The gaming community has received their fill of new releases, in depth commentary, and hands-on gameplay. “HUHZAH!!” said the enthusiastic gamer who finally felt that the next-generation of gaming is upon us. E3 showcased some interesting new IP’s such as Nintendo’s Splatoon, Sony’s Entwined, and Microsoft’s Limbo. These games are all not hailing from very famous developers, but these games due embody the ideal of taking gamers into new experiences and directions while staying true of being a fun and engaging experience. Lots of things were said and lots of games were shown. So many that I can barely keep up, but that’s all a part of being a gamer. We look for new ways to interact with games, new dimensions and worlds to live in, caves and passages to explore. Games are our homes and E3 is the annual town hall meeting. Where everyone is can join in the fun, but at slight cost of attendance. I love E3 as I have mentioned in a previous post. E3 has shown us the future of gaming and it looks pretty bright. Seriously, the graphics of a lot these games are phenomenal! I could tell that developers are finally going no holds bar own with using the power these consoles possess. 1080p definition is definitely the standard for all of the major blockbuster titles such as the The Order: 1886, Forza 2, and, Mortal Kombat X. 60 fps (frames per second) is still a work in progress for some of the consoles (here’s looking at you Wii U and Xbox One), but the games showcased on matter what system still look gorgeous. This year’s E3 may not be something I will reminder years later, but I will know that was year of the shifting from old generation gaming to a new wave intriguing video game endeavors. I have high hopes for the future of gaming! So I am now looking towards all the fall releases and the abundance of 2015 titles. The future is definitely upon us! Now its time to wait and see if all the hype at E3 comes to fruition.
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In no particular order, Mircosoft, EA, Sony, Nintendo, and Ubisoft have all spoken their peace so, what’s next after that? Well let the gamers decide of course. And decide we shall. When elaborating on E3 a question comes to mind, what game do I talk about first? I have been pondering this question Pre-E3 for sometime now. So I will elaborate on the games that shocked me, surprised me, and games that that should just take my money now! With that said, let’s begin! Since its debut trailer somewhere early 2013, I knew I had to get. I was so blown away that I pre-ordered the game the day it was announced knowing that it will be released sometime 2014. The game I’m mentioning is Bungie’s new IP, Destiny! This will be Bungie’s first game ever sense they passed the Halo torch to 343 Industries. Destiny is a open third person shooter, RPG, and MMO rolled into one. The stunning open world, game play mechanics, and multi-genre approach instantly grabbed my attention…and my $5 reserved deposit at Gamestop. Seeing more gameplay and that beautiful cinematic trailer in Sony press conference solidified my decision to fullly purchase the game day of release. Bungie’s new game so far has not deviated from the core story arch and staying the course (for now.) Destiny is that really excited for and hope exceeds my expectations. Sony’s PS4 exclusive, The Order: 1886, is daring, scary, and gorgeous. The Order: 1886 takes place in a steampunk-style world, somewhere in Europe(actual setting is still undisclosed). It is about a group of people called “The Order” who uses futuristic weaponry to combat against inhuman creatures, such as Lycanthropes (Werewolves). The game looks stunning on PS4 for it runs 60 fps at 1080p. It is a third-person action shooter that encompasses a Gears of War-ish cover system, but this does not take away from the overall look or feel of the game what so ever. The game among many other PS4 exclusives is another example of why Sony is at top of overall console sales. Now let’s just hope this game actually plays as well as it looks on the day of its release, February 20, 2015. Lastly, I want to talk a little bit on a game that I grew up with, but never really played. Nintendo ‘s AAA game,Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is shaping up to the be the game to get Nintendo out of its gaming slump they been in so far. I did not play Smash Bros. that often when I was younger, but I appreciated the level of skill and fun that attracted people to play it. With the new announced characters, NFC-enabled “Amiboo”, and stunning game play aesthetic, I am generally gets me excited for its release. I can imagine see now, the twitch streams of high skilled players showing of their expertise using famed characters just as Link to beat Donkey Kong, Kirby, and Kid Icarus into a bloody pulp. This game definitely will be a morale booster for not only Nintendo, but for all Nintendo supporters and belivers. I am here to say that I am a “belieber” sorry, sorry, could not resist! Seriously, these games really sparked my interested. These games really exemplify that next-generation is here and the gamers should be prepared for the onslaught of awesomeness headed our way!
Before I mention the games, let me say that Nintendo’s “Digital Event” had me smiling and giggling with joy within the first couple of seconds. They decided to use a Robot Chicken (a clay-mation show of Cartoon Network) aesthetic to open their Digital Event. It was pretty funny! Then, an epic fight scene was shown between the two chiefs of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata. Nintendo did not hold back at all for the first game shown was Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii U and 3DS. The rundown: Mii characters are now playable with three classifications; Mii Brawler, Swordfighter, and Gunner. The gameplay was pretty legit. Also, “Amiibo” was announced. They are basically Skylander game pieces but, with Nintendo brand characters. Brawl comes to 3DS on October 3, 2014 and to Wii U Holiday 2014. Next up, Yoshi meets or rather eats yarn in new game, Yoshi’s Woolly World coming 2015. The Legend of Zelda has a new fancy trailer with an expansive open world coming 2015. Bayonetta 2 comes bundled with the first Bayonetta releasing October 2014 for the Wii U. Then, you have Hyrule Warriors which was announced at last year’s E3, but this time Nintendo elaborated a little bit more about gameplay mechanics. Released September 26,2014. Using Kirby as a pink wrecking ball again in 3DS title, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse coming in 2015. Xenoblade Chronicles presented itself well and so did Mario Maker (a game creator using Mario platforming and characters). Both coming in 2015. Lastly, Splatoon is a new territorial FPS IP that actually looks pretty fun. Its a 4v4 action game in which the objective is who can come the play field in the most paint. Also, did I mention that Plautena Alights is a fighter in Brawl. If not then, there you go. Overall, I laughed my ass off and watched a co-worker geek out the entire press conference to the point of utter silence and disbelief what was being announced. Nintendo I know that the gaming community has quite upset with you because of the lack of content coming to the Wii U and 3DS. You proved today that there is some fight left in you guys. Go forth and conquer Nintendo! WHA WOOOOOOO!!! *Mario voice*
Ubisoft is a pubisher that is known for having fun, awe-inspiring, and engaging worlds. So as my eyes gleam over my laptop screen, I feel hopeful and pretty pumped. Granted the games presented were already announced prior to E3 and mostly shown in Microsoft’s press conference, I still was excited to see new trailers and hopefully new IP’s. So, let’s begin shall we! Basically, Far Cry 4 is game about things getting crazy real fast. The trailer showed Far Cry’s new stylish antagonist, an expansive jungle environment, giant outposts to liberate, and oh id I mention elephant warfare. Seriously, you can ride elephants in combat! Enough said. No surprise that annual franchise Just Dance is coming back with Just Dance 2014. Ubisoft introduced the option to have multiple people dancing using there phones to track their movements in game. Pretty cool except if you have a giant tablet phone(phablet) and tiny hands then, you may run into a problem. Tom Clancy’s: The Division looks pretty cool in the new gameplay trailer and The Crew is still well…ummmm… you can drive coast to coast in 15 mins. That’s all I got. Shape Up is some random exercise game and Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a “game about war, not a war game” said lead designer Julian Chevalier to Gamespot. Assassin’s Creed Unity introduces 4-way campaign coop based in its 18th century Paris setting. Lastly, Ubisoft debuted Rainbow Six: Siege. Yes you heard me correctly Rainbow Six exists! It looks pretty good too so, definitely check the trailer out! Ubisoft didn’t show much but, what they showed was good. Enough for one to say, “I’m cool with that!” Ubisoft you haven’t failed me before and did not disappoint this time either. Let’s just see how long you can keep this going! No pressure by the way!!!
Sony had the privilege( or lost a bet) of capping off the Day 1 of E3 with their press conference. Lots of games were shown so, in 3…2…1…1 and 1/2…1 and 1/3..1 and 1/6. Jk lets begin! Destiny was kicked off everything with a trailer showing off the vast world of Destiny. After nice fancy lighting, a white glacier PS4 was announced and it will be bundle with a copy of Destiny. The Destiny also, was announced and will commence on July 17th. The Order: 1886 was shown which showed a little more of the surroundings the game takes place and a Lycanthrope enemy that players will be faced with. Afterwards, a trailer about new dlc Infamous: First Light was shown and new IP Entwined shows some promise. Little Big Planet 3 is coming to PS4, along with GTA V, and Last of Us Remastered. Far Cry 4 came out guns blazing on a jungle landscape, Dead Island 2…well has zombies…, Battlefield Hardline Beta is live, and Batman: Arkham Knight looks badass (Scarecrow is terrifying)! Grim Fandango is being remastered. Let it Be and ABZU is amazing. No Man’s Sky looks beautiful. Mortal Kombat is glorious and brutal(FINISH HIM)! Lastly, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has a brand spanking new trailer that makes you want to scream for joy and cry because we have to wait awhile to play it. Sony came out with full gutso and without CEO Jack Tretton there one could feel the presence of him missing. I am sure he is proud though! Sony keep it up!
EA showed STARWARS! StarWars Battlefront to correct! They showed a nice preview of some guys collaborating at desks and chatting around computers. Then, after all that stuff, there are some fantastic cinematic shots of Battlefront. Now at the moment, there is no confirmation if the trailer was actually gameplay or all cgi. I hope not, but the game looked pretty amazing! StarWars: Battlefront comes in 2015. Now EA is of course all about its sports so, here they are: UFC with a strong empahsis of Bruce Lee (WHAAA!!!), NHL 14 has updated graphics and roster, PGA Golf is using Frostbite 3 engine to make deer and trees seeming more like realistic deer and trees!? Lastly, the crux and big cash maker, Madden NFL 15! Basically, defense got better or something! Madden comes out the 26th of August. New MMO Dawngate was shown which looks promising. Battlefield: Hardline Beta is out and apparently running it many issues (as to be expected). But EA I believe saved the best for last. Mirror’s Edge 2 has been a main topic of discussion for many of gamer’s Pre-E3 predictions. The game looks fantastic! Faith, the protagonist, there is supposed to new focus of Faith’s background and development as character. I enjoyed playing the first Mirror’s Edge and cannot wait to see how they improved upon it. EA don’t let me down. Seriously, please! I begging you!
On June 9, 2014 around 12:30 p.m. Microsoft kicked off the E3 festivities with their seemingly “games only” press conference. For the first time in a long time, it was true. There was no Xbox One sold this many consoles?, or here’s how Kinect is doing (or not doing) in the market? I was thoroughly impressed. Now let talk games! They kicked off show with a trailer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which honestly looks pretty good. They showed off some interesting stuff, but nothing that is a real game changer for the FPS genre. They showed off presumably blockbuster titles such as Forza Motorsport, Evolve, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Fable Legends. Microsoft also treated us gamers with some live on-screen gameplay of Assassin Creed Unity. You see 4 individual players in 18th Century Paris breaking into a what appears to be large bourgeoisie building. For the first time there is 4 player campaign coop in Assassin Creed. I was actually pretty impressed. What really got the crowd in uproar was the announcement of the Halo: Master Chief collection, which will contained Halo’s 1-4 (not including ODST or Reach) on one disc. There will be 100 maps, a halo t.v. series called Halo: Nightfall, and Halo 5: Guardians Beta. I am pretty excited because the older halo’s are in high-resolution and the remastered maps look gorgeous. Besides all that, Microsoft wrapped up talking about their commitment to Indie(Independent) developers, awesome! A quick trailer to the Tomb Raider sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, stuff about Killer Instinct, and remastering of Phantom Dust. Lastly, a new Crackdown, finally!!! Microsoft did a decent with sticking to only games, but there was no hard hitting games that really got the crowd to shout, scream, and eventually passed out. Hopefully, in the months to come Microsoft gets there shi..stuff together. Only time will tell!