E3 2018 Wrap-Up


Oh E3, you never disappoint. E3 is probably the only time when hardcore gamers actually stop playing games to hear about all the new ones coming in the near future. For this article I won’t being going into great detail about every announcement made over the weekend. This is more of a summary of the conferences and what I felt were the biggest announcements and let-downs.

 

So, let’s start with the not-so-good conferences.

The first one also came from the very first conference of the show, EA. They gave their usual old school, boring conference, spending too much time in between games talking about them rather than showing them. The best looking game shown by EA was obviously Anthem. This was revealed last year and continues to look like a version of Destiny where you’re using Iron Man suits. It looks awesome, but EA had to screw up the showing with a long Q and A session that kept showing the same B-roll throughout.

No doubt, this being an EA game, there will be microtransactions involved, but the creators were sure to point out that it will only be cosmetics available for purchase. The also showed up some more sports games but those come out every year. There didn't seem to be any hype around those games.

I will give credit to EA with Battle Field, though. Although it seems like a mixture of PUBG, Fortnite and previous Battle Field games, I am extremely excited for it. Especially because there will not be loot boxes or premium passes. I feel like with all of the added dynamics of game play, it's going to be one of those games where I'll play for hours.

Square Enix was another show that turned out to be a dud. For a company that hasn’t done a solo E3 conference for a couple years, this was a conference that didn’t need to happen. Taking place after Microsoft’s, the two big Square games, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Kingdom Hearts 3, had the same trailers that were already played. They had some extra footage from both games, but it makes me wonder why they didn’t just show that instead of repeat trailers. I was also very disappointed by the lack of any mention of their Marvel Avengers game that was announced last year. There was also no mention of the Final Fantasy 7 remake. Missing these two big games put a big hole in the whole conference.

 

Now to the good stuff.

Ubisoft continued to do things their way, with a crazy opening dance number for Just Dance 3, and some physical comedy bringing Trials Rising’s tagline, “Crash with Style,” to life. For me, the big game from Ubisoft wasn’t the great looking Assassin Creed Odyssey, but Beyond Good and Evil 2, the game that seems to finally be getting somewhere after almost a decade of teases and trailers. There was an awesome trailer that seemed to reveal that the first game’s protagonist, Jade, is now the villain, even though this was supposed to be a prequel to the first game (?).

The big announcement surrounding the game, however, was a partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord website. Creators on his site will be able to show off their talents with music and art that could make it into the actual game. The best part of it wasn’t even mentioned during the conference: Artists are paid for their art.

Bethesda’s third year at E3 had kind of a rough start but ended on a pretty high note. There were extensive looks at Rage 2 and, of course, the very recently announced Fallout 76. As rumored, this will be the firs