E3 2018 – Ubisoft Conference

I think that it’s safe to say that everyone has this love/hate relationship with Ubisoft, so I never know what to expect going into the conferences year after year. Sometimes I’m surprised and sometimes I’m bored and disappointed.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Ubisoft conference without a weird Just Dance thing to start so we’ll just leave it at that and say that Just Dance 2019 is coming out.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is showing again this year and I really don’t see the appeal of this game at all. It’s a space game with humans, monkeys, and pigs. I just don’t know. Game is still in the pre-alpha stage meaning it’s going to be a while before it comes out. Probably late 2019 early 2020.

Now for some Rainbow Six: Siege. The community is now 35 million players strong. Because of this, the game will continue to grow. There’s a lot of eSports talk and upcoming events. There’s also a documentary coming out that will highlight the community and 8 players.

Trails is now back and apparently bigger than ever. It’s one of those motocross racing games that just looks meh. The new game is called Trials Rising and it will take you to iconic locations. Another game with a big community emphasis and it’s coming out February 2019.

The Division 2 is shown next and after the Xbox conference, I’m really interested in this game. This game is all about the rebirth of society after the events of The Division. Your actions have an impact on the world in the main story mode and the game doesn’t end after the main story mode. You can now play with up to 8 people at a time. All year one updates will be free to everyone.

Next is some crazy Rabbids things because Rabbids is just always crazy. Now Donkey Kong will be added into the Rabbids universe like Mario was.

Now for a pirate game and who doesn’t love pirates or playing as one? This is a more realistic looking Sea of Thieves basically that’s called Skull and Bones. It looks really good, but it just really needs to deliver and not be like For Honor which was overly hyped and just didn’t deliver. The world will be a shared one where you decide who your friends are and who your rivals are. I like what I see, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this game.

Next up is Transference which is this weird little game that can be played like a regular game or as a VR game and it’s about entering someone’s consciousness. The trailer for the game is weird and it’s just a little too creepy for me even though the premise is interesting.

The next game is a little cartoony for my taste even though it’s a space game and it’s Starlink. This is where you have the build the ship, like a LEGO thing, and attach it to your game. This also means that if you want to build the space ship of your dreams, it’s going to cost you a lot of money.

Talking before about For Honor, we get an appearance from the game. This game held so much promise, but just didn’t deliver. I played for a about a month and dropped it after multiple sever issues. The For Honor world will be expanded with Marching Fire which is an update that adds a new single player feature, new characters, and a new 4v4 mode.

Now for some promo for The Crew 2 that releases this month. Essentially this is a racing game that includes cards, boats, planes, and bikes.

Next up is a game that looks like it came straight out of the world of 300, so instantly I’m interested because 300 has to be one of my top 10 movies of all time. The game is actually the next installment of Assassin’s Creed and it’s called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This promises to be unlike any other Assassin’s Creed as it now incorporates role playing mechanisms into the journey with ancient Greece as the background. I couldn’t think of a more perfect location for this franchise to move onto next. This game was apparently three years in the making and now, a huge plus, you can choose your gender. Story telling is different and you can interact with history. The transgression of Assassin’s Creed becoming an RPG is a pretty interesting one and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Overall the show was an interesting one that had some hits and misses. I would say that this one is behind the Bethesda show, but I still haven’t given you my thoughts on the Sony show yet. After I do my write up about the Sony Conference I’ll go ahead and give you a full ranking of who I thought came out as the winner and who was the loser of E3.

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What to Expect at E3…Maybe Part 3

Since I’ve already covered the EA conference, the Microsoft conference, and the Bethesda conference the only two conferences to cover now are the Ubisoft conference and Sony conference. Both conferences promise to be equally exciting as they normally are, but of course I’ll be looking forward to the Sony conference the most because of the PlayStation fan girl that I am. Now let’s take a look and see what I’m expecting at both conferences.

Ubisoft Conference

• First of all I’m expecting something on the new Assassin’s Creed game since it’s already been leaked everywhere so there’s no doubt my mind that they’re going to be promoting it somehow even though I’m not expecting it to come out until at least late 2018.
• As usual I’m also expecting some Tom Clancy stuff whether it be something to add to The Division or Ghost Recon or any of the other Tom Clancy franchises this is always at the conference so there’s no doubt in my mind that this will be at the conference again this year.
• As usual I’m sure they’ll do some big thing for Just Dance that will be equally as boring as it is every single year and make me roll my eyes and groan.
• Since it’s already been leaked, I’m also expecting to see more on this Far Cry 5. I’ve been an on again off again fan of this series so I’m interested to see where this game will be going.
• Because it’s been at, I don’t know, like two or three E3’s is now that they’ve been promoting this new South Park game, I’m expecting this game to have some more footage since it does have a finalized release date. I swear though if the date changes again then I’m going to completely loose hope with this game.

SURPRISES!

While I’m not really expecting any news on this front I would be completely surprised if they announced anything for Watch_Dogs. What would surprise me the most is if they announced that they finally had a stable server for For Honor.

Sony Conference

• Because they’ve been promoting it so much and they spent so much money on it they’ll definitely have something for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Maybe some more gameplay and some more details about it since it does come out in August.
• Since not everyone has adapted to the new PlayStation VR I’m expecting they’ll do something spectacular for it try to get more people to buy it.
• I’m definitely expecting a release date for the new God of War game as well as The Last of Us 2. I’m thinking that God of War will come out probably holiday time this year while the Last of Us 2 will get an early 2018 release date. While we’re talking about release dates I’m hoping at least that they give some kind of release date or release time frame for Detroit: Become Human since they’ve been promoting it for the last two E3’s and there’s been nothing to come out of it.
• As always I’m sure they’ll be some PlayStation exclusive’s that will, like usual, compete with the Microsoft exclusive’s that they show at their press conference.
• I’m also expecting another weird ass promo for Death Stranding because everything surrounding that game just seems weird along with Day’s Gone, but I’m not expecting them to come out anytime soon.
• Finally with the success of Horizon Zero Dawn, I’m fully expecting them to announce their plans for either an expansion or just some DLC.

SURPRISES!

While I don’t think this is really going to happen, I would be really surprised if they announce the PlayStation 5. I still think it’s way too soon for this but they might just want to put it out there since Microsoft will probably be debuting the new Xbox Scorpio.

And that’s it. That’s everything I’m expecting to come out of this year’s E3. Agree with me? Disagree with me? Let me know in the comments section below and as always I will be having my full review of each and every conference after E3 is over.

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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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