So, it’s become a tradition in our house to watch the live stream of E3. Over the course of the numerous conferences, we watch and discuss everything we see.
In this article, we will be doing the exact same thing, running down the various conferences and at the end, giving you my personal grade for the shows.
So, to start, we will be diving into the EA conference.
In recent years has all but become the hated uncle of the gaming world, with their overuse of micro transactions and pay walls in console and mobile games. Be that as it may, they still have a couple franchises that people love and will flock to no matter what. Of course they showed off their sports lines, Madden, FIFA, and the like.
It wouldn’t be a new gaming year without new iterations of these games. Now, I’m not a sport gamer, so, I’m not going to go into detail about the new games. I mean, there is only so much you can say about these titles as it is. I mean, how much can you really say about them? They look pretty, that’s about all I have for that, but it’s pretty much the same games we have all played numerous times before.
EA showed off Battlefield 5, and jumping onto the bandwagon, they too added a Battle Royale mode. Another title they showed off was Anthem, a new IP that looks promising and something I will probably play once it hits. The other big franchise they have is the license to Star Wars.
They have shown that the next expansion for the Battlefront series will revolve around the Clone Wars film and include General Grievous as a playable character. Now, here is the funny thing about all this. EA owns Respawn Entertainment, the company that brought us the exceptional Titanfall series.
Now, without even having a trailer, they told us about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and everyone was super excited. Personally, this was the highlight of their conference, at least for me.
Let’s move on to Microsoft conference
Xbox has been the number 2 at pretty much every show I’ve seen over the past 3 years, but this year, they brought it. A ton of games, announcements, and cool stuff, all shown in their hour and a half conference. Microsoft told us all about the 5 game developers they just acquired, The Initiative, Playground Games, Undead Labs, Ninja Theory and Compulsion Games, all added to the ever expanding Microsoft gaming universe.
They showed off a ton of games, over 50 if memory serves, some exclusives, some that were just world premieres, all of them looked great. Of course, we saw a glimpse of Halo Infinite, though it just seemed like a tech video for a possible future console, but interesting none the less.
We got to see Forza Horizon 4 and all its seasonal greatness. They showed an open world, changing seasons and dynamic weather, all of which looked amazing. Now, I’m not a racing fan, unless you’re playing Mario Kart. One big thing that Microsoft has going for it is their Gamepass. This simple little subscription based additive has made the Xbox One even better for gamers on a budget like myself.
For 10 bucks a month, you have access to hundreds of games, for free. Microsoft has been really good about adding new titles to this, including new titles on the day they are released like Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2.
They will continue this trend with games like Forza Horizon 4 and a few others they showed at this show like Crackdown 3. Now, there were a ton of games they showed, stuff that looked cool, and others that completely blew us away. We saw Metro: Exodus, Neir Automata complete edition, Ori and the Will of the Wisp, Tales of Vespiria, Tunic, and others.
But, among them was an amazing gem from the company that brought us Dark Souls, a title called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Both my wife and I were immediately intrigued and decided this is a must own title for us. Set in a feudal Japan, this title looks to bring everything we love about that time period and add it to the formula that made Dark Souls famous.
We Happy Few looks great, really bringing the vibe we love about Bioshock and making a really cool game. Player Unknowns Battleground had a video, showing all the updates they will be adding to the game by the end of the year, including 2 new maps, War Mode and new equipment.
Microsoft also showed off some titles that were not exclusive to their console like The Division 2, Dying Light 2 and the epic Shonen Jump inspired Jump Force, an amazing fighter with some of your favorite anime characters like Naruto, One Piece and of course Dragon ball. Now, before they closed their show, they showed off 3 Gears of war games, Gears Pop for mobile, Gears Tactics and Gears 5 for consoles.
They even teased us with a new Battletoads game, the last being 24 years ago. They ended their conference with a look at another game from CD project Red, Cyber Punk 2077. This is the same developer that brought us the Witcher series, so, expect big things. Microsoft talked a lot about the future of Xbox, giving us a glimpse of a streaming service they are working on to allow us to play Xbox games everywhere, including on our mobile devices.
They also spoke very briefly about the future of Xbox, but didn’t go into details, but most of us believe they were hinting at their Next Gen console, but, we shall see in time.
Moving on to the next conference, Bethesda
Everyone was waiting on this show, as all of you know, this developer has had some of the biggest series in gaming history with games like Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake and of course, Fallout. All of which were shown in their conference in one form or another.
They showed off Rage 2, with an intro by Andrew W.K who provides the theme song to the game. They showed off new DLC for Prey 2 as well as DLC for the Elder Scrolls series. Bethesda showed off a new Wolfenstein title, this one picking up after the second game, and taking place during the 1980’s.
This time, you play as the daughters of the original protagonist, even giving us the ability to play Co-Op with friends through the main story. They showed off a few VR games as well including Wolfenstein Cyberpilot and Prey Typhon Hunter.
Bethesda even showed off 2 new Elder Scrolls games, one called Legends is a CCG game, the other is called Blades and is available on your mobile device for early access. They even gave us a glimpse of Elder Scrolls 6, but, that’s still a ways off. They showed us Doom Eternal, which from the short video they showed, looks amazing.
But, the biggest game they showed off was of course Fallout 76. Now, let it be known, my wife and I are HUGE Fallout fans. We have played and owned every version of the game since Fallout 3, and 76 will be no different.
Now, this is the game that seriously blew us all away. The graphics, the gameplay, all of it looked absolutely amazing. But, the big thing that blew up the internet after they announced it was the fact that this game will be online, a first for the series. For the first time in the series history, you will be able to play with friends as you explore this new wasteland.
And of course, in true Bethesda form, Fallout 76 will be released this November. They even showed off the epic collector’s edition which comes with a glow in the dark poster, mini figurines and the true collector’s piece in this edition, a working Power Armor helmet.
This will retail for $199.99 USD, which was revealed the day after their conference when pre-sales went up at all the big places you buy your games, mind you, most of these have already sold out, so getting your hands on this edition will prove interesting and possibly difficult.
Before they closed their conference, they showed us a brief glimpse of a new IP they are working on, something called Starfield. Not much is known about this game yet, but that was expected. We may see more of it by the end of the year, but, we don’t know as of yet.
Next take a brief look at the Square/Enix conference
Square showed off a lot of series that everyone loves, including newer series that have gotten big in the last couple of years like Life is Strange 2, and its side story The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, and Just Cause 4.
They gave us a look at the next iteration of the Tomb Raider series called Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third in the rebooted series, which looks amazing. They showed off the new DLC you will get in conjunction with Capcom for Monster Hunter World based on FF 14. They gave us a quick look at a couple new titles as well like The Quiet Man and Babylon Falls.
They showed off a sequel to a classic series with Dragon Quest 11, but, the biggest thing they showed off was of course Kingdom Hearts 3, a game we have been waiting on for the better part of a decade.
They gave us the release date we all wanted, 1-29-19, and even showed off a special edition PS4 that will include not only the third game, but all the other games in the series as well. Kingdom Hearts 3 looks to conclude the series that most of us have been playing since the PS2, and neither I nor my wife can wait for this to be in our greedy little hands.
Next up was the Ubisoft conference
They opened their show with Just Dance 2019, and then blew us all away with another amazing video of the much anticipated Beyond Good and Evil 2. They even talked about how they were partnering up with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s company Hit.Record to have us, the gamers, contribute art music or ideas to the game itself. They talked about The Crew 2 and its beta release as well as Starlink, a toy based game similar to Disney Infinite.
They told us about The Division 2 and how the DLC for this game will be free. Ubisoft talked about For Honor on PC and the Marching Fire expansion for the game. They surprised us all with a look at a new title called Skull and Bones, which seems to take everything we loved from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and making an entire game about it.
Pirates are making a comeback and I couldn’t be happier. They closed their conference with a look at Assassins Creed Odyssey, this time set in ancient Greece and putting you in the shoes of a Spartan, either a female or male lead which is intriguing. This title will be out in time for the Christmas shopping season with its October 5th release date. (Now booked in Alexa Wayne’s calendar.)
Here Comes Sony!
Next up was the Sony conference, and I will be the first to say that this showing left me wanting. Yes, they had a couple of really great games, but, they didn’t have the wow factor that they have had in years past.
Of the eight games they showed off, only 3 of them really got my attention. Of course, The Last of Us 2 opened the show, and looks amazing. Anyone that took the time to play through the first game will be in line the day this one releases, myself included.
They gave us a glimpse at some maps they are adding to Call of Duty, Black Ops 3 and 4, as well as making Black Ops 3 free on Playstation Plus for a limited time. They surprised us with a look at Resident Evil 2 remake, which I am super excited about seeing as this was my favorite in the series, also it releases the beginning of next year as well.
They gave us a look at a few newer titles they have been working on as well like Control, Trover saves the universe and the gorgeous Ghost of Tsushima. They surprised us Nioh 2, and then closed their show with an extended look at Spider-Man, which releases as a Playstation exclusive in September.
But that was it, a lot of fans were left wanting by this conference, there were a ton of games they could have shown off but chose not to it seems. We didn’t get to see Red Dead Redemption 2, nor Shenmue 3 which is super disappointing, but we will let that slide.
What About Nintendo?
And finally, we have Nintendo’s conference, which just ended as I write this article. They showed us Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and a few new IP’s as well like Daemon X Machinima, Killer Queen Black, Octopath Traveler and Hollow Knight. They gave us a glimpse of Fire Emblem: Three Houses which looks to change up the series a bit from its typical RPG roots.
They showed off Super Mario Party for the Switch. They gave us a deep look at the new Pokemon titles coming to Switch this year, Lets go Pikachu and Lets go Evee. These games look to take the series to a whole new level with their connectivity with Pokemon Go and the fact that it has 2 player added for the first time in the series.
They showed off the Pokeball plus, a new controller for the Pokemon Switch games that acts as a sort of Tamagotchi for the game allowing you to take your favorite Pokemon with you where ever you go and includes the exclusive Mew to be used in the game.
Of course, our whole family is excited about this game. They also added Fortnite to their console which really surprised no one, but made a ton of people very happy. But, the biggest game they showed off was Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
This looks amazing, adding all the characters from every game in the series, adjusting characters to make the frantic battles all the better. This looks to be exactly what its name implies, the Ultimate version of an amazing game. Oh, and it will be out in time for Christmas as well, so, expect epic battles with your family and friends in the very near future.
That is it!
So, there you have it, all the news that’s fit to print from the 4 days of the biggest yearly event in gaming history. Now, everyone grades these conferences, telling who “won” the show and how they did.
Now, in my opinion, Bethesda won with Fallout 76. But if you’re going off the big three, Xbox, Playstation or Nintendo, Xbox took this one. Their show was full of wow, full of great games and a future on the console that looks bright.
Nintendo was second place this year with titles that everyone is eagerly anticipating. Sony’s showing wasn’t as big as it had been in the past, nor did it blow me away like years passed. So, there you go, E3 in a nut shell.
This being my first article for this magazine, I do hope you all enjoyed it and found it informative. Have a good one folks and I’ll see you in the games.
Written by: Edward Hale
Edited by: Kendra Hale
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