Many game publishers use E3 as a golden opportunity to showcase their biggest and best gaming offerings. From the next Mass Effect to brand new franchises, read on as Gizmag picks out the biggest announcements from Bethesda, EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix.
was released in 2011, it had all the ingredients of a gaming pie capable of satisfying kings of Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
controllers wanting to learn how to play a real instrument in a familiar digital environment and new six-string slingers looking for an entertaining, full-featured learning package. The platform has now been refreshed for 2014, and Gizmag has spent some considerable time in the company of Rocksmtih's infinitely patient, always available virtual guitar teacher on Ubisoft's note highway to callus hell.
Gizmag popped to Eurogamer Expo on Friday to see the latest demo of forthcoming video game Watch Dogs
, one of a handful of non-sequels set to grace the next generation of consoles upon their release in November (as well as those already on the market, and the PC to boot). Though we could only observe the live demo, what we saw looked like a decidedly current-generation experience.
E3 is always an exciting time for gamers, but this year's show proved particularly enticing with two new video game consoles mere months from release. The Xbox One and Playstation 4
have handed game developers a much more advanced piece of kit to deliver some truly groundbreaking experiences. Each company's presentation revealed titles both familiar and brand new, but these are the ones that have us most anxious for the upcoming generation of console gaming.
The zombiepocalypse has long been fertile ground for video game developers and Ubisoft is keeping the undead-bashing good times rolling with ZombiU
, a first-person survival horror launch title for the Wii U
If one was to use a single word to describe Far Cry 3
it would be “visceral.” Here we have a game full of intense, dramatic, and at times decidedly bloody moments that really cut to the core of what shooters are all about. Gizmag reviews the game on the Xbox 360.
When it comes to real world action shooters, the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon
series has stood head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries. Tense tactical squad based combat where your demise is one ricochet away, is what this series has always been about. Following its release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in May, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
has landed on PC and the third person tactical shooter hits the bulls eye more often than not.
Every year, once E3 rolls around, most gamers know what to expect. Almost anyone setting foot in the LA Convention Center already knew there is going to be a new Call of Duty
, a new Halo
, a new Assassin's Creed
, more Kinect dancing games, and this year, the Wii U. But then there are those announcements which made a huge splash because, up until the show, almost no one had any idea they even existed.
One of the big criticisms leveled at rhythm-based guitar games like Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
was that they don’t actually teach you to play guitar. Ignoring the fact that this was never the intention of the games and not necessarily a bad thing ... it’s true. With the curtain recently brought down on the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises
, Ubisoft has stepped onto the stage with Rocksmith
– the first videogame that lets players use any real guitar and is designed to teach them how to actually play it.
It might not exactly be a revolutionary idea, but we think Ubisoft should be commended for announcing it is doing its bit for the environment by eliminating paper game manuals for its PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 video games. The paper numbers will be replaced with in-game digital manuals for all games that will also make it easier for gamers to access game information, as well as providing gamers with a manual that won’t get lost or ripped to shreds by the family pet.