Software Standouts: Even More E3 Commentary

As E3 begins to wind down, some new game trailers/demos have started to trickle in. Here are some quick thoughts on the most standout trailers of the past couple days.

Star Wars 1313 gameplay

The unabashed M-rated gameplay on display here looks far more cinematic than I’d expected. It really doesn’t look like a game at all…more like a quicktime event or something. And the design of those suits, those ships makes this look far more like a Mass Effect game than something out of the Star Wars universe. The only thing even remotely Star Wars-y in that demo is the air shaft thing they’re falling through.

“People want to see a darker, grittier version of Star Wars” says the guy from Lucasarts. Yeah, but not THIS dark and gritty. We ARE still talking about Star Wars, right? The franchise that originated as a classic fairy tale? It should go without saying that taking that and making it overly dystopian and graphic is just wrong.

When I close my eyes and picture the Star Wars underworld (which this game is supposed to be centered around), I see the Mos Eisley Catina, the bounty hunter lineup in Empire Strikes Back, and Jabba’s palace on Tatooine. Not Mass Effect. Lucasarts would do well to remember those roots.

Project P-100

Don’t really have much to say about this one other than that it looks pretty fucking awesome. How about a PSN release?

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Good to see the second Epic Mickey shaping up nicely. I dug the concept of a classic, darker, more mischievous Mickey Mouse from the beginning when the first game came out, but poor camerawork and sub-par controls really hindered the experience for me. I have high hopes for Power of Two to fix those problems and give us an even better Disney experience this time around. Looking forward to the musical stuff too…I will just about squeal if I come across the singing birds of the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

Everybody get all that in the video above? Good, because I certainly didn’t. Apart from carrying one too many subtitles, the new Castlevania for 3DS is apparently centered around Trevor Belmont, a descendant of Gabriel from Lords of Shadow. But wait, is that the Trevor Belmont from Castlevania III? Isn’t Lords of Shadow a reboot? Is it an alternate Trevor or something? Again, I haven’t played the first game, so the details on where exactly this game fits in the timeline will elude me for the moment. At least the gameplay looks pretty cool judging by the brief glimpses we’ve gotten so far, and those blood-in-the-water effects are awesome.

Keep following to get my final reactions to this year’s E3 tomorrow.

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