News Round-up: E3 edition

Yep, that magical time of hope and wonder has come around again, where gamers forego work and commitments in order to hear the latest offerings from the game industry, weavers of dreams that they are. It’s E3, and there’s a bit of everything: new hardware offerings, more franchise additions, and even a light dusting of disappointment. (Surely not at E3, of all places?)

Anyway, let’s get on with this.

Microsoft looked to be pimping out Kinect even harder, given the impressive sales numbers they’ve posted. And, yes, there’ll be another Halo game. Does anyone else think there’s something to be said about the slow death of original content, what with all these reboots of classic games appearing? Social time-sink Minecraft is also coming to Xbox Live, with motion control support.

After several rumours and “leaked” images of Nintendo’s Project Cafe, they have finally announced their new console – the Wii U. The Wii U controller features a 6.2-inch HD screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers These features are in addition to the Classic Controller button scheme – two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. Several publishers are backing the console’s adoption.

Sony’s NGP was revealed as well – the PlayStation Vita is a new portable system with 3G/WiFi option plus Bluetooth, backwards compatibility, dual cameras and OLED multi-touch screen. Engadget has a hands-on preview. And the price? $249 for WiFi, or $299 for 3G with AT&T. Wonder what carriers will be supported elsewhere…

I’ve never played ICO or Shadow of the Colossus, but based on what most people have said, I should be ashamed of myself for not having played them. Good thing that the collection has been priced. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog this morning, the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection will be released on September 27 and will cost $39.99.

Ubisoft turned 25 recently and has announced a number of titles, including Far Cry 3. Yummy. (Yes, Far Cry 2 was more broken than a faulty clock after being hit by a freight train, but I can appreciate it for its ambition.) The new Brothers in Arms title, on the other hand, feels awkward. Compared to the other titles in the series that dealt with the raw issues of death, morality and guilt that every soldier faces in war, this looks kind of disgusting. Still no sign of a Rainbow 6 title, either.

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