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Single Player Week In Review – June 9th

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Well, trickle my turkish teapot! It’s been a busy week not just for OnlySP but for the entire industry as a whole, considering we’ve just experienced the most exciting 3 days of the year (unless you count that one weekend). Without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Around OnlySP

Like I said, E3 was a huge event this year and we caught pretty much all of it here. We got around 9 pages of quality E3 coverage, thanks to the incredible team we have here. It helps that we have a talented new writer on board, Will Blackwell, who was a lot of help this week. New writer Jake Sharpio also joined us very recently, and you can expect a lot of quality stuff from him too.

In other news, Nick was able to squeeze a two part interview from the team at 4A Games regarding Metro: Last Light. We asked some interesting questions and the team responded. You can read the interviews here and here.

Speaking of Metro, we’ve started a giveaway for an Xbox 360 copy of Metro 2033. If you’re interested in an atmospheric and thrilling experience (who isn’t?), you’d do well to enter.

On the editorial side of things, Will comprised a nice list of games we didn’t see at E3 and gave some speculation and analysis for each. Jake Sharpio wrote an interesting editorial in which he lamented the lack of a Han Solo game in relation to Star Wars 1313, and I myself wrote about how the upcoming God of War: Ascension might be in danger of becoming predictable and routine.

Last but not least, I reviewed the title Inversion and gave it a 5.5/10, stating that despite its cool concept, it too often became a generic and even frustrating shooter.

Personal Gaming Update

I’ve been mostly preoccupied with playing Inversion this week, though I did manage to check out an addictive little gem called Hoard. If you haven’t heard of it, I highly suggest you take a look. Reversing the roles of your typical fantasy scenario, you play as a dragon and must raid villages, scorch knights, and capture princesses in order to hoard as much gold as you can. It’s very charming and expertly designed, making it a steal for just $10 off PSN, XBLA, and Steam.

Professionally, I’m going to review Wrack and possibly Spec Ops: The Line soon. I’ve got a few editorial ideas up my sleeve, so watch out for that too.

As for what E3 titles I’m most excited for; Splinter Cell: Blacklist is looking mighty fine so far, expanding upon Conviction‘s gameplay and reintroducing elements from past titles. Watch Dogs caught me completely off guard (I guess you could say I’m a watch puppy) and absolutely stunned me with both its presentation and gameplay. Very cool. Finally, Dead Space 3 managed to still impress me even after word got out about its cover system and universal ammo. Looking forward to seeing more.

 

That wraps it up, single-players. Hope you’ve had a great week, and we look forward to serving you more single-player news, previews, and editorials in the future. Happy gaming!

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@www.onlysp.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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