Braulio’s Best of E3 2017

E3 2017 has ended and despite being lackluster, there were quite a few games to be legitimately excited about. Read about my thoughts on the big press conferences that occurred and let me know what you thought of 2017’s E3.

E3 didn’t officially kick off on the Saturday that EA had their press conference, but what better place to start than to critique how boring EA was? It legitimately put me to sleep twice. Once during the sports talk, sorry, and the second time during the battle of Naboo segment for Star Wars Battlefront 2. Battlefront 2 looks like a step in the right direction after 2015’s lackluster entry to current-gen consoles, but it was just a boring presentation. Things didn’t pick up until we saw Darth Maul somewhat battle it out with Rey. After that, it just seemed like an endless segment with no real purpose; however, don’t let me pessimism bring you down. EA did showcased a great new IP from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

A Way Out was showcased to be an amazing cooperate game where our protagonists must escape prison. Not much else is known about the game’s story, but the game itself looks like a new experience and that alone has me excited to play this next year.

Another EA game that got my attention was obviously Need for Speed: Payback. The series has taken the bat seat over the last five or so years and this feels like it’s getting on the right track. Payback isn’t your cookie cutter Need for Speed title as it looks like EA has seen one or two Fast and the Furious films taking inspiration for their latest long-running series. Hopefully the game is as fun to play as it is to watch because my anticipation levels are through the roof.

EA continues to ignore the cries from their Dead Space fans, meaning no sci-fi horror game for us yet again. Hopefully they at least remaster the series down the road to gauge interest for a part 4. EA didn’t have an amazing conference, but they sure have two outstanding looking games in the horizon.

Microsoft came next on Sunday morning to finally show-off their Project Scorpio and they immediately did so. The Xbox One X’s specs destroy the competition and I am curious to see how it does with their $499.99 price point. I personally thought it would have been a $100 more making this a win for Xbox fans, but I’ve seen many a complaint about the high price making me wonder what is in Microsoft’s future.

On the games department, Microsoft showed off what I consider the best VISUALLY LOOKING game of E3: Metro: Exodus. I’ve yet to play either game in the series, but I feel I must now due to how awesome the latest entry looks.

Microsoft also showcased Cuphead with a release date, finally. It launches September 29th, 2017. Nothing else needs to be said as we’ve seen this game on numerous occasions. Microsoft then showed even more gameplay to Sea of Thieves and that continues to looks horrendous. Please stop showing us this game. Microsoft also managed to strike deals with their competition to allow cross-play between Minecraft users…all but Sony. Sony doesn’t want anything to do with Microsoft or Nintendo when it comes to cross-play apparently and this just shows how ignorant Sony has been acting as of late. What saddens me is that we’re getting that “dude bro” Sony from the earlier Playstation 3 days where they came off as assholes instead of catering to the gamers, something that Microsoft has been doing amazingly the last three years.

Bethesda came up next that evening and they completely sold me on the idea of playing Skyrim finally after six years. Yes, I loved Breath of the Wild that much that a simple sword and outfit will get me playing the game. What really got me interested on the presser was The Evil Within 2. That game looks terrifying and I love it already. I seriously feel like I must finish the original now despite trying countless times. I find it to be the scariest game I’ve ever played, but this latest trailer just made the series much more compelling to me than it already was.

Lastly, Bethesda announced what everybody has been wanting for years. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has finally been announced. After knowing about the game for just over a year, we finally see that BJ survived the end of the previous game and that he’s headed to America to fight off hordes of Nazis and robots. Maybe Hitler makes a cameo so we can destroy his stupid face.

Overall I thought Bethesda has a good presser despite everyone disliking what they had to offer this year. I skipped out on the PC conference for obviously reasons (not a PC gamer) and headed straight into the Ubisoft conference the next day after work. Ubisoft managed to make me really happy with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. The game looks wacky and just plain out fun. I can’t wait to get my hands on XCOM light.

Sadly thought, Ubisoft also managed to piss me off. How in the Hell is this mockery supposed to be Beyond Good and Evil 2?! This doesn’t have the tone at all of what I thought was a perfect game over a decade ago. This looks awful. This trailer/game makes my worst of E3 award. Keep the series dead Ubisoft, you clearly don’t know what fans want when it comes to the original.

Sony went last Monday evening and they disappointed just as bad as the last trailer I posted. Sony had two perfect E3’s back to back and completely dropped the ball this year. They showed off games that don’t matter: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Shadow of the Colossus, and a bunch of other games that made no splash in my book. Then showed off a new trailer to God of War and that made me feel better.

The trailer looks phenomenal. I seriously cannot wait to play what looks to be an awesome experience. Fast forward some more on the presser and we get what was easily the most underwhelming game of E3: Spiderman. What is Insomniac doing?! This looks like a slow Batman Arkham Asylum game overwhelmed by QTE’s. This game just doesn’t look good whatsoever. Sony had the worst press conference from the Big Three only showing off what Kratos is doing in the near future.

I hate to be seen as an ultra-Nintendo fanboy, but Nintendo knocked E3 out of the park. What seemed like a tame E3 Nintendo managed to get my hopes up for the next year in gaming. They announced: Xenoblade 2, Rocket League, and Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch for this year on top of ARMS, Pokken Tournament DX, and  Splatoon 2 already coming or even out from the time this is published. Then they announced: Kirby, Yoshi, Metroid Prime 4, and a new core Pokemon RPG coming to Switch sometime in the near future. Nintendo is catering to the hardcore Nintendo fan and the casual one as well. Having a Switch will be the thing to own in the upcoming months.

Just watch the whole video, it’s very much worth it.

Lastly Nintendo announced one other game that nearly imploded the internet. Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of the original sequel of the series and it looks fantastic in all it’s 2D goodness.

One final game that was actually announced prior to E3 beginning was Edmund McMillen’s The End is Nigh! It showcases similar gameplay to one of my favorites, Super Meat Boy, and throws a ton of obstacles ready to kill Ash, the protagonist of The End if Night!

Overall E3 felt somewhat lackluster with only one of the big three making any real splash in the gaming landscape, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty for everyone to enjoy. Personally I know I’ll be sticking with my Switch for my gaming needs in the near future, but that wont stop me from playing the other games that I mentioned. My game of show is a tie between Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Super Mario Odyssey. 

Thanks for sticking around and reading my nonsense. Let me know what you thought of this year’s E3 and what games you’re looking forward.

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Braulio Ortiz

Founder and creator of Cynosure Gaming. Has roughly 24 years of gaming experience and began gaming on the NES. After playing countless hours of Ninja Gaiden and The Legend of Zelda a new hobby was born. Since then I’ve owned every major console and handheld and have beaten nearly every game that is relevant to the industry. Now I continue my passion through this website and see no end to this awesome world of entertainment. PSN & NID: happydude633

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