Monthly Archives: May 2011

E3 2011 Preview

As promised in my E3 Conference Times post, here is a preview of the event with what games will be showcased.  E3 runs from the 6th-7th of June, and as a lot of search engine results regarding times lead back here please click on the E3 conference times link for those.

Here’s are the publishers that will definitely be exhibiting at E3 2011, along with the games that they’ve confirmed to be released within the next year or so.  Updates will be made to this post regularly with any updates, and be sure to check out the list of rumoured games further down the page.  As always comments are welcome, specifically with what you’re looking forward to seeing or what you’d like to be announced.

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LA Noire Review

LA Noire was without question one of the most anticipated releases of 2011, widely expected to be yet another masterpiece from Rockstar Games.

LA Noire is effectively a crime thriller, boasting state-of-the-art motion capture technology and a realist 1940’s setting, so is immersing yourself in post-war Los Angeles worthy of your time and money?

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Sega Classic Guardian Heroes Getting The HD Treatment

Guardian Heroes was a side-scrolling beat ’em up game originally made for the Sega Saturn in 1996, and now Sega has just announced it’s getting the HD treatment for the Xbox Live Arcade, due for release this Autumn.  Here’s what Sega had to say about it.

SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced the upcoming re-release of Guardian Heroe, a classic Action-RPG Brawler by celebrated developers Treasure. Originally released for the SEGA Saturn™ in 1996, Guardian Heroes has been re-mastered with enhanced graphics, online co-op and battle modes, all-new modes of play, and more. The game will be available via Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this fall.

“Ever since we began to make SEGA’s classic Dreamcast and Genesis / Mega Drive titles available for modern systems, the fan response has been overwhelming – and the demand for their favorite games has been pouring in,” said Haruki Satomi, VP of Digital Business at SEGA. “Players have been clamoring for this treasured favorite from the Saturn days, and we cannot wait to show them what we have got for them – all of the fantastic side-scrolling action, branching story paths, and distinct characters, now in a fully HD, widescreen presentation with online support. ”

Guardian Heroes brings the Saturn favorite to life with new HD graphics, presenting Treasure’s iconic fast-paced gameplay on a new generation of hardware, with all of the convenience of purchase via instant download. The game also features:

Action-RPG Brawling: Choose one of four heroes to level up and guide along a branching storyline with five different endings
Friends, Foes, and Fighters: Play the game’s Story Mode alone or with a second player, or challenge Versus Mode with up to 12 players at once
Extended Gameplay: Time Attack Mode, Arcade Mode, Arrange Mode and more allow players to explore every nuance of 45 different fighters
Fully Re-Mastered: All-new graphics and visual effects bring the classic to life in a completely high-definition, widescreen presentation

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E3 2011 Conference Times

This years E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is getting ever closer, so for gamers anticipating the event here are the times for each conference.

US Times (PST)

Monday, June 6th

Microsoft – 9:30 AM

Electronic Arts – 12:30 PM

Ubisoft – 2:30 PM

Sony – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 7th

Nintendo – 9:00 AM

UK Times (GMT)

Monday, June 6th

Microsoft – 5:30 PM

Electronic Arts – 8:30 PM

Ubisoft – 10:30 PM

Tuesday, June 7th

Sony – 01:00 AM

Nintendo – 5:00 PM

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DiRT 3 Is Looking Good

Changeable weather is just one of the new features in DiRT 3

Codemasters, the development team behind such game series as TOCA and Race Driver (including Grid) have released a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming racer DiRT 3, and it’s looking good.  Several new features have been showcased including old favourites rallying and rally cross, but new features include Gymkhana (time/speed events involving weaving through cones, tyres, barrels etc), weather conditions that include snow and day/night cycles and a number of new racing locations.

In what has no doubt been devised to persuade people to pre-order the game rather than buy pre-owned as Codemasters won’t see any money on pre-owed sales, people who do pre-order DiRT 3 from selected retailers will receive a special ‘Superteam Pack’ which consists of the following events and cars:

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