If you didn’t know already the Mecca of gaming expos is currently underway in Los Angeles this week. Here at Word Of The Nerd Online we will be doing our best to showcase you every little scrap of news we receive during the epic four day (June 4-7) long convention.
I’m here doing my part covering two games that quite frankly, I cannot wait to be released, Borderlands 2 and Fifa 2013.
Borderlands 2 is being grouped with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed 3, Resident Evil 6, and Halo 4 as some of the most highly anticipated sequels on showcase at E3.
Gearbox Software CEO, Randy Pitchford was on hand at E3, sharing news with Spike TV and G4. From the trailer used in both televised pieces we can expect the new Borderlands to up the ante on graphics, along with Borderlands signature calling, a cluster-ton of guns. Pitchford was actually given a Guinness Book of World Records certificate during an interview with G4’s Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb for most guns in a single video game after Gearbox’s work on the original Borderlands.
Pitchford admitted that the original Borderlands was a surprise hit after they enter into a RPG/Shooter realm as an underdog, but are now entering 2012 as a fan favorite. However, fans can expect Gearbox to rise to the occasion as they introduce an even larger series of maps to explore the treacherous world of Pandora along with four new playable characters including, Zero the Assassin (shown in video here) and Salvador the Gunzerker. A 5th unnamed character is scheduled to be downloadable content 60-90 days after the game’s release, but as Pitchford mentions in the video will be free to anyone who pre-orders Borderlands 2.
Pitchford also teased gamers during his Spike TV interview about the level of customization, saying he, “Didn’t want to spoil anything,” but fans should expect an overhaul on the ability to customize characters guns, looks, and vehicles. Yes, I said vehicles; expect a lot more wickedly-awesome vehicles to roam around Pandora with, wreaking havoc wherever you go.
EA Sports introduced a number of games during their day one center-stage presentation, but out of all the games EA Sports presented one stood out to me, FIFA 2013. FIFA2013 will once again introduce more eye-catching graphics to fans, but are ditching Fifa 2012 defensive-minded game-play for an enhanced offensive style of game-play focused heavily on the new modified dribbling game.
Modeling the new dribbling system on the world’s best player, Lionel Messi, FIFA 2013 will allow gamers to use a larger variety of dribbling techniques to single-handily break down defenses just like Messi is real life.
Their focus was to expand on 2012 defensive success with the ability for skilled players to more effectively use their set skills on the pitch. Players like Messi and Christiano Ronaldo are stand-out players in real-life and will be reflected as such in the game. Players like Ronaldo and Messi will highlight the unique dribbling experience, which will allow users to totally control player’s movement on the ball like never before. Surely, the new feature will make gamers feel as if their actually playing on the pitch.
FIFA 2013 will also be modifying FIFA Club (which was introduced in FIFA 2012). The EA club allowed players to pick and support their favorite club from around the globe and compete in daily challenges. FIFA Club will now be available on mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Droid enabling the world’s largest sports game to become even larger.
If that wasn’t enough, FIFA 2013 will also feature a brand new Xbox Kinect feature. Voice recognition during the game will allow gamers to make substitutions on the fly, change tactics, but most importantly allow gamers to curse at the officials during games, making FIFA 2013 a must-have for soccer fans everywhere.