I guess I should put something up relating to E3. The general lack of posts (and I will state that my blog roll is down by a large margin) seems to be more symptomatic of the medium than just me. Always found late spring to be a tough time to write…weather is finally nice and I want to be on the lake.
Anyways, back to E3.
In 2019, we’re in a space where there are very few surprises left. Aside from Keanu telling everyone they are breathtaking of course. Dev cycles are admittedly longer. There is minimal progress to be had on the graphical front (I still recall the PS3 tech demos). Nearly everything is a sequel to something. The last time we saw a risky AAA game that was actually good was Horizon: Zero Dawn in 2017. There’s a fine line between sequel and a new coat of paint (*cough*Battlefield*cough*).
From all the hoopla, there are a few games that seem interesting.
- Baldur’s Gate 3. BG2 is the best RPG of all time… of ALL TIME! Larian has done a smash job on Divinity, so this seems like a reasonable fit. Finding the balance between mechanics and exploration/story is going to be key here.
- Outer Worlds. I have a soft-spot for sci-fi RPGs. Been a long time since there was a good one (sorry Isey). And I’ve rather enjoyed the long list of games from Obsidian.
- Evil Genius 2. One of my all-time favorite games. Playing bad guys for comedic effect is always entertaining. Will be interesting to see how this applies modern game practices.
- Cyberpunk 2077. Both the setting and the developer hit the right notes. As long as the story structure is similar to the Witcher, I’ll be happy. I have a serious dislike for Witcher combat mechanics.
- Ghostwire Tokyo. This seems more like a serious take on Ghostbusters. The art style & setting seem interesting. Hard to say no to a new IP from these devs too.
- Gods & Monsters. Zelda but in a greek setting. Which in that case would be Kid Icarus without wings. I rather like exploration games.
- Marvel’s Avengers. Honestly, I am more confused than much else. A co-op live service? Did we not just do this dance with Gazillion Marvel Heroes? Pretty please, let’s not have another Anthem. The timing here seems even more off, given that Avengers just bookended.
- There is a lot more talk about cross play, and generally this is doable if the game is also on PC
- 120FPS on a console is a big deal. Which frankly, means people are going to need better TVs.
- More streaming service.
- Ubisoft’s play for $16/month similar to EA’s service is a heck of a stretch. That said, curious how many people still pay EA after the Anthem fun.
- Since all this was pre-E3 it was entirely console focused. PC only games and mobile games come later.
- There is a general lack of indie games making the threads, but I would say this is more due to the fact that indie is almost entirely focused on PC launches first, then console later.
- Bethesda. What the heck is going on over there. Thumbs up to the ESO success story after a horrible launch, but everything else feels like throwing spaghetti on the wall hoping something sticks.
- There’s still Nintendo to show some stuff. Guess it will relate to Metroid and new spec on the Swtich. Indie games already have a good foothold here… maybe we see more.
- E3 has to compete with the 24/7
newshype cycle. When devs are paying Twitch streamers to promote their beta games… where does E3 fit?