Hi everyone! David here! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but with a busier schedule as of late, I’m going to try and catch up on news that I should have posted a while ago over the next week! I’m going to start with the biggest news of E3 right now with all of the biggest presentations!
Electronic Arts (EA)
David – EA didn’t throw too many surprises my way, so their score isn’t going to stray too far away from the average either as a result. Anthem looks like a real promising game to me and it was definitely EA’s best title that they showed off. There was also a lot of focus given to Star Wars Battlefront II, which appears to have improved significantly from the mistakes of the original title based on what was shown. The only other new IP that was shown off was A Way Out, a cooperative action game. Otherwise, the rest were games that are expected more or less in most years such as Need for Speed, Madden 18, FIFA 18, NBA Live 18 and a new expansion for Battlefield 1.
TL;DR – Score is mainly based on the potential for Anthem and Battlefront II. No real mistakes were made this year.
Mike – Battlefront 2 had a strong presence at this years E3. I really like what EA is doing to make up for the first entry. They had a really strong trailer that showed off the villians and heroes. It also dived deeper into the single player mode and the clone war battles. EA also announced that Madden would have a story driven mode. I don’t know what this means for the franchise, but I don’t think it’s something I would take the time to play. Anthem also looked like a promising title, I like the whole science fiction vibe that it gives off.
David – Microsoft started off strong by focusing on the strong points of Project Scorpio, also known now as Xbox One X with it’s impressive specs and minimalistic design. However, the presentation tailed off for me relatively quickly in showing off the quantity, rather than the quality of titles for the system’s launch as the majority of the titles didn’t really get me hyped up at all. Forza 7, Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Shadow of War, Anthem and the universal connectivity of Minecraft were the only things that really caught my attention out of the 40 something titles that were shown. There was also mention of original Xbox title support coming too which is pretty awesome. Microsoft has got an uphill battle to climb in gaining back supporters with Xbox One X, and it’s initial price point ($499), but it’s certainly got potential with it’s specifications and features they are trying to bring to the industry.
Mike – I didn’t think Microsoft had a particularly strong showing. First off it was very interesting to see Microsoft bring back support for the original Xbox. I don’t personally care about it, but I know a lot of people will. Microsoft’s big announcement was the powerful Xbox One X’s form factor and price. It was priced at $499 and it has a sleek design. However, I don’t think many people will buy the system because it doesn’t have a killer app. I didn’t see anything besides Shadow of War, Sea of Thieves and Destiny 2 that particularly stood out to me. The trailer for Shadow of War was pretty epic and it will be cool to return to that world. I also think Sea of Thieves looks like an interesting online multiplayer game. Destiny 2 looks like a solid sequel as well. Microsoft also announced Crackdown 3 and Forza 7 in 4K.
David – So this one is the most uncertain I feel about giving a grade for as I wasn’t able to watch the presentation live. Bethesda made a few questionable decisions for me during their presentation such as VR ports of Doom and Fallout 4. The Elder Scrolls Legends (a card game) is also coming to mobile devices. And some interesting news was given about Quake Champions with an upcoming competition. 2 new titles were given in The Evil Within 2 and a new Wolfenstein title that has no title at the moment as being the only silver lining to me personally. The good balances out the bad here for me, but time will tell for this one.
David – So Ubisoft really only showed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Beyond Good and Evil 2 to me for interesting titles. The first is like Nintendo XCOM and the second is the one that everyone is interested in overall. There’s also The Crew 2, Skull and Bones aka a Pirate’s Assassin Creed and Far Cry 5. Here’s to hoping that Ubisoft doesn’t let everyone down as they have in past years.
Mike – TBD
David – Aside from some interesting stuff like Undertale coming to PS4 and Vita, and also Shadow of the Colossus remake, there wasn’t too much that caught my eye in particular. There were some titles that I can see being good like Monster Hunter World (finally coming back to PlayStation), Days Gone and Gold of War, but overall seems like a disappointment compared to years past for sure. As a result, they probably match Xbox at best since of the release of Xbox One X and it’s titles.
Mike – I thought Nintendo had a strong E3. They focused on the near future and a little bit of 2018. I think Mario Odyssey looks fantastic from what we saw. It is cool that Mario has the ability to basically transform into anything. I think that Kirby and Yoshi look like strong platformers for 2018. It was awesome that Nintendo teased Metroid Prime 4 and a main series Pokémon RPG for the Switch. It was also nice to see that Rocket League is coming to a Nintendo Platform. I think 2017 and 2018 will be strong years for the Switch.