E3 2012 stories

 
As you're about to see, it's a pretty good time to be both a fan of video games and science fiction. It's true that the two have always gone hand-in-hand, but at E3 2012 this year, we were treated to plenty of sci-fi goodness from familiar franchises and original ideas alike. Here we've collected all the games announced at the show that have a sci-fi angle. We've picked a few of our favorites and listed a couple of honorable mentions — it's all inside.
 
Halo 4 has been a known quantity for some time now. The burning question now has more to do with the developer than the game. Can Microsoft-owned 343 Industries match or exceed Bungie, the creators of the Halo series? At this year's E3, Microsoft drew back the curtain on the multiplayer modes in Halo 4, and we were there to check it out.
 
E3 is an industry trade show centered around showcasing the very best video games that'll be coming out in the near future. That doesn't mean the show floor only has video game booths. There's also cars, cosplayers, giant replica mechs, and huge inflatable balloons — and Halo 4's upgraded Warthog vehicle that's just so…beautiful.
 
Microsoft's impressive SmartGlass has been billed by many as a shot across Nintendo's bow. After all, even if the Wii U operates on wholly different technology and software, the end result is remarkably similar. However, at E3, we were able to learn that the Wii U will retain at least one potent advantage over SmartGlass. That is, the ability to play full-scale titles on the second screen.
 
With Call of Duty: Black Ops II the series is moving into the near future in a big way. While UAVs and autonomous rovers were featured prominently in early titles (especially in multiplayer), in Black Ops II, you'll fend off entire drone armies — and use them to your advantage, too. We caught up with the game's director, Dave Anthony, about drone technology, weaponry and the moral and ethical concerns of having machines take a human life. He told us about five fearsome drones you'll come across as you play the game: the lumbering CLAW, agile aerial interceptors that go nose-to-nose with fighter jets, familiar quadrocopters and more.

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