Day two begins with a race across the massive Los Angeles Convention Center to the Konami Press Conference in the West Hall. Whew, made it just in time to grab a seat just before the lights dim.
Konami starts things off with DEF JAM RAP STAR, a spin on KARAOKE REVOLUTION where users get to jump into the world of rap stars and even compete online to try to get themselves discovered. Next up is a new wrestling game based on the ever-popular Mexican sport, LUCHALIBRE: HEROES DEL RING. A few of the wrestlers are actually on hand to flex and pretend to fight. It’s amusing and gets a nice laugh from the crowd. Apparently some Luchalibre stars will be fighting in “real” matches on the E3 show floor. There’s also some kind of Manga shooter game called OTOMEDIUS EXCELLENT. Now it’s time for the dance stuff. There’s a dance game for XBox’s new Kinect called DANCEMASTERS. And while I’m assuming there aren’t too many horror fans that also love GLEE, maybe they can at least tell their ladies about GLEE: KARAOKE REVOLUTION. They even had a bunch of tweeners come out and perform to the game for us. Yippie. This makes covering TWILIGHT last week seem downright masculine by comparison.
Okay, here’s a little something for the horror fans with SAW II. Tobin Bell is back to voice Jigsaw and, as expected, their will be plenty of new torture devices and, of course, blood o’ plenty. We’ve got a look at the game below.
Konami E3 SAW II Presentation.
We’ll have more on the SAW game tomorrow when we take a hands-on look and speak with Producer John Williamson and everyone’s favorite gamesman, Tobin Bell (aka Jigsaw).
Now they’ve got sports party games, which I won’t bother to discuss further. No big revelations there. But finally, we’ve got what we came here for, a new SILENT HILL game, the eighth in the beloved survival horror franchise. It will be available for X-Box 360 and PS3 in 2011. Have a look below.
Konami E3 SILENT HILL 8 Announcement
Konami also has a new game that should appeal to horror gamers called NEVER DEAD. The lead character can be torn into pieces, put his bits back together and go on fighting and killing his enemies. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Konami E3 NEVER DEAD Announcement
Lastly, we’ve got a new CASTLEVANIA game for DS subtitled HARMONY OF DESPAIR, another in a long line of standard 2D side-scrollers, but what we really care about is the new CASTLEVANIA for PS3 and X-Box 360, which releases this Fall. Konami finished off the press conference with a look at CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW.
Konami E3 CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW Presentation
After the Konami event, we head over to the Warner Bros. Interactive booth to sit down with horror legend John Carpenter, who is co-writing the story behind F.E.A.R. 3 with Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT). Niles and Carpenter were on hand with one of the game’s producers to discuss the project. Carpenter, who can often be a little stand-offish with press, seemed to be in good spirits today. He and Niles both professed to being gamers. Carpenter said he first got into games playing the SONIC series with his son before eventually moving on to shooters such as DOOM and the F.E.A.R. series. We’ve got a video look at the chat below.
Part 1: How Carpenter and Niles Got Involved with F.E.A.R. 3
Part 2: Why 3D is a Gimmick
Part 3: Movies vs. Video Games and Their Favorite Games
Part 4: E3 and Sex in Video Games
And that wraps up Day 2 of our coverage from E3. We still haven’t had a whole lot of time to check out the show floor, but hopefully we’ll get a chance to browse tomorrow after a first hand look at the SAW II game.