Category Archives: E3

E3 2013: 'Plants vs Zombies 2' is Great, But We're Still Worried About How You'll Pay For It

The crown jewel of our visit to the EA Mobile side of town was getting some actual face time with the iOS version of Plants vs Zombies 2. In a nutshell, it's Plants vs Zombies [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] but more. If you're familiar with the original, you'll be able to instantly pick up and play the sequel. There's new plants, loads of new levels, tons of new zombies, and a lot of content to wade through. Check out the video where I play an easy early level, then totally fail at a very difficult end level:..

E3 2013: 'Modern Combat 5' is More 'Modern Combat' and that's Not Such a Bad Thing

Gameloft was showing off the newest entry in their flagship first-person shooter series Modern Combat here at E3 2013, and we kicked back as a representative gave us a lengthy demo of the game. There's not a ton to report here, Modern Combat 5 is very much in the same vein of its predecessors but with a new story-driven campaign, improved visuals, and new weapons and gadgets. You know, sequel-y stuff. Check out the video below, and apologies in advance for the screen glare (there are far too many overhead lights at E3 in my opinion)...

E3 2013: 'Ultima Forever' Doesn't Taste Much Like 'Ultima Online'

EA's upcoming Ultima Forever is a strange beast. The name Ultima invokes so many memories that fans of the series can essentially let their imaginations run wild on the possibilities of a iOS MMORPG of something like Ultima Online re-imagined for the modern age. The problem is, if you're hoping for an Ultima Online-like experience, I think you're going to be sorely disappointed as all the social interactions and amazing things that came of the notoriety system in UO are just nowhere to be found in exchange for these short little five minute dungeons that you can see in this video:..

E3 2013: 'Icycle: On Thin Ice', a Surreal Puzzle Platformer from 'Wonderputt' Developer Damp Gnat and Chillingo

Chillingo and Damp Gnat, the studio behind the incredibly cool artsy iPad puzzle game Wonderputt [$0.99 (HD)], are teaming up to bring us Icycle: On Thin Ice, a game about a naked dude on a bike. No, seriously...

E3 2013: Hands-On with 'Halo: Spartan Assault', Microsoft's Windows Exclusive Dual-stick Shooter

A couple of weeks back, Microsoft announced that a new top-down, dual-stick Halo game was in the works and that it would be exclusive to the Windows platforms. The big question was, with Windows tablet and phone sales being less than stellar, would this game known as Halo: Spartan Assault eventually make it to the much, much, much larger iOS and Android user base? We still don't know the answer to that, but Spartan Assault was playable on the E3 show floor so we figured what the heck and gave it a spin. It actually seemed really cool, check out our quick hands-on with it below...

E3 2013: Hands-On with 'Brothers in Arms 3', Gameloft's New Cover-based Shooter

As we found out earlier this week, Gameloft's WWII-themed shooter series Brothers in Arms is readying its first new entry since 2011's Global Front [Free] with Brothers in Arms 3, and we had a chance to check it out here at E3. As was hinted at in the reveal on Gameloft's blog, Brothers in Arms 3 isn't a traditional shooter but more of an on-rails affair, though not a strictly guided one. You'll be able to swipe between cover points and utilize different touch-based mechanics to take out your Nazi opponents. It actually works pretty darn well, as you can see in this demo of an extremely early version...

E3 2013: 'Fightback' is a Surprisingly Awesome '80s-themed Brawler

Late last month we told you how Ninja Theory, after previously working on high-profile console titles like Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, and Devil May Cry, were ready to dip their toes into the mobile scene with a new '80s-themed brawler called Fightback. Here at E3 we had a chance to take a look at Fightback and were very pleasantly surprised. It nails the "80s action-hero" motif and Ninja Theory has developed an extremely simple but deceptively deep touch-based fighting system that is a total blast to play. Check it out...

E3 2013: Square Enix's 'Deus Ex: The Fall' Shows a Lot of Promise

If you read any kind of non-iOS gaming site, you'd more than likely have noticed the incredible excitement that came from the potential of a new Deus Ex game, and then the massive outcry that came when everyone discovered it was going to be an iOS game. Understandably, a bit of hesitation when you take a game that's traditionally is played on a PC or console makes the jump to virtual controls, but, as seen in this video, it's actually not that bad...

E3 2013: 'Magic 2014' Adds New Sealed Deck Game Mode

We got a look at Magic 2014 back at PAX East, and I couldn't help but be a little disappointed by the fact that back then the demo they showed basically amounted to Magic 2013 with a few new cards. But, that's not the case anymore. The upcoming version is adding a sealed deck game mode, where you actually crack open six booster packs and come up with your own custom deck to play. Check it out:..

E3 2013: Lionel Embraces iOS with 'Battle Train' and iOS Control Modules

Lionel trains have been around forever. The old ones are worth a bundle, and the new stuff they're putting out is ridiculously rad. They had a tiny booth at E3, where they were showing off a game called Battle Train, which uses actual existing Lionel trains that you can buy and drive around on a real-world track in a game filled with missiles and other crazy stuff. Check out the gameplay video we shot-..

Gizmo and accessory manufacturer Scosche has some crazy stuff on the horizon with their Bluetooth "smartROLL" dice. They work via low power Bluetooth, and, well, serve as real-world dice that can be also used in game. It sounds crazy, and it kind of is, but check out the demo in action from the E3 show floor:..

E3 2013: Hands-On with 'Asphalt 8: Airborne' and Its Insane Brand of Racing

It's hard to believe that Gameloft is already up to the eighth entry in the Asphalt racing series, but here we are. Of course not all of those are on the iOS platform, as this series has been around since the pre-smartphone era, but Asphalt 4: Elite Racing did make a huge splash on iOS when the App Store launched way back in 2008...

E3 2013: Double Fine's 'The Cave' Is Heading To iOS

Oh, cool: Double Fine's The Cave is heading to "iOS" at some point this summer, TouchGen has confirmed after getting some hands-on time with the upcoming FingerPad version at E3 2013...

Dead Rising 3's SmartGlass support is way too neat to not mention. According to Joystiq, the "second screen experience" for the Xbox One exclusive will grant players access to bonus missions, as well as special abilities including, but not limited to, air strikes and drone support. More interestingly, the SmartGlass app will also help folks "locate specific types of items and abandoned storefronts," Joystiq says. Meaning, you could have a couch co-op partner help you find stuff, as well as set waypoints on your map. That's pretty neat, as it opens up a new way to play via tablets and phones. The potential of SmartGlass is seriously awesome...

E3 2013: In Square Enix's 'Bloodmasque,' You Are The Vampire Hunter Guy

Sunlight! Crosses! Garlic! These are all things vampires Do Not Want. I've learned this from reading the finest of literature, my friends. Oh, and another thing vampires don't like? Your face. That's not a slam. It's another Vampire Fact that I just picked up from watching footage of Square Enix's new vampire-themed action RPG, Bloodmasque. I think it's an incredible game, and not just from an academic perspective...

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