E3 2012: ‘The Unfinished Swan’ Gameplay Demo Wows
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Some folks love finding enjoyable new smaller games to download and play from the Xbox Live Marketplace or PlayStation Network. Not being one of them personally, it’s only every once in a while that one really grabs my attention. The last big one to blow my mind was Limbo, the hauntingly beautiful tale of a boy making his way through a dark and deadly dream world.

But there’s a new game that fits this description that has me incredibly intrigued, and that game is called The Unfinished Swan. Basically, you the player start the game staring at a completely white screen (not for every level, as you’ll see, but some of them). Not a thing to see, nowhere to go. To find the path, you’ll throw little paint balls all around you, which will coat anything around you and reveal where you can walk. It’s a brilliant little concept and looks like it could be well worth our time.

Check out a story trailer and the lengthy gameplay demo for The Unfinished Swan below now!

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E3 2012: Free-To-Play Games ‘DUST 514’ & ‘Hawken’ Make Their Presence Known
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Free-to-play games are getting bigger and bigger each day (something game studios who make big money from you dropping $60 on a game surely despise), but most of the ones we’ve seen are expectedly poor in quality.

At this year’s E3 convention, however, a couple of upcoming free-to-play games titled DUST 514 and Hawken were shown off, and they could just be worth keeping an eye on.

Keep reading to find out more about them and to see gameplay videos for both.

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E3 2012: ‘Star Trek’ Gameplay Demo Experience
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During the E3 convention last week, I had the opportunity check out the gameplay for the Star Trek game, Namco Bandai’s first-person shooter that’s a tie-in to JJ Abrams’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise. The events of action take place sometime in between Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film and the upcoming sequel. Abrams himself worked with the Namco Bandai team to insure the storyline remains in canon with the continuity of the series, and the full cast is on board to voice their characters, including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

One of the unique distinctions of this game is it’s the first in the franchise to allow you to play as both Captain Kirk and Spock simultaneously, via split-screen or networked play. In fact, the demo shown to me relied heavily on Kirk/Spock cooperative play, as the Enterprise is called down to a settlement on New Vulcan (as the old Vulcan was destroyed by Romulus in the previous film) to respond to a distress signal.

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E3 2012: ‘Splinter Cell: Blacklist’ Gameplay Demo
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I’d never played a Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell game until recently when I tired out and loved Splinter Cell: Conviction. The games are renown for their stealth gameplay and your ability to quickly and quietly eliminate enemies by the deadly hands of the one and only Sam Fisher.

Ubisoft was on fire at this year’s E3, bringing a ton of first looks at a lot of exciting games. One of them was the newest title in the Splinter Cell franchise, titled Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

The game looks like a SC game, but the most notable improvement is even more fluid movement from kill to kill. Fisher takes them out with the best of them, and it looks like Blacklist has him more deadly than ever.

Check out the first peek at Splinter Cell: Blacklist on the other side!

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E3 2012: Syfy TV Series/Video Game Hybrid ‘Defiance’ Unveiled
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In March of last year, we told you about an incredibly ambitious new project being developed by Syfy and Trion, the game studio behind the highly popular MMORPG Rift. The epic plan was to create both an online video game and an original TV series that were set in the same world, and as the story of the show progresses, writers would incorporate significant moments from the game into the show, allowing players to be a real part of the show they’re watching.

The very idea is awe-inspiring, but it’s also easy to dismiss it as too much to pull off. Thankfully, those involved in the project, which is being called Defiance, were on hand at E3 to give us our first look at both the game and the show, so you can get a much better idea of what they’ll look like.

Click on over to the other side to see a trailer and a making of video for both the show and game.

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