It’s just over a week post-E3, and by now everyone has probably had time to digest and reach their own opinions on the flood of information from this year’s especially hectic conference. So we at ReviewMango decided to voice off our own thoughts on the matter as well. Find out more below.
I feel the best moment far and wide was the reaction to Sony’s conference where they slated their competition, Microsoft, on used game policies and online connectivity requirements. Perhaps we can allude this as the final straw in Microsoft rethinking their business decisions on the Xbox One, but the one thing I love is that the market consumer was heard.
As for games; I have to say Bungie’s Destiny was the big kicker for me. From the demos I saw I was particularly “wowed” by all of the ideas that the former Halo developer is cramming into what looks like one of the best cooperative shooters ever, and I do not make such assumptions lightly. It’s probably the one game that I’m looking forward to that I pretty much knew nothing about prior to the gaming conference. Honorable mentions to other games go to The Evil Within, Sonic: The Lost World, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, Dying Light, and Elder Scrolls Online.
Then there are of course games I was excited about before the conference, that were shown but didn’t heighten my hype at all since it was already “maxed out”, such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Beyond: Two Souls, Thief, and Watch Dogs.
E3 this year was pretty interesting, with many things to be excited about. The whole new level added to the “Xbox One or PS4″ debate was by far the best part for me. Of course it threw a spanner in the works for the Xbox One; DRM and the inability to be able to share games meant they were totally crushed by the new PS4 – though I’m looking forward to testing out both of these new consoles. Also with new consoles come new games which I’m incredibly happy about, and also to see how these consoles will change the gameplay in any way.
There are a lot of games that I’m interested in, but especially Assassins Creed: Black Flag. The new weapons, combat and of course storyline will be interesting. The Caribbean setting is probably the best part, and I’m really hoping they will be able to continue their tradition of great games. Also Kingdom Hearts - we have waited a long time for this and I hope they don’t screw it up. I’m also curious about some smaller things, such as how they’ll do Minecraft on the Xbox One.
My personal favourite reveal at E3 this year was probably Titanfall, especially with the news that it will be coming to PC as well.
As for the titles, I also am really excited for Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3, Dark Souls 2, and Arma 3′s finished release. The lack of PC focus at E3 tends to put me off from the event, but my interest in tech in general kept me curious and interested in the new consoles.
I felt that Microsoft’s conference was a joke if ever I’d seen one, and Sony completely won the event, no question. With Microsoft now changing their stance with the DRM as well as used games, it will be interesting to see if they can reclaim some of their player base who walked away due to their terrible decisions before and during E3.
The Witcher 3 took it for me hands down. If CD Projekt Red fulfill their ambitious promises – and given their track record there’s no reason to believe that they won’t – I think we’re going to be looking at a new standard for Western RPG’s. Skyrim was an incredible achievement, but it never gripped me in a narrative sense, and The Witcher 2 was, for me, an absolute masterpiece. The idea of a game with The Witcher series’ masterful storytelling on Skyrim‘s scale has me salivating in anticipatory glee.
Bungie’s Destiny came in a close second. The art direction was enough to get me interested, but if Bungie can keep up their standards of gunplay and enemy behavior, I think it’s going to be something special. I always felt the Halo games had a great sense of mystery about them, something that we don’t usually see in Sci-Fi games intent on overloading the player with dense lore, and I’m excited to see what Bungie can do given the creative freedom that working outside the Halo universe allows them.
And of course, Sony’s conference was priceless. You can see what a mess Microsoft have made of everything when they make a huge corporate entity like Sony look like a grassroots independent business by comparison.
I’m going to go a different route here, and drop a name that no one else has said yet, The Division. If one game has seemed to really make this whole shared world gameplay intriguing for me, it was this little gem. The game is taking advantage of current trends in some very interesting ways (And yay, it’s not an FPS!). Having one of your party members fly in piloting a UAV from their tablet to give you a little assist? That may very well be the most golden use I’ve seen for that technology yet. And of course, having your team come across another player team? Pitting your goals and survival against each other? How could things possibly get more intense.
As far as a best moment goes, I think my moment of “E3″ may have come a little later than the actual show. My moment is seeing Microsoft backpedal on their policies, and finally dropping the veil of ignorance that they’ve been putting up since the always online DRM was originally rumored. It’s about time companies start to realize that they can’t ignore the consumer. And if Microsoft, one of the biggest technological juggernauts in the world will back down at a pack of raging gamers, I think that’s a good sign for the industry as a whole.
I’m surprised it’s only been briefly mentioned once so far, but for me, Battlefield 4 stole the show. 64 players per server at a smooth 60 frames per second, all on huge, detailed maps? We’re probably all used to DICE innovating by now, but delivering this kind of performance on consoles seems no mean feat, especially considering the limitations the previous generation of consoles have brought to the franchise – to the anger of thousands of PC fans. Lifting these restrictions on consoles and really pushing the graphical boundaries should elevate the franchise to even higher levels – if that’s even possible.
The Xbox One debacle seems to have been sufficiently covered by everyone else, but suffice it to say that both that and the price difference between the consoles will keep me interested in the coming few months until launch, and whether it will have a significant impact on the future of both consoles.
I’ll also have to agree with Shane on The Division, the gameplay shown looked amazing and the idea of these huge open parts of New York being a playground for constant war and survival amongst both real players and AI is intriguing to put it mildly.
As you can tell we all enjoyed this year’s E3 immensely and can’t wait until next year comes around again.
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