As we all know, E3 is currently upon us, and though there seems to be a flood of hardware announcements, there’s also a considerable amount of information about intriguing new franchises and highly anticipated sequels. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite videos released at E3 2011.
Dead Island: Dead Island’s new trailer shows us that a hangover isn’t the only bad thing that can come from a long night of drinking. Imagine waking up only to find the members of last night’s party acting much of the same way, except that they are overindulging in flesh rather than booze.
The trailer introduces us to one of the main characters and subjects us to his not-so-witty one-liners as he parties, gets drunk, and then the next morning violently tears through hordes of zombies in order to survive. Using a large variety of guns and melee weapons found throughout the island, you’ll take control of the character and hack your way through the beautifully detailed environments to try and survive. Sounds like the start of a good tropical vacation, I’d say.
Battlefield 3: Besides a few tech demos, for the last year EA has been teasing us with all sorts of short clips of Battlefield 3 and the technology behind it. But for some reason, it’s strangely been enough to satisfy while still making gamers thirsty for more.
This video entitled “Operation Metro” was just released at E3 and it offers some of the very first looks at Battlefield 3′s multiplayer experience. The multiplayer footage seems to be as smooth as the footage that we’ve seen of the singleplayer campaign, and it doesn’t have a differing sense of quality like the multiplayer portion of most games do. Frostbite 2 is definitely proving to be an engine like no other, and it’s good to see that the strong technology can make its way to multiplayer as well.
Bioshock Infinite With every video that 2k Games and Irrational shares of Bioshock Infinite, the wait for its release seems to be becoming more infinite. Luckily, this video containing a slice of the storyline and some new in-game footage was released yesterday, and it will hopefully hold us over until Bioshock Infinite’s release date, which is still currently unannounced.
Though the game takes place in the outside world of Columbia, there’s so much going on and the lack of freedom makes the world almost as claustrophobic as Rapture was. This brand new teaser trailer finally introduces us to the character of Elizabeth, a young woman who has been stranded in Columbia for many years.
Tomb Raider: Lara Croft has a new face, and at first glance it is a bit weird. But Crystal Dynamics has done a lot more than just update the character model and hire a new voice actor. Lara Croft is a whole new person, along with a different past, and she is more innocent and vulnerable than ever before.
The old Lara Croft won so many battles that she gained an inadvertent sense of immortality over time. Gamers knew she was always going to win, and though some of the puzzles and obstacles were indeed difficult to overcome, in the end, she would always escape without a scratch.
However, based upon the new Tomb Raider trailer entitled “Turning Point” that was just released at E3, this Lara Croft is different. She doesn’t want adventure, adventure wants her, and she must build up her skill to survive, rather than be a survivor from the beginning. If the gameplay is right, this new face of a female protagonist on top of what we used to know and love will hopefully provide for a fresh restart of the series.