E3 – First Weekend Impressions

The first days of E3 were rather bland, at least for me. To be fair though, I’m rather jaded at this point. A lot of the games I’m seeing being announced and released are mostly iterative of each other, minus the smaller, indepdendent games. Sure, there’s an exception here and there, and I mostly find that exception to be ‘Nintendo’, who has shown with Zelda: Breath of the Wild, that they can still deliver fantastic games. 

This year alone, Nintendo will be churning out Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey… this, in addition to Skyrim (which I’m likely not going to purchase since the updgraded PC version was so good), and some notable other titles. I’m good on the Nintendo Switch. It’s already provided some of the most fun I’ve had in years, between Zelda and Mario Kart.

 EA provided me with a little interest. Battlefront II is a game I’m most definitely going to get on day 1. The last game is what I’ve probably spent the most time on over the last year and a half. I can still pick it up and have a total blast playing it, so that’s a no-brainer. Anthem looks alright, but I have to see more before I even begin to get excited for it. A Way Out has an interesting premise, but I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea of a co-op prison break game… I prefer single player experiences most of the time. Need For Speed Payback needs to be a bajillion percent stellar in order to make me interested, as that franchise hasn’t really delivered in a while. Don’t care much about Madden, but it’s been a few years since I picked one up, so this might be the year. The other sports games I couldn’t care less about.

 Microsoft focused on games above all else, and I’m glad they finally figured that out. Unfortunately, most of the titles they had shown weren’t exclusives, and the titles that were, had only been ‘launch exclusive’ titles, meaning they’ll be available elsewhere shortly thereafter. Why is Microsoft spending so much money on fake exclusivity deals? They really need to invest in some other exclusives, otherwise people are going to look elsewhere, as they have been throughout this entire generation. The $500 price point for the Xbox One X is also a facepalm sort of moment. 500 smackaroos is largely what pushed people away from the Xbox One and firmly onboard the PS4… yet, here they are again releasing another machine at a similar price point. At least it’s a powerful machine this time around, but still, it seems like too little, too late. What does interest me, are the Minecraft announcements, Cuphead, Ori, and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. What looks decent but hasn’t sold me is The Last Night, Black Desert, Code Vein, and Ashen. Sea of Thieves actually now holds my interest. The footage of that game is the first I’ve seen that actually lets me know what the potential of this game is, and it looks like a ton of fun. Still, I’m not sure how long I could get lost in that game before growing bored of it. I didn’t really care about what I saw in the Crackdown 3 trailer. Shadow of War seems… alright? I’m not really that interested in playing it at the moment. I’m also wicked down for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, because that Egypt setting looks like an amazing playground to stomp around in, and I’ve always been a sucker for this franchise anyway. All in all, their conference was decent on its own, but in the grand scheme of things, announcing a $500 console and a bunch of ‘not really exclusive’ titles isn’t really that smart. Oh, and original Xbox support? That’s pretty cool, and I may actually pick up a couple of games to play as a result, but I’m not sure it’s going to entice TOO many people. Oh, and that cutesy 3D platforming game they showed off? I love games with a retro vibe, but what worries me about that game is that it doesn’t appear to have anything in the way of difficulty. Too bad.

 Bethesda was pretty much a borefest. Doom and Fallout 4 in VR, big whoop. The Creation Club is going to bring paid mods to Bethesda games, and that’s lame since mods on the PC are pretty much always free. I never got into Dishonored, nor The Evil Within. Quake: Champions doesn’t really thrill me much, either. However, Bethesda did announce the one game I’m most excited for thus far, at least between the Saturday and Sunday reveals: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It’s going to be amazing.

 And that’s pretty much it. After all is said and done, the only games I really REALLY want are Assassin’s Creed, Life is Strange, and Wolfenstein II. I don’t expect many others to come down the pike during announcements on Monday, which saddens me.

 Hopefully this E3 treats the rest of you well, but at this point, I kind of don’t care. I’ve spent most of this year going back and forth between Battlefront, Counter-Strike: Source, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Zelda, Mario Kart, and Minecraft. I really don’t need much more than that.

I’ll be back after Monday’s conferences. 

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