There are so many games that were at E3 that are getting proper, in depth write ups from the staff here at The Gaming Vault. E3 is a huge place that many smaller titles get overshadowed by the huge displays for highly anticipated game, so here are a few games that were at E3 that you may not know that much about.
Rock Band Blitz: Because Blitz looks very similar to prior Harmonix titles Frequency/Amplitude (THINGS WE WEREN’T ALLOWED TO SAY IN FRONT OF AARON TRITES – kyle), people thought it would be too easy because the number of hit lanes per track was reduced to two, which indeed does make it easier to understand, however, it doesn’t make it easier to play. The difficulty lies in keeping your streak going, gaining a high multiplier, and using your power-ups to their best potential. This becomes a quintessential example of “easy to learn, hard to master.”
One thing that’s great about Blitz is that if you specialize in one instrument in the main Rock Band series, and find that you have a number of songs that you love to listen to but don’t like to play on that one instrument, you can play that same song in Rock Band Blitz and have fun because you are suddenly playing and having fun on the instrument tracks that are you don’t normally play. There is no release date yet, but we can expect Blitz some time after the XBLA Summer of Arcade promotion is over.
Tank! Tank! Tank!: This is an amazing arcade game being ported over to the Wii U, with some of the awesomeness being lost in the process. It’s a mindless fun arcade tank action game, however I seriously doubt that it can justify the full retail price of a new console game.
The Avengers: Battle for Earth (For Kinect): It’s the exact same game as PowerUP Heroes. Make poses to do attacks, chain combos for massive damage, rinse, repeat. I know Kyle kinda liked the game, but I felt very different. However this game will be multi-platform, so perhaps one of the other versions will actually be good and/or unique.
Nintendoland, Battle Quest mini game: Ok, if you saw Nintendo‘s Press Conference, you didn’t “miss” this game, but likely wrote it off after a horrible demo presentation. Battle Quest is one of five mini games shown for Nintendoland and only one of the twelve mini games that will be in the final product. In this game the person with the WiiU gamepad aims and fires a bow and arrow with the gyro-sensor while other players use the Wii-motes for sword attacks. You as a group must survive the dungeon by killing everything in your way.
I was able to try the game with the WiiU gamepad, which was very responsive and this game seemed like a great way to introduce some of the features of tablet. While Nintendoland probably won’t become as successful as Wii Sports was, It will be a good game to bundle with the WiiU to help users familiarize themselves with the features of the tablet controller, so don’t write off this mini game compilation quite yet.
Skulls of the Shogun: This arcade title has you play as the skeleton of a general who has just arrived in the afterlife only to find a line of other skeletons waiting to be judged, the wait time being approximately 512 years. You decide that it would be a better idea to just kill the guards in your way and make own way through the afterlife, gaining allies in your journey.
The art style seems to be a mix of Castle Crashers and Paper Mario, giving everything a bright presentation to it in this turn based strategy game. This game keeps the mood light and entertaining so anyone that is a fan of the genre should keep a look out for it on XBLA, Windows 8, and Windows Phone this fall.
Zone of the Enders HD Collection: From what little I played, everything seems to be just like it was in the PS2 version of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (I did not get to try the first game in this collection). If anyone missed out on that amazing title, now is your chance to fix that mistake. Just keep in mind you will have much more fun with The 2nd Runner than you will with the first game.
Hell Yeah!: Coming as a downloadable title from Sega, Hell Yeah! is an action platformer that takes the exploration of Metroid and mixes it with the humor of Ren & Stimpy. You play as the Prince of Hell, who has been humiliated by the paparazzi when you are photographed naked. From here you go on a quest to kill everyone that ever saw that picture. Its quirky humor and colorful graphics should grab your attention, so keep an eye out for when this is released on XBLA, SEN, and PC later this summer.
Zen Pinball 2 (for PSVita): This game looks beautiful on the Vita’s screen. If you love pinball, and want it on the go, this is going to be your top of the line solution.