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E3 2011: Activision's Lineup

Activision's E3 lineup is, as you might expect, largely focused on Call of Duty, with Modern Warfare 3 and the new Call of Duty Elite service on display. However, the company will also be showing off Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, the game which brings stuffed toys to your console; a sequel to Prototype; new Spider-Man, X-Men and Transformers games; and a new virtual pets title for Nintendo DS.

Modern Warfare 3 is, as you might expect, the star of the show. We can expect to see a lot more in the way of gameplay at the show, and Activision promises "advances [to] the 60fps Modern Warfare tech to deliver exhilarating, action-packed experiences across single player, Special Ops and online multiplayer modes."

Call of Duty Elite will be on display, too, and Activision will be pushing the features it believes are "completely new to the industry" such as the Groups feature. This allows players to meet based on likes, interests or affiliations and then automatically follow these new friends into a game. The Elite service will also allow players the opportunity to customize weapons, attachments and perks to push them into the game menu. Activision has also announced that the beta service will start on July 14, offering a limited selection of the service's complete feature set.

Besides things involving Men with Guns, we'll find out more about Skylanders Spyro's Adventure from Star Control II developer Toys for Bob. The game presents an "innovative new universe that brings the world of toys, video games and the Internet together in an unprecedented way," according to someone who has apparently never heard of Webkinz. We should see the toys themselves, along with the Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PC and mobile games.

We'll also see Prototype 2, which features new protagonist Sgt. James Heller in pursuit of the original game's main character Alex Mercer across the wasteland of "New York Zero."

Spider-Man: Edge of Time will cast players in the role of both Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 in an attempt to save the live of Amazing Spider-Man. The new game is written by Peter David and features mind-bending parallel timelines with picture-in-picture presentation showing how one Spider-Man's actions impact the other's surroundings.

X-Men Destiny puts players in the shoes of one of three new mutants and forces them to choose between saving humanity or destroying it. Characters' powers can be customized, and choices made will determine whether they fight alongside or against some of the most well-known X-Men characters.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon allows you to play through a prologue to the upcoming movie. The game promises a gameplay mechanic called Stealth Force, which allows players to switch to a "hybrid mode" combining the weapons and firepower of Robot Mode with the nimbleness of Vehicle mode.

Finally, Wappy Dog is pretty much the complete opposite of Call of Duty: a Nintendo DS-controlled toy pet featuring voice (well, bark) recognition, a variety of mini-games and "intelligent and engaging behavior."

This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as E3 2011: Activision's Lineup


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