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E3 Keynote Speech: Activision
by Linford Butler

Guitar Hero: On Tour (DS)
-Green, red, yellow and blue guitar buttons on bottom of DS unit

Singularity (360, PS3)
-Trailer shown
-Huge monster/robot things
-Very colourful
-Good graphics

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Fusion
-Needs a shorter name, or at least an abbreviation
-Fusion: mixture of character's powers for better ones
-Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spiderman all shown
-Can combine different characters powers

X-Men Origins: Revenge of the Fallen
-No trailer for Wolverine yet

Call of Duty: World at War (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
-Rifle smacks, flamethrowers, stabbings, men on fire, point-blank executions
-Looks intense
-Tanks give vehicle-based gameplay.
-Implementing a perks system similar to CoD4
-4p online co-op
-New competitive mode for rankings and stats
-Keifer Sutherland (Jack Bauer from 24) will voice a main character
-Co-op trailer shown.
-Basically looks like CoD4 in a new setting - in a good way

Spiderman: Web of Shadows
-Good graphics
-City at night looks really good
-Good smoke and sky effects
-Dark black oil or tentacle monster slithering about
-Will find NYC infested by 'alien symbiotes'
-There will be quarantine zones and evac points
-Up to Spidey to choose who to team up with
-Completely rebuilt combat system
-Red Spidey suit for agility, black/symbiote suit for strength
-Robust upgrade system
-Actions effect how the game pans out
-Air combat featured
-Long drops off buildings

James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace
-Footage from film itself begins presentation
-Source material (ie. movie footage) looks amazing
-Senior VP of Global Strategies at Danjaq calls Daniel Craig a 'blonde bombshell'. Not too bad you might think, till you find out the VP is a bloke
-Activison given full access to the movie - ie. scripters, Craig, etc.
-Game tells story of both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace
-World exclusive: Daniel Craig is a gamer! It isn't uncool any more! :)
-Third person
-Bond can sneak along ledges, hide and dash up to soldiers
-Game cam able to switch to first-person
-Can knock guards out to remain stealthy
-Split screen allows you to see other details
-Explosions and guns. In a Bond game. Well, we weren't expecting that...
-Classic 007 gun scope closes in as you take damage
-In game cutscenes
-New, attractive HUD - Bond shot, side view of weapon and obviously ammo and grenade indicators.
-Crouch system looks strong; HUD Bond shot changes to a crouch when you go prone
-Action on train, in an elevator shaft, and in the indoor pool all shown in trailer.
-More explosions
-Due for release this November

Wolfenstein (360, PS3)
-Nazi themed. Dunno about you, but I like the idea of kicking the hell out of some Nazis
-Nazis trying to open portal to different dimension called 'shrell'.
-BJ doesn't have to fight by himself. He can enlist underground resistance to help him.
-Multiplayer included
-Kickass heroes, killing Nazis, mysterious occult and killer multiplayer? Yes, I'll reserve one, please.
-Really fast, 5-second montage shown. Can't see much
-More footage coming at Quakecon

Guitar Hero: World Tour (360, PS3, Wii)
-85 master songs available on disk-Doors, Eagles, Van Halen all included
-Metallica DLC for PS3, 360 and Wii
-Previous instruments will be compatible
-New guitar features: star power button, dual start buttons for lefties and righties, slider bar. It is also velocity sensitive.
-Drums included. Sorta defeats the point of Guitar Hero
-Kick pedal pot allows for Y-splitter and double bass pedals
-MIDI in port for any electronic drum kit or machine to play with GH.
-Mic breifly shown
-Song creation mode called 'Music Studio'
-Keyboard with close to 80 diffent synthesizer sounds
-4 on 4 battle of the bands online multiplayer
-Character customization

Overall: A good presentation, but a shame that Activison pulled out from the E3 main event. The new Bond game looks fantastic, and Guitar Hero looks to be shaping up nicely.


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- Linford Butler

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