The world’s largest (or should that be loudest) video game convergence is done and dusted for another year. Join us as we round up the games and services announced during this year’s event.
FreeStyleGames is planning to revolutionise the karaoke scene with SiNG. If you’ve grown tired of reading lyrics on your 50 inch plasma, you’ll now be able to switch them over to the Wii U GamePad, thus solving a problem that never even existed.
The Vita has been crying out for new software and Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune is about to answer the call. Soul Sacrifice is a sword and sorcery epic in which you’ll be forced to forfeit all manner of valuables (including limbs!) in order to prevail.
Casual sports titles have flourished during the boom in motion sensitive gaming and Sony’s Sports Champions 2 will be the next cab off the rank. When this Move compatible outing arrives later this year, you’ll compete in a variety of new sports including Golf and Skiing.
Nintendo hasn’t announced a Wii Sports sequel for the Wii U, but Ubisoft is aiming to fill the void with Sports Connection. This mini game collection will support the new Wii U Gamepad as well as the Wii MotionPlus controller.
The Wii U may soon be awash with subpar party games but Namco Bandai’s arcade action fest Tank! Tank! Tank! looks a bit more promising than that. The title of the game has been described as tentative (notwithstanding the inclusion of three exclamation marks).
When a group of 12 nations declares war on the United States, the President turns to one publisher (Ubisoft) and that publisher turns to one man (Sam Fisher). The stealth action hero will return in 2013 in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist for 360, PS3 and PC.
The problem with the title When Vikings Attack is that it assumes Vikings spend at least some of their time not attacking. This colourful PSN game from Clever Beans will allow you to play on either PS3 or Vita and then swap your save freely between the two.
Ubisoft is responsible for one of the more ambitious projects announced at this year’s show. An open world action game with a high tech edge, Watch Dogs will see you hack everyday devices in order to gain an advantage over your enemies. Look for it on 360, PS3 and PC.
While the Wii Fit balance board didn’t necessarily transform your physique in the way that you’d hoped, it did accurately simulate what it would feel like to be approximately three inches taller. Nintendo is now ready to take that experience to the next level with Wii Fit U.
Nintendo may be pitching the Wii U GamePad as the next evolutionary step in gaming, but it concedes that some situations may still call for a more traditional controller. That’s when the Wii U Pro Controller, with its Xbox 360 style layout, will come into its own.
Even as anticipation builds for new hardware, Microsoft is still looking for ways to expand the functionality of its aging Xbox 360. The forthcoming Xbox Smartglass package will enable you to control applications and games using tablets, smart phones and other devices.
Tired of the same old exercise routines? Ubisoft has your back (and your wallet) with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013. The new edition of this Kinect powered 360 exclusive will feature 125 workouts and (strangely enough) 150 recipes.
Rock of Ages developer ACE Team is returning to its first love, the first person fantasy brawler Zeno Clash. When it arrives on XBLA, PSN and PC, the cleverly titled Zeno Clash 2 will bring with it new weapons, enemies and environments.
The game announced last year as Killer Freaks From Outer Space has risen from the grave as ZombiU. Ubisoft is now pitching this ghoul infested Wii U shooter as a follow up to Zombi, its 1986 release for the Amstrad CPC.
If you’ve been looking for a new workout then Zumba Fitness Core could well be the answer. According to publisher Majesco Entertainment, this game will “rock your core”, which frankly doesn’t sound entirely pleasant. Look for it on 360 and Wii in spring.
That’s all folks. Which of the games and services announced at this year’s E3 have stirred your interest?