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E3 2010: Why wait? Tomorrow's games reviewed NOW – Friday edition

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InFamous 2


Already looking to be a huge improvement over the first game, what we’ve seen of InFamous 2 was pretty brief, but also a lot of fun for the few minutes we had control of electrically charged hero Cole McGrath. While we’re still not sure how much we actually like Cole’s younger, punkier redesign, the action feels fast and explosive, the scenery can now be destroyed and hurling around Cole’s old electrical attacks is still enjoyable. The combat and platforming are also better, and the demo promises battles against towering mutant horrors, something we’re always down for. Finally, we’re excited to explore more of New Marais, the new sandbox city inspired by New Orleans, a tragically underused setting for videogames. So long as developer Sucker Punch can make the rest of the game as interesting as the demo was, we expect great things from this.

Score: 9


Disney Epic Mickey


If you’ve ever taken a course in animation, read a book on Disney’s history, or purchased a tin-boxed Treasure DVD set, bump this up to a 10 and buy Epic Mickey immediately. You’ll be blown away by the century-in-the-making meta-story encompassing some of the most important figures produced by American culture. More importantly, you can put Mickey’s various appearances in historical context – assuming black & white cartoons don’t phase you and no gag is too dated for you to get a laugh out of.

The rest of you may not be so forgiving, as the Wii’s capabilities (or lack thereof) throw a standard-def cream pie in the face of visuals that could’ve soared to breathtaking heights. No matter how inspired the story, how intuitive the puzzles, no matter how intricately the system of player choice unfolds (Mickey can be evil? Wha?…) you’ll be left craving a console and control scheme with more power.

Score: 8


Ship Simulator Extremes




We didn’t actually play this one. We didn’t even see it. But there’s only one audience for a hardcore sim that recreates the act of driving a tugboat (or other exciting nautical vessels like an oil tanker or Coast Guard cutter) in the deepest, most painstakingly excruciating detail. That audience is people who not only do not find this process to be boring as hell, but would be willing to pay for the privilege to spend their precious free time experiencing it. And though we’ll concede those people could conceivably exist, we know for a fact none of them review games for GamesRadar. In fact, we suspect they’d be afraid to even read it. In short: Why does this exist?

Score: Trust us - it doesn’t matter

Need more? Check out our iron-clad predictions from yesterday and Wednesday.

Jun 18, 2010

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25 comments

  • tacoman38 - June 21, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    so. what are the other two legit uses of autotune after portal?
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - June 21, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    News just in! Sonic game to be announcing crappy gimmick after these short messages... My money is on FPS running system and a jetpack. The running would all be done in FPS, including spinjumps and spindash ACTUALLY spinning with Sonic.
  • g4m3rk1dd - June 20, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    sonic colors looks (and sounds) like a more colorful "Sonic The Hedgehog" for 360 :| that being said... i want it only becuase the areas looks so awesome (i only play the 360 one now becuase of the graphics)
  • CandiedJester - June 20, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Haha, I did actually take a course in animation once. Guess I'm gonna have to get Epic Mickey. xD Also LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL on the last one.
  • veryweirdguy - June 20, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    In retrospect, my comment looks like it could have been for realsies and serious. It wasn't! I apologise. Although no 10 for Ship Simulators is a muthafuckin' biased crime.
  • oryandymackie - June 20, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    Ship simulators are for real men.
  • Spacegrass - June 20, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Say what you will about the ship game, but at least ships give you the ability to move in two dimensions. What I'll never understand is, who plays all those train simulators I'm always seeing in the Steam store?
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 19, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Ship Simulator Extremes is an 11/10 game in the making, any fool can see that -_-
  • lovinmyps3 - June 19, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    I predict 8 for inFamous 2 and a 9 for Epic Mickey. The rest sounds spot on to me.
  • RonnyLive19881 - June 19, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Knocking off two points towards Epic Micky because it has beautiful graphics? WTF! I thought this GR's favorite game of the show?
  • Klodz - June 19, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    A 9???? Microsoft obviously "Pre-Ordered" you at E3 ;P Nah, really enjoyed these articles.
  • MACGRUBER7693 - June 19, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    I bet portal 2 will be really awesome just like the first one but the sorce engine is starting look really old and by old i mean shitty.
  • veryweirdguy - June 19, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    If Killzone 2 were on 360 it would have gotten a 10. Typical journalism bias. :(
  • philipshaw - June 19, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    I loved these articles, it's sad that E3 is over for another year
  • Mortified_Cow - June 19, 2010 5:57 a.m.

    WHAT you gave Killzone 3 a 9. BIAS!!! That game is so a 10. I have a friend in Japan thats playing it now cause his uncle works at sony and he says it great. How much did Microsoft pay you... Sorry, the comments lacked fanboyism so I had to fill the void. Loved all the "Reviewed Now" articles. Nice way to sum up the crazy amount of games covered this year. Though I do agree with everyone else, Ship Simulator Extreme = best game evar. I mean if it was not the extreme version I could see it getting a 7 or 8, but oh man. That extreme. whoa look out.
  • Limbo - June 19, 2010 4:31 a.m.

    Guys, come on. Can't you see that this is Ship Simulator EXTREME? Anything wth extreme in its title is bound to be an adrenaline-fueled, fast-paced game.
  • shyfonzie - June 19, 2010 4:20 a.m.

    What?! Why wasn't there more coverage of Ship Simulator Extreme? I need to know everyhting about it.
  • GoodGuyWithACrappyJob - June 19, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    This article pulls some pretty logical punches, but I'm more inclined to wait and listen to Lord Dunsany. Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities. Good thing the article was relatively short...
  • xXgodlypunkXx - June 19, 2010 2:55 a.m.

    I could see these scores being accurate, save for the new sonic game. i thought GR wold've learned its lesson by now. Shame on you GR. Shame. I'm exited for all of the others though, Portal 2 in particular.
  • Imgema - June 19, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    For me, Portal 2 is like Super Mario Bros. Just like SMB saved the industry from its doom back in 1986, Portal 2 is now saving the industry from all the gaming trends and proves that there is some originality and awesomeness somewhere along all those boring, mainstream games.

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