E3 Round-up: The Dale edition!

E3 has sadly finsihed and whilst I believe it wasn’t the best we’ve seen, it did have keanu Reeves, which is always a win. There were a few surprise announcements, probably the biggest surprise is that Nintendo are working on a sequel for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I was going to write a piece for each press conference, but now that it’s over and the hype has settled I think a round up will be suitable.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

I’ve played an animal crossing game, not sure which one, but not to the point where I would consider myself a huge fan. I certainly love the idea of the game… It’s peaceful and it really allows you to loose yourself in its world. The game appears to have a big focus on the ability to farm and make your own furniture, to eventually pay off Tom Nooks extortionate vacation prices. The game looks beautiful and it scares me a little, with the amount of time I spent in Stardew Valley, I can see this being a game that will eat up a good chunk of my free time… sigh… gotta farm for that sweet money though!

But it’s not just on my list for the game itself, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been delayed until 2020, it was originally late 2019. Nintendo has stated that they don’t want to rush it and they want to ensure a good work life balance for the developers working on the game. I respect this so much, in a world full of horror stories about game devs working extortionate hours… It’s nice to see companies who are not afraid to delay games to ensure the health of their staff. I’m really not a fan of this “Crunch” Culture that the gaming industry seems to force, so it’s nice to see one of the big companies take a hit like this for its staff… Kudos Nintendo.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 looks absolutely absurd… and I love it! Being a franchise that sat on the back burner in my mind, Borderlands 2 was a game that I put some serious hours into as a kid… seriously… I’m pretty sure me and my brother played it non-stop for months. Providing me with one of my favourite protagonists, Handsome Jack and also my favourite robot ever… Claptrap.
Providing us with four new vault hunters to play, I’m sure that Borderlands 3 will be just as crazy as its past games. One thing that was interesting to me is that it looks like we are going to visit more than one vault in this game, with the developers hinting at multiple huge boss fights that I’m sure will be completely blown out of proportion and overly absurd, its exciting!
Also, there’s meant to be over a billion different guns, that a lot of ways to kill psychos… I’m happy with that!

SilkSong

Anyone that has read my blog knew that this was going to make an appearance… Silksong is the sequel to Hollow Knight created by the wonderful Team Cherry. We did not get a release date… However we did get a little bit of game play and I have to say it looks fantastic. Hollow Knight was a smooth and beautifully crafted experience that really got me back into the metroidvania genre. Hornet, the main character looks to be just as in depth as the Knight was, with new abilities and a whole new world which looks enchanting.
One thing that caught my eye was the amount of musical references within the game, for example there were enemies that wore bells and musical instruments spread all over the map. This gets me excited for what Team Cherry have created, the music within Hollow Knight was breathtaking and from the snippet we have of Silksong it looks to further that musical nature of the game.
Hopefully we get a release date soon, by the looks of it the Nintendo Switch will be a launch platform for Silksong… since the game play was provided by Nintendo.

Outer Worlds

I never played Fallout: New Vegas… I should probably get on that before Outer Worlds comes out. Obsidian, the creators of Lloyd’s favourite Fallout: New Vegas returns with a game that appears to take everything that people loved about New Vegas and implement it into a new world.
From what we have seen, Outer Worlds shows so much character and depth that I can’t help but fall in love with the fun characters and the way that it doesn’t take itself so seriously, but still have a serious world… I can get on board with that… I love a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening

You know… I’m not really into the Zelda universe, not that I don’t like it, it’s just a game that as a kid slipped past me. I’ve always wanted to dive in, but never really had an opportunity. Until Breath of The Wild, possibly one of the greatest games made, but it came at a time where I was feeling a bit of burn out with Open World games, I would get bored quickly and just give up. It didn’t help that at the time I was falling in love with Metroidvanias.
Links Awakening, firstly looks absolutely beautiful… its adorable and full of character, so that instantly attracts me. The way that fans are anticipating this game really gets me excited to experience it for the first time, I’m really looking forward to throwing myself into it.
Also, the trailer showed off a dungeon creation system, where you can create a dungeon out of the ones you have played, that looks so much fun and challenging. It appears that you can challenge yourself and earn rewards for completing your monstrous dungeons, but from what I’ve seen it appears there is no function to share the dungeons. If they don’t, they could be missing out on a huge opportunity… With the success of Mario Maker, wouldn’t it be interesting to have a Zelda game where you could create and share dungeons? Now that would be awesome.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Since Ori and the Blind Forest is one of my favourite games, I’m really excited to play this game! From the trailer that we saw at Microsoft’s conference, it looks to keep its beautiful visuals and captivating music. Both music and visuals combine in to one surreal experience that will leave you wanting more and pondering on the deeper meanings of the game.
From what we’ve seen however this game looks to be much more focused on boss fights, we saw a few in the trailer and I’m down for that. The last game had a way of making you feel small in an expansive world, add giant bosses to the mix that I’m sure will make you feel even more helpless and force you to fight harder.
All this talking about Ori makes me what to play it again! If you havn’t I suggest you do, its fantastic!

That’s not everything that I’m excited for from E3, but its the main games that I personally cannot wait for! I’m hoping that a few of these games will be playable at EGX in London this year!

What did you guys think of this E3? who do you think ‘Won’? Personally I think Nintendo blew it out of the water this year, whilst Bethesda was the worst for me… “But Blades is a true Elder Scrolls experience” … Jesus christ, whats happened to Bethesda?

Anyways enough from me,

Thanks for reading!

4 comments

  1. What?! I missed SilkSong footage? Was Nintendo live streaming it or something? I only watched the conferences and caught Monster Hunter stuff via twitter. If I’d known there was SilkSong stuff at E3 that would have actually made it into my wrap up post.

    You raise a good point on the new Ori looking more boss focused based on the trailer, but I’ll believe it’s a good change when I actually get my hands on the game. The combat in the first game is easily one of the worst aspects of it. I’m skeptical that Moon Studios can deliver satisfying combat, but it’d be nice to be proven wrong. :p

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    • Yeah there was like 20 minutes of gameplay for the nintendo tree house live stream? It was called something like that! I’m stupidly excited for iceborne, it’s going to be so good, I’m so excited to fight the tigrex again!
      Yeah the combat in ori was weak, I’m hoping that they do the fights justice, I forgot how weak the combat was… now I am a little worried, I hope we are both proven wrong 😅

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