I like to play video games. That’s about the only credentials I have to writing this post (and pretty much life in general).
Back when I was in college (before the world tricked me into having dreams and ambitions and then preceded to have its way with me), it was a goal of mine to make it onto the E3 floor and just soak up everything these video game companies had to offer. Present-day me is a little bit more realistic (sometimes I pretend to shoot fireballs when I’m stretching) about ever making it to the grand event, but thankfully there’s not really any need due to technological advancements of live streaming (advancements that will soon allow me to project a hologram of myself to attend holographic E3 or in the least prevent buffering during live streams). All the coverage from various gaming sites and even major sites like YouTube practically put you in the middle (and apparently hovering and sometimes soaring over the audience) of these E3 press conferences getting the big news the same time those attending do. So I’ve spent the last few days on the internet catching up on all the news and information from E3 (I honestly wouldn't have done anything as productive).
To cut down the amount I have to write (so my self-doubt is only deleting minutes of typing instead of hours) and you have to read (because I’ve already lost you at “I like to play video games”), I’m going to share some of my favorite moments of E3.
Sony’s Press Conference
Once again, Sony has set the standard for E3 press conferences. They had the best conference last year, and this year was nothing short of acceptable (definitely overselling it here). They opened up with a live orchestra and continued to use the orchestra throughout the event to play the music for their game trailers (making me feel classy as hell). And then Sony just kept going; game trailer after trailer with minimal interruption from a speaker or presenter. In fact, not once did I cringe from camp, awkwardness, or overacting (three words frequently used to describe me). They let the games do the talking which is exactly why we watch E3: for game announcements and game footage (and a good chance to see someone make an ass of themselves).
God of War (4)
God of War is about a Spartan soldier (like those 300 guys) named Kratos who becomes very angry after the Greek mythological god of war, Ares (not to be confused with the other god of war, God), tricks Kratos into killing his own family. He seeks revenge and basically kills everything all the way through three games. I’m not sure how the new installment will fit into the lore, but according to the gameplay trailer, God of War 4 is sure to be a father-son feelgood experience.
Xbox’s New Consoles
Microsoft has two systems in the works:
– The Xbox One S (S is for ‘second’ I guess) is a sleeker, slimmer version of the Xbox One, 40% smaller (with a higher self-esteem I would assume), and valued at a nifty price of $299.
– Project Scorpio is promising a lot under the hood spec-wise. I don’t understand what most (…I mean all) of it means, but they’re saying it’s going to be the most powerful console to date offering 4K resolution which will eventually become the standard for high definition entertainment. It will probably also have a major emphasis on virtual reality gaming. Project Scorpio itself is not as exciting to me as what the ripples of its announcement will do in terms of the upcoming console war.
We Happy Few
Whimsical at first and then slowly transforming into a psychological thriller (like most relationships), We Happy Few looks like Bioshock set in the 60’s referencing some of your favorite pill-popping, post-apocalyptic literature.
South Park: Fractured But Whole
Matt Stone and Trey Parker with the help of Ubisoft bring back the boys from Southpark to make fun of another trending, nerdy phenomenon: comic book movies. They sat down together during the Ubisoft conference to talk about their sequel to the Stick of Truth, Fractured But Whole. To be honest, one of the reasons this was one of my favorite moments of E3 was because it was essentially an interview with Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
I am actually terrible at games. Online competitive games give me such anxiety, because I feel like I’m letting people down with my suckiness (very scientific term for being not good). Despite being terrible, I had a lot of fun with the first Titanfall, so I was very excited to see Respawn announce the second installment. Running around in mechs blowing stuff up, what’s not to love. But they upped the ante for the second game: Titanfall 2, now with grappling hook action and single-player story mode with a storyline similar to Short Circuit 2 or Chappie (a movie I have not seen in two decades and another movie I have never seen but basing my comparison off the trailer).
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
It’s Legend of Zelda.