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Last week we weren’t entirely sure what games to expect from the big three console pushers. Oh, we knew a couple of certainties, but overall the slate was wide open, ready to be filled in during their respective press conferences. Today, post-E3, we know exactly what’s in store and what their battle plans are.
E3 2009 was a monster. A huge, massive, face-eating beerdemon that erased the agonizing memory of 2008’s meager, emaciated E3 from our minds with a flood of great-looking games, earth-shattering announcements, and a few quizzical oddities we never want to speak of again. After this, we mean, because some things are so good, bad, or just bewildering that you just have to tell people about them.
Sony’s running an Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta until June 29. Want in? Winning a key to PS3’s hottest sequel this side of God of War III is remarkably easy. First, re-acquaint yourself with the six minute gameplay demo that rocked our bitter, weary faces.
Maybe you’re overwhelmed by our constant barrage of tweets and our relentless live blog updates from the floors at today’s Sony and Nintendo press conferences.
There’s no denying it, Microsoft had a strong press conference on the opening day of E3. With the two surviving Beatles in attendance promoting their new Rock Band game, innovative 1:1 motion-sensing technology in Project Natal, a strong line-up of games and exciting new multimedia and social networking possibilities, Sony has to up its game if it’s to keep up with Bill and his boys. Below, we team up with our colleagues at OPM
Top 7… Game religions – We discuss at great, great length incidental back stories we barely remember
Soundtracks you didn’t know were stolen – Outright stealing shit is the sincerest form of flattery
We've managed to get our hands on the first in-game footage of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The PS3 exclusive isn't due out until late 2009 but this early - and super-brief - gameplay movie already looks strong.
No matter what your feelings are on UFC, know that the sport has come a long way since the early “No Hold Barred” days. Ever since the late nineties, UFC has grown up, reformed and played ball with state athletic commissions. These days, each pay-per-view pulls in more buys than boxing and WWE events.
Being in ‘the industry’ we get to visit loads of gaming press events. Some are low-key – we’ve had to fight other malnourished journos for the one plate of chips passed around during a six hour event. Some take place in hotels so luxurious you’d need a bank account bigger than Scrooge McDuck’s just to get inside. While others are filled with squat fighting men and scrambled egg wraps.
Above: A picture of our egg wrap
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