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E3 2018 Recap & Personal Hightlights

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? It is currently June and we’ve just experienced what can be described as the Christmas-like period for al gamers known as E3. And even though I haven’t been feeling up to doing much blogging these days, there was no way I wasn’t going to comment on the recent happenings in video game news and reveals. So what I’ll do is discuss the conferences I saw and enjoyed and talk about the pros and cons, and then highlight my favourite games below. Okay with all that out

Press Conferences (Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft & Nintendo)

With the press conferences I watched what was relevant to me, so naturally, I skipped EA because why not? I don’t play Bethesda games so I skipped that one (not that I hate them, I just don’t play their games). I’m not a PC guy so I skipped that show and since I knew most of Square Enix’s material would show up in other places I skipped that one too.

Firstly you have Microsoft, the press conference that I didn’t have much hope for, I mean I had a feeling Microsoft would show us something, but I feel like they went far and beyond with the conference just dishing out game after game after game with additional information about Game Pass, new developers they’d acquired and stuff like that. And while not all of the reveals were exclusive, the fact that they even got shown at all was really fun and compelling for the games I wanted to see. I really feel like Microsoft took what Sony did before and just blasted us with games and I loved it. And sure not all of them had immediate release dates, but to know they existed made me happy. Starting off the conference with a look at a new Halo game, Halo Infinite was pretty cool, and from there we were bombarded with game announcements with some of my favourites being the super cool-looking Sekio: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Cuphead DLC, Jump Force and the gorgeous-looking Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Also seeing stuff like a new Battletoads or another Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer was cool, and Forza Horizon 4 looks absolutely amazing

Ubisoft was also really good, well, for the stuff I liked anyway. The way they started with the Just Dance sequence was strangely interesting at first but then went on for too long and after a while, I was wondering when they were gonna end it. The stuff I liked started with the Mario and Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC which looked really fun and I’m definitely considering picking it up later in the year, seeing Trials Rising was really cool as I really liked playing Trials Fusion a few years ago at uni and Beyond Good and Evil 2 used another cinematic trailer, but it was far more story-driven and cinematic and made me way more interested in the game than I was last year. Starlink: Battle for Atlas was another game I saw last year and liked the look of and the inclusion of Star Fox has only made my interest increase, but the real surprise was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, I honestly wasn’t expecting the game to be all that intriguing, but I was quite taken back by the visuals, gameplay and story elements. I haven’t played an Assassin’s Creed game yet but I really am curious to see how this one turns out later on in the year.

As for Sony I’m not gonna lie, they disappointed me this year. I understand what they were trying to do with their stylised presentation and wanting to focus on specific major games. But the way it was presented was pretty bad, it just felt clunky, slow and took a little while to get going. That being said, when it did focus on the games we were treated to some good stuff. Last of Us 2 looked very compelling and brutal and Death Stranding still has me with more questions than answers but I enjoyed what I saw. But the two games that really stood out to me was Ghosts of Tsushima and Spider-Man. With Tsushima, we had the cinematic trailer last year but no gameplay, but this year we saw the game in action and it looked gorgeous with such striking camera angles, lighting, beautiful art and interesting story and gameplay elements. I love samurai stuff so to have a big budget game tackle this kind of subject matter has me hooked. And then there’s Spider-Man which has only gotten better each time its been shown and even though the game’s out in September, I still found myself gushing about the new story and gameplay elements. But the real surprise was Resident Evil 2, after hearing about the remake for so long, to see it finally revealed was great.

I thought Nintendo did well, but I have seen online that the reception on the Direct was very mixed, some loved it, while many were disappointed. So let me just say this, I think some people expected a lot and were disappointed by the lack of appearances from certain games like Yoshi and Metroid Prime 4, which were both teased last year but have had no additional details. Animal Crossing fans didn’t get their new game and none of the rumours surrounding the Star Fox racing game, F-Zero and some other stuff didn’t come to light… So yeah if you’re not overly hyped for Smash and some of the other game reveals then I can understand the disappointment. That being said, I LOVE Smash Bros., and while I didn’t expect it to be covered for so long, it’s pretty much the big release of 2018 so I was delighted to see so much of it. The rest of the Direct had some cool stuff especially with Daemon x Machina, Super Mario Party, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC, and third-party games in that montage. And while the leaks definitely took away a lot of the surprise, I was still happy to see Dragon Ball FighterZ and Overcooked 2 shown. The Treehouse segment really did well to highlight Pokemon Let’s Go in action and good gravy the nostalgia started to hit me hard when I saw Viridian Forest and Pewter City, the visual enhancements are insane from visual aesthetic to all the minor and major detail in the animation and art direction, but it was really the music that grabbed me, good gravy I need to get this game so I can listen to the music.

My Game Highlights

Now I’m just going to list all of the games that stood out to me or that I am super looking forward to from now until next, and this was a tough list to construct in some ways but I think I have a solid list here.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

This was easily the first game to jump out at me and grab my interest. I LOVE action adventure games and samurai stuff, and the fact that it is coming from the developers of Dark Souls makes me happy and nervous. I’m excited for the gameplay that looks fast, intense, methodical and satisfying with movement and combat, but because it is coming from FromSoftware, their games are hard as hell and I dunno if I want to jump into that kind of game just to have my ass handed to me on multiple occasions. We’ll see. but the game does look hella cool.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I think I recall seeing this game last year and I thought it looked good, but I don’t recall it looking this great. Ori and the Blind Forest is a game I’ve been wanting to play for a few years now, but this game just looks like it’s on another level with its sense of scope, colour scheme, lighting and overall beautiful and atmospheric visuals. I know graphics aren’t everything but those graphics really are stunning and it just looks even better in movement in gameplay with the combat and platforming. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one for sure.

Jump Force

Just a few weeks ago I was talking to my friend about Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars on the DS and how I had hoped that they’d make another game, and while this isn’t a 2D Smash Bros-like fighter like the games I just mentioned, it is a crossover fighting game featuring the noteworthy characters from Shonen Jump in an arena-based fighting game and I’m down with the idea. When I saw the trailer and saw Naruto and then the appearance of my boys Luffy, Goku and Frieza I got very giddy. Now so far from what I’ve seen this game has potential with the super over-the-top attacks, scene transitions and fast combat speed, but the movement also looks very choppy and animations needing a lot of refinement. I know this is an E3 build of the game so they have plenty of time to polish things up, I just want something fun to play with some of my favourite anime characters.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

I’ve only become a fan of the new Tomb Raider games last summer after playing the first game last summer, I still haven’t played Rise yet, but I will. Either way, I really liked what I saw of this new game especially when it comes to the story. To see Lara is such different mindset, so hasty, self-centred and causing chaos in pursuit of her own interests is very intriguing to me. Beyond that, I am curious to explore this new world that is apparently much bigger than the previous games and I really want to try out all those new combat mechanics. I was pretty stealthy when it came to playing the 2013 reboot, but there are so many more options for distraction, camouflage and stealth kills which are so much more brutal than before. I’m very excited about this one.

Kingdom Hearts 3

What can I say about Kingdom Hearts 3 that hasn’t been said already? I want it, I need it, sure it sucks that we have to wait until January 2019 to play it, but with the amount of the game that we’ve seen I think its close completion so we can actually play the bloody thing after all the years of waiting. I didn’t expect there to be multiple trailers released, I watched them all and the game still looks fantastic and crazy with the Keyblade transformations and summon abilities, but it was the new worlds revealed that really caught my eye. With Frozen it was an inevitability that it’d make its way into KH considering how big that film is not only for Disney but just in general. I think the world and characters look great, but I was actually more interested in the return to the Pirates of the Caribbean world with Jack Sparrow and all of those characters look so much prettier and the world having such a great sense of scope.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

I had heard a lot of talk about this remake for a while and I wondered when we’d get around to seeing it, I just didn’t expect that it would drop during Sony’s press conference. The game looks SO good, I don’t even play Resident Evil games, but I’ve appreciated them from afar and have waited for this particular remake for a while and man it is delivering with its modern gameplay aspects, but still keeping the spirit of the original and horror elements intact.

Ghosts of Tsushima

If it wasn’t for two more games below this would be my game of E3. Last year when this game was teased I knew it’d be something to look out for, but I did not expect something on this level of polish and detail. The game looks absolutely stunning with the lighting, camera work and fluid animation and the combat is just how I’d imagine a samurai fight going down with fights that have precision, weight and timing, what they showed in that E3 demo was so beautiful. This is the samurai game I’ve always wanted, and at the same time, it is the one I didn’t know I wanted as well. I watched a panel with some of the developers on the game and it was so insightful and you could see that these people really care about the source material they are drawing from and want to make a deeply captivating and immersive experience that pays homage to Japan and the samurai films it draws from.

Spider-Man

Oh Spider-Man, what can be said that hasn’t been said already? It looks great, the web-slinging looks amazing, the combat looks varied and creative with what you can do upfront or in a stealthy manner. I am seriously digging the E3 trailer that showed off The Raft prison and several of Spidey’s key villains including Shocker, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture and this mystery guy we couldn’t see off-screen. I am just in love with the game with everything I see and hear about the game, I just need it to be September so I can grab this game already haha.

Fire Emblem: Three Kingdoms

I remember when this game was announced last year and I was really hyped to see what a home console Fire Emblem game would look like after playing Awakening and Fates on 3DS and Three Kingdoms looks really good. It is essentially taking the core mechanics from the 3DS games and upgrading them not only in the visuals but with some cool extra game mechanics. The visuals look lovely and I like the new sense of scope and verticality with the environments that obviously couldn’t be done on 3DS but can be done in HD. I also love how the transition from the grid to watching your attack animations also has multiple soldiers on the battlefield with you enhancing the feeling of your fights feeling like a major battle. And I’m really liking the new squad formation attacks and special moves that you can perform now, oh Spring 2019 can’t come fast enough haha.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Holy crap, like dear god, what even happened when this part of the Direct dropped? I had so many hopes and fears for Smash 5 in terms of the roster, whether it’d be a new game or an enhanced port and what kind of stuff would be shown. And Sakurai and Nintendo just blew my frigging mind. Seeing the game’s new shiny visuals were great, and all the new stages, music, assist trophies, Pokemon, and tweaks to the game mechanics were great. But it was that roster that really got me. When they said everyone was available, I bloody lost it. 😛 I got so giddy to see Snake and Wolf come back, but then there was also Young Link, Ice Climbers, Ryu and Mega Man and more, and they all looked great. And to top it all off they frigging added my girl Daisy and then bloody RIDLEY at the end!!! Good god, it was like every wild dream come to life, fan service overload!!!!! It feels so surreal that it’s real, but all I can say is that December can’t get here quick enough! I NEED SMASH!

Conclusion

All in all, I’d say I had a good E3 viewing experience. The games I wanted to see exceeded my expectations, for the most part, I got what I wanted and while there wasn’t much in the way of surprises, what did catch me off guard was very pleasant. I’d say the future of gaming looks bright for us gamers for the next several months and good gravy by the end of the year my wallet will be destroyed because of all the game I need to buy haha.

But anyway how about you? What did you think of E3 2018? Was it good, bad or indifferent for you? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in Media, Video Games

 

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E3 2015: Nintendo’s Digital Event – The Great Disappointment

Ladies and gents I come to you today as a long-term Nintendo fan and yesterday I was hoping to be wowed or at least impressed with Nintendo’s contribution to E3 considering the game that Microsoft and Sony brought in the last day or say. Unfortunately Nintendo only gave me and many other fans only a handful of things to look forward to, but didn’t give us anything to blow our minds and that’s left this fan base in a place that’s far from pleased. So I just wanted to talk about where I think Nintendo went wrong with this event.

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Now before I begin I want to say that this is not a rant, more like a statement from a concerned fan who has an opinion to share.

Okay so let’s talk about the games that they did have on display. Nintendo’s E3 Software Lineup consisted of:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Star Fox Zero
  • Hyrule Warriors: Legends
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Genei Ibun Roku #FE
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X

A good selection of games for sure, however besides the odd new surprise here and there, there was nothing really unexpected or out of the realm of possibility. Now that’s not to say that this Digital Event didn’t have its charms. The whole puppet character versions of Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto was quite funny and entertaining and very in line with the quirk and random nature of Nintendo. Plus seeing some ACTUAL footage of Star Fox Wii U (now dubbed Star Fox Zero) was great considering that I’ve been waiting for a home console Star Fox game for 8 years now. I also liked the look of Tri Force Heroes, Mario Maker and I am a sucker for Mario Tennis so Ultra Smash will probably be on my radar too… With all that being said there is a hole of excitement and lack of surprise from the event that cannot be unshaken and now I will talk about what I think that was.

No Wow Factor

Nintendo as a company must know by now that their fan base, especially the older ones, are like a legion of crazed animals who require immediate software to keep us satisfied, because once you gives the fans something lackluster or give them nothing for a while, then everyone loses their minds! I’m pretty sure Reggie Fils-Aime has even addressed that on a couple of occasions; that the fans are insatiable and want the next best thing after they’ve been given something good. And it’s true, when we’re given a Metroid, people want to know when the next Zelda is coming out or when the next big Mario game is coming or a new I.P. like Splatoon or The Wonderful 101, and in a few years people will be after the next Smash Bros. and Mario Kart, the cycle never stops. So as a company they should know by now that failure is not an option, and even though they’re not necessarily competing with Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, at the same time they have to perform that much harder so that they can still be relevant and show they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Last year Nintendo rocked E3 last year with their hype with Splatoon, Smash Bros. 4, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bayonetta 2 and of course the massive reveal of Zelda Wii U, with the last game really blowing people’s minds. That was good stuff. This time round several of the games from last year showed up again with no real significant new footage. And the other games shown were either unnecessary or just not what people wanted. There was no Nintendo game that matched the internet-breaking hype levels of Final Fantasy VII Remake or Kingdom Hearts 3 or Fallout 4 to put things in perspective.

Questionable Reveals For Certain Games

With Fire Emblem Fate had primarily the same trailer we’d seen in the past except with english voice actors and while the game looks great it is still AGES away in 2016. Also, Genei Ibun Roku #FE (the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem game) had more footage to show off but the trailer just felt like a compilation of clips and didn’t provide much in the way of the story or in-game gameplay to give you an idea of how the game mechanics would work. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash had a really small and unremarkable trailer, to those not so interested in this series it was basically a Mario tennis game with mega mushrooms, nothing more or les than that. There were no fancy moves or abilities or cool gimmicks or big details about the game and that really doesn’t sell the game well. Oh and look Skylanders SuperChargers has Mario characters in it… Yay? No! I don’t want that!

But nothing hurt worse than what came next. It felt something like this: Nintendo: “Hey guys want a new Animal Crossing game on Wii U?” Fans: “Yeah!  Nintendo: “Here’s a party game!” Fans: “What?” An amiibo-focused AC game? Why? That is the last thing fans of this series want, sure it hasn’t been too long since the last main series game but don’t ruin in by doing these unnecessary spin-off, especially the party game territory, there’s enough of that shit out there already. But then comes the big troll of the day: Nintendo: “Hey guys you love Metroid Prime right?” Fans: “Hell yeah!” Nintendo “Well here’s a Metroid-inspired shooter without Samus in it!” Fans: “What the hell Nintendo!?!” Metroid fans are the last you want to mess with and they’ve been waiting for a new Metroid adventure for almost 5 years and yet Nintendo have yet to gives us another Prime game or a new 2D game, instead what we caught was some game inspired by the Prime games but without any of the recognisable traits or charm. That felt like a massive slap in the face to the fans and I was gutted myself.

Retreading Old Ground

With this Digital Event, Nintendo gave us a lot of games, but they were games that we’ve seen before. Several of the games we’ve seen from last year’s E3 while some of the “new” games didn’t do much to change the basic formula like Ultra Smash and to a degree Papa Jam Bros. Even Super Mario Maker while showing off a few new details, has been shown before, Hyrule Warriors: Legends is just a port of the Wii U game with a few new elements, and that wasn’t good. Oh and Nintendo, I understand that you love Mario, but you can’t force it down fans throats, people love other things too. That Mario fan complilation video at the end was nice and all but it didn’t lead up to something big like a Mario Sunshine HD or Mario Galaxy 3 announcement, so the whole ending just felt very hollow.

Ignoring Good Franchises

It would have been interesting if Nintendo decided to bring one of their old franchises out of retirement, a new Earthbound game maybe? Even an Ice Climbers or Dog Hunt would have at least been given a raised eyebrow. I’m so keen on Punch-Out but gives another one of those like the Wii game except with more character modes and online functionality? Make a sequel to Kid Icarus: Uprising for Wii U? Make another Mario Strikers game? Try Excite Truck again but with all the modes and a variety that’s come with Mario Kart 8? COME NINTENDO GIVE ME SOMETHING! And to gap it all off, another year goes by and there’s still no F-Zero game, that’s just mean Nintendo. 😦 I know MK8 has pretty much filled that spot for the time being but that franchise has so much potential in this modern age of gaming, it’s ridiculous that it hasn’t shown up by now.

Conclusion

In the end Nintendo really dropped the ball this time. It wasn’t like they didn’t have good stuff to show off, I’ve really got hope for Star Fox, Tri Force Heroes and Paper Jam Bros., but everything else was just a bit meh to horribly disappointing. This show NEEDED something big to make up for the lack of appearance of Zelda Wii U, but we didn’t get it and now a good number of the fans are revolting. They’re really gonna have to pull off something amazing in the future to rectify this inequity.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Media, Video Games

 

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The Connections We Make Through Gaming

Howdy ladies and gents, how you been doing? So with my blog post about solo gaming, I just wanted to make another video game post and see if I could start up any more discussions, and the subject matter today is making friends through gaming basically.

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So I decided to talk about this specific subject after watching Video Games: The Movie, a documentary about the history, technology and culture of the games industry. And while it skipped over a HECK of a lot of details when it came to the 90’s, Sega’s involvement in the games industry, the 8th generation of consoles, PC gaming and some of the failed gaming experiments, at the same time it did well to highlight some of the major accomplishments, failures and entertaining aspects of the industry. The one thing that it got me thinking about is the culture, how’s it changed and the bonds people make through gaming.

Now I’ve not been on this planet that long to see the crazy highs and lows of the video game industry, however, I feel like I grew up at a really great point in time. I got to experience the last moments of 16-bit gaming, got to transition into 3D games and got to experience the best days of offline gaming without heavy impact of the internet. You see I remember a time when gaming used to be shunned, if you played games you were a nerd or were considered unsociable or uncool. However these days everyone is doing it, obviously loads of things have changed since the 90’s and 80’s, but it is interesting to how people come together to game, whether it is online, offline, at conventions or tournaments. I feel like video games, more so than other forms of media, has a gravitational pull that is too strong to ignore. And it is just insane to see how many people check out gaming-based events and become friends, events like Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Pax East, Games Developers Conference, Tokyo Games Show, Evolution Championship Series (Evo) or tournaments for Counter-Strike and Starcraft, it’s like gaming events as big as the Grammy’s or Academy Awards.

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As a gamer from the 90’s I can say that some of my best friends I have made through gaming or have had play games with me for extensive periods of time. For me playing games through local multiplayer has been some of the best gaming experiences of my life. I think things really came to high playing on the Nintendo 64, on that console I spent many days playing the FPS titles GoldenEye and Perfect Dark, both titles showed just how much of a crazy person I could be with rocket launchers and proxy mines. Then there’s the first three Mario Party games caused of the best and worst experiences with my friends (we pretty much broke up all the time when shit hit the fan). And obviously there is the first Super Smash Bros. which was some of the favourite four-player action in my childhood that wasn’t related to racing or shooting games. But when it comes to the good standard multiplayer action, the Mario Kart series is where life begins and ends. Whether it was in school, college or university, that racing series has always found a way to be part of local gaming experience. I played with friends, family and people I didn’t even know, it seems to be universally something that everyone can get down with and when you’re in a room together, things can get heated, electrify and crazy. Other games I’ve played with people and had killer times with is Halo 1-3, Call of Duty: World at War, Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 and Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2.

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Another aspect of gaming that I love is the fact that you can find friends is so many unexpected ways. Like when I’ve gone to conventions and had sessions with people I didn’t know or when I came to uni and found out one of the guys in my accommodation was a hardcore gamer (heaven!) or when joined a video game society at uni and found all of these beautiful people who were just as obsessed as I was. Best times ever. The only way I haven’t found friends through gaming is online, I know it has been done before, but I’ve not really played with unknown people that much online to point where we were friends, guess I wasn’t playing the right games lol. Going back to Video Games: The Movie, it just reminded me of how unifying gaming can be with people becoming friends online or getting married thanks to video games, it just makes me think of how beautiful this form of entertainment is and how some people will never understand the fun that comes from it.

So to conclude, gaming, it a great medium for gaming. Most people that I have met are just nuts about games and they can recognise their kind straight away and like to be in each others company. In the early days some gamers stuck together just because they could only find solace with their own kind, but times have changed and most people these days just like being around people who understand them. From an outsiders point of view us gamers can be a simple bunch of people, but there is so much more to us than that. Some are fairly complex, we can shy, a bit weird or have learning difficulties, so playing games and being around gamers can be the only way we can function. And thanks to groups, tournaments, conventions and your basic local and online multiplayer games, people have and will continue to find connections through gaming.

So now things move to you, have you found friends through video games and if so was it online or offline? Also what do you think of video game culture with tournaments, conventions or marriages? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time peace out people! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Life, Media, Video Games

 

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E3 2014 Is Over… Boo! Here’s My Overall Highlights

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Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post from me, Hypersonic55. Ah, woe is me. E3 2014 has been over for two days now and there is an emptiness in my soul that seriously can’t be filled right now. It sounds sad, but honestly when you spend the best part of four days sitting around with you best friend checking out all the awesome game announcements and then it all comes to an end, it really does feel like the end of a crazy roller coaster ride that you never wanted to end. After all the major games happenings had taken place on Thursday this week, me and my housemate really felt like there was nothing left for us to do except wait for E3 to happen again next year. Yeah THAT good of an event, well at least for games it is.

So with all this in mind, this is my overview of my favourite parts of E3 this year.

The Press Conferences

When it comes to the press conferences I think all of the major companies did very well, there was a lot to take in and appreciate and while it wasn’t all perfect and some companies did better than others, I can safely say that all of them gave gamers stuff to be excited about. As for who I thought won, well that’s a bit of a controversial one. While I liked the stuff that came from EA, Microsoft and especially Ubisoft because of their delightful, funny and beautiful presenter, Aisha Tyler, none of them held a candle to what Sony and Nintendo busted out.

Out of the press conferences I believe that Sony killed it. Sure they got bogged down with all the talk of this development for TV shows and boring stuff like that, but for me they had some of the best reveals of E3 even if not all of the games were their exclusives. But for most people, Nintendo were the clear winner and it is hard to argue with that. Their online presentation was one of precision, information and all round entertainment. Teaming up with Robot Chicken was incredible because it allowed Nintendo to have fun, joke around with their own shortcomings and provide something that was unlike what we have seen from them before. While I don’t believe that their digital event was enough to knock the wind out of me, I did love what they released to the public. But I think the reason they should be allowed to win is because of the Reggie vs. Iwata fight for the Smash Bros. Mii reveal, that alone is one of the best things ever in life. FACT.

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Favourite Games of E3

Now I’m going to talk about the games that stood out for me the most in order of interest.

Mortal Kombat X

I think it is safe to say that this was my favourite game from E3. I’ve played Mortal Kombat 9 and ever though I can’t play it very well, I loved it. But this new game looks SO good that it is impossible to ignore. The visual quality of this game is on a level so much higher than before. The character models and environments have received insane new levels of detail and intricate levels of animation. But it is the gameplay that really gets me super hyped, the faster combat, new moves, brutal new X-ray moves and the filthy new fatalities are on a level so much more hardcore than before. I need this game in my life now, end of.

No Man’s Sky

The core concept of this game looks like there is an endless amount of possibilities available for exploration and general fun if the execution is done well. When this game was revealed at E3 I literally freaked out at the beautiful worlds on the planet surfaces, but then was shocked at how seamless it was to jump in a ship fly out into space and then go off to another planet… With No Loading. Give me this game. I want it now.

The Legend of Zelda

This new Zelda game just has me in a bit of frenzy right now. The first time I saw the in-game graphics for the game I blew up! The game looks GORGEOUS! It’s like Hyrule Field from Ocarina of Time except on a Skyrim kind of level of size and scale, realised in HD and it looks bloody awesome. All the talk about taking the game back to the first Zelda game and making it all about exploration with no hand-holding just gets me giddy. It really seems like this could be the finest Zelda game ever if Nintendo are willing to break conventions and try something new and fresh while retaining the core elements that make a Zelda game good, just follow the path of A Link Between Worlds and I’ll be all over this game.

Super Smash Bros.

To be honest I wasn’t expecting to be too much more information to be released for this game beyond a release date and some playable demos. Oh how foolish I was. Not only did I get that, but there was the Smash Bros. tournament, a list of modes shown of, the new Amiibo figures that would be compatible with this game, but there was the announcement for 3 new characters which included the Mii fighters and Palutena from Kid Icarus, but the biggest news to happen related to Smash Bros was the announcement of Pac-Man. I think my world pretty much blew up after that news went viral. After I saw that trailer I knew that Nintendo had me, now and forever, they’re the company that keep giving. I love you Masahiro Sakurai! Give me the game now! 😀

Batman Arkham Knight

I don’t know how Rocksteady do it, but they continue to outdo themselves with each entry in this Batman series of games. This game looks beautiful, the visual style is dark and shiny, with amazing levels of detail in the art and animation. But the main thing is the gameplay and man it looks better than ever, Batman still moves the same as ever with his gliding, stealth movement and combat. But the addition of the Batmobile makes things so much cooler with the driving and weapons too. I can’t wait for this game.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Ubisoft are crazy, they just up the ante in their games and know how to do it properly. Each new entry in the Assassin’s Creed series just gets more and more interesting with new types of gameplay and game mechanics that just make the previous entry look like yesterday’s news. The new graphics are super cool and the amount of things that the developers can make happen on-screen at one time is nothing short of amazing. But it is that gameplay that really gets me excited, to see the attacks and parkour on display is cool and to know that you can do co-op in story mode just makes me so happy.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

I know that this game only has a trailer out at the moment and there is no gameplay to show off at the moment, but the trailer alone gets me hyped for the next entry in this new set of Tomb Raider games. The trailer set a very specific tone for this new game where it feels darker, twisted and more melancholy than before with a dramatic and emotional center. I want to know what’s happened to Lara Croft since the last game, I can’t wait.

Far Cry 4

I have never played a Far Cry game before and have only paid attention to series from a distance, but this game looks cool and I want to play it. The graphics are insane and the gameplay looks very interesting and to hear there’s co-op play added just gives me and my mates an excuse to play this together at some point in the future.

Little Big Planet 3

I never played the first Little Big Planet but I enjoyed the hell out of the second game in the series. The best part was all the user generates levels as you could spend hours messing around on them and trying out all of their themes and puzzles. This new game looks graphically insane and the inclusion of new characters seems to be great from what I’ve seen so far, I just can’t wait to use my new favourite Toggle. He’s a don! 😀

Star Wars Battlefront

While I’ve never played been a massive fan of the Battlefront series, I remember playing Battlefront 2 and liked what I played and I was curious to see what a new game would look like on today’s technology. And even though we only got to see the game in the early stages of development, it looks INSANELY GOOD! I am just excited for how they will take the ideas and gameplay from the past and improve upon it with all of the cool multiplayer options and room for cool solo and co-op campaigns too.

Mirror’s Edge 2

I’m liking the way this game is looking. Like the upcoming Battlefront game it is still in the early stages of development, however if this is any indication as to what will happen in the final version oft he game then things will be very interesting for Faith in this sequel. The conceptual footage looks so fluid in its animation for the parkour movements and hand-to-hand combat segments too, I cannot wait to see how this game turns out.

Hyrule Warriors

This game does look a lot better than it did last year and so far is surpassing any expectations I’ve had of the game before seeing it at E3. The new characters announced like Zelda and Midna have me all giddy and the attacks that they have are totally crazy and very versatile. What I truly love is the amount of fan service there is for fans of the Zelda series as it is littered with references all over the place. The only thing that worries me is the fact that this is style a Dynasty Warriors style of game and I don’t want to play it for a short time and get bored like the DW games I’ve played in the past. But I guess we’ll see when the game drops in September.

Sunset Overdrive

This was a game that genuinely surprised me, it just looks like a lot of fun and the kinetic flow of movement mixed in the with the crazy choice of weaponry and choices of enemies makes this game very intriguing to me. The style and presentation are great and humorous but also has gameplay interesting and cool enough to match too and that doesn’t happen too often.

So what did you think of E3 this year and what games are you most looking forward to in the future? Be sure to comment below and let me know! 😀

 
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E3 2014: Nintendo Digital Event – My Highlights

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first instalment of my coverage on E3 2014. This event has a lot of stuff going but I will try to cover as much as possible so be sure to come back as soon as possible yo. I’ve already talked about Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony‘s press conferences and now I’m ready to move on to the next big event.

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So now we have Nintendo, the main company I’ve been looking forward to. For me this is my jam and I needed Nintendo to do the deed and give us fans what we want. The last few press conferences have been really good, none of which have been completely perfect, but with the performance of Sony yesterday, Nintendo have a lot to prove not only to the companies that have come before them, but for themselves too. So how they fared? Well yes and no. To be fair Nintendo stepped up and gave us fun, games and news stuff and showed off some new games that DESPERATELY needed to be shown, but at the same time overall there I wasn’t completely left breathless. I loved Nintendo’s collaboration with Robot Chicken, it shows that they are really in-tune with their audience and they can have fun and entertain people. Seeing Reggie, Mario, Link and Toon Link and all those chaotic characters in action, that was some crazy and hilarious stuff. But then even more amazing was the inclusion of Satoru Iwata and Reggie fighting each other in a DBZ/Matrix style was AMAZING and really funny, it was so serious dramatic and badass, I want this type of Nintendo to existence forever.

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So with that in mind here’s my highlights of the presence conference:

Super Smash Bros

So Smash Bros., I need this game. Just when people thought that there was no more info to gain on this game, Masahiro Sakurai along with Nintendo blow our minds AGAIN! So what do have that’s new? Well Mii characters have joined the roster in three different forms; fighters, sword-welders and shooters and even Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising has joined the roster too. In addition to that we got a montage of the different modes in the game like the already announced Smash Run and Online modes, but we also see the return of Home Run and possibly a variation on that with a bomb, there’s also trophy viewing modes and list of other things shown in a montage of scenes. This video also showed off Amiibo, Nintendo’s answer to Skylanders figure collecting thing. Basically now you will be able to have these individual figures that you’ll be able to use them in-game and they’ll be able to collect data and have your own unique style mapped to them. And lastly we got a release date for the 3DS version, October 3rd, while the Wii U version will be out in the holiday section of 2014. So sure the 3DS version has been delayed, but I don’t care, as long as the game is good I’ll wait as long as it takes. I NEED my Smash Bros. fix yo! XD

Yoshi’s Wooly World

So Yoshi returns in a platforming game developed by the same team that made Kirby’s Epic Yarn. I like how we get to see the game but also get information from the developers about the way it plays, game mechanics and how they want their game to be better than the Kirby one before. The game looks very pretty, soft and colourful.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

I love Toad, he’s such a don. He’s always been one of my favourite characters since te days of Mario Kart 64, but I don’t think it was until he was made into a main-ish kind of character as Captain Toad of the Toad Brigade in Super Mario Galaxy when I really started to like him. And now seeing him with his own sort of Super Mario 3D World type of game, now I don’t know if this is its own separate game or DLC, but I would hope that it is DLC because I doubt there would be enough Toad-based activities to fill out one physical game release.

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

I love Eiji Aonuma, he is one of the main people working in the video game industry who understands how to innovate and change games for the better and clearly he and the people at Nintendo know what fans want and it looks like from what he’s said about the NES classic and Wind Waker, that he’s gonna continue the freedom and game-changing mechanics that were implemented in A Link Between Worlds and gives us freedom. And I want it now.

The new Zelda game is looking hot! I knew that the game would look good, but MY GOD I did not expect it to be on this kind of level. Just from the footage we saw the game looks GORGEOUS! The open field is just full of life, with Link and Epona chilling, a beautiful sky, mountains in the background and the grass, the FRIGGING GRASS! My god it was so detailed and well-animated in a way that has never been seen before. Visually it looks like the world of Skyrim rendered in a vibrant and colourful way with an art style that looks like it references Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, but has a unique style of its own. Then there’s the moment where everything becomes disrupted and Link rides away on Epona as some crazy robot, crab-like thing chases after them shooting lasers and burning everything, it then destroys the bridge where Link’s heading, but then Link decides to bust out a kick ass new bow and start shooting this monster in style. I seriously can’t wait for 2015 now.

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

So here we are, another year, another Pokemon game… And I want it. I loved the new additions that game with X&Y, but seeing this generation rendered brought back with this new technology makes me so happy. The trailer for this Pokemon remake was brief, though it did feature a montage of all these classic moments, redone in 3D and brought back so much nostalgia for me. I can’t wait.

Bayonetta 2

So yeah just like E3 last year and Nintendo Directs in the past, this game shows up, has a trailer which is a combination of cutscenes and gameplay which is fast and crazy and then ends as quickly as it began. Don’t get me wrong, Bayonetta 2 looks great and I’m probably gonna get it, but there’s not much to these trailers that really makes me gush like other Nintendo titles. But hey at least we finally has a release window, October 2014. I’m down with that.

Hyrule Warriors

Now we have a game that pretty much had people in two minds and whether the video shown during the event has changed some people’s opinions remains to be scene, but I like how Hyrule Warriors is turning out. I am really liking the attention paid to this game and how this collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo is being treated carefully and seriously. What I really liked was the improved visuals, but also the inclusion of characters Zelda and Midna, those were totally unexpected and I loved their move sets. So in addition to Link and Impa, you have two more characters to use and luckily their attacks look very diverse and reminiscent of the games from the past. We have November release date

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

When I saw this game I couldn’t believe it was back again. It has been about 6 years I think since I played Canvas Curse on the DS and I thought that game was very well done and enjoyable, though I honestly prefer conventional Kirby platforming games. That being said I am interested to see this style of Kirby gameplay return and with the additional power-ups and it definitely looks prettier than ever on Wii U too.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Another game coming out in 2015 that many Nintendo fans are looking forward to is Xenoblade Chronicles X, the game formally known as ‘X’ has finally gotten a name. What we got was a very anime-like trailer with crazy space battles, mech suits and characters talking and shouting in a very emotional and shouting kind of way. The level of detail and scope in the graphics is really impressive, though I feel like the character models could look better. I know loads of people are excited for this game but since I never played the original I’m not as hyped for it as other games announced.

So what highlights stuck out for you? Be sure to comment below and let me know.

 
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E3 2014: EA Press Conference – My Highlights

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first instalment of my coverage on E3 2014. This event has a lot of stuff going but I will try to cover as much as possible so be sure to come back as soon as possible yo. If you wish to read my thoughts on the Microsoft press conference then click here.

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So next conference that went down today is EA. Now these guys have been a bit hit and miss with their games in the past, but they’ve definitely been improving in the last year. This press conference was pretty good, not as shocking or surprising as Microsoft’s, but still had some really fun and interesting moments.

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So with that in mind here’s my highlights of the presence conference:

Star Wars Battlefront

So the EA conference starts and the first thing I hear is Star Wars music and there I am thinking, “Am I gonna see something for Battlefront? Gimme footage please!” And what viewers were was nothing short of awesomeness. The early footage of the game looks frigging INSANE! I have never seen a Star Wars game look so good and realistic since they attempted realism in The Force Unleashed. I love how passionate the developers are for the source material and to see that they even went to that they went to the old set of Hot from Empire Strikes Back is very heart-warming to me. There wasn’t much in the way of gameplay, but the visual material looks GORGEOUS, the scene with the guy fleeing imperials on Endor was so beautiful, I want that game now. 2015 is shaping up to be a fancy year for next year games.

Mirror’s Edge 2

This was a game I had heard was gonna appear at E3, but didn’t expect to see anything on it at all. Simply put Mirror’s Edge 2 looks awesome. I love what the developers are saying about the game, however they keeping the look and style very clean but defining, how they are advancing in the parkour and continuing to build upon the foundation that they made with the first game. I like the attention to detail in the animation department and how well it mimics the real life movements of the parkour guy they showed in their video.

Battlefield Hardline

When I saw this game I thought it looked like it had that Battlefield style, but didn’t have the look at all and then I hear that it is a BF game and it is a different kind of approach to the basic formula. I appreciate the more ‘cops and robbers’ approach to the game and how it feels very intimate, but the scale looks just as mad as the regular BF games, the levels of detail in destruction is beautiful and pretty.

Dragon Age Inquisition

So again today we got to see more from DA Inquisition and it looks lovely, most of the stuff related to the story is completely irrelevant to me because I know nothing of the plot concerning these games. But hey at least it looks cool.

Talk from Bioware about Mass Effect 4 and a new IP

It was interesting to hear from the people at Bioware that they were not only working on the next game in the Mass Effect series but also on a brand new IP. Sure we didn’t get any trailers, but to see that there was at least some early development images and stuff was cool. The new IP is what really interests me though, the behind-the-scenes footage looks very pretty and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

New Criterion game

When I first saw this developers and I thought they were developing a new Need For Speed game, however that was not the case. Instead what we see is their developing is mad, the fact that they have so many vehicles types from helicopters to ATVs to speedboats and many other things, it was crazy. From what they are saying it sounds like a pretty ambitious project, I just wonder what the heck it could be that could involve so many vehicles in one place.

So what highlights stuck out for you? Be sure to comment below and let me know.

 
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E3 2014: Microsoft Press Conference – My Highlights

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first instalment of my coverage on E3 2014. This event has a lot of stuff going but I will try to cover as much as possible so be sure to come back as soon as possible yo.

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So firstly we start with Microsoft, now this is my first year watching a Microsoft press conference, I don’t normally watch their stuff because I’m not an Xbox owner, but since I’m watching E3 with my housemate, I thought I’d give it a watch. I was not expecting the amount of games announced, seems like Microsoft finally listened to fans and started delivering on the games which, let’s be honest, Xbox One REALLY needs.

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So with that in mind here’s my highlights of the presence conference:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The funny thing about the Call of Duty series is that for me it’s just the same thing with new graphics and game mechanics, but I always end up playing one of the games anyway. I don’t own any of the games, I end up normally playing them via friends with a lot of my time dedicated to multiplayer in Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 during my time at uni. But this game looks very different from the last set of games, it has definitely taken a more futuristic look and adopted a more science fiction feel with the inclusion of aliens. The graphics look insane, so detailed with incredible lighting, crazy amounts of animation and awesome character models too.

Sunset Overdrive

I remember this game last year, it seemed interesting enough, but unlikely to be for me. So then the game returns this year and it looks REALLY good. I like the sense of humour, over-the-top nature and use of unconventional weapons in the trailer. But then we got a look at some gameplay and it looks insanely cool. There is a crazy, fluid and kinetic style of gameplay for Sunset Overdrive, things never stop moving and the environments seem very detailed and interactive and I liked the enemy designs too. The game play reminded me a lot of Ratchet and Clank except faster and more mental, I’ll be following this game closely.

Forza Horizon 2

Now the Forza games I have yet to play, but I have adored the amount of visual detail that goes into each new entry in the series. Since Forza 3 was the first game to make me pay attention to the series and then Forza 4 came out, which at the time I thought was the best-looking driving game ever. Today at the press conference we got to see the game in trailer form and it was beautiful, the car models are sleek, so detailed and supported crazy lighting ans shadows. The environments were even more impressive with the weather effects, day and night cycles and background animations like flying planes or a rave party with neon lights.

Dragon Age Inquisition

I have yet to play a Dragon Age game, but I am very much aware of the series and its reputation too. This new game looks incredible, the graphics look beautiful, the use of colour and character designs is lovely. The gameplay looks nice and varied so I hope it turns out to be a great game when it hits in October.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

I think the stand out moment for me came from the latest Assassin’s Creed game. This game looks SO good it is made, it is just crazy to see how Ubisoft go from strength to strength to craft each new entry in the AC series. The whole setting of ACU is lovely, the amount of animation going into the crowds of characters is insane and just the new mechanics and animations for the main character already look cooler than the previous games. I love the look of the interior locations and the way you stealthily run around and take people out and cruise in and out of buildings with ease. The main thing that kicks ass is the co-op option for story mode, seeing all those assassins working together in split-screen multiplayer was awesome.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

So yeah Tomb Raider, the reboot just came out last year and now we’re getting a trailer for the next instalment. Very unexpected, but very welcomed. The trailer is very dramatic, dark in tone and is very film-like, has an incredible cinematic feel to it. I like how Lara Croft has gone into counseling and to be honest after all the stuff she went through on that island I’m not surprised that she’s there. But I like the scenes of Lara out is the wilderness, climbing mountains and exploring caves, she looks so much more confident than before. I can’t wait to see this game when it drops next year.

Scalebound

This game looks insane, basically looks like a cross between Monster Hunter and your general action hack-and-slash game like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. I like how there’s these massive monster fight each other in the trailer and then you see this main character can adopt the skin of the monsters and use to fight (at least that’s what I got from it). Even though we were shown just a trailer, from that video alone I can get an idea of what to expect from this game which looks over-the-top and chaotic as hell.

Project Spark with Conker!

So this game, the trailer looks pretty cool. The concept of being able to make your own world is great and from the stuff shown in the trailer it looks like a lot of various types of things are able to manifested. The art direction is a bit questionable for me, but the level of detail looks pretty big. The main thing that sticks out to me was the ending when Conker shows up, the dude hasn’t had a game for ages and to see him return makes this game a LOT more interesting.

Inside

First thing I said was, “This game looks a lot like Limbo.” And then I find out that the developer behind Limbo are the people working on this game. It look very similar in terms of the style and presentation with lighting, 2.5D look and perspective, however it looks like it is on a higher level than before. I’ll be watching this one closer.

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha (Dead Rising 3 DLC)

This is was the most bizarre of the trailers shown, seeing all these playable characters who can dress up as Street Fighter characters and use special attacks and stuff, it was mental, but it was also such a nostalgia rush. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Dead Rising, liked the  first game but never played any more than that, but this game looks hella fun. But the icing on the cake was the title for the DLC, Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha. Jesus Christ! What a mouthful. But it was frigging funny, I love how Capcom are willing to take the piss out of themselves, good stuff.

So what highlights stuck out for you? Be sure to comment below and let me know.

 
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Can’t Wait For E3 2014

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m doing a little post relating to video games and the biggest event that houses them each year; the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short. For those not in the know, E3 is like biggest event for video games where gaming companies come together to show off the future software and hardware and get gamers all crazy about what stuff they’ll be playing. This event goes down every summer at the  Los Angeles Convention center in America and for those who don’t get to go to the event, most of the event is streamed online.

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For me E3 has been one of the biggest events in my life that I always get excited for in the summer because of all the cool announcements, trailers, images, interviews and hands-on videos and articles with some of these new games. Since 2006, E3 has become something that has become a mandatory thing for me to check out and while not every year is a good session, sometimes there can be one announcement that changes the lives of all gamers forever. Last year’s E3 was pretty awesome for announcements with my two highlights being the trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Now I’m primarily a Nintendo gamer so I’m more interested in their announcements more so than anyone else, but they’re REALLY gonna have to bring the fire if they want to succeed at this year’s event. Outside of Nintendo I’m always curious to know what Ubisoft are gonna announce because they’re crazy good at announcing things and delivering on the ‘wow’ factor. I also want to see Square Enix get their acts together and deliver us something that will be coming out sooner rather than later. As for Microsoft and Sony, I never really watch their conferences, but I always pay attention to any noteworthy facts that come out, but mainly Sony ones because I have a PS3 haha.

Anyways now I’m going to give a list of the games I’m hoping to hear about at this year’s E3:

Super Smash Bros.

Of course I want more info about the next Smash Bros. game, I mean after the last Nintendo Direct I was quite content with information, but now I have that secret craving again. Just some info on release dates, characters, stages and playable demo videos would be enough for me. Come on, give me Nintendo! XD

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

The Zelda series is one that constantly demands new content and after the awesomeness that was A Link Between Worlds last year ( a game that I and many others loved), people are looking at Nintendo to deliver a similar kind of experience with a new Wii U game. Now obviously the Wii U had that Zelda tech demo back in 2011 which basically looked like a HD version of Twilight Princess and it was gorgeous! But since then there’s not been anything else shown for it and people from Nintendo have stated that the demo may not even be a true representation of the next game in the series (which sucks). All I want at this year’s E3 is just a look at the next Zelda game, and speaking of Zelda games…

Hyrule Warriors

This game could go one of two ways, it could either be an unexpectedly awesome game or a disaster. Ever since the news about this game came out along with the trailer, people have been divided about it. I think it could be interesting, while I’ve never cared much for the Dynasty Warriors series, with it crossing over into the Zelda series there is room for experimentation and cool new elements to be added to this gaming experience. I have hope for the game, I just want more information.

Sonic Boom

Ah Sonic, your games have fallen on hard times again. Sonic Generations pretty much gave us fans the most solid gaming experience gameplay-wise, but then Sonic Lost World came along and tried to give us something new but failed to deliver the kind of game experience that fans are used to. Sonic Boom is a chance at redemption, we have a developer who aren’t Sonic Team working on the game, the gameplay looks new and interesting like a cross between Sonic and Ratchet and Clank. This game could also be a train wreck but I can only hope that it’ll be fine.

X (Monolith Project)

It has been ages since Nintendo announced this game, sure we’ve had bits of info since the first time it was shown off, but bloody hell this game feels like its been hidden away in the dark. Hopefully at E3 we can get a name, gameplay and more details about what the overall game is about.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix, I love you, but you’re terrible when it comes to giving fans what they want and leaving games in development for ages. Now I am glad that Final Fantasy Versus XIII got rebranded as XV because that means that at least one of their games from the past will be released eventually. But it also seemed like a bit of lazy thing to do. That being said the FF series has evolved from turn-based combat to real-time combat especially with the changes in the FFXIII games. XV looks like it has more in line with Kingdom Hearts and I’m down with that, but a bit of info at E3 wouldn’t go a miss.

Kingdom Hearts 3

Something that I care about more than FFXV is Kingdom Hearts 3. It feels like an eternity since KH2 and when the announcement trailer came out of this I blew up and the D23 trailer only got me more hyped. Now since Tetsuya Nomura is director of both this game and FFXV one has to wonder which will come first? Though I heard that FFXV would come out first because it has priority over the KH series. That being said I feel like it would be a darn shame for Square Enix not to have some form of announcement or trailer about this game because the fans will eat them alive.

Batman Arkham Knight

When it comes to Batman, I love Batman, sad thing is I’ve yet to play a game in the Arkham series, besides playing the demo for the gauntlet challenge mode. But I have followed this series a lot since Arkham City, this new game looks awesome and all the info about sounds kick ass. So I am curious to see how Rocksteady Studios do with this next entry in the series.

Assassin’s Creed Comet & Unity

The Assassin’s Creed series is one I have a lot respect for, however it is again one of the franchises I have yet to play. Anyway I have been paying attention to this series since Assassin’s Creed 3 and the series has been getting more and more ambitious and interesting in the gameplay department and I can only assume that this will be the case with the new games. Hopefully Ubisoft gives us something new at E3.

Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain

Even though I’ve never really played any of the games in the MGS series besides the demo for MGS3, I do have a respect for the series and always like to pay attention to where the series is heading next. The Phantom Pain looks like its changing a lot of things about the core elements of gameplay and this new open world looks really intriguing. I’m super curious to see what info will come out for this game at E3, I need to know.

Alien: Isolation

While I hate anything related to horror, I fo love anything to do with the Alien franchise. The demo for the game shown on IGN in the past made me think that this new game could be good, so here’s hoping we get more content about it at E3.

So yeah that’s my hopes for E3 2014, hopefully it delivers the goods. So what games are you looking forward to at E3 this year? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll try and blog about anything and everything I can that’s relevant to be from the 10th of June onwards, until then see ya later! 😀

 
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Nintendo Direct E3 2013 Round-Up

Oh man, I wasn’t sure what to expect today from Nintendo’s E3 Direct video, but what we were given was surprising, interesting and frigging mint. Some elements were just throwaway bits and bobs but for the most part it was a huge improvement over last year and it has definitely got me hyped for the future. So let’s start talking about the games yo!

Pokemon X and Y

The latest Pokemon is looking good and we’ve found out the game will be released on October 12th of this year. The new features we learnt about in the game include the new Fairy Pokemon type which is effective against dragon types and includes new Evee evolution Sylveon. Another feature that was showed off was a virtual pet feature known as “Pokemon-Amie” that allowed you take care of your Pokemon. All in all the game still looks awesome, probably will get it when it comes out.

Super Mario 3D World

Now this was a nice little surprise. In this new game we have not only Mario, but Luigi, Peach and Toad, the game can support up to four player simultaneously and each of the characters have different traits that make them unique. The latest new Mario game takes inspiration from Mario 3D Land and Super Mario Bros. 2, and there are other neat references from previous games in the series too. But the main cool new feature is the Cat Suit that allows you to climbs up walls and pounce on enemies. The game basically looks great in HD and looks like it could be a fine Mario game.

Mario Kart 8

When I saw this I noticed the improved graphics but then was like meh. But then I saw watched the rest of the video and I then I got interested. In this game we have hover karts and tracks that use anti gravity that means you can race all over the place, even upside down! While I’m not as in love with the Mario Kart series as I was a few years ago I’ll gladly check this game out when it eventually launches.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

This game basically looks awesome in HD, the new make over makes for a much more beautiful game with better textures and facial expressions. The new features being added to the game is the ability to speed your boat up while travelling (thank god) and the Tingle Tuner returns but this time players will also be able to post messages to Miiverse, which exist within the game world as notes in a bottle. Notes will then wash ashore in other players’ games. Overall the game looks awesome and I can’t wait to touch it in October.

The Wonderful 101

This game just looks like chaos and that’s something I like. The only new feature announced about the game is the fact that it will now support up to five players locally in a co-op mode. I was proper hyped about the game a few months ago but now I’m not too sure that this is a game for me, either way I’m glad to see something different in Nintendo’s line-up of games.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

It seems like Retro Studio’s new game is apparently another Donkey Kong title and to be honest that kind of caught me by surprise. The game looks awesome though, the HD graphics look incredible and al the new camera angles look fab and that fact that Dixie Kong is returning is nice for nostalgic purposes.

Bayonetta 2

This game looks like a over-the-top action hack-and-slash kind of game in the vein of Devil May Cry. Bayonetta herself is rocking a new haircut and costume, but is still sexy as hell. The gameplay, style and adult nature of the game still looks intact so I’m happy with what I’m seeing.

Super Smash Bros.

Jesus Christ! Nintendo saved the best for last and took me by surprise with this video. Basically what we see here is the Smash Bros. 4 for the 3DS and Wii U. The 3DS version looks nice with its little cel-shaded graphics and what not, but the Wii U version looks GODLY with some very clean and sexy graphics. It also looks like all the basic game mechanics are the same and the gameplay looks as hectic as ever, but the new additions make the game all the sweeter. Having The Villager from Animal Crossing was the most random thing ever but at the same time its great because his unnatural moveset… But then the new challenger approached and holy fuck it was frigging Mega Man. FRIGGING MEGA MAN! WINNING! He seems to retain a lot of his classic traits from his old school games including his dog, Rush. This was the best thing ever and it made the whole Direct video worth it.

So to conclude while I didn’t get any F-Zero or Star Fox (AGAIN), I am pretty impressed with Nintendo’s presentation though I hope they have much more to offer over the next two days.

 
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Kingdom Hearts 3 PS4 Trailer Review

Damn… Just damn. E3 is always full of surprises but this was the one I didn’t see coming. After the announcement of Final Fantasy XV I thought that Square Enix had already done the business, but this… This is beyond words… FRIGGIN’ KINGDOM HEARTS 3! IT IS REALLY HAPPENING! AND THERE’S A LITTLE TRAILER TOO! HOLY CHRIST!

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Check it out here:

We’re first treated to a flashing slideshow of all the previous games in the series straight from the first game up to the recent Dream Drop Distance, and during this you can hear Sora and Riku talking. Then we see Sora flying through the sky in his younger form and then he transitions into his older form. We then cut to scene on what looks to be Destiny Islands with a Keyblade laying on the beach, Sora picks it up and looks at it carefully (I’m not sure if he’s unfamiliar with it or if he’s just admiring it) and then we cut to the title of the game. Next we see some short in-game footage of Sora running away from a swarm of Heartless that are chasing after him, he then jumps on the swarm as the Heartless scramble about in the air, then the swarm head towards Sora and he lounges towards them with his Keyblade and attempts to cut them and then the trailer ends.

All I can say is wow, while there’s not much to work with, what I am seeing now is great. The game just looks absolutely gorgeous. It looks incredible. The animation and art are the same but on a much higher level.To see how far the series has come in its look and design and now to have this proper clean, crisp, sharp and vivid-looking game is just breathtaking. Seeing Sora running around in Twilight Town with all those Heartless chasing him, I love the behind-the-should view you get when Sora’s focusing in on the enemy in front of him, it’s a nice angle. There’s not much in the way of new gameplay or story

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In the end I am juts happy this game is coming out. I thought Square Enix were gonna keep us fans waiting for a few more years but I guess it is really happening. Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development and we’re finally getting the next chapter in the series. I CAN’T WAIT! 😀

 
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