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Gameplay footage of humongous open-world boss fights in Rift's next expansion

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Rift is on a roll. Massive-scale open world-style PvP is on the test server and a brand new expansion is just around the corner with new continents that triple the world's landmass.

Massively spotted a livestream of some of the Storm Legion expansion's content, and it has one of the craziest open-world boss fights I've ever seen.


Star Wars 1313 running on Unreal Engine 3 on PC at E3, will be linear and light on Jedi

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Star Wars 1313 has delivered one of the most visually impressive demos of E3 2012 so far. Like Watch Dogs, it was running from a PC. Not only that, but CVG report that it was running on a tooled-up version of the Unreal Engine 3. The demo showed impressive facial animation, lighting and a considerable density of detail and debris.

It looks like the first sign that some of the visual spice we saw in last year's Unreal Engine 3 Samaritan Demo is starting to make it into new games. It means we'll have to wait longer to see what Unreal Engine 4 can really do, though. For now, we'll have to make do with the UE4 teaser screenshots Epic released recently


Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer screenshots and information

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Assassin's Creed 3 has been the talk of the town at E3. We've had demos, screenshots and press conferences from the upcoming American Revolution sneak-and-slaughter title, but details on its multiplayer component have been few and far between. Until now.

Three new screenshots have just been released by Ubisoft, and CVG have a little inside knowledge on the multiplayer. As well as a four versus four king-of-the-hill-style Domination mode, there are environmental kills, which mean you can topple trees on your opponents to squish them. There are also three confirmed characters: The Commander, The Carpenter and The Lady Maverick. Who we're going to assume feature in these screenshots.


Payday: The Heist developers rumoured to be working with Valve on a Left 4 Dead prequel

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We'd previously heard that Payday: The Heist developers Overkill are working on a game with Valve, but details were scant - all we knew is that it was Left 4 Dead related. Our megapals over at CVG cite a source as saying that it's going to be a Left 4 Dead prequel which details the genesis of the zombie uprising.


E3 round-up: day three

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What kind of day has it been? A day for chugging wine from crystal carafes in the sun? Perhaps. For some. But not for those trapped deep in the bowels of the LA Convention Centre. For them it has been a day of sweat, coffee, damp T-shirts, elbows and short periods of unconsciousness. A small price to pay for details on the games we can look forward to playing during the course of the next year or so.

Much information has entered the wild today. But how can so much knowledge be condensed into one short space? We could distil the essence of each story into a sonorous medley of wind chimes, perhaps? Wait, no. A LIST. Of course. We shall arrange a list, and put each point next to a tiny red square. And that will be E3: Day Three.


Tomb Raider screenshots give enemies an arrowing experience

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There was some scepticism when I suggested that there might be a lot of bows fired at E3 this year, but even discounting the likes of Crysis 3 and Assassin's Creed 3, Lara gave us plenty of twang-thud when the new Tomb Raider was shown at E3 on Monday. It follows, then, that the E3 screenshots should feature Lara's new weapon of choice. There she is above, taking aim at the first of a billion animals. In the images that follow, you'll also see her pointing it unhelpfully at a hostage situation, and learn the bow's tragic origin story (it belonged to a dead dude that Lara finds in a tree). Here they are, click to see them full size.


Watch Dog's second character was another player: "online is in the DNA of Watchdogs"

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Watch Dogs exploded out of nowhere earlier on Monday, impressing us with its slick portrayal of cyber-crime and assassination in an always-online Chicago. The Ubisoft press conference demo left everyone with questions about the final few moments. In a scene that doesn't appear in the demo footage that Ubisoft have since released, the camera pulled back from the action and started following a different person entirely. Was it the same player taking charge of another character, or a second player controlling their own avatar in the same city?

It was a second player. VG247 have spoken to him. His name is Dominic Guay, executive producer on the game. "Online is in the DNA of Watchdogs," he said. "It's super important to us. We couldn't announce our game and not at least tease online."


PCs do it better: why I don't care about Smartglass

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Microsoft unveiled their new Smartglass technology at the E3 press event on Monday. Smartglass lets your iOS, Android or Windows phone tablet/smartphone act as a second interactive screen. As mentioned at the E3 presentation, the “magic of smartglass” occurs when “devices work together to immerse you in entertainment."


Rumour: DayZ creator instructed to work on mod full-time by Bohemia

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The creator of DayZ and Bohemia Interactive employee, Rocket, has been instructed by Bohemia to work on the mod full-time. That's according to an account of a fan who chatted with him at E3 earlier today, spotted by Craig over on the DayZ subreddit. The account says that Rocket believes that DayZ is "the first step towards Bohemia gearing up to make it into a full standalone game."


Dawnguard will give you a new dragon shout, a magical mount and "your own armoured troll"

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Todd Howard's been chatting to G4TV about many of the new features we can look forward to in Skyrim's upcoming expansion, Dawnguard. It'll give you the choice to become a vampire lord and side with vampire leader Harkan, or join the fight against unambiguous evil by siding with the Dawnguard. Howard dropped details on the perks and abilities we'll get to use on both sides, and talked a bit about some other extra stuff we can look forward to, including a magical mount that can be summoned from the plane of the dead, and your very own armoured troll.


Hitman: Absolution E3 screenshots show a world where nothing is quite circular

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The new screens show Agent 47 looking conspicuously inconspicuous in a variety of urban settings. He loves wearing incongruous clothes while he's slyly killing people. Some of the screenshots look a little washed out, whereas others look like they've been Photoshopped into oblivion. Somewhere between the two there's a semblance of how the game's going to look.

We like the one where Agent 47 is stood watching the sun set, hands poised and ready to strangle someone. You can't strangle the sun, 47! Not like you strangled those nuns! It's pretty! Sit down!

See below for the rest of the shots, and check out Owen's preview and interview with the developers for more on how the game is shaping up.


Sleeping Dogs E3 screenshots show racing, cleavers, man surprised by giant blurry gun

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Sleeping Dogs is the martial-arts-and-gunplay open-world action game that previously went by the name True Crime: Hong Kong. I went to see it recently: it's shaping up quite nicely. The melee combat takes after the Arkham Asylum games, albeit with far more enthusiasm for jamming people's faces into pointy things (and vice versa.) The driving also benefits from the devs' past experience on the Need for Speed series. Check out our most recent preview for more information.

The new screenshots cast some light on the range of activities that undercover cop Wei Shen will be engaging in while taking down the Hong Kong Triad. As any undercover police officer knows, crimes get solved faster the more cars you set on fire from the back of your awesome motorbike.


Black Ops 2 E3 screenshots are bustin' and dronin'

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We saw a little Black Ops 2 action in a trailer yesterday, and now there are some ludicrously large screenshots for us to resize so they'll fit on our server. Two out of the three screenshots include flying drones, and the third includes a terrestrial robodrone. Activision are obviously really keen for us to know that Black Ops 2 has drones in it. It's almost as if they're the game's single defining feature.


Star Wars 1313 E3 screenshots and video reveal gritty face-zapping

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These Star Wars 1313 screenshots and the above in-game footage will be familiar to anyone who saw the preview video we posted yesterday. It's basically the same demo of the game, but in hi-res and without people talking over the top. If you miss the people talking over the top you can just talk to yourself while you're watching it. The screenshots below are grabbed from the same sequence, and apparently the whole shebang is from the PC build of the game.

It looks good in a kind of Mass Effect way. But I still can't quite get my head round the fact that the entirety of the game seems to be set in a big pipe.


Shootmania Storm E3 trailer gets down to some rockdubstep

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We all know how hard it is to imagine things in motion based on static images. Take yesterday's Shootmania Storm screenshots, for example. They show lasers flying about the level, but there's no time scale attached to them. How are we to know that the lasers don't take upwards of five hours to move?

Fortunately, Ubisoft and Nadeo have posted a trailer that shows movement. And shooting. And occasional bouts of mania. No storms though, disappointingly.


Medal of Honor: Warfighter multiplayer E3 trailer unites the world with rhythmic violence

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Warfighter's story is an interesting one: it began as a completely different game pitched by a couple of ex-soldiers, before Danger Close crowbarred it into the Medal of Honor franchise. Details on the multiplayer portion of the game were scant when we previewed it, but a new trailer shows the online battles in all their destructive glory.

There are, apparently, eight countries to choose from, and the trailer includes a whole bunch of gizmos such as remote robots and aerial drones. There's even a special grenade that flicks out cables but then fails to show what said cables do. Maybe it's so the warfighters can dry their laundry.

It's all set to a Linkin Park song, and the way the destruction is in time with the beat is actually quite exhilarating. Sort of. Screenshots below.


Spec Ops: The Line E3 trailer features a man making the same face in a variety of situations

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Spec Ops: The Line apparently tells the story of a man with a unique capacity to be facing nonchalantly in the wrong direction when things break, explode, or catch fire. I'm not sure that the presence of blank-stare-man does the game very many favours: a human actor maintaining their composure in the face of disaster is a statement. When we're talking about a game character, it looks a bit like your animation system has broken.

Which is a shame, because the game itself is looking very pretty - as the bounty of new screenshots below attest. Sand-wrecked Dubai is the setting for a third-person modern military shooter that's more about the horror of war than fist-pumping bombast. Chris Antista was very impressed when he saw it back in February - check out his preview for hands-on impressions.

Screenshots of both singleplayer and co-op modes are below.


Borderlands 2 E3 screenshots are auroring success

Henry Winchester at

That's meant to be a joke about the aurora borealis by the way. I'm attempting to invoke the phrase "a roaring success", and, if you look at one of the Borderlands 2 screenshots, there's an aurora lurking in the sky. When you spend the first paragraph of a news story trying to explain a pun in the headline you know that the joke probably isn't funny, and that maybe it's time to consider a new career.

ANYWAY, these fresh new screenshots from E3 show everything we loved about the first Borderlands, but done ever so slightly better. The cel-shaded colourful visuals are still a world away from the brown brownness of other shooters, and the monsters and contraptions will ensure don't get "bord". Which is a play on the game's title, by the way. Check them out below.


Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition in-game footage inevitably shows death

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Hugely-loved action RPG Dark Souls is coming to the PC. Woohoo! It might have Games for Windows Live. Boo! It definitely has a little gameplay footage and new screenshots. Woohoo! The gameplay footage and screenshots are also cursed.

The footage is in that traditional shaky-cam-with-silhouettes-moving-in-front-of-the-camera format so beloved of E3. It shows a new monster, a blue liony type thing with multiple accoutrements - wings, horns and a scorpion's tail. It looks like the kind of creature you'd make when you first installed Spore and didn't really understand it. Also, the hero dies. Funny that. See below for new screenshots.


John Carmack is making a virtual reality headset, $500 kits available soon, video interview inside

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John Carmack has been building a virtual reality headset in his spare time. He's showing it to people behind closed doors at this year's E3, tucked away inside the Bethesda booth, and described it as "probably the best VR demo the world has ever seen." Our video hero, David Boddington, was the 30th person in the world to use it.

Check below for a 20 minute video with Carmack on virtual reality, why he decided to tackle headsets, the latency of the human mind, and the first footage of one his handmade prototypes.