Another E3 has past and the dust has finally settled. All in All a lot of good things were announced, and there were a few things that just didn’t interest me at all…and maybe some of you as well. With this piece, I’m going to look at all the good things and the not so good things from the conferences of E3, starting off with the developers.
The Good: Bethesda
As a whole Bethesda came out swinging Sunday night. Their first full conference was chock full of things that could get all kinds of gamers excited. From a new Doom, to Fallout 4, to Dishonored 2, heck they even threw in a strategy card game for mobile players. I already gave a recap and my initial thoughts on the conference, but I think it holds up after everything that was announced.
Kicking off with a new South Park game. I loved the Stick of Truth for what it was and to me was one of the games of the year a few years ago. Having Matt Parker and Trey Stone (The creators of South Park) out there saying they really figured out how to make a good game toward the development of the last one has me excited to see what they have up their sleeve for The Fractured But Whole. So if that title is any indication, we’re in for more of the same raunchy jokes with possibly better gameplay.
Just Dance 2016. I will admit, this does not interest me at all. So when they stopped the show for a musical break to promote the show, I tuned out in my head until they brought up Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
New Titles like For Honor, Anno 2205, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wild Lands looked great. Wild Lands in particular piqued my interest, as it showed off several different ways to complete a level. Anno 2205 might not be for me, but I can support a publisher trying to take a new chance with something new in this day in age filled with sequels and annual franchises. For Honor looked interesting to me. Maybe it had something to do with the guy that was talking about the game looked like a viking descendant with a cane and his voice was gruff but soothing. Also, it reminded me of the show Deadliest Warrior without the Vikings and Samurais facing each other. Who knows, if For Honor takes off, maybe they can expand up on that or add in different soldiers such as Spartans.
Taking a chance on a new IP Unravel. EA has become notorious for shelling out annual franchises and sequels, but to see Unravel out there, it looked refreshing. This was another game based around Yarn, but out in the “real world”, rather than one set by another console maker. One of the developers was up there, as nervous as anyone can be on a big stage talking about a game he helped make. This looked like a passion project, so I’m rooting for this game to take off.
Pacing of the show was a little strange for EA. More specifically during the EA Sports portion of the show, going from NHL ’16, NBA Live 16, to Rory McIlroy Golf, back to NBA Live, then Madden. Then going from that to a couple mobile games, then slowing things down to a crawl for a sit down interview with soccer legend Pele. Look, I’m all for listening to Pele talk about soccer, because it’s another opportunity to learn about the sport, but I don’t know if I would have used it in the middle of a live conference.
Mass Effect: Andromeda only had a trailer giving a reveal that it’s coming in the holiday season of next year. So while there is no doubt we’ll see more of the game next year, it’s a little disappointing it was only a teaser for what I’d be willing to bet is setting up the next Mass Effect Trilogy. I just wish there was more.
Okay, best in show of EA’s conference was Star Wars Battlefront. I was initially apathetic toward the game, because I’ve seen so many Star Wars games that just didn’t live up to the epic space saga. This one took one of the battles and it felt like I was watching the movies again, except I have a chance to be a part of the battles. Not to mention seeing Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker out there gave me a moment of elation toward the game.
Just Cause 3 and Hitman looked great. We got a little more in depth look into the games which was nice to see. I do have a qualm with it though…
This was easily one of the more underwhelming conferences of the developers at E3 this year. Everything they talked about didn’t seem like it had as much (scripted) enthusiasm as other developers. Everything was just kind of presented as a scripted business conference, as opposed to a gaming conference. They came out talked about the game and moved on…Until it was Kingdom Hearts 3 time which they dragged that one on because they knew people wanted to see that one the most.
The guy in the moon mask talking about the new Nier game. No reason was given behind it. Just a guy in a moon mask, talking about the game his team is making. It was all so very odd.