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E3 2012: Wonderbook Move/Eye Accessory and ‘Book of Spells’

At the conference yesterday, Sony unveiled its upcoming Move/Augmented Reality game accessory called the Wonderbook, with the promise that it will bring our favorite stories to life. The first announced title to use this was also the device’s showcase software, entitled ‘Book of Spells,’ which is written by J.K. Rowling herself. Of course, to make it all come to life, the guys at London Studio (who created the EyeToy and the Eye Pet) are behind this device.

Here’s an excerpt from the Official Blog about the game itself:

From the world of Harry Potter, Book of Spells is an enchanted textbook written over 200 years ago by Miranda Goshawk. Open the book and you are immediately transported to the Hogwarts library, where your lessons will begin. Chapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practice 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way – as well as house points – just like a student at Hogwarts.

This could very well appease to the younger Harry Potter fans for sure, but I think they’ll get the most out of it using a big screen TV, because there are a lot of small details and the text seems relatively small for being aimed at children who might be new to the whole reading thing.

For core gamers like myself, this doesn’t seem at all like something worth purchasing, but for gaming parents who want something to entertain the kids and, potentially, encourage them to learn? This thing has potential. We just have to see if Sony can capitalize on it (maybe a publishing deal with LeapFrog, or other early learning companies, perhaps?).

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E3 2012: LittleBigPlanet Karting and LBP Vita Trailers

I know, some of you think that LBP Karting is putting ModNation Racers on the backburner, but honestly, is that really a bad thing? As much creativity as you could put into ModNation Racers, it didn’t have the type of tools that the LittleBigPlanet series of games had. If you watch the E3 trailer for this, you’ll see how open the creation suite is for this karting game as well. If you’re into those types of racing games, I think you’re really in for a treat with this one. If the creativity of the user base in the platforming titles is anything to go by, I expect to see some ridiculous, over the top, and cool, tracks, karts, and weapons created by people. Remember those relentless shark levels in the first and second LBP? Imagine firing one of those things and watching it chase down that sack creature directly ahead of you. Also, preorders receive the Kevin Butler with Executive Golf Cart DLC for free!

As for LBP Vita, the game takes place in the world of Carnivalia. Of course, there will be Vita-specific tools and controls, which is an awesome way to utilize them. Not only that, but the game looks great. Almost like the original LBP. Level design seems inventive as always and, again, the user generated content will result in some top notch levels. Be sure to check the E3 trailer for that as well.

Also, something that is overlooked, but important in its own right, you’ll be able to do some cross platform play on LBP2 with the Vita and PS3 with the Cross Controller DLC. You can design levels on the PS3 and then switch to the Vita to use platform-specific tools. Even play the levels with one player on a Vita and others on the PS3. Check this out for an article describing an excellent example. Sound familiar?

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E3 2012: Assassin’s Creed III Bundles Coming Later This Year

First, I will start off with saying that the PlayStation Vita will be getting a spin-off of Assassin’s Creed III, subtitled Liberation, which stars, for the first time in the series, a female lead role. Her name is Aveline, a woman with a French and African heritage. Since the game takes place in Louisiana, around 1765, the area will about to be handed over from the French to the Spanish, but an ultimately unsuccessful rebellion will try to stop it. Aveline, it seems, is part of this rebellion. Some standout weapons in Aveline’s arsenal include dueling pistols, a poison dart blow pipe, and a machete.

As for Assassin’s Creed III (PS3), we’ll be seeing four exclusive missions for that as well. On a related note, check after the jump for a gameplay trailer featuring Connor as a ship captain in the Caribbean (showing that there is some naval warfare; there is also a premiere trailer for Liberation). One last tidbit, according to Jack Tretton, if you link both PS3 and Vita games, you’ll unlock Connor’s tomahawk, a new character skin, a new multiplayer character (how much do you want to bet it will be Aveline?), and fully upgraded ammo pouches.

Now, with that out of the way, Ubisoft and Sony have once again teamed up for some bundles. There will be a PlayStation 3 bundled with Assassin’s Creed III, of course, but Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will also be bundled with a crystal white wifi PlayStation Vita (and a 4GB memory card). They will launch alongside the games on October 30th.

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E3 2012: Quantic Dream Shows Off New IP – Beyond: Two Souls

Another big standout this E3 is the next title by Quanitic Dream, famous for their last game, Heavy Rain (and looking even further back, Fahrenheit), comes their next title, Beyond: Two Souls. If you watch the premier trailer, shown after the jump, you can tell we’re in for another psychological thriller. Apparently, you will have much more control with your character this time around (including what looks like a lot more action), while also providing Move support at launch (while Heavy Rain got that support later in a patch).

According to Eurogamer, the game takes place over a 15 year span of the main character, Jodi Holmes (portrayed by Ellen Page), and her connection with the afterlife. If Heavy Rain is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. Nothing like games that really make you think and build emotional connections with characters. Besides the trailer, we also have a collection of screenshots for your viewing pleasure as well. Enjoy!

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