E3 2017 is firmly behind us and I’ve had time to fully digest what was shown to us. I thought it’d be fun to look back at some of my favourite announcements and some of the more cringe worthy parts that need to stop. Overall I thought this years E3 was a bit underwhelming but there were some glimmers of hope that were shown off so lets jump right in and see what impressed me.
Marvel’s Spider-Man featured in Sony’s E3 2017 showcase and I must say it looks amazing. Developed by Insomniac games it looked to have the polish and gameplay style of a Batman Arkham game (console version, not the crappy PC port). This along with another game that Sony showed off really makes me want to buy a PS4…again…for the 3rd time.
So the other Sony game that really impressed me at e3 2017 was “Days Gone”. It seems to have the atmospher from the Last of us coupled with pretty looking graphics from Horizon Zero Dawn. I do hope it’s not an entirely story driven game and gives you plenty of time to be a survivor scavenging for what you need to live but my early impressions are very good.
I’ll be honest, Microsoft didn’t really show me a whole lot to get excited for at E3 2017 In terms of games. Forza 7 looked stunning but i want to see a plethora of new tracks and a completely revamped AI and career mode. Whilst the series cant be beaten in terms of scope and looks in my opinion it has taken some backward steps in recent years so i hope there’s more than a splash of paint on offer this year. The Xbox X looks like an amazing piece of kit and their engineers really should be getting far more praise from the media and industry. It has a very impressive Price point and will really push developers to make great games that fully utilise the hardware. I do worry that it will be held back by the original Xbox One console and to be honest I think it’s only a matter of time before they cut that console loose altogether. State of decay 2 didn’t look too impressive and looked clunky to play to put it politely. Crackdown 3 didn’t seem to get a particularly good showing either. It’s been a while since we last saw it in action so i would have hoped to see a lot more. It felt like Microsoft didn’t have much confidence in it. Sea of Thieves is great fun to play and the new content they showed looked great but again i worry how long this game will be able to last before the player base moves on to something else. The most impressive part of the Microsoft show for me was a bit about an ancient game that pretty much everyone has played to death. Minecraft announced cross platform play with PC, Mobile devices and Nintendo Switch which is amazing news but that 4k update had me gob smacked. Sure I’ve seen similar mods on the PC version but my god did this update look good.
So we move onto Nintendo who i personally think won the show although that is of course just a matter of opinion. Why do I think this. Well they seemed to allay any fears of the 3rd party support problem continuing with the Nintendo Switch by showing off Rocket League which will be awesome to play whilst i’m on a break at work and more importantly they showed off cross play between Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox. This i would not have expected from Nintendo which has often shown itself to be a pretty backwards company at times. Nothing though could prepare me for that Super Mario Odyssey trailer. That game stole the show for me and really highlights how far ahead Nintendo are when it comes to first party games. There’s a real possibility my contenders for Game of the year will be between Nintendo titles. Time will tell.
A few of the other positives were an awesome looking Call of Duty WW2, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, God of War and the Devolver Digital Press Conference which you can see below and is amazing.
E3 2017 was unfortunately full of a lot of crap too like the scripted gameplay trailer for Anthem which was cringe worthy and doesn’t do anything to really sell me a game. But that wasn’t quite as cringe worthy as the whole EA conference. Having a bunch of robots appear on stage talking about things they know nothing about (which I think must be something you are able to do in order to be an executive in the gaming industry) was painful to watch but not quite as painful as so called YouTube celebrities making a complete hash of their appearances. Whether they are standing gormlessly in front of the camera not knowing what they were supposed to do or oohing and arrrrhhhing as their contribution to the Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal, EA need to get their heads out of their arses and stop trying to be trendy. Ubisoft showed us a load of games and being Ubisoft you can guarantee none of those games will end up looking like they did at E3. Bethesda must have forgot how the paid mods thing went down last time it was a thing and for the billionth year in succession showed us Skyrim. All in all aside from a few highlights it was a pretty dull affair. Hopefully 2018 will provide a better show and I hope games companies realise that being a YouTuber doesn’t qualify you to present a segment or actually know anything about games.