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E3 2012: God of War Ascension Gameplay

Oh how I have loved the God of War games. In my opinion, they are among the coolest of titles on PlayStation. Some might say that the series may be overstaying its welcome, but I say as long as the story’s good, and they keep the gameplay as fluid as it has always been, bring it!

At E3 this year, Sony showed off some very intense gameplay from the next title in the GOd of War series, Ascension, which still has the series’ signature fast-paced, bloody action and an assortment of mythological creatures (with this one showing off some new ones, including what is likely going to be a future boss fight sticking its tentacles where they don’t belong). Anyone else looking forward to this one?

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E3 2012: PlayStation All-Stars Coming to Vita; Drake and Big Daddy Confirmed

Alright, let’s get the obvious out of the way. What does this game remind you of? What other game had themed levels based on the characters, or the worlds from which they came, within the game? You guessed it. Super Smash Brothers. Except this game has Kratos, a Helghan soldier, Sweet Tooth, and the hardest of hardcore, Parappa the Rapper.

The game was originally announced back in April, and had some gameplay footage then to go along with it. At E3, however, it was revealed that Drake and Big Daddy would also be characters, and that the title will also make its way onto the Vita, with cross platform play to boot. With the inclusion of third party characters, and given that Big Daddy is even a multiplatform character, who else can we expect in the roster?

Even though it seems like a rip off of SSB, it could still be a lot of fun, at least for quick spurts of fun. As a kid, I enjoyed going over to my neighbor’s house and having tournaments on the N64. Some PlayStation fans have never played those games, so this could be fresh to them.

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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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