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On the third day of Christmas, I mean E3, I toured more booths full of awesome games than one can imagine.  The day started off with a private look at the new, more mature Tomb Raider game starring a much less busty Lara Croft.  The game has already taken many best of show awards from the various gaming sites out there, and I can’t say that I don’t disagree with the ranking.

From there I gave Hitman: Absolution a try, and while the stealth genre isn’t my favorite I couldn’t help but appreciate the level of polish in the demo that I played.  I got my balls handed to me because I wasn’t ninja-like enough, but the game’s world felt  very real and believable, and those gamers with a preference for patient gameplay will love it.

After letting Agent 47 down multiple times I decided to move on to our next appointment, 2K games and some hands on Borderlands 2 action!  Let me tell you something.  This game has potential to make a run for some serious gaming industry awards if it continues on the path that I saw it on.  I played the PC version of the game and it looked stunningly crisp with a very high attention to detail.  The amount of improvements over the original are insane, and everyone of you should put this game on your things to play in 2012 list.

Up next on this world wind tour of E3 of mine just so happened to be the Activision booth where I watched an extended Call of Duty: Black Ops demo.  To be honest with you the game looks great, but I think the whole, “Holy f*ck we’re all going to die the world is over” COD theme is becoming a little stale at this point.  Don’t get me wrong, I know I’ll be playing it with the rest of you later this year, but I just didn’t see much that made me feel like the franchise advanced significantly from the last COD game.

After Activision we had a few appointments with Konami and Sega, which are some of the first game developers started me on my way to a gamer’s life way back in the 80’s and 90’s.  At Konami I had the unique experience of playing Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, and I have to tell you that I really enjoyed my experience.  For an action game MGRR has some very original features with its radical swordplay being the main source of excellence.  I can’t tell you how satisfying it felt to slow motion slash my enemies to little slivers of meat and blood.  The gameplay felt extremely tight, and I think that it’ll be my first ever Metal Gear game of my life.

Sega’s booth provided us access to a quick demo of the Aliens: Colonial Marines multiplayer component, and I really was impressed with what I saw.  I played as a Marine versus a team of Xenos in what basically amounted to a game of team deathmatch.  The visuals were very reminiscent of the Aliens film, and so was the mood of the game.  I can’t wait for this delayed to come out in early 2013.

To top this roller coaster of a day off I attended and filmed\photographed the red carpet premier of the new noobz movie, which is a comedy about a team of professional Gears of War gamers.  This event was definitely a first for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I wish I had a microphone to ask some questions, but I underestimated the level of access that would be provided for me.  I’ll have some video of the event in the near future, but for now I urge you to check some pics of the event after the break.  You’ve been needing to see some of these games for yourself…

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Matt Heywood

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he's not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB's Star Wars Time podcast show.