I didn’t get a chance to watch all the press conferences live, but I’ve seen all the trailers and gameplay footage that was shown. So while again this won’t be a massive paragraph-laden article, I will give my thoughts on each game shown at the various conferences this year with a simple response to each of them.
Here’s how I’ll rate every game. They’ll be in one of four categories:
- PRE-ORDERING IT RIGHT NOW!!! – I think that’s pretty self-explanatory, it’s a game I for sure will be playing.
- GO ON… – My attention is definitely piqued, it’s a game that will likely be one I pick up a little later in its life cycle once it goes down in price a little bit and it’s generally garnering a positive reaction.
- MEH! – While there may be some promise or potential there, the core concepts, the gameplay, story, visuals, etc., they’re just not grabbing me. It’s possible I’ll end up playing the game, but will likely fall wayside to to many others that are above it on the list.
- NOPE!!! – Whether it’s a game not suited for my style, or just a bad-looking game, it’s one I don’t plan on playing, unless it reaches Game of the Year appeal and that may not even be enough to pique my interest.
So in order, we’ll start with EA’s conference and work our way to Nintendo’s earlier today:
- Anthem – MEH! (Due to showing nothing, see Microsoft for a proper rating)
- A Way Out – GO ON…
- Battlefield 1: The Name of the Czar – NOPE!!!
- FIFA 18 – MEH!
- Madden 18 – NOPE!!!
- NBA Live 18 – NOPE!!!
- Need For Speed: Payback – NOPE!!!
- Star Wars Battlefront II – MEH!
I saw EA’s press conference live and it was an absolutely horrendous one. Putting aside the sports games for those who don’t care for that (I do, but they never show the NHL games), the conference was still really bad. Need For Speed looks horrible, Battlefront II was boring to watch and I’m not convinced Anthem and A Way Out are on the good path just yet.
EA’S OVERALL SCORE: 1.5/5
- Anthem – GO ON…
- Ashen – MEH!
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins – MEH!
- Black Desert Online – MEH!
- Code Vein – NOPE!!!
- Crackdown 3 – MEH!
- Cuphead – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (On PC)
- Dragon Ball Fighter Z – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (On PS4)
- Forza Motorsport 7 – MEH!
- Deep Rock Galactic – MEH!
- Life Is Strange: Before The Storm – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (On PC/PS4)
- Metro: Exodus – NOPE!!! (Don’t play horror games)
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – N/A (Already on PC)
- Ori And The Will Of The Wisps – MEH! (Looks gorgeous though)
- Sea of Thieves – GO ON…
- Shadow of War – MEH!
- State of Decay 2 – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (On PC)
- Super’s Lucky Tale – MEH! (Looks great for kids though)
- Tacoma – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (On PC)
- The Artful Escape – MEH!
- The Darwin Project – MEH!
- The Last Night – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (I don’t care what the lead developer said in 2014, just shut up already…)
- Xbox One X – MEH!
There’s a lot of games here, hell I didn’t even count all the ID @ Xbox games shown, because you see so little of them. Microsoft is certainly trying to get some players back after Sony lured them away (by trying), but I think the damage has been done, mostly self-inflicted by Microsoft themselves. After all, how do you sell a console that PC players would accept when they can play the very games you’re advertising on this console, on the PC they already own?
MICROSOFT’S OVERALL SCORE: 3/5
- Dishonored – Death of the Outsider – MEH!
- DOOM VR – MEH! (Don’t care for VR right now)
- Fallout 4 VR – MEH! (Don’t care for VR right now)
- Quake Champions – MEH!
- Skyrim (Switch) – MEH!
- The Elder Scrolls Legends – MEH!
- The Evil Within 2 – NOPE!!! (Don’t play horror games)
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – GO ON…
Unless you were into VR, this conference was a whole lot of nothing, in my opinion. Other than Wolfenstein’s new game, everything else was either okay at best or not interesting at all. It’s clear that Bethesda may need to take a break from conferences, they’re just smacking the bottom of the proverbial ketchup bottle at this point.
BETHESDA’S OVERALL SCORE: 2/5
- Beyond Good & Evil 2 – *faints* PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (Almost 15 years in the making, this was the moment this year at E3)
- Far Cry 5 – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!!
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!! (If I had a Switch)
- Skull & Bones – GO ON…
- South Park: Phone Destroyer – GO ON… (We’ll see how expensive it’ll cost ya in microtransactions)
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole – PRE-ORDERING RIGHT NOW!!!
- Starlink: Battle of Atlas – NOPE!!! (For the sake of all our wallets)
- Steep Olympics DLC – MEH!
- The Crew 2 – NOPE!!!
- Transference – GO ON… (Might just be horror, but it’s an interesting concept. Too bad it’s VR-based though)
There were some amazing moments in Beyond Good & Evil 2 and the shockingly good-looking Mario/Rabbids game, but there were also some unbelievably bad games like The Crew 2 as well. The conference was a mixed bag, but mostly good in the end.
UBISOFT’S OVERALL SCORE: 3/5
- Call of Duty: WWII – GO ON… (First time in a long time I’ve been really interested in a Call of Duty game)
- Days Gone – MEH!
- Destiny 2 – PRE-ORDERED ALREADY!!!
- Detroit: Become Human – GO ON…
- God of War – GO ON…
- Horizon: Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds – GO ON… (I’ve still yet to get the actual game)
- Marvel vs Capcom Infinite – MEH!
- Monster Hunter World – GO ON… (A massive get for Sony though!)
- PS VR Games (Skyrim, FFXV Fishing, The Inpatient, Bravo Team) – MEH!
- Shadow of the Colossus Remake – GO ON…
- Spider-Man – MEH! (I’m not convinced yet, looks like every other Spider-Man game)
- Uncharted: Lost Legacy – MEH!
- Undertale – N/A (Already own it. PLAY IT!!!)
Sony just showed us a bunch of trailers, most of them without gameplay, so there wasn’t a whole lot to sink my teeth into. And overall, the games I wanted to see gameplay from never got it, so there was never really anything to excite me aside from Monster Hunter returning to the PlayStation and of course (because I’m a fanboy) some more Destiny 2 stuff.
SONY’S OVERALL SCORE: 2.5/5
- Kirby – MEH!
- Metroid Prime 4 – GO ON…
- Metroid: Samus Returns – GO ON…
- “Pokemon RPG” – GO ON… (The Nintendo consoles have needed one for quite some time)
- Rocket League – N/A (Have it on PS4, great get for Switch)
- Super Mario Odyssey – GO ON…
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC – GO ON…
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – GO ON…
- Yoshi – MEH!
The immediate problem with the Nintendo Direct showcases, while I gave no real “bad” ratings, all these games were generally games we all thought would be coming, including Metroid Prime 4. They had to finally make it guys. Even the Pokemon RPG game, the consoles have desperately needed a good Pokemon game for quite some time, the handhelds couldn’t have all the spotlight. So the Nintendo Direct this year wasn’t bad per se, there just wasn’t anything of note.
NINTENDO’S OVERALL SCORE: 2.5/5
So who won this year’s battle of the conferences? By ratings, we’re narrowing it down to our two 3/5 rated shows, Microsoft and Ubisoft.
And the winner is…UBISOFT!!!
The official order at this year’s E3:
Strictly for the moment that was Michel Ancel getting very emotional about Beyond Good & Evil 2 finally being a thing he could be proud to show off, Ubisoft owns this year basically because they had the lone moment. I was 100% correct about my suspicions that this year’s E3 was not going to be overly eventful. There’s a lot of good games coming in the next year for sure, but I think it may also end up being one of the weaker years. After all, we’re running out of major surprises and legendary series that are consistently good, so in the next three years, all the major developers and publishers need to look at creating new IPs to really bring things back to how they were in the 3-5 years before this E3.
So, what did you guys think about this year’s E3 overall? What really excited you? What disappointed you? Share in the comments below!