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E3 Behind Closed Doors: Dead Rising 3, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

If you had walked around E3, you’ll notice the masses of kiosks just standing out for people to freely try games that won’t come out for months. But there are some games that you can only experience by seeing someone else play the game AFTER you’ve waited in line. Sounds more like waiting for reservations at a restaurant only to get in to see someone ELSE eating your meal. Fortunately for me, press passes have their perks.IMG_4489

In Dead Rising 3 (DR3), you play as Nick Ramos, a mechanic in the fictional city of Los Perdidos, CA. Just like in previous Dead Rising offerings, you basically run around a huge town infested with zombies; it’s not a particularly complicated game, but it’s a nice stress reliever if killing zombies is your thing. Expanding on the previous title, DR3 has a better combo system where you can grab blueprints and combine items in a MacGuyver-esque mash of items and duct tape. How someone could draw up blueprints for a Flaming Sword using a gas nozzle and a katana, and then leave it sitting in some corner of a convenience store is beyond me, but hey…it’s a game. In addition, this game touts a city that’s bigger than the areas of Dead Rising 1 and 2 combined. Not bad.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag has you traveling the open seas from the Florida Keys to Jamaica and everything in between. You play Edward Kenway, the grandfather of the main character in Assassin’s Creed 3. You control the ship “Jackdaw” a wooden upgradeable ship that becomes your primary means of transportation a la The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. You’ll be able to swim underwater, go on treasure hunts, and everything the previous Assassin’s Creed games have to offer. With your ship, you battle other pirate ships as well as battle the unknowns of the sea.

Look for Dead Rising 3 later on this year and look for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag on October 29, 2013.

Jay “Mouse” Vales

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