It’s hard to believe that this time of year has come and gone once again, but here we are. This week saw yet another iteration of the annual Gamer Superbowl, otherwise simply known as E3 2018. Over the weekend and up until Wednesday morning, the biggest studios in the industry gathered to showcase some of the biggest games of tomorrow and beyond. Some of these games are anticipated sequels of major franchises, while others are completely new IPs. Some represent major franchise returns while others set out to establish an audience for the first time. Nonetheless, all of these games will be competing for our hard-earned dollars in due time.
That means that if these companies want to impress, they’ll have to give us their best. And what better way to impress us than to set out to “win E3”? Question is, how did these companies do, and who exactly won this year’s E3? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: The Great E3 2018 Round-Up
Now that we’re in a fresh new year of 2018, it’s time to briefly look back on the year we’re leaving behind before setting our sights on the future. When I look back on my Most Anticipated Games of 2017 list, I notice a bit of a pattern forming in both my gaming habits and the industry in general. First, I have only played 2 of the 10 games I mentioned on my list last year: Crash Bandicoot and Tekken 7. Clearly I need to add “buy and play more games” to my resolutions list. Also, it turned out of those 10 mentioned games, one was delayed and one was even flat-out cancelled. (R.I.P. Scalebound! You were too badass for this world). That’s a sobering realization to say the least.
So, despite the odds of me playing all of these games this year is a bit slimmer than I realized, I’m opting to aim high anyway by listing off some of the games I’m looking forward to playing in 2018. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Games of 2018
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?
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!
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)
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)
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.
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)