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Inspiration of the Week: Fringe

With the recent move my family and I went through to get back to California, we have not been able to get caught up on most of the shows we enjoy. Just recently, I was able to get caught up on the fourth season of Fringe. While I won’t divulge any plot details, I have to say, the direction they went this season and the mind-blowing science fiction integrated into the final episodes was truly breathtaking. The character development of Ann Torv’s Olivia Dunham and faux-Olivia was amazing, and the ever emotional Dr. Walter Bishop, played by John Noble, was simply great. His blend of humorous and witty remarks during an autopsy, combined with his emotional toll that is placed on him due to his relationship with his son Peter and the toll his time in the mental hospital makes for one of the most remarkable performances in television today. This character development and scientific story telling makes for amazing television and a great inspiration for creative writers everywhere. 

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On Request Magazine Best of E3 2012 Awards

E3 2012 is over, and as it is On Request Magazines first ever live coverage of the conference, here is our list of the Best of the E3 Expo.

Best Xbox 360 Game: Halo 4: The return of Master Chief was the best exhibit Microsoft unveiled at E3 this year. The epic first-person shooter brought fans back into the shoes of the most bad-ass space soldier around. Exploring the mythology of the forerunners and this new world Master Chief and Cortana are trapped on, this game showcased the brand-new technology in the game, and even showed everyone’s favorite AI losing her mind as her software begins to crumble away. With new and old enemies, new weapons, and new multiplayer maps to keep friends playing for hours, this is going to be one of the best game this holiday season.

Best PS3 Game: The Last of Us: This survival action/adventure title was showcased last year, but this year new footage was shown, giving us a glimpse of the third-person oriented gameplay as you explore the ruins of this massive city in the wake of a cataclysmic event. Showcasing the journey of a man and a young girl, the duo must scavenge and search for food and supplies as deranged survivors and mutated creatures that may or may not be zombies lurk around every corner. The vast scope of this game, from gameplay to the environments surrounding the characters to the intense action, this game is a must have for next year, and we cannot wait to see more of this game.

Best Nintendo Game: Zombie U: This new horror title for the new Nintendo Wii U was an instant hit at the Nintendo conference. Utilizing the motion controls of the new data pad and the built in microphone and camera, the Wii U can connect with your television, giving you two screens to play on. Along with this, Zombie U is a unique shooter horror game that explores the zombie apocalypse, but instead of focusing on checkpoints, revives, and restarts, if you die in the game, you are instead given a new survivor to play as, picking up from where your previous character left off, and you can even kill the new zombified version of your former character. This was the best game to come with the new Wii U hardware and software.

Best Action/Adventure Game: Assassins Creed 3: The imagery alone for this game is stunning. Taking players and fans of the series to the  American Revolution, you are thrust into the role of Conner, a half-American/half-Native American Assassin, Conner fights to take down the Templar threat wherever they lie, and in the process, ends up shaping the events of the war from the depths of the shadows. Featuring new actions such as naval ship battles on the high seas, new weapons such as tomahawks and bows and arrows, and amazing scenary that replicates the harsh conditions and new formed cities of the growing colonies, Assassins Creed 3 is sure to be the biggest hit of this holiday season. 

Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Return to the epic war franchise that has engrossed millions around the world as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 hits the E3 stage. A futuristic shooter that shows what would happen if the worlds security technology, like drones, were taken over and instead became the worlds biggest threat. Filled with classic Call of Duty cinematic scenes, intense firefights, and advanced weaponry that gives power to the player, this first-person shooter was an instant hit at the E3 expo, and fans will not be disappointed with this game.

Best Horror Game: Dead Space 3: The return of the Marker and Issac Clarke is upon us. The most adventurous, action packed horror/survival series has returned, as Issac Clarke returns to battle the monstrous Necromorphs. Stuck on a frozen world with the bloodthirsty creatures, Issac must team up with a merciless soldier that allows for new drop in/drop out Co-Op gameplay. After being attack and seperated from the second games ally, Ellie, Issac goes in search of her and the reason why the people of this planet unearthed this known threat. Filled with bone-chilling terror, new threats in both human and Necromorph form, and the new Co-Op gameplay, this was by far the best E3 horror game.

Best Motion Game: Avengers: Battle for Earth: While not much is known about this game, the announced lineup of the Avengers, along with Wolverine, Storm, Spider-Man, Venom, and Magneto in this Kinect and Wii U game is by far one of the most inspired and ambitious superhero motion games to be presented at E3 this year.

Best Music-based Game: Just Dance 3: The return of this fan favorite game blends the amazing music throughout the decades with the dance crazes of those same decades. Allowing you to create new moves as well, as well as battle your friends in dance battles made this the must have music-based game of the conference.

Best Surprise at E3 2012: Watchdogs: This third-person shooter was the hit of the conference as they showcased the amazing open-world adventure game that has so surprisingly captured the city of Chicago. Following Aiden Pierce as he secretely and callously seeks out his target by manipulating the technology around him, he is thrust into a firefight as he lures his target to him. The scenary, gameplay, and mature story shown in the demo made experts think this was a next-gen game, but instead was revealed to be a current-gen game, surprising us all due to its advanced gameplay and cinematic experiences, making it the surprise hit of the conference.

Best of E3 2012: Assassins Creed 3: Once again, this was the biggest hit of the conference. With a brand new cinematic trailer that was truly breathtaking, to new gameplay footage that showcased the cold, harsh environments of the new world with the action-fueled gameplay that came with new character Conner as he fought the Templars, to the reveal of naval-based gameplay that had you controlling your own ship and getting into firefights on the dangerous high seas, this was by far the most anticipated game, and it did not disappoint in its presentation, making this the On Request Magazine Best of E3 2012 Game. Congratulations Ubisoft on a job well done, and we here at the magazine cannot wait to see more of Assassins Creed 3 this fall.

Thanks everyone. Look for more gaming news and info soon on the official On Request twitter, @AntOnRequest or on our website, Thanks for a great E3 2012,  and we cannot wait until next year. Until then, see you later…

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The Cave Preview

This action game tells the tale of seven characters, who solve puzzles and explore this cave in order to learn something about themselves, whether they are confronting their fears or finding their joy in life. Not much more known about this Double Fine productions game, but look for it on multiplatform in early 2013…

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The Amazing Spider-Man Preview

Here comes the Spider-Man! The buzz surrounding the remake of Spider-Man, Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is huge, but in the gaming world, the video game acting as a sequel to the movie is also buzzing. Created by Beenox, the creators of the last two amazing games of Spider-Mans, both Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, The Amazing Spider-Man is an open world adventure that explores Manhattan after the events of the movie. Introducing new and old Marvel characters into this massive open world, one of the best things shown at E3 is the new web-slinging mechanics. Not only is the camera angle closer to Spider-Man as he swings, making the gamer feel like he is actually web-slinging, but there is the new web-rush mechanic, allowing players to pick spots and enemies to quickly attack enemies. Look for the game June 26th… 

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Metro: Last Light Preview

The sequel to the ever-popular apocalypse game Metro 2033 is arriving. Taking place directly after the first game and based on the popular novels, you watch the demo as your character surfaces on the streets of Moscow, looking up on the ruins of the once great city as the seconds of oxygen you have left in your gas mask tick away, you must navigate through the city to find the supplies needed to survive and advance the story. A first-person shooter/horror survival game, you are thrust into the shoes of Artyom, a Russian soldier from the first game, who must survive the mutations and enemies of this new world as the surface has become a hazardous wasteland after the events of a nuclear war. Look for the game in 2013, and look for more info on the game soon…

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Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes Preview

The sequel to the much beloved Lego Batman game, Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes allows you to team up with Superman and the Justice League of America in order to take down Lex Luthor. Explore Gotham City intensely, and even fly around as Superman. Take down bosses like the Penguin and Mr. Freeze in boss battles around the city, building up your character. Bringing a unique take on the characters in Lego format, the adventure title explores the amazing story of the DC universe and the Batman world unlike anything done before it. A fun, outstanding game that is simply joyful, Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes comes out on all platforms June 19th…

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Quantum Conundrum Preview

The upcoming downloadable puzzle game Quantum Conundrum is one of the best downloadable titles to come out of E3. From the creators of the famous game series Portal, Quantum Conundrum is a completely new puzzle game. Able to shift between different dimensions to suit your purposes to solve your puzzles, like fluffy dimension, heavy dimension, and reverse dimension. One of the beautiful things about this game besides the amazing visualization and the thought-provoking puzzles is the physics part of the game, which allows players to solve puzzles in various ways thats not the same every play-through. Left on your Uncles doorstep for the weekend, you learn your uncle is a scientist and has gone missing, and you must navigate through this house and scientific world to find him. Look for this game hopefully sometime this summer. 

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Preview

A PS3 exclusive, this RPG game looks fantastic. With animation that shines brightly, just as brightly as the most state-of-the-art animated movie, the game follows a young boy Oliver as he explores this new world. The gameplay is third-person based, and is quite fluid with the environment and action of the game. While this game may appeal to a younger audience, the action and unique strategic gameplay is something a seasoned and newbie gamer could quite enjoy. Look for more info on this game soon, and look for the game January 22nd, 2013. 

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Outernauts Preview

A new RPG action adventure game specifically for Facebook, the latest from Insomniac games showcases the quirky action that Insomniac is known for in titles like Ratchet and Clank. Fight, train, and condition your player as you explore various worlds and combat multiple creatures and enemies. You can even capture beasts and train them, adding them to your corral and use them in battle. You can even visit friends on their own home-world in the game, but can participate in Co-Op missions within the game. Rocket from planet to planet, upgrading your ship and building upon your own home-world to specifically cater to you and your character. Look for this game in two weeks on Facebook, and look for more info to come soon…