Sounds kinda run-of-the-mill so far, yeah? Well think again. Since Just Cause 2 won't be out until next year, a handful of press members were treated to a demo of the game by one of the developers at E3, and although he is obviously a pro at it, it just showed us the potential that this game has to be freaking awesome. Find out why I liked it so much, and why I think you will too when you read more
I'll admit it, I haven't shown that much love to the My Favorite Gadgets group lately, but trust me, it's not due to lack of options! Worthy of its own entry, I found this DS Stylus pack at E3, and couldn't get over how I haven't seen them anywhere before. I mean, a light up Lightsaber-shaped stylus? Come on, that's too easy!
Although I didn't grab a pack for myself while hitting up the merch booths, I did make a mental note for future birthdays, Christmases, and heck, even anniversaries. There's never really a bad time for Star Wars.
Do you have a favorite gadget you can't live without? Post it to our Favorite Gadgets Group! Find out how to get started when you read more
Before I even got the chance to touch down in LA last week, gaming news began pouring out of E3, and one of the biggest conversation starters was Milo. Milo is a program brought to you by Lionhead Studios and Peter Molyneux (of Fable fame), which allows you to interact with an artificially intelligent boy on screen. Personally, I don't know what to think! On one hand, the technology it takes to create such a complex program boggles the mind, but on the other, it's a little on the creepy side. Take a look at the demo that came out of the Xbox 360 press conference yesterday and tell me what you think.
To say that Mini Ninjas is cute is an understatement. I already knew I was falling for this game back when I first saw the trailer, but I had no idea how great it would be until I got my hands on it at E3. It's not only a cute game, but it's totally addictive and really, really fun too. As the story goes, you play as one of three student ninjas (you can switch back and forth between once they are all unlocked) that are out to defeat the evil Samurai Master and his warriors, who are really forest animals whose spirits have been captured for some serious wrongdoing.
Playing the game is simple, but keeps you interested, not only for the controls and tricks, but because of the art style. And besides, who doesn't like being a ninja?! You can use the forest animals you've freed from captivity along the way to your advantage, and each character has a super power they can use to help in the quest, not to mention some spell action achievements you can earn. To see who this game is perfect for, just read more
Although my eyeballs were plastered to LCDs for the majority of E3, I managed to take some breaks and head on over to the merch booths. I picked myself up one of these DS Lite organizers, which caught my eye from their resemblance to the one that comes with the lime green DS bundle. Brought to you by Power A, who makes tons of portable gaming accessories, you can get your own case from Target (my fave), Best Buy, and even Kmart.
The tri-fold organizers not only hold your DS, but three game cartridges, and some extra styli just in case. Although I haven't seen these in my Target (trust me, I'd know), I did find them online for $15 bucks.
I got a "behind closed doors" demo of Beatles Rock Band at E3 last week, and needless to say, this installment of the music megaforce will be at the top of my must have list all Summer. Coming with 45 songs to choose from (either stocked, or as downloads) you have a serious collection of playable music from the best band, like ever.
I can't tell you how excited I've been for this to be released (well, maybe you could tell?), but now that I've seen it live and in person, my flame has been stoked. Not only are there new replica instruments like Ringo's drum kit (with the classic Beatles kick shield), Paul's beautiful Höfner bass, Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 guitar, and George's Gretsch Duo Jet guitar, but you get to play in real clubs and stadiums that the Beatles have played in (hello Ed Sullivan Theater!), and can now sing three-way harmonies so everyone can get in on the action.
To hear even more about Beatles Rock Band, just read more
I got the chance to check out LittleBigPlanet on the PSP yesterday, and put it to a head-to-head test on Sony's latest console, the PSP Go. So after fiddling around with both for a few minutes, I asked myself: "Which is better?" It's really hard to say. I mean, you'd think that moving from one PSP to the other would be as simple as moving from the DS to the DS Lite, but then, you would be wrong.
The PSP Go is notably more compact than the PSP, making the controls closer together, which is perfect for smaller, ahem, more feminine or childlike hands. Good marketing ploy perhaps? Either way, the PSP Go has an amazing screen, is 40 percent lighter than the old version, has the same general control layout, 16 GB of on-board memory, and an online shop to download games straight to your console.
But getting down to the nuts and bolts, which of the two PSPs is more comfy to play with? Find out my take when you read more
I have to admit that I was a little confused before I met with the Yoostar peeps at E3 yesterday, but after getting my hands (and face) on the product, my mind was made up: I want one of these. If you've always dreamed of playing a character in a movie — but maybe don't quite have the acting chops — then this is your game. Yoostar enables you to digitally embed your voice, picture, and action right into your favorite TV and movie scenes with the help of a powerful camera and green screen.
Coming this August, Yoostar is packed with everything you need right out of the box: the Yoostar software, a webcam with built-in mic, a remote control, and a six by six-foot green screen. From there, all you have to do is download the software to your computer (both Mac and PC friendly), set up your webcam and green screen, pick one of the fourteen bundled scenes that comes with the package, and you're ready to star in a scene with your favorite actors.
Why would you want to do this? Find out the answer, along with the price, what else you can do with the package, and a demo video when you read more
If you've seen the infomercials for ShamWow on late-night TV, then I'm assuming you're a proud owner of the super absorbent shammy. I know I am. So when I saw this guy at the Ubisoft booth at E3 yesterday, it totally reminded me of the commercial. He was so excited about the new features in Splinter Cell Conviction that he had a huge crowd forming! Hey, if you weren't already excited to play the game, then you should be now. "Mark and execute" the video of this enthusiastic developer (and seasoned salesman) in the short video below.
When I arrived in LA yesterday, I had no idea that my day would begin with a workout — and I'm not talking about my hotel's gym! I'm talking about the demo of Active Life: Extreme Challenge at the Namco Bandai booth here at E3. Not only is Active Life: Extreme Challenge fun, but it packs a punch too. The minigames you play are unexpected (including street luge, jump rope, wind surfing, and base jumping), and they are surprisingly effective at leaving your abs tingling and your face sweaty.
Although I'm obviously a huge fan of Wii Fit, I'd have to say that Active Life: Extreme Challenge may put up a pretty good fight in the exergaming market, and dare I say, it has the potential to take it over. Why would I make such a statement? Find out when you read more