A lot of game previews and trailers are cropping up with the E3 2011 conference just around the corner. One of the much anticipated games is a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise that features a re-imagined Lara Croft. The preview trailer will certainly ramp up excitement, but the game isn't due until fall of 2012.
The popular StarCraft II game from Blizzard is getting ready to debut its second chapter called Heart of the Swarm. The trilogy's first chapter was released late last year. Now with the E3 2011 conference only a few days away, the company has unleashed a trailer and a gameplay preview for its next offering.
Nintendo may be headed into E3 week looking forward to previewing its next-gen console, and Sony may be hoping nobody asks embarrassing questions about hacking, but Microsoft is getting things started early with the claim that it has revolutionized the "long tail" of how long consoles typically keep their shelf freshness. In a period where PS3 sales are slowing, Microsoft claims the Xbox 360 has seen a 29-percent year-on-year increase in sales.
Details of Microsoft's E3 2011 launch have leaked, and as expected it's a new IPTV service baked into Xbox LIVE. The company is putting the finishing touches to Xbox LIVE Diamond, WinRumors' source claims, the official name for the much-rumored Project Orapa. The Diamond TV system will combine existing mediaroom IPTV services and Xbox LIVE, harnessing Kinect-based motion control along with various music and video offerings.
Nintendo is arguably the most beloved game company in the world. For years now, it has delivered lovable characters, like Mario and Link, outstanding hardware, like the SNES and Wii, and some of the best games to hit store shelves. Its fans are dedicated to the company, and with each new device it launches, they’re more than willing to stand in line to get one.
Microsoft is rumored to be readying its Project Orapa for an E3 2011 unveil next week, making official the new home entertainment system blending Mediaroom IPTV with Xbox LIVE. VP Frank Shaw has sewn the speculation seeds this week: "put simply," the exec suggests, "Xbox = entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy" before going on to recap on the streaming content, Natural User Interface technology and multimedia baked into the Xbox platform as it stands. "We are turning up the heat on a whole new era of home entertainment" Shaw concludes.
Old school gamers are undoubtedly looking forward to the upcoming release of Ninja Gaiden 3 (also as Ninja Gaiden III or NG3). Not many details have been leaked about the game that many feel will most likely revitalize or bury the Ninja Gaiden franchise. It is set to be released for the PS3 and Xbox consoles. The only official news we have to go on right now is the newly released 30 second trailer. But for avid Ninja fans, a lot of info about the game is hidden in the clip. Read on to see if NG3 can live up to the hype:
The latest podcast from Kojima Productions has a segment where Hideo Kojima (creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and all around awesome guy) answers some simple yes and no questions. While the answers are short, the information is rather important! You can listen to the whole podcast here. Hideo gets interviewed at the 33:09 mark. Fair warning, it's in Japanese, but listen to it anyway. The interviewer's voice is hilarious and Hideo replies as fast as he can. Full translation after the break!
Concept art for MGS5 by artist jchaike.