By Marc Dionne
This year brings around a new E3 experience that will always differ every year. With all the new games coming out in 2016 and 2017, here is a basic run-down for E3 2016.
Press Conferences: This year brought some new ways that the publishers of video games go into press conferences on what they have in store for the gamers. This year, EA had a press conference before anybody else at E3 then following Bethesda’s conference for the second year. The next day gave us the usual conferences from Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and the PC with Nintendo on the next day with their Nintendo Treehouse at E3.
Games: With E3 passing, the important part is the games that were shown. With EA, Fifa has a graphics engine change by going into Frostbite engine instead of the Ignite engine so that it will be a difference plus announcements like Titanfall 2, Star Wars games and Battlefield 1. Battlefield 1 brought a live streaming of the game with famous actors, Youtubers and artists playing the game on multiplayer, which is a first that was ever done for Battlefield at E3. Bethesda gave us many of their games running on VR plus Elder Scrolls Legends card game. Microsoft showed off Realms for Minecraft, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Project Scorpio and many other things that can be accessed online. Ubisoft showed us more about the new Assassin’s Creed movie, Watch Dogs 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and more that can be accessed online. PC games were like usual, games and video card showcase. Sony brought more about their VR and giving us the reveal of a new God of War and actual gameplay of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Hideo Kojima coming on stage for Death Stranding and much more. Nintendo gave us more about Pokemon Sun and Moon with showing off The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild.
I got to play many games being within E3. Some publishers did not have big booths in the Halls but where there within the small conference rooms to show games in private. Walking in the hall with all the first party publishers, you see so many games and lights for the showroom floor. Nintendo decorated their whole booth as the theme of the Legend of Zelda with the game inside to play or view, but the lines were long for this game. Atlus was there to talk more about Persona 5 while having the lead character director of the Persona series talk about the game plus Sega was there to showcase the new Hatsune Miku Project Diva X for the PlayStation 4 and Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice. Sony was big with their VR kiosk, showcasing every VR they have, but many of them got very packed as they made an app to reserve times for everything they have. Sony also had viewing theaters inside for God of War, Call of Duty and some other games also having playable Gran Turismo Sport ready for play. Microsoft had all the games they showcased and was just across the way from Sony.
The other Hall had the other publishers and the indicated indie companies that are making games. Samsung made an appearance on the showroom floor to show the gaming power of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
I did not get to play all the games on the showroom, but I played many and viewed many things. Going for God of War gave an extensive view of what is in store for the franchise as well as Call of Duty, which gave us more on the game’s story. I am personally more interested for God of War but in sticking within the Sony spectrum, I got to play 2 VR games. Playing 100 ft. Giant Robot Golf was very interesting because of the VR immersion to make you feel 100 feet tall and Harmonix Music VR, which is a customization game that deals with the music and is just lots of fun.
Gran Turismo Sport still felt like a realistic driving simulator. Ghost Recon Wildlands gave a demo of going to find the Pozolero and even being in the state it is; the game is extremely fun with feeling like a squad game as a Ghost Recon should feel. Trials of the Blood Dragon is a perfect mix of Far Cry Blood Dragon with all the 80’s and 90’s campiness and the full physics of the Trials game, a great sequel to the Blood Dragon series. All the indie games were fun to play with and as well as being extremely inventive. Deus Ex Mankind Divided stays true to the Deus Ex franchise while just giving us a great story.
E3 has now gone; now it is the waiting game for the games to come out and enjoy.