Under the Radar?

E3 is that time of year where gamers glue themselves to their computers, smartphones or even their carrier pigeons to find out that very latest about the next step developers are taking to bring new and exciting games to your hands, eyes, ears and mind. But at the moment, with all the buzz about your Playstation Vitas and your Nintendo Wii-Us it is understandable that just a few things might have slipped under the radar this early into the week long festivities. I delve in and track down these rogue bits and bobs, so you don’t have to miss a damn thing.

Trials: Evolution

Just when you thought that RedLynx would just let us regain our composure and piece together our shattered controllers following the Big Thrills pack, the game just isn’t over for us yet. Trials HD was a fiendishly simple, yet difficult puzzle game that took many of us to the very limits of our patience in attempts to conquer the beast that is the Extreme Difficulty mode.

“Trials Evolution is more than just a sequel to Trials HD,” said Antti Ilvessuo, Creative Director of RedLynx. “We listened carefully to all the feedback we received from the previous game and added it to our own vision of what the ultimate Trials game could be, coming up with a gamer’s wish list of must-play features.” He promised more details would be revealed in the future.

You can see the trailer here, and if that has you reaching for your shabbily recreated controller with rage building inside of you, calm down. It’s not for release until later on this year.

eBook Bonanza!

If you just can’t get enough of L.A. Noire, fear not. Downloadable content is already here for you to enjoy, but it’s not your conventional downloadable content. You don’t need a 360 nor a PS3 for this type of downloadable content and the graphics are better than you can imagine… From today, on your Kindle, your iDevice and through Barnes & Noble online you can pick up a collection of stories that tie into the L.A. Noire universe. And all for the princely sum of zero dollars and zero cents.

L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories features eight short works from celebrated authors Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, many of which revisit characters and cases from the game itself, and provide a new spin on infamous headlines from the 1940s.

Also, coming soon Electronic Arts and PadWorx Digital media will team up to bring you the story that bridges the gap between American McGee’s Alice and Alice: Madness returns. This book will be presented in a storybook app, which introduces readers to the world of Alice as brought to you by American McGee. It recaps events, characters and environments from the first game whilst setting the tone for the upcoming sequel.

“It was an amazing experience for us to work with EA and American McGee’s company Spicy Horse on such an intensely realized project,” said Jeffery Alan Schechter, Creative Director and President of PadWorx Digital Media, Inc. “American McGee’s Alice is a legendary title in the game industry, and just being mentioned in the same breath is a real honor.”

“We needed a partner who could bring the incredible story and styling of Alice: Madness Returns to life, we wanted to set the bar for what a free interactive storybook experience could be, and we needed it done fast,” said Ben Swanson, Online Marketing Manager at EA. “PadWorx stepped up and not only delivered a beautifully intense book in record time – just six weeks – they also simultaneously developed the book for iOS, Android, and even a Flash version that’s playable from inside our Facebook page. These guys are rock stars!”

Another Classic Game Remade…

It’s the turn of Leisure Suit Larry to get the upgrade treatment this time, and before you groan, this time it’s a classic being remade and not a tawdry sequel to a… well, tawdry sequel.

Players (and “playas”) all over the world dropped to their knees today, surprisingly to pay homage to the master, the original top dog, the Casanova of computer games, Larry Laffer. Yes, the louche, lascivious, luckless but lovable star of Leisure Suit Larry is back — in his original incarnation.

Larry’s original creator, Al Lowe, is working with the team from Replay Games to bring the original Leisure Suit Larry game to a whole new generation of netbooks, tablets and mobile devices — starting with Intel’s Appup.com marketplace, where you’ll find it this summer, on a device near you.

The new release is the 1991 remake of Larry’s original scorching adventure Leisure Suit Larry In The Land Of The Lounge Lizards, which improved the game’s original 16-color EGA graphics into achingly gorgeous 256-color VGA graphics, the 3D high-def of its day.

Now a whole new generation of fans can join Larry, cruising the streets of Lost Wages, pushing his luck, looking for love and Miss Right. Or maybe Miss Wrong.

No further details like release date nor an accurate list of platforms it’ll be released on, but sure enough the details will slink their way out of lockdown, just like this old classic has.

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