|Game Over: Highlights from E3 2012|
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00
After three days of nail-biting announcements, reveals and demos, it's game over for E3 2012.
While South Africa's NAG magazine was there to experience the highlights hands-on, we still have plenty of news to bring home.
Catherine Hayden has put together, in no particular order, her list of the five best things to come out of the world's biggest video game conference this year.
This is so cool we've already dedicated an entire post to it. In case you missed it, SmartGlass is an application that will allow your iOS, Android or Windows phone and tablets to talk to your Xbox 360. Basically, it's like having a second screen for your Xbox that will allow you to seamlessly switch between console and SmartGlass when watching videos. It will also act as a second game screen while allowing you to browse the web using Internet Explorer on your Xbox.
There are seldom any real surprises at E3, but the announcement of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs was a genuine one. To recap: It's a brand new IP, it's seriously ambitious and it looks amazing. It's an open-world GTA-style game centered around hacking in a city where 'everything is connected; connection is power'. Look out for it on console and PC.
Gamer: Meet the iPad
Love it or hate it, the iPad is getting a lot of love from the gaming industry. Even Microsoft is willing to make friends with the Cupertino giant behind the world's first tablet computer when it comes to gaming, having made its new SmartGlass technology iPad-compatible. Aside from SmartGlass compatibility, the announcement of iPad games aimed at the 'hardcore' gamer rather than the casual gaming audience is worth noting, too. Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, is one of a handful of classic strategy games making their way to the iPad soon. It's going to be interesting to see what the genre does with the platform – or the other way around. A definite highlight.
Star Wars 1313
Star Wars, the first-person shooter from LucasArts, grows up and goes dark. Star Wars 1313 is a seriously good looking game – possibly the best-looking game at E3 2012 – and it's aimed at a more mature audience. It combines platforming, cover-based combat and what LucasArts is calling 'playable cinematic gameplay'. We'll have to wait and see exactly what that last bit means, but it could be worth the wait.
The Last of Us
This one's made by the people who brought us Uncharted. Need I say more? The Last of Us is a third-person survival game set in a striking post-apocalyptic world. You'll shoot stuff, you'll fight, you'll chat with your AI buddy named Ellie and you'll have a whole lot of fun while you're at it. This could be the best PlayStation exclusive to come out this year.
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