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FANTASIA: MUSIC EVOLVED
Harmonix has a legacy of creating great music games, from Guitar Hero and
Rock Band to one of the most successful games on Kinect: Dance
Central. The studio is leveraging its expertise with a new partnership with
Disney, and early impressions are overwhelmingly positive. The exploratory
sequences through underwater shoals and magical newspaper factories echo the artistic
flair of the original Disney films, but the magic of the performance mode steals the show. Whether you think of your movements as dancing, conducting,
or sorcery, there's something exciting about crafting your own version of a
familiar song, and listening as your movements translate to sound.
SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD
Other platformers like Rayman Legends and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze got E3 attendees talking, but the old plumber once again proved he still has a lot to give. With Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo marries the
four-player action of the company's recent platforming adventures with a 3D
world. Even better, the four playable characters have their classic Mario 2-era
characteristics, including Luigi's amped-up height and Peach's levitation. The
results are chaotic, classic Mario.
NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS
The single-player demos for Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5, and Driveclub were left in the dust by Need for Speed Rivals' team-oriented multiplayer demo. The cops-versus-racers formula provides an addictive mix of racing and vehicular combat in a gorgeous open-world setting that Criterion fans will feel right at home in. The new All Drive feature promises to blend single- and multiplayer racing into one cohesive experience, allowing Rivals to race away with our Best Racing Game award with ease.
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT
The Witcher's branching narratives and multidimensional characters have enthralled RPG gamers. Wild Hunt maintains the series' high standard for storytelling while presenting players with a massive, open world to explore. CD Projekt Red's demo took Geralt through a multistage sequence featuring a murder investigation, a battle against a giant forest monster, and several difficult player decisions that drastically affect the optional side quest's outcome. CD Projekt Red says the game features 100 hours of gameplay, giving players plenty to experience in their first next-gen RPG.
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