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E3 2008 Coverage

Jul 17, 2008

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known as E3 is THE annual industry trade show (some call it a circus) that showcases all of the upcoming gaming goodies of the year (and is usually where exciting announcements are made). With E3 wrapping up today, we thought we'd put together a lil' teaser of some of the action being salivated over by the industry pros and journalists who have exclusive access to this event in LA. Check it!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

We love Harry Potter games and this one looks fantastic BUT, unfortunately, this game is only for the Wii (Wii games are commonly much weaker versions than those made for the next-gen platforms like Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.) Wii fans, however, we're sure, will enjoy wearing their favorite wizard hat and waving the Wii-mote around like a magic wand while screaming "Petrificus Totalus!" at the top of their lungs.

Skate It

The Skate franchise Ollie's onto the Wii in a new version of the same game but with several different interactive control options, the most exciting being the Wii Fit balance board, which acts like a skateboard interface to turn and flick tricks from. Watch for this to Shuv-it onto shelves later this year.


UFO lands at a farm and you must gather animals into your ship by solving various farm related puzzles like a space age Noah's Ark story. This very creative idea may prove to be quite entertaining - watch for it!

Rock Band 2

Expect the best song list ever! End of story. (We're too excited to speak any more about this one!)

Most Anticipated Games of E3

In no particular order:
  • Brutal Legend
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Fable 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Gears of War 2
  • Guitar Hero World Tour
  • Killzone 2
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Prince of Persia
  • Street Fighter 4
  • WoW: Wrath of the Lich King

  • Other E3 News:

  • Sony may shift gears to target MMO fans (Massive Multiplayer Online games).
  • PS3 network to offer live news, weather, and video communications.
  • PSP may become a system for the living room; what this means who knows, maybe it will be used to control the curtains. Will also soon offer entertainment packs for younger fans, including 1HR downloads for movies.
  • Sony tries hard to convince everyone the PS3 network will one day rival Xbox Live's online system. (LOL)
  • Big Wigs talk about blending gaming and social networking (could be interesting!)
  • Nintendo demos Wii Music; a multiplayer musical game that features over 50 instruments including piano, violin, electric guitar, and even Taiko drums.
  • New Wii Sports title will include games like Frisbee (with a fetching dog!!), jet skiing, and sword fighting.
  • Nintendo announced new functionality for DS including travel plans, sports scores, or instant cooking recipes.
  • Talk of Pokemon Rangers: Shadows of Almia available sometime in November.
  • Nintendo introduces new and more sensitive MotionPlus attachment for the Wii-mote controller.
  • Final Fantasy XIII coming to Xbox 360
  • Microsoft announces Netflix partnership which means more movies and TV on Xbox Live.
  • Xbox Live getting a dashboard update that includes Wii-like avatars and group play: mixed reactions - some hate it some don't.

  • 2008 could end with a bang brothers and sisters, as over 200+ game titles with potential release dates before January 1, 2009 for the Xbox 360 alone, this year could be the single most fun-filled year for gamers yet.

    FYI: here's an unedited list of the upcoming games that were being showcased at E3 this week:

    50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
    Afro Samurai
    Alan Wake
    Aliens: Colonial Marines
    Alpha Protocol
    Animal Crossing Wii
    Baja: Edge of Control
    Bangai-O Spirits
    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
    Battlefield Heroes
    Beyond Good & Evil 2
    Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
    Brutal Legend
    Call of Duty: World at War
    Castle Crashers
    Castlevania Judgment
    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
    Champions Online
    Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
    Crysis Warhead
    Dark Void
    Darksiders: Wrath of War
    DC Universe Online
    Dead Space
    Deadly Creatures
    Diablo 3
    Doom 4
    Dragon Age: Origins
    Duke Nukem Forever
    Empire: Total War
    Fable 2
    FaceBreaker K.O. Party
    Fallout 3
    Far Cry 2
    Final Fantasy IV
    Final Fantasy XIII
    Gears of War 2
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    Golden Axe: Beast Rider
    Gran Turismo 5
    GTA: China Town Wars
    Guitar Hero World Tour
    Half-Life 2 Episode 3
    Halo Wars
    Indiana Jones
    Infinite Line
    Kid Icarus Wii
    Killzone 2
    Left 4 Dead
    Lego Batman
    Lord of the Rings: Conquest
    Madden NFL 09
    Mafia 2
    Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
    Midnight Club Los Angeles
    Mirror's Edge
    Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
    Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2
    NBA Live 09
    NHL 09
    PlayStation Home
    Prince of Persia
    Prince of Persia: The Fallen King
    Project Origin
    Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
    Quake Live
    Quantum of Solace: The Video Game
    Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party
    Red Faction Guerrilla
    Resident Evil 5
    Resistance 2
    Rock Band 2
    Rock Revolution
    Saints Row 2
    Samba de Amigo
    Shaun White Snowboarding
    Silent Hill: Homecoming
    SimCity Creator
    Siren: Blood Curse
    Skate It
    SOCOM Confrontation
    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
    Sonic Unleashed
    Soulcalibur 4
    Spider-man Web of Shadows
    Splinter Cell Conviction
    STALKER: Clear Sky
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
    StarCraft 2
    Street Fighter 4
    Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff
    Tekken 6
    The Last Remnant
    The Sims 3
    This is Vegas
    Tom Clancy's HAWX
    Tomb Raider: Underworld
    Too Human
    Valhalla Knights 2
    Velvet Assassin
    Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
    Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II
    Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
    We Love Golf!
    World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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