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E3 2012: Sony Press Conference

Sony certainly did quite the Press Event today, starting off with some maximum levels of dubstep. My write-up for Sony is going to be extra brief, simply because life is like that sometimes. So buckle up and let’s summarize some E3 shit!

Beyond: Two Souls


David Cage of Quantic Dreams came out to arouse entice the audience right at the start of the press conference. Quantic Dreams is known of course for Heavy Rain and expectations are high.

Beyond stars a Jodie (or Jody, not sure) with some semi-supernatural powers. Jodie is played by none other than Ellen Page of Juno and Inception< fame. The game looks interesting, and the visuals are absolutely stunning. I know one of our friends was almost in tears of joy by the time the trailer finished, so this is obviously something to look out for.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale


Time for some Super Smash BrosPlaystation All-Stars fighting game stuff. Sony is jumping into the arena with their own take on the fangasm that is franchise fighting games.

The roster of characters so far announced features Sweet Tooth of Twister Metal fame, Fat Princess of Fat Princess “fame”, and of course Sly Cooper. Announced for the first time today was Nathan Drake of you know who fucking Nathan Drake is and Big Daddy of Bioshock fame. I love that Sony is allowing a third-party character into this game.

Now I only have to ask what everyone wants to know: Where is their original mascot, Crash Bandicoot?
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E3 2012: Anticipating Predictions

We had planned to do a mini-cast with the purpose of going over predictions and what games we’re anticipating, but internet failures and poor time management cancelled those plans. Instead we bring you a quick rundown on some rumors, in addition to games we hope to hear more of and the likelihood of that happening. Brad and I spent a whole 15 minutes discussing and analyzing these, so you damn well better listen read it.

 

Rumor Mill

PS4 Debuts – Not a chance. Look, Sony has openly stated that the PS4 will not be debuting at E3 and I’m willing to believe that statement. The initial “we’re working on it” statement just seemed kind of forced by last year’s announcement of the Wii U, compounded by years of hinting at an Xbox 720. We would be completely shocked to see this appear.

A New Xbox – We’re giving this one an unlikely of appearing. It is possible, because something about Microsoft’s comments have been a bit coy and even stinking of “the lady doth protest too much”. This is a wait and see, but we wouldn’t be shocked if it made a surprise appearance. Microsoft almost has to do something with Sony not announcing a console. Maybe some mock-up images, or concept art. Microsoft has usually been the first one out of the gate with new ideas and consoles, but now Nintendo jumped into their spot…I guess we’ll find out in the morning.

Revamped 3DS – This is by no means a guarantee, but we would be completely shocked if a revamped 3DS didn’t at least get announced at E3. With the initial backlash over the 3DS, mixed with the release of the 2nd extremely obtrusive circle pad, it just seems likely that Nintendo is going to want to discuss options for the 2nd generation of 3DS handheld systems. Personally I want to see a new 3DS so I can justify buying a 3DS to play the next Kingdom Hearts game. (Yes, I’m a whore for the series, what of it?)

Sega Jumps Back Into the Console Market – HAHAHAHAAHAH! Oh that is just too damned adorable! Oh, you are fucking high if you think this is happening.

A Wii U Pokemon MMO – Oh please, yes please. I mean, no never going to happen ever, but still…please!

Anticipated Games

Halo 4 – What will 343 Studios bring us tomorrow for Halo 4? Well we’re expect many a discussion of both the single-player and multiplayer aspects of the game to be sure. A new trailer also seems highly likely, as well as it being playable on the show floor. Can 343 Studios bring forth a Halo as good as the 3 and Reach, well we’ll know more soon.

Assassin’s Creed III – Ubisoft’s press conference will be the place to be tomorrow for any and all news on the new colonial era Assassin’s Creed game. Expect a new trailer, and maybe some demos during Ubisoft’s press conference.

Borderlands 2 – Gearbox will most definitely be showing off the lootgasm of a game sometime this week and you can be sure that we’ll be sitting there, drooling over everything. Borderlands 1 is one of my favorite games that I was never able to finish. (Thanks dickish people who played without me!) Borderlands2 is looking good enough that I can’t wait to dive back onto Pandora for another fest that is of looting.

Kingdom Hearts 3 – Not going to happen. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see Square-Enix making any big announcements about it and it depresses me. It seems far more likely they will make an announcement at the Tokyo Game Show at the end of the summer, and even that will only be for a Kingdom Hearts HD Remake. Just don’t give your hopes up people, but maybe we’ll be lucky then at least…

That about covers our last-minute predictions. We’ll have more for you tomorrow and throughout the week. Stay tuned to @BearPunch & @B_Cogs for potentially quicker updates. We’ll also have posts on the site throughout the day.

E3, a Growing Experience

I haven’t made a formal announcement about E3 yet, so here it goes. We are going to be providing coverage all week for E3, whether that be new game announcements, console announcements, memes being created by idiotic press conferences, the return of Caffeine Guy. You name it, we’ll cover it.

I do want to make one thing clear however: None of our “staff” will be in attendance at E3 this year, so all information will be coming via live-streamed press conferences or through other means. Due to this, and also the fact that we only have two people covering the event, we will likely miss some key information here and there. Also, during the week we might be only writing shorter articles and blurbs to help facilitate getting as much info to you as possible.

It is our hope that this will be a learning experience for us, as well as a way to help us understand how to properly do SDCC next month as well as next year’s E3. Hopefully in person next time!

Tell us what you want to see most, what you like that we write about, and most importantly read and enjoy. Thanks for sticking with us the last few months as we’ve grown.

A Week(ish) In News #3

Welcome back to another edition of A Week(ish) In News! If all goes according to plan this should be quite the lengthy edition, so to speak. Why such an extended edition you ask? Well this last week has just been fraught with technical issues for our little site, as well as personal issues that dramatically decreased my ability to get any writing done. But, that is the past now and this is the future…or the past I guess since this article is about the past week. Anyways, on with the words:

Shouting at your screen now serves a purpose in Skyrim

So, by this point the topic of Kinect controls coming to Skyrim has been discussed to death. But we here at Constantly Calibrating are in no way above beating a dead horse; especially when the horse is quite alive and enjoying a healthy, relaxing day.

Now the first thing some people might point out is that Skyrim for the PC already has most, if not all or even more of these features via mods. Well in that you are right, but those of us playing it on the 360 don’t have these features yet and don’t have any alternative, so shut up and go play with some string.

Some of the features coming to Skyrim with this free update include:

  • Dragon Shouts: Now you can yell Fus Roh Dah to your heart’s content at your screen and watch as time and again Lydia flies forth from the Throat of the World. What, just I do that? Whatever. Now the one caveat to this is that stating the name of the shout in English will activate it, but to use the dragon language for shouts you will need to hold a button down. This is due to Kinect’s inability to recognize non-English speech. Still a nifty little feature.
  • Command your allies: Have you ever thought to yourself “Why do I have to spend minutes on end in a conversation menu to order my companion to attack something, stand still, or even trade with me?” What, again just me? You bastages. Anyways, now with simple commands like “Ally follow”, “Ally wait”, “Ally attack”, and “Ally trade”. Pretty simple, and seemingly easy to use.
  • Item Hotkeys: Have you ever felt it was incredibly frustrating to equip and switch out items and weapons on the fly, even with the Favorites pull-down? See that one I know you agree with. Obviously we all know that the inventory system leaves a lot to be desired. Now you can pull up your Favorites window, highlight your favorite bow and state “Assign Bow”. From that point on no matter what you have equipped you can state “Equip Bow” and suddenly whip out your Glass Bow of Infinite Face Rape. This works for all weapons, spells, items, and even armor it seems.
  • Better Sorting: With Kinect while in your inventory or a shop’s inventory you can state “Sort by weight” or “Sort by value”. This will help you to find what items to trade to your follower when over-encumbered or what items are best to sell for most profit.
  • Efficient Menu Navigation: A simple announcement of “Quick Map” is all it takes to pull up the full world map now. Stating a location such as “Whiterun” or asking “Where am I?” will bring the map to the proper location. Stating “Quick Skills” will also pull up your skill constellations. Saying a name of a skill like “Archery” or “Sneak” will bring you to that skill. Finally, the phrases “Quick Save” and “Quick Load” also work for all of your saving and loading needs.

To see the Kinect in action check out the below video.

As a person who recently started playing Skyrim again, I find all of these features highly interesting. I look forward to trying out our new Kinect when the Kinect update for Skryim shouts its way into the world sometime this during the week of April 23rd. Continue reading

Observations: N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment

The other day the BioWare Facebook fan page posted about a new item in their store. The item in question is the “N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment” which is quite the lengthy title. Being a bit of a BioWare fan I thought I would head over to the site and see what this new Mass Effect 3 accessory is. (By the way, I admit fan might be something of an understatement in my case.) Essentially the G-155 appears to be a system that allows you to take either your Xbox 360 or PS3 (slim model only) on the road with you. After reading all of the stats on BioWare’s store, including the fact that it’s TSA approved, I began wondering: “Do I need this” and “Could I make use of this?” The answer was a resounding, maybe!

– Custom Mass Effect 3 N7 Skin for the Entertainment Case
– 15.5″ HD display with 60hz refresh
– Zero lag while gaming
– Full screen controls for audio and video
– Dual 3.5mm Headphone Jacks
– Full spectrum stereo audio
– Rugged Case
– TSA Approved for travel
– Compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3 Slim
– Plug and Play

Right below all the stats is a link to a video overview and I clicked through to it, because what kind of product preview would this be without reading all the facts? Then again I’m shocked I’m shocked I didn’t click the “Buy” button in a fit of…well whatever the type of fit it is that causes me to buy things with the Mass Effect logo on them.

Now if you watch the video and read through the comments on the page you might see that there is no battery pack or rechargeable battery for the system at this time. It has to be plugged into an AC outlet to function. Now, let me ask this, doesn’t it seem like a monumental oversight to not have some form of battery power for a system like this? If I was to buy the G-155 Personal Gaming Environment I would be buying it solely for the purposes of travel and to play my 360 on a plane.

Personally, I’m now over my initial desires to purchase this…interesting product, but maybe down the road they’ll come up with something that suits my lack of needs.

Source: “N7 G-155 Personal Gaming Environment” (BioWare Store)