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You don’t have to tell me E3 was a massive blur, a headache inducing avalanche of news, announcements, and headlines. But now that the news ogre has gone back to sleep for another year, it’s time to take stock of all that happened last week. While Microsoft and Sony stole our time with derivatively boring motion shit, Nintendo scorched our minds with awesomeness, and with blockbuster games like Portal 2, Rage, Gears of War 3, Killzone 3, Dead Space 2 and more vying for our attention, lots of smaller, but noteworthy things happened that you may have missed. So now, in no particular order, here’s the biggest news that fell under the radar.
At the beginning of the the Giant Bomb podcast last week, the signature voice of the classic trivia game You Don’t Know Jack, Cookie Masterson, made a surprise appearance. After some witty banter he revealed that the series, which has been basically dormant for years, will finally be making a return, thanks to a new deal between the developers Jellyvision Games and publisher THQ. Apparently it’s been in the works for a little while, but no real release date was given.
Above: These fake ads were funny long before GTA III came out
Over the last few years of games like Buzz and Scene It! coming to consoles and trying to be funny, we had been waiting for YDKJ to come back and show console gamers what funny actually is. Yes, you can play a new-ish, browser-based version of it right now, but that isn't really the same. And the gaming world could always use more legitimately humorous games, so we hope Jellyvision hasn’t lost its touch.
Publisher THQ had a real presence at the show, demoing new games like WWE All Stars and Red Faction: Armageddon, and debuting the trailer for Devil’s Third, but they also made some smaller, stranger announcements that you may have missed. First there was the casual reveals of Darksiders 2 and Saint’s Row 3, which we pretty much assumed existed anyway, but this was the first official news we'd heard about them and their planned 2012 release dates. We were fans of Darksiders and its Zelda-for-grown-ups vibe and glad to see the dev Core Games is hard at work on a sequel. And the Saint’s Row announcement was surprising in its nonchalantness - it was offhandedly mentioned as coming out when the Saint’s Row movie (?) hits theaters.
Above: There’s going to be a movie of this?
What was really unanticipated was the news that THQ was getting in the very lucrative personal fitness genre, but they aren’t making some wussy Wii Fit clone. Instead, they’re aiming at the agro bros who love UFC, as they parlay their UFC game license to make UFC Trainer. They plan on putting the new motion control options out there to good use in this game that promises to make you fit like a UFC champ, which we suppose mean exercising six hours a day like they do. Sounds like FUN!
If you’re like me your first reaction to seeing Child of Eden at Ubisoft’s press conference was one of excited wonderment. Your very next thought was, “crap, now I actually have to get Kinect/Move to play the damn thing.” After all the Wii-too-late garbage Sony and Microsoft bored everyone with at their press conferences, I was hoping to just be able to save money and not spend more than $100 on those things, but here comes the creator of Rez to make something worth buying one of those contraptions to play.
I soon breathed a sigh of relief (and had a good laugh) after reading this story, which has one of the game’s developers taking MS to task for not including them in their press conference. It turns out that, despite it being displayed with motion controls, CoE can still be played with a traditional controller. After polling a couple of peers who played it I’ve heard that while the motion controlled version is a little more immersive, it gets kind of tiring to keep moving to the beat. So I think I’ll just keep my lazy butt on the couch and save $150 if it’s all the same to you.
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