Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jun 092024
 

Table of Contents

Guerilla Collective
Summer Game Fest
Devolver Direct
Wholesome Direct
Future Games Show
Xbox Games Showcase
PC Gaming Show
Ubisoft Forward

Xbox Games Showcase

One of the biggest showcases of this year’s Not-E3 is the Xbox Games Showcase this afternoon. They started off with Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, a new Doom game called The Dark Ages, and State of Decay 3.

Then they showed a game I’ve been cautiously optimistic for, Dragon Age: The Veilguard (which used to be called Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, but they retitled it). And it looks… uh… well, let’s just say it did not restore any of my optimism. In fact, it diminished it. It doesn’t look bad exactly, but the tone doesn’t feel like Dragon Age to me.

I thought it was going to be a spin-off until the title appeared.

But maybe it’s just a trailer thing and it’ll look more promising the next time they show it. Anyway, from there we got to see new expansions for Starfield and Fallout 76, and then a surprise new game that ended up being my favorite announcement of the show.

Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 looks like an intriguing dark fantasy game, so I was already interested even before I saw it actually has turn-based combat. It looks really cool, so I can’t wait to see more from it.

The game South of Midnight, shown next, looks like it could be interesting as well.

They showed the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater (the remake), and new stuff for Sea of Theives. You know, Snake Eater looks pretty great, so maybe someday I’ll actually get into those games since I have a bunch in my backlog.

Next up was Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, Age of Mythology Retold, and the upcoming new Perfect Dark game. After that was a new Diablo IV expansion and then another look at the next Fable game, which actually looks a lot more interesting to me than when they showed it before.

They showed a game called Fragpunk, a cute (and possibly sad) mouse game called Winter Burrow, a game called Mixtape, and then Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024.

Then they announced a game that took me by surprise: a new Life is Strange game, Life is Strange: Double Exposure, but the real surprising part is that it’s about Max again! I did not expect them to make a sequel following Max, and the fact that this one is a murder mystery on top of that has me more interested in the series than I have been for years.

The upcoming Indiana Jones game looks like it could be cool, although I’m not crazy about the gameplay. A mech game called Mecha Break, which was in one of the showcases the other day, was shown here as well.

The action RPG Wuchang: Fallen Feathers also looks pretty cool.

That was the last game in the showcase that interested me, since the rest – Avowed, Atomfall, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Stalker 2, and Gears of War: E-Day – aren’t really my sort of thing. They followed that with a longer look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, but I didn’t tune in.

There were definitely some great announcements at the Xbox Games Showcase, but I’m already looking ahead to hope the Nintendo Direct is soon. But while that’s up in the air, we’ve still got the PC Gaming Show tonight and Ubisoft Forward tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Jun 082024
 

Table of Contents

Guerilla Collective
Summer Game Fest
Devolver Direct
Wholesome Direct
Future Games Show

Xbox Games Showcase
PC Gaming Show
Ubisoft Forward

Wholesome Direct

Our look at Not-E3 2024 continues today with the Wholesome Direct. Now they always go through a huge number of indie games, so once again, I’ll be pointing out some highlights and you can check out the full showcase to see the rest.

There were a lot that didn’t especially stand out to me this year (lots of building games), but I did find the montage of games for the miniature Playdate handheld console interesting.

And sometimes, even if you aren’t planning to play a game, you still have to give it a shout-out. That’s the case with Squeakross: Home Squeak Home, which is such a great title that I just have to mention it.

Ila: A Frosty Glide looks neat, and the blocky art style especially made it stand out to me.

Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge and Usagi Shima both are cute games that I believe we’ve discussed before, and Moonstone Island also looks great even though I don’t know if I’d enjoy it (open world).

It feels strange to end there, like I should be highlighting a lot more games, but those were the main ones that caught my attention this year.

Future Games Show

Now, there were a few smaller showcases in between (and ironically I saw several interesting games there that I’ll mention in the miscellaneous segment at the end of Not-E3), and then it was time for the Future Games Show. I’ll be covering highlights for this one as well, so check out the full showcase to see the rest.

I’ve gotten to see a few detective games to add to my list, including two from this showcase: Nobody Wants to Die and Detective Dotson. These two couldn’t be more different in terms of style, but I’ll be keeping my eye on them both.

Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection seems interesting, and there was also a Souls-like action RPG called The Relic: First Guardian that looks cool.

We also got to see another detective game called The Operator, so I’ll add that to the list to keep in mind.

I was also very surprised to see Deliver Us Home, from the creators of Deliver Us the Moon and Deliver Us Mars. Now I enjoyed Deliver Us the Moon a lot, but I haven’t gotten around to Deliver Us Mars, but the main reason it startled me is because I thought I remembered that developer going under. It turns out that what I remembered was them laying off the entire studio, with the founders staying on to fund the third game via Kickstarter.

Which… seems a little odd to me. Is that just me?

Anyway, SacriFire got another trailer, and it looks so good. I really hope it lives up to how good its trailers are.

I was also intrigued by Eternal Strands, an impressive-looking action-adventure game, and The Casting of Frank Stone. (While I have no interest in Dead By Daylight, this being more of an Until Dawn style narrative game has my interest.)

That’s it for today, but we have another big showcase coming up tomorrow with the Xbox Game Show and then the PC Gaming Show as well after that. Stay tuned!

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Jun 072024
 

Table of Contents

Guerilla Collective
Summer Game Fest
Devolver Direct

Wholesome Direct
Future Games Show
Xbox Games Showcase
PC Gaming Show
Ubisoft Forward

Summer Game Fest 2024

Okay, I was really looking forward to the Summer Game Fest showcase. Capcom had promised announcements, and the time felt ripe for a new Ace Attorney announcement. On top of that, this is typically a big showcase, where we could expect some big announcements.

But… there wasn’t a lot here for me. So instead of a game-by-game account, I’ll just go through my personal highlights, and you can check the full stream if you’re interested in seeing the rest.

So, the first game that stood out to me is Neva, an indie game from the team behind Gris. Like Gris, it looks beautiful.

Black Myth Wukong looks nice, and I was happy to see another trailer for Metaphor: ReFantazio, too.

Then, Blumhouse Games had a montage of a whole bunch of indie horror games – Crisol: Theater of Idols, Grave Seasons, Sleep Awake, Fear the Spotlight, The Simulation, and Project C. They all look like they have potential, so that was a nice little segment.

There was a cute-looking game about a deer and a boy, with the extremely straightforward title Deer & Boy, and we eventually got to see a new trailer for Slitterhead.

Now, I’d somewhat lost interest in Slitterhead when I learned it was going to be an action game instead of a horror game, but I have to admit it looks pretty cool.

Wanderstop, Unknown 9: Awakening, and Enotria: The Last Song all look like they have potential, but there wasn’t anything that really caught my attention until Sam Lake took the stage to announce the upcoming Alan Wake 2 expansion and a physical edition! Yes, Alan Wake 2 is finally getting a physical Deluxe and Collector’s Edition, so I’ll definitely be looking into that.

Capcom showed some new trailer for Kunitsu-Gami, which I’m interested in, and Monster Hunter Wilds, which I’m not.

The final game of the show was Phantom Blade Zero, and although I was suffering from crushing disappointment over the lack of Ace Attorney, I have to admit this game looks pretty cool.

And that was that. Oh, there were a lot more announcements; it was a 2-hour showcase, after all. But as far as games that interested me, it was fairly light.

Summer Game Fest proper was followed by the Day of the Devs indie game showcase, which I didn’t include separately on the schedule. They showed some interesting games, although nothing that stood out to me too much.

Devolver Direct

Soon it was time for the Devolver Direct, and if nothing else, you can always count on Devolver’s shows to be bizarre.

When the starting time came, the first 10 minutes or so were spent on music, during which time I kept checking to make sure I had the right link. A countdown to the show started after that, so I’m still not sure if that was intentional or not.

Instead of a satirical showcase, this year’s show was set in the context of Volvy’s birthday party. I don’t have the words to explain it, so I’ll just include it here for you to watch.

Anyway, through the context of that bizarre storyline, they showed off co-op for Cult of the Lamb, a weird-looking game called The Crush House, a new roguelike called Tenjutsu, DLC for the Talos Principle II, the utterly bizarre Anger Foot, and an intriguing title called Possessors.

It was a short show, but it was weird and entertaining. Overall, I had a lot more fun watching it than Summer Game Fest.

We’ve got more showcases to look forward to over the weekend, so stay tuned!

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