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Post PAX Prime 2012

The weather may still be hot but summer is almost officially over for me here in Southern California. After a busy season of traveling, I thought I would get some time to rest, but it is only momentary as the busy holiday game release season is about to begin!

I’ll be posting my Q4 preview soon, but before I get to that I want to talk about PAX Prime! Yes, it is my favorite convention of the year. Why, you ask? Well because not only is it in the lovely city of Seattle, but it is a great time for me to meet fellow game enthusiasts and viewers or listeners of my work.

This was my first year going to PAX Prime as part of Machinima, and I worked the Mcom booth for most of the convention. We have a funny photo booth going and also had free play of the upcoming mech shooter Hawken, along with table-top gaming and a MW3 tourney.

I felt so honored to meet so many Weekend Confirmed fans! Crazy to think I’ve been on the show for over 1 1/2 years now. Going to admit, I was disappointed that the annual WC panel was cancelled, but it was great just to be at PAX.

So what did I do at PAX you ask? Well, I unfortunately didn’t make it to any panels, tragic, I know, but I did get to see the new demo for Dead Island Riptide where they showcased a “horde style” segment within the campaign. The game is co-op, like the original, so you and your buddies need to build defenses to protect survivors against waves of zombies. It screamed Call of Duty Zombies to me, but it was set in a jungle, so I guess that is different? …oh wait…Shangri-La… They do have the signature homemade weapons that appeared in the first game, which does add a bit of flare.

I also got to play Halo 4 multiplayer for the first time. It has been available at a few other conventions, but I was excited to finally go hands-on. We played a round of Regicide, a new mode for Halo. It is a free-for-all deathmatch where one player is the King and all other players are trying to become the king. Killing players gets you rewards points, but if you kill the King, you get more. The longer someone remains King, the higher their bounty becomes with each successful kill, until they are taken out. Considering I haven’t picked up Halo for over 6 months, my round wasn’t so hot to say the least. But I really love the new loadout system and am looking forward to jumping back in the world of Master Chief. See more details in the video below:

One of the best parts of PAX Prime is the PAX 10. This year I got to play a lot of really fun titles including Cannon Brawl.  The description of the game alone is enough to make your head spin! It mixes tower defense elements with RTS and 2D PvP action. I mean damn, there is A LOT going on all over your screen. It seems more complicated than it is at first, but once you have a good strategy, I can see the game being SUPER addictive.

“2D artillery game and an RTS had a beautiful baby!”

There was also indie darling Johann Sebastian Joust which has been making the rounds at conventions and festivals for a few years now, when can I buy this game already?!! …and where do I get PS Move controllers in bulk?

I also checked out iOS game Catch-22 which is almost guaranteed to make your throw your phone across the room in frustration. You control two orbs that circle a planet. The goal is to collect all the coins and once you do, the direction switches and you have to not only keep collecting, but avoid your ghost trail to prevention exploding.

You can check out all of the PAX 10 by clicking here.

There were also a handful of other announcements and gameplay demos including Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes from Hideo Kojima, a look a the Rise of the Triad reboot, the new contracts mode for Hitman: Absolution, and some awesome hands-on time with Dishonored. I’ll expand on my thoughts on my upcoming episode of Weekend Confirmed which I’ll post here on my blog.

All-in-all a great show! It certainly made me more excited for upcoming fall releases like Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed III, and more. I’ll be posting much more throughout the fall so keep checking back!

 

 

 

Assassin’s Creed panel at San Diego Comic-Con

In case you missed my constant tweets about this news, yesterday I hosted my first panel at San Diego Comic-Con! I’ve hosted panels and moderated before, but nothing can prepare you for the excitement that is working on a huge SDCC panel.

I was incredibly honored to be invited by Ubisoft to moderate their Assassin’s Creed III panel with Creative Director Alex Hutchinson. He, along with Gabriel Parent, demoed the “Boston” scene, previously shown behind-closed-doors at E3, for the first time to the public.

He spoke extensively about the development process for the game, what it means to have the time period set during the American Revolution, and what gameplay elements we can expect to see. He took questions from the audience, and spoke briefly about the upcoming PlayStation Vita game Assassin’s Creed Liberation. We also gave away 5 extremely limited edition ACIII posters signed by famed artists Alex Ross! Working with the Ubisoft team was fantastic and I hope to work with them again in the future!

Weekend Confirmed #120: Skyrim Dawnguard, Day-Z, Diablo III, and more!

Despite the summer’s dearth of new releases, the Weekend Confirmed crew get into some spirited discussions about Diablo 3’s questionable end-game, and what it’s like to be a vampire in Skyrim‘s new expansion, Dawnguard. Garnett, Jeff Cannata and Jeff Mattas,and regular guest Andrea Rene also delve into some talk about the Day-Z beta mod that brings hardcore zombie survival to ArmA 2, and opine a bit about ZombiU and Sim City Social as well. The eclectic mix of topics all wraps up with another batch of Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 120: 07/06/2012

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here’s the timing for this week’s episode:

Show Breakdown:

Round 1 00:00:30 – 00:28:15

Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:49 – 00:58:47

Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:59:43 – 01:29:24

Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:30:16 – 02:04:42

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Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest Album, The Wait is Over on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page orFacebook page, and follow him on twitter @delriomusic.

Del Rio’s next album, Club Tipsy, is also just a few days away from its July 10 release. Check out his official web page for more information.

Best of E3 2012

Every year publishers and developers compete for the attention of media members and gamers everywhere with their showings at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, and this year was certainly no different.

Microsoft had a strong showing with their flagship series, Halo and the return of Master Chief and Cortana in Halo 4. They announced the latest installment in their other 1st party franchise Gears of War titled Judgement. At their press conference they also displayed many new Kinect integrated titles and debuted the new Surface Glass integration that will be available on their new tablet.

Nintendo had the only new hardware of the show with a revamped version of the Wii U set to debut this fall. I know most people were hoping to get a release date and pricing for the unit, but Nintendo is still being vague about it, instead just citing Holiday 2012 as the launch window. I’m guessing that we’ll set an actual release date announced in Japan at TGS later this summer. They did have playable units on the show floor where they showcased the New Super Mario Bros., Pikmin 3, and newly announced ZombiU from Ubisoft.

Sony had the best software lineup by far out of the big 3. Their press conference wowed with new footage from The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s upcoming take on the “infected zombie” theme that seems so popular lately. At their press conference fans were also happy to see a lengthy and brutal demo of God of War: Ascension, which will introduce multiplayer into the series for the first time. Sony’s version of Smash Bros. called Playstation Allstars Battle Royale also was playable on the show floor, and I have to say it was one of the most fun games I got hands on at E3. The real stunner from Sony this year though, was their new IP called Beyond: Two Souls featuring Ellen Page. It features Ellen as a girl with some sort of telekinetic powers who quickly becomes a person of interest.

After coming off an amazing 2011, virtually sweeping Game of the Year awards with The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda showcased their upcoming new IP Dishonored. The buzz on this game was so hot it was on my “Must Play” list for E3 this year. After going hands-on with the game I understand why. So much of the game reminds me of Bioshock, which is certainly a great thing, but it has stealth elements that can be quite challenging. Definitely looking forward to playing this game this fall.

The publisher who really stood out for me this year was Ubisoft. They introduced a new IP titled Watch Dogs that no one in the media saw coming. It is an open-world game that fuses the stealth aspects of Deus-Ex with the crime spree, driving antics of Grand Theft Auto. The demo they showed was very impressive, with the main protagonist utilizing various pieces of technology to control the environment in a “Big Brother” way.

But my Game of Show goes to Assassin’s Creed III. I’ve been a long AC fan and everything I’ve seen so far from this game just continues to keep wowing me. From the first demo I saw at GDC earlier this year to the hands on time I got with the revamped multiplayer, this is the game to watch in 2012. The new protagonist Connor has an interesting story and the new combat mechanics look great. I’ll have a more in-depth look after their multiplayer showing at San Diego Comin-Con next month!

As per usual, there were many things I did not get to see and many more that I just don’t have time to talk about here! But keep checking back here for more updates as the big holiday season approaches.

 

 

 

Lollipop Chainsaw Ladies Live Stream!

Do you like ladies? Do you like zombies? Do you like to watch ladies killing zombies? Then be sure to watch the Machinima Live Stream on Tuesday June 12th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST where I will be joined by the lovely ladies of Machinima playing “Lollipop Chainsaw.”

We’ll be giving away lots of prizes, talking girls and zombies, and all around having a good time! Did I mention “Juliet Starling” cosplayer Jessica Nigiri will be there?

Watch here beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST Tuesday June 12th!

The Future of Mid-Tier Games – Question of the Week – Weekend Confirmed #114

My question of the week comes from Twitter:

@Ckrawl asked, ” I feel the middle tier of games is going to be pushed out next generation, i feel like the only games left will be triple A hits (CoD, skyrim Asscreed etc) what are you thoughts on the mid tier developer going into next generation?”

Check out my answer in this video!

Weekend Confirmed 114 – Diablo 3, Max Payne 3, Lost Planet 3

Listen here!

Diablo 3 has strengthened its hold on Jeff Cannata who really only wants to talk about his barbarian, but there’s so much more to cover. Garnett returns to the driver’s seat after spending last week getting a sneak peek at some of the big games ready to vie for the spotlight at E3. “Indie” Jeff and Andrea Rene complete the adventuring party that gets down to business discussing their varying degree of anticipation for E3, the demise of 38 Studios, and the plight of subscription model MMOs, whether Max Payne 3 actually improves the gunplay over previous Rockstar open world games, and a handful of other games including Lost Planet 3 and Rock Band Blitz. Put a bird on it with Finishing Moves and you’ve got one massive show to take along on the Memorial Day weekend.