It’s ye boy Moski. Dropping quick for some e3 thoughts! Come share yours with me! It was a fantastic presentation overall (except for you, Square Enix and EA. Really? Just more of the same, and no mention of Avengers or FF7?). Lots of games to be pumped on and to hype for. Here’s my top 10 of things that the e3 got juuuuuust right!
10 – Gwarsh, Sora.
Kingdom Hearts 3 trailers are still shattering my mind. It’s very hard to even tell where the plot is at this point. But having Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen and Toy Story universes around is my kind of bonkers. A Ps4 with the KH collections is also a fantastic idea.
9 – Unpopular opinion: I’ll miss New Dante.
I loved DmC (I was never that fond of Dante anyways). Still tho, Nero and Old Dante look so great this time around. The action looks impressive, and the attacks are outrageous. This game should fill that “feel like a badass” fantasy like none other in the e3.
8 – Of all the companies, Ubisoft is looking rad and fab
I’m not exactly a Beyond Good and Evil fan, but not only does the game look gorgeous. Their initiative to get fan artists on the thing is outright bonkers. And free For Honor, becoming BFFs with Nintendo, Assassins Creed Odyssey looking mighty sharp and Division 2 seemingly aiming for redemption, well, I guess that this is a good time, maybe not to forgive Ubisoft, but at least give them another chance.
7 – TLOU 2 wins the “Best Gritty Game Around”
I don’t like how these conferences keep getting packed with gritty people with guns and super violence for the sake of violence. I mean, I love some of the games, but I’d rather just take one or two and play more variety. With that in mind, TLOU 2 still looks like the very best in that department. It looks even more fluid than the original one. Also, while we're at it, the Ghost samurai game seems like it'll give them a run for their money. And Death Stranding is still weird.
6 – Spider-man vs Sinister Six
Although most of what was shown of the game looked scripted or QTE based, I wouldn’t really mind if most of the game was automatic if the visuals and action keep being as impressive as on the Spider-Man game presentation. This reimagining of the Sinister Six looks way too radical. I can only hope that the 6th member is Dr. Octopus, but given the reimagination of this thing, changing things just a bit may pay out.
5 – Hi, I’m Daisy.
Smash was one of the best “reveals” of the conference, no doubt, with all characters ever coming back and then some. Alternates like Princess Daisy (who is the best princess ever) were a cool addition. Plus, a lot of alternate costumes, maps and trophies are making this so super packed with content. Adding Ridley doesn’t hurt either.
4 – PC Master Race
With 1000+ hours on Warframe, I was really looking forward to some short presentation of the next update. Instead, they had a very, very short teaser. At least, the update is coming out this week. But hey, not only did they show a bunch of cool looking games as well, but Yakuza 0 is finally coming out to Steam! Updates for Killing Floor 2 and gameplay of Just Cause 4 don’t hurt either.
3 – Devolver Digital’s conference has… plot development? What the hell?
Devolver’s parody conference not only was gaming’s most expensive shitposting, and a hilarious show at that. Nina hosting again, the Loot Box Coin (which they actually ran out of. What the heck is wrong with you, people?), the Gif/Jif debate and Devolver Classic were great one-two punches, but the ending was just bonkers. A gaming conference with an actual narrative? Bananas!
2 – Game Pass gives Xbox an incredible value proposition
I don’t plan to buy an Xbox, and y’all know I’m a Sony fan. All things considered, their conference was the best of the big 3 to me. Not only did they showcase great game after great game. Even if most of those aren’t exclusive, the idea of buying an Xbox One X and paying 60 bucks or so to instantly access some hundreds of games is beyond belief. I also applaud that, despite the disaster of EA’s Command and Conquer mobile announcement, they made it look like they ruined Gears of War with a Funko Pop spinoff, only to immediately reveal that the next real Gears is also on the way. Eat your heart out, EA!
1 – Bethesda doesn’t hold back.
Fallout 76 “online survival” sounded horrible a week ago. But seeing it in action, it’s now my most anticipated game from the e3. Prey’s Mooncrash DLC (which trailer’s music has haunted me ever since) seems like an AAA roguelike, which might just make me buy the game. Rage 2 looks dope, new Doom can’t hurt, and, of course, formal announcement of The Elder Scrolls 6, and that new IP (the devil’s out on it being fun). On the show division, Todd’s participation ("Degenerates"), the jab at Wal-Mart Canada and Skyrim for Alexa were super entertaining ("I eat ALL of the cheese"). In my humble opinion, they had the best real conference this year.
Shame of the year: EA’s presentation. After their terrible lootbox controversy, they really needed to gain the customer’s trust back. What did they do? Ruin the dreams of Command & Conquer fans, and overall, display an unremarkable presentation.
This is just me. Here’s hoping y’all have some hot takes. Lemme know about ‘em. Cheers!