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Rayman Legends Comes to the Wii U

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Jon Wurm

<i>Rayman Legends</i> Comes to the Wii U

Micheal Micholic, Senior Game Manager for Rayman Legends came out on stage during the Ubisoft E3 2012 Press Conference to fill us in on what we can expect to see Rayman and his new accomplice Murphy to accomplish with his new Wii U Pro Controller. One thing that stood out right away was that the controller created a ton of actionable combos for the 2-player mode, all the way up to a five player experience. Rayman developers credit this to the analog sticks, buttons, touch screen and gyroscope features available on the Wii U Pro Controller.

At one point, the person playing the live demo had to physically turn the Wii U Pro controller almost 360 degrees to get Rayman through a loop so as you can see there's a lot of new controls to get acquainted with. In the 2 player mode, the second player (Murphy) sees a different screen on their Wii U Pro Controller than first player. This allows them to have their own unique experience that is complementary to the first player's and very useful for helping both of them complete the level. It was pretty cool to see the fun, get your friends together type of game. Rayman Legends is complimented so well by the Wii U Pro Controller. Check out the video after the break to see for yourself.

EA Shows Some Star Wars Love

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Scott Ertz

EA Shows Some <i>Star Wars</i> Love

EA and Bioware seem entirely committed to Star Wars: The Old Republic and they showed it with the E3 press conference. Dr. Ray Muzyka, founder of Bioware, spent some time showing the crowd what can be expected in the future of the game. He said,

Our goal is to create a living service that's always on.

Fans of the game, and there are a lot of them, will be happy to know that they are committed to maintaining and expanding, and well as enhancing the experience. There are, in fact, so many fans of this title that it is the fastest growing MMO of all time. Because of that, there is always room for growth.

What does Bioware have planned? Hit the break to find out.

Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth, Kinect and Wii U

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Jon Wurm

<i>Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth</i>, Kinect and Wii U

If you are in a very small minority because you haven't seen The Avengers movie then don't allow yourself to miss out on the game either. After all, it did give Aisha Taylor girl-wood during the Ubisoft E3 Press Conference so it has to be at least good. Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth looks like a super hero video game should look with regards to cinematics but sadly we didn't see any game play yet. We do however know who the playable characters are that didn't appear in the trailer and what we can expect some of the epic battles to be like. Find out more after the break.

South Park Gets a Video Game by the Show Creators and THQ

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

South Park Gets a Video Game by the Show Creators and THQ

Ever wanted to team up with Eric Cartman and run amok through South Park, CO? Well, now you can. At the Microsoft press event, we were told we could do just that, with Obsidian's latest project out of THQ, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Perhaps THQ can turn things around. If you care about South Park, this game will be perfect for you. If you don't, then this title probably won't change your mind.

The creators of the hit TV show Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out to show off the game. Instead of taking control of one of the four hellacious main characters on the show, you are now the role of some new kid who has just moved into the wonderful city and is trying to make new friends. Shortly into the game you run into your favorite characters from the show and proceed to save the South Park from characters spoofed from Lord of the Rings.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Launches Aug 21 for Just $15

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

<i>Counter Strike: Global Offensive</i> Launches Aug 21 for Just $15

Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Valve decided to announce something right in the middle of the Xbox press briefing. The long-awaited rehash of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finally now has a release date! On August 21st, CS:GO will launch on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Steam for only $15.

For details and the video, check after the break.

Xbox Music Ushers Out the Zune Branding for Good at E3

posted Tuesday Jun 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox Music Ushers Out the Zune Branding for Good at E3

Microsoft announced at their E3 press conference the end of the Zune. We've known this was coming for a while now, with Microsoft's Windows 8 rebranding process and then confirmed when we learned that they were working on some sort of streaming service. At the conference, however, we found out that the Xbox branding would continue into the music world with Xbox Music.

Formally codenamed "Woodstock", Yusuf Mehdi from Microsoft announced that Xbox Music will be available on Xbox, Windows 8 and Windows Phones. No specific release date was given, however we did see a very nice presentation and demonstration video that was played for us at the event.

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