My E3 Highlights So Far

Project Cars looks unbelievable! I’ve never seen a game look that realistic before! Some of those shots

Cuphead- They released another trailer for the beautiful Cuphead, I’ve been looking forward to this game since I first saw it a year ago =)

No Man’s Sky- The scope of this game looks insane! So beautiful! How does a game look THIS good and all be proceedrally generated (meaning every planet is made randomly and uniquely so no two planets are the same, ever)?!

Assassins Creed- How do they have so many people in the crowd?!

The Division- Looks pretty crazy!

Inside- Pretty!

Ori And The Blind Forest- Even prettier!

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Next-Gen/Last Gen Comparisons

This is a pretty interesting comparison of the next-gen version of Tomb Raider vs last-gen. Most of the differences you wouldn’t notice unless you saw it side-by-side like in this video though, but it does look better overall. I think they made her face look too red though- the sub surface scattering of the skin is too strong or they tried to fake/help it too much in the maps as well. It definitely doesn’t look worth buying if you have played it already but for those of us yet to play it will be good.

Now, just bring out GTA V on PC/next-gen so we can enjoy that, the differences in that will be vast!

Check out the original Kotaku article here.

Amazing Dynamic Sea, Weather And Foliage On Assassin Creed 4

This video of what to expect on Xbox One and PS4 versions of Assassins Creed 4 is simply incredible. Each rain drop is a particle that can be lit and affect puddles and foliage dynamically?! That’s insane! I want to work in that engine!

My E3 Highlights So Far

There were some obvious games that stood out at E3 to me, that I already knew would impress me, but then there were some that completely took me by surprise and wowed me.

Surprises-

Plants Vs Zombies- Garden Warfare, it looks very much in the style of Team Fortress 2 and definitely a game I will try:

Titan Fall, the gameplay and graphics look really good:

Metal Gear Solid V, the lighting looks amazing!:

Sunset Overdrive, I just hope the actual gameplay keeps this strong style and looks nearly as good!:

Games I knew I would enjoy-

Destiny, its made by Bungie, they would have to do something amazingly wrong to screw this game up! Looks like a nice mix of Halo and Star Wars. Was a bit of a coup by Sony to get them to show at their keynote!:

Ryse, as a Crytek game this was always going to look good. Got some friends working on it and they are doing a great job!:

Watch Dogs. part of this trailer look unbelievable!:

Kinect Sports: Rivals, obviously I have to put the game I’m working on in this list and it does look good so why not!:

Destiny On PS4

I somehow missed this video about Destiny a couple of weeks ago when then Sony Playstation 4 was announced. Bungie obviously did an amazing job with Halo and I am hoping for something just as spectacular with Destiny. I will have to cancel my  pre-order for the Xbox 360 version of the game and order the next-gen version to have the best experience!

PS4 Rumours

There is an interesting video over on IGN (sadly I cannot embed into my blog) that says the PS4 has been in development at Sony for the past couple of years, which goes against many rumours saying they have only just started develpment.

This was summed up on the 2nd July on IGN also:

The uncovered tidbits revolve around an ex-Sony employee named Atilla Vass, whose CV (curriculum vitae) on LinkedIn talks a bit about the “Next Generation PlayStation”. Vass worked at Sony for 14 years, beginning in May of 1998. His tenure at Sony, according to his CV, ended in April of 2012. His specialty appeared to have been “R&D” centering on technology ranging from graphics to cloud services and more.

Specifically, he talks about how, from August 2010 until April of 2012, he worked simultaneously on PlayStation Vita and what he calls the Next Generation PlayStation. For the latter, he worked on Graphics Library and Security. He founded some 17 technology patents for Sony, suggesting that his work on Sony’s platform may have very well been of the integral variety.

They also released some rumoured specs for the console earlier this year:

The HD 7670 is a rebranded version of last year’s HD 6670, sporting identical specs across the board. If you recall, the HD 6670 is the same card that we reported will be used in the Xbox 720. The implication, of course, is that the two systems will effectively go toe-to-toe as far as discrete graphics are concerned.

By current standards, the HD 6670 is an entry-level processor with a price of about $74.99. Benchmark tests place framerate performance for taxing titles games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 set to high settings at a resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p) with average framerates of just over 30 frames-per-second. The chip also supports HDMI1.4a output, which is necessary for the system’s rumored 4k output. Naturally, a comparably lightweight operating system and console-optimized games will likely improve performance, but the PS4’s real edge could come from the secondary GPU provided by the APU.

Onboard the A8-3850 is an HD 6550D, which makes the APU capable of running games at baseline specs and lower resolutions without the help of a discrete GPU. When the APU is paired with the HD 7670, however, Sony will be able to utilize an asymmetrical CrossFire configuration to share the load of realtime graphics processing.

Our sources caution that while current plans for the device make use of the the chipsets mentioned, it is possible that changes could be made prior to the system’s launch.

And then gave their view on the rumours.