E3 2012: Konami pre-E3 show impressions

Posted: June 1, 2012 by Tony Polanco in PIECE OF MIND

Once again, Konami has put together a pre-recorded, pre-E3 show. What did the company have in store for fans? Read on to find out.

The show began with Konami talking about its initiative for social and mobile gaming. A new studio in the San Francisco bay area will be focused on creating games for casual audiences. These types of games do very well so it makes sense that Konami would want a piece of that pie. The two games shown were Frogger pinball and Twilight carnival. Frogger Frenzi and Frogger classic were also mentioned. Admittedly this isn’t the sort of thing hardcore fans care about but I give Konami respect for giving this venture into social gaming an honest try.

Next up was a section on Soccer game Pez. Yeah, yeah I know, it’s soccer. Moving on…

For Zone of the Enders fans, a shinny HD collection is coming at you. You can tell the team went out of their way to make this collection look as good as possible. I’ve never played any of these games so I’m definitely interested in this collection. There is ANOTHER reason as well but we’ll get to that later.

At this point the show got to what everyone came to see, HARDCORE NUDITY! Okay, not really but something almost as good…METAL GEAR!

Since it’s the 25th anniversary of the legendary franchise, series creator Hideo Kojima was on hand talking about the legacy of Metal Gear. He talked about the various HD remakes of Metal Gear Solid and about how the series was featured in the art of gaming exhibit in the Smithsonian museum. You can tell that Kojima-san is very proud of his creation and how gaming has evolved over his career. Hideo also briefly talked about the studio’s Fox engine but didn’t say anything beyond that it’s the engine that will power their future titles.

The long in development Metal Gear Solid: Rising, now dubbed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was by far the show’s highlight. A wild new trailer was shown (which you can see here) and the developers shone a light on some of the game’s features. Revengeance (gotta love that name!) stars the controversial Raiden and it looks to be chuck full of insane cybernetic ninja action. Even though we didn’t see any, Raiden will have access to more weapons besides his trusted katana and it appears that the game will have some light platforming sections as well. One cool thing is that if you buy a copy of MSR:R you get the demo for Zone of the enders HD! As if we didn’t already have enough reason to get this game. Very cool indeed. All in all this game is shaping up quite nicely and looks to be one hell of a ride. To close off the Revengeance extravaganza, comedy troupe Mega64 had a fun sketch about Raiden trying to find a job but failing at everything presented to him.

The show came to a close with the first trailer for Castlevania: Lords of shadow 2 (which you can see here). It was an all cg trailer that had series star Gabriel Belmont bringing the pain to an army of demons and even a giant wooden robot of some sort. There was also a small tease for an upcoming 3DS Castlevania game which will be shown during E3 proper.

Konami’s 2012 show was a step up from last year’s thanks to a more focused presentation and the reveal of some exciting new games. They will have most of these games available to play on the E3 show floor and will hopefully have more surprises in store for us next week.

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