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What to expect at rAge 2011

The rAge expo has officially kicked off this weekend at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg.

ITF Gaming had the opportunity to join in on all the fun by hosting some awesome prize give-aways compliments of Apex Interactive and the team on the Nintendo 3DS stand. The Nintendo 3DS stand is showcasing an array of upcoming 3DS titles to test out, so make sure to swing past the stand and chat to the guys about anything and everything Nintendo related. The team from ITF Gaming will be situated at the Nintendo 3DS on the 01/10/2011 from 10am – 12pm and on 02/10/2011 from 12:00pm to 13:00pm.

Apart from all the Nintendo awesomeness, ITF Gaming has compiled a list of the must see exhibitions at rAge 2011. If you are only joining in on the rAge action on Saturday, then this will give you a preview of what to expect.

Things to check out at rAge 2011:

Nu Metro:
Batman Arkham City
Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Megarom Interactive:
The Darkness 2
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
Final Fantasy XIII – 2
Xmen Destiny

Electronic Arts (EA):
Need for Speed the Run
Battlefield 3
Mass Effect 3
Grand Slam Tennis
The Sims 3 Pets

PlayStation:
Tekken Hybrid
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dragons Dogma
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Microsoft Xbox 360:
Gears of War 3
Kinect: The Gunstringer
Kinect: Star Wars
Kinect: Disney Land Adventures
Forza 4

Nintendo:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Dead or Alive
Resident Evil
Street Fighter
Steel Diver
Pilot Wings
Kid Icarus
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

A few of the major highlights to look out for on Saturday and Sunday will be at the main stage, this will include: Tomb Raider, The Darkness 2, Guildwars 2 and a host of epic presentations and give-aways.

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A look at EA Games rAge 2011

The EA Games stand at the rAge expo 2011 was a demonstration of why the company is one of the principal global interactive entertainment software companies of today.  Sports game fanatics had a chance to play Need for Speed: The Run, FIFA 2012 and SSX (or Snowboard Super Cross). The FIFA series is of course one of the best-selling video game franchises in the world and no annual video game convention would be complete without a preview of the latest FIFA-endorsed version.

Need For Speed: The Run, the 18th game in the popular series is the first game to have been rated T for teen since Need For Speed: Undercover, back in 2009. Contrasted with the very legit, governing body signed FIFA game, The Run features illegal street races across the most hazardous roads in North America. While it appears to follow a linear plot about a racer who must reach the finish line in order to pay his debts both to crooked cops and vile criminals, The Run promises to contribute to the development of story in racing video games.

The EA games stand also offered war FPS (first-person-shooter) fans a chance to frag each other in the Beta version on Battlefield 3, or to play the game’s demo as a single-player experience. It also featured a Mass Effect 3 demo, that I did not look at too closely, as I am anticipating its release and do not want to spoil my experience of the game. It did, however, look promising.

The one game demo that did look out of place amongst the aforementioned titles was The Sims 3: Pets, but then again, as one of the heirs to the best-selling PC games in history, this could not be left out simply according to aesthetic standards. EA has once again showcased its dexterity in creating new versions of the most popular games today. As these games continue to develop I look forward to playing the final releases of the games on show at rAge and excitedly await any future releases from the team at Electronic Arts.