assassins

In what is some of the most impressive CGI I have ever seen, Ubisoft showed everyone the setting and atmosphere that they are hoping to capture with the follow up to Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft were obviously anxious to show off what they are obviously confident will be a huge seller for them later in the year. The problem lies not with whether Assassin’s Creed 2 will sell like medieval hot cakes, but rather whether the issues that stopped Assassin’s Creed’s gameplay being an undeniable force and potential industry changer. Could they do it with the second title?

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You are N’rotan, son of Henman, charged with recovering the Golden Racket of Yendor! Your journey will take you across many courts, and you must slam and slice your way to the top of every grandslam tournament in Tennisonia. Also, when you serve, you’re going to hit a pokeball, because they’re marketable. Also, does anyone know the name of a game which has tentacles, and a pin you have to find on a map?

We ask the developers of Tony Hawk: Ride if Project Natal invalidates their peripheral and interview the lead designer of The Conduit.

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I hold Aliens Vs. Predator as one of the best first person shooter experiences of my early-mid gaming life. I also give Delta Force that distinction too, so grab a salt shaker, and take your grains. What Rebellion managed to create back in that heyday of PC games was practically three shooters in one, if you took into consideration how varied the experiences were, between the Predator, the Xenomorph, and the Colonial Marines. Now, Rebellion is back to create this reboot, and I’m excited about it. On the show floor, the Predator demo was available, but I was lucky enough to be snuck into a session showing the Colonial Marine (lucky, because I didn’t have my own personal cloaking device handy.)

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If you’re going to set yourself up for failure, then starting off with Uncharted is the perfect way of going about it. One of the most amazing looking games with genuinely engaging gameplay, there were obviously a few things that could be done to it better, but they were tiny when you look at the big picture. So what are we to expect form a sequel? A half hearted cash in, or something truly spectacular?

I took some time from the hustle and bustle of E3 to stop and talk to Richard Lemarchand one of the guys developing Uncharted 2 and enjoy a little walk through of what to expect when it drops later in the year. I had other places to be but Uncharted was on my list of must see games.

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ADK is not explained in the episode. Or is it! A week full of the latest videogames will do strange things to a man, which would explain why Wugga and Brian sound somewhat burnt out. But there’s some content injected into the podcast via an interview with an Uncharted 2 developer, a HUGE PS3 contest, and an intro by TIM SCHAFFER!?

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When the Nintendo press conference rolled around there were people cringing in their seats while others struggled to stifle anticipation of something potentially massive being announced, the announcement of New Super Mario Bros for the Wii relieved a lot of anxiety from both camps. Personally? Well the most popular game on my DS has without question been the game that this takes it’s name from.

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