The Last of E3: Wrapping Up the Festivities

As we come to the end of 2012’s biggest and best video gaming event, I’ve written up some quick closing thoughts for a few of the new games on display and the expo as a whole.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate update

After conducting some research that probably should’ve been done for yesterday’s post, what I’ve gathered is that the Lords of Shadow series is indeed part of a new, rebooted timeline, and that all the characters showing up in the upcoming 3DS installment Mirror of Fate, among them Trevor and Simon Belmont and Alucard, will be not be the same versions of the characters as in the original Castlevania series.

I miss the old series already. Here’s some new screenshots from the game at least.

Injustice: Gods Among Us gameplay

Still not sure about this one. It looks very much like a Mortal Kombat clone, and the design still looks like shit. Doesn’t sound like they have much to reveal at this point, the spokesperson there is mostly all, “Oh don’t worry, there’s definitely a reason why all these guys are fighting each other! WINK WINK!” Still, as I said before, it might be fun to beat each other up with DC characters, and I’ll admit that after seeing the game in action, I’m not as disinterested as I was earlier this week.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

I’ve wanted to try my hand at Sonic All-Stars Racing for a while now, and Transformed seems as good a place as any to hop on. Even though the latest game is clearly ripping off even more from Mario Kart, I love all the Sega heritage on display here.

That said, why exactly is Danica Patrick a playable character? Are the people that play these casual kart racing titles really clamoring for the inclusion of NASCAR drivers as characters? Does Sega really not have anyone else to fill that extra spot in the character roster? Boggles the mind.

Retro City Rampage

This is one of those games I’d never heard of up until this week, but that’s apparently been in the works for years. Like Grand Theft Auto if it came out for the NES, apparently you get to steal cars, stomp on policemen, and pick up and throw people. Add to that swimming stages, and this just looks all kinds of awesome. Really excited to get my hands on it.

TANK! TANK! TANK!

Games like this are why I love playing video games. Simple, fun, engaging concepts easy to just pick up and enjoy. And who doesn’t love blowing shit up? Originally a Japanese arcade game, this will be one of the Wii U’s launch titles, but I’m hoping for a PSN release eventually.

Final Thoughts

It’s been a pretty decent E3 this year. I’ve certainly suffered through far worse, and we ended up with a lot of cool new titles to get excited for in the coming months. Sure, Nintendo probably isn’t going to set the world ablaze with the Wii U, nor will Microsoft and Sony be bringing us new hardware this holiday season, but there’s enough software coming out to keep us more than occupied until then to make it all worthwhile. And that’s really all what gaming is all about, isn’t it?

That’s all from me on E3 2012, thanks for reading! With any luck, I’ll be here, same time, same place again next year with all the latest gaming news, trailers, and demos. Cheers!

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