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The Third Party E3 2016 Booths In Pictures

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

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There were absolutely dozens upon dozens of booths with hundreds of interactive experiences for attendees to try. Fionna and I tried to see as many booths as we could and play as many games as humanly possible with only six hours of floor time per day. Here is a visual rundown of some of the 3rd party booths – so not Microsoft, Sony or other major console manufacturers – from both the North and South Hall.  


Just outside of the South Hall cafeteria was a small multi-part booth for the recently released 10 Cloverfield Lane. If you read my review of the film when it hit theatres last Spring you’ll know that I absolutely love the franchise. The booth in South Hall was complete with a functional jukebox and board games that attendees could play. A little odd for a movie to have a booth at E3 but hey it works. 


Near the back of the IndieCade booth in Sout Hall was a small game called _Transfer being demonstrated off of the main programmer’s laptop. This game has a sci-fi / cyberpunk feel and from the 10 minute demo that I played gave me the same kind of feelings that Analogue: A Hate Story gave him – memories and identity are at the core of this unique experience. 


The folks from Kona were at E3 also at the IndieCade booth, unfortunately all I saw was their laptop with a wallpaper. No developers were on hand for my time at the Indiecade booth 🙁 


A number of unique experiences were on offer at the IndieCade booth include a real life adventure game set in an 8 year old’s bedroom, indie titles like Inversus and it was one of the only spaces where people could sit together on an actual play together.  




Natsume had a medium sized booth complete with an inflatable tree, Harvest Moon demo-stations and the chance for fans to get some awesome swag provided that they play all four titles available at the booth.  



Rebellion showcased Sniper Elite 4 in a pretty sweet lounge.




Some general shots of both Halls, the crowd outside on Day 2 and other general areas of the convention.



Capcom went all out for their E3 experience: A dilapidated demo theatre for the stealth announcement of Resident Evil 7, A replica of the actual courtroom from the Ace Attorney franchise complete with fans shouting “OBJECTION!”  and a playable demo of Dead Rising 4 being played alongside members of the Capcom Vancouver development team. Of course some of our collegues have found that playing Resident Evil 7 in VR can be a bit of a nightmare!



Square Enix brought a lot of stuff to E3 -their booth had several stations for Final Fantasy XVStar Ocean VKingdom Hearts 2.8Final Fantasy XII HD and more. It would have been easy to lose an entire day of E3 to the offerings at Square Enix’s booth alone. Don’t forget that Kingdom Hearts 2.8 includes new content not found in other games – if you missed the E3 trailer from a few days ago check it out here.

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That’s it! The conclusion of our 2016 3rd party booth tour in pictures. Do you think that a number of the games announced at E3 will be successful? Let us know which booth from E3 was your favorite in the comments below.

Just to recap some of the biggest games we’ve seen so far at E3 2016: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Lawbreakers, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Resident Evil 7, Death Striding and Gravity Rush 2. AAA publishers like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo alongside smaller indie develoeprs brought their best games to this year’s E3 Expo!



Call of Cthulhu gets its first trailer

Posted on June 10, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

popular table top RPG system Call of Cthulhu will soon be coming to PC’s near you. Focus home interactive, makers of other great simulation titles like Blood Bowl, Farming Simulator, and Battle Fleet Gothic, are now now bringing their talents for adapting table-top games to Call of Cthulhu. Fans of the system might remember that there was an earlier adaptation taking in 2006 headed up by none other than Bethesda (Elder Scrolls, Fall Out) along with Ubisoft and 2K games. This adaptation however is different, as it is an RPG-Investigation title, packed with psychological horror and stealth mechanics. Rather than a shooter.

In Call of Cthulhu, players will control Edward Pierce, a former veteran and private investigator in 1920s Boston. Pierce will be investigating the tragic and mysterious death of Sarah Hawkins and her family in Darkwater Island. The game’s E3 Trailer showcases this disturbing Island and the eerie Hawkins Family Mansion, and gives a glimpse at how the intensity of the investigation will slowly start chipping away at your Sanity. Insanity and the Cthulhu Mythos have long been entwined – as your investigation brings you closer to Cthulhu’s sphere of influence, madness will progressively engulf your senses, leaving you to increasingly question what is real and what is illusory.

Feast your eyes on the dark locales of the the very first trailer for the all new game! What do you think, good or bad idea? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook!


BloodBowl 2 Mac Version Released

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Blood Bowl 2, the hyper violent football fantasy game based upon Games Workshop’s Warhammer universe is now available on OSX thanks to Cyanide Studios. BloodBowl 2 combines the familiar fantasy aesthetic that players have known for decades now from the Warhammer property and combines it with the ruleset from American Football. Add in a good dose of over the top violence, a turn based rule set similar to the original board game adaptation, a new graphics engine plus commentary and it is easy to see why Blood Bowl 2 was necessary.

Owners of the Windows PC version of Blood Bowl 2 will find the Mac version available on their accounts free of charge. For new coaches who have yet to hit the field as the Orcs (or other favorite faction) the game is included in Steam’s Mid Week Madness at 60% off until May 20th. Cross-play between the two versions is also supported now that the OSX version has been released.

Focus Home Interactive originally released Blood Bowl 2 on Windows PC this past September on Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The original Blood Bowl 2 was released in 2009.

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Farming Simulator 2013 Trailer

Posted on September 28, 2012 by Joshua Rust

Sure, I laughed at the idea of a farming simulator too when I first heard of this. Who wouldn’t? But the fact is: without farmers…where would we get our vegetables and fruits? Farming has been around pretty much since the dawn of man. So heck, why shouldn’t it get a video game?

Here is the official trailer:

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No exact date has been announced forFarming Simulator 2013, but it’s (obviously) expected to release in 2013.


Of Orcs and Men Dislocates Jaws in New Video

Posted on June 2, 2012 by Eric Bastelak

So there is a new joint effort between Cyanide Studios and Spiders being published by Focus Home Interactive. Looks to be a new brutal fantasy RPG. Now despire recent reviews, I’m a huge fan of Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios. I see passion in their games, som great potential yet to be fully realized. So here’s hoping Of Orcs and Men will relize that potential. Check out the trailer it looks pretty awesome. September 2012 release date you say? I’ll be keeping my eyes on this one. Read More


Confrontation/Yesterday Giveaway

Posted on May 29, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Hello everyone. I hope our American readers had a (happy/ debauched/somber/exciting/uneventful) Memorial Day weekend. I know I did.

That being said, we have two fine titles to give away today courtesy of Focus Home Interactive. The first is a copy of the point and click adventure Yesterday (you can read Eric’s review  here). We also have two copies of Confrontation, a tactical RPG based on the miniature skirmish game of the same name.

As per our M.O., You will find Steam keys for the game hidden in our articles, Twitter, Steam group, or Facebook page.


Jagged Alliance: Back in Action & Yesterday Giveaway

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Today we are giving away two copies of Jagged Alliance: Back in Action and one copy of Yesterday (courtesy of Kalypso Media and Focus Home Interactive respectively).  You will find Steam keys for the game hidden in our articles, Twitter, Steam group, or Facebook page. Furthermore, if you are interested, you can read Eric’s review of Yesterday here.


Winter is Coming-The Game of Thrones RPG

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Eric Bastelak

So I’ve been a fan of Song of Ice and Fire for a long time. I completed the first book because someone wanted me to be in their pen and paper role playing game. Oh man did I fall in love with the universe, unfortunately the game fell through and I’ve had a hard time tracking down copies of the remaining books. Then HBO happened,Read More



Posted on May 3, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Focus Home Interactive has just announced that The Testament of Sherlock Holmes will make its way to the Xbox® 360, PlayStation® 3 and PC sometime in September. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes marks the first console release of Frogwares’ seemingly limitless series of puzzle games staring the the master detective.

This time around Sherlock is the main suspect in a series of crimes. He’s one the lam, unable to prove his innocence (at least initially), and must investigate these crimes using what Focus Home Interactive calls a new “deduction” system. I’ve never played these games, so I don’t know what exactly this deduction system entails. However, I do know that you’ll get to interrogate people (a favorite pastime of mine) and can chose which leads to follow up on and which to ignore.

Since Sherlock was able to take on Cthulhu once, so I doubt Scotland Yard will cause him too much trouble.

You can see new pictures from the game after the jump.

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Wargame: European Escalation Giveaway

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

International Workers’ Day may have come and gone, but its spirit still lingers here at Broken Joysticks. I, for one, associate the first of May with massive Soviet military Parades. What a sight it must have been to behold the crimson banners fluttering as T-80 tanks rumbled past. In honor of the “good old days,” we’re giving out copies of Wargame: European Escalation.

In case you didn’t know, Wargame: European Escalation is an alternate history game where the Cold War goes “Hot.” I don’t mean hot in the nuclear holocaust sense. Rather, the forces of NATO and the Warsaw Pact battle it out conventionally over a decidedly non irradiated Europe. You can see how to get your hands on a copy (and watch footage from a Soviet May Day Parade)  after the jump.

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