E3 2019 was a massive event with a real mixed bag of content, ranging from the gleeful smiles of hyping over trailers and flat resounding ‘meh’ content that I didn’t care about but E3 brought me some excellent stuff to be excited about here are my top games and my top new development:
Anyone who knows me knows how much love and pure adoration I have for The Witcher 3, Bladerunner (or anything with a grimy neon-lit retro-future environment) and Keanu Reeves, so rolling all three of those into one Rebellious, Massive RPG by Witcher devs CDPR and I’m on board. Fully. I’ve been excited for this since finishing the Witcher 3 and stumbling upon that ancient 2013 teaser and now we’ve finally had a peek behind the curtain, I’m so hyped.
We’ve seen the gunplay, it looks fun.
We’ve seen the character customization, it looks detailed.
We’ve seen the cutscenes and dialogue options, they look cinematic and highly polished.
We’ve seen Keanu in the game and on stage, and he was… Breathtaking.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect it to be this good looking, not because I didn’t like Doom (2016) but because I loved it wholeheartedly. I was scared that a sequel would stray from the tracks they had laid down with the “Retro shooter revitalized” formula from the 2016 reboot, opting to ‘experiment’ more with story and narrative, but no, they proved me wrong by doubling down on that formula and hitting it with a jumbo shot of pure adrenaline then sticking it on a rollercoaster.
It’s insane. We’ve got wrist blades, shoulder mounted cannons, plasma guns, a weird explosive bow-thingy, a metric shitload of new enemy types including some fan favorites from the OG Doom 2 and all new environments and themes. It looks nuts, Doom turned all the way up to 11 and stuck there.
FROM Software. George R R Martin. Hidetaka Miyazaki. Dark Souls inspired combat. Norse Mythology. Massive Open World. Horseback Riding.
I know I only got a sneak peek but my first article on this site was explaining why Dark Souls as a franchise is a modern masterpiece and if this game is the evolution of that formula then it’s going to be something I’ll probably be talking about for a very long time.
You’ve seen John Carpenter’s The Thing right? If you haven’t then go watch it and you’ll understand why I want this Reverse-Horror Indie title from the developer of 2D Doom-like Butcher. Sliding through the vents and using my writhing horrible gory tendrils to impale scientists who are having the worst Monday ever before assimilating their flesh into my body made entirely of viscera? Bloody count me in.
I’ve mentioned a lot of gory dark and gritty titles but you know what? After a long day of getting cybernetics or mulching through demons, nothing quite hits the spot like a relaxing peaceful game, your Stardew Valleys and Animal Crossing games… And Spiritfarer looks exactly that. Charming, blissful and very quaint, I knew who was developing it purely by the art style alone.
It’s got the signature look of the games made by Thunder Lotus and as a big fan of their previous work on Sundered (I backed it on Kickstarter and playtested it through development) and Jotun, I’m confident that those folks will make this an amazing game, not just a very pretty one. You’re a person taking souls into the afterlife on a touching journey in their final days, part narrative game part management simulator, it looks heartbreaking, heartwarming and altogether lovely.
The Outer Worlds
Oh my god. We’re getting a Fallout: New Vegas spiritual successor, with familiar feeling wit and charm, a compelling new world to live in and a genuinely interesting title, I’ve got no doubt that Obsidian will smash this sky high. It looks so fun, it might not be a ‘true’ Fallout title, but it certainly seems to have got the DNA of one.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Well, it’s happening. Coming in March, the long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming in March 2020, the trailer alone shows us plenty of stuff to keep us happy, you can sit down now! There’s all new lands, items and other stuff and well what else can I say? It’s a shiny new Animal Crossing with plenty of small improvements over the previous games, it’s not groundbreaking but its a series that everyone knows and loves and sometimes that’s all you need to have a good time.
Sidenote: I still hate Tom Nook.
Well, shit the bed this looks interesting, I approached the stream nervous and expecting to criticize Google into the ground for this and boy how wrong was I? As the show went on I grew more and more carefully optimistic, this service could disrupt the entire industry.
In a really big way. For better or for worse.
A new console/streaming service hybrid with a premium and free subscription.
Stadia Pro is working kinda like PSPlus or Xbox Live gold adding free games to keep while maintaining their store for digital purchases which the free accounts have access to but no free games.
The caveat to this subscription focused streaming console idea is Ubisoft are already looking to drive their money mitts into the service by offering their own monthly game package on Stadia, I imagine EA Access will follow suit and then Xbox Game Pass. But game pass would be my exception as its a service I deem worthwhile and I’d welcome a game pass pc styled subscription at $4 in addition to or even instead of Stadia Pro. Stadia Game Pass, make it a thing, please?
Onto the Tech claims it makes:
Able to be played on any chrome browser or mobile device with virtually no latency
games running at ultra, 60FPS and 1080p with roughly a 20-25mbps connection (meaning 4G is theoretically perfect for it)
Allround I think it’s a great idea, but the execution still worries me. Will Stadia Pro add new games on a bi-weekly basis, Monthly or every few days like Netflix? Will I be able to play comfortably with the streamed games or will latency ruin the experience like with Sony’s PSNow on PC?
Will games come with DLC on stadia pro or will Destiny 2 be the exception?
These are all things which will matter majorly in whether Stadia is a hit or a miss, all I’m saying is that it would be amazing to have if it works as well as described. Google could market stadia subscriptions into mobile phone contracts and Chromebook purchases. Sidenote, the Stadia Controller looks REALLY nice and I’ll get one if I can use it on my pc as a standard input device like an XBOX One controller or a Dualshock 4.