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.)

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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 132017
 

Nintendo opted for a short digital presentation at E3 this year, but it could still be filled with exciting announcements and surprises. Let’s see what happens.

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Microsoft
Bethesda
Devolver Digital
PC Gaming
Ubisoft
Sony
Nintendo
Miscellaneous Games

Nintendo’s E3 2017 Digital Event (Nintendo Spotlight)

Nintendo’s E3 show started with a commercial for the Switch, but the first game showed was Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I had mixed feelings when it was first unveiled, because I wanted a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles X instead, but it looks pretty good. It’s still planned for holiday 2017, too!

Next, they showed a Kirby game for 2018, promised that more multiplayer games will come to the Switch, and briefly discussed Pokken Tournament Dx. Speaking of Pokémon, while they didn’t share details, they said there is a core Pokémon game in development for the Switch.

Then, they teased Metroid Prime 4. It was a tiny teaser, but still exciting news.

A new Yoshi game is also coming next year, with a new gameplay mechanic that looks like it could be fun.

Fire Emblem Warriors also looks cool.

After a brief reference to the Zelda items in the Switch version of Skyrim, they showed off Breath of the Wild’s upcoming DLC packs and new amiibo figures.

They reminded us about the tournaments happening during E3, showed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle again (I’d hoped Nintendo’s event would skip it in favor of new things, since it was already shown at Ubisoft’s conference, but I still have to admit it looks better than I expected), and announced Rocket League for the Switch.

Finally, they showed a cool new trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, in which it appears Mario can use his new hat to possess things.

And it’s coming out on October 27! That’s sooner than I expected, and I’m so excited!

Nintendo’s E3 presentation was a bit short, but filled with good stuff. I liked what I saw, and this was definitely one of the better shows this year. What did you think of Nintendo’s E3 2017 digital event?

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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!

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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!

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

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