E3! E3! E3! – Part # 1

So it was that time of year again. The gamer version of Christmas where just about every big name in video games makes an appearance to show off what they’ve been working on for the past year, or the past couple of years for every gamer to ooo and ahh over. There was so much news coming out of E3, it was almost hard to keep up with everything going on. I tried as best as possible, and here are my highlights from this years E3. Because there was just way too much to put into one blog, I’ve broken it up into two parts. Kicking off part one of my E3 blog are my highlights from the Bethesda, Microsoft, and EA conference.

Fallout 4

Bethesda kicked off E3 this year with their first ever press conference and boy did they really set the bar. While they started off a little slow with Doom, they slowly worked their way up by announcing Dishonored 2 with a new female protagonist. Nice. I have to admit I have the first Dishonored sitting on my game shelf just begging me to play it and I’m going to have to get to it one of these days before Dishonored 2 comes out. While the Dishonored 2 announcement was pretty big, it wasn’t as big as the Fallout 4 presentation. Fallout 4 was what everyone was really waiting for and it made just about everything else that was shown look like a filler since they couldn’t possibly devote whole hour to this game. I mean, they could have but they didn’t. Everything about this game looks amazing. From new ways to create your characters with out the character “sliders” to the reveal about being able to create your own settlement in game for other survivors to join you, everything about this game excited me. Then just when you thought it was over, the release date was announced. 11/10/2015. This year! This game is only months away!

Bonus: After the announcement of Fallout Shelter, the new mobile game, I was quick to download it since it was released that night and I’ve been addicted ever since. While you can spend money if you want, there really isn’t a reason too and this game is totally free.

Backwards Compatibility

Although I’m a strictly Playstation gamer, I still watch the Microsoft conference just to see what the competition is offering. I have to be honest and say that they’re kind of offering a lot, not a lot that it would ever make me change my gaming system, but I was pretty impressed by their show. There were just a ton of games announced during this show it was crazy to try and keep up with all the games. While some were just blah so I didn’t mind those being exclusives there were some games that wowed me and I was a little sad that they were exclusives but that’s how it goes. Some of the best looking games that were shown at the Xbox conference were Tacoma, Ashen, Day Z, Sea of Thieves, and Fable Legends. Sure, Rise of the Tomb Raider was shown during the conference as their big “this is OUR Uncharted” type thing, but at this point I don’t even care. The game seriously looked like the previous game but now with ice and snow, so whatever. Backwards compatibility was a huge thing because as of now Playstation has said they aren’t doing it which makes me sad. I would love to play some of my PS3 games on my PS4 with all the capabilities that my PS4 has, but what are you going to do. Kudos to Xbox for being the first to do this. Finally, how badass did Hololens look especially while playing Minecraft?

Seriously? So after announcing that you don’t have to waste your money buying games that you already own since the Xbox One is now backwards compatible, the Gears of War Ultimate Edition was announced. Seriously?

Mass Effect: Andromeda

While most of the EA conference was just a huge snooze fest, I mean did Pele really have to be on stage that long for what had to be the most boring interview in the history of interviews, but the conference as a whole just dragged. Racing games, sports games, and a bunch of other stuff I wasn’t interested in made up this really long conference. Although I haven’t played Star Wars: The Old Republic, I like how EA is finally letting BioWare do what they do best with this game and that’s tell stories. The expansion looks really cool and while I would like this to come to console like ESO I know it will never happen. As excited as I am about Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, I was just as bored with Mirrors Edge: Catalyst because I really disliked the first game. I know I’m in the minority with that game but it just didn’t appeal to me. It seemed like every good game that was announced came with one that wasn’t as good. I also couldn’t not mention Unravel which not only looks totally amazing, but has a deep meaningful story to it that I can’t wait to play. Now to the show opener, the game that I thought was going to set the pace of the show, but sadly didn’t, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Nothing was said about the game at all except for the title and cryptic “Holiday 2016” release, but nevertheless I was excited. Although I enjoyed the tease I could have done without it since they aren’t going to do a big showing of this game until next year. Knowing EA and BioWare, this date will roughly change and I’m thinking that Holiday 2016 will turn into Holiday 2017.

Predicting the Future: So, any of my friends could vouch for me as I always said that the next Mass Effect would never be Mass Effect 4. I have always said that it would be Mass Effect “Whatever” and it totally is. Why have I been saying that? Because I still hold onto this little ounce of hope that the true Mass Effect 4 will be the return of Shepard. Doubt me all you want, but you’re going to have to wait and see.

That’s it for today! Come back tomorrow for part 2 of my E3 blog where I’ll go over the Ubisoft and Sony conference. I’ll also be going over some games that I thought would be at E3 but sadly weren’t and I’ll tell you who I thought won this year between the Micosoft and Sony yearly battle.

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