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The demo opens up with Drake in truly Sam Fisher fashion as he stealths his way through a cruise ship. Everything from the environment, to the weather effects, to the sea looks absolutely fantastic. Naughty Dog continues to push the PlayStation 3 in each installment of this Uncharted trilogy.

As Drake makes his way through the cruiser we are shown some impressive stealth kills. Despite the lack of action in the beginning it is hard not to feel immediately drawn into what is going on. But, of course, the action picks up quickly as Drake draws his gun, makes use of a grenade, and blows a hole in the cruiser. The moment the water comes rushing in is the very moment I found my jaw dropping. But my words just can’t do this demo justice. Watch it for yourself after the break and enjoy a bit of special news for an opportunity to get your hands on the full Uncharted 3 multiplayer experience before the title’s release on November 1st.

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Sony is all set to reveal the NGP (Vita?), among other software offerings, tonight at 8PM EST at the Sony Conference, in Los Angeles California. Gamer Limit will be covering it live as the events unfold right before your eyes, so stay tuned!

If you’re blessed with video capabilities, check it out on Hulu’s G4 E3 Stream (which is more reliable than Gamespot’s).

Otherwise:

Follow the link here for liveblog coverage at 8PM EST.

Today at their E3 2011 press conference Ubisoft showed off something that I didn’t expect in the slightest, Far Cry 3. It may have been far from expected, but dear God it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time as Far Cry 2 is easily one of my favourite games of the generation.

The Far Cry 3 demo shown off at Ubisoft’s keynote revolved around a man being captured by militants, given a pair of cement shoes, before being sent towards a watery grave. Narrowly managing to escape, the man then brutally kills several people with a knife before hijacking a helicopter that gets shot down by a rocket launcher. Intense!

The awesome demonstration aside, not much is known about the title yet aside from it being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, alongside Ubisoft Shanghai and Massive Entertainment.  Be on the lookout for Far Cry 3 in 2012.

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During Electronic Arts E3 2011 press conference two of its hottest upcoming titles’ release dates were announced. Battlefield 3 will be hitting shelves on October 25 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. We’ll be taking a look at the game in the upcoming days and will have a full preview of Battlefield 3′s E3 demo within the week.

Mass Effect 3 will be landing on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 6 of next year. Additionally, the N7 collectors edition of the game will feature a hardcover Mass Effect book, a comic book, in-game appearance packs, an extended soundtrack, lithograph, N7 patch and instant access to the N7 Arsenal Pack, which includes four additional weapons, for a measly $79.99. You know you want it.

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We received our first look at the next “leap forward” in the Fable series during Microsoft’s E3 keynote today. Peter Molyneux wants to make you feel “100 times more involved”. You just have to love that classic Molyneux hyperbole. Once he decided to shut his gob and let us see the game, the press conference demo featured a man waving his arms around to cast spells and defeat goblins.

Fans of the series may be disappointed to hear that Fable: The Journey looks like its shaping up to be an on rails shooter, rather than a full fledged installment in the series. Then again, if the prospect of using your Kinect for something other than a dance or sports game excites you, Fable: The Journey may be up your alley.

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The final reveal of Microsoft’s press conference was a teaser for Halo 4. Cortana is desperately trying to wake up Master Chief from cryosleep as the ship from the closing moments of Halo 3 is explodes. Master Chief finally awakens and makes a daring escape from the burning vessel, only to come face to face with a giant alien ship before the footage fades out.

Halo 4 will be hitting store shelves Holiday 2012. Oh, and in case you were worried there was going to be a less John-177 in your life, this is the start of a new trilogy in the series. We’ll be seeing plenty of Halo in the years ahead.

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Have you been clamoring for a remake of Combat Evolved? Do you long to see the Pillar of Autumn crash land on the “Halo” in glorious HD? Well, if so your prayers have been answered. Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary was announced earlier today during their E3 2011 press conference.

Look for it on November 15th and hit the jump for a full interview of the game.

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While it has been rumored for a couple of weeks now, it is finally confirmed that Mass Effect 3 will support the Kinect. I know, I know, the idea made me cringe at first too. The thought of using the Kinect to do things like throw grenades or use abilities through stupid hand motions was unbearable. Rest assured though, this Kinect support seems pretty limited to certain actions and is tied to voice recognition.

From what was shown in the demo, this voice recognition seems most utilized when making dialogue decisions. Notice I said utilized and not useful. Let’s be honest, why would you say verbatim the dialogue choice displayed on screen when you can just press a button and choose the option with your controller? The more useful part of the voice recognition in Mass Effect 3 seemed to be during combat as you will be able to direct your team to use certain skills. Ultimately, it all feels quite gimmicky. But then again, isn’t that the motto for Kinect? Read more… »

Ever since the Tomb Raider reboot was announced in Game Informer, I was convinced that it would be exactly what the franchise needed. While the game looks absolutely beautiful and emits a dark, gritty feel, the demo shown at Microsoft’s press conference has me concerned. Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than the overuse of QTEs (quick time events) in games – a la God of War.

Despite my distaste for this outdated gameplay mechanic, I remain convinced that Crystal Dynamics will stay true to Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise. The presentation is there, the set pieces seem to be there, and hopefully the gameplay proves to be more than what was shown. If it isn’t, the future of Tomb Raider will be more grim than ever. Judge for yourself though with a video of the demonstration after the break. Read more… »

Controversy! It isn’t an E3 without it. From what I saw during the demo of Modern Warfare 3 during Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2011, I truly question whether this demo was played live. While it isn’t really a huge deal, it is real fishy as you can see in the video after the break that the controller disconnects, pauses, and then what looks like a video input switch occurs.

Nonetheless, this demo of Modern Warfare 3 was full of some fantastic looking set pieces as it opens up with forcing a submarine to surface, infiltrating it, launching some missiles, and eventually escaping as battleships blow up around you and the skyline of Chicago in the distance is falling to shambles. What else can you expect from a Call of Duty title though? Be sure to hit the break for a little bit of extra news regarding Modern Warfare 3 and of course the aforementioned video.

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While E3 still remains an industry and press only event in the physical world, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is partnering with IDG Entertainment/GamePro Media to give gamers virtual access to 2011′s largest gaming expo. Announced Tuesday, the E3 Insider site will give players the ability to see exclusive E3 interviews, previews as well as tour the plethora of exhibitor booths.

ESA senior vice president for communications and industry affairs, Rich Taylor, said, “E3 is the leading computer and video game event in the world. Millions of enthusiasts who want to attend will now be able to have the same incredible experience as the attendees on the exhibit floor.”

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Today publisher Square Enix announced that the Agent 47 will be making he return in the fifth installment of the Hitman series, Hitman: Absolution.

Slated to arrive on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, Hitman: Absolution will be developed by franchise creator IO Interactive. The big selling point of Absolution is that it will allow gamers to explore the Hitman universe, something that has been teasing fans of the series for a long time. Read more… »