E3 has just went, and as always this year was full of big announcements with a host of new games and technology shown off at press conferences. Im going to just cover the biggest announcements I felt from the leading publishers from the show.
This year Microsoft didn’t have any big surprises or any stand out games to get fans super excited about. Don’t get me wrong a bunch of new exclusive titles were shown:
- Gears of War 4
- Sea of thieves
- Halo wars 2
- Forza Horizon 3
There was even a new xbox one S announced. The new console is 40% smaller with a 2TB hard drive and probably the best feature of all…No more Power brick.
Xbox also announced the New Xbox Scorpio to come out next year, which will be the most powerful xbox one yet. Microsoft were still keen to point out though, that all games that come out for xbox one, will work on all three versions of the xbox one console.
For me this was the announcement that now, for every game you buy for your xbox one. You will also get a free copy of that title, for windows 10 machines. To take this further, people playing a game on xbox one can also play that game with people who are playing on Windows 10 devices. Not only this, all your progress and saves are linked between both platforms, so you can pick and choose on which device you want to play your game on.
People have questioned Microsofts strategy here, because now that people can play titles for xbox one on Windows 10, doesn’t the console lose its exclusive titles? Well yes they do, however not all consumers have a gaming a PC, maybe because they are not that Computer literate to build a PC capable of playing these games or maybe not have the funds to purchase a high end gaming PC and continue supporting it over a number of years. Also believe it or not, there are some people who just prefer playing on a games console, and upgrading that said console after so many years.
Lets give Microsoft props here, for providing a scheme that allows players from multiple platforms to play together and giving consumers more options to play their favourite games. This is why for me, this was the biggest highlight of Microsofts E3 2016.
Even though the PS4 has been selling incredibly well, outpacing both its competitors by a considerable margin. The content of games, especially on exclusive front hasn’t been quite there yet. All that changed in this years E3, with games galore being announced for PS4 and most importantly exclusive games.
- God of War
- The last Guardian
- Crash Bandicoot remastered
- Resident Evil 7
- Days Gone
The above are just a few of the games that were announced, also we got to see the the Sony VR in action, with some franchises like Batman and Star Trek included. People who managed to play a demo, were left speechless and overall feedback has been very positive, this is definitely not just some peripheral added to the PS4, it is a completely new experience which will be coming out this year.
This is going to be extremely bias, but I’m sorry for me there was only going to be one highlight, and this was the new Spiderman game. This game is not only exclusive to the PS4 it is also been developed by acclaimed developer Insomniac. Who are known for titles such as, Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, Sunset Overdrive, to name a few. The trailer looked epic, it is an open world Spiderman game and if the presentation is anything to go by we are finally going to get that GREAT Spiderman game, we have been missing for so many years. I can already guarantee this is going to be a great game, purely because of who the game is being developed by, only disappointment was that no release date was announced. But I will be eagerly anticipating its release.
The company kind of shot themselves in the foot with their E3 by already letting the press know. That the new NX console will not be shown at this years E3, and that the console will come out March 2017. It would have been nice, to see at least a glimpse of the console or maybe just some specs that we can expect. For Nintendo this year, it was all about getting through this one, and starting preparation for next year. That being said, there were still a few titles shown at E3, that fans can get excited about
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
- Pokemon Sun and Moon
- Pokemon Go
Alot of these titles are for Nintendo 3DS, however there was one title for WiiU…
This title is Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Taking my Spiderman bias aside, this has to be the Game of the Show. Why? Not only did we get an extensive trailer of the game, but there was also a 30 minute gameplay demo on the show floor as well. Fans have been wanting an open world Zelda game for years now, and they have finally got it. The game looks beautiful, continuing on with the theme of Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. The combat has been revamped, adding a host of new moves to Links arsenal. With the new open world, there are even more treasures and secrets to find, not just temples but mini temples too. The signature boss fights are there and the new characters and story looks to be the best yet. For the Wii, Nintendo gave a Zelda title as its send off. Looks to me, Nintendo have done the same again for the WiiU.
This year the publisher for me probably overall had the best showing. We saw a new Fifa game announced, but this years title includes the Frostbite engine. The players and now even the managers look even more lifelike than they have ever been. With this the animations also look to have taken another giant step towards recreating the Beautiful game in virtual format. In addition, they have actually added a story mode. Where players take control of an up coming footballer, and not only take control of what he does on the pitch, but what he also does off it. To really give players the chance to experience the life of a footballer.
You also had other titles like Battlefield 1, which looked incredible. Going back to what made battlefield great, with some impressive graphics and action sequences. Also you had Titanfall 2, and for the biggest of all..
Mass effect Andromeda. We got no actual gameplay trailer, or even a real trailer. What we got is a behind the scenes look behind the the creation of the game. We got to see new planets, that looked huge and ready to be traversed by not only on foot but by the returning Mako (from Mass Effect 1) We saw new types of Alien species as well, and what I really got from the sneak peak was. That this game will feel more like an open world game. As a huge Mass Effect fan, I’m excited and cannot wait.
Watchdogs 2 trailer was shown which looked impressive, and game seems to give more control to players in terms of hacking and taking control over technology, but I am still skeptical, and will wait to see real gameplay first. What was also notable, was that there were new Assassins Creed games shown either. Personally I think this was a great move, as I think the series needs a break. Now developers can spend some real time on making a new game, to bring something fresh to the franchise and really give it a re boot of sorts. As the last few titles have been getting a little stale.
Overall this years E3 was more about giving us a glimpse into next year, rather than what to look forward to this year. That being said, I have already started saving money, as there a number of big titles coming out this year, that I will need to play.