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Extraordinary | Square Enix’s ‘Agni Philosophy’ Final Fantasy Realtime Tech Demo [Future of Next-Gen?]

A lot of great games were showcased at this years E3 convention, yet one thing that many gamers ponder is the evolution of graphics; what is next for gaming?

Every year developers and designers are attempting to push the limits, defy the rules of tradition, and impress gamers with the ultimate gaming experience. As a gamer, I take pride in having a good story and overall gameplay, but I also love when a game delivers “life-like” graphics. It’s nice to turn on my big HDTV and get lost in a game that has stunning graphics, which is why I was quite impressed with Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain. The powerful engine behind Heavy Rain let us gamers put our hands on a game that not only offered interesting gameplay, but also held a sense of reality that was impressive beyond words.

If you’re looking to be impressed beyond words and utterly speechless by extraordinary technology, then you’ll want to watch Square Enix’s latest Realtime Tech demo. Square Enix is developer behind the Final Fantasy series and the new Tomb Raider coming out in 2013, so they’ve got a good reputation in the industry.

They’ve got a lot of work on their plate right now with Tomb Raider: Crossroads, but they still had time to show us gamers the future of gaming.
Their realtime tech demo, Agni’s Philosophy, shows us the stunning capability of their new software, Luminous Studio engine. The real-tech demo shows off the new engine and it’s impressive realistic appearance. Hands down, one of the coolest real-tech demos I’ve seen in quite some time.

Now, it hasn’t been mentioned whether or not this realtime tech demo can actually run on Microsoft or Sony’s system, but it’s still an impressive video that gives me hope for the future of graphics in the gaming industry. It’s nice to have gorgeous cutscenes, but it would be amazing if every aspect of gameplay looked as stunning as Agni’s Philosophy realtime tech demo.

P.S. you’d have to be a fool to watch this video in anything else but HD (unless your computer isn’t that awesome). Go for gold, watch it in HD. I watched it several times in 1080p. :)

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Sam Fisher Is Back! | Splinter Cell: Blacklist [Gameplay Video] + [Trailer]

So many good games were presented at E3 this year. I’m still actively collecting my thoughts on all the games and I’m in the process of at least posting the trailers for the ones worth checking out.

This years convention had a lot of games that impressed many fans, but I will say I was happy to see that Sam Fisher was back. If you don’t know who Sam Fisher is, then perhaps the game Splinter Cell rings a bell. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell happens to be one of my favorite games, mainly due to the innovative system of stealth and ultra cool gadgets. Oh, can’t forget the night vision goggles; Splinter Cell wouldn’t be the same without the night vision goggles. They got rid of the night vision goggles in Splinter Cell: Conviction and opted for sonar goggles, but the developers realized fans disappointment and decided to bring back Sam’s iconic night vision goggles in Blacklist.

In Splinter Cell:Blacklist, Fisher is thrown into the Iran/Iraq territory and is given the tediously dangerous task of tracking down a terrorist. It won’t be easy finding Sam’s target, but he’s equipped with all the necessary skills and gadgets to get the job done. Remember mark & execute from the previous games? Well that system of advanced targeting is back and it looks better than ever!

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist won’t be released until 2013, but the gameplay demo and trailer show a lot of promise for the sixth game in the Splinter Cell franchise.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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God of War: Ascension E3 Gameplay Demo + Multiplayer Mode Preview

Kratos is the truth! I’m a huge fan of God of War, even though I often get frustrated with all the combos and how hard some of the levels can be. Yet, I think I’m totally going to pre-order God of War: Ascension. Not only does the gameplay look quite vicious, but the multiplayer mode looks like it could be a lot of fun.

God of War: Ascension debuted at E3 yesterday and it surprised fans with how promising the multiplayer mode actually looks. On various blogs I’ve noticed some speculation surrounding the prior rumors of the game having multiplayer. Some fans thought it wasn’t a good idea, while others weren’t sure exactly how you would pull that off. Kratos is awesome, so if we aren’t playing online as Kratos, then what character are we controlling?

Well, the crew behind God of War decided to put all the gamers at ease and actually showcase a preview of their multiplayer mode. The mode is called Favor of the gods and you get to work you way from an unknown hero to a hero or demi-god. You get to work with your team and aid in the effort to basically kill a huge beast. Pretty cool, right? If you enjoy playing online (I love playing online with my friends & bf,) then you might want to definitely check out God of War: Ascension.

I don’t think everyone is quite convinced yet on the multiplayer mode, but that’s quite alright. Even if the mode doesn’t live up to expectations (what should we even be expecting?) it’s still worth checking out the game for story mode. The story mode looks quite promising as well and I think fans of God of War might like it. It all really depends on your gaming preference and if you happen to be a fan of Kratos and all the bloody galore. If I may so myself, I’m more into shooting games, but I’m not going to shy away from hours of hardcore combos, bloody guts, and epic aggression. Sounds like awesomesauce.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Feast Your Eyes Upon ‘Gears of War: Judgement’ [E3 Trailer]

Even though I just sold my Xbox 360 (it was just an old arcade version & I needed the extra cash,) I still plan on getting a newer 360, especially after hearing the news of Gears of War: Judgement coming out in 2013.

I can honestly say when it comes to video game franchises, I’m a huge fan of Gears of War and Call of Duty. Both of those franchises are my top favorites (well, can’t forget Mass Effect). Of course, Mass Effect came to an end with an awe-inspiring trilogy, but at least Gears of War and COD don’t show any sign of quitting anytime soon.

This years E3 Convention starts tomorrow and will last until June 7th. There are a lot of big name games anticipated by fans, designers, developers, and other game enthusiasts, but it seems that the Gears of War: Judgement trailer shows us a quite promising future for the franchise.

Of course, this is just a preliminary trailer being shown at E3, but it still does give us some details on what to expect. The main focus of the game…Baird. Okay, not just Baird, but his squad and their unruly actions. Should make for an interesting plot, and of course, I’m looking forward to slashing locusts with a Mk 2 Lancer Assault Rifle. Seriously, it looks so beautifully disgusting on my 48inch HDTV, guts going everywhere!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Rise of the Zombies: Dead Island Trailer Part 2

I’m not a huge horror movie/game fanatic, but I’ve always found the concept of zombies interesting. I’ve studied the Haitian origin of zombies and have heard of cases in which people have come back from the dead in a hypnotized state of consciousness. The concept of zombies is a folklore that has been around since the early days of West African Voodoo and Haitian Voodoo, but the spiritual elements behind the belief have been lost in the mainstream popular fascination with zombies.

The idea of a zombie apocalypse taking place and running for your life is a theory that is intriguing and fun to play with. I usually go out on dates and ask a guy “So what would you do if a zombie apocalypse took place?” I don’t like to ask the typical questions, so the questions I ask are usually outside the box and are a reflection of my geeky yet artsy personality. The answers I get seem to very between the “Shaun of the Dead” approach of going to the pub or I get answers that involve leaving the area and finding refuge, sort of like in the awesome film “Zombieland.” I would take the approach of finding refuge, but it depends on the type of zombies. If it’s the fast moving raging kind like in the movie “28 Days Later“, then I would lock myself up in a building and try to radio or Facebook for help.

We all know from watching different movies and playing Resident Evil, that there are different types of zombies.  I get sick of those movies and games that only contain one type of zombie, either the ones that move slow, the fast ones, or the super strong ones that can rip you apart. The Ps3 game Dead Nation is one of those few zombie games that has different types of zombies, sort of like Left 4 Dead. You’ve got the slow ones, the super fast ones, the fat ones that spit out nasty acid, and you’ve got super gigantic steroid rage zombies that take half your life with one hit. If you happen to be one of the zombie game fanatics, then you know the difference between a Charger, Hunter, Spitter, Jockey, Tank, Witch, Boomer, and Smoker.

The Left 4 Dead series is one of my favorite zombie games to play, but Dead Nation proved to be a great shoot em up game as well. The game was apart of Sony’s “Welcome Back” initiative, a packaged used to remind us Sony owners why we enjoy being devoted Sony fans. I was mad at Sony for having us offline for so long, but after watching E3 and seeing the new PS Vita and other cool gadgets from Sony’s 3D technology, I was quickly reminded why I play my PS3 more than my 360. I play my Ps3 more than my 360 and I’ve already pre-ordered Battlefield 3 for my Ps3.

There are so many great games coming out this year, but I’m looking forward to Dead Island the most. It’s action/RPG elements are components that a lot of zombies games lack. It’s either all hack and slash or mundane strategy that lacks the necessary zombie blood and guts all over the screen. I haven’t seen any new zombie movies in awhile, but the rise of zombies in video games is becoming a personal favorite of mine. I’m excited about Dead Island because of it’s RPG elements combined with the shooting, cutting, punching, and all the other defensive attributes that make up action.

It would suck if somehow a zombie apocalypse ever happened in real life (highly doubt that it would), but it’s fun to dabble in imagination and play a game that immerses you in a world filled with rabid zombies. The second trailer for Dead Island was released a few days ago and it shows the outbreak of zombies taking place. One seemingly pleasant vacation and a rapper’s fun filled evening with sexy women, music, and dancing, quickly turns into a nightmare the next morning. It appears that somebody had a little too much to drink, but his hangover is quickly fading as zombies attack him.

Check out the second trailer for the anticipated zombie action/RPG game Dead Island. If zombies did ever attack, I’d hate to be trapped on such a beautiful yet deadly island.

©Jasmine McGee

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