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Five Best Videogames of Comic-Con 2011

As the movie, videogame and comic book industries invaded the San Diego Convention Center last week, Comic-Con 2011 dominated media coverage. Fans mobbed the Convention Center, too, looking for the  latest in cutting-edge entertainment. This year’s show is now history and for our gamers out there, we’ve rounded up for you the best five videogames of the show:

MASS EFFECT 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: March 6, 2012


BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2012.

The long-awaited sequel to the make-your-own adventure, Mass Effect 3 was playable for gamers at Comic-Con. We saw this game at E3 but Comic-Con gave us a chance to spend more time with it. What did we like best about it? BioWare enhanced the third-person shooter aspect and RPG elements of the game and gave gamers the option to play as a female Shepard.

For the uninitiated, Mass Effect mixes sci-fi themes with elements of action RPG gaming. As the new game begins, Commander Shepard is being put on trial for what happened in ME 2. However during the trial, Earth is besieged by Reapers. Shepard uses the opportunity to make a quick exit and goes off to summon help from other alien civilizations. While Shepard is recruiting help, he encounters resistance from former allies, the Cerberus, and the space opera plays out from there. For players that worked hard on those previous game saves, you’ll be happy to know your progress will pick up where you left off with ME 3.

Expect multiple versions of ME 3 to be available — such as a collector’s edition and a digital deluxe edition. And get this: The special editions are set to include exclusive weapons found in the N7 Arsenal Pack. We’re totally buying that.

SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME (Beenox/Activision)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo Wii, DS & 3DS
Release Date: October 4, 2011


“Excuse me, do you have the time?”  Spider-Man: Edge of Time floats between two time zones — the year 2099 and 2011. 

Spider-Man is everywhere these days — including a new movie and even a Broadway musical. Not to be left out, he makes his latest videogame appearance in Spider-Man: Edge of Time. In a videogame that can be best described as Spider-Man meets Inception, there are actually two Spider-Men – one from the present (whose alter ego is Peter Parker) and one from the future (alias Miguel O’Hara) who rose to fame in the comic series Spider-Man 2099. Gamers play in either time period, but the game’s “Quantum Causality” feature, causes the actions you make in one era to have an effect in the other (like the cause-and-effect logic in Inception). If that isn’t enough to make your head spin, toss in the villainous antics of The Black Cat and Anti-Venom – and it’s really “game on.”

The present and the future link up in Edge of Time, with the 2099 version of Spider-Man working overtime to protect the original web-slinger from harm…and save the future from being devoured by an ultra-greedy corporation called Alchemax.

STREET FIGHTER x TEKKEN (Capcom/Capcom)
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita
Release Date: March 2, 2012


Two of the greatest fighting games franchises in videogame history come together for the ultimate smack-down in Street Fighter x Tekken.

In a grudge match that could only be described as videogame nirvana, Namco and Capcom are pitting their toughest fighters against each other for the first time in the HD era. Fighters from the Tekken and Street Fighter series  face off together for what gamers are hoping will be the fighting game to end all fighting games. Street Fighter x Tekken (which Capcom translates as “Street Fighter cross Tekken”) pulls in all your favorite characters from Street Fighter (Ryu, Guile, Abel, Chun-Li, Poison, Dhalsim and more) and throws them in Tekken greats (such as Kazuya Mishima, King, Steve Fox and Yoshimitsu). And although this isn’t exactly the first time these two powerhouse rival companies have united to do battle (that honor goes to 2005’s Namco vs. Capcom), it’s the first time that gamers outside of Japan will be able to enjoy the mayhem.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Release Date: Fall 2011


Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is actually a prequel to Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

In the latest installment of Nintendo’s legendary Legend of Zelda action/adventure series, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the game FINALLY gets the high-definition treatment and a pick-me-up from the addition of Wii Motion Control Plus technology – which gives Link’s movements (such as shooting an arrow) new precision and power. Swordplay, in particular, is also given special attention, with this game paying attention to details such as how Link’s sword is angled before it cuts something (or somebody).

Nintendo gave additional depth to the environments between dungeons, too. And while the locations may be familiar, Nintendo has slipped in new gameplay surprises. Plus, as we mentioned, this will be the first time Link will be in HD glory.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SUPER SOLDIER (Next Level Games/Sega)
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Release Date: July 19, 2011

Cap’s come a long way — originally debuting in Timely Comics (which evolved into Marvel Comics); Captain America is now starring in his own hit movie.

Captain America is an original superhero; he first appeared in comic books in 1941. But don’t count him out because of his age; his recent live-action feature (Captain America: The First Avenger) had enough muscle to knock the latest “Harry Potter” flick out of the top slot at the Box Office.

Captain America: Super Soldier is almost a companion piece to the movie, and follows the film’s general plot and action. As the Star-Spangled Avenger, Captain America sets out to explore a huge castle that’s been turned into a rogue military installation. Aside from using his own spectacular acrobatics and trusty fists to make his way through this third-person action game, Cap is equipped with his trusty shield, which he can hurl at enemies, protect himself from gunfire, and even scale walls when the need arises. It’s an action game through and through but captures the feeling of the film pretty well.

Get Into Games
Are video games your favorite form of entertainment? Have you ever imagined making your own game? Make your own game ideas come to life by learning video game design or 3D animation. Or explore your passion creating comics. Who knows? In a few years, they could be showcasing your creations at Comic-Con 2020!

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E3 2011: Day 2, The Games You’ll Play Tomorrow

Years back, when the Super Nintendo and Nintendo GameCube ruled the roost, Nintendo’s president at the time, Howard Lincoln, was often quoted as saying, “The name of the game is the game.” What he meant was simply that game machines are nothing without solid games. After all, it’s great content that drives movie studios, television channels, and yes, even game machines.


The jaw-dropping trailer for the Wii U “Zelda” game.

For our second day at E3, we turned our attention toward the games. These are the games that you’ll be playing this holiday and into next year. So as we ducked into booth after booth of eye-popping graphics and sounds, we gathered a list of what we think will be the mega-hits of holidays to come. These are the games blowing the crowds away today, and soon they’ll be wowing you:

Nintendo’s All-Stars
If E3 is rolling into town, that means you can almost set your watch to the appearance of a certain plumber. That’s right; Mario’s back, and he’s bringing with him Nintendo’s stable of franchise characters, Kirby, Link, Kid Icarus…yes, that’s right, Kid Icarus flies again. As will Wii U HD versions of Zelda, Mario and your other favorites.


You can even use a stylus to draw or control a character from the Wii U pad.

Not a Nintendo fan? Discount Nintendo if you will, but Nintendo’s Wii has outsold the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in a shorter amount of time (over 50 million Wiis have been sold to date), and it’s all thanks to Nintendo’s stable of well-known all-stars. For gamers, it’s great to see these characters final enter the high-def age. A short video trailer of a new Zelda Wii U game made thumbs twitch uncontrollably.

Microsoft Sells Kinect & Hardcore Game Experiences
Motion gaming has been a pox on the games industry since the introduction of the Wii. Sure, the Wii-mote is cool… sure, it’s easy to use and even grandma loves it…but Wii games lack depth and replay value. (When was the last time you cracked open “Wii Resort”?)

Do you really want to stand up in front of your TV for hours playing “Portal 2” when you can sit down and play? We didn’t think so, but Microsoft does as they seemingly try to integrate Kinect into every game you’ll be playing on your Xbox. OK, so maybe we’re going a bit overboard, but there were a lot of Kinect games. Games such as “Kinect Disneyland Adventures,” where you can explore Disneyland without leaving the comfort of your home.


Shepard’s story will finally come to conclusion in “Mass Effect 3.”

We were more drawn to new additions to the “Halo” franchise: “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” a “Halo 1” remake. And even more exciting, the arrival of “Halo 4” the first game in a new trilogy. Other awesome games we’re looking forward to on the Xbox 360? “SSX” a reboot of the snowboarding classic and Bioware’s “Mass Effect 3.”

Sony’s Software and The Best of the Rest
Aside from the games for the PlayStation Vita, PS3 “Tomb Raider” fans will be excited to hear a young Laura Croft is returning to your console – this time in an open-world adventure that plays like a cross between “Just Cause 2” and “Grand Theft Auto.” Ubisoft’s “Rayman: Origins” scored major points in the “most beautiful game” category but will have to share that honor with “From Dust,” the sleeper hit of e3 2011. “Unchartered 3” and “Batman: Arkham City” just scored major cool points, but both were already on our must-buy list. Finally, there was “Bioshock Infinite,” a game that takes us high above the watery world we’ve been used to.


“Bioshock Infinite”

Don’t Just Play Video Games – Make Them
Every title being announced this week in Los Angeles represents the work of many creative professionals who come together like an army to bring your favorite game vividly to life. Each of those careers starts with expert training, like the kind students will receive this summer at Digital Media Academy.

DMA offers a wide range of one-week and two-week-long courses in the creation of video games that speak to different ages and levels of expertise. Digital Media Academy’s list of video game summer camps is extensive and comprehensive, and each program is taught by a games industry professional, like the ones at E3.


“From Dust” is a god-game that lets you create an entire world from scratch.

From great introductory courses for kids (like Adventures in 2D & 3D Video Game Creation & Game Modding) to 3D Game Creation in Level Design and Character Design, to even more advanced programs for teens (courses that teach you how to develop games for Google Android devices, how to develop games for the Internet and how to develop games for the iPhone), DMA has a video-game creation program that fits every interests. Don’t just play video games – this summer learn to make them.

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