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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 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 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 Soapbox: All About the Nintendo Switch (Livestream and More)

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By show of hands, how many of you were unlucky enough to live on the East Coast US during last night’s Nintendo Switch livestream? Tired ain’t ya? You know, there was a time when living here was the ideal spot for these gaming press conferences. You don’t have to wake up too early for the early day stuff, and even the somewhat late events happened during prime time 8 PM. Not the case for the Nintendo Switch event. Could be worse, though! At least I’m not in Europe.

Okay, mini-rant over. The point is that I indeed have seen the Nintendo Switch event the other night and have come to offer my thoughts on what was showcased during the show (and everything they left out for some reason). I realize that I’m probably the eleventh or so Nintendo Switch commentator you’ve seen today. Don’t worry. I’ll make it worth it by purely sticking to my reactions and thoughts, instead of repeating the news you’ve probably heard at nauseum the past 36 hours. If you aren’t aware of what was shown or just want a refresher of the show’s news, click here for the highlights.

Sorry if I miss something, by the way. I’ll only be covering the big stuff as well as some tiny little details that caught my eye. We’ll cover this event in three sections: system, games, and extras.

Continue reading SBox Soapbox: All About the Nintendo Switch (Livestream and More)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (S-Z)

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For those joining in for the first time, this is a continuation of a previous post where I run through Nintendo’s list of third-party developers and predict which games they will either develop or port to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to start from the beginning or are looking for a specific developer that on the list, please refer to the bottom of this post for links. Otherwise, welcome back!

My apologies for the final part taking much longer than the other parts. College decided to take over my life this week. Though after all the hard work, tears, and bloodshed (mostly bloodshed), I have returned to finish what I’ve started. We’ve already covered 29 of the companies on the list, which leads us to the final 8 developers: Starbreeze Studios through Warner Bros Interactive. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (S-Z)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (L-S)

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For those joining in for the first time, this is a continuation of a previous post where I run through Nintendo’s list of third-party developers and predict which games they will either develop or port to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to start from the beginning or are looking for a specific developer that on the list, please refer to the bottom of this post for links. Otherwise, welcome back!

We are about half-way through the list discussing everyone from 505 Games through Konami plus the addition of DeNA and Epic Games. Remember, I’m not covering the last two rows fully. So, today I’ll be covering the next 9 developers on the list in one of the most fun parts of this series of posts, all letters L through S. And for clarity sake, I’ll cover Starbreeze in the next part for the sake of time. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (L-S)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (E-K)

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For those joining in for the first time, this is a continuation of a previous post where I run through Nintendo’s list of third-party developers and predict which games they will either develop or port to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. If you’d like to start from the beginning or are looking for a specific developer that on the list, please refer to the bottom of this post for links. Otherwise, welcome back!

In Part 1 we covered from 505 Games all the way to Codemasters and also included DeNA. That means we’re about a quarter through the list. This time we’ll cover the next 11 companies ranging from letters E through K. Remember, I’m totally skipping the bottom two rows with the exception of DeNA and Epic Games, and I’ll be discussing Epic Games in this part. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (E-K)

SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (A-D)

We’re just a couple weeks removed from the official reveal of Nintendo’s seventh home console and/or sixth handheld console: the Nintendo Switch. So far, gamers and fans are taking to it pretty well with the majority of early reactions being hesitantly enthusiastic. We don’t know everything about the system yet, but we at least know enough to start answering some of the Switch’s remaining questions. What? You thought the speculation period was over? Not a chance.

One of the most discussed aspects of the Switch, aside from horsepower, is its game library. It was hard in the beginning to discuss the console’s library due to us not knowing that much about the console. We had an idea of it being a hybrid system, but didn’t know how it would look like or Nintendo’s plan for both first and third party support. Fortunately we have seen it for ourselves, and Nintendo was even kind enough to provide a full list of third-party developers who are confirmed partners of the system.

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Currently, about twelve games have been confirmed for the system. Using this expansive list that Nintendo provided and the little we know about the console, I’m going to predict some of the games I believe will eventually come to the Switch. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Predicting the Nintendo Switch’s Games (A-D)