evil feminist ardent gaming fan, I follow E3 pretty closely every year, so I figured I’d do a post about some of the games that stuck out to me! I’ve never done more newsy stuff here before, but it could be fun. If it sucks I won’t do it again; I’ll go back to annoying my Facebook feed with my liveblogs.
Disclaimer: There was no scientific selection process. These are the games that made me go, “Huh, I’ll keep an eye on that.”
Also, Nintendo’s conference was abysmal.
Recore, Ark: Survival Evolved, We Happy Few, Scalebound, Stardew Valley, Dishonored 2, Fe, Grow Up, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, Pokemon
Microsoft’s focus on cross-platform play is pretty neat, and makes Sony look kind of dickish for not allowing it. Since all their games are getting both Windows and XB1 releases, it saves me from having to buy both a PS4 and an XBox (which I probs will eventually anyway, but whatever).
This was one of the games last year that made waves for having a female protag. I was a little sad there were no major updates this year, because it seems completely awesome. It did get a gameplay trailer and a 9/13 release date though, which is neat. Also the song is really cool. Anyway, it’s nice to see some originality from an XBox game.
Ark: Survival Evolved
I’ve had my eye on this game ever since its Steam beta was released. The monster-taming, crafting, and town-sim elements are, shockingly, what seem really awesome to me, but I’d guess those who like more traditional survival games would be into it as well. I’m seeing claims of a July 28 release date, but I’m not sure how accurate that is. It’s also going to be multiplatform, including PS4, though it was in Microsoft’s conference where it showed up. There’s a compilation of all the trailers shown this year here.
We Happy Few
This game was part of Microsoft’s indie showcase, and while it’s not really my usual kind of thing, the premise was so neat and out there that I’m morbidly curious. From Wiki: The game is set in the fictional retrofuturistic dystopia town of Wellington Wells in England during 1964 after an alternate World War II: Germany successfully commenced Operation Sea Lion and invaded England, but was stopped after the citizens instigated an incident that caused severe depression and guilt albeit the Nazi’s surrender, and is known as the “Very Bad Thing”. To counter the guilt from toppling order, the city resorted to dosages of Joy, a drug that clears thought about everything, including the “Very Bad Thing.” The player controls a person who decides to not take the pill, whom are referred to as Downers. After not taking the pill, he finds that reality is altered when someone takes the pill, and can result in altered reality different from possibly gruesome events. He is then chased after, and decides to find an out-of-town exit to warn everyone.
It’s hitting Steam Early Access in mid-July.
This is an RPG where you’re a dude who controls a dragon. It’s coming out in 2017. That’s pretty much all I know, but, ya know, “dude who controls a dragon.” The trailer was a co-op boss battle, which isn’t particularly interesting to me, but I’ll keep an eye on it and hope the plot details sound neat.
Okay so this is kind of cheating because during the indie compilation trailer there was like a full 3 seconds of this game, but STARDEW VALLEY GUYS. I know there’s a bunch of other Harvest Moon-fen here, and man oh man am I excited to play this game. It’s out right now and I bought it but I haven’t gotten around to it just yet. Consider this a PSA.
Bethesda’s conference was disappointing to me. No new Elder Scrolls stuff, lots of MMO stuff, and other things I have little interest in. But…
Also holy shit Gold Dust Woman was such a great choice. Oh man. Chills. Walk on ancient queen…
Also! One of the things the dev who did the talk pointed out was that there was a lot more personality and reaction in-universe from Corvo and Emily, so apparently I was not the only one who wanted that and the team heard loud and clear, which is neat.
EA was mostly sports games I give zero shits about, but their indie showcase had one neat-looking thing I’ll keep an eye on.
The dev said there is no dialogue in this game, only music, which is really neat. You’re a little cub, and wake up in a forest, unsure of who or what you are, and embark on a journey to save the land. The art style is really unique and cool.
Ubisoft’s show was definitely the most entertaining. It was so bizarre. Like “half-naked clowns dancing to Queen” bizarre. Also Aisha Tyler was amazing and sassy as hell, I loved her.
The only game that really stuck out to me was this sequel to a game I’ve never heard of, Grow Home. It reminded me of old Super-Mario-type adventure games, like Mario 64 or Mario Sunshine. Everything about it was just super cute. I’ll have to check out the original game.
Sony really had the best show. The orchestra was a little melodramatic, but I appreciated that they just let the games speak for themselves and didn’t drone on about all their products and innovation and shit. I’m here for trailers, and they gave me some gorgeous trailers. Definitely need to get a PS4 someday. Still waiting for that first price drop.
Horizon Zero Dawn
I am very excited for this game, which is due in January of 2017. “Robot dinosaurs” aside, everything about it looks amazing. There was a long gameplay sequence this year, but the cinematic trailer is below:
The Last Guardian
I hadn’t heard of this game before, but the trailer was absolutely stunning. I don’t know anything else about it, but it definitely caught my attention.
Nintendo’s show was awful. It wasn’t even a show. They only talked about Pokemon and Zelda, and it was just a Pokemon interview and like an hour of Zelda gameplay. IDK what they were trying to prove.
Pokemon Sun and Moon
I bring this up because I actually like the female PC’s outfit!
Wtf is he wearing? Are those Crocs? And knee-length sweatpants? I’m not crazy about her implied midriff thing going on and am irritated that she gets a purse instead of a backpack, but her shorts actually make sense for walking around in a hot climate and her haircut isn’t ludicrous. Plus, she actually looks excited, like she’s moving forward, as opposed to like she was about to go shopping and then found a pokeball she doesn’t know what to do with.
tl;dr: my bar is low but this is better than we’ve gotten in a while. Also I would 100% buy a bag that looked like a grapefruit.