Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Jun 132017
 

We’ve seen all the E3 press conferences now, but there are many games shown outside of those events. Here are the most exciting games of E3 for me outside of the press conferences.

(I’ll update this post as E3 continues.)

Table of Contents

EA
Microsoft
Bethesda
Devolver Digital
PC Gaming
Ubisoft
Sony
Nintendo
Miscellaneous Games

Miscellaneous

Day 1

Nintendo Treehouse started out with Super Mario Odyssey gameplay, and it looks so cool. The more I see it, the more I want it.

If that wasn’t enough, they followed it with a casual announcement of Metroid: Samus Returns, a reimagining of Metroid II: The Return of Samus. That’s right, two Metroid games were announced this E3.

This was enough to confirm my feelings that Nintendo had the best showing at E3 this year. Plus, I still can’t get over how that Mario + Rabbids game looks like it might be fun!

You know what else really looks fun? Xenoblade Chronicles 2! It’s not the Xenoblade Chronicles X sequel I wanted (and I hope their comments about how it’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 because they wanted to make a story-driven game doesn’t mean a story-driven XCX 2 is out of the picture), but it looks like it’ll be a great JRPG!

The battle system is a bit of a twist on the previous Xenoblade combat, but I like it!

Nintendo also confirmed the leaked Superstar Saga remake and officially unveiled Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions for October 6.

But let’s move on to non-Nintendo games, because some nice new trailers for other games came out, as well. In fact, I’d probably have enjoyed Sony’s press conference more if they included a few of these…

Such as Knack 2, due out on September 5!

I know, I know. No one liked Knack, right? *pats my new copy that I got for Christmas after specifically requesting it* I’m going to play Knack, and I want to play its sequel. It looks fun!

Meanwhile, on the JRPG front, Ni No Kuni II looks really cool. (I need to play the first one. My poor backlog.)

I’m also intrigued by the upcoming Yakuza games (which apparently have more in common with JRPGs than I thought), the Utawarerumono games, and Vampyr.

(Why wasn’t Vampyr at Sony’s press conference?)

Finally, Zwei II from Falcom is being localized as Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection for the PC. (From what I’ve heard, it’s not necessary to play the first Zwei to get into this one, which is good.) It got its first English trailer at E3.

Day 2

On the second day of E3, a new trailer was shown for the Call of Cthulhu video game. It should come as no surprise that I’m interested in a Cthulhu game.

Meanwhile, the trailer for 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim showed off the game’s setting and style, but I’m still not entirely sure what it is.

The E3 press conferences are over, but there are still many exciting games to be announced at E3. What E3 games are you most interested in that weren’t shown at a press conference?

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Jun 122017
 

I usually enjoy Sony’s press conferences, and this year they teased big Japanese game announcements, so let’s see what they have to show us!

Table of Contents

EA
Microsoft
Bethesda
Devolver Digital
PC Gaming
Ubisoft
Sony
Nintendo
Miscellaneous Games

Sony’s E3 2017 Press Conference

As I tuned in to prepare for Sony’s press conference, I caught part of the pre-show… including a quiet announcement of Undertale for the PS4 and Vita. Now, I already played (and loved) Undertale, but I’m definitely interested in the Collector’s Edition at least.

Then the press conference itself began with a trailer for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

I haven’t played past Uncharted 2 yet, but it seems interesting enough, as does the game they announced next, an expansion for Horizon Zero Dawn called The Frozen Wilds.

Then they showed Days Gone, which I’m not particularly interested in, discussed recent PlayStation games, and announced Monster Hunter: World.

After that, they revealed that Shadow of the Colossus is being remade/remastered for the PS4. (There seems to be some confusion over whether it’s a remake or a remaster, but I think it’s a remaster.)

(Update: I was wrong. They’re calling it a remake, although the content will be the same.)

Next up was the new Marvel vs. Capcom game, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, which has a story demo already available. It was followed by Call of Duty: World War II.

Virtual reality took over for the next segment of the press conference, with Skyrim VR, an intriguing game called Star Child, a creepy game called The Inpatient, a FFXV fishing spin-off (why?) called Monster of the Deep, a shooter called Bravo Team, and a game called Moss. Moss, which stars a mouse, actually looks interesting, although I’m not into VR.

You know what else looks pretty cool? The new God of War game. I wasn’t sure about it when it was first announced, and I’ve never played a game in the series, but it looks good.

Next up was Detroit: Become Human. The last time they showed this game, it seemed really interesting. This time, it was much more focused on action than I expected, but it still seems interesting.

Destiny 2 was announced next, with a mention of its exclusive PlayStation content, and then they showed a new Spider-Man game that looks like it could be fun.

And then… it was over.

Weirdly, the pre-show had many cool things, like the Undertale announcement, a Ni No Kuni II trailer and gameplay video, a Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy trailer featuring Coco, and a September 5 release date for Knack II.

But the conference itself felt oddly short and underwhelming. It’s a strange E3 when I enjoy Ubisoft’s press conference more than Sony’s. Here’s hoping Nintendo’s goes well tomorrow!

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Jun 122017
 

Ah, Ubisoft… typically not one of my favorite E3 press conferences. Will they surprise me this year?

Table of Contents

EA
Microsoft
Bethesda
Devolver Digital
PC Gaming
Ubisoft
Sony
Nintendo
Miscellaneous Games

Ubisoft’s E3 2017 Press Conference

Ubisoft’s conference began with the official reveal of the leaked Mario and Rabbids crossover for the Switch, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. I was skeptical about this game from the moment I first saw the rumors, and by “skeptical,” I mean I was pretty negative toward it.

But you know… it doesn’t look as bad as I expected. I’m still not crazy about Rabbids, but it might be a decent turn-based strategy game. Grant Kirkhope is composing music for it, too, which is another point in its favor.

After that, they showed Assassin’s Creed Origins again, including a little bit of the E3 demo.

Next up was The Crew 2, and then South Park: The Fractured but Whole, neither of which I have any interest in.

They followed that with Transference, a VR thriller. I’m not a fan of VR, but the concept behind this game seems cool, since it’s set in the “digital recreation of a mind.” (I’m currently playing Steins;Gate 0, which is probably part of why that concept caught my attention.)

And after that, they revealed a new pirate game called Skull & Bones. Again, it’s probably not a game I’ll get (unless they announce a single-player story mode), but it still looks really cool.

After the pirates, it was time for some Just Dance 2018 music, then a South Park mobile game called South Park: Phone Destroyer, and then a game about space battles called Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It also looks intriguing, although it’s open world and has a toys-to-life element, so I’ll probably pass.

Next they discussed Steep and showed off Far Cry 5, neither of which I’m particularly interested in.

And finally, they revealed an unusual trailer that turned out to be for… Beyond Good and Evil 2??

I haven’t played the original Beyond Good & Evil, but I watched a playthrough. This isn’t quite what I expected. For one thing, it’s a prequel, but it also seems to have a massive tonal shift from the first game. I’m uncertain about it, but we’ll see what happens.

My ambivalence over Beyond Good and Evil 2’s tone aside, this was one of the most enjoyable Ubisoft press conferences I’ve seen… and I can’t get over how Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle looks so much better than I expected!

What did you think of Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference?

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