Wednesday, May 30, 2012

THQ Pre-E3 Event + First Look at WWE 13

THQ Australia have recently had their Pre-E3 showcase of their upcoming titles, and while I was unfortunately not able to attend, I've still got a lot of footage and info from it. The footage is in the above video, which you can see in a better size on Youtube, but since I'm generous, have some game info and screenshots as well! :D
(More screenshots and videos may be coming shortly, I'll keep you posted)

Darksiders II

Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks on a quest to undo Armageddon. Along the way, Death discovers that there are far worse things than an earthly Apocalypse, and that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation. Become the terrifying force which everything fears but nothing can escape. Death Lives, in Darksiders II.

Play Death – Become the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, able to destroy entire worlds and battle forces beyond Heaven or Hell.

Epic Universe – Unlike anything the player has seen before, delivered in the unique style of Joe Mad.

Player Choice & Customization – Thousands of weapon and armor items, three diverse specialisations, along with customizable Harbinger & Necromancer Skill Trees allow players to create their own Death.

Replay-ability – Side quests, vast open world, endless equipment combinations, Skill Tree customization and leveling system offer compelling reasons to play through Darksiders II again and again.

(Quick side note from me- the above fight between Death and War is in fact a boss fight in the game, but it's uncertain whether or not this is just a one-off scrap or if War will actually be a main antagonist of some sort)

Traversal – Death is a nimble and agile character capable of incredible acrobatic feats allowing the player to explore the world like never before.

Darksiders II will be releasing sometime in August 2012 for PS3, PC and Xbox 360, with a Wii U version being released at a later point.

Metro Last Light

Metro: Last Light is the hugely anticipated sequel to 2010’s critically acclaimed cult classic Metro 2033. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within.

Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever.

As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour…

Experience thrilling combat with an exotic arsenal of hand-made weaponry against deadly foes – both human and mutant – and use stealth to launch attacks under the cover of darkness

Explore the post-apocalyptic world of the Moscow Metro, one of the most immersive, atmospheric game worlds ever created

Fight for every bullet and every last breath in a claustrophobic blend of survival horror and FPS gameplay

Next generation technology boasting stunning lighting and physics sets a new graphical benchmark on both console and PC

Wage post-apocalyptic warfare online, as Last Light delivers an intense, competitive multiplayer experience amongst the dark Russian ruins
(Another note from me- I'm a bit iffy about the multiplayer, a survival horror game isn't one I'd think multiplayer will work with. I think it'll most likely be typical FPS multiplayer, which is a bit disappointing)

Metro Last Light will be releasing some time in 2013 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. In case you haven't played Metro 2033 yet, it's still on sale on the THQ store for AUD$7 until the end of May, so be quick!

Company of Heroes 2

In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal frontline warfare to free Mother Russia from the Nazi invaders.

It is 1941 and the beginning of what will become the bloodiest conflict of World War II resulting in more than 14 million military casualties.

Witness the struggles of the Red Army from near defeat through their incredible triumph over Germany in the most challenging and costly theatre of the war, the Eastern Front.

Your military tactics hold the power to tip the very balance of this conflict. Engage in tactical combat that will define you as a military leader and wield the might of the Soviet Empire as you smash your way to Berlin.

The Motherland is Calling!

Award Winning Franchise – Sequel to the highest rated strategy game of all time returns with an innovative warfare experience that will redefine the Strategy genre once more

Essence 3.0 Engine – Cutting-edge technology that increases the graphical quality and accuracy of deadly combat with an unprecedented TrueSight™ system that changes strategic warfare forever

Blood and Snow – Take command of the iconic Red Army on the Eastern Front and repel the Nazi invaders in this Battle of the Ideologies

Tactical Warfare – Develop and utilize your new Commander Abilities and experience the up-close moment-to-moment brutality of frontline warfare through new Dynamic Battle Tactics

Intense Online Combat – Featuring the great competitive and co-operative multiplayer that fans have grown to expect from this high-quality and critically acclaimed franchise

Company of Heroes 2 will be releasing on PC sometime in 2013

WWE 13

This wasn't shown at the showcase, but the details and footage were released around the same time, so thought I'd include it. If you watch my video at the beginning of this post I included the first trailer of it for you :)

WWE ’13 will transform gameplay through WWE Live, a brand new audio and presentation system designed to produce the most authentic and vibrant commentary, sound effects and crowd participation levels ever heard in a WWE videogame.  In addition, players will experience the atmosphere, spectacle and fervor of a WWE live event through attention-grabbing Spectacular Moments, including ring breaks and barricade crashes.  

WWE ’13 will also debut a franchise-first single player campaign based on an unparalleled and groundbreaking period in WWE history: the Attitude Era.  Set during a time of pure raucousness, grandiose personalities and colossal revolution, players will focus on eight purveyors of attitude during the famed television “Monday Night Wars,” including WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Predator Technology2.0, driven by new animations, transitions and modified controls, will return to deliver intelligent, fluid and engaging WWE action, resulting in a smoother gameplay experience than its predecessors.  As well, the popular career-style mode, WWE Universe, will dynamically introduce matches, alliances, rivalries and unpredictable moments based on player decisions along the path toward becoming a WWE champion.

WWE ’13 will feature the franchise’s industry-defining Creation Suite, enabling players to develop and customize Superstars, entrances, arenas, finishing moves, storylines, highlight reels and more, as well as share and download creations with others from around the world.  Furthermore, they will compete with a vast array of WWE Superstars and Attitude Era luminaries from the largest roster in franchise history, including cover Superstar CM Punk, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Sheamus, Undertaker®, Mankind, Chris Jericho, Big Show® and Mark Henry®.  Along with to-be-announced features, a comprehensive roster reveal, downloadable content and big surprises, WWE ’13 is poised to live a revolution all its own.

WWE 13 will release on October 30th 2012 in the USA, 1st November 2012 in the Asia Pacific region and 2nd November 2012 in Europe, on PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. 

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