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E3 Overview: Day Two

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Sage’s Overview: Today my favorite games all featured really great weaponry.  The deep, driven pace of E3 continued as the exhibit halls filled with crowds of people.  Barely squeezing through security, I left the guys to check out the Bethesda demo.  I was pleased by what they’ve done with Wolfenstein.  The sick humor, frenetic-paced shooting and gory gun action which I loved in the original are all present in the new edition.  The game features a smooth active cover system, which allows player to lean in all directions and easily go from looking around an obstruction to peering over the top.  The game play overall is also well described as smooth, from gun mechanics to running to mowing down Nazi badguys in seconds.  And the guns are Awesome.  The detailing of the guns is beautiful and the variability in game play presented by so many weapon options promises lots of fun.

Wolfenstein The New Order

Smooth also well describes Alien Rage, a City Interactive game set to release this fall.  An Unreal type game with aliens and shootable environments, the game plot unfolds through logs which are voiced by the actress who played Elizabeth for Bioshock infinite.  The game definitely handles and looks better on a PC with mouse and keyboard controls, and the character moves more realistically as well, his gun bobbing and his weight shifting slightly as he runs.  Blowing up enemies and utilizing the variety of games promises a lot of addictive fun. The last game I really liked today was Saints Row IV.  In addition to all of the available abilities and powers, the game also features some hilarious guns, like the dub step gun.  I don’t want to give away details for those wanting to avoid spoilers until they play, but as someone who wasn’t interested in Saint’s Row before, today’s demo definitely sucked me into loving the game.

My other favorite find for the day was the Stinky footboard controller.  A Kickstarter funded project, the footboard allows players to assign key strokes to a foot pad which can be pressed in four different directions.  The footboard allows for 16 different key mappings in all (with the use of CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT) and is very intuitive to use.  I played Battlefield 2 with it, a game I have never played before, and was able to utilize the footboard to play faster and more effectively right away.  Look out for a review of the footboard controller later this summer when Stinky sends one my way.

Stinky Footboard Controller

About Sage Morris-Greene

As Tech-Gaming's own Phoenix Wright, Sage Morris-Greene is currently balancing the completion of her law degree, an obsession of all things cyberpunk, and a budding career as a stage and film actress.

27 comments

  1. Yeah, Day 3 on Day 4. Oh well, who is counting?

    Thanks for covering the not so big stuff. Never heard of Alien Rage, Stinky controller, or new about a new Pac-Man game.

  2. Nice to hear from NOLA again. Sounds like he and Rob are having a good ol’ time. Wish I could be at E3 with you guys.

  3. “You’ll probably see that sentence cut-and-pasted a lot, because it describes 90% of games at E3.”

    Yeah, NOLA’s back alright.

  4. Where’s Robert’s write-up? Someone pull that guy out of lolli-land and get that guy writing.

  5. Lords of the Fallen is on my radar now. Thanks for the heads-up, I really didn’t know about it before.

  6. ZDoes it take one foot in the middle or two feet toward the top to simulate the “W” key?

  7. Does it take one foot in the middle or two feet toward the top to simulate the “W” key?

  8. Stinky footboard controller, never heard of it before. Looking forward for the review 🙂

  9. Stinky foot probably isn’t the best name for a product. It makes me think of when my brother doesn’t wear socks. (Gag!)

  10. Yes, Day 3 is up!

  11. Glad to hear you got on board with the Saints Row IV series. The games match the sense of humor on the podcast perfectly.

  12. You might want to mention that Alien Rage will be an affordably priced downloadable game

  13. I really want a stinky foot now. Very cool idea!

  14. Sounds like two thumbs up for Takedown. I’ll hype on that hype train.

  15. Robert saw your tweet about Angry Joe. What did he do to piss you off?

    • 3rd day I was waiting for the doors to open and he barrels into me from behind, doesn’t say sorry or do anything besides look at me. I remember him because he’s wearing a think leather jacket and its about 80 degrees outside.

      A few hours later he does the same thing to a smaller women, only this time he’s completely oblivious. I just want to ask him, “Joe, why are you so GODAMN angry and rude?”

      Another funny story, one guy comes up to hit on Sage in the middle of a rep-guided booth tour interrupting her spiel. I swear, 30% of the the E3 attendees have almost no social sense.

      • Dude seriously looks like a Mexican Mario. Was he hopping around?

        Oh, and the jacket is part of his costume.

      • The guy seems cool in his videos maybe he’s just clumsy. Or maybe he feels like he’s some kind of internet celebrity.

        Or he doesn’t like tech-gaming.

    • Who is that and why she we care?

  16. I was hoping Dying Light would be the next gen’s Dead Island. I guess not. welp.

  17. Id like to hear more about Tropical Freeze. I loved tge old Donkey Kong games.

  18. Waiting for last day impressions. I’m hoping they’re the pick of the litter.

  19. “Smaller details such as operatives carrying twenty-eight rounds in a thirty round capacity M4 magazine reveal Serellan’s aspirations for accuracy.”

    Now you are speaking my language. DEagle has returned.

  20. Waiting for E3, Day Z. When you battle zombies on the streets of Los Angeles.

    • Or even just zombies AT e3. you could pick up game consoles or rip controllers off their demo tethers to beat zombies with. lots of potential for humor there.