E3 2017 – Part 2 – Microsoft Press Conference

Part of watching and blogging about E3 is watching the competition’s conference. Everyone knows that I’m a complete Sony fangirl and have always been, but after the reveal last year of the mysterious project Scorpio, I knew I couldn’t miss this year’s Microsoft Conference. There were a bunch of different things covered during the conference from the new upgraded console, to games, to other things, and there was just so much that if I put every single note that I took into this blog, it would be short story sized. So what I’m going to do for you so you don’t have to read every single note that I took, is break it down into what I found the most interesting.

Let’s start with how Scorpio was revealed to be Xbox One X, it’s a mouthful right? Anyway, it’s basically the PS4 Pro and comes with a huge price tag of $499.99. It also releases November 7th and has some pretty impressive specs. It’ll work with your normal TV, but if you want the full experience you need to upgrade to a 4K TV making everything even more expensive. Size apparently doesn’t matter when it comes to the Xbox One X, really even typing the whole name out is just weird, because this is the smallest Xbox ever. Not only is it the smallest Xbox ever, but it also has 22 exclusive games and all of them will be shown off along with another 20 that are cross platform games. Let’s start with the exclusive games.

The first exclusive they show off is Forza 7 and this is because every racing game looks good on a new console. That doesn’t mean they’re any good, but it’s a nice show off and everyone does it. Playerunknown’s Battleground really couldn’t hold my attention for the short time it was showed, but I did take notice of State of Decay 2. On the outside this game looks amazing, but look up close and the game starts to breakdown just a bit. Animations are stiff and let’s not even talk about the facial animations because those were worse than Mass Effect: Andromeda. There was also a game that kind of looked like a Battleborn type game and that was The Darwin Project. A lot of the games started off looking interesting but then got weird real fast and these games included Black Desert, Code Vein, Deep Rock Galactic, Tacoma, Cuphead, Ashen, and Ori: The Will of the Whispers. Yes these games were weird and made me glad I didn’t own an Xbox, but then there were those games that made me say “Damn, I wish I had an Xbox.” The main game that did this was Sea of Thieves because who doesn’t want to play as a pirate? The game of course looks campy, but I think that’s part of it’s charm. Another game that piqued my interest was The Last Night and The Artful Escape. There was also a montage of games that I couldn’t even keep up with the names or anything as they flew across the screen. I thought that Crackdown 3 with Terry Crews looked like a screwball type of game, sort of like Saints Row and it felt like Super Lucky’s Tale was a rip off of Sonic. Let’s face it, the main character looks like Tails from Sonic and Tails.

Now onto the games that I would actually be able to play because they aren’t Xbox exclusives! This part was exciting because they showed off a lot of games and there were a couple of surprises thrown in there as well. Let’s start with Metro: Exodus. Now I’ve played Metro: Last Light, I never finished it but I played it enough to know that this game looks pretty cool and it would be something that I would buy on sale. I kind of figured this one out halfway through the promo, but it had me sitting on the edge of my seat. After that I wasn’t even expecting to see the next game which just happened to be Assassin’s Creed: Origins. I wasn’t expecting it because I figured Ubisoft would want to show off their game at their conference. Anyway, the game looks amazing and looks like it can reboot the whole series from this downfall that it’s in right now. If that will actually work, no one will know, but it does release 10-27-2017. Then there was the promo for the game that had me the most excited. Right now if you read this blog on a regular basis you’re probably thinking that it was Anthem, but it’s not. We’ll get to why later, but I got totally excited when I seen the Life is Strange: Before the Storm promo. We get three episodes of Chloe before she was the Chloe that we know and she’s the main playable character. This totally came out of left field because I just seen they were working on Life is Strange 2 so I was not expecting this. Then there were the games I didn’t care for even if they’re playable on every platform and that included Dragon Fighter Z and Shadow of War. To me, Shadow of War just looked weird because while the cinematic’s looked good, the gameplay just looked off.

It wouldn’t be a Microsoft conference without some Minecraft stuff so there was some of that thrown in for good measure. There are updates and you can now play Minecraft in 4K when the Xbox One X comes out. Who knew right? Minecraft in 4K. Mind blowing. What really impressed me is Microsoft’s dedication to backwards compatibility, especially since they are trying to expand to the whole Xbox catalog. That’s a pretty cool thing that Sony will never do because it means that PS Now was a failure.

I saved this for last because they closed the show with it, and that’s Anthem. Not only do you guys know me for a Sony fangirl, but I am also a BioWare fangirl. After the EA conference I was super excited for this because it looked amazing until I seen the actual preview and my excitement went out the window. This game basically looks like Destiny. I feel this is a big risk, no huge risk, for BioWare who really can’t afford that right now. These guy’s tell stories and I’m not sure what kind of story they’re going to tell with this game. I’m not even sure it’s going to work because even though they’ve said you can play alone, it really looks like there is no single player to this game and it forces you to play with other people. If you have a group of people, great. If not, you’re kind of screwed and I’m not really feeling it. I like my BioWare games to have memorable characters and not be Destiny 2.0.

Overall I felt like Microsoft had a good show. I was surprised that Scorpio turned out to just be Xbox One X instead of a brand new console meaning that the Xbox One would have an extremely short life span, but that’s how things worked out. This also means that all those rumors about a PS5 are totally not happening any time soon as they are going to milk this generation’s consoles until at least 2021 or even longer.

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E3 Is Coming!

As a gamer, it’s just about my favorite time of the year. Why is it my favorite time of the year? Because E3 is starting this weekend! That’s right, the biggest gaming event of the year is here. While I’ll be spending two days watching press conferences, here’s a glimpse of what I’ll be looking for.

One of the main things I’ll be looking for is basically when EA kicks off E3 on Sunday. Of course I’ll be looking for more information on Mass Effect: Andromeda as well as a tentative release date. I’m also looking to see if Titanfall 2 will be a multiplatform release. Another thing I’ll be looking for is the announcement of a new IP from BioWare. Other than that I think it will be a snooze fest for me with all the sports stuff. I would be extremely surprised if it’s announced that the original Mass Effect along with Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 were being remastered. I’ll also be shocked it any new details are revealed about the next Dragon Age.

After that I’ll be waiting for the reveal of The Walking Dead Season 3 before waiting for the Bethesda press conference. Here I’ll be looking for the rumored remaster of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but other than that I’m not looking for anything else except maybe the future content plans for Fallout 4.

Monday is a big day and I’ll kick it off by watching the competition’s, Microsoft, press conference. I’m not looking for anything particular, just looking to see what the competition has to offer. After that is Ubisoft, which I will be looking for a few things. First I will be looking for no sign of an Assassin’s Creed game this year, unless they decide to join the remaster bandwagon and do a remaster of the first two games. I will be looking forward to hearing more about For Honor and South Park: The Fractured but Whole.

Now for the final big one for myself and other Sony fan boys and girls, the Sony press conference. While I expect a lot of VR talk, I’ll also be looking for some exclusive game announcements. What would excite me the most would be a new addition to the inFamous franchise as well as the God of War franchise. I’m also hoping for some new news on Detroit and some new gameplay from Horizon: Zero Dawn.

During either of the Sony or Microsoft conferences, I’ll also be looking for some pretty big third party announcements. My top wish list includes something Red Dead Redemption related, something Borderlands related, and something BioShock related. Now it’s your turn! Let me know in the comments section below what conferences you plan on tuning into and what you’re looking forward to the most. As usual, I’ll have my E3 round up posted sometime next week.

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Game Announcements and Release Dates

Game Announcements. They’re what a gamer lives for, to hear that your favorite franchise is getting a sequel or to see a trailer for a brand new game that looks bad ass. Game announcements are what get me pumped about upcoming games and it’s basically what E3 is right? Game after game being announced along with a tentative release date that is off into the way way future, but then something kind of changed this year. At the Bethesda press conference, Fallout 4 was put out on display along with a release date. Only a few weeks before the first trailer ever for the game was released, but what surprised me the most was that the release date was this year and really only a few months away.

This whole concept of not announcing a game or releasing a trailer until the game is just about done was kind of unheard of and it got me thinking. What if all games did this? Instead of telling people years in advance that a game company is working on a game, what if instead a game company only announces a game when it’s just about done and when the release date is only a few months away?

When it comes to franchises that are a staple point to a game company, you know that the company is working on developing this game. Did anyone have any doubt that BioWare was working on the next Mass Effect? Or that there would be a Borderlands 3 and an Uncharted 4? Is it necessary to know that these companies are working hard on these games that will come out when they come out? No. Now don’t get me wrong, I used to be on the other side of this where I wanted to know what the company was working on and I wanted to know every little detail about the game that they would release, but now I’m not so excited about hearing little details that will most likely change before the game is released. When the game is just about finished and you have an actual solid release date, then let me know more about the game.

I really liked the way Bethesda handled the whole Fallout 4 announcement. It was basically like here’s a trailer, here are some details at E3, and here’s your release date that is only a few months away. That’s something to get pumped about, being able to hear about a game and learn more about it and then know that in a few months you can actually play it instead of here’s a trailer and some obscure release date that’s a year and a half away. With Fallout 4, you basically know that none of the things that were shown will change. They’re just about set in stone with a release date that close by. There might be a few tweaks here and there but nothing major.

When it comes to new games, there really doesn’t need to be years and years of hype to promote the game. I don’t need to know about a game years in advance because most likely I’ll forget about it or at least forget about the major details of the game since there will be other news on other games that are maybe coming out sooner. I would love to hear about a brand new game knowing that I only have to wait a few months to play it, not that it doesn’t even have a release date and I’ll get to play it maybe years from now. Then there’s the possibility that the game will be canceled which is always a total let down especially after the game has been hyped to death.

I really hope that when it comes to game announcements that companies start to follow in Bethesda’s footsteps. I thought they handled the Fallout 4 announcement beautifully. I like that this game is just about done and nothing major is going to be changed. They didn’t release a teaser years before to gauge the audiences perception of the game in order to see if things needed to be changed. Instead it was like here’s the game and it’s just about done, bitch and complain all you want but that’s it. So kudos Bethesda for making me change the way I see game announcements and how it’s important for game announcements and release dates to be closer together and not further apart.

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E3! E3! E3! – Part # 2

As promised, here’s part two of my E3 blog. I’ll go over some highlights from the Ubisoft conference along with the Sony conference, let you know what I thought was missing in this years E3, and I’ll let you know who I thought won the whole Sony and Microsoft yearly battle. I think the outcome of who I thought won might surprise you so you’ll have to keep reading to find out.

For Honor

I’ve been calling this for months and I was right, it’s going to be so hard to keep up with my gaming goal of not pre-ordering anything for Ubisoft this year because did you see that showing of games? From South Park to the Tom Clancy games to Assassin’s Creed, the whole show was just action packed and filled with games that I wanted to play. For Honor had to be one of the best new games that I had seen throughout all of E3. The whole game is just new and original and it looks badass. I was really just impressed with the whole show, but I’m going to be a little cautious with the company as a whole. I really hate having a bunch of unplayable games sitting on my shelf and after last years Assassin’s Creed stuff, I don’t mind waiting. While I hopefully can stick to my goal and not pre-order anything I might have to pick up a couple when they’re on sale.

Adult Multiplayer Conversations: Did you see how “grown up” everyone was who was playing the multiplayer live on stage? You could tell that everything was totally scripted because I have seriously never played with other players who were that mature while playing. This even includes the group of friends that I play with. We are never that mature and when I play with randomes, I mostly get stuck in rooms with children screaming garbage at me while their mommy yells at them in the background.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Of course it wouldn’t be E3 without some rumors about The Last Guardian, but this year they turned out to be true and the Sony press conference opened with this game. This game that everyone has been talking about for years and years just made me say “huh” as I have no idea what the hell is going on with this game or what all the hype is about. I seriously wasn’t impressed at what I saw. What I was impressed with, wasn’t the new Uncharted 4, which I’m still excited about, it wasn’t the new realistic looking Hitman, it wasn’t even No Man’s Sky, which in my opinion looks way too ambitious, it was Horizon: Zero Dawn. The fall of man, the rise of the machines, a new female lead (take that Tomb Raider), this game looked like a winner to me. When the preview was done all I wanted was to see more of this game. This game had me totally excited and I really can’t wait to play. Another game that had me on the edge of my seat was Firewatch. Is it a mystery game, an action adventure game, who the hell is that voice on the walkie-talkie? The whole game seems like a mystery and I can’t wait to learn more and then finally get my hands on it. Ugh, and did you see how Uncharted 4 had to be restarted during the demo? It makes me happy that this game was delayed but what a downer to have something like that happen during the press conference. The game looks phenomenal on the PS4 and I’m loving the banter between Drake and Sully but I thought it was somewhat of a fail to not have the game function properly.

Nightmares: Did you ever wonder what your dreams would be like if they could be turned into a game? Wonder no more with the announcement of Dreams. Create your dreams and have other people play through them while you play through their dreams. While this game looks pretty neat and “artsy”, I just think that this game just looks way to difficult and it seems like you have to be an actual artist to be able to excel at this game. There is no way that someone who isn’t art inclined is going to pick up this game and make some of the fantastical designs that were shown off during the preview. I also think that this game, which is meant to be intriguing and creative, will turn into something extremely filthy extremely fast. I can predict that minutes after release there will be a dream titled “Boobs” somewhere.

MIA

Even though this E3 was just as huge as previous E3’s, I felt like a few things were missing from the show as a whole. I was totally bummed out watching the Microsoft and EA conference and didn’t even hear anything about Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC or an expansion. I mean the game was released in November, ended in a bit of a cliff hanger and we get nothing. E3 would have been a perfect place to announce something for this game that won so many game of the year awards. Not hearing anything at all makes me think of some problems behind the scenes and I really hope not because not only do I love this game, but I also love the franchise as a whole. I also thought that this E3 was sorely missing some Borderlands news. I would have taken anything, a short clip, some art from the new game, something, but nothing at all. Just an empty space where some Borderlands news should have been. Although I won’t mind if Watch_Dogs never gets mentioned again and never has a sequel, I was kind of expecting it at the Ubisoft conference. I was surprised when something for this game wasn’t announced, but not surprised enough that I’ll lose any sleep over it. Another game that I thought was missing from this year’s E3 was God of War. To tell you the truth it seems like the franchise at this point is finished, but I was still expecting something new to wow me and make me regain my enthusiasm for a game that I’ve been playing since the PS2.

Although it pains me to say it but at least as a loyal Playstation fan I can admit it, Microsoft was the clear winner this year. Their show was huge and showed a bunch of new stuff, even that weird looking new controller, they also showed that they were willing to listen to their fans and make adjustments to their system in order to allow backwards compatibility. While Microsoft is listening to the fans need for backwards compatibility Sony is still pushing the whole PS Now thing that I refuse to pay for at such a high price. The price is just not worth it and I just don’t see a lot of people using this. Not to mention they had a huge showing of games both first and third party that didn’t look all that bad. Sony had a lot of games that were shown as well, but I think that it wasn’t enough compared to the Microsoft show. Overall I thought that E3 as a whole was a huge success as usual and I can’t wait to start getting my hands on some of the new games that were announced while trying to wait patiently for the games that won’t even hit the shelves this year.

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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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