E3 Thoughts

I look forward to E3 every year thinking we’ll see some phenomenal new games. I might be in the minority but it I think this year was whelming at best. Not overwhelming, not underwhelming, just whelming. I think the coolest news or most interesting announcements come from games we won’t be seeing for a few years at least.

Here are my thoughts on E3 2018.

EA:

Sports and shooters. I’m a big fan of sports games, although I don’t talk about them ever. I played more of them back in high school than I do now that I’m older, but I’m always happy to get together with some friends and play some Madden. I’m glad to see more improvements on the story mode. And Fifa sells millions upon millions of copies everywhere.

I’m more excited for Anthem than anything else. With the developers of the real Mass Effect games behind Anthem, I think they are onto something interesting. Thankfully, Casey Hudson is back to assist with leading the team.

I’ve heard that Anthem will be more like Monster Hunter than The Division or Destiny, and that makes me happy. I spent more than 100 hours in Monster Hunter World so I can’t wait for a sci-fi version if that’s what Anthem becomes.

Otherwise, ho-hum on E3’s conference, nothing truly exciting there.

Microsoft:

I am thoroughly impressed with Microsoft’s showing this year. I don’t really care about any of the games shown, but I’m really happy to see Microsoft investing in more first-party studios.

I think Xbox is pushing the gaming industry forward with the creative ideas behind Xbox Game Pass and Backwards Compatibility. Sony definitely needs to follow suit.

Fromsoftware probably develops some of the best gameplay focused games in the medium. I’m sure Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be awesome and it was probably the most intriguing game at Microsoft conference.

We don’t know much about Halo Infinite and Gears 5 will just be more of the same. Both good things, but not for me.

It’s kind of gross how beautiful Ori and the Will of the Wisps looked amazing during the event. I don’t play that series, but dang do those games look incredible. I’m really excited for people to play that game for those who are interested. I love unique games and Moon Studios nails it with really lovely graphics and intriguing characters.

I have high hopes for the next generation of Xbox as I primarily played on the Xbox 360during the last generation, I’ve just been invested almost entirely in Sony this time around. The launch debacle price point really hindered Xbox and the lack of excellent first party games definitely doesn’t help. I think they’ll pick it up next gen though, especially considering the number of talented studios they picked up.

Cyberpunk 2077. I am exceptionally jealous of people who got to see a demo of the game in person. I have complete faith in CD Projekt Red and I can’t wait for this game. I’m glad to see it shown at Microsoft’s conference because I feel like they needed to show strong third party support. After the Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red is probably one of the biggest names in the industry. We know we get quality from them.

Bethesda:

Yeah, sure, it’s cool to see a multiplayer Fallout as I’m sure many people are excited to play it, but it isn’t necessarily anything new. We’ve played many Fallout games before, as we have played many other titles announced at this year’s E3.

Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein Youngbloodwill certainly be entertaining games and I’m glad people who love those series’ get more, but I don’t think they knocked the socks off anyone.

I’m more curious about Starfield than any other Bethesda announced game. I’m glad the developers at Bethesda Game Studios get a chance to work on an original IP. I’m really curious to see what they create. I was listening to Kinda Funny’s reaction to Bethesda’s conference and Andy Cortez said something along the lines of hoping it becomes a more realized version of Star Citizen because we know that game is never coming out.  I hope that he is right because that would be amazing.

I would love that to be true. Sign me up for an enriched sci-fi world developed by one of the premier western RPG studios.

But, there is no way Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI come out any time soon. Maybe, maybe Starfield comes out with the launch of new consoles that will likely happen in 2020. But, I doubt it. (That is unless Xbox comes out swinging with a new Xbox in 2019, I wouldn’t be surprised considering Phil Spencer mentioned hardware during their conference.)

Square Enix:

I don’t think Square announced anything we didn’t already know about.

Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter is great, but I think I’ve probably played my fill of FFXIV over the last 4 years. 1300 hours is enough for me.

I’m not sure how I’m feeling Dragon Quest XIDragon Quest VIII is one of my favorite PS2 JRPGs, but there are far too many games coming out around that time of year. I’m still happy to have a big name JRPG coming westward though so I will probably play it eventually, maybe.

They didn’t really show anything else exciting considering we saw Kingdom Hearts 3 everywhere else this year, and the trailers were all pretty terrible anyway. I’m not convinced Kingdom Hearts 3 won’t be a bad game. I just don’t think it’s shown well so far and it feels like the game isn’t ready. I don’t think it will come out when its supposed to. I’m calling a delay.

Ubisoft:

I think I’m most excited for Ubisoft’s showings this year. More Assassin’s Creed? Yes, please. More Assassin’s Creed in pirate form via Skull and Bones? Uh yeah, duh. The Division 2? I mean, obviously. Big fan of all of those games, we’ll I’m guessing on Skull and Bones but I loved the piracy of Assassin’s Creed IV so I’m sure I’ll enjoy more pirates.

I just have faith in Ubisoft recently. I love the historical focus of Assassin’s Creed and I greatly enjoy gaming with my friends, so I’ll be happy to continue doing so with each of the games I mentioned. I think Ubisoft closely watched the backlash of Destiny 2 and I think the Division 2 will be all the better because of it.

I think Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks really weird, and I love it. I don’t know anything about the series but as I mentioned earlier, I like interesting IP and I think this game reeks of curiosity. Who knows when it’s coming out though.

Sony:

I have no idea what Death Stranding is or will be and I’m not really a devout Kojima follower, I find his games odd, at best. Loved the gameplay in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, I just don’t convoluted story. I’m not convinced. Of course Spider-Man looks fantastic. I’m cautiously optimistic for Ghost of Tsushima because I’m not really a Sucker Punch guy, but I think Sony knows how to make great games in general.

I don’t think I need to say anything about The Last of Us: Part II. Just let me play it now, please and thank you.

But, the Sony conference was pretty terrible overall. I’m amazed that they made people move mid-conference, just bad bad bad. Just not a great presentation. Copy Nintendo’s style please, just make a video prior to that’s short and concise. Just show us the games.

Nintendo:

I’m not even going to pretend that I’m anything other than a Nintendo outsider. I don’t play their games, none really speak to me. I think they make some of the highest quality games in the industry, they just aren’t for me.

I will say that on the occasion that I play Smash with friends, I enjoy myself. It’s pretty crazy they are bringing back every character ever too, so that’s great for followers of the series, I’m sure.

I love the Nintendo Directs though. I wish more people would copy them. They are well made and hyper-focused content-wise.

Closing Thoughts:

As I mentioned at the beginning, a pretty average E3 showing overall. Some cool games here and there, but I think everyone should follow Nintendo’s lead and do away with the awkward in-person conferences.

Gives us 60 minutes of games and I’m sure the majority of us will be happy. Then let the journalist and influencers who attend the conference talk to the developers for deeper looks into the games.

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