Part 2 Introduction
For the second E3 article, I cover the rest of the conferences from last weekend. This includes the Xbox conference, Nintendo, and Bethesda. So let’s get right to it! And if you missed our first wrap up article, click here.
I could really just stop on this first title, the one that everyone is waiting for, which is Cyberpunk 2077. Let’s be real, I was am stoked for this title but it was made EVEN better when Keanu Reeves – John Wick himself – stepped on the stage. Of course what happened has now become a meme (NO YOU’RE BREATHTAKING!), but it was so worth it. And as most everyone knows, Cyberpunk is an open world RPG set in a megalopolis. Players get to run around with cyberware and use enhancements to take on a story of your own. It is being developed an published by CD Projekt Red and anything this studio touches often turns into gold. My body is ready!
For me, arguably the next most hyped game is something that the next generation of gamers will have to suffer through. And that game is called Battletoads! It is an old Nintendo game that drove my brother and I insane mainly because of those dumb slaloms. Anyways, now a new generation of players can suffer through this amazing game – depending on how the game is designed. Either way, I’m excited for it.
Another game that caught my eye is an indie game called 12 Minutes, an interactive thriller in top down view. It is being published by Annapurna Interactive for PC and Xbox One. You play a character that is told that you and your wife are having a child, though not long after cops burst into your house to arrest your wife. Luis Antonio, the developer of this game, has been credited for work done in The Witness – another puzzle game I absolutely loved that was created by Jonathan Blow. For me, this title is not one to miss out on.
The next title that made me smile ridiculously is Lego Speed Champions: Forza Horizon 4. I mean, they had a McLaren assembled out of Lego – and the car looked like it was made to scale! Anyways, it has never been a secret that I love racing games but marrying racing with a Lego game makes any fan feel like a kid again. It may be silly but I love it!
Elden Ring is an action RPG releasing under FromSoftware. The critically acclaimed author George R. R. Martin collaborated with the Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki to create this new souls-like game. It proves to be a dark and brutal game based on the history of these two masters at murdering viewers and players alike. Of course, I don’t mean that literally. Anyways, the game looks like any Souls fans will enjoy this new title.
The seventeenth title under Bandai Namco’s epic Tales series will release in 2020 and fans of the series are stoked. It is a JRPG that many gamers have heard of or played previously. This new title, Tales of Arise, aims to appeal to the western audience, even though it will not be an open world. The last game in this series was Tales of Berseria and it has been several years since it launched, so it stands to reason that many fans will grab this title when it launches. I mean, we are talking about Bandai Namco here.
Borderlands 3 has been talked about at length in the recent weeks. On September 13th, the Handsome Collection will launch and I know plenty of gamers that are excited for this title as well. It will feature a ton of guns, guns, and more guns. Oddly enough, I’ve never been big on the Borderlands games, however, it is well liked and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it in this list of games to be excited for.
This conference also announced some key bits of information like Double Fine Productions is now part of the Microsoft studio, the news of the Xbox GamePass, and Project Scarlett – Xbox’s new console that will compete with the PlayStation 5. I’ve always been a #pcmasterrace kind of person so we’ll see what happens with the new consoles.
Nintendo’s conference had a couple of interesting titles. The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening will release September 20th of this year. Trials of Mana will release on the Switch in 2020 and with that announcement came news that all three Mana games are available on the Switch.
A new titled called Astral Chain will release August 20th this year and I’m excited for this game. It is an action game developed by PlatinumGames and is directed by the lead game designer for Nier: Automata with assistance from Hideki Kamiya, the creator of Bayonetta. Players will be able to choose between two characters who will be responsible for saving their world. I want it. The game looks amazing from what has been shown thus far.
The next title in this list is also part of the Zelda series and it is called Cadence of Hyrule which calls back to the Zelda games of old as a top down 2D world. Players will explore randomly generated places and they will be able to either run around as Zelda or as Link. This game also merges some of the weapons and spells used in Crypt of the NecroDancer. There is also a music component to the game as well as having the ability to play with a friend, so it should be an interesting experience.
During the Xbox conference the new Animal Crossing game, “New Horizons”, was announced. It will be released on March 20th of next year and a lot of people are excited. Animal Crossing is a game where players build up a new life on a deserted island. Over time they can create a whole community of people and animals. Having never played an Animal Crossing game, I might check this one out, just because it would be a nice relaxing gameplay experience.
Now for a title that several members of Chalgyr’s are excited about, which is The Sinking City – an open world action/adventure mystery game being developed and published by Frogwares. It is inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and it is set in a fictional town of New England, Oakmont Massachusetts. Players follow a private investigator and a war veteran who try to figure out the source of awful horrific visions that seem to be causing floods. The game will release on June 27th of this year and we are excited for it!
Many people are happy to see the joining of Super Smash Ultimate and Banjo Kazooie, which releases later this year. A huge teaser is the sequel to Breath of the Wild which simply stated that the game is in development. I have no idea how that will turn out but I love the idea of having another BoTW game.
Also mentioned was a Catan game that will launch on the Switch on June 20th. This is exciting for me because I love the boardgame Settler’s of Catan. I’m not sure how it will play out as a mobile game, but I’m excited nonetheless.
I’ll be honest, every single year the Bethesda conference is the most boring for me. I am not a fan of Fallout, and especially hate Fallout 76 because of how much of a let down it was to other people. I’ve simply watched the trainwreck happen from a distance. In the presentation, Bethesda talked about the new additions to the game like actual NPC’s and a new battle royale mode called Nuclear Winter. I’m sure there are plenty of fans out there that will gobble up the new additions to the game, but it’s not my kind of game so it’s not that big of a deal to me.
Next on the list is Deathloop, created by the people responsible for Dishonored and Prey. Now, I do like the Dishonored series, so releasing a new IP as a first-person action game, seems like it would be interesting to me. I’m not yet sure if it will be my style of game yet but who knows?
Finally, Commander Keen is being revived as a free to play mobile game. It was a classic platformer that was inspired by Saturday morning cartoons in its original installment. I believe the game is being released as a 2D tactics game. It will feature a single-player story mode and a real time PVP combat. It was not a game that I played in the 90s but it looks like it would be really fun to try. I might give this title a shot.
Bethesda had a lot more to showcase like Wolfenstein, Elder Scroll, and Doom Eternal but again, just about everything in their lineup did not excite me at all. That’s just me though.
There were plenty of games I didn’t get to so, here is a list of the rest of the games I didn’t mention:
- Star Wars: Fallen Order
- Blair Witch
- RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
- Star Renegades
- Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
- Creatures in the Well
- Unto the End
- Felix the Reaper
- Secret Neighbour
- Night Call
- Totem Teller
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Age of Empires III: The Definitive Edition
- Wasteland 3
- Psychonauts 2
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- DragonBall Game: Project Z
- Way to the Woods
- Gears 5: Bound by Blood 5, Escape, Terminator
- Dying Light 2
- Funko Pop Gears 5
- State of Decay 2: Heartland
- Phantasy Star Online 2
- Super Smash Ultimate + Dragon Quest XI
- Luigi’s Mansion 3
- The Dark Crystal: Tactics
- Trials of Mana
- The Witcher III – for the Switch
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- No More Heroes III
- Contra Anniversary Collection
- Daemon vs Machina
- Panzer Dragoon
- Pokemon Sword / Shield
- Empire of Sin
- Ultimate Alliance 3
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
- Hollow Knight: Silk Song
- Minecraft Dungeons
- My Friend Pedo
- Dead by Daylight IV
- Alien Isolation
- Just Dance 2020
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Super Mario Maker 2
- The Elder Scrolls: Blades
- Ghostwire Tokyo
- The Evil Within 3
- Doom Eternal
- Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts
Final Wrap Up of E3
Obviously there are some amazing titles listed like Cyberpunk and Battletoads. Remember, this is a subjective list of things I’m excited about, but also, this is just my opinion.
Who’s conference won E3 for you? I’m tied between the PC games list and Square Enix.