Is survival horror dead?

Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) was released in 1996 and presented an original blend of atmospheric storytelling, limited resources and complex puzzles. It’s wildly entertaining – albeit horrifying – content, defined a new genre of gaming, one which Capcom dubbed ’Survival Horror’.

How Sony won the battle of E3

When Jack Tretton addressed the issue of used games and online authentication at Sony’s E3 Media Briefing, to rapturous applause, he was only taking jabs at the Xbox One, the knockout blow was still to come. When Sony unveiled that the PS4 would be $100 less than the Xbox One, Sony had won the battle of E3 and Microsoft’s hard work was undone.

Xbox One made me feel Micro – and really soft.

In essence, Microsoft’s E3 showing was impressive. I came in with the mindset of “all else equal.” Forget the DRM and the consumer restrictions for just a moment. No, I’m not an Xbox fanboy – I’m just a consumer trying to gauge which system to purchase within a reasonable budget. For a short while, it seemed like everyone was in awe. Like I said in one of my past posts – it’s all about the games.

E3 2013: Sony’s Scipio Africanus

During the Second Punic War, Rome was threatened by the relentless attacks by Carthage’s Hannibal who led a brilliant campaign, far from his home of Carthage in North Africa, across the Iberian Peninsula to bleed the young empire dry over several years. Hoping to destroy his lines of supply, a young general by the name of Scipio Africanus led a force into what is now present-day Spain, leading a successful series of battles behind his lines to sever the arteries feeding his armies. In the Battle of Ilipa, in 206 BC, Scipio was confronted by Carthaginian forces mustered together to reclaim what he had taken from them. According to certain figures, his army of 48,000 faced down an army made up of 54,500 which included a number of fearsome war elephants. In their first few confrontations, Scipio placed his best soldiers at the center of his formation with his allies on the flanks, convincing the Carthaginians to focus their best strength in the center with their weaker forces along their own flanks.

The voice change: Snake’s downfall

During Konami’s pre-e3 conference, Hideo Kojima confirmed that Snake would indeed be given a new voice actor with Kiefer Sutherland replaced David Hayter. This decision is absolutely necessary in terms of the character of Snake and the path that Kojima intends to take the series in the future.

Nintendo’s presence at E3 2013

At this year’s E3, which takes place June 11-13, Nintendo is doing things differently than Microsoft and Sony. For the first time ever, Nintendo has announced that they will not be holding a press conference as they do each year. Instead, they plan to host smaller events focused on their software lineup. “There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media,” said Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo.