We're playing a little bit of catch-up here on the conferences. We were able to watch them all live while traveling, but had to take notes for publishing some of these at a later time.
Here are our thoughts on what Square Enix showed during their conferences.
I had to watch half of the PC Gaming Show while driving over to Graev's where I was able to catch the rest with him. Was this the very first year for this showcase? I liked it. I think fair exposure for PC gaming at E3 is always a plus. The entire event is so skewed towards console games -- not that I personally mind that these days -- that it's nice to see a bit the other direction. I thought Day9 did a nice job hosting.
Read on for our thoughts on specific games shown.
For several years now Nintendo has taken a different approach to E3 with their pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentations. For better or worse, they're at least a lot less cringey. As a result, they're also much lighter on presentation.
Nintendo's pace this year clipped really fast for all but the last game, so we only got micro-tastes of what they showed. Here are our thoughts on all the games shown.
Sony did something new with their conference.
I turned to Graev and called it within the first 30 seconds. They moved the audience to a new venue after their first lengthy game showcase, during which they subjected the audience to pretty much a commercial segment. They finally settled everyone down into the showcase venue.
Here are our thoughts on the games Sony showcased.
Whew... this was a trip. The Bethesda Conference could have gone anywhere, and boy did it go places. Fallout franchise is being redefined. Elder Scrolls had no one, not two, not three, but FOUR appearances.
If you're interested in our thoughts on each game shown, read on.
Microsoft came right out and said something like "We have 50 games, 18 this, x of that" and they meant it. The briefing was almost all games all the time. They acted more like Sony -- I'll give them that.
Here are my notes on each game from the briefing. My overall thoughts at the end.
EA's conference this year felt a little... budget friendly.
Toward the end of the conference EA did their spiel about wanting to be better about not giving anyone an advantage or disadvantage because of "how" they choose to play the game. I think that's a lofty goal, albeit the right sentiment.
These are my notes and thoughts on EA's press conference from E3 2018.
The conferences and main showings of E3 2017 are now behind us. Most years I create a new blog post for each of the conferences and discuss my thoughts on them. This year I want to do something a little bit different.
I'm combining all of the games showed at the E3 conferences into one mega post. This single post will contain lists of all the games discussed at E3, videos (where available), my comments/thoughts, and relevant news.
I created an in-post navigation here for you to use to quickly jump to the section that interests you most.
NOTE: The games are organized by which conference showed or announced them. Many of these games are multi-platform.
Note 2: I'm skipping the sports games, car games, and uber obscure indie titles.
I feel like Xbox had the weakest conference of the big 3. For some reason I see people all over saying their conference was a solid showing this year, but overall I felt it lacking.
I chuckled when I saw the name. It reminds me of an AOL screen name. XboxOneX. I'm not keen on spending $500 on a console that's only a better version of a console I feel like I barely use. I haven't touched my Xbox One in maaaaany months. Why? Uh, hello? Games? Anyone?
I never played the first two Metro games, but this one has me rethinking that decision. Metro Exodus looks like it may have open-world potential. I'm not sure I can get past the intensity and the horror-ish setting, though.
I'm not giving Microsoft even an ounce of credit for this multi-platform title, but they did give us our first real look at Assassin's Creed Origins. I think it looks AMAZING. I'm a huge AC fan, so this is on the tip top of my of list.
Dwarves digging holes? Heck yeah, we're in.
PUBG makes its console debut on the Xbox One. I really enjoy the game on PC, although it has some intense optimization and clunkiness issues. If the engine can be refined, Graev and I will absolutely jump into this together.
I haven't seen any news on how State of Decay 2 is really going to differ from the original. I'm so burned out on Zombie games.
I had to message Graev to make sure I heard this right. I thought Minecraft was already cross-platform since I've been playing on my PC with the tablet version already. I guess this allows consoles to now play too. That's neat. Email me when you allow mods.
Lots of excitement over Dragon Ball FighterZ, but I'm not into fighting games. I suck at them, therefore they aren't any fun. I love the visuals, though.
I think this looks like tons of fun. The Darwin Project is like a cartoonish competitive survival game. The video above, although full of shoutcasting cringe, looks fun.
I watched a video segment of the Ashen developers being interviewed, and I think their explanation of the game makes it sound way more fun than the videos. It's an action RPG in a world of darkness. You have "passive multiplayer" functionality, but one of the devs mentioned seamlessly coming across friends to play with in the world and something about leading people back to your camp to keep them as friends? No clue what any of that means, but I find it intriguing.
Life is Strange... is strange. Not my thing.
Super Lucky's Tail is a continuation of the Oculus exclusive "Lucky's Tail". From what I can tell, this version is 4k and not a VR game. It's releasing on PC and Xbox One as a "play anywhere" title. This looks super cute and right up my alley. I love the visuals.
Here we go! Sea of Thieves is back for another E3 and we finally have a "release date" of "Early 2018" ... grumble. Looks AMAZING. The walkthrough shows underwater gameplay! I simply can't wait for this to come out.
Looks absolutely horrible. I remember playing the first and thought "This is kinda dumb." How they ever made it to three boggles the mind. But hey, Terry Crews.
Shadow of War follows up Shadows of Mordor, currently sitting on top of my backlog. I'm evening more excited to play Mordor now to be ready for Shadow of War. Nice to see it coming this year.
Anthem is EA's (made by Bioware, whatever that means anymore) response to Destiny 2. Gotta say... it looks cooler than Destiny 2. Looks like an open-world-ish experience similar to how Destiny handles things -- maybe even more open. I like what I see of the setting. Unless Destiny 2 and Anthem release very far apart, I'll be choosing Anthem.
Although they showed Star Wars, EA probably had the worst of all the showings at E3 this year. The entire presentation was a snoozefest with the Sports titles. We really felt like we were being hold hostage by the promise of Battlefront footage at the end.
Lucky for EA, they're still able to ruin pimp the Star Wars franchise. Battlefront 2 looks way, way better than Battlefront 1, but I don't want to get too excited -- it doesn't take much to beat the atrocity of the original (which is a reboot... but still). EA showed a ton of footage (which was good for them) and highlighted how the game was different. Big change I'm happy about: no more stupid tokens.
From the maker of the Brothers game, A Way Out features split-screen gameplay. In fact, Im pretty sure he said it's like forced splitscreen. The game is designed to feature two asynchronous experiences where one player can even be in a cutscene while the other is playing. Really neat concepts at work here. Keeping my eye on it, even though the setting isn't my style.
Battlefield 1 is one of those games that looks soooo fun when you see it played in trailers or watch other people play. Then you get in and it's slower pace and sorta fizzles out. The new expansion (DLC 2?) looks cool, though. Might reinstall.
Ubisoft was borderline worse than EA's conference. The only saving grace here was that I didn't feel like they were holding something over my head while I sat through the sports games. Decent showing overall.
Mario + Rabbids looks like a fun battle game. I'm not sure how much depth is there, and I'm not sure how much I like Rabbids mixing with my beloved Nintendo IP, but I'll keep my eye on it. Hopefully it's not Nintendo being weird yet again.
I said I wouldn't include car games, but this one has planes and dirt bikes too so I was a little conflicted. I think the flight stuff looks good. I'm really not keen on games that simply involve driving -- or just flying either, I guess.
Now we're talking! Skull & Bones looks awesome. The name is sorta stupid and obvious, but looking beyond that I see all of the things I loved about Assassin's Creed Black Flag ship gameplay rolled up into a new pirate name. Hmmm, I wonder who would have recommended they do that?! Oh yeah, me and everyone else who loved Black Flag.
Take No Man's Sky, combine it with the Toys-to-Life genre, and you have what I think is Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Conceptually a neat idea, but I don't have the stomach to keep buying more TTL stuff without a strong and lasting appeal behind it. This will be on my radar if for no other reason than the neat Nintendo Switch peripheral.
Hard to look past the fact that FarCry 5 takes the series to Montana where you shoot hillbillies and run over cows with tractors. Gameplay looks fun, I guess? I probably won't get this for no other reason than it looks... generic -- maybe that's the word. Weird to think that running over cows is now generic.
I still haven't figured out if this is them trolling, or if it's legit. Either way, we'll check back in 5 years to see their progress.
Sony did a really nice job this year. As a 'core gamer' I appreciate their focus and emphasis on the games themselves rather than the "here's what we did this year" roundup. Out of all the conferences, this one had the most games that I could say, "Yep, I'm playing that."
The information surrounding Lost Legacy is pretty light right now. Most sites have it mislabeled as DLC, but it turns out it became a standalone title. The story settles around Chloe (a character I grew to like) and Nadine. I'm a fan of the Uncharted series, but without Nathan... we'll see.
Horizon Zero Dawn is yet another game on my backlog. The expansion looks awesome, so I think I'll grab the original now -- and it dropped to $39 on on Amazon too.
We first saw Days Gone at least year's E3. Honestly, it just looks a little generic. I'm also over the zombie theme. This will be a skip for me.
At first Graev and I were both thinking that this would be a PS4 exclusive, but it's definitely on Xbox One too. Unfortunately for Nintendo, it doesn't look like they''ll be seeing Monster Hunter World. Still, it looks phenomenal.
Looks pretty good. Graev is excited for it and liked the original.
I was shocked when I read on the CoD blog that this was multiplayer. That looks pretty good, but watching it I had the feeling it felt like there might only be a few players per team in order to make it more cinematic. Then again, it could just be them showcasing it.
Wow, I'm not much for the overly-violent games but God of War is visually stunning. Both Graev and I will probably pick up God of War.
It's just too heavy handed. The message is being forced down our throats. Looks too much like they're trying to teach me something instead of play a game. Going to skip.
Graev completely lost it when this was showcased. "Finally no more of that Activision crap. Finally a AAA Spider-Man!" Agreed, it looks great. Hopefully it's not too heavy on the QTE.
I was suuuuuper disappointed in Nintendo this year. For the past few years I have always held their "conferences" in high regard, but they sorta dropped the ball. That's not to say they didn't show nice stuff -- they did. There just weren't any remarkable moments and it felt like one of those "we're working on stuff that we can announce next year" presentations.
This is one Graev is excited for because he loves his JRPGs. I guess it looks good as far as JRPGs go?
Kirby is a game I'll get. I think it looks like a fun platformer with tons of personality. Love the visuals.
This might have been the one "Yay!" moment for me during the Nintendo Spotlight. Gamefreak is making a core Pokemon RPG for the Nintendo Switch... but it's not coming out for over a year. Definitely a let down to hear we have to wait so long. I'm having flash backs of being promised Zelda games and having to wait until the next console.
Before the Nintendo presentation started, Graev made a comment about them never announcing more Metroid games. Then BAM an announcement that they're working on Metroid 4. We haven't had one since the Wii, so it's about time.
Looks like a cute Yoshi game, and it's not a Yarn one. I'll definitely play.
Sweeeeet! I've never played Rocket League and was waiting for a reason to jump in. This will do nicely.
Super Mario Odyssey looks soooo good. I think I really like the idea of possessing enemies with Mario's magic hat. There are a few... oddities ... that I'll have to get over, but overall looks solid.
This year's E3 was FULL of games. I'm very satisfied by the prospects, and we now know that 2017 will finish super strong. 2018 is now staged to be a blockbuster year as well.
Here's my list of this year's winners.
There were so many good games shown this year that we decided to award our best of show by determining the one game we would like the play the most right away, and a runner-up.
Who do you think 'won' E3 this year, and what games are topping your 'must play' list? We would love to hear what you have to say.
I was a little quick to judge Nintendo’s E3 portfolio, but their approach to E3 with the Nintendo Treehouse wasn’t the best approach either. As the day(s) went on, Nintendo showed several other games beyond just Zelda and Pokemon that really have me excited. There’s one in particular that I’ll kick things off with…
Ever Oasis is an action-adventure RPG for Nintendo 3DS family systems contains puzzle-filled dungeons, real-time battles, exploration and treasure hunting. Players use the oasis as their base, which they can expand as they play, and gain affinity with characters called Seedlings, who are themed after plant seeds, as well as a variety of other unique characters who live in the desert. Players can freely form strategic parties with any of their allied characters, using allies’ weapons to battle enemies and solve dungeon puzzles. Ever Oasis is scheduled to launch in 2017.
It’s like Zelda meets Animal Crossing meets Monster Hunter meets Pokemon Mystery dungeon; Some are even thinking Runefactory is in there somewhere. The video above really showcases a lot of that. This is exactly the type of game that I enjoy playing on a 3DS. I’m super excited, and would love to hear about the possibility of co-op.
This Nintendo 3DS remake of the classic turn-based game involves a young boy who sets off with his friends on a journey to restore the world to its former glory and save the present by mending lands that were sealed in the past. In addition to updated graphics and an entirely new localization, the game does away with random enemy encounters to bring the player deeper into the game world. Players can also collect and share Traveller’s Tablets via the StreetPass feature, granting access to special dungeons offering unique rewards.
I’ll freely admit here that i haven’t played a single Dragon Quest game. That’s like a gaming sin, I know. So I don’t know if this is a remake of a game that ever released in the US on another console, or just a remake of the Japanese version. I think it looks fun, though. Again, the perfect kind of game on the 3DS. Am I going to be able to jump right in and enjoy the series having never played previous installments in the series?
I haven’t decided yet whether or not I will pick up Generations. I played Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and enjoyed it online with Graev, but I think the series is incredibly templated. They all play so much the same that the next one simply feels like the previous one. They’re great — really great — but is that enough to jump in and play another? Once again, a perfect game for the 3DS. Handheld really is where Nintendo shines.
Additional honorable mentions:
Ever Oasis all by itself is enough for me to boost Nintendo’s E3 score. That looks ridiculously fun. Bringing updates to a few staples, and showcasing more of their titles already announced doesn’t hurt either.