Seems like every year, there is less and less I like from these shows, with a lot that makes me groan, and old franchises that just don’t do it for me anymore. It never fails though that some announcements and trailers just catch my attention, or remind me how much I loved a previous game, or titles like it. So I decided to once again share my personal take on the big show with everyone, to talk about what irked me and the things that truly entertained me this year, with my personal E3 2018 recap.
I recently replayed through Halos 1-4 and got back into the series a lot. The fifth installment wasn’t bad, but I’m not sure that this one continuing the new story for the Master Chief was really enough to get me excited here, as I was more interested in the single word title instead of just being called Halo 6, whether there is anything behind that or not. We didn’t see much, but some aspects looked fantastic, while other parts just seemed unpolished. I’ll play it eventually, but it’ll take a lot more for this to become something I truly get excited about.
I’ve never been able to get into this series, even though I put a good number of hours into the second game and gave the third multiple chances. After Bethesda teased this new installment though, I found myself looking at how much Fallout 4 costs currently. I was ready for them to say it was just a base building game with heavy resource management mechanics, and I would have totally tried that one, but what they showed gripped my attention in a much different way. I think this one could still easily let me down, and I doubt I’ll take much advantage of the multiplayer aspects, but now I’m ready to try and survive West Virginia.
The Division 2
I heard so much negative stuff about the first game, and even those that were putting a ton of hours in could never give me a good reason to play, unless I had friends that were also. Stack some glitches, bad AI, and grumbling about additional content on top of all that, and there is my reason why I never gave The Division a shot. The trailer for the second one didn’t sell this entry any harder, as it sounded like more of the same with less effort, but in Washington D.C. this time. Also, I know a lot of people like to gripe about the scripted multiplayer chatter, but it really is campy, annoying, and makes me think that the real experience will be so much worse. Nintendo did it some too with the Mario Party clip, but it was a little less awkward. Stop that.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Not too much to say about what was actually shown. I’m glad we got some gameplay and were shown some of the combat, but I enjoyed the previous two games so much, this is a must. That, and Geek is going to make me get it anyway. It looks good though, even more brutal, with some beautiful jungle environments—which is good, because the last one made me hate snow and ice even more. I’m just hoping the story does something really cool here, and that plane scene is just another reason why it isn’t safe to travel with Lady Croft.
Devil May Cry V
Seeing this trailer and reading up on the series made me realize how little I actually know about the lore. I loved the first two games, couldn’t beat the third but enjoyed it still, and the fourth installment honestly felt horrible. I guess I’ll be giving it another shot though. I actually like what I’ve played of DMC, but I’m not sure this trailer was really that much different. It was fun though, but I’m not sure about Dante’s—or is that Nero—new partner and the odd Kentucky-esque sounding accent. Give the trailer credit for making a true impression though and having me wanting to go back and play the other games.
Gears of War
I’m making my way through this series again to refresh on the lore before I finally tackle Gears of War 4, but seeing the trailer for part five has me wanting to hurry now. It caught my attention for sure, and I want to know even more how the world has changed since the original series. I thought they were going for an ultimate tease with the Funko Pops, but let me say they delivered, and that an XCOM style tactics game in this universe just seems like a brilliant idea that I will certainly try. Needless to say, I’m ready to sign back up to the Coalition.
This was up high on my wish list—right next to a new Mortal Kombat—and I didn’t think either would actually happen, but as soon as that music hit, I was pumped. I loved 2016’s new take on the franchise and cannot wait to dive knee-deep back into some demonic gore. I know they barely showed anything, but the knowledge that it is happening is good enough. And I actually love that title.
I still haven’t finished The New Colossus yet, but I definitely will now. This title seems very much like Wolfenstein 2’s version of The Old Blood, but set in the ‘80s and with two badass daughters of one BJ Blazkowicz. What’s not to like? The style looks good, and to sweeten the pot, it seems we will be getting some co-op, which I am all in for, if I can do it from my couch. To be fair though, I don’t need much encouragement to try a new Wolfenstein game, or to go shoot some Nazis.
Command & Conquer: Rivals
What an utter cock tease. I’ve played this series off-and-on for years, with the third installment being my favorite, and after the disappointment of C&C4 I wondered if the franchise might be buried and forgotten. Maybe it should have been. I was helping someone move when the conference was going on but heard there was a new C&C title, getting me excited for the potential revival, only to have my hopes dashed against the fields of tiberium. Something being a mobile game isn’t a death sentence for most, but with my vision, and the history of microtransactions, I see it as a bad word. No one is saying this is going to ruin the series or even tarnish the franchise’s name, but it was such a letdown from what most of the fans wanted.
We don’t know much about it, because it wasn’t much of a tease, but those few seconds sure did do their job. Really, it was the promise of couch co-op, and a lot of hope. Since they won’t give me a good new TMNT beat ‘em up game, I have to hope that the frogs will deliver. It’s sticking with the 2.5D it seems, which sounds like a good first step.
After we saw that first trailer a while back, I knew I was hooked on the idea, but some news that came shortly after made it seem like this might be a title we would never see. I’m glad that turned out to be untrue, but now I’m a little worried about the hype. It looks good, these guys do trailers well, and for many, this was the new hotness of E3 this year. A lot of people are talking up the fact that you can pick your gender, that there’s nudity, and how much there is to do in the world, and I’m right there with you, but I also want to keep my anticipation a little grounded. We’ll see before too long if that was necessary.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Honestly, see above. It looks great and massive, but let’s keep the hype in check. It being a prequel was one of the more interesting aspects I think we were given. Also, it may have seemed awkward to have that portion with Joseph Gordon Levitt and HitRecord talking about contributions. That interested me and many others it seems, and now I’m wondered how much affect this idea will actually have on the game’s world.
Ghosts of Tsushima
Doesn’t this look amazing? I’m so interested in how the combat will work in this. Only downside is it not being a new Bushido Blade or Onimusha.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
I just finished Assassin’s Creed Origins, and while it isn’t one of my favorites, it was good. I was not a huge fan of the combat though and I’m hoping that will be changed. It’s cool that Bayek is returning, but we are getting two new playable characters, and you pick one of them at the beginning to control through the entire game. I think I have to go Kassandra here, based off of what they showed. Some people seem really excited about the ability to romance others, and the setting looks wonderful. I’m hoping there are some elements from Homer’s Odyssey, and that the boat combat remains fun.
I love the series, and the last installment felt like a nice fresh take, even though I was sad we didn’t get to finish the story from Absolution. I waited until all of the episodes were done, because that is usually not my jam, but now I’m thinking I shouldn’t have been so stubborn. This new installment looks bigger, very open and full of possibilities, with even more of an emphasis on weapons of opportunity, like that fish from the trailer. I’m looking forward to this one.
The Last of Us 2
What big shoes this game has to fill, but the trailers make it look up to the task. The images we saw were incredibly brutal and showed some hectic gameplay that will keep things tense, but where were the infected? I’m curious to see how they look. No Joel yet? Intrigues me as to what he’s up to. Everyone is talking about the kiss between the two female characters, which is great, but what it tells me is that there is another heart-wrenching story in store for us.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Ow! My erection…
Sony’s Press Conference
From a pure presentation standpoint, Sony had one of their weaker conferences in the past few years. The games that they showed off were fantastic, but they went for the long music openings again, some odd breaks while they physically moved all of the journalists from place to place, and some audio issues. I’m sure this was a great idea on paper, but reading the responses of people actually there made it even more evident how this method fell flat. It seemed like it took forever to get started, especially with that odd intermission recapping the five games previously announced from last week, but once it got going they really hit hard. There were no announcements about hardware, backwards compatibility, new games that hadn’t already been shown in some way, and I’m sure many fans were upset about the lack of anything from the FF7 Remake being shown, but for me, the presentation was enough to throw this one off. It stands out more because Microsoft seemed to have their shit together this year, but at least it wasn’t as boring as EA’s event.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
After loving the N64 and Gamecube entries for the series, I didn’t get into Smash on Wii much, and really tried to get more into the fantastic version on the Wii U, but I just wasn’t a fan of that console. Now a new iteration with sixty-six characters and some solid features is coming out for my Switch, which I love, and all it is missing is a little Waluigi. Nintendo showed off a ton here and got me excited to do battle with some of my favorite characters, especially since I missed the DLC characters from the last game. Now that we have a release date, I’m ready, and this is a day one buy for me. As this was the last thing I saw from the proper conferences, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate left me feeling good about E3 overall and ready to play some games.