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Konami’s Pre-E3 2013 Show: Kiefer Sutherland Will Play Snake in ‘Metal Gear Solid V’

Konami revealed yesterday that it added some gravel-voiced star power to its latest Metal Gear Solid installment. Jack Bauer himself, Mr. Kiefer Sutherland will play Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

As E3 coverage has been ramping up this week, Konami tossed out a half-hour pre-show highlighting all of the awesome it plans to unleash this year. The centerpiece, of course, is Sutherland. This is the first time that Konami has used a famous actor to portray the eye-patched stealth soldier Solid Snake, who for years has been voiced by David Hayter. Hideo Kojima, the game’s creator explained during the video that because the game takes place in 1984, it required an actor who can convey the facial and vocal qualities of a 49-year-old version of the anti-hero.

Sutherland, for his part as a non-gamer, had actually heard of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. And he didn’t have to torture the balls off anyone for the info. Fancy that.

E3 2013′s Most Mind Blowing and Anticipated Games: ‘Battlefield 4’

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Fishing In Baku: Up Close And Personal

E3 is just a weekend away an we’re winding down to the games that we’re absolutely the most pants-crappingly excited about. (We mean that figuratively, of course –that sort of thing hasn’t happened since college.)  Among those games we’re most stoked about is, of course, Battlefield 4.

We’re so stoked we watched all of the 17 minute gameplay introduction in it’s entirety — twice. While there won’t be playable female characters, there will be plenty to ogle at. First, they got rid of that annoying-as-all-get-out Co-Op Mode and decided to focus on what we all care about, shooting our friends in the face Multiplayer Mode. Oh, and the story. Given the glimpse of the story we’ve seen, it looks pretty solid. It starts with a group of dudes stuck in a rapidly sinking car in Azerbaijan, and gets even more bonkers from there. Oh, and guess who shows up? Boardwalk Empire’s Chalky White / The Wire’s Omar, Mr. Michael K. Williams.

Get ready for some multiplayer demos at E3 next week.

E3 2013′s Most Mind Blowing and Anticipated Games: ‘Thief’

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Garrett's Back, You Taffer...

These days, everything amazing-but-dated needs an equally amazing reboot. While publisher Square Enix has revived both of its Tomb Raider and Hitman franchises fairly recently, it’s all ready to reboot another older-school title for next generation console awesomeness. That’s right, taffers, Thief is back in all of it’s arrows-to-the-dome glory and it is confirmed for E3.

The first-person steampunk stealth-’em-up looks a bit like it’s second installment, but darker and more next-gen-ier. The new game will probably be familiar to younger Dishonored fans because that franchise practically owes its own existence to the original. From what we’ve seen, the new Thief will have pick-pocketing aplenty, that old familiar skull-cracking blackjack, and an endless quiver of arrow-shooting. While Garrett will be the face of this reboot, we’re not sure if it’s the same Garrett, or someone taking his mantle. Pure reboot or not, it’s definitely going to be on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

E3 2013′s Most Mind Blowing and Anticipated Games: ‘Ryse’

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Hack and Slash Xbox One-Style!

As we’re forced to wait ONE MORE WEEK for ridiculous E3 amazingness, we have another exclusively Xbox One title to get us all excited. This one, Ryse, will let us get all stabby Kinect-style as a Roman warrior. As you can tell from the trailer, this game will probably reach previously unseen levels of badassery.

Once known as ‘Codename Kingdoms’, we first heard about Ryse at E3 2011 and have been in eager anticipation ever since. Developed by German studio Crytek, it looks to be the first worthwhile first-person hack-and-slash title in Xbox’s repertoire since, well, ever. The pre-rendered scenes that we’ve been shown indicate that this game involve lots and lots of historically accurate murder. Oddly enough, the dude in the video barley breaks a sweat as he cuts apart a short-sword-wielding enemy and finished him off by throwing a sword at his face. We have a feeling some of us gamers will get a little more of a workout as we rise through the legions.

Not to worry, who among us couldn’t use a little stab-tastic exercise?

E3 2013′s Most Mind Blowing and Anticipated Games: ‘Quantum Break’

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TV and Games Together!? Crazy.

When Microsoft made its huge Xbox One announcement last week, everyone bitched and moaned about the fact that the new console would not be as game-centric as its predecessors or the other systems of its generation. Only a handful of people had that, “Woah, wait a minute, what about all the things they could do combining TV and games?” Enter Quantum Break.

Quantum Break looks like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure hopped up on biker-crank and Phillip K. Dick. The Xbox One exclusive title will do what a next-generation console is supposed to do: radically different shit like combining TV and games. And no, not like that one game back in the 80s that gave all those kids seizures or any other half-assed game/show hybrid we’ve ever seen. Game developer Remedy Entertainment, has said that the game and show are in simultaneous production and that, “how you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game.” We’re beyond flashing screens and boilerplate scripts, aren’t we? E3 will hopefully give us a bit more than the trailer.

 

E3 2013′s Most Mind Blowing and Anticipated Games: ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

E3 Excitement: GTA V
Now With 300% More Hookers!

Grand Theft Auto V will be in full-force at E3. And that’s good. Seriously, how long have we been waiting for this thing? They announced it in October 2011 and since then, we’ve seen trailers, posters, characters, rendered surfaces and every other nugget Rockstar can throw our way but the actual game to play for ourselves…which the general public won’t get to do until September.

We’re entirely stoked on this one for more than mere anticipation. For one, it has three main protagonists, which is a great addition to a huge persistent-world game like GTA.  There’s that whole argument that multiple main characters will be the wave of the future and all that. Sure, fine.

Most importantly, GTA 5 will be the last big franchise entry on the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms. While everyone is clobbering over each other for look-see’s at the next generation, will GTA V be quietly murdering hookers in the corner? Here’s hoping it’s front and center. By all accounts, it will be the perfect pedestrian-flattening swan song for two great systems.

E3 2013′s Most Mind Blowing and Anticipated Games: ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’

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Kilzone: Shadow Fall at E3?

Set to be the sixth installment in the Playstation-exclusive Killzone series, this one looks pretty boss. Sony showed everyone a sneak peak at their PS4 event back in February and plot details have trickled out since then. While its E3 appearance remains unconfirmed, anyone who know anything is pretty sure this is going to make a showing.

Shadow Fall had us stoked at the sheer quality of its visuals. Then, it turns out that the demo footage we saw was using only half of Ps4′s 8GB graphic capabilities. If that’s truly the case, we’re in for something special. Since Killzone will be  part of PS4′s vanguard, our anticipation level is reaching heights previously unseen. Don’t let us down Sony.