Weekend preview – pre-E3 edition

I’m not entirely sure just how much gaming I’m going to be doing this weekend, but let’s get the obvious out of the way – as soon as I have the living room free, I’m firing up the Duke Nukem Forever demo.  I can’t tell you how weird it is to type that and not have it be part of some fever dream.  I do not expect it to be amazing – I expect it to feel somewhat dated and look a little rough around the edges, especially as this appears to be the same demo that was at PAX.  Be that as it may, I just want to play the damned thing.

Also hoping to get some time with the Infamous 2 demo.  I know the full game’s coming out next week, but still; I enjoyed the first one.  Glad I returned my copy of the first one, too, as it’s one of the Welcome Back freebies I plan on picking up just as soon as the bandwidth evens out.

Probably will get some Witcher 2 happening, as well as some Dirt 3.  I’m more or less done with L.A. Noire for the time being; I’ve downloaded all the DLC but I think I’m a little burned out on it.  I’m certainly burned out on the music that plays during the crime scene inspection sequences – that little horn swell has been stuck in my head for days.

As for E3 – I must admit, I’m getting a little excited.  I have no interest in Nintendo’s new console, but certainly I want to know what it is.  Likewise, I’m probably not going to get Sony’s new handheld, but I have to admit that it’s a pretty sexy piece of tech… it’s just that the iPhone covers all my handheld bases more than adequately.  Microsoft, having no new hardware to show off, would presumably be focusing on software – and that’s important, as their first-party lineup has been somewhat weak of late.

Beyond that, I’m really just looking forward to hearing about all the stuff I don’t know about yet.  Certainly I’m wanting to hear more details about Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Mass Effect 3, Tomb Raider, Uncharted 3, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City, and I’d certainly like a fresh look at Bioware’s Star Wars MMO.  But, for whatever it’s worth, I’m not really aware of any major press conference leaks, which means that we might actually get some surprises next week.

What are you playing this weekend, then?

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