Stephanie’s Top 3 E3 Announcements

This year’s E3 had a lot of exciting announcements!

Kingdom Hearts III finally has a release date of January 25, 2019. I can’t wait to delve back into this world. Now, I haven’t played every single game, so I really hope there’s a prologue of some sort at the beginning. There were just too many spin-offs.

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The world I’m most excited for Sora, Donald, and Goofy to visit is the Toy Story world. From the trailer, it looks like they’re part of a video game that Rex plays, which is such an interesting twist. The keyblade for that world looks amazing! Other worlds that Sora, Donald, and Goofy will be visiting are Monsters Inc. (how awesome is it that they’re transformed into monsters?!), Tangled, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and a repeat of Pirates of the Caribbean (mixed feelings on that one, ugh Johnny Depp).

I’m also looking forward to seeing how Kairi’s story will develop. Yay, Kingdom Hearts, finally!

Ubisoft E3 2018: Play as Alexios or Kassandra in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was a game I wasn’t expecting to immediately pre-order after watching the trailer. I was a fan of the series for a while, but by Black Flag, I was getting bored by the convoluted storyline with the Animus and Desmond. But, Odyssey allows the player to choose to play as Alexios or Kassandra, a Spartan mercenary. I cannot wait to play as Kassandra and have a complete game in this series where I can play as a woman. And her costume is A+. This game will also, similarly to the Mass Effect and Dragon Age games, have the player’s choices result in consequences, allowing for multiple endings. The game will also have romance options, which are all open to both Kassandra and Alexios.

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Another plus for this game is that it takes place during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. I’m a history nerd when it comes to ancient civilizations. Odyssey has a release date of October 5, 2018.

PlayStation Experience 2016: The Last of Us Part 2 announced

I’m so excited for this one! It takes place five years after The Last of Us. The trailer for the E3 presentation was so good. It’s great to see Ellie as an LGBT+ character in a major video game. There aren’t enough LGBT+ characters in AAA video games, but this E3 made some progress in that area with The Last of Us Part II and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. There’s still much to improve in that department, but this is a great start. The Last of Us Part II has no release date yet.

Those are the top three games I cannot wait to play. But there were others as well: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the new Spider-Man game, and the DLC for Cuphead, to name a few. What games are you looking forward to? Please comment below.

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JoypadJess’s E3 2018 Musings

E3 has been kind of a strange thing for me these past couple of years. In the past, I used to keep a much firmer gaze on its goings-on, watching with baited breath to see what new and exciting goodies awaited us gamers in the months to follow. Yet, both E3 2017 and E3 2018 have been shows that I haven’t followed super closely while they’ve been going on, perhaps because lately I’ve just been unable to invest as much time into gaming as I once was able to.

Well, hopefully that will change soon. Nonetheless, this year’s E3 seems to have been a pretty exciting one no matter what type of gamer you are, as there seems to have been something for everyone this time around. From Nintendo finally giving us details on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Microsoft hinting at the next generation of Xbox consoles being on the not-too-distant horizon, and getting to see some incredible footage from the likes of Fallout 76Assassin’s Creed OdysseyThe Last of Us Part II, and several others, the next year or so looks to be a fantastic time for gamers of all styles.

I will say this, though: I actually expected a lot more of Nintendo at E3 this year. This was the second E3 event since the release of the wildly successful Nintendo Switch console, and I expected to see a lot more games get announced or be given new details. Of course it’s hard not to be excited about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the upcoming Super Mario Party, but where was Metroid Prime 4? What about this mysterious 3DS Zelda project we’ve been hearing rumors of for a while now? What about some more ports or updates of the other successful Wii U games out there (I’m looking at you, Super Mario Maker!). It’s not that Nintendo was disappointing this time around, it’s just that I felt a bit underwhelmed by them this year. Then again, they could be saving a few things for post-E3 to surprise us with (some Super Mario Odyssey DLC would be nice!). Only time will tell!

Beyond the games I’ve already mentioned here, I’m also curious to find out more about Cyberpunk 2077 (from CD Projekt Red), Death Stranding (that game still looks so weird, yet awesome), and Kingdom Hearts III. Then there’s also the upcoming DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 that I’m looking forward to (I have the main game, but haven’t jumped into it quite yet).

Oh, and I’m also super excited about Mega Man 11, since that’s one of my favorite franchises of all time!

On the PC gaming side of things, I’m honestly more curious to see what type of new graphics cards we’ll see in the near future from NVIDIA and AMD, as the current offerings are getting quite old these days, but from the looks of it we may have to be patient before we learn anything official.

Well, that about sums up this year’s E3 from my perspective. It was a surprisingly robust show this time around that seemed to have a lot to offer. I may have been slightly underwhelmed by Nintendo’s presence there, but I’ve learned that good things come to those who wait. And, in the case of all the different games we did learn about this year, we have plenty of things to look forward to!

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Alyssa L’s E3 2018 Favorites

I’m not sure if this is true for the majority of gamers, but I go through game “phases.” I’ll play World of Warcraft (the phase I’m currently on) every single day for multiple hours, and I’ll suddenly get bored. For example, I haven’t touched League of Legends, Diablo 3, or Magic Online in well over a month, yet at some point in the future I’ll play one of those quite faithfully and drop World of Warcraft completely. Does this sound familiar, or is it just me?

For me, games, especially single player and console games, have to be really good (at least for a little while) in order to break my inevitable game binge cycle.

Let’s take a look at the E3 2018 games that could potentially break the cycle.

Anthem

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We’ve known about Anthem for a while now, yet I’ve been no more than blissfully curious, not really knowing what to expect. What previously drew me to it is the fact that it appears to have a “single-player feel;” however, it’s a multiplayer game, but also not an MMO. During E3 2018, we got a new trailer and a lot more information on what to expect from the game.

We learned that players will play as Freelancers in a world that is “unfinished by the Gods.” We are tasked with not only finishing the world they left, but also expected to fight over the leftover resources. Anthem is scheduled to release February 22, 2019, and I’m very excited to try it out!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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We heard about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for the first time at E3 2018. I’ll be honest, though, the only reason I’m excited about it is because it’s by the makers of Bloodborne and Dark Souls, which gives me some pretty high hopes for the game. I’m also pretty excited that Sekiro will take place in 1500s Sengoku-era Japan, which gives us the opportunity to explore a historical setting. The grappling hook also seems pretty cool.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is another game that we knew about prior to E3 but learned more during the conferences. I loved, and I mean absolutely loved, the 2013 Tomb Raider. I had high hopes for Rise of the Tomb Raider in 2015; however, I was slightly less impressed. I thought the game was filled with too much story and too many cut scenes. In this game, Lara Croft is tasked with saving the world from the Mayan apocalypse, a pretty interesting premise for a game (and, again, historic). Shadow of the Tomb Raider is scheduled to release September 14, 2018, and I couldn’t be more excited!

The Elder Scrolls VI

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The announcement of the Elder Scrolls IV at E3 was groundbreaking, considering the number of times Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been revamped. After the release of Fallout 4, I became a Bethesda fan. Unfortunately, I was never able to really enjoy Skyrim the way a lot of people did. Skyrim didn’t have the same feel for me as Fallout 4, and wasn’t a game I could play for hours on end (perhaps it’s because I’m not a fan of the open world aspects of these games, or maybe it was too old by the time I picked it up). Some people may call me crazy for thinking this about Skyrim, but I do have very high hopes for the next installment of the Elder Scrolls series and will definitely be picking up a copy. Too bad the release date is so far out — probably a couple of years or more away.

Fallout 76

Not to be cliché, but I definitely saved THE BEST for last. I’m incredibly excited for Fallout 76, given that Fallout 4 is one of my favorite games of all time! Although I have yet to play the other Fallout games, I really loved Fallout 4, which also hit me with a bit of nostalgia. I live in the greater Boston area, and was able to visit places in the game that I’ve been in real life.

I’m very excited that Fallout 76 is a prequel to the series and will help fans discover what being a citizen in the Wasteland truly means. I’m even more excited that it will explore the multiplayer aspect, with the team stating that “the game will only take place online” — although I’m hoping this doesn’t ruin the game’s single-player feel. Either way, I’m very excited.

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Jessica’s E3 2018 Top 5

Whelp, E3 is here, and I have no idea how anyone is supposed to sum up the awesomeness that’s been unloaded upon our nation of nerds. I’m still going to attempt to share my top five favorite announcements.

Fallout 76

It’s Reclamation Day! The year is 2102, twenty-five years after the bombs fell. YOU have been chosen to venture forth from the vault and restore the world. Your mission: to explore the expansive, dynamic, uncharted, untamed, open-world wasteland of West Virginia. From Appalachia to the Cranberry Bog, set up C.A.M.P. and/or your own shop. The possibilities are endless!

Pre-order the game for Xbox One, PlayStation, or PC to get access to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. It will be released on November 14th, 2018.

The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us has been, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful games ever made. I spent hours watching gameplay (because I didn’t have a PlayStation of my own at the time), engrossed in the realistic characters and emotional storytelling. The superb graphics and audio work were just an added bonus. And now, I have a PlayStation just in time to play this beautiful sequel.

I haven’t seen a definitive release day, other than late 2018 to early 2019 (probably). It will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4.

Can we take a short moment to appreciate the stunning graphics in this game please? It you jump ahead in the video to 9:49, Ellie pulls an arrow out of a dead man, and she puts it in her quiver. And we see one arrow. The graphics are so damn good that you can see EVERY. SINGLE. WEAPON. I mean, c’mon! Normally stuff just disappears into God-Only-Knows-Where and reappears out of thin air. I just love the realism.

I’m looking forward to new settings, character growth in Ellie as an adult, and the challenges/enemies we’ll face in this post-apocalyptic world.

Anthem

BioWare has been promoting their new game as a “shooter” rather than an RPG. Unlike their previous games, this one has a heavier emphasis on combat and action, with role-playing aspects. In short, we should expect something Destiny-esque, including the option for multiplayer campaigning.

I haven’t seen too much said about the story of Anthem, as the focus so far has primarily been on the mechanics. But from what I’ve read, I’m feeling rather hopeful.

Dave Tach from Polygon got hands-on time with the game at E3, and gave a really good analysis of the feel of the controls.

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IT’S HAPPPEEEENNNNNNIIIINNNNNGGGGGGG!

But that’s about all we know! Haha!

Cyberpunk 2077

I can’t say that I was a big fan of CD Projekt Red’s previous contribution to the gaming world, The Witcher. I really struggled with it. However, Cyberpunk 2077 has certainly gained my attention.

It’s being promoted as an RPG set in a very dark future in an open world setting. The developers have stated there will be “no loading times.” Um, what?! YASSSS.

I absolutely love story-heavy games. The stories that have engines designed to adapt gameplay based on your choices and dialog. Those just affect me so much. And Cyberpunk is said to have all of that — and adventure! That’s just a recipe for me to spend hundreds of hours gaming! (Thankfully I have a husband now to remind me to eat and pee during my obsession episodes). Haha!

I really have high hopes for this game, and can’t wait to see where it goes!

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Alyssa W.’s Top 5 Games of E3 2018

This year’s E3 was jam-packed with both exciting new announcements and deeper looks into games that have been highly anticipated. There were so many games that piqued my interest this year that it was difficult to select just five to highlight, but I’ve conquered that beast to bring you my list of the games that stole the show for me.

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog managed to topple the competition for me with this new look at the sequel to their phenomenal The Last of Us. We see Ellie a few years older, and as she kisses a woman, she remembers how tough she’s been. I like the fact that the gameplay showed Ellie as the playable character, and the combat and the freedom to be stealthy or go all in looked fluid and natural. Of course, the visuals were also stunning, per Naughty Dog’s standard. I can’t wait to finally get my hands on this game and continue the beautifully dark story.

Devil May Cry 5

I’m a HUGE fan of the DMC franchise (I even liked the reboot), so seeing this trailer pop up made me squeal with delight. I love Dante as a character, and the bombastic, complex combat always manages to make me feel like a badass. This entry looks to be more of a return to the action of the older games, while also adding fresh new elements, such as a new companion and gorgeous graphics.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The Tomb Raider franchise has always held a special place in my heart, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks to be a fitting end to the new trilogy. The story seems darker in this installment, and I loved seeing Lara in different locations, such as the jungle and in a flooding town. I also like the tease of supernatural elements, and I’m absolutely itching to play through this as soon as I can.

Cyberpunk 2077

CD PROJEKT RED has yet to disappoint, and this intriguing new look at their upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 only made me hungrier for this science fiction treat of an open world RPG. I adored how it’s simultaneously bursting with color and also drenched in darker subject matter. I NEED MORE!

Resident Evil 2 Remake

As a fan of the RE games, I was beyond thrilled when I discovered that what I thought was some weird game where you play as a mouse actually turned out to be the announcement for the long-awaited remake of RE2. I never had the chance to play the original version, and this remake looks absolutely stunning. The attention to detail is exquisite, and the action and terror looks sharp and impactful. It’s safe to say I’ve joined the massive community of fans who are dying (pun intended) to play this.

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Kelsey’s E3 2018 Favorites

I ended up with a HUGE list of games that look cool after the conferences this year! Here are the highlights.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

We know very little about this one (there’s not even a logo yet!), but it’s Star Wars and it sounds like you get to play as a Jedi, so OF COURSE I’m in. EA says it’s an “action adventure game which tells an original Star Wars story around a surviving Padawan set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” Respawn’s blog also says it’s going to be a third-person action/adventure game. Respawn previously brought us the Titanfall games.

Sea of Solitude

This looks like a really cool exploration game that switches between beautiful and creepy. EA says, “When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters. That’s what happened to Kay. But she’s not alone – this ocean is full of creatures just like her. Finding them may be the key to changing her back.” The writer and creative director is Cornelia Geppert, and it was clear from her presentation that she’s very passionate about Sea of Solitude.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

A new story in the Life is Strange universe, this stand-alone game is coming out on June 26 for free! The team says it’s going to have clues about Life is Strange 2, and choices made will carry over to that game.

Cyberpunk 2077

From the team behind The Witcher series, this awesome-looking RPG will feature creating your own character, really cool aesthetics, your very own cool car, a whole new way to look at makeup application, and romance!

Outer Wilds

I streamed this with my friend back when it was in alpha, and I can’t wait for the full version! I want to camp and roast marshmallows in space. And discover new planets, I guess.

Sable

This is one of the most visually unique and beautiful games I’ve seen in a long time. The team says: “Sable is a coming-of-age tale of discovery through exploration across a strikingly rendered open world desert. Go on a deeply personal journey across an alien planet as the young Sable, exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and ships fallen from the cosmos, all while learning the history of its inhabitants and discovering her place in the world.” I can’t wait to explore this world.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades

This was a surprise! You’ll be able to play TES: Blades on your iPhone, iPad, or Android. It looks really pretty, and I’m looking forward to having Elder Scrolls in my pocket.

Starfield

Bethesda in SPAAAAAACE, that’s all I need to know, SIGN ME UP.

The Elder Scrolls VI

Now we know what we all assumed: TESVI is in the works! There’s a mountain range in it! Start warming up that jump button.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The newest in the series will add RPG elements, dialogue and story choices, romance unrestricted by gender, AND you can play as a woman! I can’t wait! This is going to be my birthday gift to myself.

Neo Cab

It’s described as an “emotional survival” game, you play as a woman, and the art is stunning.

Morning Star

The trailer starts out with a peaceful farm scene, then transitions to an abandoned room with a computer in it. It’s described as a “first-person farming game set in a post-cyberpunk world where computers are your soil and software is your seeds. Explore, rebuild, or exploit a community on the outset of a cyberpunk dystopia. It’s your choice to help build a better future.” It seems like a really cool twist on a genre I love.

Two Point Hospital

A modern take on the classic 1997 Theme Hospital from Bullfrog, you get to build your own hospital and cure weird diseases!

Control

This looks really fun! Woman protagonist, cool visuals, and you can fly! It’s from Remedy, which you might know from Alan Wake, Max Payne 1 and 2, and Quantum Break.

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Jessica’s E3 2017 Reflections

Going into E3 this year, I have to admit that I was feeling like the show would be rather lukewarm. Perhaps it was because I’ve been away from PC gaming for around eight months and haven’t been spending a whole lot of time gaming in general, but I just wasn’t feeling all that pumped up this year. However, despite that, I have to say that there were quite a few announcements throughout the event that sparked my interest and got me quite a bit more excited than I would have initially thought.

For starters, I’d like to talk about the Nintendo Switch. Quite frankly, the Switch has been doing very well since it launched back on March 3rd. Despite a few technical flubs (what new tech doesn’t go through this?), the console has proved to be a pretty powerful hybrid gaming device and has been met with critical acclaim. Hot on the heels of its hard-to-find new gaming platform, Nintendo went into E3 pretty strong this year. We now know that Super Mario Odyssey (their upcoming non-linear Mario adventure) will be coming to the Switch on October 27 (rather than the ambiguous “Holiday 2017” window we were initially given). We also found out a bit more information regarding the two upcoming DLCs for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There’s also a new Pokémon title in the works for the platform as well.

However, what really surprised me was the announcement of not one, but two upcoming Metroid games! First, we saw that we are being treated to a brand-new entry in the Prime series for the first time in a decade (Prime 3 was released on the Wii back in 2007). Metroid Prime 4 is coming to the Nintendo Switch, but sadly that’s all we know at this time. Yet, while we wait for more information on that one, we can look forward to a full-on remake of the 1991 classic Metroid II: The Return of Samus, heading to the 3DS as Metroid: Samus Returns. This one looks really fun, and honestly I have to say that this is a game I’ve been wanting to see remade for a very long time!

Beyond those major titles, we also have Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (which looks quirky, but fun) and the confirmation that the Switch will be getting its own version of Skyrim (but c’mon, we already knew that!). I’m also interested in seeing how Beyond Good and Evil 2 and The Evil Within 2 turn out.

PC gamers seem to have quite a few little treats to look forward to in the coming year or so. Griftlands, which is a somewhat-retro style science fiction RPG, had a trailer that immediately drew me in. It definitely feels like a must-play title to me, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on that one!

Of course, Microsoft also made its “Project Scorpio” official by announcing it under the new name of Xbox One X (what a mouthful!). The new 4K-ready console is set to release on November 7th, with a starting price tag of $499 USD. That’s pretty darn steep for a home gaming console, but honestly it has a unique sort of audience that it’s trying to capture: those who want an accessible 4K gaming experience without wanting the complications of an expensive gaming PC to play it on. The XB1X (will that be the abbreviation?) will make 4K gaming accessible to those who want it now and are willing to pay a bit of a premium (compared to the normal XB1 models) to have it in a plug-and-play format. Essentially, it’ll be a “premium” home console that lets console gamers get a taste of what gaming on a very high-end PC would be like, but at a much more reasonable cost.

Time will tell how the Xbox One X is received, but I feel like it’s certainly an interesting move. Whereas Nintendo has aimed its sights on capturing the widest market possible with its new, respectably-powered hybrid Switch, Microsoft is going all-in with capturing the enthusiasts out there who are wanting a full-blown 4K experience on a home gaming system. These are two totally separate markets, so we’ll have to see what the masses are actually wanting at this time. As someone who has enjoyed gaming at 4K, I think anyone who has a 4K TV and wants to take advantage of it for gaming should at least take a look at the XB1X when it releases later this year.

Well, that about does it for my thoughts on E3 this year. Despite my initial tepid feelings towards it, I have to say that it managed to keep me pleasantly surprised and ready to dive back into gaming soon. Now we just have to see how all of these newly-announced titles turn out when we finally get our hands on them!

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Alyssa L’s E3 2017 Favorites

Although I didn’t watch E3 2017, I definitely kept up on the announcements. I’ve compiled a list of the games I’m excited about, for various reasons.

Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim VR

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Whaaaaat?! I can be in post apocalyptic Boston and the world of Skyrim? This is basically how I felt when Bethesda announced VR for these two games. Both of these are titles I’ve enjoyed in the past (I’m also currently playing Skyrim). However, as a sole PC owner, I’m not sure if the excitement is justified for me. Sure, it’s cool, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my hands on it.

Creation Club

On another note, Bethesda announced Creation Club for Fallout 4 and Skyrim, which will act as an idea development platform, working with some external creators. I was very excited to see Bethesda caring about their community, and immediately tried to apply, but unfortunately you need to have your ideas available to pitch on the spot.

Untitled Pokémon RPG

An untitled Pokémon RPG was announced for Nintendo Switch. I’m down with anything Pokémon these days, but I’m unsure if it’s reason enough to invest in a Nintendo Switch. We’ll see what this untitled Pokémon RPG proves to be.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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For me, it’s easy to be excited about any Assassin’s Creed game; however, I’ve never given them the attention they deserve. The Assassin’s Creed series doesn’t run well on my PC, and doesn’t run directly through Steam.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins will take place in ancient Egypt, which is a world I’d like to know more about (I always found ancient Egypt interesting during history class). I can only hope that while you’re tasked with unveiling the origins of the assassin’s brotherhood, you’ll get to explore some tombs and pyramids — and encounter some mummies. Let’s say I’m more interested in the setting than the game.

Far Cry 5

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Again with the games I haven’t played. No. I’ve never played a Far Cry game, but this one seems promising. First of all, we’re in America and we’re fighting a religious cult. It’s very bold that a game company has decided to address such a controversial topic, and I’m excited to see how it unfolds.

Anthem

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My favorite part about Anthem is that it’s an RPG game you can play with your friends. You play as a bold group of heroes called Freelancers. You have these incredible Fallout 4-esque suits, and there’s ROBOTS! In the trailer, the heroes are even able to swim in the suits, which makes me question what else they can do!

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Stephanie’s Favorite Game Announcements at E3 2017

E3 is the gaming convention of the year. There were a lot of awesome game announcements that I’m really looking forward to!

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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First off, yay for Chloe getting her own game! This game takes place after Uncharted 4 and highlights Chloe and Nadine (a character from Uncharted 4). Chloe enlists Nadine’s help in finding the Tusk of Ganesh in India. I’m glad to see the women characters in the Uncharted series receiving attention. This game is set to come out on August 22, 2017 in North America, and August 23, 2017 in Europe for PlayStation 4.

Teen Titans Go! Lego Dimensions Pack

I have been on the fence on buying the starter pack for this game. I know I would go down the rabbit hole of buying all the packs. Teen Titans Go! is a fun show, but the main reason for my excitement is that Gail Simone wrote for this pack. Gail Simone is known for her runs on Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, and Batgirl. She’s also a big fan of the game. The release date for this pack is September 15th.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

This game seems fun from the demo previewed at E3. The most exciting part of the trailer and demo was the reveal that Miles Morales will be in it. Hopefully he’s a playable character. I’m curious to see who else might come out. Spider-Gwen maybe? There is no release date, 2018 is all that was given. It’s a PS4 exclusive

Kingdom Hearts III

I feel like this is one is on my list every year. It was cool to see another gameplay trailer. There’s no release date yet. More information on the game will be given at D23 in July. Hopefully a release date is given then.

Star Wars Battlefront II

I did enjoy the first game, but prefer games with a story mode. This one will have a single player campaign, and that’s awesome. The single player campaign will take place between the end of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The player will play as Commander Iden Versio. It will be interesting to see how the Empire functions without the Emperor. This game’s release date is November 17, 2017.

Cuphead

This looks like such a fun game. It’s a throwback to 1930s cartoons. The graphics, the aesthetic…can’t wait to play! The release date is September 29, 2017. You’ll be able to play on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam.

A lot of games to look forward to. Can’t wait!

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Sharon’s E3 2017 Favorites

With a swift and sudden sweep of my arm across the top of the table, months — nay, years — of backlog video games tumbled violently to ground while the glow of E3 2017 on the television filled the room with expectations and excitement…figuratively of course, because I mean, who has physical media these days am I right?

Okay, so maybe the scene was a little less dramatic than that.

Narrowly avoiding toys strewn about the room by my ten month old son, I looked to my husband and asked, “Have you seen the schedule for E3 conferences this year?” He nodded in shared bewilderment and we tried to figure out if we were in favor of, or put off by, the weekend broadcasts; certainly the late nights would be a challenge. E3 is a tradition in our house, and we look forward to following the news and zeitgeist (and even the snark that goes along with it) and this year was no different.

Because of the aforementioned little one, the past year of video games has been slow for me to say the least, and my backlog grows. So going into this E3, I knew that there would be games I won’t be ready to play until well past release date. Nonetheless, there were some titles shown during this year’s run of press conferences that will make their way into my sleep-deprived but heavily-caffeinated hands one way or another.

Cuphead

I could still use a little more information about the gameplay of the ‘run and gun’ Cuphead by Studio MDHR, but with a September 29th release date, that information isn’t far off. Truth be told, artist me is absolutely committed to this title because of how beautiful it looks. All eyes have been on the indie studio since the first introduction of Cuphead, and I am excited about all the hard work that has gone into this title. I can’t wait to pour over all the details as I play this game and, undoubtedly, play it again and again.

Crackdown 3

Agility orbs, baby! My Crackdown and Crackdown 2 experiences were well above par. With heavy focus on the multiplayer experience, I not only played this franchise myself, but also gifted the titles, more than once, to friends so I could play with them in the multiplayer world. I am thrilled to jump into both the multiplayer and single player aspects of this open world action adventure game by Sumo Digital and Reagent Games. It’s going to be a top priority to keep this one from ending up in the backlog.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm




Now this may sound a little…erm…strange, but hang in there with me. I’m very excited to watch this episodic graphic adventure published by Square Enix. I’d be thrilled to play it myself, sure, but I would be equally okay to watch this one throughout the gaming community. Life is Strange pulled me in and made me invested in the characters and the story. I loved comparing people’s choices and how the gameplay unfolded in each episode. This prequel to Life is Strange is poised to pull me right back in, and if for some reason it looks like this hot little title won’t make it into my hands, there will be plenty of satisfaction gained from hopping into the Twitch community to follow along. Regardless of whether or not my hands are pressing the buttons, I won’t miss Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War


Following Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a third person action role playing game that takes us back to, well, Middle Earth (*fangirl squee*) to find the main character. If it’s anything like its predecessor, it will offer a robust gameplay system leading us through orc-filled quests and a beautifully crafted open world. Based on the trailer, Shadow of War, published by Warner Bros Interactive, appears to have included everything that worked in the first game and then some.

Anthem


Okay Bioware, you have my attention. Am I sad that Anthem looks like a departure from the Mass Effect gameplay that everyone has come to desire from the studio? Heck no! While this does appear to be an open world action role playing game, it also touts a “shared-world” experience; something I am not typically in favor of. However, I have needless faith that before its late 2018 release, Anthem will create a user experience that is perfectly married with the gorgeous in-game footage that was premiered at this year’s E3. When the time comes, I’mma grab some friends and the nearest exo-suit. I’m ready.

Beyond Good and Evil 2



15 years in the making you guys, fifteen! For those of you who may be too young to be connected to Beyond Good and Evil, the endearing tears of Michel Ancel, creative director on Beyond Good and Evil 2, were genuine. Those of us who loved the critically-acclaimed 2003 title have been hopefully waiting (but not holding our breaths) for this reveal. Ubisoft has dangled the cheese in front of us in the past, and all the while they were working hard to bring us what looks like a very new experience expanding upon the world gamers were begging to revisit.

Mouth agape, eyebrows furrowed, I muttered to my husband more than once, “well, THIS is different.” But different doesn’t mean bad. Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a prequel to the 2003 title and presents a combination of sassy characters over contrasting bleak story beats. This appears to be a new, more cinematic, experience that is setting up a world and experience that gamers already love. How will everything tie in together? I’m going to have to wait, as there was no release date discussed, but this is a can-not-miss title for me.

Moss



I won’t be playing this because I am not a VR adapter; however this adorable title by PolyArc Games deserves a bit of attention as the first game to make me think “awww, maybe I’ll have VR one day.”  A single player action adventure puzzle game, the trailer is not only intriguing and artful but also immersive and thoughtful, a delightful reprieve from the heavy handedness of some of the more mature titles that made my list.

Arriving at a point in my life when I need to be a little more focused in where I spend my time and money, the excitement of E3 becomes one of much more focus and analysis. Would I love to grab the new God of War or Assassin’s Creed, try out the new Forza or Far Cry? Well, of course, but as much as I would love to play ALL THE THINGS, as an aging gamer and new mom, only a select few will realistically make it onto the figurative and literal shelf (#adulting, am I right?); these are the titles I will be keeping close tabs on and eventually invite into my life and gaming platforms of choice.