New Splinter Cell: Blacklist borrows from Uncharted

At Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press briefing in Los Angeles, Ubisoft revealed the latest in the Splinter Cell saga. Blacklist appears to bring back much of the gameplay of the previous entries in the series, but with lots of inspiration from Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted.

Remember these crazy memes from past E3s?

Each year, a world-wide audience of gamers collaborate to create Photoshop jokes and animated gifs based on the most awkward and odd moments of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. In preparation for E3 2012, we’ve looked back to remember some of our favorites from years gone by.

The DeanBeat: What to expect at E3

Expectations are mixed for the video game event of the year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) conference taking place in Los Angeles next week. We’ll have a crew of 10 GamesBeat writers and editors physically covering the event, so you know that we believe the show is still a relevant place to catch up on all things gaming related. We’ll be posting as often as we can on the GamesBeat channel of VentureBeat. Naysayers say it will be boring, or a museum of gaming’s past. But that’s a crock of … you know.

Just what kind of game is Star Wars: 1313?

LucasArts has taken the wraps off a new game dubbed Star Wars: 1313. The cryptic title is a “third-person cinematic action adventure game” and is named after Level 1313, a “ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant.”

Metro Last Light fights shooter fatigue with deeper single player (hands-on preview)

Metro Last Light, the upcoming sequel to shooter game Metro 2033, is a creepy story-driven amalgam of several  different game types. That might make it fresh enough to give it considerable mass market appeal when it debuts in 2013. At its core, the game is a first-person shooter set in the subways and ruins of post-apocalypse Moscow. But it also has adventure elements, a cinematic story, great graphics, and a light role-playing game angle.

The DeanBeat: Don’t ya wish these fantasy game consoles were coming?

With a month to go before this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo video game trade show (E3), rumors are surfacing about next-generation console announcements. We’re not likely to hear much about what sort of features they’ll have for a while with the exception of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, which is launching this fall.

Xbox 360 dashboard update coming December 6

Microsoft has announced that a significant service update for the Xbox 360 will arrive on Dec. 6, bringing with it a newly designed user interface, cloud storage, expanded voice control with Kinect, and more.

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An interview with Journey co-creator Jenova Chen (video)

We are still showing off all of the goodies we saw at the E3 trade show last week in Los Angeles, where 45,000 attendees got their first look at the video games of the future. At the Sony booth, we caught up with Jenova Chen, co-founder of Thatgamecompany and co-creator of Journey, one of the best games at the show. Amid the noise of E3, you can hear in Chen’s own words the thinking behind the game while VentureBeat’s Matthew Lynley plays it in the background.

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The best games of E3 2011

We saw lots of video games at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week.

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This year’s coolest technology at E3

With the video game industry’s largest trade show over, it’s time to wrap up some of the highlights. Here’s a look at some of the coolest new types of gaming technology VentureBeat saw at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.