E3 2016: Small Roundup & Expectations from Nintendo

So the Electronic Entertainment Exposition started on the 11th, with a few big companies revealing their plans for games they’ll be rolling out within the next year while other games have been announced with no release date. Here’s a few of my thoughts.

I won’t get into every little thing but notable news I can remember:

  • Bethesda is to bring Fallout 4 DLC, Skyrim Remastered and Dishonored 2.
  • Microsoft is releasing a slim console called Xbox One S, with Project Scorpio in the holiday season.
  • Ubisoft has a new Just Dance coming along with South Park, Watch Dogs 2 and a VR game called Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
  • Sony’s show was full of movies games, including a new God of War, another zombie game, Playstation VR, Resident Evil VII, Spider-Man, Call of Duty and a few more titles coming.

If you’re interested in a full round-up of EVERYTHING shown, then I’m afraid this is not the page for you. I’m just giving a quick rundown of what’s been shown and talking about a few things before moving on.

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Bethesda’s Fallout 4 DLC & more is interesting as it’s really trying to milk the game as much as they can. But if that’s you and you love that universe, it’s nothing but good news for you.
Skyrim: “Special Edition” is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year, joining the long list of games that are rereleased for no real good reason besides to make a quick buck. The cool thing about this one, though, is that owning all the DLC or the Legendary edition on PC will net you the Remaster for free. Console users…yeah, you still gotta buy it. But at least you’ll have mods!

Microsoft is the first of the main three companies to officially announce and show off some new hardware. Introducing the Xbox One S, it’s slimmer, cheaper, prettier and…white. It’s able to output at 4K resolution and 4K Blu-Ray. It can also have a 2TB hard drive, if you go that route. Project Scorpio, on the other hand, has been said to be the most powerful console ever built. It’s supposedly releasing next fall, support 4K games and has six teraflops of power. It’ll still be capable of running Xbox One games but so far, appears to be in a league of its own. It’s all the fun of a new console WITHOUT actually being a new console. Stay tuned, I suppose.

 

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Ubisoft, blah, blah blah. New games, South Park, The Division, some game called SLEEP, I don’t know. Aisha Tyler wasn’t actually that bad of a host this time around. She said she continues to do these events because she likes all these games, which I personally have a hard time believing. But it’s not a belief I’d fight someone on, just a lazy observation. Not gonna lie, I had to look up Ubisoft’s show again because I forgot most of it.
The most notable thing for me about Ubisoft’s show was Star Trek: Bridge Crew. It was pretty cool seeing some Star Trek actors working together on a bridge and watching LeVar Burton command them just like Geordi La Forge. But as it cool as it is, you quickly realize how expensive it’d be to have you and a few friends working on the bridge of a starship. Still, no dream is too expensive, right?

Now we finally arrive to Sony’s conference. Taking place in a giant hall on an enormous stage, it looks like an opera will happen rather than a game show. After listening to an orchestra that goes on just a little bit too long, we’re treated to a barrage of game trailer after game trailer. I didn’t look it up but Sony did show off probably about 8-9 games, not including the reel at the end. Only a few actually showed gameplay, however, while only a few titles overall actually had release dates. A title that actually caught my eye, Horizon: Zero Dawn, did look pretty alright but generic at the same time. Despite its impressiveness, I couldn’t help feel that it’d end up in the bargain bin after some months.

What definitely was the most intriguing out of Sony’s show was Playstation VR. It was shown off around the middle of the hour long conference and following its debut, “we” were “treated” to the device in action. Coming this October, it’ll have at launch about fifty games to play on. Supported games include Resident Evil VII, Final Fantasy XV and Batman: Arkham VR. Despite this relatively impressive news, what really stopped people in its tracks was the price: $400. Now, they didn’t say this during the conference, but afterwards, it’s been seen that’s just for the thing itself. It’ll be $500 for the bundle featuring a motion capture camera, two Playstation Move controllers and a basic VR game a la Wii Sports.
There is a whole lot I can say about this new trend of VR we’re about to experience. But for now, I’ll keep it brief and just say that I think Sony is putting their eggs in one basket on this one. So far, I haven’t really seen much interest in VR itself nor many innovative uses for it. Not to mention, a steep price point like $400 will most likely turn people away. I could be completely wrong about this, mind you. But given how a lot of people appear to be hesitant about new ways to play, I don’t know. Maybe they should’ve just stuck to the original reason a lot of people backed the Oculus before venturing into the deep end. (The original reason being VR Porn.)

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With Microsoft and Sony out of the way, all that’s really left is Nintendo’s E3 show. It’s already been stated that the NX will not be featured, instead the focus being placed on the new Legend of Zelda. Since that announcement, there has been some additional news telling that they’ll also be news on Pokemon, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, maybe Dragon Quest and another game previously announced. In terms of other things, North America will be having a E3 Sale (also because it’s the eShop’s 5th Anniversary) starting on the 14th. GameSpot has also been spotted to have a slot as “Surprise Game” and a couple slots listed as “New Nintendo Game”. At least this time around, people aren’t seriously outlandishly guessing these games will be an entry in their favorite series. Personally, I am hoping for some more news on Paper Mario: Color Splash as I’m very interested in it (Shocker!) as well as a release date. It’d be a great surprise to hear more news about those Pikmin 4 details we heard about late last year but I won’t be disappointed if I don’t. Overall, I’m quite intrigued to learn about the new Legend of Zelda game and any surprises Nintendo might have up their sleeve.

And that’s pretty much it for this crappy little round-up of E3 so far. I may do another involving Nintendo’s reveal tomorrow but we’ll see what happens. There’s a lot more articles I’ve been wanting to do but sadly have been putting off. Seriously, I got a word document full of ideas. But sometimes, the choice comes between playing games or writing about them. And, well….yeah.

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Anyway, thank you guys for listening and have a fun E3!

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