E3 is a reason to get excited every summer. It's not like GDC where we get to hear the insiders story on game development, or the day to day coverage of the industry. E3 is all about seeing. That's why E3 is the event where developers and publishers show off the most spectacular trailers and offer extensive demo footage of the next big titles you're going to be playing. E3 2011 was packed with video footage of some of the most exciting upcoming titles, from those just around the corner like Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, to those still a long way off, such as Tomb Raider. Read on to find a round-up of the most impressive videos from this year's event.
E3 2011 Big Games
It's been a very busy year for PC news at E3. All last week we were bombarded with new trailers, announcements, screenshots and interviews from LA. We got to see some of the most exciting games of the next few years demoed right before our eyes. You can find all of our E3 2011 posts right here. If you don't fancy clicking through five days of madness, we've compiled the biggest stories of this year's conference into one post with links to all the best trailers, screens and stories of the show.
Graham and Tim gather in front of the most ornate painting they could find to deliver their picks of the best three games on show at E3 this year. Battlefield 3, Bioshock: Infinite, Skyrim, Payday: The Heist, Hitman: Absolution all feature, but which was the best? Which game won E3? Will Tim and Graham make it through the video without falling off the chair with tiredness? There's only one way to find out, and that's to watch the video diary above.
A new video has popped up on the Star Wars: The Old Republic official site showing the first footage of one of The Old Republic's raids. It's a mission to seal the Eternity Vault, which is packed full of creatures and criminals that should never be let loose on the galaxy. Now, it's going into meltdown.
The only solution is to form an eight man team with a variety of tank, DPS and healer characters, and put the prison back into lock down using both force, and The Force to take out the giant robots and powerful monsters within. Tim went hands on with The Old Republic's raids at E3 recently. Read his impressions here. Video below.
It's easy for PC gamers to get dishearted at E3. As Tim mentioned to John Carmack yesterday, we don't have our own conference to look forward to. The Xbots, PS3-cool-kids, and Nint-infants/oldies each have a few hours dedicated to them each year.
And silly as the conferences are, it makes me sad that we haven't got one. Give a console gamer a live stream and they'll instantly start developing new memes based on how crap the presenters of the conference are. The presenters themselves will stroke the rounded edges of their new hardware and talk about "expanding demographics" until a montage kicks in.
Lead producer on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Craig Lafferty has told CVG that the Skyrim will have 70 different actors voicing all of the parts in the game, compared to just 14 for Oblivion. The variable quality of the voice acting and constantly repeated dialogue was one of the main bugbears for Oblivion players, who will be glad to hear that Skyrim's 47,000 lines will be shared between a small army. Not having to pay Patrick Stuart and Sean Bean is likely to have helped.
Bethesda have been discussing the length of Skyrim at E3.
Lead Producer on Skyrim, Craig Lafferty went into detail about how long the upcoming RPG will take for you to complete. Don't worry - it's a long, long time.
AA fresh boatload of Tomb Raider screenshots have landed. Most are taken from the demo level shown at the E3 2011 Microsoft press conference yesterday. The injured old man Lara tends to in the first few screens can also be seen in the Tomb Raider cinematic trailer. Lara grabs onto his hand before she falls into the sea. Looks like he's going to be an important character.
The turnstiles of E3 2011 have just opened as I write this, but a torrent of trailers and breaking news has already hit, thanks to yesterday's run of conferences from Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft. Here's your quick guide to the hottest PC videos and announcements of the show so far.