There were some pretty impressive showings at this year's E3 conference in LA, and now everyone can relive the moment with the 2010 Game Critics Award winners. Every year, a number of gaming critics vote on the best games, hardware, and developments after the show is over. What took home the big prize as best in show? Find out (along with some other notable winners) in this slideshow!
Demoed extensively at this year's E3 conference, Epic Mickey tells the tale of Mickey Mouse after he is flung into a place called Wasteland. This twisted version of the Magic Kingdom is ruled by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (Mickey's half-brother), and Mickey must make his way through the land — using a paintbrush to fill in colors, elements, and battle foes, while splashing paint thinner to take things away — to ultimately go toe to toe with Oswald and the massive Phantom Blot. It's totally appropriate then, that players of Epic Mickey would use a Wii controller that looks like a paintbrush.
It's widely known that E3 is the place to be if you're a gamer, a game developer, or a game promoter, but this year saw a wash of celebrities enter the expo as well. Yesterday, we learned that Ryan Phillippe is a fan of the new Nintendo 3DS, and today we find Chuck's own Zachary Levi toying around with the new gaming console.
Ryan may have the upper hand when it comes to chiseled chests, but Zachary dominates in the cute, geeky guy next door department. After hearing him wax poetic about video games at last year's WonderCon, it's not a surprise to see Zachary enthralled in a heated 3D game at the Nintendo booth, but what does come as a surprise is how hard it is to decide which is hotter — Zachary Levi or a Nintendo 3DS?
This TwitPic of Ryan Phillippe at the Nintendo E3 booth drummed up all kinds of confused and discombobulated feelings inside. On one hand, you have Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe, widely known for starring in what I like to call the "original Gossip Girl" — Cruel Intentions — dressed in his usual uniform of simple white tee and black hat. So laid-back. So sexy. On the other, you have the new Nintendo 3DS, which not only plays some of your favorite games, but does so in three dimensions and without glasses. So cutting edge! So futuristic!
Both are totally hot in their own right. But while one has been hot for years, the other is about to reach an all-time high. So tell me fellow geek gals, which is hotter — Ryan Phillippe or the Nintendo 3DS?
I recently had a Billy Madison quote-off with a co-worker — you know, where you quote one line from a movie, the other person responds with an additional quote, and so on and so on. So when I heard about a new video game billed as movie karaoke being revealed at E3, I was understandably psyched. Out later this year, Yoostar 2 lets players re-create famous film scenes.
So for pop culture nerds like myself, it means that I can quote my favorite flicks to my heart's content in a competitive video game format. Titles like Terminator and The Princess Bride are already available, and I can't wait to see if Billy Madison or my other most quoted movies are available for Yoostar 2. I'm really looking forward to showing off my vast knowledge of the movies I've memorized over the years, but I'd like to hear from you — which films do you know best?
Amid the by-the-minute iPhone 4 news, you may have forgotten that the biggest gaming event in the US is taking place right now in Southern California! The E3 expo has proven itself once again to be the place for gaming developers to announce new and cutting-edge devices, titles, and accessories. Find out what you've missed in this E3 roundup.
Nintendo announced its new 3DS portable gaming system at E3 yesterday to much excitement. The console brings 3D gaming to you wherever you are, without the need for glasses. Although it comes packed with many new features — including a 3D camera — there will also be a full roster of new third-party games (as well as some old favorites) available to play at launch. I previously mentioned a few of them, but here are a number of other notables:
- Animal Crossing
- The Sims 3
- DJ Hero 3D
- Kid Icarus
- Mario Kart
To see even more games you'll be able to play on the Nintendo 3DS, just keep reading.
During the Nintendo presentation this morning at the E3 conference, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata took the stage to officially show off the Nintendo 3DS. It's a pretty amazing gaming device, coming with a 3D widescreen on top and touch panel (non-3D) screen on the bottom, a 3D slider (to adjust the level of 3D projection, or turn it off all together), an analog stick, dual 3D camera on the front and a single front-facing camera on the inside, motion sensors, and a gyroscope to enhance your game play. You'll get all this without ever needing to wear a pair of 3D glasses.
Additionally, Iwata announced that you'll be able to view 3D movie trailers from Disney and Dreamworks from the 3DS, with more trailers — and eventually full movies — rolling out soon. Further, the 3DS will come with upgraded WiFi communications that let your 3DS download upgrades, new levels, and extras from your games automatically, without any monthly fees.
Find out what titles will be available for the 3DS, and see a video from the presentation after the break.
Remember yesterday when I said that the new Microsoft Kinect controller system would change the face of exergaming? Well the proof is in the pudding — yesterday, Ubisoft revealed their new title Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, that has you jogging, squatting, jumping rope, and kickboxing, all with some nice beats and hot trainers to move with.
First, you'll get a body profile (including weight, height, BMI, and calorie burn), and set up goals to reach. Then using the Kinect's motion sensing, player projecting, and voice recognition technology, Your Shape will offer a wide range of workouts to keep you from getting bored — yoga, Pilates, cardio workouts, group classes, mini-games for the family, and personal trainer-based programs (led by well-known trainers like LA-based Michael George, who's worked with Reese Witherspoon and Spiderman's Tobey Maguire).
Additionally, the game's website will act as a hub for users to share their experiences, exchange tips, and get inspired by success stories. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved will be hitting stores this Fall, but until then, take a look at the fun trailer after the break.
We already know the potential exergaming magic that will come with Microsoft's Kinect motion-control system, but we didn't know when it would hit shelves. Thankfully, Microsoft's official E3 press conference kicked things off this morning with a few exciting announcements. First up, Kinect will be hitting shelves on November 4 (reportedly for $150) and will come correct with voice control, video chatting, and facial recognition abilities. Accompanying the new Kinect system is the new, slimmer Xbox 360 in black. Coming with a 250GB hard drive and built-in WiFi, you can get your hands on the new model this week for $299
Finally, the latest installment to one of my favorite franchises, Fable III, will be launching on Oct. 26. Coming on the Xbox 360 and PC, Fable III will feature the voices of Ben Kingsley and John Cleese and will keep your faithful dog by your side. The game also includes a new and exciting storyline — check out the brand-new E3 trailer after the break.