“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
The above quote accurately describes some of the tribalism happening on Twitter right now with people tearing each other apart for liking this or that, but since this is not Twitter, allow me to express my own entirely singular and polarizing opinion devoid of the primary goal of offending someone.
So another E3 has come and gone. This is only the second time I’ve watched a majority of the event with any seriousness so I’m trying to gauge what people are saying about it, whether it generally lived up to the hype or if it was generally disappointing. I did watch the Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo conferences. I skipped EA because I don’t really like them and it sounded like I didn’t miss much. I also skipped Bethesda since I wasn’t interested in anything they had on offer.
Isn’t it interesting that Microsoft opened their presentation with Phil Spencer talking about graphics, Sony opened their conference with Shawn Layden talking about their storytelling, and Nintendo stepped in with Reggie talking about “fun”? That’s indicative of where the hearts of the big three are at.
Personally, I thought it was an expo of highs and lows. Some of the presentations were great, some were tolerable, and some weren’t at all. I have very particular tastes when it comes to video games so I don’t expect that my perspective is an accurate representation of consensus concerning E3. I’m a world-weary soujourner who is very much tired of every game being either a third-person action title, an FPS, or an open-world fetch quest chore. Phrases like “4K Ultra HD” means terribly little to me but hey now there’s MOAR SKYRIM! Ugh. This was however an event where anyone could find something they liked so while my opinion may not be the most popular… here it is anyway!
Games I’m most excited for
I’ll leave more comprehensive breakdowns of E3 2017 to better writers. There are several “maybes” but only a handful caught my eye as titles I’d definitely drop money on. The reveals I’m most excited for are:
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Sea of Thieves (this was the title that made me go “Huh, cool” for a Microsoft presentation)
- The Last Night (I could care less about the internet politics surrounding this one and its developer)
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (what a surprise that anyone, including me, liked this game but it’s a delightful-looking TRPG!)
- Monster Hunter World
- Shadow of the Colossus (a remaster/remake)
- New Pokémon core RPG in development
- Rocket League (on the Switch)
- Metroid Prime 4 (I fell out of my chair)
- Super Mario Odyssey (well of course)
Links will take you to the trailers.
I actually laughed out loud when I discovered Microsoft was going to call their new “smallest Xbox ever” (what an achievement /s) the Xbox One X… but the stupidest reveal had to be Microsoft’s opener with Forza Motorsport 7 and… a car. The applause died pretty quickly. People weren’t interested in gawking at a Porche, evidently. If they were, they’d go to a car show. At least all those innovative 60fps 4k Ultra HD puddles they talked up during Forza 7’s gameplay footage pushed something as petty as a Porche out of my mind…
Most enthusiastic audience moment
A close runner-up for most enthusiastic response from the audience would probably be the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility reveal back to the original Xbox. I thought it was pretty funny that a presentation which kept touting HD graphics got its biggest applause for a feature taking us back several generations in gaming. Retro gaming had its five seconds of fame again.
However, the most enthusiastic response from the audience had to be, surprisingly, for Ubisoft when they brought Shigeru Miyamoto on stage to a standing ovation. I didn’t see any other ovations anywhere else. Miyamoto and Ubisoft introduced Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle that had a shockingly warm reception. Who knew?
Least enthusiastic audience moment
Most of the Sony conference? A lot of the Microsoft conference? I’m not sure which. The PSVR rapid-fire trailer montage had people bobbing heads and smiling with sporadic applause. Then again… that Porche. Then again again… one couldn’t really measure enthusiasm for Nintendo considering they wussed out yet again and went for a pre-recorded rather than live presentation.
I freaked out when I saw that looming castle and bridge in the forbidden land, then those iconic colossi graced the screen. Sony’s Shadow of the Colossus HD trailer was a very unexpected but very awesome reveal. I can’t wait to learn more about it and I hope that they include even more content this time around.
Something as stupid as Minecraft in 4K HD is pretty worst but worser than worstest had to be the PSVR exclusive Final Fantasy XV Monster of the Deep FISHING GAME!? I actually couldn’t stop laughing. Soon, you won’t just be able to waste time doing nothing with a bunch of under-developed cardboard cut-outs in terribly executed Final Fantasy XV… you’ll be able to do it in VR! Yay.
Something I wished they’d announced
I was really hoping Nintendo would show some hint of a Smash Bros. game for the Switch, or Sony would drop more of the FFVII Remake. Ah well. We’ll always have the Bronx.
The best “oh the feels” moment
Metroid Prime 4. This was high on my anticipation list and even though it was just a logo and a title, it was the single greatest moment in E3 2017 to get my heart pumping.
I didn’t get everything I wanted from E3 but I walked away happy. What else could you ask for in life? Bonus points for Nintendo having a cameo in three presentations: Bethesda’s, Ubisoft’s, and Microsoft’s! 😉 So what were your favorite and least favorite moments from this year’s E3? Your favorite reveal and least favorite reveal? Collect your thoughts below like so many precious fireflies in a bottle.
-The Well-Red Mage