Slice, dice, and julienne enemies in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is all about the blade. The game features the most comprehensive and precise sword control I’ve ever experienced. Using the title’s Blade mode, you can cut your enemies and environment into fine pieces. Want to turn an abandoned car into scrap metal? Go for it. How about giving that bad guy a new hairstyle? No problem. What if you want to chop up some conveniently placed watermelons into a delectable summer treat? You can do that too.

With 1.3B tanks obliterated and 30M players, plans to conquer the online gaming world (interview)

Let’s Battle. That’s a particularly apt slogan for The  has scored big with its World of Tanks game, a hardcore massively multiplayer online game that lets you battle your friends in World War II tanks. Since it launched in April 2011, the game has gotten more than 30 million players worldwide.Those players are so engaged in the realistic 3D game that they have obliterated 1.3 billion tanks to date.

Star Wars 1313 is a game of firsts for the sci-fi franchise

Star Wars 1313 is an unprecedented effort for LucasArts. The darker and grittier take on George Lucas’ beloved science-fiction universe is the first Mature-rated Star Wars title, and it represents a never-before-seen collaboration among LucasArts, Industrial Light and Magic, Lucasfilm Animation, and Skywalker Sound. For these reasons — and a few more that I’ll get to later — the game emerged as one of the darlings of the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

E3 2012 awards: Day zero

I know, I know, the last thing you want to see is yet more analysis on the crap ton of gaming news from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Hundreds, if not thousands, of people on the Internet have already expressed their excitement or discontent over what they've seen. 

The Wii U’s asymmetrical multiplayer isn’t just for your girlfriend

Local co-op isn't dead, and it isn't just for your girlfriend (seriously, if I catch you saying “girlfriend co-op,” things will get heated). Playing games with someone in the same room as you shouldn't be reserved for classic, group-oriented activities. For the last 15 years, Nintendo has tried to breathe new life into playing with friends and family, and the Wii U might have the power to revitalize the concept…if you let it.

Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi says Xbox SmartGlass takes an open view of mobile-console integration (interview)

Naturally, Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft‘s game business, thinks that his company won the battle of the press conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). But it remains to be seen whether fans will opt for Microsoft’s view of the future of gaming and how tablets and smartphones fit into it. The company introduced its Xbox SmartGlass app, where users can tap mobile devices and use them to control a game console and queue up their entertainment. It’s a unique vision now, but Mehdi believes it will be a shot in the arm for Microsoft’s ambitions in the home. Microsoft’s SmartGlass will work not only with Windows tablets and phones, but it will also support usage based on Apple iPad or iPhone. We caught up with Mehdi at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Here’s an edited transcript of our interview.

E3 2012: The year of the bow

Guns are out! What's in? Bows! That's right, kids, 2012 is all about the bow and the arrow. Screw that weak Donatello bow-staff garbage. All the cool kids are lashing together a bundle of sticks and then flinging another stick from that bundle with the purpose of murdering people. No greater trend exists in gaming than the bow. No greater trend needs to exist.