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A look at this year’s E3 gaming expo

By Imran Khan

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is happening this week all the way across the Atlantic in Los Angeles. How does this concern us in South Africa though? Well, this convention brings together some of the biggest names in gaming development and entertainment. Companies such as Microsoft, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Rockstar games and Activision are just some of the software developers that will be at the convention.
Thanks to our friends at Electronic Arts, we managed to get a sneak peak at what games will be debuting at the show. So here goes:

‘Crysis 3’
One of the best new generation first person shooter franchises gets an upgrade with the all new ‘Crysis 3’. Playing as the character Prophet, gamers will once again be able to suite up and enjoy the hunt. The gameplay has left the wilderness setting and now takes place in New York City. Not so much the Big Apple, but a NYC that has been degraded to an urban rainforest. Aliens, humans and anything targetable is on Prophet’s hunt list in his quest for retribution. The game will also feature a more intelligent gaming machine, challenging the player to assess, adapt, attack and take revenge.

‘FIFA 13’
My favorite sporting genre game of all time. The latest installment of FIFA features a totally new gaming engine, focusing on all the real drama that’s involved in a game of soccer. This is sure to make the game much more interesting and challenging. FIFA will be available on a wide variety of platforms, including Android, Iphone and Ipod touch. A true long standing game that has not lost its appeal, even after so many releases over the years.

‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter’
‘Medal of Honor’ always scared me; it just feels too real. It’s getting even more real in the latest installment of one EA’s best sellers. Players will be placed into missions and scenarios that are based on real world scenarios. ‘Advanced Warfare’ kept me up for a while, but I am definitely looking forward to this one.

I can’t wait for these games to hit South Africa. Just one thing to do in the meantime: start upgrading the gaming rigs to handle all these new games.

Website of the week:
If you need a bit of help choosing a new graphics card or any computer hardware kit, check out Tomshardware.com for reviews and comparison charts to help you decide. Sometimes it’s the cheaper unit that’s going to give you a bigger bang for your buck. Usually the more expensive unit will require you to upgrade everything that surrounds it (motherboard, power supply) – been there, done that. It gets especially costly when you’re not quite sure of what to look for and chase performance alone.