Saturday!

Star Wars Atari Arcade Game Commercial 1983

E3 has come to a close.

The most exciting thing to come out of E3, to my mind, was Cyberpunk’s release of a new trailer:

Cyberpunk 2077 – official E3 2018 trailer

That trailer has everything. Most notably: a 1980’s Trans-Am. That wasn’t the only thing though. We saw announcements for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Elder Scrolls VI, Smash Bros for Switch, Last of Us II, and Starfield.

On top of that, we’ve seen a lot of new information for games like Spider-Man PS4 (do you miss the Batman Arkham games? I’ve got good news… looks like we’ve got a game that just might fill that hole in your heart), Resident Evil 2 Remastered has confirmed they’ve revamped the controls (they’re using RE4 controls now!), Kingdom Hearts 3, and Death Stranding has a new poster and it includes a female character wearing a necklace and people suspect that the necklace contains a secret message that uses Quipu? I can’t say that I understand this last one.

And I’m not even talking about the War-themed shooters or the Dark Souls inheritors (which, I admit, haven’t ever really moved me that much).

This was a pretty awesome E3. (Heck, even Microsoft went back to talking about games! Remember the year that they talked about using the Xbox to watch sports and using the Kinect to change channels? Good times.)

All in all, I’m excited.

So… what was your biggest takeaway from E3?

(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))


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  1. I was disappointed to see Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be First-Person, I can’t deal with first-person combat, so that’s out for me.

    Other than that I didn’t really see much that caught my interest.

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    • Part of me wonders if there will ever be a Cyberpunk 2077 VR version.

      (For the record, I sympathize that you can’t play first person, even as I don’t understand it. Have you ever played Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines? Best camera-follows-the-main-character RPG ever.)

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      • I’ve known a number of people over the years who find first-person controls really disorienting, or have trouble coordinating moving and looking, or get vertigo.

        Personally, I just don’t much like it for RPGs, but I’ll roll with it for an otherwise really good RPG [1]. My favorite style of combat–turn based, with multiple player controlled characters moving around on a map–has never been really popular outside of a specialized subgenre of JRPGs I don’t really dig for other reasons.

        [1] Fallout: New Vegas is the all-time best CRPG in my opinion, despite weak combat.

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  2. Anybody else think that CyberPunk 2077 would be interesting if you could play as a nebbish or average person trying to survive rather than some type of hyper-competent bad ass? I know that games are supposed to be about fantasy but I’d think it would make for an interesting challenge. How would an ordinary person get around this.

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    • Well, you might want to look into Kingdom Come. It’s a game where you play as the son of a blacksmith and part of the point of the game is that you’re not particularly good at anything (and the save system is set up so that you can’t just save 10 seconds before a fight and save-scum your way to victory).

      One of the first things the game has you do is get in a fist fight and you have to be downright Dark Souls level good to win it. If you’re not (and I’m not) you lose the fist fight.

      So the game is about someone who isn’t good at fighting, isn’t amazing at charisma, isn’t particularly good at archery… you encounter knights as you play, but instead of it being a game about the knight who gives a big speech to the town, it’s a game about the guy standing in the middle of the crowd who looks at knight who is giving a grand speech.

      As it stands, though, I prefer to play games where I might start out as a nobody… but I go through the hero’s journey and go through it hard. I pick up a best friend! I pick up a love interest! I pick up a nemesis. The nemesis kicks my butt in our first encounter! Leaves me for dead! I get back up again! I train! I get good! I save the universe!

      Dang, I love that game. I could play it a hundred times.

      The game where I’m playing an NPC in a game where someone else is going through the hero’s journey? Eh. Once in a while, maybe.

      But it’s not like I’m so oversaturated with Cyberpunk games that I’m going to wish for a game that lets me experience life on the other side of things. I’m very, very thirsty for a Cyberpunk 2077 game where I start at level meh and end up at level Wow!

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  3. I’m excited about Cyberpunk. I’m meh on Fallout76. Excited about Starfield (elder scrolls in space? yes!), and the next Elder Scrolls, but they’re both far away. I agree; it seemed like a good E3 from the previews I saw.

    It’d be nice if Crackdown 3 gets released this year, but the eternal delays are probably a sign that it will suck.

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