E3: Geared for games

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  • Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013

MORBIDLY FUN: Puppeteer for the PlayStation 3 is just one of those wonderfully designed games with a unique art style that captivates the imagination.

Now that E3 is underway there are so many things to check out on the show floor. We made our first stop at the Sony's booth to check out the games headed for its consoles.

We discovered that the popular open-world franchise from Sucker Punch, Infamous, is headed to the PS4.

But it'll be a different beast as Infamous: Second Son is not tied to the other games in the series. Instead, Second Son is set in Seattle and has a new protagonist, Delsin, who has the unique ability to absorb powers from other superhumans.

In the short demo that was shown, we saw Delsin in combat with members of the DUP (Department of Unified Protection), an organisation that hunts down superhumans.

The heavily armed DUP is not to be trifled with as there are members of the group who also possess superpowers.

Most of his powers are relatively similar to Cole Macgrath but he has a number of unique abilities that let him to teleport and even propel himself high up in the air to unleash a super powered takedown.

Like previous games in the series, there is a morality system which will ultimately affect the powers that your character gains in the game.

Second Son is a PlayStation 4 exclusive title that is slated to be released in the first quarter of next year.

Shut up and drive

When it comes to racing simulation, no game does it better than the Gran Turismo series.

Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi says he is working tirelessly to make the series' last outing on the PlayStation 3 a successful run.

GT6's cars will handle even more like real cars thanks to enhanced physics engine and special tire modelling. The game will also take into account a car's aerodynamics. Expect to see new tracks and cars like the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray.

Yamauchi says the decision to keep the series on the PS3 was because it already has a large fanbase who are expecting another GT game.

He assured fans that after the launch of GT6 it will receive frequent updates.

No official release date has been announced.

No strings attached

Puppeteer for the PlayStation 3 is just one of those wonderfully designed games with a unique art style that captivates the imagination.

Set in a magical theatre in a world where puppets come to life, a young boy named Kutaro has the misfortune of being turned into a puppet.

To make matters worse, our wooden protagonist's head is devoured at the start of the game, leaving him helpless and headless.

Fortunately for him, he discovers a magical pair of scissors that allow him to defeat enemies and affect objects in the world he lives.

Puppeteer's promises many worlds and hours of platforming fun.

Look out for this game in September.

One piece at a time

One of the PS4's standout titles is a new action adventure game called Knack.

In it you take control of Knack, a robot designed to turn the tide of a war between humans and goblins. As the evil Goblins have mysteriously acquired advanced weapons it is up to Knack to find a way to stop them.

Knack isn't just any ordinary robot as he has the ability to grow in size by absorbing thousand of pieces of objects to better fight goblins.

The E3 demo largely focused on Knack's combat abilities - it is simply amazing how Knack can supersize from a small machine to the size of a building.

In one section of the demo we fought armed goblins in a cave while in another we were given full access to Knack's giant form to takedown enemy planes.

Knack can also be sneaky when he needs to be - discarding all his pieces to become transparent to pass through obstacles.

Knack is set to be a launch title for the PS4 when the console goes on sale this November in the United States. 

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