Another E3 comes and goes, some people are super excited about one game or another, and others trash talk console fanboys. The year’s Big 3, Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, had a lot of people both hyped and disappointed. Microsoft had their press conference first so we will go through the games they showed, just keep in mind that other games were showcased later, these are the ones we heard from the actual conference and some are cross platform.
Microsoft debuted their Xbox One X console, it was rumored to have numerous enhancements and would include some hardware for their VR/AR program, but this was not mentioned at all. In fact Microsoft has slowly backed away from their AR program they announced at E3 2016, so this may no longer be something they will be progressing forward into.
Xbox One X – What is under the hood
CPU: Eight-core 2.3GHz processor
GPU: 40 compute units at 1172MHz
RAM: 12GB GDDR5 (shared between system and GPU)
Storage: 1TB hard disk
Disc: UHD Blu-ray player
Video: 4K output, HDR 10 support
Audio: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Atmos, PCM 2.0, 5.1, 7.1
Wireless: Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, IR blaster
Connectors: 2x HDMI (2.0b out, 1.4b in), 3x USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, Ethernet
Microsoft’s Big Game list:
Forza Motorsport 7. The game sounds like it will be bundled with the Xbox One X and will be equipped to handle 60FPS in 4k resolution.
Super Lucky’s Tale. This was an Oculus VR exclusive game that found it’s to a Microsoft sequel. You play as Lucky on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx.
Sea of Thieves. Shown again, but still no solid date. Some have been heard calling in the “World of Warcraft of Pirates” due to it’s simplistic and similar look. Grab your friends, get online, and seek out treasure for plundering!
Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds. What is there more to say about a game that has a successful following as it is, but now gains a console exclusive port.
Minecraft Patches. We will see 2 big patches for Minecraft later this year. One portion is bumping the game’s resolution to a full 4K support, making the game look gorgeous (Fall). The other part is “Everybody Plays” and this will allow Windows 10, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch users to all play together (Summer). This did leave out Sony and the original PC version, while Sony is being blamed for this incompatibility, Microsoft is slowly porting away from the original Minecraft as they try to transition everyone to Windows 10, you even get a free Windows 10 upgrade!
Assassin’s Creed: Origins. We got to see the “beginning” of the Brotherhood in the early period of ancient Egypt. The game looked fantastic, and may have been a good idea to hold off for 2 years before putting out another main game for the series.
Metro: Exodus. Another game in the Metro series that a lot of people had written off as the last game was not up to the expectations of players, but this one had a good showing for sure.
Anthem. Bioware’s next great open world RPG closed off the show, and it did little to tell you what it was, but it looked great.
Xbox Classic Backwards Compatibility. In a round of yearly mic drops from Microsoft, this year they announced that they are working on bringing compatibility of their first gen console to the Xbox One. They showed a little of Crimson Skies, and it looked good. Hopefully we will see games show up more than the Xbox 360 compatibility (since 75% of those games were just digital only games).
Sony’s press conference did not delve into anything outside of games. It was made very clear during the presentation that the stuff they were going to talk about were just games, games, and more games. This led some people to cock an eyebrow as Sony had no plans for a PS4 Super Pro announcement, to keep up with the Xbox One X. They also were very supportive when it came to the Playstation VR, as we saw a whole bunch of games announced for this as well.
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (DLC). An expansion Pack for the wildly successful Horizon series. Looks like it is going to be a long expansion pack as well.
Uncharted the Lost Legacy (DLC). The long awaited expansion for Uncharted. This is more of a side story than a true expansion sequel.
Days Gone. The zombie apocalypse dystopian future looks pretty good and not only is it a survival, but looks like there are puzzle mechanics that will make story progression easier for you as well.
Monster Hunter World. What else is there to say other than “Monster Hunter”? This is a long going series where you go around killing monsters for loot to build things with.
Shadow of the Colossus. A serious surprise announcement to everyone. The game looked beautiful and we have high hopes for this game when it comes closer to release.
Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite. The next in the line of MvC games comes out later this year with a few lineup changes and graphic engine.
God of War. We have been eagerly waiting on this game for years as the God of War series takes us out of the Greek Mythos to focus on the Norse, and it looks fantastic.
Spider-Man. Being brought to us by Insomniac, the game looks like just another iteration of the previous Spider-Man games, but with a fresh coat of paint. Spidey showed well, but it was a lot of minimatics and 90-style Quicktime Events, but I have high hopes for our fearless webslinger.
Skyrim VR. Bringing us into the world of Skyrim in 100% VR looks to be an amazing mix excitement and many long nights of being trapped in a world you may not want to leave. Hopefully Bethesda took a good look at how Farpoint did their FPS moving and have something similar to it.
Star Child. The team from Lucky’s Tale bring us the next game in their VR library. It is too soon to really get a feel for what we will be seeing in this sci-fi platformer. I get a little Shadow Complex VR feeling to it though.
The Inpatient. The Until Dawn folks bring us another VR Horror game of what it is like in an insane asylum. We expect many jumps while watching people play it.
Bravo Team. Another Until Dawn game that jumps us into another shooter for the PSVR. It doesn’t look like it will have any scares, but let’s hope they looked at Farpoint before designing movement.
Moss. This cute little game was thought to be a Redwall game as it takes a lot of hat tips from the young reader novels. You play as a little mouse named Quill and we will see her adventure unfold as we help her in VR space to solve puzzles and roam in the platform game.
Nintendo's conference was done the same way it has been for the last few years. It leaked small announcements prior to E3 with the Nintendo Direct videos and then we got a 2+ hour Treehouse event that showcased long periods of demo time of specific games. nintendo did not go into a lot of specifics on what they have rolling out and we will expect numerous Nintendo Directs as the year progresses.
This year we received a few announcements for upcoming Mario games. The 2 big ones are Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
Mario Odyssey. The game traverses several game worlds, including our own, as Mario voyages around them on the Odyssey crasft with his peculiar friend Cappy in order to stop a wedding between Bowser and Princess Peach.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Kind of a mixed bag of Mario and Ubisoft's Rabbids characters on a tactics based game design. Not many approve this crossover, mostly on how they feel about the Rabbids themselves. Time will tell if this is a hit or miss from Ubisoft.
Splatoon 2. The highly anticipated sequel to the smash hit Splatoon. We will see more crazy maps, outfits, and Nintendo official events. The Squid Sisters are split up, let's see what happens next!
Metroid Prime 4. Nothing more than an announcement image. We do know that Retro is not making this one, so there is a lot of confusion what is going on with this title. Honestly, without Retro at the helm, they should have called it something else.
Rocket League. The ever popular racing soccer game makes its jump to the Switch, and with it, cross-platform play! How awesome is this!?
Kirby. No one was expecting a new Kirby anytime soon after the last Wii U game, it looks much better than Rainbow Curse, and for our sake we hope it is too.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2. A sequel of only adding a number. This is more in tune with Xenoblade Chronicles instead of Xenoblade Chronicles X, as we are on titans in a "medieval" style setting instead of giant robots. The landscapes are huge, and it looks beautiful.
Fire Emblem Warriors. Dynasty Warriors and Fire Emblem. Who could complain?! After the successful Hyrule Warriors, KT has jumped to other crossover titles, and we hope that this game will be just as awesome. It will also have amiibo support and expect 2 new amiibos later this year.
Metroid: Samus Returns. A classic 2D/3D Metroid title is on the way and it looks fantastic. It has been many years since we have seen a Metroidvania game for our space heroine, and the gameplay looks amazing!
Of course, what is a bunch of Nintendo announcements without a little amiibo love? Yes, there are a ton of new ones that will be rolling out this year.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey (Wedding set)
Fire Emblem Warriors
Metroid: Samus Returns