This is an interview with Blizzard employee Kristen DeMeza from E3 2006. She is an Assistant Game Designer and is part of the team in charge of world events in World of Warcraft. She talks about the upcoming Burning Crusade Expansion Pack for WOW.
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I played Shadowrun at E3. This is despite the fact that the opinions regarding the game universally regarded it as horrible - I simply had to see it for myself.
When I first sat down to play the poor man who had been guiding demos all day long asked me if I was familiar with Shadowrun. I replied honestly - I have played the game for almost ten years and am very familiar with much of the background material, both in English and German. The nervous reply I got was "Well, this takes place before that." Before what? Before I knew what Shadowrun was? Before anyone had any concept of the richly detailed fantasy cyberpunk setting that we all have come to know and love? I know that the poor guy at the Games for Windows booth had seen people like me before and had his fair share of disappointed attendees so I politely played the game and left.
With the US release of Heroes of Might and Magic V coming up in a week I thought it would be prudent as Strategy Editor to sit down with the demo and get to know the latest addition to the franchise. I have been a big fan of the Heroes of Might and Magic series since it was called King's Bounty on the Sega Genesis. Heroes of Might and Magic V is published by Ubisoft and was developed by Russian developer Nival Interactive. The release date is slated for May 23rd.
This bit of footage was actually being played by Crytech's Lead Programmer for Crysis. This shows off one of the games boss-style characters... an alien machine the size of a building! Check out the footage by clicking "Read More" and if you like this read the previous article posted where we interviewed Crysis' Lead Level Designer (also the Lead Level Designer for Far Cry) here.
On Thursday we were given the privilege of touring CDProjekt Red's booth in Kentia Hall. What we saw was the work of a number of incredibly talented artists who are attempting to create the world of a European fantasy best seller. The Witcher is based on a series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski, the most prominent Polish fantasy author. The setting is dark fantasy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ do not entertain any doubts about that.
Here is an interview with the Crysis Lead Level Designer Sten Hubler. Click "Read More" for the video exclusive! This is probably one of the best games of E3 according to us at BlueAlien.org... you all should check out this interview and footage.
RedOctane really pulled out all the stops for E3 this year even though they are essentially only showing a single gameÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but wow what a game! Guitar Hero 2 takes us back to the same hard-rocking riffs we thrashed in the first game and gives us some new features like a Co-op mode that allows two players to work together to finish a song sharing the same applause meter. Click "Read More" for the full story!
We sat down and previewed Firaxis Games' upcoming title Sid Meier's Railroads!. We witnessed some cinematics and a gameplay demonstration. Railroads! is the successor to the first two Railroad Tycoon games. The style of play is very similar to the first two. The goal of the game is to start as a rail building entepreneur and progress all the way to robber baron.
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