E3 2016: Our Favorites!

Hello from everyone at Nerdy but Flirty! We wanted to share some of our most anticipated games and tech that were shown off at E3. Let us know what you’re most excited about in the comments or on Twitter!

Allahweh

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This year’s E3 was pretty exciting for me on a few fronts. For one thing, there were some really interesting games that were sampled (Prey, Detroit Become Human, and Death Stranding, among others) and some pretty exciting news from Microsoft about their plans to create an incrementally-upgraded family of XBOX products, starting with the XBox One S, or Slim (coming August 2016) and what will be the most powerful console produced yet, the XBOX Project Scorpion (coming in 2017).

AMD also showed off two of their upcoming graphical cards for mid and lower-tier computing, the RX 470 and RX 460 (the 480 was shown off in late May), though I’m anxiously awaiting seeing what the RX 490 (their flagship card this time around) will have to offer us in terms of power and efficiency with these 14nm transistors.

Yet, the biggest thing of all for me is Nintendo’s final unveiling of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which is coming out in 2017 on the Wii U and Nintendo NX and is set “Centuries after Twilight Princess” (possibly sometime after Zelda II: The Adventure of Link). All-in-all, this was a really exciting show for me! 🙂

Alyssa L.

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I’m very excited for some of the E3 announcements — but hey, who isn’t? As for Bethesda’s presentation, I was very excited for the Skyrim remake. Although it wasn’t a game I spent much time on, maybe now I will — and it’s free for PC! I’m also very excited for the Nuka World Fallout DLC. It will be the second story-based DLC (after Far Harbor), and as someone who plays mainly for the story, this is very exciting for me!

I’m very excited to see Sony’s new God of War. Although I haven’t played any of the other God of War games, I referenced Kratos as an example of a hypermasculine character in my Gender Representation in Video Games project. I’m very excited to see how Sony portrays an older Kratos and his fatherly qualities; I’m hoping we’ll see a softer side of Kratos.

And I saved the best for last: Xbox Play Anywhere! As a PC gamer, I’ve recently been considering purchasing a console; however, I didn’t want to not be able to play the games I already own on PC. While I know this problem may still exist, it’s one I’ll be able to fix over time. I’m very excited to see what the future has in store for cross-platform gaming!

Alyssa W.

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E3 2016 was AMAZING. There are so many games that I’m pumped for, but there are a few that really stand out to me. First up, how gorgeous does Mass Effect Andromeda look?! I’m so excited to delve back into Bioware’s incredible universe. Another game that made my heart go pitter-patter was South Park: The Fractured But Whole. I adored The Stick of Truth, so I’m extremely excited to experience more crazy South Park game play.

Death Stranding is another intriguing game. Hideo Kojima’s latest game stars Norman Reedus (who, might I say, is totally rocking it in the footage shown). Hopefully this game continues Kojima’s tradition of cinematic excellence with amazing gameplay mechanics. Finally, Horizon: Zero Dawn looks unique, and I adore the mesh of futuristic creatures and weapons with an almost prehistoric setting.

I also did a video of my top ten most anticipated games! Check it out!

Corina

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This E3 showed that it’s going to be a great year for Sony fans, and as excited as I am for more classic Resident Evil, emotionally-driven God of War, and an H.P Lovecraft RPG, my heart pulls me back to Nintendo — and not just for a beautiful, open-world Zelda.

I am a native Floridian, and this past week has been a flurry of emotion and change. As my heart goes out to my neighbors and friends in Orlando, I am filled with joy and guilt from my recent engagement. The game I’m looking forward to the most is Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon has been a constant in my life; it never changes by much, but is always improving. As I make my way through my own journey this year, the newest installment of Pokémon will undoubtedly inspire me to improve myself and believe in a world driven by love and friendship. Also, to have an adorable fire type kitten as a starter has been my Pokédream for the past 20 years.

Kelsey

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There was so much shown off at this year’s E3 that I’m excited for! The Fallout 4 Nuka World expansion looks really fun, and I’m already excited to combine my love of Roller Coaster Tycoon with my love of Fallout. Everything they showed off about The Elder Scrolls Online made me want to dust off my copy that I haven’t played since beta (oops). Dishonored 2 looks really fun, and I guess I really need to finally get around to playing the first one. Same goes for Mass Effect: Andromeda!

ReCore looks so cool, and this was the first I’d heard of it, but a woman protagonist and a bunch of robot pets? SOLD. The new Days Gone game seems to focus heavily on motorcycles, which is awesome. Detroit: Become Human is one that I’m really hoping is good, but David Cage’s games don’t have the best track record, so I’m cautiously optimistic. Death Stranding looks weird and wonderful and I’m so intrigued, especially after Kojima’s comments this week that he wants to create a new genre. And a Spider-Man game!! I feel like there hasn’t been a superhero game in a LONG time (besides the Lego games), so I’m very excited for that. Can you tell I was really into Sony’s press conference?

Nintendo has me ready to buy a WiiU or an NX after their presentation of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – I’ve never really played a Zelda game, but this looks amazing and like a game I would spend a ton of time with.

In terms of games from non-AAA studios, Oxygen not Included by Klei of Don’t Starve and Invisible Inc. looks amazing, like it was made for me. So far, it looks like a combination of The SimsFallout Shelter, and Don’t Starve. Tyranny is the latest from Obsidian, who I will get any game from. I’m also very excited for Tacoma, the new game from Fullbright (Gone Home) that’s set on a space station. Spaaaaaaaaace. I’m basically the space core from Portal 2.

Also, I’m glad that I get to play at least one of the games I saw at E3 next week: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I played the demo on PS4, and I’m so excited to get my hands on it!

Sabrina

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Rather than talk about my most anticipated game from E3, because I already did (It’s Dishonored 2: sneaky, non-lethal, Emily, go!) I thought I’d ask my live-in gamer pal/husband to go into the surprisingly new IP game with a female lead and why he’s so excited about it. It’s a Sony exclusive called Horizon: Zero Dawn that’s coming in February 2017, where a seemingly primitive, post-apocalyptic tribal people fight not zombies, but giant robotic dinosaurs.

Yup. Robot dinosaurs taken down with bows and arrows. Not only that, but your character scavenges wires and parts from her kills to build other weapons to take down the robo-dinosaurs. You’re not some idiotic caveman who doesn’t understand how computers work. Despite the apocalypse, humanity’s managed to maintain enough smarts to know how to fix shit (unlike another certain Bethesda post-apocalypse game I could point out).

And why is my husband so excited about it? It reminds him of both Shadows of the Colossus, because it seems to have big, open-ended boss fights, as well as a blast from his past, Panzer Dragoon. He’s not much of a sneaker (me being the one in the house who owns all the Assassin’s Creed games), but he hopes the sneaking around in the game is a bit more Skyrim-like. And the crafting! He could spend 1000X hours crafting things, so any inclusion in a game gets him excited.

Does having to play as a girl put him off in any way, as all the gamer gaters would convince us is a factor that makes female protagonists impossible to imagine? Nope. He’s hoping that, unlike in the Tomb Raider reboot, there’s no moment of our nameless protag breaking down and having her, “Oh no, I killed something, ah!” that no male characters in video games ever do. She’s confident, competent, and kills giant robot dinosaurs.

Sharon

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E3 time is undoubtedly one of my favorite times to chat with others about video games and the industry/culture that surrounds them. One of the best things about watching E3 live broadcasts is participating in the zeitgeist of the event – be it over Twitter, streams, chats, text, or in the same room with friends. This year, I was fortunate enough to catch three press conferences live: EA, Bethesda, and Sony. I watched the other conferences after the fact, trying to ensure that I caught up before possible spoilers spilled across my social media. Overall, there were a lot of great games shown, some things things that I had very little interest in personally and others that I look forward to seeing more of and saving my hard-earned pennies for. There was something for every type of gamer this year, and no matter where the Los Angeles-based show itself is headed, the hard work of the developers continues to make this an exciting industry to follow and participate in year after year.

Without seeing much this year in terms of gameplay, I am continuing my excitement for the new foray into the Mass Effect universe. I watched the trailer closely, hoping there would be more information about this new non-Shepard installment, but this year’s presentation was not much more than a teaser. Regardless, Mass Effect: Andromeda is still one of my most anticipated titles. Hopefully I don’t have to wait until E3 2017 before I get to see a little more.

The Quake Champions announcement has me a little sad that I won’t be able to attend Quakecon this year, especially given that I live just down the street. In just a few short months, we should know more, and with the amount of times Bethesda said “MORE AT QUAKECON” during their press conference, it’s fairly reasonable to expect that it’s going to be one heck of a show in Dallas this year. With only seeing a trailer of this title, it’s impossible to know exactly what this is going to look like, but it pulls all the right nostalgia strings for me and has me imagining the possibilities.

I hesitantly enjoyed hearing about Pyre, the next little diddy by SuperGiantGames. I’m a big fan of the work done by this studio, but not at all interested in another multiplayer experience. That being said, this team has not disappointed me in the past, and this game will be on my radar until it’s release in 2017.

I have surprised myself with excitement for the upcoming action-adventure ReCore. This game gave me Borderlands-eque vibes, and just looks like a heck of a lot of fun. I love the exploratory implications and the robotic creature element that we’ve seen elsewhere this E3. Hearing chatter that ReCore has strong Megaman and Metroid elements only furthers my interest and the fact that this game is due to release before the end of this year means that I can get to it sooner and that is exciting.

One of the most chatted-about E3 titles in my circles this year, God of War, did not fail to intensely pique my interest. Playing on my nostalgic hear once again, this God of War , however, is presenting as a significant departure in tone from the predecessors, I am looking forward to playing this. In the new God of War we see a mature Kratos in a father role which raises so many story based questions if we try to connect it to the existing story. The presentation game play trailer showed  us a little about what we can expect in terms of navigating the terrain and interacting with the elements. Kratos as a father implies that this will be a much more character driven experience and if what they showed is how the game play will actually look, well, it’s a stunner as well.

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