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Calibrating E3 2012

Time for our tenth podcast! This week is a discussion of most things E3, or at the very least the things we felt like discussing. Listen carefully throughout the podcast and you might notice Josh losing his mind. Don’t panic, it’s not an act.

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Wii U Gamepad

Reports are coming out that the Wii U Gamepad, the large tablet-like controller for the Wii U, will feature only a 3-5 hour batter life. What the hell? For most non-casual gamers that is nothing.

It’s also not like it will be easy to charge while playing due to the nature of the controllers use. This is extremely disappointing, especially when you take into account that Nintendo announced this morning on Twitter that having two gamepads hooked up would knock the system’s frame rate in half.

Honestly I’m still excited for the system, but this is just disappointing news for the future of the system.

By the way, all this information can be found on Nintendo’s own site.

E3 2012: Ubisoft Press Conference

Well Ubisoft certainly kicked off their press conference with a bang. An annoying dance number of a bang, but a bang none-the-less. Starting the show they had rapper Flo Rida come out singing along with back-up dancers to a trailer for Just Dance 4, the next in the yearly series from Ubisoft. After that it was Aisha Tyler’s turn to take the stage as host of the press conference along with her co-host, Youtube’s Tobuscus. Like most guest hosts at Ubisoft’s Press Conferences these two came across as incredibly forced, but at least they were amusing at times. Now onto the rest of the show:

 

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 was the first non-spectacle of a game to make it out of the gate. Well that would be true if it wasn’t for the fact that the trailer starts with some of the worst rendered breasts in modern gaming. I would say this trailer is NSFW, but the boobs are so plastic and unrealistic that I wouldn’t worry about it. Follow through to Kotaku for the full trailers for what looks to be the winner of the batshit crazy award of E3.

Next up was another trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, but sadly I can’t find a decent version to put on the site. Honestly I didn’t find what was shown to be any more or less impressive than what was seen during Microsoft’s Press Conference. Continue reading

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.

Wii U Feature Dump

Wii UNintendo has finally shown off more of what we can expect from the Wii U, and I for one say meh!

Since last year’s debut of the system Nintendo has been reasonably tight-lipped on what to expect from their upcoming system, but finally today, two days prior to their E3 press conference, they have shown off more of what their new system can do. Continue reading