The Murder Report tallies all the on-screen kills in the console makers’ E3 press events.
Why do we always argue about who “won” E3? The answer is obvious: Whoever killed the most. That’s why, for the second year, we’re tallying every death we can spot in the game demos of the console makers’ E3 press events. It’s the Murder Report!
Microsoft gets out to a remarkably strong start this year, with a number that will be hard to beat. The Xbox team gets a big boost from the zombie-slashing game Dead Rising 3, which contributes an estimated 183 non-human deaths—including 35 zombies killed by way of Xbox SmartGlass. Is there anything that marvelous technology can’t do? The superstar in terms of human murder is Ryse: Son Of Rome, the classical war epic where lowly infantrymen practically leap onto your blade! More than six dozen mortals met their end in the Ryse demo, and you can be sure they all had it coming.
Props to Matt Kodner for doing the research this year and poring over video footage until he was practically cross-eyed. Stay tuned for the Sony and Nintendo Murder Reports in the coming days.