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E3 2012: DOA 5, Dust 514, Ni No Kuni, Hitman Absolution, Etc. Hands On

I had the chance to play a good amount of games at E3 2012, but I couldn’t get a good feel for a few of them. Either I only played the game for ten minutes, or the battle system was too complex to learn while a dozen gamers waited impatiently in the queue behind me. So here are my quick impressions of some of these games.

Dead or Alive 5DOA 5 is graphically impressive and the camera angles make every punch look spectacular. For veterans of the series the controls will be easy to master. I only played a few rounds, but the combat felt responsive and the stages are some of the best in a fighting game. Seriously, it’s hard to go back to boring non-interactive stages after playing something like this.

Dust 514 – I found this game impressive graphically, and it controlled well enough. Also after talking to the developers I found out it’s going to be free when it comes out this summer. Sadly I couldn’t get a good feel for this game because the map was almost empty. A cameraman walked up behind me and asked for “some action”, but there were no enemies in sight.

Still, I’ll keep an eye out for this one when it comes out, it seems like it had potential. But it’s no fun to play an MMO alone.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – This controls like a Tekken game so that’s a plus for fans of the franchise. Yet, I couldn’t get into the action because the version I was playing looked like it belonged on the 3DS. Really, the graphics were bad in comparison to something like Dead or Alive 5. Hopefully this wasn’t the final version.

Hitman Absolution – The first thing you’ll notice about Hitman Absolution are the graphics — they’re gorgeous. I played a mission where you have to go into China Town and find a way to kill a kingpin. There are multiple ways to do this, but the easy approach is to place a bomb inside his car.

Well, before I did that I wanted to see if this could be played as a third-person shooter. Some gamers have been concerned that the game looks more about action instead of stealth.

So I made Agent 47 do his best Nathan Drake impression — and he died repeatedly! His movements aren’t good enough for run and gunning, and there are too many cops around. He can’t absorb bullets either; all of this makes it near impossible to play Hitman Absolution as a third-person shooter. Maybe this will work in later stages, but it failed miserably in the one from the demo.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – I was excited to go hands on with Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. I love a good JRPG and anything that Studio Ghibli touches. The art impressed me as I wandered around a sea in a ship. A monster quickly attacked me; this took me to the battle screen.

Here’s were things got tricky, the battle system appears to be a hybrid between turn-based and real-time. I’ve seen gameplay videos and it looks really cool, but I just couldn’t get the hang of things in my brief playtime. I kept dying — this is one of those games were I need to start at the beginning. Without tutorials I was completely overwhelmed. I’m confident this is a great game once you sit-down to learn the basics, though.

Are you looking forward to any of these games? Tell us in the comments.

I'm DeShaun Zollicoffer, and I approve this message/bio. "28-years-old, Proud Northeast Ohioan, a Gamer Without Loyalties, an Equal Opportunity Offender, Apple Evangelist, Apple Hater, Music Lover, Anime Junkie, Little Monster, Frequent Flyer, Dexter Fanatic, Title Case Addict, and Geek Revolt's Founder and Editorial Director."