E3 Wrap-up

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posted 6/14/2004 by Charles Husemann
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I had just started playing City of Heroes before E3 so I was really interested in seeing City of Villains. The game looks to continue the excellent universe that Cryptic in the original game. Instead of starting out with super powers you start out as a low level goon and you have to go on a crime spree to get noticed by an evil villain group. Once you are recruited you get to start developing your evil powers and establish your evil lair. The folks at Cryptic haven’t figured out exactly how the two worlds will interact yet but one idea is that there will be a PVP bridge area where Villains and Heroes can duke it out. This will probably be a must have for fans of the original game though.

While in the NC Soft booth I checked out Auto Assault which looks to be another great and easy to get into MMORPG. The game allows you to build your own vehicles and drive them across a post-apocalyptic world. You’ll be able to play one of three races (human, cyborg, and mutant) and commit all kinds of vehicular mayhem. The game also includes the ever popular Havok 2.0 physics engine so when you run into things they will react realistically.

I was really impressed with some of the new games that are coming out for the PlayStation Eye Toy. I thought that this would be a purely a one time thing but Sony has done a really good job with coming up with some new and innovative ways of using the device. The new video conferencing feature is worth the price of a PlayStation 2 alone and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft and Nintendo decide to play catch-up with cameras of their own.

As usual we had a blast at this year’s show and it looks like there are a lot of good games on the horizon. Next year’s show will be even bigger with the introduction of the next generation consoles but gamers will still have a lot of high quality titles between now and then to keep them busy.





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