Hey all, Marty here.
This past week has been a week that most nerds, myself obviously included, have been waiting for since the same time last year. The big video game/technology conference that game makers and companies spend countless hours preparing for, so they can prove to the consumers that they will definitely want to buy what they’re peddling.
This year’s E3 was basically par for the course, with Microsoft having their own big conference, Nintendo with their usual little “Nintendo Directs” showcasing what’s coming down the pipeline, Bethesda with their slot, as well as Ubisoft, EA and Square Enix to round it out for the big name companies.
If you read that and were wondering why I left Sony out, honestly I’m still wondering that myself. This year Sony decided not to show up for the conference, which I still don’t really get what they were thinking. With the next generation consoles coming up, you’d think the biggest video conference of the year would be a good place to show off what you’ve developed right? Well apparently they thought otherwise, and so I won’t waste any more time on that!
EA’s conference this year basically was made up of little tid bits on their yearly upcoming sports games, such as FIFA, Madden, etc. What helped out their cause immensely was the gameplay reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, their upcoming game based on the Star Wars universe. For those interested, I’ll link the Youtube video of the gameplay, but overall in my opinion it looks pretty nifty for sure. I’m planning on buying it, as most Star Wars fan probably would be! If I had to score EA’s conference out of 10, I’d give them a solid 6/10. If it weren’t for their conference being light-hearted, outside and all about gameplay it would have probably been a snoozefest (oh and of course Star Wars).
Bethesda’s conference this year was…well…meh to be blunt. With the massive failure of Fallout 76, Bethesda was already off on the wrong foot to begin with. They spent a lot of time talking about dragons, which I’m all for but it got old. Needless to say, it took about 3 tries for me to finish the entire conference, I fell asleep the first 2 times…4/10, and that’s being generous.
Square Enix this year was allllllllll about remakes and the Avengers. Specifically Final Fantasy VII Remake. Which, let me tell you, looks absolutely amazing. If you’ve ever played the original Final Fantasy VII, you’re going to want to pick up the remake without a doubt. Their shining star this year was Marvel’s Avengers. An action RPG with an original story based on the Avengers. It looked pretty good to be honest, but after however many years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating everyone’s screens, the character design is pretty rough to see. They just look…generic for lack of a better way to put it, and they’ve already stated the designs aren’t changing, so I guess we’ll have to see how that pans out for them. I’d give them a 7/10.
Ubisoft’s conference this year essentially was just announcing new free DLC for their current games (such as Rainbow Six Siege). That’s pretty much it for them. 3/10 if that.
Now here come the big two, and we’ll start off with Nintendo. Nintendo had about an hour long direct that showcased their games. The big ones being Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC, Link’s Awakening, Animal Crossing New Horizons and Breath of the Wild 2 being announced. SSBU is getting some Dragon’s Quest characters as well as Microsoft/Rare’s Banjo & Kazooie. Neat, but nothing special. Animal Crossing New Horizons looks like your standard Animal Crossing game (essentially a community building game) with the unfortunate news of it being delayed to 2020. Only so Nintendo doesn’t have to work their developers to the point of exhaustion, so good on you Nintendo. Now what stole the show for me was what they announced regarding the Legend of Zelda. Link’s Awakening had already been announced, but they showed more gameplay for it and it’s coming out this September. One word for that section, A D O R A B L E.
The chibi design they have for the entire game is too much cuteness in one game for me. Last but definitely not least, they rounded out their direct with the announcement of Breath of the Wild 2 being in development and a short teaser. It’s wild, because the teaser was the polar opposite of Link’s Awakening, resembling more of a horror game than a Zelda game. If you’ve played it, think Majora’s Mask, but a bit scarier…I’d give their direct a good 8/10.
Finally, least but not least, Microsoft. Let me just say they took FULL advantage of Sony not being there, and came out swinging with many big name games. I’ll touch on some of the bigger ones, starting out with Gears 5. If you’ve ever played the Gears of War series, it’s the 5th game of that series, just dropping “of War” from the name. It was a good showing, with gameplay of “Escape” their new game mode being the highlight of the showing.
There were two other really big announcements/showings from Microsoft that I want to touch on. One being very near to me, Halo Infinite. They rounded out the conference with this, but I wouldn’t say it stole their show. I’ll get to that shortly, but there wasn’t any gameplay shown for Halo, only a video/cutscene. Even still, that cutscene gave me goosebumps, and my excitement for Halo Infinite is on another level.
Finally, the biggest game of E3 I’d have to argue, Cyberpunk 2077. They started out with the cinematic trailer, showcasing the game, which in my opinion looks amazing, which I’ve come to expect from CD Projekt Red.
The trailer rounded out with the man, the myth, the legend…KEANU REEVES. To make it even better, out comes flashing lights and smoke and the man himself standing on the stage. The roar of the crowd was so much that Keanu even struggled to get through his lines, having to calm the crowd down just so he can finish it! At one point, he stated something being breathtaking, to which a fan screamed at him “You’re breathtaking!” which left Keanu to scream back to the fan “You’re breathtaking!” creating one big Oprah moment and a meme as well. Keanu led to the release date for Cyberpunk, and that was the biggest hit of E3 2019 this year. I’d give Microsoft a 9/10, taking the show over with their conference.
And that sums up E3 2019, and with that I’m out. I’ll be back shortly with a recap of this week’s Overwatch League games as well as the LCS’s games.
Until then, Martimas Prime, rolling out.