E3 2011 preview

e3 2011 preview acr sp sc 09 constantinople print imperialnorthport hd

Next week the eyes of the video game world turn to Los Angeles like the Eye of Sauron hunting down hobbits, as E3 2011  gets under way. Beginning on Monday, when Microsoft kicks things off with a press event, until the doors close Thursday evening, it will be a time for game fans to revel in the future of the industry and see what it is that they will be playing in the coming months and years.

While you can be sure to anticipate several unannounced titles that will leave us muttering about the unfair nature of time that forces us to wait for their launch, here are a few of the biggest games that we are excited to see at E3.

[Warning: Many of these trailers may be unsuitable for all ages]

Batman-Arkham-City-coverBatman: Arkham City

The first Batman game from Rocksteady, Batman: Arkham Asylum surprised a lot of people by doing something few video games based on comics had done: It didn’t suck. In fact, it was actually very good, and became one of the best games of 2009. Arkham appealed to both Batman fans and gaming fans in general, and the second Batman title looks to build on that with a bigger world, more bad guys, and Catwoman.

Fans of Batman will have to wait until next summer for the next Christopher Nolan film, The Dark Knight Rises, but until then this should help keep the Batman tremors at bay for those that need their fix.

(Batman: Arkham City is due out for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 18)

Battlefield-3-coverBattlefield 3

If there is any first-person shooter that can give Call of Duty a run for its money — or perhaps a run for your money — it is Battlefield 3. Actually, it probably can’t come close to reaching the audience that Call of Duty can, but for those who are a little burned out by the gameplay of Call of Duty, or maybe they are just tired of some of the foul mouthed swine that play CoD, or perhaps they just want a new online shooter, they may be drawn to Battlefield 3. And EA is always happy to take money from Activision.

Last year, EA tried to push the new Medal of Honor, but multiple glitches and a dumb controversy over the inclusion of the Taliban stole the momentum from that game. With Battlefield 3, EA knows that it has a winner and is preparing to let loose the dogs of PR on the world. So far, there is still a lot to be revealed about Battlefield 3, especially more on the online multiplayer. It’s easy to make a few guesses based on the past games and the handful of details released, but hopefully E3 will satiate our curiosity. Then the battle for the hearts and minds of foul-mouthed preteens begins, as both BF3 and CoD: MW3 are released in November.

(Battlefield 3 is due out for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in November)

Assassins-Creed-Revelations-coverAssassin’s Creed: Revelations

Ubisoft has decided that it likes money, and to that end, it has declared that we can expect a new Assassin’s Creed every year. Multiple teams are working on multiple Assassin’s Creed games, so hopefully they can get it together. It will be harder on them to keep the story linear with multiple developers all having a go, but time will tell if it works out.

The real question is what’s new with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations? The last game introduced the brotherhood (your pet assassins), as well as a multiplayer mode. It was also a new city and an original story. It’ll be interesting to see how Ubisoft can keep the series fresh. A lot of people were hoping for a new character and time period — not that Ezio isn’t boss, but the change between characters in the first and second game opened up so many possibilities that haven’t yet been exploited. A new city to explore, new missions to try and a new plot to unravel could make up for that, as long as the game is well polished.

(Assassin’s Creed Revelations is due out for the PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in November)

e3 2011 preview bioshock infinite coverBioShock Infinite

Although it isn’t due until sometime next year-ish, BioShock Infinite is easily one of the most anticipated games of this year’s E3. Irrational Games, which created the original BioShock before going walkies and leaving the sequel to 2K Marin, is back with a new story, a new setting and a new enemy. Set in 1912 in the floating city of Columbia, Irrational decided to take all the work they did on the underwater city of Rapture and throw it out, then head in an entirely different direction. In an industry where sequels and franchises rule (9 out of 10 games on this list are sequels), BioShock Infinite is basically an entirely new game that just happens to use the same name. There will probably be some plot connections between the games, but for the most part, BioShock Infinite is something totally new.

And what more do you need? You have a floating city, a warped look at American expansionism and a 20-foot tall abusive bird that wants to eat you and steal your lady. That probably isn’t exactly what the back of the box will say when it is released, but the ideas are the same. A decent amount of gameplay footage has been released already, so there should be plenty of stuff to see at E3.

(BioShock Infinite is due out for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012)

Call-of-Duty-Modern-Warfare-3-coverCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

To be honest, Modern Warfare 3 could be a steaming pile of poo and it would still make a billion dollars. And that’s not a rhetoric-filled “billion” like Dr. Evil might say when demanding a ransom of the world, it is literally one billion dollars in sales. At least.

The game has a lot of drama wrapped around it. The original Infinity Ward heads were fired, lawsuits were bandied about, feelings were hurt, blah, blah, blah. While it is a shame that the Infinity Ward founders aren’t working on Modern Warfare 3, once the game is on shelves, all of the behind-the-scenes stuff will be forgotten as long as the game is good. If it isn’t, expect plenty of people to bemoan the loss of Jason West and Vince Zampella. If it is good, expect the dollars to flow.

(Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is due out for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 8)

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: DIY smartphones and zip-on bike tires

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Computing

Is the Pixelbook 2 still happening? Here's everything we know so far

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Has the Pixel Slate taken its place? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Glass,’ ‘Mortal Engines,’ ‘Pet Sematary’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. To simplify things, we round up the best ones each week. On tap this week: New trailers for Pet Sematary, Glass, Mortal Engines, and other upcoming films.
Gaming

From Blackout to Zombies, here's everything we know about 'Black Ops 4'

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12. Here's everything you need to know about the game, including info on multiplayer, Zombies, Blackout, and Signature Weapons.
Home Theater

Need more contrast in your life? Here’s what you need to know about HDR TVs

So what is HDR TV? In a nutshell, it’s the best thing to happen to TV since the arrival of 4K. Here's everything you need to know about the technology, what it can do, and why it’s a must-have.
Product Review

The Oculus Rift is cheaper, the Vive Pro is better. Is the original Vive still worth it?

The Oculus Rift may have brought virtual reality into the public eye, but HTC’s Vive, built in partnership with Valve, does it better. Does the Vive still represent the true future of virtual reality, or are there better competitors on…
Gaming

As deaf gamers speak up, game studios are finally listening to those who can’t

Using social media, personal blogs and Twitch, a small group of deaf and hard-of-hearing players have been working to make their voices heard and improve accessibility in the gaming industry.
Computing

Nvidia is slowly rolling out its next generation of GPUs. Here's what you need to know about them

Nvidia's new RTX 2000 series graphics cards are impressive pieces of hardware, with some amazing advancements and some rather high price tags to match. Here's everything you need to know about Nvidia's new top-tier cards.
Gaming

Grab a comfy saddle — ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ campaign clocks in at 60 hours

According to Rockstar Games co-founder and head writer Dan Houser, Red Dead Redemption 2 features a 60-hour story. Houser said "superfluous" content was removed from the game. It launches October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Gaming

Jump into an internet DeLorean and play free Commodore 64 games online

The Internet Archive has added more than 8,800 full Commodore 64 games to its software library. Here's how you can play them completely free in your browser without the need for a joystick.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ in-game tournaments will give you the chance to beat the pros

Epic Games is introducing in-game tournaments to Fortnite. The initial schedule includes five tournaments, with commemorative pins going to the victors. Down the road, the pins might grant you access into additional rounds.
Gaming

Here's how you can keep up with your favorite streamers at TwitchCon 2018

From sessions with your favorite streamers to epic Esports tournaments, there's plenty to look forward to at this year's TwitchCon 2018. We cover how you can attend, where you can watch if you can't, and which events you don't want to miss.
Gaming

Monsters you get in ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ can be transferred to the next main RPG

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eeevee! monsters will be able to be transferred to the next main Pokémon RPG on Switch, according to game director Junichi Masuda.
Gaming

Turbo-powered Quadcrasher crashes the party in new ‘Fortnite’ update 6.01

Season 6, week 4 marks the arrival of Fortnite update 6.10 patch notes. It brings with it the arrival of the new Quadcrasher vehicle, in-game tournaments, a ton of Save the World additions, and much more.
1 of 2