DAR Games: The Underwhelming Fallout From E3

By @Peagle05

E3 has come and gone...and that's exactly what it feels like. This year's event just seemed to happen. With very few big surprises coming from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, this E3 seemed to be the throwaway year. Which is to say, as gamers, we've come to expect a certain level of excitement around the event. This is our Super Bowl, our Wrestlemania and this year, it came off like a Wild Card game or WWE: Great Balls of Fire (WWE...WUT?).

Crappy PPV branding aside, I'll give credit where credit is due, Nintendo had the best surprises. I've been a Nintendo guy my whole life so it was great to see them finally listening to the fans and giving us TWO Metroid games. One being the long awaited fourth entry in the excellent Metroid Prime series and the other a remake of the Game Boy classic Metroid 2: Return of Samus. Software wise, Sony and Microsoft mostly stood pat and showed us games that we already saw last year. But outside of Nintendo, the biggest news of the show was Microsoft showing off its ridiculously powerful and ridiculously named, Xbox One X. That's right, how else do you make an already confusing label for your third console more confusing? ADD AN X. Considering that Microsoft has been touting this thing as the most powerful console ever, it would have made far more sense to separate it from the Xbox One to avoid confusion (Wii U anyone?) but what do I know? I'm just a guy on the internet writing an article. But while we're on the subject, the XBONEX (See how crazy that is? It just looks like an immature gamer's Gamertag) just so happens to look like the legendary PS2...Good job Microsoft. You made an already confusing console even more so.

Sony, decided not to show The Last of Us 2, and focus more on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy which looks to be another top notch entry in that series. And while I get Sony and Naughty Dog's decision to leave out TLOU 2, I wish we had at least gotten a quick teaser. Besides that, we got a look at the new God of War and it looks amazing. Shortly after the show, it was revealed that GOW will not feature any camera cuts, which initially sounds ridiculous, but when you think about it, all of our adventure games are permeated by constant camera cuts like Hollywood movies and it isn't really needed. I'm interested to see how this works for GOW. So don't think that I hated everything about this show, I've been waiting for State of Decay 2, Spider-Man looks amazing, the new Metro title looks appropriately haunting and Sony's Days Gone looks like a potential classic. I'm just feeling let down by the lack of spectacle this year. It makes me glad I decided not to shell out the money to go this year. Oh well, I'm an Eagles fan. I'm used to saying “There's always next year” and well, there's always next year.

Outro By @TrueGodImmortal 
While E3 was a bit disappointing this year, make no mistake about the fact that the reason we all look forward to this is because in years past, they've always given us something to look forward to. Sure, this year, we got some small mentions of games that we can look forward to, and we were left waiting for more details on the video game version of Detox, Kingdom Hearts 3. However, there were games that we were all expecting to see that we didn't. Maybe I'm alone in this, but I was hoping to see more on Red Dead Redemption 2, Dead Island 2, and The Last Of Us Part II, and was slightly disappointed. I'm not excited about the Xbox One X, as it really doesn't stand out, and I thought Sony outperformed Microsoft yet again, a reoccurring theme at E3 now, but there were other elements I enjoyed as well.

The Evil Within 2 could honestly be a special game and I've managed to play the first, which I thought was solid. The second one has one of the best trailers of the entire event, and Bethesda has been on a bit of a roll for the most part. After a lot of terrible games and some strange decisions, Call of Duty looks to be back in the driver seat with a return to the World War feel on WWII, which looks pretty good based on the trailer. A return to form for Call of Duty could end up being an even bigger boost and return the game to the dominant levels it had in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Another game that some might be interested in is Beyond Good And  Evil 2. I'm not entirely interested in this game, but it did manage to make a big splash and garner a lot of attention, so it's important for you to keep your eyes out for when the actual gameplay starts to drop.

In closing, my favorite games are essentially the ones that came from Nintendo and while I wasn't sold on a Mario and Rabbids crossover game, I might have to check this one out. It's going to be a success, but then again what Mario game isn't? Speaking of which, aside from the Spiderman game, which looks excellent as Peagle mentioned earlier, I'm 100% sold on Super Mario Odyssey. It looks to be the most creative game of the Mario series (which is saying a lot), and if it lives up to the hype like I think it will, it could go down as the greatest Mario adventure. All in all, E3 gave gamers something to look forward to in small quantities, but it was extremely underwhelming overall. As Peagle said, there's always next year.



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