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E3 impressions
Bar Harbor
I'm not there, but there are tons of videos on the web

Assassin's Creed 2
My god, 15th Century Venice looks incredible! I can probably put up with more of the horrible frame story to play there. That is, as long as there is some sort of swimming mechanic. If falling into a canal = insta-death, No Buy.

Batman: Arkham Asylum
A mode where you play as the *Joker*?!? I'm not sure whether the wrongness or the awesome is dominant here. Apparently, this mode is a PS3 exclusive.

Halo 3: ODST
Fan service alert: I recognized both Nathan "Captain Mal" Fillion and Alan "Wash" Tudyk among the voice actors. As well as someone who seemed to be trying for an Adam Baldwin impression, but not the man himself.

Left 4 Dead 2
One of the settings is a garden maze. Combine this with the fact that the AI Director now has the ability to dynamically alter terrain, so that the maze can be different every time, and this is very intriguing.

Natal Project
Peter Molyneux is showing off a new tech where "your body *is* the controller!" It uses a Wii-like camera setup, and (allegedly) does full-body motion capture, facial recognition, voice recognition, and *emotional* recognition. I suspect that some future generation of this technology may achieve awesome-ness, but that this one is not going to manage it.

Looking better and better. The sheer glee of superpowered destruction runs through this title. Also looks to have some above-average storytelling.

Star Wars: The Old Republic
Man, LucasArts sure knows how to make a trailer! Watched it three times. I doubt they can make actual gameplay this cool, but I'm still wicked excited about this game. (Is that Darth Malak? If so, he's gotten a *lot* more badass since KotOR I...)

Beatles Rock Band

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
OK, let me get this straight. The black pimp(?) boss fight starts with him hurling two huge-afroed bimbos at you. You duck, then pull out your lightsaber to start fighting him. He fires two huge missiles from his boom box, and then his boom box morphs into mech-like body armor. Then the chandelier falls from the ceiling, and in order to recharge your lightsaber(?), you start jerking it up and down rapidly, looking like you're jerking something else entirely... And this is just one tiny part of the preview vid. I've heard mixed reviews of the first game in the series, but everyone agreed it was totally different than anything else you ever saw. I can believe that.

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Assassin's Creed 2 looks like a great walk-thru of Venice. Thanks!

I really liked the first No More Heroes even though it had its rough spots.

And yes, Assassin's Creed 2 features swimming.

Well, falling in a canal probably would have involved swallowing or aspirating sewage, which isn't exactly insta-death....

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