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.
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.
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.