June is here, and that usually means it’s E3 season. Well, this year has been rather unusual, and the actual E3 floor event was cancelled as a result of a virus. Despite this, various companies and groups are still packing this month with game (and even console) announcements. Geoff Keighley and Xbox have already started the party with their own events, but I am going to consider IGN’s event the start of “E3” for the sake of simplicity.
Before I get into PS5’s event, I want to explain a few things. For starters, I know this isn’t technically “E3.” At the same time, a lot of people use the term “E3” as an umbrella term to reference both the press conferences and the floor event, and a lot of that isn’t part of ESA’s E3 event. With that said, I will be calling all of the events I talk about as “E3” events for the sake of simplicity. Also, I will be covering the IGN event later on, as for it doesn’t end until June 24th.
As for what I will be covering over the months of June and possibly July, that answer is tricky. There are a lot of events happening. IGN’s Summer of Gaming, Guerrilla Collective, the PS5 event, PC Gaming Show, EA Play, Ubisoft’s event, and many more are happening, and a few of them even take place over multiple days. I plan on covering my highlights of each show as well as talk about non-game announcements (if they are worth talking about). I will be following all of these events, but I will likely not talk about all of them, as for there are too many to cover. Finally, this will be the only time I explain any of this, but future E3 2020 blogs will refer back to this. With all of that out of the way, let’s get into the two showcases.
PS5 Future of Gaming
Considering how far behind Sony is in regards to their new box, it’s no surprise that the box itself was shown during this showcase. There were plenty of games announced and shown, but a lot of people tuned in to see what Xbox’s competition looks like. And boy is it not good looking. It isn’t the worst thing I have ever seen (the PS5 prototype box might take that award), but I personally do not like the design of the box. It looks like a giant router or a building in Mirror’s Edge, and the optical drive makes the box look worse. Obviously, the hardware and how developers utilize it is what matters more than the looks, but I believe even the Series X’s skinny PC look is better.
The box to compete with the Series X.
The biggest announcement next to the look of the box is that there is another box: one with an optical drive and one without. Personally, I am all for this considering disc games will still install the entire game on the SSD, and I just may consider the cheaper option when buying time rolls around.
I do have a few other thoughts surrounding the box and the event in general. For starters, I wonder what this will mean for the Switch, considering it’s a weak console even by current console generation standards. The second thing I noticed were a few framerate dips with any of the gameplay shown. I noticed some framerate dips with the Ratchet and Clank gameplay demo, and one noticeably bad dip with Sackboy. Hopefully those were just streaming issues on my end, as for the stream promised some features like ray tracing. Personally, I don’t either this box or Microsoft’s box will be able to offer true ray tracing and 8k resolution, as for this generation’s upgraded boxes still struggle with native 4k and 60 fps, but I’m more than willing to be proven wrong.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
I haven’t played the first game yet, but I’ve heard great things, and I am certainly not opposed to more of that.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
I have no experience with this series, but this game still looks like a lot of fun. I really like the interesting weapons, and I am interested in seeing all of the different areas.
I don’t have any experience with Housemarque, but I do know they used to make modern arcade games, and I am interested in seeing what they do with this game. Plus, I am interested in seeing how they approach their Groundhog Day aspect to the game.
This game and Deathloop were the only two games of note to come out Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference, and I am glad to see it pop up again.
Jett: The Far Shore
The game is clearly inspired by Interstellar, but that isn’t a bad thing. Its grand scale and incredible music could make for some jaw-dropping moments, and I love the beauty of the game despite its drab color palette.
It’s from the Hyper Light Drifter studio, of course I’m excited.
It’s a new Hitman game, of course I’m excited.
Little Devil Inside
I think I remember seeing something about this game a long time ago, so I’m glad to see it pop back up again. Seeing the character ride a horse while hunting a bear looks like a lot of fun, and I really like its art style.
Demon’s Souls (Remake)
I want to try out the true beginning of the souls-like genre, and I hope its remake will improve any of the mechanics that haven’t aged well.
The other game to come out Bethesda’s press conference. This time around had some gameplay, and it definitely has some Dishonored DNA to it. Plus, I still love its b-movie aesthetic, and I am curious as to the extent of playing the female assassin.
Resident Evil 8: Village
It took me until the title card for me to realize it was a Resident Evil trailer. This seems like a very different approach to the series, and I am excited to see what they do with it.
Resident Evil 8: Village
I thought this was a new Kojima game the entire time watching it. It definitely looks unique, and I am curious as to what this game even is.
Horizon: Forbidden West
This looks like a new Horizon game, and that’s all I need.
The Escapist Indie Showcase
The Escapist held a Nintendo Direct-style event showcasing indie games. This event may go unnoticed for many, but I actually found the event surprisingly packed. This stream was a bit over two hours of nonstop indie games with no interruptions by the Escapist people. Some of the games were new announcements, some of them were old, but I found a lot to look forward to either way. These highlights may include games that were previously announced and even games I already knew, but they are still games I am excited for nonetheless. With that said, here are the highlights.
The first trailer shown in this showcase. It looks like the game mixes light survival elements with sailing and exploration of multiple islands, which looks like a lot of fun.
This isn’t the first time I have seen this game, but I am still excited for it. I’m mainly interested in seeing all of the different settings, but it’s combat looks fun as well.
I don’t really have any experience with skateboarding games, but this game still looks cool. It looks like a mix of skateboarding, water jets, and 80s lo-fi, and I even saw a bit of on-foot exploration. The biggest bummer to this game, however, is that it is releasing on Stadia first.
The Rift Breaker
Of all the games shown in this showcase, this one is definitely towards the top of my list. It combines base building, tower defense, exploration, and mech gameplay all into one, and the massive hordes of enemies to fend off looks like a blast.
The Big Con
I like the idea of going around a shopping mall and trying to earn money in honest and not-so-honest ways. The game reminds me of a modern Hitman level, except it’s full of money making opportunities instead of ways to kill. Also, I love the game’s 80s mall aesthetic.
There is no Light
The sole reason this game is here is because it looks like Hyper Light Drifter but in a darker setting with zombies. That’s all I need though.
There were a lot of cyberpunk games in this showcase, but this is the one that caught my attention. It’s an isometric RPG about being a detective, which I think sounds neat. What really got my attention with this game, though, are the alternative settings, similar to Westworld. The trailer includes a medieval setting, a Western setting, and a samurai-era Japan setting.
It’s pretty much just Geometry Wars but with melee weapons.
Another game that isn’t new for me, but one I am still excited for. The game looks like it has that frantic co-op action like Overcooked, but with more interesting tasks like typing.
This game has been on my radar for quite some time, but it’s new trailer looks even better. I don’t know if the previous trailers explored this, but this new trailer explores (what looks like) the Mexican-American War, and I look forward to seeing how this character deals with all of this strife.
It doesn’t look like the longest-lasting game, but it does look like a fun co-op FPS to play in a few sittings. Plus, I like the game’s interesting theme and aesthetic.
Not a new announcement, but still excited. I haven’t played the first game yet, but I’ve heard great things, so in that sense I am excited for this one as well.
Axiom Verge 2
Another game with a 2 in it that isn’t new for me, but still anticipated. I’ve come around on the first game, and I’m hopeful it will take that experience and turn it into something better.
Again, not a new announcement, but I am still excited. I’m a fan of mixing the mundane with the exciting, which is why I am excited for this game. It mixes base building with top-down flying and on-foot combat, and I also really like its sky blimp setting.
Destroy All Humans! (Remake)
I’m surprised this trailer is even here considering the game is practically around the corner, but it still looks like fun, and I really like its art style.
Beyond the Wire
One of my favorite periods of history to explore is World War 1, which is why I am excited for this game. I want to play a more polished and more accurate World War 1 shooter, which is where I believe this game will succeed.
Unto the End
I dismissed this game at first glance, but I’m glad I gave it a second chance. I love this game’s art style, and its combat looks weighty and impactful, making it look intense.
This game has been on my radar for some time, but I am still excited to try it out. The game’s more chill atmosphere and ship gameplay looks like a lot of fun, and I want to see how this game is procedurally generated.
Bartlow's Dread Machine
Another game at the top of my list from this showcase. I absolutely love its early 20th century tin aesthetic, and I am intrigued with its 2.5d arcade shooter gameplay, as for both players and enemies are constricted to a rail on the ground.
Bartlow’s Dread Machine
Probably the worst name of the list, but that doesn’t stop it from looking cool. It’s basically the combat of F.E.A.R. taken out of its horror shell.
The Last Spell
I am a fan of turn-based strategy games, and especially a fan of Into the Breach, which this game reminds me of. I don’t know how it will work considering its medieval setting and hordes of enemies, but I am interested in it nonetheless.
I enjoy seeing alternative sports games like Rocket League, and this game’s mix of handball and brawling looks like fun. Sadly, I don’t think the game will take off when it releases, but I hope it does.
Unfound reminds me of this marble game I used to play long ago on mobile, and it’s from that nostalgia plus its stealth gameplay that I find interest. Also, I love the trailer’s Interstellar organ-sounding music.
Art of Rally
I don’t have any experience with rally games, but that isn’t why I’m excited to try this out. Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a game I love, and this game looks like the rally car edition of that.
Art of Rally
That is going to wrap up the first day of coverage of E3 from me. I got more stuff planned this month, so stay tuned for that and more.