SimCity drops to $28, Paradox gives away free Europa 3

Strategy gamers! Allocate your resources toward these two titles: SimCity and Europa Universalis III Chronicles. Both have big discounts this week, with one having the best of them all – free!

GamesBeat’s gigantic E3 2012 roundup

We’ve corralled the entirety of our E3 2012 coverage from the showfloors, meeting rooms, conference halls, and beyond. If you missed out — or need a refresher — on GamesBeat’s E3 coverage, take a look here!

E3 Top Trends

The top 8 trends of E3, from bows to brutality

With publishers showing so many games in such close proximity, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is a great place to discover the directions that developers are taking the entire industry for the next year and beyond. Inside are eight trends that GamesBeat’s writers noticed during the annual trade show.

The GamesBeat E3 2012 Non-Award Awards: The least prestigious awards in the industry

When we’re in Los Angeles for E3, we’ve always got our eyes out for special and noteworthy works. When we’re not doing that, we give out these E3 2012 non-award awards. Grossest quote? We have that. Most charming booth babe? Yep. Year of the Bow Award for the Most Bows? You’ll have to click to find out.

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.

GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

VGA Trailer: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear is back, but the next game in the series won’t be in the Solid sub-genre within the giant-selling franchise from legendary Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima. Rather, it will be in the Rising part of the series, with the unveiling at the Spike TV Video Game Awards of the new game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.