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E3 2012 Live Coverage (June 4-7th)

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    Creep through Metro: Last Light's 13-minute gameplay demo

    When we visited THQ's E3 2012 private meeting rooms, small-ish areas were cordoned off for intimate engagements with each of the publisher's games:... Read more

    The Last of Us tops E3 Game Critics Awards

    Of the games shown at E3, The Last of Us has been named the best of them, according to the Game Critics Awards, the honors given to games by a... Read more

    A tactical discussion with XCOM: Enemy Unknown producer, Garth DeAngelis

    A lot of things have changed since the original X-COM was released in 1994. Strategy games have gotten much grander, with higher production values... Read more

    Leon assassinates the president in this Resident Evil 6 gameplay clip

    Now before you get all upset, relax – the president is a zombie and totally deserves that bullet between the eyes in the above gameplay clip... Read more

    Halo 4, Dishonored and The Last of Us top Game Critics Awards nominations

    The nominees of the E3 2012 Game Critics Awards have been announced. Nominees for best of show include Dishonored, Halo 4, The Last of Us, Tomb... Read more

    Epic Mickey 3DS and the power of creation

    While Epic Mickey 2 continues to mine Disney film history for its subject matter, Dreamrift Entertainment's Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion aims... Read more

    Enjoy 20 minutes of necromorph dismemberin' in Dead Space 3

    You got a bit of a taste earlier this month of Dead Space 3's co-opified gameplay, but those paltry seven minutes hardly hold a candle to the 20-ish... Read more

    God of War: Ascension E3 demo pits Kratos against the animal collective

    Well, okay, maybe not that Animal Collective, but this God of War: Ascension walkthrough from Sony's E3 press conference does predominantly pit... Read more

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance DLC planned, could be new playable character and mission

    Platinum Games may give players a chance to put down Raiden's sword in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Around the 2:48 mark in the Game Trailers... Read more

    Inside the mind of Ron Gilbert

    Sega's booth was as loud and vibrant as the rest at E3 2012, humming with the frantic energy of a beehive that had just been kicked. Lacking a quiet... Read more

    Wink If You've Seen the Future

    You're reading Reaction Time, a weekly column that claims to examine recent events, games and trends in the industry, but is really just looking for... Read more

    Confusion of war in Medal of Honor: Warfighter's multiplayer

    War can be a confusing beast to tame. My time with Medal of Honor: Warfighter during E3 2012 featured as much bombastic action as expected from a... Read more

    Warren Spector: 'Ultraviolence' in games going too far

    Epic Mickey producer Warren Spector had only a limited view of E3 from within meeting rooms, but he still saw plenty of gruesome violence. "The... Read more

    Japan's fastest-growing game publisher isn't who you'd think

    Sony's PlayStation Vita may still be brand new, and Nintendo's Wii U has yet to even hit store shelves, but Japanese developer/publisher/social... Read more

    Orgarhythm combines rhythm and strategy into one weird game

    Pikmin 3 might have been the best-known crowd-control strategy game at E3, but it wasn't the most memorable. That distinction goes to Orgarhythm, a... Read more

    Ranking Japanese RPG publishers after E3 2012

    This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on... Read more

    The testimony of Damon Baird in Gears of War: Judgment

    Memory is a fickle thing. You may think one thing, but the reality of the situation in question could be entirely different. Was that thing there?... Read more

    Bullet Run is free-to-play, and worth the price

    How much do you want from free-to-play games? It's tough to talk about free-to-play games critically as a writer, because they upend the traditional... Read more

    Wii U designed to allow free-to-play games

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is notoriously less than jazzed about free-to-play games, but the Wii U's online architecture will be set up to... Read more

    Lost Planet 3 and the dichotomy of man and machine

    There's an interesting clash of play styles I discovered during my preview session of Lost Planet 3. When within his rig – a giant biped mech... Read more

    IndieCade at E3: Sizing up Scale

    I also ran around the IndieCade tour at E3, and while our own Jess Conditt took a lot of creepy pleasure in the grim philosophical horror title A... Read more

    3DS digital releases to include Epic Mickey, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Kingdom Hearts [update: Nintendo says only first-party games]

    We knew that Nintendo planned to release the "majority" of its retail 3DS games digitally on eShop going forward, but a note in an E3 investor... Read more

    Shigeru Miyamoto on how the Wii U could change games

    The Wii U is designed to enable new gaming experiences, through the combination of motion controls and a small, personal screen. At E3, Nintendo... Read more

    Demons' Score is Elite Disco Demon Fighting Agents

    Hidden in Square Enix's booth, among the dapper murderers and fluffy dimensions, was an iOS rhythm game about a flying, sword-wielding woman and her... Read more

    Jason Rubin and Danny Bilson: a tale of two THQs

    During Danny Bilson's tenure at Saints Row publisher THQ, the company went from license-dependent (think Nickelodeon) to "Core-focused" (think ...... Read more

    XBLA's Happy Wars attempts to bridge East and West with adorable melees

    I saw a lot of games at E3 about war, but none were anywhere near as adorable as ToyLogic's multiplayer XBLA game, Happy Wars. It's an online... Read more

    Status Report: the PlayStation Vita, three months in

    "Three months, forty titles in. I think it's a fantastic machine. Of course we'd like to sell more of them, and we have key plans to do that," Sony's... Read more

    Fable: The Journey could be a rough one

    Lionhead designer Ted Timmons says he learned a lesson after showing off Fable: The Journey to the public for the first time at E3 2011. "It's fine... Read more

    The comic nerds, sci-fi writers and grizzled vets of Industrial Toys

    Industrial Toys was created by three self-described and proven industry veterans: Alex Seropian (Bungie founder), Tim Harris (Seven Lights founder)... Read more

    Wii U achievements not mandatory for devs, friend codes to change for the better

    There won't be a pervasive "achievement" system on Wii U, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime suggested to Kotaku. Referring to the 3DS's... Read more

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