E3 is one of the biggest gaming shows, with many developers eager to show-off what they’ve been working on in the video game industry. Personally, I wasn’t able to watch most of the presentations live due to work obligations, but the shows were thankfully streamed and archived so I could catch up. Watching the presentations while already having an idea as to how they went thanks to social media prepared me to brace myself for what the next big games can be. While some of the shows were a little lackluster, there were still a good amount of games that will make my wallet thinner in the coming year.
Since I work from home now, I was able to watch most of the presentations live. It was a treat to give my full attention to one of my favorite hobbies. I was pleased with most of the presentations. Some were a bit boring (I’m looking at you, EA) and some where pretty entertaining (I still don’t understand the dancing Panda for Ubisoft), but I was pleased with most of the games I saw. I wrote down a couple games from each company, Nintendo being the most and my favorite.
Nintendo was definitely a highlight for us, with that being the publisher we grew up with. I was definitely pleased with seeing a little bit of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, even if I am disappointed that it won’t be out until next year. Still, the troop formations seem interesting and will definitely add to a bit more strategy with the game play. Seeing Overcooked 2 come over to the Switch is exciting, too — Rachel and I had a great time playing the first together and with friends
I’m super excited for Overcooked 2. Our friends each have a Switch now so we’ll be able to play with them online since that’s a new feature as well! I’ll admit I was disappointed Animal Crossing wasn’t announced, but I was hopeful for another Mario Party and that wish came true. It seems as though Nintendo has finally listened to us and is going back to the old school way of doing things. No car, no moving at the same time, and the boards look “normal.”
Yes, Mario Party seems to be returning to its original friendship-wrecking roots! Of course, the biggest game that Nintendo showed off was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where every fighter that has ever been on the roster is returning. The reveals and character cards explaining some of the finer details and upgrades of the fighters was fun to watch, and I’m sure the arrivals to the roster will do well. Personally, I’m always gunning for Geno from Super Mario RPG to join the fight, but I’ve heard how many people wanted Ridley and the Inklings will be interesting, I’m sure.
Of course, Smash was the biggest thing about Nintendo’s presentation. I was happy with all the information they shared. I honestly wasn’t expecting them to announce all the characters. There are some characters I would love to see, for sure, but I am super happy they’re bringing old characters back. Young Link and Roy were always my go-to characters and I can’t wait to play as them again!
Microsoft didn’t seem to do too badly during their presentation. They showed tons of games, but many of them aren’t slated to come out until next year or were also showed off on other platforms. They obtained a few new studios into the Microsoft team, which was interesting to see. Truth be told, Rachel and I are a little lukewarm with Microsoft’s games, not having found those IPs that we’re really interested in.
Microsoft has a lot of mature games and we prefer Nintendo because we’re children. But, we do enjoy our Xbox One and were interested to see what Microsoft had to offer. They showed off more Cuphead. We still have yet to play that game, but I’m sure we’ll download it soon for the new content.
Cuphead is a game we want to try out and the new content sounds fun, so that’s on the list. Ori & Will of the Wisps looks both adorable and heartbreaking, so we’ll probably get that and bawl. Our first reaction to Tunic was “Look, it’s Fox Link!” and it looks utterly charming. Forza Horizon 4 looked really pretty and slick, and we may try that out for ourselves despite never having played a game from that franchise before.
Of course, we never played the first Ori game. It was on the list, but just something that we never ended up getting because other games came first. So, now we’ve got both on the list of games to get again. Sea of Solitude looks great as well. That was announced at EA’s press conference, but it will be available for Xbox One in 2019. The topic seems a bit heavy, but the graphics are gorgeous and we’re looking forward to that when it comes out.
Sea of Solitude looks fantastic, having the crisp graphics with such a heavy theme. That was the biggest of the few games at EA’s press conference that piqued our interest. Square’s Kingdom Hearts III was shown a few times during E3, showing off smooth graphics and some of Disney’s latest movie universes that Sora and company will travel to. We still haven’t played any of the Kingdom Hearts games, but we recently bought Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix for our woefully underused PlayStation 3 to try to get into both the Kingdom Hearts games and, perhaps, more games from Sony’s consoles.
Though, I’ll admit, I didn’t really care for anything Sony introduced. A lot of the games they showed were graphic and pretty gory for my tastes. I didn’t even finish watching the conference. Overall, I think this was a successful E3. There are a lot of great upcoming games and, for the most part, the presentations were pretty entertaining. I can’t wait to try out the new games and I’m already looking forward to next year’s.