view of the whole E3 event in a short video. I hope you all enjoy the unique
view of E3 I brought to the table. Lots of epic and sexy content, but not too
serious and boring!
think that paradise is but a figment of their overactive imaginations, something
that is absolutely unattainable in their lifetimes. Well, my friends, as a
fellow nerd, gamer, and geek culture enthusiast, I can attest to having been
there and back... and boy, do I have a story to tell! Walking in the doors of E3
for the first time was a bit overwhelming, to say the least. It was loud, and
the visual stimulation was set to "max". The lights flashed, and music blared.
All of the booths in sight were tall and extravagant. PlayStation, Nintendo, and
green Xbox lights strobed brightly. I spent the whole first day roaming this
paradise, and by the end my back hurt, and I was ready to collapse. Little did I
know, this was only one of the halls--the smaller one.
Myself wasting time at the video game history museum! Vintage Nintendo, Atari,
and Sega nerdery galore!
poked, prodded, and interviewed everyone in sight for three full days. I
gathered a plethora of information deemed of highest value to the gaming and
tech community, along with a vast gallery of imagery featuring cosplay, booth
babes, and sights only the VIP can see, I also bring video content and inside
sneak peaks on my favorite announcements just for the readers here at Impulse
Gamer! I survived, and I brought back goodies to share!
Overwhelming was the sight of the PlayStation play-land at E3 this year! I'd say
it was even better from the VIP center with a Sony PS bottle of water in hand
and a complimentary cookie digesting in stomach!
Connects with Vita!
One of the
most exciting things I saw at this year's E3 expo was the brilliant
Vita-to-PlayStation 3 "cross controller" connectivity. Not only can Vita owners
be able to play with their Vita-toting friends, they can also bring the device
over to their PlayStation 3 consoles and connect for a richer, more interesting
I was able to
see this up close when I was given a short playable demo of the new Rayman
Origins on the Vita. My PS3-playing partner was able to control Rayman, while I
played his tiny, yet helpful back-up character buddy, doing unique tasks built
for the portable style and range of the Vita. I was tilting, tapping, and
dual-sticking in rhythm with Rayman!
Taking notes while taking a break! So
much to absorb in so little time!
3 and Assassin's Creed 3 Bundle Up!
Not only is
PlaySation teaming up with Ubisoft once again to bring us the newest installment
of Assassin's Creed, they are also offering an AC3 PS3 bundle in the coming
months! PlayStation also announced a few other lucrative bundle projects that
they are working on with other highly-anticipated titles for the later 2012 to
early 2013 quarters. Can anyone say Black Ops bundle!?
Focuses on Mobile!
now use their Android HTC phones to get a true "PlayStation Experience" with
PlayStation Mobile. If you guys have heard talk in the recent months of a
"PlayStation Suite", this is the new and improved version. As a leader in
gaming, Sony wants to begin (or continue, I suppose) embrace and further the
brand as a leader in mobile gaming whether it be on your cellular phone, or on
your tablet and hand help PlayStation gaming device.
A case at the PlayStationmedia-only area showcasing existing and upcoming
PlayStation Mobile compatible devices!
Glass Heats Up!
announced Smart Glass, a new service that allows you to get more out of your
gaming, movie and TV show streaming, and more, using your tablet or smart phone.
A good example of this is checking out a map of the Game of Thrones world on
your tablet, all while watching the show. Extras and tidbits will pop up, and
peripheral video game help will be accessed on your mobile devices while you are
much green, so many epic new features coming to Xbox Kinect and Live!
Signs Partnership with Nike!
proudly unveiled their new partnership with Nike+ Fitness at the E3 press
conference this year. You may be familiar with the service as there is a similar
deal already previously stricken with Apple for its products. This will allow
you to track your work outs and progress in the Nike+ Kinect Training game, but
it was uncertain whether this will allow you to track interesting fitness
tidbits in other Kinect games. I, myself, would like to know how many calories
I've burned while Special Beam Cannon-ing Raditz to death in the new Dragonball
Z Kinect game!
Apple iTunes! Microsoft is gearing up to out do the music giants this year with
the release of a new service on Xbox live. For the users who are more fond of
music services that are available on their mobile devices or desktop PCs, have
no fear; Xbox music is for you, as well! In addition, it's not just music you
will be able to taste through your Xbox, PC, or mobile device, Microsoft is also
including video services such as Xfinity TV and MLB.TV as well! Will Microsoft
finally live up to its potential in the music and video streaming field with
this thirty-million-track service?
Any place is a great place to add booth
and the Wii U!
The Wii U is
sounding more and more like an improved version of their initial attempt, with a
few features reminiscent of the Vita/PS3 connection. The Wii U hardware was
announced as supporting two separate GamePad devices, and providing access to
Nintendo Land, which will be an improved place for your Wii Mii characters to
roam, entwine with the various Wii U games played, and be of further relevance.
Even more exciting is that release is confirmed for this year's holiday
season! I know I am looking forward to new plays on the Nintendo classics like
Super Mario Bros U!
very Wii-rific Wii U center was erected for Nintendo's most prized E3 commodity!
3DS Announcements Flail!
the best experience at E3, Nintendo did announce many new and already existing
games for the 3DS this year. The news on the 3DS front was actually weak and
uneventful, leaving many of the attendees baffled and unanimously unimpressed. I
expect there to be a lot more to come from Nintendo's focus, the Wii U, if they
are going to flop and flail in the 3DS department. Let's all get excited for the
future of Nintendo and its brand new Wii U platform!
ANNOUNCEMENTS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT
Souls - This is a game I am thrilled to hear about. Not only is it a
pseudo-sequel of the amazing Heavy Rain game by Ubisoft, it is also another way
for me to get more of the intelligent psychological thriller that I loved. Yeah,
I unlocked all trophies and got all endings in HR!
Creed 3 and Liberation - The fifth major installment of Assassin's Creed
will be set during the American Revolution, and will exploit all new game
engines, allowing Connor, the new descendant of Desmond, to climb trees and
exist in a less urban environment. Liberation will be the Vita-compatible
version with slight variations. AC3 will be on the market October 30, 2012!
Interview with one of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed content writers. I apologize
for the sound issue... I guess "blog-style" videos at such a crazy event still
require an external microphone. I owe you guys one!
God of War:
Ascension - Available March 12, 2013, I am excited to announce that there
will be another chapter in the God of War series! Ascension, though a prequel to
the other games, will have an all new online multiplayer component and lots of
new backstory on Kratos as a Spartan warrior! This is definitely my most
anticipated game of E3!
Cry - I know I have bitched and moaned about Dante's new look, but after
playing a demo of this game in an official DmC E3 strip club, I am definitely
converted. You'll get to see for yourself January 13, 2013!
Absolution - The stealth assassination Hitman games have been a common
fixture in my gaming line-up. The new installment, Absolution, will be available
November 20, 2012, and Square Enix is not likely to disappoint!
Okay, so I may be a Square Enix fan girl... but with games like Final Fantasy,
II - More of the same from the second in the Darksiders franchise, only much
better, and this time with Death! No, not that kind of Death (well, that too),
one of the other four hoursemen! Uniquely, this game is set at the same time as
the events of the first, but with a different perspective! August 14, 2012 is
sure to be a dark, epic day!
Far Cry 3 -
Far Cry 3 has the makings of a hit with all FPS lovers. Not only are they
back in a tropical setting, but there is a new RPG element that allows you to
acquire new skills, weapons, and better yourself entirely against the psychos of
the island! Release date is September 4, 2012.
Alive 5 - September 25, 2012 is going to be a very sexy date to remember in
the fighting game genre! DoA 5 will be adding a much-anticipated MMA style of
fighting to its line up!
2 - Four-player RPG shooter extraordinaire part two? Yes, please! Stay tuned
for more this September 18th!
bet you can't tell that some of those Boarderlands 2 characters are actually
giant statues! So cool!
Arena (and Persona 4 Golden) - I am incredibly excited about these releases.
I am currently in the middle of finishing up Persona 4, and games from the Shin
Megami Tensei line are the best of the best in Japanese RPGs. Arena brings a
high-quality fighting experience to characters I know and love... and Yukiko can
be a blonde!
Evil 6 - Who hasn't been begging for this sequel... although, if you stare
hard enough, the "6" in the logo does look suspect (Go stare at it
people!). It's been ten years since the last encounters, and the US is
determined to get to the bottom of things. Help them figure out this zombie-pocalypse
October 2, 2012!
Just a good ol' Capcom release video with plenty of sexy, sexy, game release
Mickey: The Power of Two - The mad doctor is back with a vengeance! The
ever-popular team of Disney superheroes, Mickey and his trustworthy pal Oswald,
paint and prod their way to success! You can never go wrong with a classic
concept like Mickey Mouse! November 18, 2012 is the drop date!
- Follow the new look of Lara as her origin and storyline are revealed,
finally, in this new addition to a much beloved classic. Lara is grittier,
stronger, and more passionate than ever. I'm excited to see how things unfold on
March 5, 2013!
Fighter X Tekken - Quarter three of 2013 will be a big one for the PS Vita
as the heroes of Street Fighter collide with those of Tekken! I am extra excited
about anything Tekken, and I also have a passion for Ryu--I mean--Street
Fighter, as well!
Rising: Revengeance - Who isn't excited about another installment of
Metal Gear!? Although I am missing Snake already, I know that Raiden and his
badassery will definitely have me hooked on this early 2013 release!
All I needed was a cardboard box to fit
right in with this epic MGS booth!
Halo 4 -
This is probably the biggest announcement of the event. Most of the Xbox
section was made up of Halo paraphernalia, and lines formed around the venue
filled with fans trying to get a sneak peak of the upcoming FPS masterpiece.
This first part of a new Master Chief trilogy arrives at your front door early
November of this year.
Wouldn't it be badass to have your own
Halo 4 Warthog!?
War: Judgment - Although the information released on this fourth installment
to the Gears universe was obscure, I am increasingly more excited to hear the
release date the more I learn about it! Stay tuned for this bombshell... and the
upcoming Gears game!
Journey - The fifth of the Fable series was revealed at this year's E3, and
it was so prestigious, it was (right then and there, apparently) nominated for
the Game Critic's Award for best game of the 2012 event! Fable was my very first
PC game, so I am especially personally excited to see it release on October 9!
Duty: Black Ops II - November 13, 2012 marks the day of reckoning for yet
another mission from the massively popular COD: Black Ops series! Everyone, get
excited to spend way too much time on this new release this winter!
Clancy's Splinter Cell: Black List - The media-only demo for this game was
superb. What little I saw of the storyline to this much anticipated Tom Clancy
game was emotional and action-packed. I've always loved the espionage and the
unique gameplay, and I am looking for more of the same, yet vastly improved,
Just some random love from the front
doors of E3 to you guys! Readers of Impulse Gamer rock!
2013 - One of the longest-running and most popular sports games hits us
right in the face with this year's Madden installment on August 28, 2012!
- John and Isaac crash-land in space and must find a way to explore and
survive in this undetermined 2013 release. The platforms that this game will be
available on have not yet been determined, so stay tuned for more about this
Pikmin 3 -
Pikmin, the adorable but strange action-strategy franchise is coming to the
Wii U! I am excited for its undetermined release in 2012! I'm interested to see
how they integrate Wii U controls with Pikmin-style gameplay for this
Nintendo... the kind of my world!
Legends - I had the pleasure of playing this game cooperatively at E3, and I
found it to be an awesome homage to the classic Rayman title. I am excited for
its release! Globox and Teensie are great supporting characters, and Rayman is
as charismatic as I remember growing up!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Valve announced the newest title in their
popular FPS franchise, Counter-Strike. Available on August 21 of this year, the
game will feature all new weapons, an expanded character list, and new maps of
WARGAMING.NET and World of Tanks, World of War Planes - I played these games
at the event, as well! I found them to be very cute MMO-based games where you're
prompted to choose planes, or tanks, from WWII and battle it out using a massive
network of players numbering in the millions. WARGAMING.NET is doing a
spectacular job of taking their game to the next level, even offering
professional competitive play. I definitely recommend giving this free-to-play
website and set of games a shot! I kicked butt my first attempt! Their large
booth, seating area, and big screen made them E3's booth of the year, as well!
And battle, we shall!
If console and
upcoming game release news is not enough to fill your gaming-driven heart to
capacity, please enjoy these images I was able to capture while venturing the
barren game-land that is E3. I know you can find images elsewhere of the event,
but not ones with a super-hot gamer blonde and her GameBoy/Dragon Ball Z
cosplay! As I wrap up my Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 coverage, I'd like
to leave you all with this thought: explore Impulse Gamer and live the life of a
high-class, international nerd-baller through us! We'll do the traveling,
knowledge compiling, and picture-taking work so you don't have to! You're
say I have been incredibly busy with the events of these past couple weeks, I
haven't even had a chance to update my official website, and I only was able to
stream some StarCraft II once since I have been home! I hope to get back to a
more normal schedule and become motivated to do all these things as I should! I
hope you guys enjoy the work I put into the images, article, and to bring you a
unique E3 experience through vlog-style video.
Ask Tara question is, naturally, about E3! "Tara, what was
something underrated that caught your eye at E3 this year?" Well, there was this
one new game being developed for the PS3 that was a fun and interesting party
game. I really enjoyed playing it, and the developer had a cute British accent!
You all must check out
When Vikings Attack!
Playing When Vikings Attack and failing
against the Game Dev!
I hope you all
are enticed to read my next article covering MLG Anaheim next week! Get excited
about eSports! If you are into gaming, eSports is the way to further it in a
mainstream aspect, as well as enjoy it publicly with friends in a gamer-centered
environment! GO ESPORTS!