E3 Roundup: Day Three

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Day Three of the Electronic Entertainment Expo has just about come to a close in Los Angeles (Though this is technically Day Two of the official E3 Conference).  With the big three press conferences over, the rest of the convention focuses on announcements from individual developers and publishing companies.

Today featured press events from THQ and Konami to name a few. Check out the highlights from today at E3 after the jump.

Konami has handed the reigns of the Castlevania series to Metal Gear creator Hideo KojimaCastlevania: Lords of Shadow features an all-star cast including Robert Carlyle, Patrick Stewart and Natascha McElhone and is a co-production between Kojima Productions and Madrid, Spain based developer MercurySteam Entertainment.  Is it possible that we’re finally going to get an awesome 3D Castlevania game?  I still shudder at the thought of the abomination that was Castlevania 64, though part of me still secretly kind of loves it.  If anyone can steer the franchise in the right direction, it will be Hideo Kojima.  30 minute cinematics anyone?

Canadian developer Relic Entertainment unveiled their new third-person action RPG; Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.  Relic, well known for their real-time strategy games, haven’t tackled an action game since 2006’s The Outfit.  Although that game received mixed reviews, Relic is already well acquainted with the Warhammer 40,000 universe; so at least Space Marine has that going for it.  Looks solid.

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Here’s that Ubisoft presser Assassin’s Creed 2 gameplay I was talking about yesterday.  Luckily, the the canals of Venice will provide players with ample opportunity to shove drunks into the water, a favourite hobby of mine from the original Assassin’s Creed.  The Renaissance setting for AC2 just gets me thinking about what Ubisoft Montreal has in mind for the sequel; personally I’d love to see either Victorian England or Second World War France, both are perfect settings for an assassination themed game.

I also forgot to mention that Remedy Entertainment of Max Payne fame, finally brought their new game Alan Wake back out of hiding.  Remedy has been developing Alan Wake for several years, and the game was a no-show at last year’s E3.  The wait looks to have paid off, since Alan Wake looks absolutely amazing and truly frightening.

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