a TV that can connect to the internet. There is a free app on your phone and once downloaded you can head to justdancenow.com. Instead of a controller/Kinect/Move your phone detects your movement. Unlimited number of people can play so cue the professional dancers on stage and in the balconies who are supposed to look like audience members and feign surprise at winning.
Tom Clancy's The Division.
If you haven’t seen the Microsoft briefing playthrough I suggest you do that. Know that Ubi's trailer adds a lot more gravitas to the post apocalyptic scenario. It hints at the basic premise of the game and shows that you are not alone in your fight for life in a devastated world.
Cannonball Run just without Burt reynolds, Dom Deluise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. etc...
The video Ubi showed looked like it was in engine, albeit sped up and edited. As announced last year, you can drive coast to coast in a compressed version of the US. However this is one of the first times we see the cities, the freeways and landscapes. They all look amazing. But how does it drive? Sim like Forza/GranTurismo or Arcade like Need for Speed?
Ubi has given early access to The Crew to gamers and drive game fanatics letting them test as well as organically develop new challenges and races. Ubi has also launched Route 909 in 7 locations around the world. Route 909 is a beta international race league with teams in Dubai, New York, LA, Montreal, London, Copenhagen and Paris. Tune into The Crew battle playoffs on Twitch on June 10/11. Also announced was a Beta opening July 23rd. You can sign up now at www.thecrewgame.com/beta. The Crew launches Nov. 11th on PS4 and XBox One and PC. Damn that’s the same day as Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Assassins’ Creed Unity.
Paris 1789, Lorde singing Tears for Fears "everybody wants to rule the world"...haunting is the word I have to use for that. I love CGI trailers but I wish they would make these things in engine. The playthrough shows more NPC's than ever before...crowds...mobs in a square all moving in a more independent fashion. Compared to previous AC games where every third or fourth NPC is doing the same thing and a crowd is 7 or 8 people this is a huge move forward. I guess it would have to be to recreate the violence in late 18th century France. Assassins’ Creed Unity also supports 4 player co-op
A fitness game for the XBOX One that uses Kinect and has the tagline"Getting fit just got fun" This game reminds me of Double Fine's Kinect Party mixed with Fitness Evolved. If the games are fun and silly like Kinect Party then Shape Up could be kind of fun. I find it a little odd that the final object to win in the push up contest would be a Giant Donut
Valiant Hearts : The Great War
A puzzle adventure through the trenches in WWI on the western front. The art style is cell shaded and even so watching it almost brought a tear to my eye...damn dogs. There will be colorized photos of some of the events in WWI that helped shape the game included within the game. We didn't see any gameplay but I am guessing this may be like Professor Layton.
Rainbow 6 Siege
Rainbow 6 Siege is a completely new game. It's been 6 years since the last Rainbow 6 game! There wasn’t much given away but 18 months ago Ubi decided to concentrate on Next Gen. There will be a single player campaign along with co-op but what that is or looks like is a secret for now. Ubi showed off alpha multiplayer footage which was pretty amazing. We have had destructible environments for a while but rarely have you been able to use them to your advantage like this. I love how you can put holes in anything and use them as vantage points for recon, snipers, etc.
That was pretty much it from Ubisoft. A couple well established IP’s along with a couple new ones and the promise of a beloved one resurrected. Not a bad way to begin the show!