My E3 2018 Thoughts
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My E3 2018 notes :
While much was already known for what was to come to E3, there were a number of games shown that I was not aware of and got excited for. In addition, first looks at games I have been anticipating and finally got to see in action. It was not all perfect but enough positive was there. More and more though I question why anyone physically goes to this event but to each their own.
- New DOOM sequel and Wolfenstein was great to see especially since they did note how DOOM was a sequel which at first was not clear.
- I liked how Bethesda just went and announced Elder Scrolls VI to shut everyone up with that question.
- PREY DLC released on announcement was a continuation of the relatively new practice of announcement and release happening side by side. I have not played through PREY yet but it's on my ever growing Steam list.
- Fallout 76 is up in the air for me. No NPC's, I guess, equals mandatory PVP which will knock it out of interest for me but I get it. You need to do new things. When we reach ES6 I expect a new engine. Fallout 76 running on the exact engine as 4 is realistic but I guess I had my hopes up that something would be polished.
- Bethesda got my interest up for ESO. I am going to give that a whirl soon.
Bethesda had a great showing in showcasing new with known but expanding on the known quantities. Microsoft did the same towards XB1 as well. They focused on games learning from the mistakes of old and even spoke of new hardware in 2020 cementing the idea that consoles may be like cell phones in incremental updates every few years.
- Not many games with exclusivity (launch exclusive does not count for me) but the announcement of acquiring 5 studios has a massive impact going forward. With that in place the landscape gets reshaped in a positive way assuming these studios deliver.
- Wow does Forza look beautiful. Everything they showed was appealing.
- New Halo was expected but nice to see Master Chief back on the playing field.
- New GOW is welcomed after 4 was a uptick of excitement for the series.
- Crackdown 3 is an actual game and Terry crews is LVL 1000 Terry Crews so that is a thumbs up. Let's hope the framerate keeps up with the action.
- Cyberpunk 2077 looks fantastic and is highly anticipated for me due to Witcher 3 being my all time favorite game. This trailer captured the tempo and tone which at this stage is all you can ask for going forward.
- Devil May Cry 5 is a big announcement for fans. Having never played one it was not "exciting" but looked stylish and fun.
- Sekiro : Shadows Die Twice looks really sharp. FROM SOFTWARE doing a new landscape is great while still retaining the muck of the Dark Souls feel.
- Ubisoft was Ubisoft AF with that opening number.
- Trials looks like Trials but the presentation was so energetic that it grabbed my attention.
- The Division 2 seems to have listened to people while keeping it's core. This series may be gaining more and more momentum as time goes on.
- I feel the aim of Beyond Good and Evil 2 has shifted since we first saw it but I am more intrigued by this approach. I also have no idea what that game is. the setup for a story is well done though and it looks top notch.
- Sony was pretty good but oddly put together. The first setup in the "church" was spiffy but moving folks from Room A to Conference Room B was clumsy.
- Last of Us is still near the top of my list for future games. Happy to see Ellie center stage with actual gameplay which while similar featured some incredible dodging animation that felt extremely fluid.
- Spider-Man looks fantastic. If you can play as smooth as that demo showed then it could be a very strong play.
- Ultimately it was Ghost of Tsushima that took the medal for Sony. That looks flat out incredible. The cinematic quality of what was shown really stood out.
- RE2 remaster looks like a ground up work so thumbs up there too.
- Kingdom Hearts looks like a game that will do a lot and none of it especially well. Please prove me wrong. I would love for this to be a game that captures my attention.
- Tomb Raider, while I love the series, looks like more of the same. I was kinda hoping for less murder and more raiding of tombs but here we are...still. They did note the raiding would be increased but then only focused on assassinations in featured gameplay.
- Death Stranding did nothing for me, again. I get it, you are weird. If that portions that were delivery are the gameplay...I can only assume that is all they had to show.
- Nintendo showed near 30 damn minutes of Smash details. This was the most puzzling bit of the whole show. I understand that Smash is a massive game but those folks were already sold. Who was this for?
- Octopath looks right up my alley for a Switch purchase.
- I like video games.
That is not everything that happened over the past few days and I am sure something struck me at the moment that I may have ghosted on while writing this up but these were the moments that resonated enough to recall here. There seems to be a lot of great work on the horizon. Off the E3 stage it was announced via Twitter that God Of War will receive a New Game + mode as well. THAT is extremely welcomed news.