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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 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?

My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference

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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

My Most Anticipated Games of 2016

You know what’s ironic? Last year I made a post about my most anticipated 2015 games. I looked at the post again, and out of the 11 games I mentioned (omitting the runners-up) only 6 of them came out. The rest were delayed to this year. You can imagine 2015 was a pretty disappointing year, at least for me.

I guess there’s a bright side to that. I’d rather have a good game later than a broken game now. Besides, I won’t be waiting much longer now. And there are still a lot of great games coming out in 2016 (hopefully).

Here are a couple of the games I’m looking forward to in the next 12 months of life. This is in no particular order; I’m just going off the top of my head. Continue reading My Most Anticipated Games of 2016

My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2015 Press Conference

At Xbox our mission is simple: to put you, the gamers, at the center of everything we do, to build the best platform and most reliable service for both gamers and developers, and to enable teams to push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation, and of course fun.

~Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox Team

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.

We start off appropriately with Microsoft, the first conference of the day. Before we start, click here for my predictions post of which I will be referring to often. Continue reading My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2015 Press Conference

SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Microsoft Edition)

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)

The 7th Generation of Gaming In Review: Intro

 

Greetings peeps!

It’s funny how we end up coming up with ideas. For example, Sir Isaac Newton developed the concept of gravity when he was hit in the head by a fruit. Dr. Brown from Back to the Future came up with a time traveling DeLorean when he hit his head on a sink. And I created this new segment of blog posts while being up all night with a sickness I am assuming is a fever. Neat, huh?

Today I would like to announce a new series of posts I would like to make. For those of you who don’t know, a time period of a group of video game consoles are active and competing is known as a “console generation”. A console generation begins when the first new piece of hardware is released which replaces the previous generation. We are currently in the 8th Generation of video game consoles, which consist of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, and Vita. However, the generation we will be referring to will be the 7th Generation consoles: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PSP.

The 7th Generation of consoles was a hell of a game changer to say the least. For one, it is one of the longest console generations ever, lasting since 2004 with the release of the DS. This generation was also timed perfectly with the changes in online and social media. That generation has introduced new game trends, new ways to play, new ways to make games, and new ways to interact with the game and its developers. We also picked up a mainstream not present in console generations prior.

The 7th Generation of gaming will be forever remembered for its paradigm shifts and what it has offered to gaming. Now whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

I do realize that the 7th gen is not completely done yet. However, we are already nearing the end as games start making the shift to newer hardware. This is a good time to take a good look at this time period and analyze what makes this console gen stand out.

In these posts, I will look at each aspect of gaming and comment on them all. These aspects include Online Multiplayer, DLC, Social Media, Social Justice, Indies, etc. The goal is to decide what this generation stood for and what it will most likely be remembered as.

I was originally going to make a post called “What Will the 7th Generation Be Remembered As?” I decided to separate the all these aspects instead of just making a long-winded post that people are going to read the first few paragraphs of and get tired of. Besides, I can;t possibly fit everything into a single post.

Be on the lookout for this series of blog posts, because they’re coming your way soon. These probably won’t be the longest posts to make. I won’t go into too much detail about some of these since these are just my thoughts with some explanation.

Hope you can join in on the fun and in the discussion.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Part 1: Generation of DLC