SEGA's booth at E3 this year was definitely one of the busiest of the show floor, with tiles like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games as well as new IP s like Bayonetta and Alpha Protocol really making a splash. On our Booth tour, we scrambled to see everything in their booth and ended up getting a really diverse experience!
First up, we got to check out Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. In the brief demo that was available, we were able to try out three of the game's sports: speed skating, skiing, and bobsledding. We were able to use the Wii-mote very effectively (sans MotionPlus) in all three events.
We then moved on to Spy-centric Alpha Protocol. This title was clearly one that SEGA was really excited about, and they showed us how Alpha Protocol used RPG elements to determine how the user played the game. We watched two people play the same level side by side, but they used very different tactics and even elements of the story were different depending on decisions they had made earlier as well as combat skills they had leveled up.
It was then time to check out The Conduit. Although this title has been shown many times, the demo we got to try was nearly complete, and I have to say that I was blown away by the classic-style shooter mechanics as well as the extremely polished look of the game. We were also shown how you could customize various elements of the gameplay, including control and reaction speed.
Afterwards, it was time to get a first look at upcoming survival/adventure shooter Alien vs. Predator. This game allows you to play through all three sides of the Alien vs. Predator conflict as depicted in movies (Alien, Predator, and Colonial Marine). The person demoing it assured us that each faction had completely different storylines, and you could jump in and out of any of the three campaign modes whenever you wanted. From what we saw, this game is going to be heavy handed with the action, but even more so with the gore. Once we saw a Colonial Marine's spine pulled out through his neck by a predator, we knew it was time to move on to the last booth of the tour: Bayonetta.
Bayonetta is an action game in the vein of Devil May Cry, and it has some very unique stylings. You play as the titular witch, and your task is to fight some fantastical creatures by using magic and the guns in your feet. The magic that Bayonetta uses primarily is her hair, which is also stuck to her skin as clothing. So, it follows that when she uses her magic, well, she ends up stripped fairly bare. This results in plenty of sexy peek-a-boo shots and almost-gotcha moments. Bayonetta is by far the most sexy and stylish thing at E3 this year, and it was a great way to wrap up the booth tour.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor