Apologies to my readers (all 15 of you) for taking an unannounced hiatus from this blog. I’ve been concentrating on work and school, and with finals bearing down on me I had little time to write any new posts. Given that my finals week falls right on top of this year’s E3, the timing could not have been worse. With most of my finals out of the way, and since E3 is now officially over, let’s start things off right away by talking about my personal top moments from E3 2017.
EA is doing right by it’s fans with this new Star Wars game. Admitting that the previous installment was anything but what fans wanted, the developer pulled out all stops in this new shooter, adding more variety to the gameplay, new modes for PvP, and most importantly, a story campaign that the first Battlefront game sorely needed. Not only will this new story add depth and overall satisfaction to the game, it is also cannon! Now, if only Disney would reinstate previous cannon work into the Star Wars mythos (Starkiller from Force Unleashed was supposedly cannon, and he was one of the more powerful Sith/Jedi).
E3 kicked off with a bang, and I’m sure from all the footage released that Battlefront II will the a complete and breathtaking experience.
The Xbox One X
I’ve been waiting for the reveal of this beast ever since it was announced. We finally got to see the world’s most powerful console on Sunday at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. The Xbox One X (terrible name, Scorpio sounded so much cooler) boosts the power and capabilities to put the PS4 Pro to shame. Rendering beautiful games at true 4K, Microsoft may have what it takes to knock Sony from the pedestal.
The price line was also revealed, setting gamers back a cool $499. Given that the One X can go toe-to-toe with a gaming PC, that price tag might not be too steep, especially when you consider what the One X is capable of. Unfortunately, Microsoft stumbled hard by concentrating on backwards compatibility instead of current gen exclusive games. It’s almost like they were saying “Here’s a 4K capable, $500 brick to play some old ass games from the first generation.”
My only suggestion is that Microsoft should pull the original Xbox One from shelves, or they will suffer from lack of One X sales like Sony did with the PS4 Pro. Both the Pro and One X are more powerful and improved than their original design, so the Xbox One and the PS4 are pretty much obsolete. Since not everyone wants or cares about 4K gaming, people will most likely buy the PS4 Slim or the Xbox One S, and for people who only care about spending the least amount of money, they might buy the original consoles, leaving the Pro and the One X on the shelves.
Forza Motorsport 7
Taking advantage of the Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 not only features the latest in racing simulator games, but it looks gorgeous! The trailer places you in the driver’s seat of the worlds fastest and most powerful machines, including the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which made an appearance on Microsoft’s stage. The car is the most powerful 911 in the world, and you will get to drive it in the new Forza game soon.
This game looks absolutely beautiful in 4K, and if your a racing freak like myself, buying this with an Xbox One X is a no brainer. I may be a Sony fan, but Grand Turismo Sport doesn’t stand a chance against Forza Motorsport 7.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Dawn the cowl once again as the series goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, the birthplace of civilization and the Assassin order. Reworking the now exhausted formula of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Origins promises to be a new and unparalleled experience. Eagle Vision has been substituted for an actual eagle that you control in order to identify targets, survey the land, and find hidden paths to take.
The core gameplay has been completely reworked and has turned into a whole new system. The mini map has been removed and a new skill system has been added. This along with a revamped combat system may bring Assassin’s Creed back from the abyss.
Skull and Bones
Remember everything you loved from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag? Well get ready to get some more with this new pirate game revealed this week. Placing Skull and Bones side by side with Xbox exclusive Sea of Thieves, I can confidently say which one is more appealing to me (Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was one of my favorite games in the AC series).
The graphics look incredible, and the key concept of the game will add so much more to the gameplay. If they add the exploration and story telling from Black Flag, this could be the pirate game we’ve all wanted. I can’t wait to get my hands on this game.
Far Cry 5
After the controversy surrounding the game, seeing actual gameplay of Far Cry 5 made enduring the constant nagging so much easier. I already knew the game was going to be great. The reveal trailer was amazing, and the character trailers were awesome and they added so much depth to the game. You all know I’m a sucker for a good story, and Far Cry 5 will bring its signature story style to modern day Montana early next year.
Similar to Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5 will revamp the dated gameplay and the stale features of previews Far Cry games, and this can only improve the overall experience. Far Cry 5 will most likely be the go to game for early next year for many players.
Nintendo (basically everything)
Super Mario Odyssey, a new Kirby and a new Yoshi game, a Mario and Rabbids crossover, Rocket League, even Skyrim; what isn’t there to love about Nintento’s E3 press conference. Other than the fact that there is still very little third party games announced, or even in development, Nintendo pulled out all stops for this year’s E3.
Kirby and Yoshi, flagship characters of the Nintendo brand, are getting their own games. It will be great to see Kirby back in a game of his own, and Yoshi’s game has been a long time coming. We even got confirmation that a new Pokemon game is planned to release on the Switch. Not that Pokken game no one asked for, but a real JRPG Pokemon game! Fans of the series have been asking for a Pokemon game on the Switch, and Nintendo heard our prayers.
But let’s be honest, the greatest moment was that reveal for a new Metroid game! Metroid Prime 4 will be coming to the Switch, and old school gamers everywhere are raving. Not only has the series been on a long hiatus, but it’s been too long since we’ve had a good platform game like Metroid. Nintendo really did pull out all stops this year, and here’s hoping we don’t have to wait long for our new games.
Need for Speed: Payback
I love Need for Speed. As a die hard car enthusiast, the customization and personalization of your in game cars just grips you and immerses you in a world where you can express yourself through a powerful machine. Though the franchise has been limping ever since Pro Street, 2015 brought the series back to the street racing scene that everyone loves. Unfortunately, the many problems the game had didn’t exactly make Need for Speed 2015 the savior of the franchise, but it was a step in the right direction.
Taking a more ‘Fast and Furious‘ tone, Need for Speed: Payback will place you in the driver’s seat of the fastest cars in the world as you try to take down The House, who wronged you in the passed. Now, armed with turbo boosted engines and stylish looking rides, you and your crew will bring the smack down on The House in a game that mixes the adrenaline filled moments from your favorite racing movies with the deep customization that only Need for Speed can deliver.
Now, if they can only get the handling right…
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
If there is a game that gamers have been wanting for years, it’s Wolfenstein. Bethesda made many fans of the Wolfenstein games happy when they revealed the trailer for a new installment to the series. Not shying away from anything, this game will surely make heads spin when it releases in the future.
Once again, it’s up to you to bring justice on an evil regime, and trust me, those Nazis don’t stand a chance. The announcement of this game may have been the best part of Bethesda’s E3 press conference this year.
Shadow of the Colossus Remake
Not a remaster, not a port, but a complete remake of the iconic game that had you hunt down and kill massive beasts. Fans of the game will once again relive the thrill of the hunt as you get to experience this fan favorite in brand new detail on today’s latest technology. The game has been rebuilt from the ground up, with updated textures, models, and, of course, graphics!
The many gamers who played the original version all those years ago, and to the new generation of gamers who’ve never even heard of Shadow of the Colossus, this will give everyone the chance to experience the thrill of bringing down god-like beasts.
And you know what would be dope? If this remake included the infamous secret Colossus that everyone spent years searching for in the original game.
The game reveal that had me running around in circles was a brand new IP from BioWare. Anthem not only looks incredible, it feels like the game I didn’t know I needed. Enter a world where you dawn mech suits and leave the safety of your citadel to fight beasts and work missions with your friends. The graphics look incredible, the gameplay seems fresh and innovative, even the co-op aspect seems fluid and easy to jump into.
Anthem looks like it will be everything Destiny should have been. Loot, customization, and upgrading seem to be key components in the game as was seen in the gameplay trailer. Your mech can be upgraded with different weapons for defensive and offensive gameplay. Each suit has it’s own unique abilities and upgrades that give the player an incentive to keep playing. The loot and weapon upgrading system will keep players glued to this game if it is executed properly.
If BioWare pulls this off, Destiny 2 may have a very difficult year ahead of them as Anthem will be my go to co-op game when it releases.
So those were my personal top moments from E3 this year. Other reveals that were also great, but just didn’t have as much of an impact with me include:
- Metro Exodus
- God of War
- The Crew 2
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole
- Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
- Days Gone
- State of Decay 2
- Sea of Thieves
- Crack Down 3
These games are all highly anticipated by many gamers including myself, but the games I talked about are my personal list of top reveals for this year’s E3. Everyone has their own opinions so let me know in the comment section if you agree with me, or if you have your own top moments from E3.
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads celebrating this week. Here’s to a happy weekend with incredible games.