E3 2013

disneyinfinity

Ah, the toy box. It’s a magical swirl of figures and play sets, brought together by the power of your imagination. Wild stories are told, unheard-of rivalries are tested and logic is thrown out of the window. Disney Infinity tries to recreate this special place in the virtual space, while still giving you the physical pieces you need to clutter up your house. READ MORE

goodbyedeponia

Daedalic Entertainment released a number of point-and-click adventure games over the last couple years. By and large, they’ve all been well-received, though the premiere series to this point has been Deponia. Now, with Goodbye Deponia, the saga of noted anti-hero Rufus will come to an end. READ MORE

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1954 Alcatraz is more mature and “American” than most of Daedalic’s work; the game explores and embraces the social diversity of San Francisco, as well as the brutal, fight-ridden despair of prison. It has its whimsical moments, but it definitely shows its film noir influences.
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smt4a

Shin Megami Tensei IV is the latest in a series that has, as of late, fallen in the shadow of its Persona spin-off franchise. While the two have similar themes, the story, settings and gameplay differ greatly. Fans of Persona would do well to check it out though, and this modern, fresh 3DS title may be a great opportunity. READ MORE

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Before E3 even started, we knew we’d see the new Wii U Mario Kart. Now that we have, it’s clear that it doesn’t stray too far from the series’ past, but it does add a new element that can turn things upside down. READ MORE

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Saints Row, once just another Grand Theft Auto clone, has become a series that manages to marry enjoyable gameplay with a story that doesn’t even begin to take itself seriously. In fact, ‘serious’ may not even be in the Saints Row dictionary. READ MORE

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Diablo III? Didn’t that game release last year? Well yes, there was a game by that name, but with just a few key changes, the console release is shaping up to be something very different. Oh, and you can play this game offline! READ MORE

totalwarrome2

The Total War series has always been about grand strategy meshed with battlefield tactics, but it has grown more refined and complex with each entry. As a result, Creative Assembly has been revisiting some of the more popular historic conflicts and updating them. Rome II looks to enhance and augment the features of the first game, and from what we’ve seen, it’s successful. READ MORE

castleofillusion

Castle of Illusion isn’t really for kids.

The game may star Mickey Mouse, but just like its 16-bit predecessor, this new downloadable title can be punishingly hard. Jumps have to be precise. Levels require pattern memorization. Health starts low and stays low, as do weapon supplies, and checkpoints are few and far between. READ MORE

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I may not have been able to go to E3 with Graham and Shawn, but my local Best Buy was cool enough to host Nintendo’s E3 Experience, bringing four playable demos of upcoming Wii U games. Being the incorrigible Donkey Kong Country nut I am, nothing stopped me from getting my grubby paws on Retro’s latest. READ MORE