E3 is happening, and here are my thoughts on Sunday’s conferences:
The new Star Wars 3rd person RPG adventure game still doesn’t seem to have a title, and only a nebulous release date.the extremely, extremely brief footage shown of a character walking in something like a desert-like tatoonie environment was tantalizing but there was nothing really there.
Battlefield 1 looks fantastic graphics wise. But everything from the random sight mods and the abundance of automatic small arms, Battlefield 1 just looks like a re-skin of the regular franchise installments. It doesn’t seem to take advantage of the time period except for different vehicles and gun models. World War 1 had very different tactics and battles, and is not represented in this game. I do like the dynamic weather and that makes for great visuals. But like Battlefront, Hardline, this just seems like Battlefield that happens to have World War I guns and vehicles, rather than a game dedicated to representing WWI/
Mass Effect Andromeda will probably be solid right? The original trilogy was largely well done even if the ending fell flat. The resurrection of the Mako tank is something that I would like. Little was said of the actual game, but it is nice to actually see the game moving.
Titanfall 2 is my most anticipated game here. I love the first, but really wanted to learn more about the world that Respawn built. The “singleplayer” campaign wasn’t much and a strange multiplayer hybrid. In Titanfall 2, the campaign looks really built out and I am hoping the story is engaging and fun to play. With all the additions and refinements on the multiplayer side, this is going to be a day one purchase for me.
Prey seems cool. I never played the original and I have no idea what it was about. But I am usually up for single player FPS storytelling and I really like the Kafka-esque vibe. The trailer, though, was short on detail. I wonder what the player would be doing on a moment to moment basis.
Elder Scrolls Online continues to be the MMO that I would play in an instant if it was free to play. However, with a consistent presence at multiple E3 conferences, the game must be doing well and I wonder if that will ever happen. I have a feeling that I will see a trailer for an ESO expansion 3 years from now and say "Hmm, I really should try that someday."
Fallout 4 in VR might be really exciting, though I wonder what it would actually add. However, it could be great exercise on how to handle an open world FPS in VR. In the next few years, developers are really going to have to define how games will be played in VR, like figuring out how FPS console games will control.
Dishonored 2 really impressed me. I never finished the original, but always loved the aesthetic and setting. The different powers and multiple paths really evoke memories of Deus Ex and System Shock. I wonder how this sequel will turn out. This will, hopefully, force me to finish Dishonored.
No Elder Scrolls VI, but I guess that isn’t a surprise. Please make this game already. Its been a while, but I suppose I could playthrough Skyrim remastered in the meantime.