Posts Tagged ‘E3’

DC Universe Online

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

E3 has come and gone, and there is a lot of material to digest. I want to highlight some of the games I found particularly interesting. First up is DC Universe online, available on PS3 and PC. DC Universe is a MMO featuring the familiar characters from DC Comics.

“DC UniverseTM Online is the only next-generation massively multiplayer online action game that delivers unparalleled physics-powered combat set in the DC UniverseTM. This genre-defining game puts the power of the DC Super Heroes and villains into the palm of your hands…The next legend is YOU!”

Game Highlights:

  • Control every blow your character strikes – a level of action that is unparalleled in an MMO
  • Play as a hero or villain, either with or against your favorite DC super heroes or super villains
  • DC characters: Batman, The Joker, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and more
  • State-of-the-art physics engine lets you use objects in the world around you as weapons, including even your enemies
  • Create your own custom DC-style hero or villain with a unique look and superpower
  • DC Universe maps: Gotham City, Metropolis, Arkham Asylum, and the Justice League of America Watchtower

The game is scheduled for a November 2010 release. It will involve a subscription, which is among the only obvious negatives. There was no word on pricing at this point. More information regarding subscriptions will likely be forthcoming. The game is currently listed as Rating Pending.

Check out this video from Sony:

This looks like a really interesting game. Given Marvel’s success with the Ultimate Alliance games, this is a good answer from DC Comics. Past DC efforts haven’t met with a lot of success, at least until Batman: Arkham Asylum. Let’s hope this game is as good as it looks. I am looking forward to finding out.

AT&T Offers OnLive Service Free for One Year

Friday, June 18th, 2010

OnLive, in cooperation with AT&T, is offering a free 1-year membership to its gaming service. What is OnLive?

OnLive provides the world’s highest performance Games On Demand service, instantly delivering the latest high-end titles over home broadband Internet to the TV and entry-level PCs and Macintosh computers.

OnLive is marketing its services as cloud-based gaming across multiple platforms. Because the game itself resides in the cloud, you won’t have to download upgrades. You just sign in and start playing.

Here’s how it works:

  • Connect to OnLive with your TV, PC or Mac or TV and play games instantly
  • Games run over the Internet from OnLive’s game data centers
  • Controller action and game play are relayed up and down the Internet at high speeds
  • Enjoy instant game play on your PC, Mac or TV. No high-priced console required

OnLive is advertising access to hot games, not just refurbished oldies. On the list are Batman: Arkham Asylum, Assassin’s Creed II, Mass Effect 2, and Prince of Persia, to name a few. There are a number of games already available, and a number of new games on deck, including Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

OnLive was founded by Steve Perlman, of WebTV and Quicktime fame. Perlman woked with Rearden and subsidiary Mova, where it was developed for 7 years prior to being announced in March of 2009. It was scheduled for launch yesterday, but the trial membership is still taking Waiting List requests.

OnLive is compatible with Xbox-type controllers, but a driver must be installed from an Internet Explorer browser first. That is a little annoying, but with Microsoft, what can you really do?

The OnLive TV adapter features HDMI output, as well as component, stereo audio, S/PDIF optical outputs. There is a USB input in the front and an ethernet jack in the back. The adapter can support four wireless controllers, multiple bluetooth headsets, a keyboard and mouse, and a USB controller.

This looks like a really good service. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be before its time like WebTV did. I think this can be a valuable service. I signed up for the free one-year membership. Signups are available through July 15, so be sure to do it quickly if you are so inclined. Important to note, however, is that free membership does not equal free games. You will still need to buy the titles you play. AT&T has a signup form and more information about the subscription terms here.

If you like network-based gaming on your console, this should be a familiar system. Games, convenience, and cool factor aside, the free trial membership makes this definitely worth checking out.

Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Microsoft held its E3 press conference on Monday. Among the hot topics is a new slimmer Xbox 360 which finally includes wireless networking, as well as a newly named Kinect for Xbox 360 (formerly Project Natal). There were some standard platform games displayed, but the focus of course was on the move. Microsoft thinks this is a big year for Xbox. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Xbox console. Here is the video, courtesy of Gamespot.

Here are my initial thoughts from the video. First, I think the little girl playing with the tiger on the Kinectimals game was the best actor on the stage. None of the Microsoft Studios games looked that interesting to me, with one exception. Microsoft and Lucas Arts are working on a new Star Wars game, which has a lot of potential. In fact, it has so much potential that it is the only game shown that makes me want to buy a Kinect.

The best part of the Kinect, however, is not the video games. Kinect video looks like it has a lot more potential. Once you get past the cheesy dialog from the demo, there was a pretty impressive demonstration. It looked like the conversation started instantly. I don’t know if she had it on pause, or if it was an actual real-time connection. I am sure the details will come out soon enough. The ability to share games is interesting, and it reminds me of the early demos of Google Wave, where you can video chat and watch a movie together. Again, I think the video features are the reason to get the Kinect, at least for now.

Also of note is the deal with ESPN. Xbox Live customers will get access to thousands of shows through an exclusive deal with Microsoft. Considering how Microsoft has the best console-based Netflix app, I am looking forward to seeing what the ESPN experience looks like.

All in all, it looks like Microsoft had a decent showing. It wasn’t the most exciting thing around, but there were definitely some things worth looking at. I’ll be watching for new game announcements and talking about the interesting titles as information comes out. Until then, enjoy the E3 coverage and stay tuned for more.