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E3 2011: PSU impressions hub

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on 13 June 2011

E3 2011 is in full swing, and even as we type this, PSU’s U.S. Editorial team are in L.A. busy beavering away on a bevy of previews for your viewing pleasure. Still, with a show like E3, you’ve got a deluge of articles being posted on a daily basis, and invariably things will be quickly shoved to the bottom of the pile to make way for the latest batch of gossip. To make your job of finding all the latest impressions that much easier, we’ve compiled a list of all our E3-related previews below, so you won’t have to worry about spending valuable browsing time faffing around with the search function on the site.

We'll be updating the list with each and every preview we publish, so keep checking back for fresh impressions over the coming days. Get stuck in.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Most fantasy role-playing games pin brave warriors or wizards against an occasional dragon boss. These epic battles can drive players to madness as they try to learn the best tactics to defeat these giant beasts. But The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes the concept of fighting dragons in an open world to new, alluring heights. (Click here for full preview)

Call of Duty: Elite

It’s hard to believe that any Call of Duty fan needs more Call of Duty in their life. With every new entry come massive sales, millions of hours spent glued to the television, and a few hundred haters. If you are truly an elite Call of Duty player, then Activision’s upcoming online feature may just turn you into a zombie—watch out. (Click here for full preview)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Activision’s upcoming Modern Warfare 3 will sell tens of million and reap record profits for the company — unless the Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward production royally screws up. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it won’t. Modern Warfare 3 seems to be a phenomenal game, but here’s the (perhaps expected) catch: it’s one you’ve played several times before. (Click here for full preview)

Ninja Gaiden III

Ryu Hayabusa is back, and he’s as bloodthirsty as ever. In Tecmo Koei’s Ninja Gaiden 3 demo at E3 2011, Team Ninja’s slick hero shows off a few of his old tricks — and some new ones, too. (Click here for full preview)

Dust 514

Dust 514, an upcoming PlayStation 3 shooter from the folks at CCP (Crowd Control Production) Games, aims to blend the line between massively multiplayer online games and first-person shooters. It’s not an MMOFPS, per say, but rather a persistent online shooter that interacts with CCP’s existing Eve Online MMO universe — one that will continue to expand and evolve past its initial release date. (Click here for full article)


Rocksmith has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new guitar players. On the surface it may look like a Guitar Hero or Rock Band knock-off, but the simple act of using a real guitar is only the slightest feature that sets this game apart. In my hands-on time with Rocksmith, I felt like I was 14 again, taking guitar lessons for the first time. But after about 30 seconds into Nirvana’s In Bloom, the game recognized that I could play the basics and it slowly upped the difficulty. In no time at all I felt like I was ready to go on tour – a fitting notion considering I happened to be on a tour bus that had been converted into a demo area. (Click here for full preview)


Every new FIFA game brings about some relatively subtle, yet generally welcome changes. However, the changes present in EA Sports’ latest offering, FIFA 12, are anything but subtle. Sure, the game still looks relatively unchanged from a visual perspective, but drop into a match with your favorite team, and you may think you are playing a completely new franchise. That may seem a bit extreme, but my time with the game during E3 proved one thing: EA Sports is trying very hard to revolutionize the soccer genre. (Click here for full preview)

LittleBigPlanet Vita

LittleBigPlanet Vita, like LittleBigPlanet PSP before it, brings Sony’s lovable Sackboy into the portable realm. I played a level of the game at E3 2011 which made brilliant use of Vita’s expanded feature set. Placing Vita’s bevy of unique features — not to mention its enhanced graphical and online capabilities — at creators’ fingertips, LittleBigPlanet Vita has a lot of promise. (Click here for full preview)

WipEout 2048

Sony’s new PlayStation Vita stole the show. Like every other person with a media badge at E3 this year, I wanted to get my grubby hands on the successor to the PSP. While our time at Sony’s booth included hands-on demos with PlayStation 3 games, the new PlayStation TV, and even some 3D action, the bulk of our rushed visit was spent trying out Vita. If there was one game that truly showed off the potential of the PS Vita, it was WipEout 2048. (Click here for full preview)

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier puts an enormous emphasis on teamwork. I got a chance to check out this refocused attention during a hands-on demo of the game during E3, and while it’s clear more work is needed before its 2012 release, there is a great deal of potential in that basic co-op concept. The game still relies on exaggerated technology as the Ghosts have all the latest gadgets only the military could attain. Making my way through the level provided a chance to see how well the co-op works with AI, resulting in a giant sigh of relief as bad AI in a co-op game spells disaster. (Click here for full preview)

Need for Speed: The Run

The last thing a good racing franchise needs is out-of-car quicktime events to weave together some loose narrative. That was my initial reaction when I saw a video demonstration of EA’s Need for Speed: The Run, and after some hands-on time with the game during E3, I’m still not completely convinced replacing standard scripted cutscenes with QTEs is a great idea. Despite that uncertainty, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the actual racing aspects of the game can be, but at this point it’s unclear if the game is a traditional racer or an action-racer. (Click here for full preview)