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E3 2017: Thoughts on Sony and Nintendo presentations

Sony had their presentation Monday night, but I was feeling too bad to do anything but watch and take notes. Overall, they didn’t show what I most wanted to see, and there wasn’t anything that got me too excited. I had wanted to see a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, Ni No Kuni 2 or The Last of Us 2, though I guess I should be thankful I didn’t see the latter in case of spoilers (I’m still playing the first game).

They showed expansion packs for Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn and while I plan on playing both in the future, expansions don’t interest me on their own, unless included in GOTY editions or have a good deal (for instance, I did buy both Witcher 3 expansions, because they were loaded with content). I’m not at all interested in Days Gone. I’ve tried Monster Hunter in the past (MH4U specifically) and it wasn’t really for me, I find it too difficult. Shadow of the Collosus seems to have made a lot of people happy, but I’ve never played it and still don’t think it’s the game for me personally. Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate though? Yes, though it wasn’t “new” as I knew of it already. The only negative I have on the trailer is that it didn’t really show what kind of game it was. There was a single VR game that I wish wasn’t VR; that game was Moss. It was adorable with the mouse warrior! You’d think I would have read Redwall with how I reacted (note to self: read/listen to the Redwall series already). Detroit Become Human looked interesting (I’m a cyberpunk fan), and Marvel Spiderman was a nice surprise.

Now let’s talk Nintendo! This is what I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I loved EVERYTHING. So let’s get started!

1. Rocket League is coming to Switch, which is awesome though I haven’t played. This fact might make me change my mind though. It will also have exclusive customizations and cross play with other platforms. I can see this being popular for Switch users.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still has British voice actors! I loved that about Xenoblade Chronicles and will definitely be picking this one up. And yay, there are still Nopons!
3. KIRBY! Not until 2018 but still makes me so happy.
4. METROID PRIME 4. Every fan has already heard about it but hooray for the confirmation, I hope we get actual footage in a future direct or next E3!
5. YOSHI! He’s felted this time, in a cardboard diorama world. The crafty geek in me loves this as much as I loved Yoshi’s Wooly World.
6. Fire Emblem Warriors makes me think I really need to start Hyrule Warriors this weekend.
7. I’m not really planning on buying DLCs for Breath of the Wild, but maybe if there’s a sale or something. There’s so much to do without and I’m nowhere near finished so it’s no rush for me.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has me sold, even if rabbids are annoying. I like everything I’ve seen.
9. Super Mario Odyssey. Does anything need to be said? I NEED a Switch before it comes out, come on Nintendo, make them more available!

These were announced after the Direct, but nevertheless I’m going to buy both. Metroid Samus Returns is a gorgeous 2D Metroid remake of the 2nd game, but more than just a remake. And the Metroid amiibo is perfect, hope I can get my hands on it. The other game is Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga remake + Bowser’s Minions.

Overall, Nintendo did awesome this E3, while the others were sort of lackluster in comparison. The future of gaming is bright and I have WAY too many games to play already but I don’t care. What was your favorite thing about this E3? Did you watch any of the tournaments?

E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?

Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.

That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!

As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.

I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?

Oh wow, it’s dusty in here…

I’m not sure what to say that wasn’t already said previously, I meant to come back to blogging and just never did. Life changed a lot for the better mostly, but all my attention has mainly been on crafting. It has been addicting and great for me mentally. I’ve got about 3 years crocheting, picked up knitting this year and added cross stitching several months ago. While learning, practicing and creating, my reading dropped dramatically, my playing hasn’t changed too much but I just haven’t been finishing many games. I’m hoping to work on balance and shift myself from youtube videos/tv while crafting to audiobooks to up my reading.

But anyway, I decided I wanted to blog about E3 again since I’ve had so much fun doing it the last times I did. However, this time I’m only going to really talk about the stuff that interests me after a run down of games shown; I think that’s similar to what I did last time, but I’ll mainly only cover Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo this year unless something else pops out (or CD Projekt Red shows something on Cyberpunk 2077 because I really want that game!).

With that said, look for my post later tonight/early tomorrow for my thoughts on Microsoft! Thanks for visiting, I’ll try hard to stick around this time.

Square Enix at E3 – A Few Good Showings, a Few Duds

For me, the conference opened slowly as they started with Just Cause 3, coming December 1st for PS4, Xbox One and PC. I don’t care for the franchise personally, but this was one of the few games shown for 2015. TBH, it did look fun, but I won’t be playing it.

Next, they gave us a sneak peek at the new NieR game for PS4, being developed by Platinum Games (they’ve been a very busy studio, having done Star Fox, still working on Scalebound for X1, this new game and the newly announced Transformers game). This game looks great, I enjoyed the first game from what I watched in a Let’s Play (I don’t own a PS3 at this time), so I’m sure it’ll make PS4 fans happy. They’ll reveal more details later this year in the Fall. Also this segment of the conference featured this creepy mask, which no one said anything about:

After this, we saw Rise of the Tomb Raider again, then they did a quick reel of Hitman mobile games before announcing their Lara Croft Go mobile game. Then they quickly showed images from Heavensward FF XIV Online, Life is Strange and Dragon Quest Heroes, but nothing was said about them.

Finally, the Kingdom Hearts producer comes on the stage…and there’s no English translator so the assumption is we’re going to see the KH3 trailer. Instead, we get a repeat viewing of the FF7 Remake trailer so the wait continues. The only news here is that we’ll get more info this Winter and that they’ll be releasing the original PC version to iOS and PS4 at that time.

Just when we get pumped for the Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, they extend the wait again with a mobile game called Kingdom Hearts Unchained. But finally they show the trailer and we learn that Tangled is a confirmed world. However, it’s still in development with no given date still.

The conference then moved onto World of Final Fantasy, which was first seen at the Sony conference. The director came on and from his speech we gather this is an “all ages” type of game and that his thoughts for the game were to make it like venturing through the world of toys, hinting at this being a possible “toys to life” game. It comes out sometime in 2016, first to play on PS4 and PS Vita.

Next we got some more details on Hitman, and another reel of three other games, including FF XV.

Then there was a reveal for a new Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness slated for 2016 on PS4. After this, they covered some more details for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

The conference ends with a look at a brand new IP with a new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory. The game is currently known as Project Setsuna and the art is a beautiful watercolor paint style, though whether this is what the game’s art will be like remains to be seen as it could very well just be concept art. It is planned for global release in 2016.

Overall, I was very happy with what they had to share, though we didn’t see Bravely Second. Check it out for yourself below:

Nintendo Digital Event at E3 2015 – New Games Announced, More Info on Known Titles

Nintendo started off with a skit featuring puppets…similar to how they started off last years’ with Claymation, except that the puppetry didn’t show up in a game like Claymation leading to Kirby’s Rainbow Curse. This led to the first Star Fox trailer.

Star Fox is officially named Starfox Zero and given a launch window for this holiday season. I want to say it’ll either come at Thanksgiving or at Christmas time; I don’t see it coming any earlier than that. It does not support online multiplayer; the focus this time is on the single player experience. Regardless, the game looks great and I’m excited to play it. The Arwing also transforms, which is kinda fun.

Reggie then sat down with Activision and exclusive Skylander/Amiibos were introduced. They have Hammer Slam Bowser and Turbo Charge Donkey Kong, and they hold data for Skylanders and whatever game you use the amiibo version for (which is a simple turn of the base). These work with the new Skylanders Superchargers game for all Nintendo versions (Wii U, Wii and 3DS).

Then they announced a new 3DS game in the Zelda franchise, Zelda Triforce Heroes. It plays much like Four Swords, but with 3 Links instead of 4. You work together in 3 player co-op and this does have online multiplayer so you can have play sessions with your online friends. If you play single player, you simply switch between control of characters. I rather like Four Swords, so this is a game I’m looking forward to. It is slated for Fall 2015, so just a few more months!

Hyrule Warriors for 3DS was leaked a bit early, but we got to see a trailer and the actual name of Hyrule Warriors Legends. The game includes DLC characters from the Wii U version and includes new characters, one of them being Tetra. It has a launch window of first quarter 2016. I still need to get the Wii U game, but I might just end up with both.

Remember Blast Ball? It’s a side game that’s part of a new game called Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Apparently a lot of fans are disappointed by this, but Federation Force looks like a very fun FPS. I want another Samus Aran focused game as much as the next fan, but I know this is a game I can enjoy to. It’s slated for 2016.

We saw Fire Emblem Fates (originally seen under the Japanese title If) and it’ll be on 3DS in 2016. Next we saw the Fire Emblem X SMT crossover, which still doesn’t have an English title and given the same 2016 window. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see it again.

One of my happy moments was seeing Xenoblade Chronicles X get an official release date. It comes out on December 4th. If you have a Wii U and love epic, open world RPGs, this is a must buy. I’m seriously so excited for this!

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer got a release date of September 25th, 2015. It comes with an amiibo card to start you off, and the first series of cards include 100 characters with more to come later. I love interior design, so I’ll probably be picking this up.

Fans have been wanting Animal Crossing on Wii U… Nintendo answered in a way no one expected. Disclaimer here though: I honestly didn’t see a traditional AC game on home console, I believe that simply won’t happen due to the real-time aspect being much easier on a handheld. If we got an AC game that was anything like the traditional ones, it would have had to change to in-game time. Instead, they gave us a board game called Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival similar to Mario Party and Fortune Street. I personally love board games, virtual and physical, so I’m still going to enjoy this.

Yoshi’s Wooly World hits stores on Oct 16th, Super Mario Maker arrives on September 11th. To Level-5 fans, they got the announcement of Yokai Watch finally localized for NA and Europe, something people have been wanting. I didn’t know anything about it, but after watching Treehouse play, I’ll be picking it up as well. It’ll be out sometime this holiday season.

I’m finishing this post with two new games announced for Spring and Holiday 2016 respectively. First, there’s Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, combining both series into one action-packed RPG. There’s a lot to like if you played any of the previous games from Mario and Luigi or Paper Mario, and it’s on my list. Then they announced Mario Tennis Ultra Smash for Wii U, which I’m decidedly less excited about (I’m not really a fan of the tennis games).

Overall, I’m fairly happy. There are certainly more games coming, such as Fatal Frame, but they were left out of this event. However you can see trailers online. Like always, the full video is posted below. I’ll be posting on Square Enix tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Sony Press Conference E3 2015 – A Good Balance, but Lacking in 2015 Titles

Sony opened their conference to a game fans have been clamoring for since Ico, a game fans had been asking and hoping to one day see. That game is The Last Guardian and it comes sometime in 2016. The only thing that might have softened their excitement was the graphics, as they were sorely lacking for a PS4 title. They look somewhere between early to mid PS3-level graphics. Perhaps they’ll improve as it moves closer to launch.

From that small start, we got a world premiere that would make me consider buying a PS4 for. Unfortunately, it also comes in 2016 and I didn’t see another game here that made me feel quite the same way. However, Horizon: Zero Dawn is definitely a title to keep your eye on. From what I saw of what was shown, the game has an engrossing story, beautiful visuals and an epic, grand feel similar to games like Xenoblade, which is high praise. Seriously, I would recommend all PS4 owners to keep this title in mind over the months to come, because this could be a huge hit.

Then we saw the next Hitman game and Street Fighter 5. After that, we got a glimpse of No Man’s Sky. I liked the exploration aspect more than the space combat, and it could be a cool game for those interested.

Next came a unique game from the creators of Little Big Planet and Tearaway. It’s called Dreams, and it’s basically a creative sandbox tool to create scenes in a lovely watercolor style. This unique game is hard to describe, and there’s no date on it yet.

Then we saw a game called Firewatch, a look at the Destiny expansion, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Square Enix showed off World of Final Fantasy for PS4 and Vita, which is a cute chibi style game that at first glance seemed Pokemon-like but we don’t actually know much about gameplay… FF spinoffs are a gamble, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this one turns out.

Another bright spot of the conference was the FF7 Remake announcement, and it is gorgeous. I can’t wait to play this game without blocky, ugly characters! It’s not exclusive, but it is available first on PS4. We should hear what other platforms this game will be available during Square Enix’s own conference.

To much fanfare, Shenmue 3 was finally announced…except not in the expected way. It was announced as a Kickstarter, which by the time you read this, has probably already reached its goal. I never played 1 or 2, but if you’re a fan, go check out the Kickstarter anyway for more info.

To end this wrap-up, games we’ve already known about were shown and so was Sony’s VR which I didn’t get. The conference ended with Uncharted 4. So far this E3 has been pretty exciting, and it’s going to get even more awesome with Tuesday’s reveals from Nintendo and Square Enix. There’s the PC Gaming Show as well, which will round out my coverage. Hope you’re as excited as I am for some of these titles shown this E3!

View the full conference here:

Microsoft Press Conference at E3 2015

Halo 5 Guardians was the first game shown (no surprise there), but I really enjoyed seeing more of the game and it made a better impact on me than earlier teasers. I love all the Halo games, and this seems like no exception. Also love that Buck is back, I really liked ODST.

Then they unveiled ReCore, by some of the makers of Metroid Prime and it looks very interesting but I have no idea if it’s an RPG, Action Adventure, or what. I’m looking forward to learning more though, because you get a cute robot buddy. It comes in Spring 2016, so we have awhile to wait.

One of the biggest announcements from Microsoft was giving us backward compatibility with 360 games natively, something that admittedly should have happened day 1. This will officially happen this holiday. They also showed off a new controller for Xbox One and PC, which looks really good.

Fallout 4 isn’t graphically amazing, but the content packed in makes me eager for it. You can create your own settlement, using any item in game and you can decorate your “home” and set up defenses. I think I’ll have a lot of fun with this part of the game, but I just really hope the dog stays alive throughout it. Also, if you get the Xbox One version, you get Fallout 3 for free and you can also use all PC mods with the game. This game comes out November 10th this year.

Next we saw Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. I’m not really into this game, but in case you are, it will be available next Spring.

Then we saw Forza 6 coming out on September 15th this year (my enthusiasm for Forza dropped with 5, but it might have more content?).

Three more games dropped that I’m not interested in: Dark Souls 3, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege. Then there was a great indie game montage but there was no way I could write down all those titles. Out of the ones they did focus on I most want Tacoma, Beyond Eyes (you play a blind girl and it has a very nice art style), and Cuphead which has a charming classic Disney cartoon style.

Rise of the Tomb Raider looks cool and it comes out November 10th. This looks better to me than previous modern Tomb Raider games, so I’m thinking of jumping in with it.

My favorite reveal though is the Rare Replay, a $30 collection of 30 Rare games including Banjo, Conker, Battletoads, Perfect Dark and so much more. I have been waiting so long for this, so I’m super excited. It comes out August 4th, so I won’t even have to wait too long except that now I suppose I need to buy an Xbox One lol.

Other than that, they showed off the HoloLens with Minecraft (looked cool, but remember the Kinect? I remain skeptical). Then they announced the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which is a remaster of the first game rebuilt in 1080p, 60fps, including 90 minutes of content previously exclusive to the PC version. This comes out this August 25th. Gears 4 looks more like a horror Doom 3-esque game, but it doesn’t come out until Holiday 2016.

Watch the full conference here:

So that’s my wrap-up on the Microsoft conference that kicked off E3, and there’s plenty more to come. I’ll be covering the Sony conference next, and tomorrow I’ll be covering my most anticipated events, the Nintendo Direct and Square Enix’s conference. Stay tuned for more on my thoughts of E3 reveals!

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