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
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?
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?)
The time has finally come to discuss the biggest video game event of the year once again: the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016. I’m humbled by the fact that this is the second E3 I’ll be spending with you all. This wouldn’t be as fun if I was simply taking in these announcements by myself with no outlet to express that information. So, hopefully this is as fun for you as it is for me.
There have been E3 conferences and events the past couple of days, but my sights as always were set on the Big 3 companies: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Monday saw the release of possibly the only two major showings of E3, so today I would like to share my thoughts of the show with you all, starting with Microsoft. Continue reading My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference
Yesterday saw the release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, a next-gen remaster on PS4 containing the original trilogy from PS3. The major draw of the set is the enhanced graphics and higher frame-rate. Other than that, there’s nothing new here. No new features, no changes, nothing. This collection mainly exists as a means to introduce prospective fans and build hype for next year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
As a fan of Uncharted who owns and has beaten these games before, I know this and therefore told myself I have no reason to buy it. So why do I want it so bad? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Buying the Remaster of a Game You Already Played
E3, the video game equivalent of the Superbowl, is almost here at last. With summer being the quiet period in terms of AAA releases, E3 stands to be the fuel gamers need to keep their fire going until the Fall. Everyone knows some of the biggest announcements are made here, which is reason enough for any avid gamer to be excited.
This is my first E3 with this blog, and I plan to cover it to the best of my ability starting right now. This week is predictions week here on TSRB. Before we get into the festivities I want to have my anticipation level in check. I will at the very least cover the Big 3 (both pre and post-show) since those are the only ones I pay much attention to. So we’ll start with the first up to bat: Microsoft.
Continue reading SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Microsoft Edition)
This Tuesday I was fortunate enough to pick up my copy of Mortal Kombat X. I love Mortal Kombat as one of my favorite gaming franchises ever. I mean, who wouldn’t love a legal alternative to ripping people’s heads off? I remember when the game was announced last year and how instantaneously excited I was. I would be lying of I told you that I’ve been following the game since then, but I honestly kept my distance from news around the game; both for purposeful and inadvertent reasons. Nevertheless, as the date for the game’s release drew nearer I couldn’t resist buying it anyway. Turns out I was totally in the right.
Continue reading SBR First Impressions: Mortal Kombat X
Every year, the job of the game industry is to try and top the previous year in game releases. So far 2015 seems to be holding up that standard. Since E3 2014, we’ve been promised an excellent new year with game releases we’ve been clamoring for for a while, or ambitious new IPs to spice things up.
So as we say goodbye to 2014, a year with as much controversy and hype as possible, I wish to share with you some of the games I’m looking forward to most. This isn’t in any particular order. Continue reading My Most Anticipated Games of 2015