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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!

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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 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

My Thoughts on Nintendo Direct (3/3/16)

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It’s time for another Nintendo Direct. It’s been quite some time since the last Direct and quite some time since we had any Nintendo news that wasn’t NX rumors and speculation. In this Direct, which many consider a bit of a let-down, we basically got a roundup of Wii U and 3DS games coming in the first half and even end of 2016. I personally liked the presentation even though there wasn’t too many big announcements. But what they did announce was enough to hold me over until their undoubtedly huge show at E3. Continue reading My Thoughts on Nintendo Direct (3/3/16)

My Thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 2015 Direct

This week is E3 week- the annual event where miraculous gaming announcements practically reign from the heavens for our viewing pleasure. Need I say more? Nope, I’d rather just start talking impressions on what was shown.

This time, we enter Day 2 with the last console manufacturer’s conference, Nintendo- who like always is being hipster by making a Nintendo Direct. There is no predictions post this time because of time constraints, so I’ll get right into things. Continue reading My Thoughts on Nintendo’s E3 2015 Direct

SBox Soapbox: List of Games That Would Sell Wii U’s

The Wii U is the current generation underdog of gaming consoles. Despite the Wii U still being in second place in console sales (as of this post date), the system has a pretty sour reputation, brought on by its bad start, odd controller, under-powered specs, and lack of compelling exclusives.

The Wii U does appear to be at a turning point starting this final fiscal quarter. However, what Nintendo needs to maintain a good fight in this console race is heavy-hitting software. And here are a couple of games that I feel will undoubtedly be system sellers.

This is in no particular order. I write it as it comes to mind. In the comments of this post, let me know which of these would convince you to buy a Wii U. If you do have a Wii U, let me know which you’d like to see most.

Super Mario RPG 2

Just say the word and at least half a million Wii U’s will be sold before your very eyes. Super Mario RPG was one of the most renowned SNES games in existence. It still maintains a wide fanbase to this day. Even Geno, a character exclusive to this game, has a cult following all his own. He was even one of the more requested characters for the upcoming Super Smash Bros.

A SMRPG sequel would offer a lot to the Wii U. For one, Square Enix hasn’t a single Wii U game on the shelves yet. Games like Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III are too demanding to be ported. I don’t see a more fitting way to get into that market.

Sure Nintendo has two other RPG series for Mario currently, but this is by far the highest acclaimed. Nintendo also likes to appeal to nostalgia with their releases. This is considered a classic. Need I say more.

Earthbound

When I say this, I mean any use of the game. You can remake it, bundle the trilogy in an collection, or make a fourth installment.

All of the above are worthy of the RPG community’s attention. Earthbound is a beloved game that has potential.

Nintendo has been very timid with this series because it was commercially lacking when they brought it to the States. However, times have changed. Every Nintendo fan worth their salt knows the series now. If Fire Emblem can do well worldwide, why not Earthbound?

Metroid

Goes without saying, but it’s true. The triforce of mature Nintendo titles is almost conplete. There’s Zelda, Star Fox and Metroid. We have a new Zelda coming next year. Star Fox has been confirmed to be coming. Metroid is yet to be seen.

Other M did leave a lot of fans sour, but they’re salivating for more. I’m sure it’s on its way soon, but it should be stated that Metroid would be a system seller.

F-Zero

I do realize that Miyamoto has come forth and explained that he has no ideas for the series as of now. I am also aware that Mario Kart 8 has already stolen F-Zero’s antigravity shtick. However, you’d certainly attract attention when you eventually make a new installment.

I’ll admit that I’m not sure if it will be the biggest Wii U game ever. Though, I do know a lot of people who want a new F-Zero. So maybe this can sell a good number of systems.

Mega Man

Nintendo and Mega Man go together like bread and butter. Many Nintendo fans are Mega Man fans as seen by Mega Man’s appearance in Smash Bros. Put 2 and 2 together and you have a whole bunch of people giving you money.

This one is Capcom’s call though. I am obviously among the Mega Man fans who wants Nintendo to get the rights to the series. It’s far-fetched, but would be amazing nonetheless.

Mario vs Sonic

Notice the lack of “Olympic Games” in the title. Nintendo! Sega! We want a crossover in the form of a platformer. None of that minigame nonsense anymore.

Come on, how cool would that be? It’s practically seamless to create and would drive up sales like no one’s business. A platformer that fully captures the biggest mascot battle in all of gaming is totally doable. If you market it right and make it fun, you’ll have a hit.


Those are just my ideas. I think that any if these would spike sales of the Wii U to some extent, Let me know what you think though.

My Quick Thoughts on Super Smash Bros “Pic of the Day” (8/11/14)

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As many of you know, Super Smash Bros creator, Masahiro Sakurai, regularly posts screenshots from the upcoming game on various social media outlets, Miiverse, and the official Smash Bros website. These usually confirm or explain information of stages, fighters, items, and trophies. Today’s pic is particularly interesting.

This image cam with a caption that goes as follows:

“Hello! I’m Samus, the intergalactic bounty hunter!” “And I am Meta Knight, joining the battle!!”

This picture obviously shows off the ability for Mii fighters to sport customizable outfits n battle. I do like the designs of the costumes and they look jarring enough to not get confused for the actual fighters.

But that’s not what you’re interested in hearing, right? You’re all looking at the same thing I’m looking at: Meta Knight has a costume, and he’s “joining the battle”. Does this mean he’s back?

I’m going to go with the more optimistic “yes”. I explained in my Smash Bros character probability post that Meta Knight is among the most likely Brawl newcomers to get in the game. He’s probably one of the most popular Brawl newcomers anyway. And Kirby is Sakurai’s franchise to begin with, so representation of his franchise is to be expected. This pic is indeed a soft confirmation that he is coming back. Why so cryptic then? Well, hype can be a main cause. To outright say that Meta Knight is in the game wouldn’t be nearly as exciting as a nudge that turns out to be right.

However there is one more aspect to this image I want to touch on that no one else really is: Samus. Why is she in the picture? It probably means nothing and I’m being a little too analytic, but I think there’s something more to this inclusion. Maybe this is a subtle hint that a new Metroid character is coming. It’s not too hard to believe when you consider the tease made back in April involving Ridley. Maybe this is foreshadowing.

If it is, it’s about time we get some answers to that, because that’s caused a huge ruckus lately.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Let me know if you agree with anything I said. And most importantly, do you think Meta Knight is back?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!