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For those players longing to roam Tamriel with friends, The Elder Scrolls Online launches next year. But is it really a multiplayer Skyrim or just another fantasy MMO gussied up like The Elder Scrolls? Mike and I quest our way through a few early levels and talk it over. Watch on for that discussion and a peep at The Elder Scrolls Online gameplay in the by-popular-request first-person mode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's next instalment of downloadable content is Vengeance: a motley bundle of multiplayer maps and a Zombies mode outing set in a subterranean Old West town full of cowboy zombies. Where else? Point your face at gameplay from the new maps in the Vengeance trailer after the jump.
Like the regenerating monster from a survival horror game, the genre itself refuses to die. Instead it shambles on in ever worse shape, gruesomely devolving into Resident Evil 5. But now Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within promises to restore survival horror to its former glory with old-school tropes and next-gen fidelity. Fresh from a gameplay demo, Andy and I talk it over.
Remember how we all waited for Test Drive Unlimited 2, sequel to the Xbox 360's ambitious open-world racer, and were dismayed when it was forgettably average? Now we have an explanation. The guys in charge of the original game had left to create their own studio, Ivory Tower, and The Crew is what they've been working on for the last five years. Imagine Test Drive Unlimited but expanded to include an abridged version of all North America. Finally, this is a game where you can blast from New York to San Francisco in a Gumball 3000-esque dash across the country, racing your friends the whole way.
Replacing the original voice of Garrett for next year's Thief reboot was no easy decision, says producer Stéphane Roy, but one required to move the series forward. Also new are Garrett's swoop and focus abilities, which feature alongside series staples such as the fire, water and rope arrows. Catch them all in the video, with words from Stéphane Roy.
Welcome back to our semi-regular, semi-gameshow games show Minecraft Pictionary. It's episode four now and our building skills are still at an embarrassingly remedial level. Still, we try, and as the parents of average children have told them for decades, that's the important thing. So the rules once more: two minutes to build whatever's on the Pictionary card with a point to guesser and builder if it's correctly identified.
With all the hype around the next generation at E3, it's easy to forget that there are still plenty of games to come on Xbox 360. One of the most interesting looking is Murdered: Soul Suspect, a mystery game that casts you as a ghost detective out to solve his own murder. We chatted to creative director Yosuke Shiokawa about detective games, Ghost Trick, and how you investigate a crime scene when you can't pick anything up.
We've heard all the hype about Bungie's post-Halo, massively multiplayer sci-fi shooter Destiny, but at E3 2013 we've finally had a chance to take a look at how it works in practice. Essentially, in hub areas such as towns other outposts, there'll be huge numbers of players milling about. Head out exploring or into a story mission and you're likely to be doing so with one or two buddies in tow. Stumble across a public event, though, and the game will match you with a handful of players, all of whom need to co-operate in order to take down a larger boss enemy.
Call of Duty: Ghosts adds new moves to the player's repertoire for increased manshooting agility. These include leaning, for peeping and shooting around the side of cover, and mantling, for hopping over obstacles without breaking your stride. Watch the video to find out how these new manoeuvres work.
Trials purists, you may relax: Trials Fusion adds tricks to the classic Trials bike racing, but only in a dedicated trick mode. Elsewhere, Trials Fusion is still all about riding fast, shaving split seconds off your friend's best time and wiping out in spectacular, bone-crunching fashion. RedLynx creative director Antti Ilvessuo says there will also be a track "five times longer" than Trials Evolution's murderously hard Gigatrack and epic 1km freefalls.
You only require an eye or two to recognise that Forza Motorsport 5 is one of the prettiest games here at E3. But it's actually the stuff under the hood, so to speak, that's most interesting. We talked to Forza impresario (or Creative Director, as it says on his business card) Dan Greenawalt about a game that, according to him, is only possible on Xbox One. So why's that?
EA debuted Battlefield 4's multiplayer at its E3 press conference with an astonishing 64-player demo set in Shanghai, culminating in a jaw-dropping skyscraper collapse. The same demo is available on the show floor, so we gave it a go before cornering Battlefield 4's multiplayer producer Aleksander Grondal to talk destruction, Battlefield moments and Call of Duty's dog.
Though it looks just like a more angular version of the the Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One controller differs in several ways, including dynamic feedback in the triggers and improved thumbstick and directional pad sensitivity. See it up close in the video, in which we compare the two Xbox controllers at E3 2013.
So we've seen both Microsoft and Sony's E3 conferences now, and it's safe to say Sony came out on top. Join us as we discuss what this means for Xbox One and what, if anything, Microsoft can do to turn things around.
As part of Microsoft's E3 conference after-party here in Los Angeles, we had a chance to spend some quality, hands-on time with the exact same version of the game that you saw in the conference. And it really was hands-on, because unlike the version of the game that was originally announced, this is no longer a Kinect controlled game. But has motion control gesturing just been swapped out for quick-time events? We've played it and we're in the perfect position to tell you.
You might remember Payday 2 from our reveal interview, where developer Overkill first showed off their co-operative robbery game, billed as "Left 4 Dead with heists". Now join us for some brand new gameplay as the crew of masked men cases a bank in a decidedly unstealthy manner.
Microsoft promised us games at their E3 conference, and games are what we got. So many games. But were they enough to erase the memory of the underwhelming Xbox One reveal event? Watch Mike and I, straight out of the conference, discuss the highs and lows in this video.
The Ubisoft E3 conference's "one more thing" was The Division: a next-gen, online RPG shooter set after a pandemic lays waste to modern civilisation. You play an agent of the titular Division in snowy New York, scanning for infected civilians among the slush and, in the gameplay demo after the jump, securing a police station with your chums.
Faith fans, rejoice. First-person parkour-'em-up Mirror's Edge is getting a sequel at long last, says publisher EA - or a prequel, rather. The reveal trailer from EA's E3 press conference shows rooftop runner Faith getting her iconic arm and eye tattoos. Watch it after the cut.
EA revealed Dragon Age Inquisition, the next game in BioWare's fantasy RPG series, at its E3 2013 conference. It's not coming until "fall 2014", so don't hold your breath, but do get your eyes on the reveal trailer here.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain brought one of the most impressive gameplay demos to Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference. Point your face at these six minutes of gameplay, in which Snake and Ocelot ride horses into an Afghanistan crisply rendered by the new Fox Engine. Watch on for horse-based stealth, dust storms and a peek at Metal Gear Solid 5's cast of supporting characters.
Titanfall is the first game from Respawn Entertainment, the EA studio formed out of the Infinity Ward exodus of 2010. It's a multiplayer-focused shooter in which you fight alongside and inside giant mech suits: the titular Titans. Microsoft revealed it as an Xbox One exclusive at its E3 press conference today. Hit the jump for the trailer and gameplay demo.
Dead Rising 3 is coming exclusively to Xbox One, Microsoft revealed at its E3 2013 press conference. In it, new protagonist Nick Ramos takes on the zombie-infested city of Los Perdidos three days after a massive outbreak. Watch seven minutes of Dead Rising 3 gameplay in the video after the jump.
Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference begins at 3PM Pacific time. That's 11PM for those in the UK. Watch the whole show with us here at Outside Xbox with this live stream, from Los Angeles' LA Theater.
EA's E3 2013 press conference begins at 1PM Pacific time. That's 9PM for those in the UK. Watch the whole show from the comfort of in front of your monitor with this live stream, beaming out of Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.
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