Battlefield 3 is the best looking game on the showfloor, I think. But the good news is that it plays well; it’s familiar enough to instantly make you fall into some of the same routines: shoot, spot, move to cover. But it has improvements to the feel of the game that make it a significant step up from Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
E3 started properly just yesterday, and the first game I saw was probably the one I’m most looking forward to: Skyrim. The presentation Bethesda is showing behind closed doors is similar to the seven-minute video they released yesterday, and to the one we wrote about in PC Gamer last month.
What we hadn’t seen in action before, though, was horsies. Riding horsies.
It's hard finding good work with the economy in the toilet, but we hear Nintendo's looking for a few good men (or women) to help Mario punch Link in the face. The way the company's drumming up interest in the opening is a little unconventional, though. After Nintendo head Satoru Iwata announced that Smash Bros is coming to the Wii U and 3DS during the company's E3 press event, reporters asked when the game would be released. The answer? Um, we haven't actually started on it yet. Know anybody looking for work?
Vigil’s massively multiplayer Warhammer 40,000 action MMO, Dark Millenium has a brand new teaser trailer. Okay, it shows almost nothing, but we do get a tiny glimpse of what looks to be in-game action somewhere behind all that gold. In fact, last year’s E3 trailer showed approximately 300% more of the game, so I’ve embedded that below. Dark Millennium Online is listed as “coming soon.” Hopefully we’ll see more in the next couple of days as E3 2011 rumbles on.
John Carmack knows everything. As well as being a literal rocket scientist, and knowing how to choke the life-force out of a man double his size, he was lead programmer on two of gaming’s enduring classics: Doom and Quake. At the moment, he’s on the press junket for Rage over in LA – but that hasn’t blunted the man’s razor sharp knowledge of technology and its application to games. Tim managed to pin him down for a twenty minute interview about Rage, why the PC is “orders of magnitude” above the consoles in power, and pixel fidelity. An absolute must-view for people with even a vague interest in the future of hardware.
While trying to keep you afloat in all things PC gaming related at E3, we sometimes lose sight of some of the other awesome announcements outside of our department. Luckily, our sister publication GamesRadar.com has been blowing out E3 with some killer coverage. We know PC users like to be in the know about anything electronic, including video games, so we thought we'd show you some of more memorable posts from today.
Nintendo Wii-U: Possibly the biggest announcement so far, Nintendo's questionably titled "Wii-U" sports a crazy looking controller and new, updated, HD graphics. Check it out here.
Behold! More fruit from E3: Deus Ex: Human Revolution screenshots. We’ve played the first ten hours of DX: HR, and communicated our excitement for the game with an entire week of diaries that showed the variety of ways in which it can be played. The game’s close to launch now – August 23rd in North America, 26th in August – and these shots represent a fairly well-finished game. That first one also represents the way Tom likes to play.
When we first laid eyes on Arma 3 two weeks ago, we were blown away by the military sim's realistic graphics. At E3 2011, Bohemia Interactive let loose with 25 more amazing looking screens. Read on, and tell us what you think in comments.
AMD fans waxing nostalgic about the good ol' days can celebrate the return of AMD's FX moniker, a pair of letters that was once (and now once again) reserved for the Sunnyvale chip maker's hard hitting processors for enthusiasts. Just like before, AMD is reserving the FX brand for its fastest processors and most powerful platforms, the first of which will be AMD's "Scorpius" platform.