Covering E3 2012 is no easy task. Because E3 is only open to industry folk, we thought it fit to close out E3 with a bang. Here's a for-your-eyes-only video tour of what E3 is like from the inside of the year's largest video game event.
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.
Breathe deep, folks! it's going to be okay: Star Wars 1313 is not a Kinect game. At E3 2012, we were shown a behind-closed-doors demo of Star Wars 1313 in action. Here's what we saw.
Motion controllers (such as the Wii, Kinect, and the PlayStation Move) have created an entirely new way to interact with video games. But somehow, they've all failed at what we really want them for: virtual sword fighting. Neal Stephenson is going to fix that with a new video game called CLANG, and it's on Kickstarter right now.
Accessory manufacturer Power A debuted the Moga game controller at E3. The device is a wireless Bluetooth controller compatible with any Android phone or tablet running Gingerbread (2.3) or higher.
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.
Walking the floor at E3, you get to see, hear and play with the very latest that technology and gaming have to offer and it is friggin' spectacular. But sometimes we forget there was a simpler time — when video games were a delight not because of how fast or complex they were but simply because they were fun.
Today's dual-core and quad-core tablets are quite powerful devices. Many Tegra 3-powered Android tablets can run games that rival PC games from five years ago. Shadowgun, anyone? But tablet controls suck, badly. Nyko's cute PlayPad controller gives players a better way to control their games — with a mini controller.
You've never seen a fighting stick like the Free Fighter. It's not chunky and doesn't weigh a ton. Nyko's Free Fighter is modular, meaning it splits apart and can be connected any way you want it. It's so brilliant, we're wondering why nobody else has thought of the idea first.
First came the NES Zapper, then the Wii Zapper, PS3 Sharp Shooter and now the MAG II Magneton Induction Gun. Yes, MAG II is another gun controller that aims to make first-person shooter games more life-like, but this one is different. It requires no sensors or cameras and can double as a light gun.