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SBox Soapbox: The Best of E3 2017!

Yesterday was the final day of E3 2017, where after 2 (or in this case 4) days of sitting through developer conferences, witnessing trailer after trailer as you go, you can now recap on the events of the previous days. Many use this day to get their hands on any additional footage, trailers, or information that either either slipped you by or are dropped at the last minute. I decided to do the same so that I could see the best E3 had to offer this year and, as promised, cover some of the standalone news from the show.

That’s why I decided to end E3 week with at least one post that highlighted some of the biggest standout games of the entire convention. I’ve already dedicated 3 posts to covering the Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo conferences, so now is the time to dedicate to absolutely any and everything.

The games I placed in this “Best of” list are simply ones that stood out to me the most and are in no particular order. I obviously won’t be covering every game at the show, and I’ll fully admit that I still haven’t seen every last game that made an appearance at E3. So, there may be quite a few noteworthy games that miss the list. I am still looking into some of the games that appeared at E3, though, and if I find enough games that are worth mentioning, I’ll try and make a Part 2 to this post. If you want my take on a certain game I didn’t mention, write it down in the comments, and I’ll be glad to discuss it with you.

Star Wars Battlefront II

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This was the first big announcement for me at E3. Yes, I have heard of there being a new Battlefront game before, but I was only tentatively excited for it due to what happened with the first game. What was supposed to be the best Star Wars game ever turned into a harsh lesson in how a company should not to handle DLC. However, after watching this year’s EA Play, I now believe Battlefront II is that perfect Star Wars game I wanted 2 years ago. Just the inclusion of a single player campaign is proof enough that this may be the case.

One of my favorite things about this game is how it takes full advantage of the source material. The game benefits from that attention to detail in more ways than one, and the most important of which is gameplay variety. You can shoot on the ground with a bevy of blasters if you want, or you can take the battle into the air and shoot down enemy X-wings. You can be a Stormtrooper, a rebel, a droid, or if you’re really good/lucky you can be a main character. Best of all, the game features characters from all 3 generations of Star Wars and can be on the battlefield at any time. I’m talking Boba Fett vs Captain Phasma. Darth Maul vs Darth Vader. Yoda vs Kylo Ren. It’s like a Star Wars Christmas!

… No not that one! Never that one!

Spider-Man

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This was the last and best thing Sony showed off at this year’s E3 by far. Last year I was so enamored and surprised by this announcement that I couldn’t wait to lay eyes on some gameplay footage. Having seen it, I’m glad to see everything I wanted it to be is coming true. It may not be an entirely unique game (taking a ton of inspiration from the Batman Arkham games), but that’s okay. This is a case where taking from Arkham is a good thing, especially since the Arkham series isn’t around anymore. Plus, they seemed to have customized it enough to fit Spidey’s abilities. Oh, and Miles Morales being there helps matters dramatically.

Super Mario Odyssey

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When I covered Nintendo’s Spotlight event, I mentioned how this could end up being the best 3D Mario game ever. Well, since then I’ve seen a ton of gameplay footage for the game. I don’t know how, but I become more and more in love with this game every time I see it. I love this game. I love the environments, the openness, the nonlinearity, the graphics, and especially the new abilities. Using Mario’s hat to do things like fling at enemies and bounce off it was a great idea. An even better one was using it to possess objects, enemies, and pedestrians. That was extraordinarily clever, especially when you throw T-Rexes into the mix.

Anthem

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I didn’t expect to like this game that much, but that was before I truly gave EA a chance to dazzle me with gameplay footage. On the surface it appears to be Horizon with cool-looking, non-cybernetic monsters and giant mech suits. Nothing too original, I’ll admit. But the way Bioware is implementing the suits’ gameplay is masterful. It’s strong, it’s fast, it’s sturdy, and it can fly. The suits can fly, guys! What more can you ask for?

Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Speaking of games I didn’t think I’d like as much as I did, the new Assassin’s Creed looks pretty damn, fun! It’s good to see the time Ubisoft took off to let the series breathe paid off. Choosing ancient Egypt as your setting was a great way to switch up the combat of the game, and the addition of the hawk was also a great idea for aiding exploration and seeking targets.

Skull & Bones

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This was one announcement I saw late in the convention, but I’m glad I sought it out. Remember when I mentioned in my Microsoft post when I mentioned there aren’t enough games about pirates these days? Well, I think Ubisoft heard me, because soon will be Skull & Bones. Unlike Sea of Thieves’ emphasis on exploration as well as battling, this one looks to be all about the ship battles. You and your fleet of pirates sail the vast online sea, sailing, seeking, and blasting your way to victory against any rival ships that come your way.

Avast, all ye who cross my path. For while I have the aim of a blind guy with no hands, I steer a fine ship!

Sea of Thieves

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Speaking of which, Sea of Thieves looks better this year than ever. I have very high hopes for this game after this year’s E3 than I did the past two ones combined. This gameplay demo showed off the game’s promise, but also its depth, something I admittedly became a bit worried about over time. Showing off how the game functions not only from an online battle perspective but also as an adventure game really made my anticipation for this game much higher.

Days Gone

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Easily my second favorite thing at the show, this is looking to be a great zombie game a la The Last of Us. Again, not the most original looking take on the genre, but what draws me towards it personally is how it takes a creative approach getting around difficult situations. Instead of walking to your next destination, you can take your motorcycle. The devices you have access to make sneaking around enemies much more strategic, though when you can afford to your hands can get plenty done. This game also has zombie bears in it! I’ve always wanted to fight a zombie bear, and now I can.

A Way Out

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Strange how a lot of games I’m looking forward to involve multiplayer or co-op, seeing as I’m a very single-player… player. One of EA’s more creative ventures sees you and a friend/online stranger playing as two inmates who are attempting a prison break. The game is strictly split-screen, too, which means you have to work together in order to pull off your plan and protect each other when you get out. If you skipped EA’s conference and don’t know about this one, I highly suggest looking this one up. Besides, the more people get their hands on this game, the more potential people I have to help me play this game.

Kingdom Hearts III

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Yes, the trailer dropped during E3, so it counts. Strangely, this is the first E3 since its announcement in 2013 (holy crap) to not have this game at a conference. Nonetheless, the new footage and story details look great. I’m still trying to catch up on the series, so I can’t say what looks new about it, but I can say that I’m loving the combat of this game. All those crazy moves look powerful and fun as hell. Seeing Hades again is awesome (even in Japanese), and I like how this story will apparently deal with Sora potentially utilizing the darkness.

There will be another trailer at D23 next week, so I’ll keep my eye on that. (If it doesn’t have a release date, I’ll be furious)!

Sonic Mania

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Both Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania were on the showfloor at E3. And yes, Sonic Forces looks like a ton of fun, and I’m looking forward to it, but have you seen the Sonic Mania footage that came out? I’m quite frankly stunned at how good and fun this game looks, especially for a fan project. The creativity that clearly went into this actual Sonic 4 needs to be seen. Why didn’t I think about those hand cannons to propel Sonic forward? The piano pieces, too, are a great addition as is the level design. This really is turning out to be the 2D Sonic game fans were waiting for.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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As someone who hasn’t played a Wolfenstein game before, I didn’t really get the hype for a while. In fact, I only decided to give the trailer a go this morning and to realize… I’m an idiot! This game looks mad good, has a great story and lead character from what I’ve seen. As you’ve probably gathered from me so far, I love games that let me play with creative/insane weapons or have me face off against insane enemies. I’m pretty sure fighting Nazi robots while riding a giant, mechanical, flamethrowing wildebeest falls perfectly within that range.

Metroid: Samus Returns

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Finally, I wanted to give a little shine to one of Nintendo’s potentially overlooked announcements (seeing that this was unveiled during the Treehouse event and not the actual Spotlight). Huge props to Nintendo for finally giving Metroid the time of day with not one but two games. Now, the reason I’m keeping Metroid Prime 4 off the list is basically due to it being an early announcement with no gameplay. Meanwhile, Samus Returns has tons of footage to lust over and is a 2D sidescroller. As a fan of Super Metroid, this specifically interests me, and I can’t wait to try it out for myself in just 3 months.

Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back

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Oh, and did I mention this was at E3 this year? Don’t believe me? Well, I’ll just leave this here and… God help us all!


There are a ton of other interesting games that I couldn’t quite cover for time reasons, but these are just a few of the ones I’m especially amped for. Let me know in the comments what your favorite games of E3 were, and what you thought of E3 this year.

For those who joined me in discussing E3 this year, I want to thank you for coming along for the ride with me. If you missed my coverage and are interested in hearing my full thoughts on some of thses games, check the links above for my full conference posts. I plan on making at least one more post about E3, so keep an eye out for that!

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: How Did Nintendo Do @ E3 2017?

Last year, Nintendo’s E3 presence was nothing to write home about. In fact, due to their switch from the Wii U to the… Switch, they really didn’t have much presence at all outside of Zelda and a few games we all already knew about at the time. Luckily, this year is the first to feature the Nintendo Switch as their main console, and though the system was already shown to have promise in past events, now is the time for Nintendo to actually show it! How will the Switch captivate audiences in the long run? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Did Nintendo Do @ E3 2017?

SBox Soapbox: How Did Sony Do @ E3 2017?

Before I get started, let me forewarn you that I’m fresh off watching the conference as I write this. Which may turn out to be a bad thing as I left the conference a little salty. We’ll get to that soon, though.

Welcome back to those who are joining me from my previous post about the Microsoft conference. For those joining me for the first time, I’m dedicating this whole week to the gaming superbowl that is E3 as I cover the big 3 conferences: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. I will also be covering individual announcements from other conferences later in the week, but for right now it’s time to talk about Sony’s E3 conference. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Did Sony Do @ E3 2017?

SBox Soapbox: How Did Microsoft Do @ E3 2017?

Why is it that I’m never just be at home during E3? Seriously, I must have some kind of curse on me, because it always seems like the same thing happens to me every year. No matter how much I plan this shit out, something always comes up that makes me either miss the first day or makes me barely miss the big conferences. Luckily, this year saw my spontaneous family outing wrapped up just in time for me to catch the first major show of the biggest event in gaming: Microsoft’s “Xbox @ E3 2017 Briefing”. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Did Microsoft Do @ E3 2017?

SBox Soapbox: Bubsy is Back… What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Thursday was a fairly interesting day in my life. I was in my room, minding my own business when suddenly I felt a great disturbance in the universe. It’s as if a million annoying voices were silenced and suddenly cried out. This disturbance was enough to take me aback as I couldn’t believe my very eyes. I started doubting the fabric of reality itself as my brain was processing this very image. My muscles tensed as my neck automatically extended itself towards what lay before me, as if my body was grasping to one last shred of denial left before finally accepting the truth.

The truth came without warning, occurring like a thief in the night. It had neither rhyme nor reason for its being here. No one could’ve predicted the terror that approached from the distance. Alas, it has made itself known and life as we know it has officially declared itself dead… Bubsy… has… returned!

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Behold! The face of evil!

I write this from the confinement of my remote, bobcat-repelling bunker where that wretched demon thing cannot possibly reach me. Hopefully you’ve done the same. Only after hours and hours of crying in the fetal position have I mustered the strength needed to address this disaster head-on. And I must do it now, for it has been over 2 days since the incident. The longer I wait, the less time the world has to make similar arrangements such as I. However, as I sit here alone, distressed, and clearly off my medication, I’ve arrived at an optimistic query: could this game actually be good?

For those who don’t know of what I speak, Bubsy the Bobcat is an abominable hell-spawn whose origins date back to 1993 through the video game, Bubsy in the Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind. Bubsy is a simple creature with a simple goal: destruction. His hobbies include making babies cry and attaching butterflies to spider webs only to watch them be slowly and tragically devoured. He also knits on occasion. His appearance is that of an otherwise adorable creature, a bobcat, but this is only one of his horrible forms as evidence through the warning he bears on his shirt: an exclamation point reddened by the blood of his victims; including, but not limited to, the Atari Jaguar. True story. Some say his true from was made in the image of Satan, but few have lived to tell about it. His voice is the only known cause of ear herpes, and some say that his games even smell of the foulest odor known to zebra-kind.

It took a team of hundreds of heroes known as “game critics” to finally put the beast down in the year 1996 after his fourth and final game, Bubsy 3D, nearly wiped out the human race. From then on, he laid dormant and assumably dead. Nothing more than a laughable legend for quite some time… Until now!

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Resurrected under the influence of the long-disbanded Accolade, ignited by a Hong-Kong based company called Billionsoft, and molded by Black Forrest Games (creators of Giana Sisters), Bubsy returns in the form of a fifth God-forsaken game, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back. The game takes on a form similar to that of his roots as a 2D sidescroller. (Perhaps he’s holding back his next 3D incarnation for the final stage of his evil scheme). He brings with him his trademark methods of torture, such as gliding, jumping, climbing, and failed comedy-ing. The game itself seems unassuming enough, if not a bit generic, but only he knows of what wretched controls he may be eager to inflict upon the world.

To make matters potentially worse, after a team of the greatest minds on Earth were assembled to analyze the approaching atrocity, they have predicted the unthinkable. It is said that when Bubsy returns, he shall have over “a 100” new catchphrases!

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Could there even be a bright side to such a catastrophic turn of events? Shit! Was that a pun I just wrote?… I don’t think I have much time left! If this is the last post I make before Bubsy takes over my mind and removes my organs, allow me to leave you with just one ounce of hope.

You see, I recently had a thought occur to me, more like a vision of sorts. I’m not sure if it was the Lord reaching out to me or the fact that I’m in desperate need of therapy, but something bigger than myself told me this. There’s a chance that this may be nothing more than… a simple cash grab aimed at those who get the joke and will buy this purely out of curiosity. And Accolade knows that they’re the laughing stock of the 90’s mascot platforming boom, so this was strategically made into a pre-E3 announcement to drum up publicity.

It’s a strategy diabolical in a way, but it’s also hilarious and brilliant. Even I made this whole, overdramatic post about it for laughs, thereby promoting this game that shouldn’t exist even more. And you know what, I don’t mind at all. The way I see it is that this is only the second sign of 2017 being the year of the infamous game comeback. For those who don’t know, a new Shaq-Fu game was also recently announced for all consoles including the Switch (because Shaq-Fu’s awesome cannot be contained for just home console-play apparently). If that game can exist in a civilized society, then why not this, too?

Am I gonna buy the new Bubsy game when it comes out? No! I like my money too much, but I’m curious to see how this works out for Accolade and Billionsoft. I’ll laugh my ass off whether this turns out to be just as bad as one would expect, and I’ll laugh even harder if it turns out to be decent. To me its quality relies heavily on whether Black Forrest Games decides to recapture the “spirit” so to speak of the original games. Then they can advertise this as an “authentic Bubsy experience” and my life will be complete, as would yours!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. This was a lot of fun to make. Let me know in the comments whether or not you, too, have accepted Bubsy as your lord and savior!

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Quickie: The Pokémon Direct Was a Stupid Idea!

Tuesday morning was an exciting time for Pokémon fans as Nintendo made a surprise announcement of a Pokémon-themed Direct. That was a huge deal for Nintendo for quite a few reasons, but it also comes at a very interesting time in Nintendo’s history. Seeing as Nintendo has just recently released a new console capable of both home and portable play, everyone’s minds naturally went to one possibility. Could this finally be the day Nintendo announces a Pokémon game for the Switch? Could this finally be the day Pokémon gets a long-awaited home console treatment? Could this be Pokémon Stars as people were calling it?

Well… no. Continue reading SBox Quickie: The Pokémon Direct Was a Stupid Idea!

SBox Soapbox: Uncharted Movie Is Now a Prequel (Yay or Nay?)

I’ve covered a lot of movies in early development before, but few have been so hard to discuss as the tumultuous Uncharted movie. Based on the popular PlayStation exclusive series of action-adventure games by Naughty Dog, this movie has been of interest to me for years now. Uncharted is already one of my favorite, if not my actual favorite, video game series ever. I love everything about these games: the gameplay, the story, the characters, the environments, the puzzles, everything. It’s basically a modern Indiana Jones with Tomb Raider’s gameplay. What’s not to love? How is this not a setup not just destined for film? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Uncharted Movie Is Now a Prequel (Yay or Nay?)

SBox Quickie: Custom Characters in Sonic Forces (Yay or Nay?)


Look guys! It’s a post about something than Marvel. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. It’s been too long since I’ve discussed anything video game related, so what better time is there for a brief change of pace before this unofficial “Marvel May” continues? After all, we have some Sonic news to attend to! Continue reading SBox Quickie: Custom Characters in Sonic Forces (Yay or Nay?)

SBox Quickie: Predicting the SNES Classic’s Games

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Last week we were all shocked, confused and filled with rage following the premature cancellation of the NES Classic Edition. It was a move so uncalled for, and fans were not silent about how the already rare novelty microconsole will be made even more rare despite the demand still being sky high. However, in the mist of this news came one fascinating rumor about what could succeed the NES Classic. A supposed SNES Classic is rumored to be released this Holiday season in the same vain as the NES Classic.

Of course, as it is a rumor, little is actually known about this system which may or may not exist. We don’t know if it will cost the same as the NES Classic, whether supply will be better, or, more importantly, what games will be included. Considering how good the library of the NES Classic is, we can assume the supposed SNES Classic wouldn’t be a slouch either. It’s fun to think about which games Nintendo will choose, which is why I thought I’d make my list of predictions while we wait for it to be confirmed. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Predicting the SNES Classic’s Games

SBox Quickie: Marvel’s Kingdom Hearts Chances May Have Risen

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Yesterday I was completely blind sighted by the teaser for The Avengers Project. It’s been less than 48 hours since I saw the less than one minute trailer, and yet my mind is still racing in regards of what this game will be. It’s funny what the mind can do with so little information isn’t it, but Square-Enix’s name alone is enough to make me hyped. After all, any opportunity to literally be an Avenger is one I’ll gladly take.

Currently there’s not a lot of information for me to cover or interpret. Perhaps at a future date I’ll make an Analysis of the trailer or something like that, but right now all I can do is make somewhat wild guesses as to what it’ll be. Though you know what Square-Enix game I can talk a bit about? Kingdom Hears III. Continue reading SBox Quickie: Marvel’s Kingdom Hearts Chances May Have Risen