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E3 09: Top 10 things you need to know about today - Tuesday edition

6. Prediction: Rockstar’s ‘Agent’ will sell a quintillion copies due to awesome logo
Sony’s Jack Trenton announced a new PlayStation 3 exclusive from Rockstar North, the developers of Grand Theft Auto IV. It will be set in the 1970s and it’s called Agent. Other than that, all we’ve seen of the game is a logo. But what a mighty fine logo it is.


Above: Look at this logo. Wow. Just. Wow! 

Let’s just take a moment to admire the delicate curves on the font, which are softly rounded, yet masculine. The kerning does its job and does it well, preventing individual letters in the title from ramming haphazardly against each other. The decision to go with the black-and-white color scheme is classic, yet daring. And do you see how they worked that pistol into the letter ‘G’? Clever stuff.

7. ModNation Racers will be EXTREMELY fun for everyone before it gets boring
Like Spore and LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers for PS3 is pushing the make-your-own-game angle hard. You’ll be able to design your own custom racers, cars, and tracks. During the demo, we saw a player create his own tracks by simply driving through an open field, twisting and turning when it felt right. Later, areas of the track were changed to dirt roads and the sidelines were quickly peppered with an assortment of trees, houses, and sheep. In just a few minutes, we saw how a fresh racer, vehicle, and track could be created on the fly.

 
The actual racing looks like typical Mario Kart-esque fun with crisp cartoony graphics, colorful weapons, and power sliding. ModNation Racers looks like it will be extremely fun. But we’re worried that after the novelty of creating your own tracks and cars wears off - and you realize that it takes a lot of time to actually make something cool - it will be quickly forgotten. After all, we loved both LittleBigPlanet and Spore, but when’s the last time you sunk some time into whatever grand project you were working on for either of those two games?

8. The “true sequel to the Metal Gear franchise” is not coming to Xbox 360
Hideo Kojima said Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker would be a “true sequel” during Sony’s press conference. It makes you wonder what he thinks about Metal Gear Solid: Rising, which was announced yesterday during the Microsoft conference. He then rubbed salt in the wound by showing a trailer proving that Peace Walker is, in fact, a bona fide MGS game by giving a few hints at the plot: It’s set ten years after MGS 3, was written and produced by Kojima and chronicles the rise of Outer Heaven in Costa Rica. Other than that, four Solid Snakes were on the screen at once - we don’t know why.

 
9. Leonardo da Vinci will help you kill prominent Italians in Assassin’s Creed II
New gameplay footage of Assassin’s Creed II was shown today, and it highlighted the new setting based on the Italian Renaissance and the new assassin’s larger combat repertoire, which includes smoke bombs and the ability to steal weapons from opponents. Leonardo’s flying machine also made an appearance, and we learned that the famous scientist will be in the game, creating inventions you’ll use in your various quests to kill notable people.


Above: Just when we got used to pronouncing Altair, Assassin’s Creed II introduces Ezio Auditore di Firenze 

10. Sony opens and closes press conference spectacularly with Uncharted 2 and God of War III
Well, kinda. In fact, Sony opened like usual – with boring stats and mind-numbing info on how well the PS2 is succeeding in the marketplace despite current-gen systems. That aside, Sony America CEO and President Jack Tretton quickly segued into the system people watching the conference actually cared about – the PS3 – and developer Naughty Dog’s latest action-adventure, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Footage started with series hero Nathan Drake atop a bombed-out posh poolside rooftop. Soon, he’s scaling the roof wall, ascending higher while we take in a vast cityscape enclosed by a gorgeous mountain range. Uncharted 2 is huge and it’s beautiful. He and his female cohort slide down a rope to an adjacent crumbling building and start shimming and…WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? AN APACHE HELICOPTER?

Drake dodges bullets from a gunship, leaps across breaking platforms, leaps 20 feet to another building, kills some bad guys (while still dodging heli bullets), narrowly misses an explosion that takes out an entire section of the wall, takes cover behind tables, kills more bad guys and rides a crumbling building down and leaps through the windows of a building that’s still standing. In game, real-time. He gets up, dusts himself off. “Hahaha. We were… we were almost in that!” End of demo. Excellent. And that’s the first gameplay Sony showed the world at E3 2009. Yes, we already know Uncharted 2 hits shelves this holiday, but holy hell was that gameplay exciting. Did we mention the multiplayer beta begins tonight at midnight?


Above: Drake fights illiteracy in what appears to be a library in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 

And after two hours worth of innovations, trailers and more stat-talk, Sony closes the show with another big franchise title, God of War III. Shown were the opening gameplay moments. Kratos dives into the action, slamming enemies into each other, shooting arrows, and running past a slew of monsters attacking NPCs. He runs into a mine where he needs to ascend higher up. Luckily, a handy winged creature is nearby. But Kratos doesn’t ride this beast. Oh, no. He swings his blades into the creature and to make it go higher, he continually stabs it, before ripping it to pieces as he jumps off.


Above: It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a monster. Kratos will make you his bitch 

Kratos makes it outside to see a titan being attacked by Helios, who’s flying around on a chariot of fire. Typical God of War chained attacks, which are interrupted by a skirmish with a Centaur, which Kratos punches with his new Lion-fist weapons. After some gloriously nasty quicktime events, Kratos finishes the beast by slitting its belly, letting all of the demon’s guts spill out. The next miniboss is a Chimera-like creature with ram horns and a snake tail. The ending to that battle is disgusting, satisfying and awesome. And you have to wait next year to play it. Sony, when did you decide to be cool again?

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29 comments

  • jar-head - June 3, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    all the good stuff is comming later this year, but all the Great shit is comming in 2010
  • silvereye - June 3, 2009 6:34 a.m.

    I want half life episode 3 and i want it now! Come on Valve its been a year and a half sinc episode 2, why wont you come out with it? Why?
  • revrock - June 3, 2009 4:43 a.m.

    This is great! how much more could we ask for? A new Metriod, 2 new Marios, and that Rockstar Ps3 exclusive???? It is going to be an expensive year. Best console war since the 16bit days, I dare say!
  • iKOemos - June 3, 2009 4:35 a.m.

    Peace Walker is going to make Rising it's bitch
  • TanookiMan - June 3, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    I remember torturing my older brother playing Super Mario Bros 3 on NES by battling him every chance I could and stealing his turn. Looking forward to doing it again on the Wii :)
  • Koouunn - June 3, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    psp go is retarded. I DONT like
  • Ramijiman - June 3, 2009 2:57 a.m.

    "It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a monster. Kratos will make you his bitch" I lol'd
  • sgloomy - June 3, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    I agree with Kubes, PSP GO is waaay too expensive for a system that is not that much improved, although i am not really sure if the controls work any differently, BUT holy crap, waiting for God of War III is going to be extremely painful, the game looks (really really really really)^n good!!!
  • NanoElite666 - June 3, 2009 2 a.m.

    What, no mention of the new Golden Sun game? That was probably THE single most surprising thing I saw in all three conferences (since I absolutely love that series), and was one of the few interesting parts of Nintendo's conference in general. The Uncharted 2 showing was fantastic. Made me want the game right now. And, that chopper looks closer to a Hind than an Apache. :P
  • kubes - June 3, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    btw psp go should only be 200 dollars
  • johnthe5th - June 3, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    oh wait you beat me
  • johnthe5th - June 3, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    First! Mario Galaxy and Metroid look awesome. I dont't think ill be needing to buy an xbox anymore!
  • kubes - June 3, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    even tho all this stuff is simplified i still have read everything thing there is to read on gamesradar and its great
  • iLoveKFC - June 4, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    I LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV the KFC
  • ian edgar - June 3, 2009 11:49 p.m.

    The psp go is the same price as a wii? Nobody will buy that, especially the people in England who have to pay nearly twice as much. recaptcha: smugness Dries. It sure does.
  • Moschetto - June 3, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    Nice move, Sony. I would have been very likely to buy the Go if it had a lower price point than the 3000, but now that I know it's not only more expensive, but ridiculously so, I'll be sticking with my DS.
  • Harmon20 - June 3, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    well, I guess Nintendo hasn't forgotten its core audience after all.
  • MoonPig - June 3, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    "It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a monster. Kratos will make you his bitch" what if ur a penguin
  • imawesom3 - June 3, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    awesome sauce!
  • AuthorityFigure - June 3, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Looks like there are some games on offer for all levels of nostril enthusiasts.

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