My thoughts on the E3 press conferences continue. I won’t go through every game, but the ones that caught my eye, for better of worse.
The big news are the new consoles. The S looks great and sleek. Project Scorpio (as well as the Playstation Neo) is going to propel the industry in a new and uncharted path.
Gears of War 4 is probably going to be fine. I couldn’t help but think that this game looks so slow. Coming from Doom and Overwatch, plus Titanfall 2 the day before, GOW seems plodding and a step behind. The visuals look great. I would love to know if the Co-op campaign is split screen.
The Final Fantasy XV demo felt flat, which is sad as I was looking forward to this one. I don’t know if it was just the demo they showed, but it looked terribly boring. The demo consisted of the player dodging a large boss attacks for a seemingly interminable time. Great.
Recore was another game that I was looking forward to, but I came away disappointed. The announcement last year seemed to promise more openness and innovative play. The E3 2016 trailer portrayed a game that had a set number of robots for very specific situations. Maybe I was expecting too much. However, it is still early, and we haven’t seen much of the game.
Scalebound looked rote. See my Final Fantasy XV impressions above.
Forza Horizon 3 is probably my favorite among the MS games featured. I liked the first one enough, and I am getting a Motorstorm vibe with a dash of Burnout Paradise. I love Burnout Paradise so if I can catch just a bit of that online-roaming-free-driving. Plus, like all of the MS published games, it is coming to Windows 10 as well. As a PC-only player, this makes me really happy.
State of Decay 2, sneakily, is one of the more intriguing titles from any press conference. The original State of Decay had some really great ideas and concepts. It was an action adventure zombie game with an open world. There were some RPG elements with an interesting system of handling NPCs. I always wanted the ability to play with a friend, and the sequel will have that feature. If this is done well, State of Decay 2 will be a big hit.
I wonder what Dead Rising 4 could possibly add to the franchise that isn’t already there. The game looks very close to Dead Rising 3, but I am looking forward to any of the new features. I am just glad that Capcom is making multiple games in several genres again. Perhaps the old guard isn’t done yet.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands seems like The Division smashed together with an open world from Just Cause. It seems solid and if there are a lot of different things to do, it might be awesome. But, this is Ubisoft so I’d be prepared to do the same 5 things over and over. I do think the setting (Mexican cartel takes over Bolivia and US special force group swoops in to save the day) seems strange. Like Battlefield 1 it feels tone deaf, but I’d try it out.
South Park: Fractured But Whole has Cartman’s superhero alter-ego called “The Coon”. Maybe my age is showing, but perhaps South Park’s humor doesn’t appeal to me anymore.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is basically Artemis with VR and a Star Trek license. This is a good thing and having LeVar Burton on stage is awesome. But with the VR component, it feels like one of those great games that I never actually play.
Grow Up is the sequel to Grow Home, so you should probably play it. Though, what would a longer Grow Home look like. I’m very hopeful on this one, and a great change of pace from Ubisoft’s usual lineup.
I barely paid attention to For Honor at first. But I slowly became convinced that I’d really want to play a demo or beta. The whole Knights vs Vikings vs Samurai thing makes me roll my eyes, but the fighting and combat looks cool.
Watch Dogs 2 looks the same as the original with a few more gadgets. Like South Park and Wildlands, it feels tone deaf. The game is more concerned that you think it is cool, which is cringe worthy. The level demoed was titled “Power to the Sheeple”. Ugh. The loose, up yours, “Fight Club is a really important movie”, anarchist wet dream attitude could be played for ridiculous laughs, like Saint’s Row. The world building, animation, and production values are top-notch. I just wish it was in service for something more interesting.
Steep looks cool. I hope its great. I’ve seen early impressions that were not favorable. Wingsuits. I want to do that.
God of War is new and different. Reborn as a 3rd person over-the-shoulder game with story elements like the new Tomb Raider games, GOW is going to be an interesting entry. As a franchise, I’ve never been a fan, but I really am curious how it will be updated in a new Dark Souls action adventure world.
Horizon: Zero Dawn still looks fantastic. Shown last during last year’s E3, the game’s setting and bio-robotic creatures feels different and innovative. It isn’t doing anything necessarily new, but the whole pack. I really want to know what a player is going to be doing moment to moment, but the combat is appealing.
There isn’t much to say about Death Stranding. The new Kojima project was just cutscene using an in-game engine, but it revealed nothing. However, the fact that Kojima isn’t making another Metal Gear Solid game is awesome. I can’t wait to be infuriated by his genius again.
Resident Evil VII is going to be a First Person horror game which is a huge change of pace. The horror genre has really changed since the first RE games, and I wonder if this venerable Capcom series can redefine itself yet again. The idea that the whole game could be played in PSVR is neat.
Days Gone should be cool. It had a prominent position during the press conference, and the amount of zombies on screen is fabulous. But what was shown looks frankly uninteresting. Other featured games at least tried something different, and Days Gone was lacking. It is still early and I like the idea of Sons of Anarchy plus zombies.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare actually looks exciting! I know, that doesn’t seem possible, but the space ship flight sequence looked so different from the standard FPS junk. I’m still faraway from preordering, but I’d keep up with the buzz closer to the release.
The Last Guardian actually has a release date! I will believe that this game is really real when it is downloaded in October. It could still all be an elaborate hoax. If it could even aspire to the heights of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, this could be incredible. I will believe it when I see it.