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E3 2017 Press Conferences – My Thoughts

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:

  1. PRE-ORDERING IT RIGHT NOW!!! – I think that’s pretty self-explanatory, it’s a game I for sure will be playing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. Ubisoft
  2. Microsoft
  3. Nintendo
  4. Sony
  5. Bethesda
  6. EA

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!

Sony @ E3 – My Thoughts

This is my thoughts on Sony’s E3 press conference. This will not be a long full-length article on it, just a set of notes on what I saw during the press conference.

NOTES

  • That intro…the hell?!
  • Sound suddenly died on PlayStation’s stream, that’s really bad
  • Not interested in Uncharted enough to care about this extra content
  • Horizon DLC, I’ve still got to play that game
  • Days Gone…WERE THERE REAL PEOPLE HANGING UPSIDE DOWN ON STAGE?!!!
  • ZOMBIE BEAR!!!
  • Monster Hunter World, that is a huge get for PlayStation
  • Remastered Shadow of the Colossus. Wow.
  • Marvel vs Capcom, nothing too special in my eyes
  • CoD: WWII, no gameplay. Booooo!
  • Skyrim VR. Meh.
  • Starchild. Meh. Also did they forgot to take the VR logo off the screen?
  • The Inpatient, don’t know what it is yet, but sure
  • VR FFXV fishing! Woooooo! Oh wait, that’s terrible
  • Bravo Team, wooo…can we stop the VR stuff now?
  • Nope, guess not. Here’s Moss, looks like fun for kids
  • I’m still very curious about God of War, but I really wish we got some gameplay
  • Detroit: Become Human still looks good
  • I’m 100% biased on Destiny 2, so ignore me…AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
  • Spiderman to finish? What a surprise! I’m shocked it wasn’t Last of Us 2
  • I have to say, watching the gameplay doesn’t confirm anything to me
  • Prophets of Rage for their highlight reel? What happened to all the EDM? I’m not complaining mind you
  • Miles Morales in Spiderman, but is he THE Spiderman or A Spiderman in the game?

THE GOOD

  • Huge gets in Monster Hunter and a remastered Shadow of the Colossus
  • Really strong list of games coming in the next 12 months
  • Destiny 2, told you I was biased

THE BAD

  • Very underwhelming overall
  • A lot of games, not a lot of gameplay
  • Streams were absolutely awful the entire way through for me, really took me out of things
  • Little too much time on VR
  • I reserve judgments for Spiderman, because it looks exactly like every bad Spiderman game before it

OVERALL SCORE: 2.5/5

Ubisoft @ E3 – My Thoughts

This is my thoughts on Ubisoft’s E3 press conference. This will not be a long full-length article on it, just a set of notes on what I saw during the press conference.

NOTES

  • Nintendo crossover, shocking how all the fanboys literally cheered for two grown men holding fake cartoonish guns
  • I like Shigeru Miyamoto, I really do, but the fan reaction was either way too much for way too little, or it was fake
  • Mario/Rabbids XCOM? I would play that if I had a Switch, without hesitation
  • I honestly have no interest in Assassin’s Creed anymore, to the point that even going to feudal Japan wouldn’t make me budge
  • What the hell does The Crew 2 have to do with the original game?!
  • I think half the audience is asleep after this Crew 2 showcase
  • SOUTH PARK FINALLY HAS A RELEASE DATE!!! (October 17th)
  • VR horror game? NOPE!!!
  • So they’re finally making a pirate game based on the good parts of Black Flag? Took them way too long
  • I’m mildly intrigued with Skull & Bones, my worry is that the ship combat could get extremely repetitive
  • Ugh…cue the cringeworthy Just Dance segment
  • I would really love to know how many people are still buying these games that warrant Ubisoft doing this every year
  • I love South Park, not enough to spend money on a mobile game
  • Starlink, aka spend tons of money on plastic shit
  • You know this crowd is fake when they’re cheering for a game nobody bought and played (Steep)
  • The idea of Steep being a way to play an Olympics game is a cool idea, I will admit
  • I have not been interested in Far Cry lately…I’m really interested in Far Cry 5
  • Death by farm vehicles!
  • It’s finally here…Beyond Good & Evil 2, it’s not what we thought it would be, but it looked fantastic anyway

THE GOOD

  • Mario/Rabbids being a silly XCOM game sounds unbelievably fun
  • South Park is finally coming!
  • Skull & Bones is a curious one
  • Far Cry 5 has got my attention after a few games in a row doing nothing
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2…need I say more?

THE BAD

  • Fake crowd throughout the entire event
  • Assassin’s Creed is over. I’m sorry, but I’m done with it
  • The Crew 2 was the most poorly advertised showcase of a game I may have ever seen at an E3 event
  • Just Dance’s yearly segment
  • South Park’s money grabbing mobile game
  • Starlink’s money grabbing plastic shit game
  • Steep while it’s a cool Olympic DLC, the game’s dead

OVERALL SCORE: 3/5

EA @ E3 – My Thoughts

This is my thoughts on EA’s E3 press conference. This will not be a long full-length article on it, just a set of notes on what I saw during the press conference.

NOTES

  • FOOTBALL!!!
  • Battlefield 1 came out in November. It’s first DLC will be out in September. Wow.
  • …REAL FOOTBALL!!!
  • I did like FIFA 17’s Journey mode, so I’m happy to see they’re actually continuing it, I felt it ended way too soon in FIFA 17
  • Need For Speed Payback is a pretty piece of shit. Cutscenes in the middle of races? Who thought that was a good idea?!
  • I’m not sure how I feel about A Way Out, it’s an interesting idea from an interesting developer, yet it looks so generic at the same time
  • Oh? A new BioWare game? Wait…where are you going! Come back! NO! I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT NBA LIVE 18! COME BACK, BIOWARE! COME BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!
  • STAR WARS!!!
  • Can we never have voice actors speak to us about a game while in-character ever again?
  • We’re going to have a single-player campaign! ……….Now here’s some multiplayer gameplay for you!
  • Terrible mistake or NBA/Star Wars crossover?
  • The Battlefront II multiplayer was boring and should’ve been shut down after five minutes, if not less than that
  • Let’s spend five minutes on a fucking pay-to-win mobile app! Wooooooooo!!!
  • 30 minutes of Star Wars. No single-player campaign, no Visceral Games appearance, nothing of importance. Wow.
  • Showing more of Need For Speed that just buries itself further
  • Madden is back and TotalBiscuit’s stream I was watching for this, he decided to shut it down from here, called it the most boring E3 conference he’s ever watched and I agree, but I have to finish this…I don’t know how I’m going to make it!
  • I feel like the actual conference ended and now this is the post-show…all right, I’m done too!

THE GOOD

  • FIFA 18 continuing Alex Hunter
  • A Way Out looks interesting

THE BAD

  • EVERYTHING ELSE!!!
  • The biggest waste of 30 minutes of Star Wars possible! I don’t think you can fuck up any harder without just not showing anything at all!
  • Seriously! Cutscenes in a fucking racing game!

FINAL SCORE: 1.5/5

I Expect E3 2017 To Be Extremely Underwhelming

I really do try my best to not be pessimistic and cynical as much as I tend to be, but sometimes there are moments where you cannot help yourself and you have to feel this way. For me, this year’s E3 is that very example.

I don’t feel like there’s much to look forward to at this year’s E3. Personally, I think so much of what we’re going to see is going to be a lineup of things we’ve already known about for years now. I’m fully expecting to see at the very least a 70%+ lineup from Microsoft and Sony that will large in part be the same as what they showed off last year, the difference being for a bunch of these games, they’ll actually have release dates and the like.

For example, here’s what I’m positive we’ll see from Microsoft and Sony:

Microsoft

  • Project Scorpio (a third of their presentation will be about it)
  • Obligatory HALO something (game, film/tv series, there’s always something)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Crackdown 3 (which keeps not coming out)
  • Sea of Thieves (same deal)
  • State of Decay 2
  • Obligatory ID @ Xbox (because Microsoft cares about indies…)

Sony

  • The Last of Us 2
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • God of War (aka God of War IV, but who cares about numbers anymore, right?)
  • Destiny 2
  • Days Gone (because we always need more zombies)
  • Death Stranding (and we’ll still know nothing about it)
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Knack 2
  • Spider-Man (maybe)

Nintendo is the real wildcard here. Why? Well because we don’t really know what Nintendo has, because upon the Switch’s arrival, we had almost zero games for it aside from indie games and ports. But here’s the few games we’re sure to see from them:

Nintendo

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Splatoon 2
  • ARMS
  • Something Pokemon-related
  • More mobile games

Personally, I’m not holding out much hope for something crazy to come out and surprise me. I’m going into this E3 thinking this year is more about setting down foundations now, rather than trying to wow the fans away from their competition. Nintendo might go the surprise route, but that’s more because they have so much more room to throw in new things we haven’t heard about yet. Sony and Microsoft on the other hand, their shows are already pretty full assuming all their unfinished projects aren’t cancelled and being swept under the rug.

There’s a lot I’d like to see this year in terms of surprises and such, but here’s all the things I don’t think we will see that could be considered as much:

  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 (it’s never happening, guys)
  • Grand Theft Auto VI (Rockstar is going to be sucking on this tit for a long time before they start thinking about a new one)
  • Kingdom Hearts III/Final Fantasy VII Remake release date
  • Square Enix’s Avengers IP (I think they’ll talk about it, but not actually show anything gameplay-wise)
  • Metroid Prime 4 (I think if it’s coming, we’re still a year away from that announcement)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (I think we’re also a year from this one starting to make the rounds)

I could go on and on about even less likely things, like y’know…a new Chrono game, a new Mother (Earthbound) game, things of that nature, but those pipe dreams will always be just that, a pipe dream. I’ve come to terms with a lot of these dreams never coming to fruition, in the way that I imagine a lot of Half-Life fans are finally accepting that Half-Life 3 may never arrive. So because of that acceptance, I truly do believe that this year’s E3 will not have as many surprises as we’ve come to expect in recent years.

Now could I be wrong? Of course I could, but my brain is telling me right now that there’s too much already on the list for all the three console makers to really shock us with something. Could EA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Activision, or any of those developers sneak something through at their own conferences? Sure, but my focus is on the three that truly matter, that being Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. I think with a large lineup already, Sony doesn’t have much room for surprises, I think with Project Scorpio, Microsoft will be pushing it way too much to have room for surprises. Nintendo is the tricky one because there’s so much open, but is there anything truly surprising that Nintendo could come out with? I can’t really think of anything, is a new Metroid, Donkey Kong, Super Smash Bros., any game like that, is it all that surprising when it’s Nintendo’s bread and butter?

There will always be a big surprise at E3, but I just don’t feel like there will be nearly as many stories this year as we’ve had in others. This year will likely be more about a flurry of games coming out in the fall and Nintendo/Microsoft continuing to try and catch up to the hot start Sony had with the PlayStation 4 at the beginning of its cycle.

It’s always exciting when E3 rolls around. This year though, I’m going in with low expectations this time around.