Day 1 of E3 with EA

The only downside to the presentation is that Battlefield has jumped on the to Battle Royale genre, which at this point is now diluted.

E3 2018 has kicked off with EA‘s presentation which was…..just okay. It wasn’t as overwhelming as usual (well, I don’t know what I was expecting except Star Wars, which we got but I wish more could’ve been shown). I’m just gonna speak about the good and not the bad or what I hated. 

Battlefield V

We learned a bit more about BF5(BFV?) today. A couple more mechanics were revealed in the presentation which includes diving out windows to surprise enemies. Using tanks you can move artillery around the map instead of using cannons that are stuck in parts of the map, by doing so you can change up the strategy of the field….of battle. Another feature is customization of your multiplayer character which beats the generic ones we’ve always dealt with. The great news is that there will not be any loot boxes or premium passes.

Unravel 2

Unravel wasn’t really on the top of my list of games that I would ever play but this reveal changed my mind. This time it’s  a coop game where Yarny and blue Yarny (Blarny?) are connected by a string, they have to work together to solve puzzles and traverse levels. The game is played in co-op mode with a friend but it can even be played single player by having the two characters to merge and divide based on what situation you are in. I was never interested in the first Unravel but this really makes me want to play this game. With it’s unique co-op this should make an interesting side-scroller. The only downside is that their skipping the Nintendo Switch.

Sea of Solitude

A surprise entry is Sea of Solitude. A game that tells a story of a girl who has turned into a monster due to solitude and now must find a way to turn back to her former self. The game is very artistic and has some sailing and platforming elements. The enemies are also other monsters that look similar to you (maybe they are you?). The game looks really nice and is made by a small developer in Berlin. I look forward to playing it.

Star Wars

Now the most exciting news. We do have a new Star Wars game coming out called Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. There isn’t much to it other than that it will come out during Holiday 2019 and its place in the timeline will be between episodes 3 and 4. 

Lastly, Battlefront II will be getting some big updates that have been in demand from fans. We are finally going to be implementing the Clone Wars into the game. Along with that we will be receiving Count Dooku, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous. Other characters have not been confirmed but it would be nice to get Jango Fett and Mace Windu for a rematch.

WHAT I HATED

Oh you thought I wasn’t going to complain? WRONG! Of course I am!

I don’t give two dog turds about the EA’s sports games. Yes, I play them but I’m never excited for them. FIFA and Madden have small new features but that’s it. As for NBA Live? It will never beat NBA 2K, they just need to give up and save some money.

Anthem, or as I like to call it “Iron Man Simulator”, is not that special. It’s 3rd person Destiny-like game. Nothing about it has me excited to buy it.

Command & Conquer has been one of the best RTS series around. But today EA has mixed it with mint-chocolate laxatives and crapped out a mobile game. Command & Conquer: Rivals. Never in my life has anyone wasted 10 minutes of my time as EA did with this crap. They should have released a trailer on YouTube and not have put on a long, cringe-y, wanna-be eSports match to show off the game. 

The good news is that now we have nowhere to go but up.

 

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Fallout 76

Bethesda stream has finally had it’s big reveal. They have revealed their newest Fallout game, Fallout 76. What we know from the trailer it starts in Vault 76.

The stream was long with nothing but a Vaultboy bobblehead and the TV with the “Please Stand By” sign.

During the hour before the big reveal, Bethesda employees were walking in and out with Birthday hats and figurines. Eventually Todd Howard stepped out and announced Fallout 76.

Here are a few screenshots from the teaser:

Not much gameplay shown here, but I’m excited to see if it will beat New Vegas in terms of how well the game plays and the story. More will be shown at E3. Stayed tuned here for more updates.

Jamie Foxx Is The New Spawn

Todd McFarlane has made the official announcement that Jamie Foxx is now the Protagonist for the new Spawn movie. Foxx will playing the role of Al Simmons AKA Spawn. Al Simmons is a former Marine-turned-Black-Ops-turned-Hellspawn who wants to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.

Spawn has been a long running comic series since 1992 becoming a cult favorite and a popular non-Marvel/DC comic book character. In 1997 a live action movie was made where the role was held by Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Undisputed, Blood and Bone). For it’s time the CGI was pretty impressive and it almost holds up today.

Though Michael Jai White is still acting, more popular than ever, and can still kick ass in martial arts, the decision to not go with him and come up with a sequel is beyond me. I’m not undermining the choice of Jamie Foxx, the man is a great actor with amazing range, from comedy to drama to action, and is great choice. But this is a reboot and usually reboots don’t have the same actor play the same protagonist, so I understand that. I’m happy to hear that the wheels are turning on this movie and I wish Todd and Foxx a ton of good luck. Here’s a nice photoshopped picture of Foxx as Spawn with credit to BossLogic.

Please Stand By – New Fallout???

UPDATE: Bethesda is streaming on Twitch. As of 05/30/2018 at 1:10 AM, there is a Vaultboy Bobblehead and a TV with the Please Stand By logo on it.

As of 10:02 AM today, May 29th 2018, bethesda has tweeted the following:

What does this mean????

Fallout 5?

A remaster of 3 and New Vegas for the next gen systems?

Or DLC, which I hope it isn’t.

Whatever the announcement will be, tensions are now high (in my head but everyone will soon catch up). When will this be announced? Today? This Week? At E3?

Stay tuned for more updates

Praise the Switch

Nintendo recently wrapped up their latest Direct and had quite a few announcements including upcoming games and some DLC. But the end of the presentation is what caught me by surprise. 

“Something ‘wicked’ this way comes”, they said. Hearing the words “wicked” I assumed it was Witch related and would translate to the Bayonetta 3 trailer. Each square in the presentation had a picture of the game that the announcement was about, except this last one. We all already know about Bayonetta 3, so why the question mark?

The video starts on the ground pointing to a pile of dirt. Slowly it moves closer and closer, my eyes widen as I realize that it isn’t just a pile of dirt. My jaw drops and I turn into Luke.

“Are they allowed to do that? They can’t! They’re just messing with my head!”

Closer and closer, as embers fly around the screen, a dark figure starts to appear behind the pile. The flame is lit.

Dark Souls Remastered is coming to the Switch!!!!

I’ve always loved the Souls series, starting with Demon Souls. Every game has been challenging and kept me entertained. But none more than Dark Souls 1. I’m happy to hear that it’s coming to the Switch and I’ll be able to play the game everywhere I go. But more importantly it is time to git gud and Praise the Sun again!

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Announced

Just announced by Capcom for Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary is the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. Coming out May 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Containing 12 games from the original Street Fighter to Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, with “Arcade Perfect” gameplay. 4 will have online play:

  • Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting
  • Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike

The collection will also contain many special features including concept art, music archive, an interactive timeline, and a sprite viewer. Below is the trailer from Capcom.


I’m mostly excited for this to come out for is the Nintendo Switch. With games like Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers, King of Fighters ’98, Pokken Tournament, etc., the Switch has already shown potential as a portable fighting game machine to challenge anyone on the go by splitting up the Joy-Cons. Now with this collection, the Switch will become the best choice for fighting games, all that we’re missing is Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Street Fighter 5. (So let’s get going on that Capcom, chop chop).

I Don’t Know What Death Stranding Is About But I Love It

The video game awards are over but I am still mulling over what I just saw with Death Stranding. I’m currently obsessed with it. I have the trailer running on repeat right now. It’s exciting, confusing, nothing makes much sense since the first trailer, and it radiates Kojima’s brilliance.

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If you haven’t heard of Death Stranding, here’s a quick refresher. There was a mysterious game called P.T. for the PS4 that scared the crap out of everyone. Beating the game shows that you have been playing a Norman Reedus all along and that the game is basically a teaser to what the next Silent Hill was going to be. Then Konami dropped the project entirely. There was already some friction between Konami and Hideo Kojima, which cause him to leave and start his own studio.

Kojima Productions has now given Hideo the freedom to do whatever the hell he wants and no one can stop him, not even Hideo himself….

When he said he would continue his collaboration with Guillermo Del Toro and start a new project that was similar to the now-cancelled Silent Hill, fans went wild. They went even crazier after seeing Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen are two characters in the game based on their likeness. Guillermo will also be put into the game as well. And knowing Hideo, he is most likely not far behind. Now if you don’t even know who Kojima is, I got two words for you: Metal Gear, now go sit in a corner and let a grown-up read this article. 

Here’s the trailer presented at this year’s video game awards. 

So far there have been only a few trailers for Death Stranding with not much gameplay shown and only In-Game Cinematics. Dissecting the newest trailer, we see Reedus waking up from a crash, seeing a body he was transporting with two other people (let’s call them Chuck and Jerry for the sake of this article). Chuck is stuck under a truck and Jerry is trying to drag him out. Reedus is wearing a uniform for Porter and the other two are wearing Bridges, somehow these two companies will play a big role in the game. While trying to pull Chuck out, Jerry’s device on his back starts blinking/winking and points to handprints being created by an invisible entity. Reedus tells the guys to not make a sound as the handprints continue to move past them. The device will most likely be a part of the gameplay to allow the player to track enemies to hide from them. After the pain becomes too much for Chuck, he yells and he gets dragged away by the enemies, Jerry has no other choice but to shoot Chuck, signifying that being taken by the enemies is worse than death itself. Before Jerry is grabbed, the capsule in his chest reveals a baby inside that looks out and then goes into a fetal position. The baby’s role in the game is probably huge. When the water level rises, to a point that everything is under water with fish and whale swimming around as if they were in the sea, there is a monster eating bodies that  have floated to the surface. On the bottom of floor lies Reedus, the camera zooms into his mouth showing the baby inside of him. Once the water level finally drops and Reedus is able to catch his breath, the baby is back in his capsule. This may mean that the babies are the opposite of the enemies and act as protection to the ones who hold them.

On the other hand, I could be entirely wrong. What I’ve dissected and guess so  far could be the exact opposite. All know is that it is an “Open World Action Game.” But when connecting Hideous to Open World Action, my mind jumps straight to Metal Gear Solid 5 and it makes me happy. I am loving the mystery behind this game and hope the gameplay stays a secret up until the release date.  I wish Kojima, his Studio, Del Toro, and the entire crew good luck on their first anti-Konami game. I’m very excited to see more confusing trailer and can’t wait to play the game.