Welcome to the Punch Jump Pimpest of E3 ’11. Below you will find the ten finest video game products from the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Sega Corp.’s Aliens: Colonial Marines was stunning in a developer demonstration hosted by Gearbox Software LLC.
The demonstration ended with a band of marines that encounter a giant alien that breaches a wall. Select NPC marines man Power Loader vehicles from the film, with one that was knocked over by an alien attack.
The graphics engine was superb at a constant 60 frames-per-second. The attention to detail was immaculate, from in-ship renders, to a brief rain-drenched outdoor location.
In addition, lighting detail looked direct from the film, from blue night hues to red back up lights that flare around the craft. Each burst of the Pulse Rifle illuminated the environment in real time as the squad entered in frantic firefights.
Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware dazzled with early concept demonstrations that relayed new high-definition power and a tablet-like controller.
The Legend of Zelda HD demo included vastly detailed textures and lighting effects, while concepts like Shield Pose and Chase Mii offered brand new ways to utilize the new 6.2-inch touch screen controller.
The Wii U will include a multi-core CPU by IBM Corp. and will utilize flash storage with optional expansion through SD memory cards or an external hard drive.
The full high-definition hardware can relay 1080p resolution with HDMI or component cables. It will also support S-Video and composite cables.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was explosive in two level demonstrations.
The demonstration began with an underwater level in which the user had to plant a bomb on a submarine. Following a submarine explosion, the user surfaced and boarded the interior of the submarine. The level ended with a frantic submarine ride across a sea of heavy fire.
The level preview, dubbed ‘Mind the Gap’, included a standard night-based infiltration that subsequently leads to an action-packed vehicle shootout next to a high-speed subway train.
The on-rails vehicle area required users to shoot enemies in the moving subway car, which eventually crashes into a fiery mess.
The action held at a consistent 60 frames-per-second amid the vehicle chase, glass shattering, and subway train tumble.
EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 was stunning in an in-game demonstration from the single-player campaign.
A large-scale tank assault in Tehran featured a mass of explosive encounters in the dusty desert with realistic animation and action that utilized the Frostbite 2 engine.
The final game will include online vehicle warfare with land, sea, and air vehicles, and combat across the U.S., Europe, and Middle East.
Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita is a technological work of art that will include the dual analog sticks, a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, 3G & GPS, front and rear touch panels, and a compass on three axes.
Titles including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, and Sound Shapes show potential to utilize all functions of the versatile platform.
Resident Evil: Revelations
Resident Evil: Revelations is a full-scale survival horror entry in the franchise that includes zero room load times, creepy boat atmosphere, and brand new monsters to scare on the go.
The graphics engine was excellent at 30 frames-per-second. Characters and environments included heavy textures. In addition, atmospheric lighting was impressive, from candlelit rooms to flashlight illumination.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Ace Combat: Assault Horizon demonstrated a new Dogfight Mode that offers frantic locked-in firefights against a targeted enemy.
The graphics engine was impressive at 30 frames-per-second with super detailed aircraft, shaky camera effects, superb water effects, and spectacular explosions.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Sony Corp.’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will up the swashbuckling ante this holiday with another stellar adventure that will include death-defying platforming, intense shootouts, and a full online multiplayer component to pillage fellow opponents.
Forza Motorsport 4
Microsoft Corp.’s Forza Motorsport 4 will offer a brand new coat of paint to an already stellar simulation engine. The latest build included accurate steering with the new Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel Peripheral and solid vehicular physics against smart AI.
The graphics engine is solid at 30 frames-per-second. The title was very well textured with comical animations, rich colors, and impressive lighting effects. 3D effects were good with particular objects that jetted to the front of the screen.