E3 2011

XCOM video walkthrough brings 22 minutes of joy/heresy

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Here's 22 minutes of XCOM, using footage shown as part of this year's E3 demo. The video was posted with a written introduction from narrative director, Jordan Thomas, which 2K invites everyone to read before watching. He describes how the original iteration of XCOM was "way too much within our creative 'comfort zone,'" saying that "it just wasn't "XCOM" enough." The team have since gone back to the drawing board, and made a number of "aggressive design changes" to make XCOM a more tactical experience. Click "read and comment" below to see the whole message.

It's may not be the turn based strategy game fans wanted, but could 2K Marin's take on alien hunting be an awesome game in its own right? The video comes with added narration from Jordan Thomas (writer of the very underrated Bioshock 2) and producer Harvey Whitney. Skip to 1:30 to look at the base, 3:30 to meet some of the agents you'll be getting shot in the face when aliens attack, and 7:30 for shooty action. Then, check here for our impressions.


Metro: Last Light trailer causes carnage with mini-gun

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THQ have released the first segment of their E3 demo trailer for Metro: Last Light. Starting out with some stealth work from the shadows, the action takes a turn for the more mental when our subway-dwelling hero gets his hands on a mini-gun.

Last Light follows on from its predecessor Metro 2033, with players taking on the role of protagonist Artyom once more as they battle their way through the irradiated landscapes of a dystopian Russia. Last Light is due for release next year.


Battlefield 3 dev: "We're doing things no one else is capable of." Also: Team Deathmatch

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EA's Battlefied blog has just posted an interview with Lars Gustavsson - multiplayer designer for the upcoming eye-squintingly-beautiful military FPS.

Accessibility is high on the team's priority list, especially when compared to Battlefield 2's refreshingly abrupt design philosophy: “Play the game our way, or play something else.” This time, an effort is being made to reverse the mentality: "The goal with Battlefield 3 is to offer a vast variety of gameplay experiences and to be inviting to everyone. We’re not telling you how to play the game. You choose."

They're even putting team deathmatch on the multiplayer menu. That hasn't been in a Battlefield game since 1942. Battlefield 1942, that is.


Far Cry 3 dev on game narratives: "almost no-one" can get great performances

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The maniacal performance of the player character's captor, Vaas in the Far Cry 3 demo was one of the most memorable moments of E3 this year. We caught up with narrative director on Far Cry 3, Jason Vandenberghe on the show floor to discuss the art of honing a great virtual performance, and explore the reasons why so many virtual actors end up in "the uncanny valley of performance."


The best of video from E3 2011

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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 blooper reel shows biggest fails of the show

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As PC gamers, we had a great time watching this year's E3, but while we were watching new Battlefield 3 footage and the FarCry 3 announcement console gamers were busy watching awkward performers waggle their limbs at motion sensing cameras. CVG have a video guide to E3 2011's most cringe-worthy moments, which unsurprisingly, heavily feature Microsoft's Kinect. Watch it and perhaps allow yourself to feel sorry for/laugh at Xbox 360 players. You can check out our compilation of E3 2011's best bits here. What's your favourite fail of E3 2011?


The biggest PC stories of E3 2011

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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.


Notch video interview: "We want to make Minecraft feel more like a game"

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Notch, the bearded, hatted creator of Minecraft has been speaking exclusively to PC Gamer about the future of his block building game. You can watch the complete video interview up there. Please don't be too mean to Tim in the comments though. He might appear a little "emotional" but he is suffering from: A) post-E3 exhaustion B) An intense Notch man-crush.

Click through for the details.


Saints Row: The Third screenshots have furious furries and fighter jets

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A batch of Saints Row: The Third E3 screenshots have appeared with a flurry of explosions, fighter jets and tanks. The new art style takes a deliberately over-the-top approach, favouring caricature over realism. Going by these screenshots and the recent E3 trailer, Saints Row: The Third is looking more and more like a grown-up Looney Tunes game, complete with angry men in wolf suits and giant purple dildos. You'll find all seventeen slices of cartoon insanity embedded below.


Notch still a PC developer, Minecraft 1.7 first details released

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One of the most surprising moments of E3 this year occurred in the space of about eight seconds right in the middle of the Microsoft's press conference. Minecraft is headed to the Xbox 360, the speaker announced, and then moved onto something else as though it wasn't a big deal. Around the world Xbox and PC gamers did a collective double take. Some of us even choked on our tea and said "whaaa?" out loud.

In his latest blog post, Notch has provided some more info on development on the 360 and Android phone versions of the Minecraft, and has given us a taste of what to expect from update 1.7, to be known henceforth as "The Adventure Update."


E3 2011: PC Gamer's E3 video roundup

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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.


E3 2011: Modern Warfare 3 video shows 13 minutes of in-game action

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It's been a surprisingly quiet showing for Activision this year. Beyond the boatmania of the first in-game demo that kicked off the Microsoft press conference, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 received relatively little attention. Thankfully for fans of the series, Game Trailers have a further 13 minutes of footage, showing a new mission called Black Tuesday. It shows a squad of US soldiers fight down the war-torn streets of Manhattan shouting things like "we need to maintain the timeline!" and "hit the Exchange!" and features an awesome new rifle, with a secondary scope that can be flipped into action to take on more distant enemies.

Infinity Ward say they're currently "having conversations" about adding dedicated server support and mod tools to the PC version of the game. That would be great, but it's hard to see how player-run maps and modded modes will fit with the social networking features of Call of Duty Elite. The game's due out on Septermber 8. You can apply to join the Call of Duty Elite closed beta here.


E3 2011: Far Cry 3 dev: "Games flirt with vulgarity. If done incorrectly, they become pornography"

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Ubisoft Montreal's Jason Vandernberghe has been talking to PC Gamer about how games deal with mature content. Far Cry 3 is set to be an M-rated game when it releases next year, but the narrative designer stressed the badge doesn't give developers reason to pack games full of filth. He also hinted Far Cry 3 might be more of a cerebral experience than gamers who spent FC2 burning everything might expect.


E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City video interview discusses Batman's future

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Our fellow E3 warriors on the show floor managed to track down Rocksteady co-founder and Batman: Arkham City game director, Sefton Hill for a quick chat. He talks a bit about his ideas for the future of the Batman series, and what he loves most about working with Batman. You can get a good look at the Dark Knight in action in the fresh batch of Arkham City E3 screenshots. Part two of the video interview below. The game's out on October 18 in the US, and October 21 everywhere else.


E3 2011: Modern Warfare 3 could get dedicated servers and mod tools, Infinity Ward "having conversations"

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Recently a leak to Kotaku suggested that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 would ship without dedicated server support. Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has told Gamefront that this might not be the case. He says Infinity Ward are "having conversations about dedicated servers, mod tools and post launch support" now, and want to make an effort to reach out to the PC gamers that have left the series since Call of Duty 4.


E3 2011: Jagged Alliance: Back in action release date announced

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The original Jagged Alliance was a turn-based tactical combat sim in a similar vein to X-Com. There's going to be a brand new entry in the series, called Jagged Alliance: Back in Action. It's out on October 18.

Instead of spinning off in a new direction from its predecessor, like XCOM, Back in Action is a faithful modern remake of the old game, with upgraded visuals. You'll find more information on the official Jagged Alliance: Back in Action site. There's a trailer, too. It's entirely in German, but still provides a good overview of how the game works.


E3 2011: Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 screenshots break out the flamethrowers

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Gearbox revealed a surprising new direction Brothers in Arms at the Ubisoft press conference. The first three Brothers in Arms games were tactical, gritty World War 2 shooters that attempted to combine the gut-wrenching plot of Band of Brothers with smart squad combat in the fields of Europe. We're not sure exactly what Furious 4 exactly is yet, but it's certainly nothing like that. Now it's all about the gung-ho Nazi killing, flamethrowers, firebombs and bloody pickaxes to the face. Check out the Ubisoft demo trailer to get a feel for the new direction in the series. You'll find the ten new screenshots below.


E3 2011: Carrier Command: Gaea Mission gets E3 trailer

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Carrier command is back! Arma creators Bohemia Interactive are handling the remake of the strategy classic, which puts you in control of a really awesome boat, packed full of jet planes, bombers and land units. The aim is to use these units to take control of an archipelago of islands. Judging from some of the first-person footage in the flying shots, you might well be able to take direct control of more units than the carrier itself. The ship is well armed, too. We get to see its energy turrets, and it's long range artillery capabilities. We can't wait to hear more about this one.


E3 2011: Driver: San Francisco off-screen video shows ghostly possession

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You know what the real problem with racing games is? Not enough ghosts. Driver: San Francisco realises this, and has put Excorcist style bodily possession in their game. The footage above shows the multiplayer mode in action, which lets you dive out of your car at will, and possess other drivers nearby. As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no explanation for this, beyond the fact that the character you play as, John Tanner, is in a coma, and as we all know, comas are magic.

The car-swapping power is called 'Shifting,' but it's a limited resource, you have to generate power by completing drifts and jumps before you can hitch a ride in someone else's mind. The game boasts a big, open world recreation of San Francisco, and, for the first time, a collection of more than a hundred licensed vehicles. The game's due out at the end of August this year. Check out the official Driver: San Francisco site for more information.


E3 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer shows Eternity Vault raid

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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.