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E3 2013 Report: Microsoft and Sony’s Conference

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I should note that I have been covering the E3 for several years and I have thought I saw it all. I was on hand at the unveiling of the original Xbox and I had even been the first to touch the Dual Shock controller when PlayStation 2 first came out. I was even the first to touch the PSP as a Sony rep noticed that I was on the verge of drooling on it, which would have been embarrasing.

Yet nothing prepared me or my gaming colleages, as we sat in our seats at two very different ground-breaking events on Day 1 of E3 2012. In one event, we got to see what Microsoft had to offer with its Xbox One as they finally put to rest all the rumors as well as the price tag itself. In another stage, we witnessed as Sony gave us a generous look at the PlayStation 4 and all the things we can expect from this new console.

Since the Microsoft conference was first, we will dive right into all the things that were revealed including the fact that the console really does require an “always on” online connection. The reasoning behind this is that the Xbox One is a constantly updating and evolving console that will keep your game or other content updated so you won’t be interrupted by constant massages that tell you to update your console. Depending on your internet connection, this might not sit well with all gamers.

Then there’s the used game debacle that will literally make buying used games a pain in the rear. We’re told you can share your game with a friend but even that will have a limit. Forget renting Xbox One titles from GameFly because that too will be a thing of the past.

Microsoft Points are out so everything will be handled with real money like the Sony PlayStation Store but there will still be Trophies.

Since this is a gaming site, we will not mention the television, music and movies aspect of the console, which Microsoft is pushing on us. We’re all about the games and the Xbox One will not disappoint with exlusive titles like a new Halo  and Dead Rising game but also third-party games like a new Need for Speed and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

What about the price tag, you might ask? The Xbox One will sell for $499 and that will include a wireless controller and the new Kinect and the console that pushes all the hardware that was revealed to us during Microsoft’s event not too long ago.

As of this writing, Game Stop is already accepting pre-orders.

SONY CONFERENCE

It wasn’t until 6PM Pacific time that we got a chance to see what Sony had in store for us with the PlayStation 4. The event ran late but it was well worth it seeing as Sony did not disappoint in the very least in showing us the power of the PlayStation 4.

Sure, there were plenty of PlayStation 3 titles discussed at the event, including the fact that the original Kingdom Hearts will be re-released in an HD package for the PS3. Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, SquareEnix gave us a teaser of another game in this beloved Final Fantasy/Disney franchise. On top of that, SquareEnix also gave us a lenghty peek at Final Fantasy XV, which had us on the edge of our seats.

Playing it smart, Sony pushed its exclusives first, including the fact that the PS4 will be home to new game developers as well as indie games. We were then treated to a good look at Infamous: Second Son and Killzone: Shadow Fall. We were also hinted at Diablo III and even Star Wars Battlefront. There was also a live demo of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag as well as Watch Dogs.

Sony also made it loud and clear that they are not following Microsoft’s model. For starters, you can buy and play used games without a penalty. Go ahead and sell your PS4 games and buy them without worry. Also, the console does not require an always present online connection. There’s just one hook, however, the online multiplayer portion that has always been free for PlayStation 3 owners will not be free on PS4. Multiplayer will be handled via a PlayStation Plus membership that will include all the benefits of the PlayStation Plus service.

How much will the console cost? The PlayStation 4 will retail at $399 and that includes the console (that looks like the Xbox One only on the slightly slanted side), the new Dual Shock controller and the new PlayStation Eye.

While both consoles are available for pre-order now through Amazon and Game Stop, the actual consoles will be on store shelves this November. Check out our Advertisement link to make your pre-order now from Game Stop.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

In my opinion, both consoles have a lot to offer gamers but – personally speaking – I felt that Sony’s PlayStation 4 has more than met my expectations to the point that I feel that it will be the “winner.” Why? It’s not just the price, which is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One but because Sony’s console is looking to be more gamer centric than the Xbox One that has its eye on showcasing the console as a complete entertainment package.

There will be more news as soon as we get it but we will certainly let you all know what we think as we finally get our hands on both consoles and the games the showroom floor will display.

– Eduardo Zacarias
Editor-in-Chief

E3 2011 Impressions and Hangovers

E3 2011 was certainly a big show this year with many titles and surprising hardware on display. It was just a blast being able to see the Nintendo Wii U up close as well as getting to see the Sony PSP Vita. On top of that, we got a chance to see some amazing tiles such as the multiplayer portions of games like Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (with Kinect support), Gears of War 3 and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog has stepped up multiplayer big time).

It’s difficult for us to pick an overall favorite seeing as there was more than enough big titles that have at least five things that make them amazing games. Whether it’s getting your hands really dirty as Lara Croft in Square Enix’ Tomb Raider game, slapping somebody around in THQ’s Saints Row: The Third or hailing the king in 2K Games’ Duke Nukem Forever. Then there’s Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that will not fail to drop some jaws and Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that already looks like it will set our consoles on fire thanks to its ambitious gameplay and open world.

Gearbox Software also invited us to see Brothers in Arms: Furious Four, which is not a direct sequel to the Matt Baker story but one that has four very unique soldiers pulling off a mission of outrageous feats to beat out the Nazis in a way that would make the Inglorious Basterds proud. There was also delicious German beer in this meeting room so I should say that by the end of the little demonstration our own Nick Valentino walked out of there a bit funny. I’m glad he wasn’t our ride home.

It was also good to see some other returning favorites in the lineup and that includes Hitman: Absolution, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Mass Effect 3 (Sheppard is back and with Kinect voice support). Then there’s Batman: Arkham City that will also allow you to play as Catwoman (and no she won’t suck like EA’s awful Catwoman game). Finally, there’s Halo 4 with the return of Master Chief and damn is it good to see him back.

Capcom’s booth also had a number of surprises including two Resident Evil games (Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City) and then Dead Rising 2: Off The Record with Frank West making his return. Then there’s Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater.

E3 2011 was a monumental success and unforgettable on all fronts thanks to all the titles and hardware coming our way this year and in 2012. There is certainly a lot to look forward to and we at Game Revolver will bring you all the news and reviews.

I mean, after we get over this massive hangover. Who would have thought that game developers party like crazy?

E3 2011 Report Extra: Game Journalist Getting Hit On

Natalie Romano was actually quite popular on the showroom floor to the point that she was hit on by a fellow gaming journalist from Italy no less! I was actually there when it happened, which gave me a Seinfeld-like flashback of that episode where some guy hit on Elaine right in front of Jerry. What if I had been her boyfriend? How rude!

Anyway, I took a picture of the very moment because her reaction to his really cheesy pick-up line classic. I never seen a girl want to end a conversation that quickly before. She tried her best to keep smiling.

His pick up line? “You fell from Heaven or something? You an angel with body of love.”

Our Natalie Romano - I know she's Italian but she hates cheese.

By the way, Natalie didn’t want me to post a picture of her so I thought I might blur it a little. Still, it was a funny moment.

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E3 2011 Report: Nintendo Reveals the Nintendo Wii U

Just as it was expected, there was a long line in the huge space reserved for Nintendo and the reason – aside from some great new titles from the house that Mario built – is that Nintendo was showing off the successor to the Nintendo Wii.

The Nintendo Wii U was finally shown to the crowds and we actually got to touch it. Well, our own Clarke Kent did as you can see from this picture and we ask Nintendo for forgiveness since I was witness to Clarke drooling on it! This really is a drool-worthy new platform.

What we saw was the pad itself with its controllers and screen as well as the console in action as it displayed graphics that are right up there with the Xbox 360. One game we saw on display was Aliens: Colonial Marines and it looked really good.

Check out the Nintendo Wii Remote next to it.

We’ll bring you more on this new console sans the drool this time.

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Monthly Editorial (June 2011): Pre-E3 Report

It’s June in Los Angeles as the days are sunnier, grills firing up, cold beer running down the gullet of my alcoholic neighbor and the LA Convention Center will be home to the Electronic Entertainment Expo … or, as it is better known, E3. You can certainly bet that we at Game Revolver will be attending and bringing you news from the showroom floor.

There’s a lot to see this year as Nintendo plans to unveil their Project Café secret weapon and both Sony and Microsoft have their own surprises up their sleeves. Oh yeah, then there’s the games that will make their debut during the show and so far the lineup is making our mouths water. Trust me, when that happens we look way too creepy to be out in public but who can blame us when there are some big names on our list.

So, gathering the troops before we leave for the convention center, I thought I’d get the crew’s opinion of what they’re really looking forward to at E3 2011. Here’s what they said:

Angelina Sandoval – This is my first E3 so I’m just excited to find myself being there after hearing so much about it. I bought new sneakers because they tell me your feet will bleed by the end of the day. So I’ll be the girl who will be jogging down the halls like a loon.

Nick Valentino – True story, mates. Our Editor-in-Chief is blind as an Australian bat in the near dark. So, last year’s E3, I entered the dark corners of 2K Games’ rooms with him and he cried out saying he couldn’t see so I had to guide him by holding his hand. When we finally entered the lighted corridors where the screening rooms werre, people around us gave us a strange look and some smart ass said: “Hey, no holding hands in the screening room!” I look forward to more embarrassing moments like that.

Jerry Zacarias – Seeing as this if my first E3, I am looking forward just to be there among fellow gaming journalists and game developers ready to show me what they got. Ok, my wife left the room. I’m just here to see all the booth babes. Oh E3 booth babes, you might not have anything to do with the games but seeing you there pretending you like a plethora of gaming dorks like us taking your picture is enough to make me love you all the more deeply.

Natalie Romano – Project Café is what I’m really looking forward to seeing up close and personal. I still remember waiting in a very long line just to see the Nintendo 3DS last year so I know Nintendo won’t disappoint. Well, here’s to waiting in another long line.

Clarke Kent – I’m am looking forward to seeing anything Activision has to offer, especially Halo 4 since seeing the trailer with none other than Master Chief “awakening.” I can’t get enough Master Chief. I think I might actually be having an addiction problem.

Valentina Del Toro – I’m still waiting for Bible Adventures from three E3’s ago because – true story – the people showing this game off knew they had a disaster of Biblical proportions (pun intended) and looked embarrassed when they were showing it to me. Other than that, I look forward to see which game developer is hunky. I mean, the guys have the hot booth babes so what do we girls get? It’s not fair right? So, I’ll be scoping out which game maker is hot and let you gaming ladies know.

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