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Jun 172015
 

Although I love playing games on my PC, I was confused by this announcement. How can PC gaming have its own press conference? PC gaming isn’t a company. What would they show? I tuned in hopeful I’d see some great new games, despite my confusion.

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PC Gaming E3 2015 Show

For me, the PC show didn’t get off to a great start (not to mention the hour delay announced right as the stream was supposed to start). With no interest in Killing Floor 2, Rising Storm 2, Star Citizen, or Squadron 42, I was starting to zone out even before AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist (which is a cool job title) came on stage to discuss graphics cards. I may love PC games, but I’m nowhere near hardcore enough to sit and listen to a graphics card discussion.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was next. As I mentioned the other day, it looks cool even though I haven’t played any games in the series. On the other hand, I was less interested in the Total War series and the new game, Total War: Warhammer.

I was excited when Phil Spencer arrived, especially since Microsoft had a pretty enjoyable press conference this year, but the games they chose to focus on were Fable Legends and Gigantic, followed by the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which will be available on the PC.

And I really didn’t care about American Truck Simulator. Or EVE: Valkyrie, even though the virtual reality stuff seems cool. When the DayZ creator arrived to talk more about Ion, I decided to stop watching live. That’s why this blog post is coming so long after the PC show ended last night.

I picked up this morning with the live demo of Strafe, which I didn’t care about, but then it finally reached something interesting!

I haven’t played Pillars of Eternity yet (this E3 is really making my game backlog painfully apparent), but I want to. It sounds like just the sort of RPG I’ll enjoy, and it got fantastic reviews. Its newly-announced expansion, The White March: Part 1, just makes me more excited to finally play it.

Next up, a game in a genre I don’t really care for, Planet Coaster. To all of you Roller Coaster Tycoon fans out there, it was previously announced as Coaster Park Tycoon.

I watched the next trailer with moderate interest, because even though I’m not a fan of MMORPGs, Guild Wars 2 is 1) fantasy, and 2) a game one of my friends has been bugging me to try. We’ll see. If you’ve played Guild Wars 2, let us known in the comments what you think of the new expansion, Heart of Thorns.

Guild-Wars-2-Heart-of-Thorns

Hitman came back, making this the third time I got to watch footage of the new entry in the series. Three times was enough to convince me I’m probably not going to try it. Then the CEO of AMD discussed graphics card technology, which didn’t interest me any more than the Gaming Scientist’s talk. Nor was I interested in the new expansion for Arma 3, Tanoa, because I’m not an Arma 3 player.

Beyond Eyes, however, looks interesting. I liked what I saw of it earlier, and as its creator discussed how the blind protagonist’s sense will create sometimes-false impressions of the landscape, I became even more interested. Envisioning the world without, well, vision is an intriguing concept for a game, and I can’t wait to see how it’s handled.

No interest in the next game, Dirty Bomb, but after that it was time to talk to The Fullbright Company about Tacoma. The concept is intriguing, although I might want to play Gone Home before I make up my mind. (It would probably be inappropriate and mood-breaking to play Gone Home while listening to Bobby Fulbright’s theme from my Dual Destinies soundtrack, huh?)

With my interest already piqued, I was delighted when attention shifted to Frictional Games and their upcoming horror game SOMA!

Spooky! Wait, was that it?

A trailer for SOMA was all they had to share, much to my disappointment… especially since the show went on to cover another set of games I didn’t care about: DayZ, Take On Mars, Project BlueStreak, and Enter the Gungeon.

I was mildly interested in Blizzard’s discussion of the new expansion for Heroes of the Storm, Eternal Conflict, as well as their announcement of Whispers of Oblivion, a 3-mission prologue to StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void.

The E3 PC Gaming Show ended with another look at the game everyone wants but me, No Man’s Sky. Overall, I found it to be a dull show, certainly not up to the excitement levels of the other E3 press conferences. But maybe it’s just because of the sorts of games I like. Give me a shout in the comments below with your thoughts on this showcase of PC games.

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