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  1. Conference Expectations: Wrap Up & Media: Nintendo kicked things off with a sizzle reel, packed with ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Rocket League clips. Then we got Reggie sermonising about the nature of “game”, which all seemed a bit meandering. Thankfully what followed was far less wooly, as we were treated to a first proper look at Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the epic follow up to the critical hit for the Wii U. This was swiftly followed by a new Kirby, which looked every bit as lovely as you’d expect. This was followed with a small section talking about the portability and multiplayer aspects of the Switch, and the announcement of the first outing of Pokemon for the console. Then came the announcement many had been hoping for, Metroid Prime 4. We only got the smallest of teasers, but it’s good to know it’s on the way. For those frustrated by this, it's worth noting that outside of this spotlight event, it seems Nintendo have announced a new Metroid game for the 3DS. After this, came a lovely look at the new Yoshi game. Using real world materials, the game looks gorgeous. This was followed by a look at the Team Ninja developed, Fire Emblem Warriors. Following this, came the announcement of two DLC packs for The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, The Master Trails and The Champions Ballad. Reggie came back to announce an E3 tournament, before leading us into another look at Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Rocket League. The show wrapped with a showcase look at Mario: Odyssey. Easily the best looking Mario yet, the variety of settings and play styles shown looks as though Nintendo are on course to deliver another bar raising Mario game. Overall then, this struck me more as fan service than marketing. If you’re a Nintendo fan, then the new Zelda, forthcoming Mario, Kirby and Yoshi titles and the promise of a new Metroid game will have you fully signed up, but if you were after more, that surprise Platinum announcement, something special from Capcom or some exciting new IP, then on this showing, Nintendo haven’t done much to persuade. Preview by Robo_1 - Graphics by VN1X
  2. Conference Expectations Wrap Up & Media: You knew Sony was going to have a good conference, when the pre-show was casually revealing games such as Ni No Kuni 2, Undertale and Super Hot VR in the pre-show chat. After a quick promo for Sony’s Vue TV service, the conference kicked off with a sizzle reel and the announcement of the gold $249 PS4. Then the lights went down and we were treated to some live Indian music, which along with a beautiful performance backed by a waterfall of sand, lead us straight into the long awaited Uncharted 4 DLC The Lost Legacy. Some indoor snow set the stage for the evening's next DLC announcement, this time, The Frozen Wilds for Horizon called. Next up we got a great look at Sony Bend’s open world survival action game, Day’s Gone. Stunning visuals and animation quality is truly next gen stuff. After Shaun Laydon promised to get off the stage and roll out the games, he revealed the first of the evening's big ones, Monster Hunter Worlds, coming in early 2018. The next surprise was a real killer. We were treated to the first look at a full remake to Shadow of the Colossus. There was much rejoicing. Immediately following this was a first look at Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, with a demo available today! Next up was a first look at the multiplayer for Call of Duty WW2, which turned a lot of heads. After a brief pause, we went straight into a PSVR segment, the highlight of which had to be the announcement of Skyrim VR, but there were a number of original titles shown which will absolutely get gamers talking. After the VR segment, the conference switched straight to what for many, will unquestionably be the game of the show, God Of War 4. An amazing demo was shown off which shows Kratos and son embarking on a journey to another realm. Without any interruptions, the conference carried straight on into the first full reveal of Quantic Dream’s, Detroit. Trailer looked great, still a lot of question marks hanging over how it plays. Next up was another Activision game, Destiny 2. I didn’t play the first, but this looked great, different environments and just seemed a lot more exciting. Andrew Layton returned to the stage to present the show’s finale, Spiderman. It looks and moves with every bit of the promise it had in that first demo, the combat looks great, the set pieces looked stunning and the swinging looked great. Hmmm, so yeah, solid conference and some world class demos, but light on new announcements, and I did feel the game after game after game presentation, without any people on stage made the conference feel a little flat. I missed sections like, "Building The List" and the Indie Wrap which gave previous conferences some warmth and humour. As great as the content was, I didn't really get anything from that, that I couldn't have got from just watching a load of trailers in succession. As a gamer I'm happy and that Spiderman demo was probably the best thing I've seen all E3, but this felt like half a conference, and without any shock reveals (although Shadow of the Colossus and Monster Hunter will be viewed as such by many) not one of their more memorable. Preview by Robo_1 - Graphics by VN1X
  3. Conference Expectations Wrap Up & Media: You’d be hard pressed to say Microsoft didn’t bring enough games to the show this year. From the glorious Cuphead and outrageously beautiful Ori & The Will Of The Wisps, to Forza 7 and survival RPG, Ashen, MS bombarded their conference with game after game after game, mixing original IP with anticipated sequel and first party exclusives with third party reveals. Yet there was a sense that many people watching would have been happy with half the games if only two or three of them had really screamed "fun" at them. The star of the show was of course, MS's new flagship console, the X1 X. With all games being presented in 4k, and Forza 7 being demoed to an impressive 4k/60fps spec, MS are clearly pushing this as the console for the high end gamer. At $499, it didn't come in below anyone's price expectations, but the technical feat in getting that much tech into such a small box has to be acknowledged and nobody should have ever been under the illusion that this was going to be a $50 price bump. The console looks neat too, and has more than a little echo of the classic PS2 design. With the hype surrounding X1 X, expectations were that MS had been keeping their first party powder dry, in order to blow people away for what many were anticipating would be a soft re-launch for the brand. However, the big AAA first party games just weren’t there, and with so much time being spent on multi-platform and timed exclusives games, one has to wonder what is happening with MS's first party teams! Rare’s Sea Of Thieves got a good showing, and if you enjoy that sort of online co-operative world, then it came across well. Crackdown 3 was present, but the paucity of time spent on it has raised concerns that the game may no longer have the enthusiastic backing of Microsoft. State Of Decay 2 sounds compelling enough; with a greater focus on team building and surviving the waste lands rather than just mowing down zombies, it stood out for me as one of the best games of the show. The early reveal of Metro Exodus set the eye candy bar pretty high for all that followed and the announcement that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, would be a Xbox console exclusive raised many cheers amongst the audience. Assassins Creed: Origins made a surprise appearance and instantly impressed with it's vivid colour palette and rich, detailed terrain, but it soon became apparent that this was very much the same Assassins game we've been playing for the last decade, only now we have a drone hawk to play with. Life Is Strange 2 also made a surprise reveal, although it's not clear if this is a full blown sequel or the rumoured prequel. After many more game reveals, the announcement of Xbox Original backwards compatibility, and a string of sizzle reels, MS rounded the evening out with a look at Bioware's impressive new action RPG, Anthem. MS brought enough content to show off and there's no denying the technical achievement of the X1 X, but if you're looking to convince people to drop the best part of $500 on your new, super specced console, then it's a curious strategy to make the two most notable games of the conference a pair of 2D platformers. Preview by Robo_1 - Graphics by VN1X
  4. Conference Expectations: Wrap Up & Media: Ubisoft are very much the, “strong and stable” lynchpin of E3, and this year has been no different. They opened the show in fine style, with a trailer for Mario & Rabbids: Battle Kingdom, followed by a stage presentation shared between Yves Guillemot and Nintendo legend, Shigeru Miyomoto. The game itself is a turn based battle game (think Valkyrie Chronicles with Rabbids) and is a Switch exclusive title. The game was well demoed and it looks like a lot of fun, with some solid mechanics underpinning it all. We were then given a look at the new Assassin's Creed title, Origins, which was short and revealed markedly little. The Crew 2 then took centre stage, in all its CG multi-vehicle glory and had more than a whiff of Motorstorm about it. Next up was a look at South Park: The Fractured Butt Whole, which looks every bit as good as a full episode, and will be out this October. One of the surprises of the evening, was Ubisoft’s big VR play, Transference. An unnerving horror game which seems intent on unsettling players with psychological tricks. Looks legitimately scary. The next big surprise of the evening was announced personally by Yves Guillemot, the swashbuckling PvP game, Skull & Bones. The game seems to be built off the back of the work done on Assassins Creed: Black flag, where ship to ship combat was first introduced. It looks solid, but I’m not alone in being disappointed that it appears to be multiplayer only. We were then treated to an electro tinged, Ubisoft Got Talent, masquerading as a Just Dance '18 promo. It’s hard to hate this to be honest, as they always keep the segment fairly short and it adds a bit of colour to a conference typically heavy with angry people fighting. The surprises kept coming, with a special South Park game being announced for mobile. Carrying on the RPG theme, this looked like a nice bit of fun and was wonderfully unexpected. The reveals just kept coming, with Starlink. A space exploration / combat game, with a serious twist. The game comes with a toy ship, which you can upgrade to effect in-game changes. Probably not what a load of greying, blood thirsty cynical old men are looking for, but I can see this being a huge hit with kids. The show continued apace with the first serious expansion announced for STEEP, in the form of an Olympic challenge pack. Then came the full reveal of Far Cry 5, with a nice extended play through. The game is looking great. To wrap up, we didn’t get the classic Yves Guillemot, one more thing moment, but what rolled out next was to cap the show, and it started off as a barrel of WTF. Cockney monkeys and rune hoarding pifs could mean only one thing, Beyond Good & Evil 2. Sadly we only got a CGI trailer with no game play, (which did take something from the finale), but as announcements go, this was an absolutely great game to end on. Overall, this was a really good show. Lots of new announcements, just the right time spent on each and the whole show had a real warmth to it, with Ancel even shedding a few tears after the BG&E2 presentation, before all the developers took the stage. Ubisoft really rose up tonight, and after a string of lacklustre shows, cut through and got me excited again. Bravo. Preview by Robo_1 - Graphics by VN1X
  5. Conference Expectations Wrap Up & Media Links for Mobile Preview by Robo_1 - Graphics by VN1X
  6. Conference Expectations: Wrap Up & Media: An underwhelming show for Bethesda, which revealed little more than people already knew about. Wolfenstein 2 & The Evil Within 2 were revealed, Fallout 4 & Doom VR were talked about, Elder Scrolls Online had some spotlight time with it's Morrowind add on, and DLC was announced for Dishonoured 2. Aside from a quick look at Quake Champions that was all we got. It wasn't a train wreck, but it's hardly a kings bounty of announcements. It's maybe time for Bethesda to ask themselves if they really have enough content to support their own show. Preview by Robo_1 - Graphics by VN1X
  7. In previous years, I've added a thread which simply compiled - without comment - all the conferences, so that those who didn't stay up to watch the fun, can find them all easily enough without fear of reading spoilers. So here they are:
  8. Event Page Official Thread Soundtrack Watch Live: Youtube | Twitch UK Stream | EU Stream From Eurogamer Better to have a separate thread for this I reckon so all the hype and glory isn't buried in the mega thread. In a few years we'll want to look back to this momentous occasion when Nintendo, once again, took the industry by storm. Posterity and all that. Bingo cards at the ready gents! Template
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  10. Streams Twitch | Youtube | Easy Allies | Giant Bomb | Gamespot There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? It's that time of the year again folks! It's getting warmer out, there are way too many games being released, rumours are being spread left and right (not by yours truly of course, I only deal in facts) Robo_1 is preparing his annual E3 threads, Discussion is dead and excitement is brewing! Personally I'm mostly looking forward to Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2, Scalebound and I'm even curious to see what Infinity Ward manage to cook up for this year's Call of Duty. As far as the big 3 go obviously Nintendo's presentation is going to reach critical hype levels and will be nothing short of amazing/utter disappointment. Oh and lets not forget the 100% confirmed reveal trailers of Agent, Half-Life 3, Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Dark Souls Go. Those are going to be good I reckon. Things I could do without are: VR nonsense, Ubi's faux trailers and any time spent on Sports/TV. That's pretty much all I can think of at the moment... So I ask you rllmuk: What are you most looking forward to? Whether that be games, presentations, rumoured reveals, #girlwood, fresh new memes, etc. Let me know in the comments down below and don't forget to like and subscribe for more exclusive E3 content. This year's E3 bets courtesy of Huber & Bosman from Easy Allies.
  11. As far as highlights go: pretty much the entire Sony press conference. The live orchestra, Kojima's reveal, RE7, God of War, etc. The whole thing felt like a company finally understanding what E3 is all about which is all killer no filler. It was made even better by the cast of Easy Allies. They brought in genuine excitement for the medium which, strangely enough, is all too rare these days. It was refreshing to not have to deal with constant cynicism and negativity. Hype levels were through the roof during their live streams and I wouldn't want to have it any other way. While Giant Bomb took it down a few notches and pulled me back into reality they once again nailed it with their post-show discussions. No PR bullshit, just real talk with developers (yo). Good stuff. Microsoft had a decent showing but still haven't convinced me to get an Xbox any time soon, on the contrary. Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3 do look incredibly good but considering these are also coming out on PC (granted Windows 10 only) one begs the question why even get an Xbox in the first place? Especially now that they've got Scorpio coming. Weird. Speaking of weird: Nintendo. With only one game to show and no news on NX it didn't look good. "Nintendo were doomed" according to the internet. However, when the main press conferences were finished it was pretty much all Zelda from that point on. What an amazing surprise and showstopper that game was. It blew me away and if that thing isn't going to sell them consoles then I don't know what will. GG Nintendo. All the other pressers were rather forgettable. Well except for EA's shitshow of course, that sure was a glorious train wreck. They almost went full Konami there, almost. Bethesda's event wasn't nearly as good as last year's with it's only highlight being Dishonored 2. I was disappointed that they didn't have anything from MachineGames and/or Tango Gameworks. Unveiling Quake and Prey is fine and all but at least show some gameplay after. Otherwise it's just a waste of time. Ubisoft's pace was all over the place with waaay too much time spent on South Park and I say that as someone who's looking forward to the game. And finally let's not forget about the PC Gaming Show which felt like the cool older brother of the lot. It's just a stage show like any other at E3 really but entertaining enough none the less. Overall completely inoffensive and I hope they come back next year as well. Moving on to games I'll most likely be picking up on day 1: Zelda, Dishonored 2, Horizon 0D, Titanfall 2, Sea of Thieves, The Last Guardian, Deus Ex Mankind Divided and Call of Duty. With most of those coming out this year I don't even know where to find the time or money to play them all. Oh and BF1 just do Rush mode fuckin' proper okay? I'll be all over you if you do. So your thoughts then! What games are you looking forward to the most? Did you enjoy the Pokemans? Sad we didn't get a Shadow Warrior 2 release date? Was it another overload of shooters this year? How excited are you to have three whole games starring black protagonists? Perhaps you reveled in the cringe during the Minecraft segment? What's your favourite gif? Let us know in the comments down below and see you again next year!
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  13. Streams Twitch | Youtube | Easy Allies | Giant Bomb | Gamespot Intended for people who can't stay up or miss the live show, but don't want to see any spoilers in the main thread, this thread will be updated with the conference videos as and when they're put up: EA: Bethesda: Microsoft: PC Gaming Show: Ubisoft: Sony: Nintendo: Thanks to VN1X for doing the leg work in the header details.
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