2017.06.13

E3 2017 LA Convention Center Call of Duty WWII exterior
AAAs

E3 Microsoft Assassins Creed Origins demo

Assassin's Creed looked like Assassin's Creed. You get a bird this time. It lovely though.

E3 2017 video games Star Wars Battlefront demo booth

Wha? Naboo fighter in Battlefront? Cooool. Same sort of deal, developers seem to be getting this gen of consoles really dialed in graphics-wise. But, y'know, innovation would be nice.

E3 2017 Destiny 2 playable demo

I wonder how much of a game they will release this time.


Maybe more of a AA+ title, Far Cry 5 looked like the new installment you would expect. The demo was fairly limited, but apparently it introduces a companion.

E3 2017 Gran Turismo booth Playstation

Gran Turismo looks as good as Forza, Project Cars, etc. It may also be out this decade.

E3 2017 Wolfenstein diner

Wolfenstein seems to have gone all Fallout.

E3 2017 Nintendo booth panorama crowd

The Nintendo area was basically Comiccon the entire day. I didn't even try to get through that.
Smaller guys

E3 2017 Atlus booth Radiant Historia Strange Journey Etrian Odyssey

Atlus's offerings looked like pretty generic rpg material. Ugh, another Etrian Odyssey.


Square seems to have gone full Disney with Final Fantasy. There's even a card game!

The vibe

E3 2017 Bethesda booth VR headset HTC

Everyone has vr. Bethesda was hitting it the hardest. Oculus was there. Sony, of course. But I was surprised to see a lot of startups showcasing their vr platform.

E3 2017 fractal art

One of them seemed to put the player in a weird world of graphical effects. Just adjacent was some trippy artwork (related???).

Where?

There were some titles I expected or got press, but weren't accessible from the conference floor. This is not atypical:
Lolwtf

E3 2017 douchey tshirt

I need a shirt that says both that I am an ass and that I am a dork.

E3 2017 full size Horizon Zero Dawn puppet cosplay street

Horizon?


Wew.



2017.06.09

Killing Floor 2 screenshot body exploding entrails bigdevilgamer

Since Dying Light was just a bit too cerebral for two-day gamefest, J and I mixed in some Killing Floor 2.


In a way, it's a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead 2. It's a team-based zombie survival experience where if you go solo you will quickly die and doom your team.

Killing Floor 2 screenshot match overview bigdevilgamer RedScare21 killerofkatana ELFurreto

Where L4D2 had four awesome but ultimately identical characters (except for Ellis's .05% speed boost), KF2 has a dozen or so character classes. These levelable classes basically dicatate weapon choice; although you can purchase any weapon between rounds, your buffs affect just your weapon class. Of course, the leveling system just feels like a cheap way to give people objectives in an otherwise simple game.

Killing Floor 2 screenshot Eiffel Tower collapsing

... that is to say, it's an online store game in a flagship title's clothing. It looks and feels like a high dollar game, but the lack of gameplay variety brings you back down to earth.

Killing Floor 2 screenshot RPG reload bigdevilgamer

But the shooter mechanics are good and it's refreshing to have a game that emphasizes squad tactics. While I haven't played all that much of it, the tactics do seem to be fairly map-independent. In contrast, L4D2 had some iconic locations that needed to be understood to get through the level.


More Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda screenshot computer Vetra PeeBee

Still breezing through playthrough two. Found a fun one when my hard drive was full and I couldn't download the latest update...

Maybe I'll walk around Kadara port, or-

Mass Effect Andromeda screenshot a patch is available incessant dialogue

Oh okay. Well I didn't need online features for this. So, thanks for telling me. Well, time to go to Havarl-

Mass Effect Andromeda screenshot A patch is available incessant dialogue

Um, yeah, you told me that. Mayble I'll go someplace else-

Mass Effect Andromeda screenshot A patch is available incessant dialogue

Yeah. The game felt obligated to remind me frequently that I needed a patch to use online features I wasn't using. THANKS EA!