E3 2011 – Microsoft: Failure to Kinect

Cronus here. It’s that time of year again: the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo has just wrapped up and we’re here bringing you the news and our impressions. This year, I’m first up covering the first press conference of the week.

Now I’m going to be honest here: I really dislike Microsoft’s press conference. I really don’t want to have to cover it. But after some thinking I decided I would be both cutthroat and horribly biased and then give an objective overview on the arguably good and bad points of the conference as a whole. Continue reading

Anime North 2011 – Part 1: Conventions and Cosplay and Cameras… Oh My!

Cronus here, bringing you a slice of convention pie with a quick peek at some of our cosplay pics from Friday and Saturday Afternoon. At the time of writing, Anime North’s Masquerade Ball is currently underway and Poison, deep inside getting look at the cream of the crop, but for now, here’s some of our favourites from the first half of the weekend. Continue reading

E3 2010 – The Nintendo Conference – The Games

Hey all, Cronus here once again bringing you a taste of what’s been happening at the biggest gaming event of the year. Now unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know what’s been revealed at E3, but for those of you who don’t… well, I’ll forgive you. This time.

But enough of that, on to Nintendo’s press conference. If anything interests you, click the appropriate picture for a trailer or the conference video of it.

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It’s Prime Time.

Cronus here with a little exposition on a recent release. Now, almost everyone who has ever heard of Nintendo knows of its big three: Mario, Zelda, and the lesser called upon Metroid. However, with this year comes a collection that celebrates the latter at its finest: Metroid Prime Trilogy. However, before I do anything else: This review is kinda long and goes over all the included titles, so to avoid front page clutter, I’ll just put one of those “Read More” things here.

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You, Me and Sony

Cronus here. I’m The Infection’s good word on anime, games, and technology in general. These are my strong points, and I tend to stick to them so you’ll probably read more of me this month than most others. I tend to ramble on the general points, but when it comes down to the specs, I cut ‘em down to size. Here’s the low down on the big news from this year’s Sony E3 Conference.

A name we've seen for decades.
A name we've seen for decades.

Sony’s pulling up with this year’s E3, boasting the company’s “10-Year Life Cycle” mind-set and enforcing the idea that the PS2 is still a big hit and is growing strong 9 years since its release. This in itself is a great message to gamers in that Sony is not pushing consumers towards picking and choosing new systems and to either of those “go big or go home” or “upgrade now” policies we’ve been seeing in many industries as of late. With the large fan base still purchasing and playing them, the public can be sure that the PS2 will continue to get games and units will still be made, as Sony puts it, “…as long as consumers see value in it.” Sony announced that nearly 100 titles will be released for the system within the next year, so the console is far from dead. Of course the real money makers of the show lie within the PS3, PSP, and Playstation Network titles that will make their way to our homes.

First off on our list is of course the “worst kept secret of E3”, the PSP GO. We’ll expand more on the system in a later post concerning advancements in technology, but the short and sweet of it is that it is a purely digital system that will sell alongside the PSP 3000 and UMD formats. This isn’t all that Sony had to reveal in terms of new technologies, but we’ll save that for our later “future tech” post along with more on the PSP GO.

Now cutting the crap, let’s have the short and sweet on the titles:

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3): Naughty Dog has done it again. They’ve taken the PS3 and turned it into the ultimate Indiana Jones engine. The E3 demo shows gameplay of Nathan Drake hopping though decrepit buildings until ambushed by a military helicopter and several armed assailants. Jumping across walkways avoiding bullets, to taking cover and shooting down bad guys, this title has it all. Naughty Dog is boasting no load screen gameplay, but we’ll see if it delivers.
  • Gran Turismo PSP (PSP): First off understand that this isn’t some port or a ‘portable’ version of Gran Turismo. It’s a full scale Gran Tursimo iteration that’s been simply placed on the PSP system, powerful enough to be considered a full title on the PS2. Fans of GT, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP): The legend lives. 10 years after the events of Snake Eater: comes Peace Walker: A full chapter of the Metal Gear Solid Series. In 1974, Big Boss is now pursuing the creating and implementation of his “paradise”, Outer Heaven. This “missing link” in the Metal Gear series is sure to bring an end to at least half of our MGS withdrawal symptoms. Definitely a must buy for any fans. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait till next year.
  • Agent (PS3): A new title coming out from Rockstar North, this game said to show the dark world of espionage in the same way Rockstar brought the world of crime to audiences in GTA. No looks into the game yet, but keep your eyes peeled.
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 (PS3): Imagine the original AC during the Italian renaissance with Leonardo Da Vinci inventing tools for you to use during assassinations as well as more techniques and various weapons ‘discarded’ by enemies being yours to use during battles. It will also have connection bonuses with the PSP title Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines. It looks sweet.
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3): More gameplay footage, and finally some story in English, E3’s look is simply the expected for the upcoming 2010 title, but more than that is something you’ve probably thought is ridiculous if you heard it, or will once you read it.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Online (PS3): Yes, you read it right. 13’s not even out yet, but Square-Enix is hard at work making their new cash cow, FF14. Another MMO title designed to take over for its predecessor Final Fantasy XI, the title was first revealed this year at E3, so look forward to whatever pops up on it. That is, if the online game is your cup of tea.
  • Modnation Racers(PS3): Imagine a fully 3D LittleBigPlanet that was designed purely for crazy racing. That’s about it. It’s not much, but it looks a hell of a lot of fun.
  • The Last Guardian (PS3): I have no clue of what it’s about, but the final piece in the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus series looks gigantic and beautiful. Look for more in the coming months.
  • Gran Turismo 5 (PS3): It’s been years, but it’s almost here. No no, for real this time. Polyphony Digital’s long anticipated racing sim is back and looking better than ever. Prologue, the launch demo, can’t hold a candle to the real thing. The basic formula’s the same, so just go and look at the eye candy.
  • God of War III (PS3): No words are needed. Just watch the brutality of the PS2 and PSP’s legacy. Oh, and yes, it’s a demo.

Now please don’t hurt me, after all it sounds like a shameless plug, but I want to stress one thing that Sony made abundantly clear in their E3 conference. Every PS3 title mentioned here, along with the other PS3 exclusive titles that were previewed at the conference, are not merely exclusive to PS3, “It’s only possible on the PS3.” These trailers and gameplay demos have more than abundantly proven that to be the case. Sony’s gaming industry has a bright future ahead of it, and I’m certain it’ll keep me entertained.