Post E3-pocalypse

I know, I know…E3-pocalypse isn’t really a thing.  However, two weeks ago marked the time of year when the Electronic Entertainment Expo (appropriately abbreviated as, well, E3) happens.  During that time lots of stuff happens in terms of game announcements, reveals for plans for currently released games, and there has even been a console or two shown off in the past.  It gets everyone who watches it and plays video games a bunch of cool new things to look forward to for about the next year.  I have always enjoyed this time of year and I was even enjoying it more when I would be tasked with covering what I could of it for Inside View Gaming.  It was crazy, both in terms of how busy myself and the rest of the team would be, but also how fun and exciting it was getting to see what all of the awesome game developers were creating for us next.  This year was no different.

I’ll start by briefly saying this might be a semi-lengthy post because I’m going to give you my thoughts on some of the things that I am most excited for that was announced at E3 this year.  I will most likely go in the order of which conference I saw first…sadly skipping EA’s since I didn’t know it was on Saturday…  So essentially I’ll be starting with Microsoft’s, then over to Bethesda’s, then Ubisoft and their shenanigans, finally capping it off with the trailers I saw from Sony because I couldn’t watch their stream.

“What about Nintendo?”

Well, I’m going to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Nintendo.  I may briefly talk about a few things that have piqued my interest but I will be focusing on mostly what I actually have seen myself and what I am most excited for.  I am also withholding from making a blatantly obvious “Nintedon’t” joke here.  It’s been a while since I have done any sort of long form writing related to E3 and the full day of rapid fire tweets I typically do during each conference don’t count.  This should be fun, so let’s get to it.

Microsoft:

The aforementioned company had a whole lot to show off this year.  They touted 50 game reveals, 18 console exclusives, and something else that involved the number 15 that I can’t remember what it was about exactly.  I shall start where they started, with a teaser trailer for Halo Infinite.

If you wish to watch the trailer, you may click this link.  While I must admit that I have lost a lot of the interest in the Halo franchise that I once had, it was cool getting to know what the next Halo game will be titled.  It seems to be the continuation of the Chief’s story from, what I will assume anyways, after the events of Halo 5.  Outside of the above trailer though, I don’t know anything more and I don’t think many others do either.  That said, I may get the game at some point when it comes out just to see how the story pans out…unless the next time we hear about it we find out it’s essentially going to be a Halo Battle Royale type game…then I’ll pass.

Forza Horizon 4 (trailer) was also a somewhat big announcement from the Xbox camp, but it has also come to be expected that every E3 will yield some form Forza related announcement.  I have always been a fan of the Forza Motorsport franchise since I played the first one on the original Xbox.  The cars were cool, the ability to tune them precisely how you wanted them to perform was also very cool and something I had not seen in a racing game before.  Eventually racing around tracks got boring to me so I quit following the series until they announced the first Horizon game.  I liked the open world aspect of the game so I tried it out and enjoyed it, then got interested in other games until I found the third game on sale for like $20 one day.  Horizon 4 looks very nice and I am kind of interested how the game changes when the seasons change in game as well.  It also let me do an amazing Destiny/Forza crossover tweet involving lakes and them not being there and I am really proud of that dumb thing.  It is apparently going to use parts of Great Britain as the backdrop for the game should be neat in my opinion.

While I am still up in the air about actually getting this game, I feel compelled to mention Crackdown 3.  Why?  Terry Crews, that’s why.  Don’t believe me, then watch the trailer here.

Gears of War 5 was also announced and the trailer we were shown of it makes it look good.  The story for the other Gears games I have played has been interesting so I imagine this one would be no different.  However, I want to bring to light the amazing game that was announced alongside Gears 5, and that would be called Gears POP!  Obligatory trailer link.  Don’t let the dark and gritty world that we’ve come to know distract you from the fact that a Locust enemy stylized in that of a Funko POP! figure is rather cute.

I want to give a quick shout out to the Battletoads announcement though for the simple fact I love the way they presented the trailer.  Rare have already given us the solid facts that the game will be a body morphing genre mashup with three player couch co-op and 4K 2.5d hand drawn graphics with other broad, non-specific feature declarations.

While it was “leaked” a few days before E3, Just Cause 4 made an appearance during the Microsoft briefing.  I have yet to finish Just Cause 3 because of a few reasons, the main one being due to the fact it has some bugs and glitches that kind of detract the enjoyment I get from the game.  I really hope that the next installment doesn’t suffer the same fate because I have really enjoyed the previous games from the series I have played.  The announcement trailer shown looks good in my opinion and it seems to continue with the “do whatever you want” philosophy that the prior games have had.  My only hope, and I doubt this will be the case given the past games, is that I really want the games story to be taken more seriously than it has in those previous titles.  This might be due to the fact that I really want Mercenaries to return one day, but alas that is only a dream.

Metro Exodus also received a short gameplay trailer and I must say it looks like it will be fun.  I played both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light and I thought they both were good.  Sadly I can’t remember much about the storyline to both games, but Last Light took a weird turn at the end and let’s just say…aliens.  Aliens aside, the setting for the games are amazing and they are perfect for the creepy vibe that I got from other parts of the game.  As of now I have no idea if I’ll get Exodus but it definitely is one I am going to keep an eye.

One of the two big things to get me really excited during the Xbox showcase was the We Happy Few story trailer.  I was instantly interested in this game when it was announced at E3 in either 2016 or 2017 because it vaguely reminded me of the BioShock series which I also love.  At some point it got placed into the Xbox Game Preview Program and I decided to see what the game was looking like then.  It was definitely early in development at that point as the game was rough around the edges but it was still fun and I was already interested in what we knew about the story at that time.  It sounds like the game has undergone several changes to make it a slightly different beast than when it was first announced but the overall concept has remained the same.  Needless to say I am very excited for the game for many reasons and I will not be taking my Joy.

So what was the most unexpected announcement that sent my hype levels through the roof during the Microsoft conference?  Well, I will tell you good night, and good luck.  If you are not familiar with that phrase it was often said during the first Dying Light when dusk would arrive and the infected become much more dangerous and the NPC’s would wish you luck in surviving the night.  Anyways, I loved that game so much and it was a perfect new replacement to Left 4 Dead for me.  It will be receiving a sequel in the form of Dying Light 2 and the gameplay trailer makes me want the game now.  Obviously it will be following the events of the first game, but it sounds like it will be focusing on the dangers that are the human survivors while humanity tries to rebuild.  What’s cool is it will also (hopefully, things can change between now and release) involve more of the RPG aspect the first game had and flesh it out a little more.  One of the developers said that our decisions in the game will actually affect the game world and the way people within it interact with you and each other.  Of course, over the years we have heard this with many games before and it has either ended up not happening or being kind of a let down on how it actually happens.  I have high hopes for this game though, as I said before the first one was enjoyable and I see this one being the same way.

There were a bunch of other games shown off as well during the conference and a few teases at some upcoming stuff…and also a confirmation that Microsoft is already working on the next Xbox or whatever they may decide to call it.  This was the stuff I kept getting drawn to during the presser (yes, that’s a word) and the first one I watched for this years E3.  Next up…

Bethesda:

…and just like the above word, it was kind of huge.  I want to start this section with stating that, in my opinion, they had the best conference out of the ones I was able to see.  I really enjoyed the subtle jabs at those who leaked the Bethesda announcements prior to E3.  Plus I am genuinely excited for several things they announced.

Rage 2 (trailer) was “accidentally” announced via the website of major retailer that rhymes with small-dart, then a few days later Bethesda officially announced it.  We got a little more of a look at the game thanks to a gameplay trailer that was shown off…well, that was after the weird Andrew W.K. mini-concert that kicked off the entire show.  At this point I am unsure if I will get the game or not, I must admit that it looks interesting but I never played the first Rage so I would be clueless as to what would be going on.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from diving into a series before as I direct you to the example of Borderlands 2.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus released just last October and there is already going to be another game following the events of that one.  Wolfenstein Youngblood was unveiled during the showcase and supposedly is coming next year.  I had never played a Wolfenstein game until The New Colossus but I had heard plenty about it beforehand.  I picked it up for a family member as a Christmas gift last year and when they were done playing it, I tried it out.  Other than being a tad frustratingly difficult in certain levels of the game, I have enjoyed what I have played of it.  The new game will be offering co-op which intrigues me already because playing through the last game I thought it would be cool to have that feature in there.

I’m also interested in the new game they teased which is called Starfield (trailer).  In a way, it reminds me that it could be some sort of No Man’s Sky thing or something similar to Elite: Dangerous.  With that being said, that is exactly why I am interested in it and I hope we learn a little more about it soon.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an E3 without the announcement that Skyrim is being ported to yet another platform.  This time, you can play it on your Amazon Alexa.  Oh…do you think I’m joking?  Nope…not in the least according to the trailer for Skyrim: Very Special Edition.  This may have been my favorite trailer from E3 this year because it pokes fun at Bethesda themselves for all the ports of Skyrim we currently have while announcing another port of Skyrim.  Eat all the cheese.

Also announced was some game called Fallout 76.  I don’t know about you but I have never heard of this “Fallout” game before but I am really curious as to why the giant scorpions, allegedly called “Radscorpions” are a bunch of jerks.  Ok so I was never really a good liar, but as the trailer informed us, there will be some country roads taking us home to West Virginia in a post nuclear war wasteland.  It won’t be like your typical Fallout game though in which you’d typically be playing it by yourself.  This game will feature an entirely online world, meaning that other person you see in the distance is not an NPC but a genuine, live person…oh yeah, and they may want to kill you.  When we first found out about the new game being online as well, I was hesitant to jump on the hype train of the game.  While I have always wondered what it would be like to roam through a wasteland with a group of friends, to me that isn’t what the Fallout experience is.  That said though, I do plan on picking the game up because a few friends have already said they will and if I can tag along with them and not get murdered by random people every time, it should be good.  I would also be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t highly curious to see how they work in the folklore of West Virginia into the Fallout universe.

The last thing I want to mention from the Bethesda conference was the fact that they finally, officially confirmed that The Elder Scrolls VI is in the works.  That’s it.  That’s all we know.  Oh, we did get a brief teaser trailer.  I’m anxious for it, but I have yet to finish Skyrim and I have a feeling that this game is a couple years off yet.

Up next we have the company that embraces the word “show” of the E3 concept, and you know what?  I can respect that because it made their conference fun to watch.  That company would be none other than…

Ubisoft:

They started their conference much like they have in years prior, announcing a new Just Dance game with a rather neat dance number.  I know a lot of people laughed at this, I did a few years ago because I thought it was absurd.  Over the past few years though I have really embraced the ideal of “games should be fun” and with the start to their show Ubisoft also embraces that ideal of having fun by doing all of these crazy introductions.

First up is The Division 2, bitter aftertaste of the first game aside, the sequel looks interesting.  I liked the concept of the first game and I think it is neat to see the setting change to Washington D.C. for the sequel.  It also sounds like it will have more of a deeper story from what I have gathered which also intrigues me as I did enjoy the overarching storyline from the first game even though I didn’t think it made much sense.  You can watch the fancy cinematic trailer by clicking that part where it says “cinematic trailer” if you wish.

Next we have Skull and Bones which essentially is Piracy: The Game.  As much as I joke about the game, it does look pretty neat and I have full confidence in Ubisoft to nail…well, pretty much everything about it.  They had a very prominent pirate theme going on in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the pirate-y stuff and ship combat was done really well and since this game seems to be taking that aspect of Black Flag and turning it into its own game I don’t think there will be any issues.  I am curious as to what story aspects it might have, if any and it will definitely be a multiplayer heavy game.  Which I’m ok with, it fits perfectly in with the theme and you can be the captain of your own fleet…sorta.

The Crew 2, the only other racing game I am kind of excited for to emerge from E3.  I fully believe that is mainly due to the fact of possibly doing stupid things like this with Freakshow should we both get the game and play it.  The first game had a fair amount of vehicle manufacturers to choose from and a decent amount of vehicle types too.  You could have a really nice, high end sports car to race across the roads of the country, or take a trip literally through the desert in a rugged yet fashionable off road buggy.  Or you could totally take that fancy high end performance car and race it through the desert if you wanted to for some strange reason.  That same ability is obviously returning for the follow up game, but they are also adding in boats and planes to fly around in this time.  I think that will be cool and I’m pretty anxious to see how all of that plays into the rest of the game.

While I personally am not overly interested in the game, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a thing a lot of people are excited for.  I do admit though from the trailers we have seen of it (E3 cinematic trailer here) it does seem like it will be a cool game.  Plus who doesn’t want to be a pirate space captain?

The last the game I am going to mention for the Ubisoft conference is some game called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.  I don’t know, I’ve never heard of this “Assassin’s Creed” franchise before but it does seem pretty cool how they mix history with their fictional story of there essentially being a secret war between the assassins and Templars going on.  Ok so I am a horrible liar again and I absolutely love the AC franchise hence why I have played through each game at least twice, save for Origins because it is massive.  Thanks to a “leak” (really though, how much of a leak is it if it happens right before E3?) several images surfaced of the next game before it was officially announced.  These images lead us to believe the next game would be set in an ancient timeline much like Origins was.  During E3 this was confirmed as the truth (Nothing is true.  Everything is permitted.) when they showed off both an announcement and brief gameplay trailer.  I know, I know.  Trailers and E3 are meant to get us all aboard the hype train and that is “bad for the game industry” grumble, grumble; but man, I am super excited for this game already.  It looks like they are expanding on the actual RPG elements they introduced with Origins which makes me really happy as I thought it was the extra something that the series needed so it didn’t feel like “just another AC game”.

Those are the things I found most interesting to come from Camp Ubisoft from this years E3.  Finally, we have…

Sony:

…and unfortunately because of the stream constantly dying on me I have no idea what all got announced during it.  So I will be doing this via recap articles and trailers from various sources.

Everything was kicked off by a rather neat trailer for The Last of Us: Part II.  I’ve never played the first game because I don’t own a PS4 but the trailer was interesting in my opinion and to anyone mad at the way they are seemingly writing the main character in this games story…just stop.  The trailer does show a bit of gameplay and it looks good as well…and that’s pretty much all I got for this game.

I guess there was also a Destiny 2 trailer shown for the upcoming Forsaken expansion.  YOU’RE A DEAD MAN ULDREN!  Anyways, of course I am excited for that because it’s Destiny duh but it does look like a lot of neat things are coming to the game with that expansion.  I mean they are adding in bows as a weapon type, I’m sold already.  Some additions or changes to our current super abilities seem to be coming as well, I’m interested to see more about those especially since the Titan has adopted the “Big Stick Policy”…or at least something similar anyhow.

Death Stranding also received the usual trailer treatment.  This is the project that is currently coming from the mind of Hideo Kojima after the falling out he had with Konami.  I’m still confused as to what it exactly is other than a Norman Reedus walking sim.  The E3 trailer showed off a bit of gameplay which looks interesting….outside of y’know, the Norman Reedus walking sim but as to what exactly the game is or anything else about it…I am still just as confused as to when we saw a baby appear in one of the original trailers.  I will say this about the game, it looks like it will be a good one and super creepy which is cool.

Speaking of games that confuse me, Vacation Simulator was actually announced at last years E3 I believe but we got a little bit more of a look into it I guess…at least that’s what I assume from this eight minute long interview thing I came across.  Though I’m not going to lie, after watching that I could totally see myself playing that game.

Also the Call of Cthulhu game looks interesting.  It certainly has nothing to do with the fact that Cthulhu is something that fascinates me…nope.

Lastly, I want to mention A Plague Tale: Innocence as well because just from the trailer (oh look, pretty link) I saw it looks like it can be a super dark game.  If you are familiar with even the basic tales from history of the plague, you know how bad it was and how feared people were of it.  This is one game that would probably make me want to get a PlayStation depending on how the game shapes up over time.

I do believe that covers everything I was excited for or interested in the most that emerged from E3 2018.  There was a lot presented to us and what I covered in this post doesn’t really even begin to scratch the surface of everything that was shown off from all the publishers and developers that went to the conference this year.  The end results of E3 are typically the fact that the gaming community starts the “discussion” of who “won” E3.  In years past I would always side with Microsoft because I was a huge fanboy back in those days but eventually I came to the realization that no publisher or company wins (ok so they kind of do but that’s for a different day…or night).  It is us, as the players that win with all of the cool games and sometimes new hardware to look forward to.  Of course though since this is a contest to many, the real losers are our wallets and bank accounts.

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