The Best (and Worst) of E3 2016

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Another E3 has come and gone, and we’ve been left with a lot of exciting news for what new games are coming in the future. But some things, whether it’s a trailer, gameplay footage, or a brand new IP, standout as the best parts of the show. On the other hand, lack of news or even a poorly put together trailer can derail any potential hype for a game before launch. Like I said, there’s a lot to talk about with E3 2016. Without further ado, here’s what I thought were the best and the worst of E3 2016.

The Best

Mafia 3

I have a confession to make. I have Mafia 2 sitting on my desktop, and I haven’t played it yet. I picked it up in a Steam Sale after I heard that it was a great game. I now feel compelled to finish it as the trailers and gameplay demos for Mafia 3 show that the next installment in the franchise is pulling out all the stops to deliver an incredible experience. From the setting of the 1960s to the intense decisions players will have to make, Mafia 3 looks like a ton of fun and it will definitely be on my radar from now on. The developers say that you don’t have to have played the first two Mafia titles to enjoy the third entry, but I think I should finish Mafia 2 in preparation for this one.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

I thought that South Park: The Stick of Truth was a phenomenal game and that last E3’s teaser for South Park: The Fractured But Whole was over all too soon. What we were shown at this year’s Ubisoft press conference was more than I could have asked for. A hilarious trailer, insight into the new combat system, and a release date of this December, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has quickly become one of my most anticipated games of the year. Just in time for Christmas too. Hopefully, Mr. Hanky will be making another appearance like in the last game.

We Happy Few

I’ve been looking forward to We Happy Few for a while now and the footage to come out of E3 this year as been incredibly exciting. Microsoft’s promotion of the project seems to be getting the game the much-needed publicity it deserves, and it won’t be too much longer until we can enter the incredibly disturbed dystopian world of Wellington Wells. What a joy it will be.

Resident Evil 7

One of the biggest surprises of the show, a new Resident Evil game that doesn’t seem to feature all the characters that we’ve become familiar with over the last several games. And for the most part, that’s what makes this so satisfying. Resident Evil 6 is considered by many to be a low point in the franchise, and this reboot could bring much-needed life into it. Slightly ironic for a game that’s usually about zombies.

It also helps that a demo was made available the day of its announcement. I’ve played the demo, and it was terrifying with elements taken from P.T. and a shift to first-person. The game will have PlayStation VR support, and that is perhaps the scariest thing I heard all show. We also don’t have to wait too long for the game as it will be out this coming January.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

You have to hand it to Nintendo. We were skeptical that relying on the newest Zelda title to represent them at E3 and it seems that most of us have our foot in our mouths. While the lack of other games in their booth was disappointing, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, if you pardon the expression, took our collective breath away.

I won’t go into detail as to why this game in some ways stole the show; I wrote a post on that. But, there’s so much about this new title that has everyone eagerly awaiting the game’s release in March. I can’t wait.

Bonus: Death Stranding

We don’t know much about this title, so you can’t say it was a best of show announcement. But, the delivery and the potential revival of several P.T. concepts with an independent Hideo Kojima is incredibly exciting. We’ll probably have to wait till 2019 to play it, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

 

The Worst

EA Press Conference

Though technically not a part of this year’s E3, the EA press conference was included in most of the coverage of the expo. Separating from E3 didn’t work out for EA, at least in my opinion. What we got from an oddly put together presser from two different locations was a lot of promises of new exciting things, but very little shown. The fact that we still don’t have a release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda alone is starting to concern me the more I think about it. All of the supposedly exciting Star Wars games that we’re supposed to get, and we got a behind the scenes video with very little actual gameplay. Plus, I’m pretty sure this was the beginning of the ten times that I would see the Battlefield 1 trailer. Here’s hoping next year will be better.

A Redundant Xbox One S

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The fact that I went from excited for the Xbox One S to disinterested in an hour is an impressive feat on the part of Microsoft. Part of the problem is the fact that the Xbox One S is made obsolete by the end of next year with Project. It’s not clear what the purpose of the Xbox One S is considering there’s a potentially much more powerful console on the horizon. While we certainly don’t have that much to go on about Project Scorpio, other than six teraflops, I don’t see much point buying an Xbox One S if I could save that money for the Scorpio.

That Screaming Woman from the Bethesda Presser

Seriously she was terrible

These were the games and announcements (or people) that I thought were the best or the worst of this year’s E3. While we countdown the days till E3 2017, we’ll see if all the games we’re excited for from the show live up to the hype. Maybe Mass Effect Andromeda will have an actual release date by then.

Until then, see you next E3!

 


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