E3 2016: Blogger Reactions.

It’s been a little over a month since the E3 gaming trade show in LA finished. Now that the hype train has alighted and the dust has settled how about we have a quick look at the best of what’s in store for game industry during 2016-2017.

Wayne and I enjoy watching the events so much that over the years we’ve turned it into a week-long date, complete with pillows, throws, nerd-outs and lots of munchies.

E3 2016 was slightly less hyped than it has been in recent years, with some big names deciding to take a back seat or even pull out of the event all together. I’m not sure what that means for future of E3, but for now let’s have a look at some of the games us bloggers are looking forward to.

Best Games:

Cuphead is a beautiful, unique game that closely resembles a classic 1930s cartoon: The music, the sound effects and the illustration were all produced using traditional methods. It looks much better in action than I can describe it here, so check out the game-play below for yourself.

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It’s We Happy Few that piqued my interest the most though. Visually reminiscent of BioShock, this survival horror plays on paranoia and looks set to mess with the players head, which is always fun.

The trailer tells a story of a man who lives in a closed community of sickly sweet people who are required to take a drug called “Joy” – it’s like rose tinted glasses in pill form – but as the Joy starts to wear off and those glasses melt away, the gruesome truth of his situation reveals itself and he becomes a “downer”. These guys don’t much care for downers, so it’s time to run!

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If you enjoyed 2010 PS3 game, Heavy Rain then this is for you. Detroit: Become Human is a neo-noir sci-fi thriller set in the near future in a world where androids live alongside humans, working, serving and protecting us. When the androids start to experience human-like emotions things start to go very wrong. My favourite games and films are those that confront me with ethical dilemmas and this game looks full of them, so it’s high on my list of must-plays.

Honourable mentions:

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was an unexpected surprise. Wayne loathes the series with a passion, and I’m getting tired of the repetition and super-short campaigns. So as the trailer – an epic space combat extravaganza – ended and the COD logo appeared on screen we were pretty shocked. This is the first COD title I’ve been excited about in years.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Those hazy pastel, dreamy graphics <3

Death Stranding – No one really knew what was going on in this trailer but it had the creepy factor, and let’s not kid ourselves here; Norman Reedus’ bare butt was a great selling point. Count me in!

Horizon Zero Dawn – Another promising PS4 title. An open world action RPG set in a post apocalyptic world where you take on corrupted robots.

Best Tech:

I wrote a guest post about E3’s tech highlights that you can check out here.

Best host:

Sean Plott Host

Image taken by A Klar via Flickr

Sean Plott – AKA Day 9 of Starcraft fame – will forever be my favourite E3 Host. Sean hosts the PC Gamer Magazine event and does an incredible job with what he has to work with. Let’s face it, compared to the all singing, all dancing Microsoft and Sony events, a PC specific event could easily become a bore-fest. Sean’s down-to-earth hosting style is a welcome break from the noise of the other events (we’re looking at you, Ubisoft).

Blogger reactions to E3 2016:

I asked some awesome bloggers what their E3 highlights were.

Liam from Liams Life said:
“As a lifelong Nintendo gamer, I was quite disappointed that Nintendo weren’t going to be showing their new console ‘NX’ at E3 this year. We did however, finally get an in-depth look at the brand new Zelda game. Titled ‘The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’, it has completely lived up to my expectations and more based on what we got to see. I love the graphical style, going for a cross between Wind Waker’s and Skyward Sword, it’s really bright and colourful. The most interesting aspect of the game is how your surroundings and nature itself play a big part in the game. Gone are the days of smashing jars and finding hearts – if you need health, you need to find food. Can we fast forward to March 2017 please?”
Nettie from Reclusive Fox said:
“I thought Sony won E3 this year – I loved how they focused on the games rather than performing awkward conversations as found over at Microsoft and the dull Pokémon gameplay session from Nintendo. When Hideo Kojima appeared on stage I got goose bumps and I can’t wait to see what comes of Death Stranding. The games I’m most eager to get my hands on are Horizon: Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 7 (loving the demo, what’s the finger for?), God of War and We Happy Few looks really promising too.  Zelda is obviously of interest too but I have to admit the Nintendo NX will have to really impress in order to get me to buy it.”
Katy from Katy Kicker said:
“I am most looking forward to learning more about Project Scorpio, from Microsoft. I love that there is going to be a new, more powerful, console from the makers of the Xbox One. Usually we don’t hear details in the ‘project’ stage so I’m excited to learn more about what the developers have in store.”
 
What games and tech are you looking forward to this year? Let me know below!
*Cover image by Jeriaska – Flickr

 

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