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Previews & Impressions

FireFall Hands-on [PAX Prime 2012]

If you haven’t heard of Red 5’s FireFall at this point… well it basically means that you’re not a convention goer. They’ve consistently had the largest booth at every consumer show I’ve been to in the last couple of years. After a little investigative digging I was able to find that it’s because their benefactor is none other than The9, which, previously, owned the exclusive rights to World of Warcraft in Japan.

Devil May Cry Hands-on [PAX Prime]

I’ve been a fan of the Devil May Cry series since the first scene of the first game. I’ve long held that there’s room for ridiculousness in video games, and Devil May Cry has never tried to justify the madness its gameplay and, especially, cut-scenes provide. However, with the announcement of a reboot of the franchise from action-title masters Team Ninja, the fanbase have been rather vocal about their dislike of changes to the iconic franchise as well as its lead character Dante.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Hands-on [PAX Prime 2012]

I have a fair few passions in life, video games, music, movies, TV and the like… but two of the front-runners that have shaped my experiences throughout my life are that of fighting games and comic books. That’s why, since its announcement, I have been keeping a very close eye on Injustice: Gods Among Us, and why I made a special point to swing by the WB Games booth as soon as humanly possible to check out what’s next from NetherRealm.

Assassin's Creed III Preview [PAX Prime 2012]

Hopefully by now you’ve had an opportunity to peruse our awards from PAX Prime 2012. If you haven’t, take a quick peek, because I’m about to go into full-on fanboy mode for our Best of Show winner: Assassin’s Creed III.

Far Cry 3 Hands-on [PAX Prime 2012]

Here’s the problem I have with the Far Cry series, as a whole: It demos really, really well. Every single time they put a demo out there, and I go hands-on for the first time, I find myself absolutely blown away. The problem being that the games themselves, when you get that full-version game you’re so excited for, always seem to drop the ball somehow.

Halo 4 Hands-on [PAX Prime 2012]

Microsoft has a tendency to drop the ball when it comes to PAX. Their booth is hardly ever the largest, or most impressive at the show… Though an argument can be made in the favor due to the titles that they tend to have. This year’s showing offered up game-play time with sequels to two of their biggest franchises: Halo and Gears of War. I wound up getting play time with both, but it was Halo 4 that caught my attention…

Dishonored Hands-on [PAX Prime 2012]

Bethesda has a history of turning out some of the best story-driven video games. Every once in a while they combine that passion for story-telling with an action-oriented video game and offer us the best of both worlds.

From the first trailer, it became obvious that Dishonored was going to be one of those projects where Bethesda tries, again, for the ‘complete package’ type of video game; providing its fans with the ability to progress through a deep, original story, while providing a smooth, satisfying gaming experience.

Wonderbook Book of Spells Preview [E3 2012]

Greeted with an amount of skepticism that’s even abnormal by the standard of the already jaded gaming community, Sony’s announcement of the Wonderbook peripheral for the PS3 was something that people just didn’t know how to compute in their heads.

007 Legends Preview [E3 2012]

2012 could be one of best years for the suave spy that is James Bond since we’re not only getting the third Bond film starring Daniel Craig but we’re also receiving 007 Legends, the latest Bond video game which takes classic era Bond and has it retrofitted to fit today’s modern sensibilities.  

Spy Hunter Hands-On [E3 2012]

Seeing old games return on new platforms is always an entertaining thing that never really has the same stigma as when Hollywood opts to remake a classic film. Bringing back an old video game is certainly a playing it safe type of thing, but at the same time such a move does result in fans being happy and a new generation of gamers get the chance to experience a particular franchise for the first time.  At E3 this year I was able to play a new version of game that seemingly has been around as long as Pac-Man and Mario, none other than the legendary action series Spy Hunter.

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