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Square Enix Stands Atop At E3 2019

Square finally got to their part of the E3 conference and they absolutely took the ball and ran with it. After some rather lackluster, and nothing incredibly outstanding or new to show, Square completely flipped that around and gave us an absolutely outstanding E3 conference.

We kicked things off with a trailer for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Now, this has so much hype leading into it and we got a real in-depth look into the gameplay today. We were shown how switching works and how the new ATB system works which even allows for the game to become more tactical, so the game’s far from a hack and slash. We were treated to the first boss battle as well and it looked outstanding, it had 3 phases with each being different from the last. If this is what this game is going to be like when it comes out it could go down as one of the best games of all time. It’s showing crazy potential at the moment and just looks outstanding. After being shown the release date of 3/3/2020, we finally got a look at Tifa, and not just a look at her model either, we saw her all out in gameplay and what she is capable of. This moment has been long awaited and it certainly did not disappoint even in the slightest. It also had a playable demo at E3 for those that were there. We also got a glimpse of the deluxe and first-class edition, the first-class edition looks expensive but a must have for any fan of the game.

After this we were treated to a nice trailer for Life is Strange 2 that looked pretty great, as well as a trailer for the, remaster of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles featuring new online multiplayer. Octopath Traveller now on PC got a spot, and a personal favourite of mine, The Last Remnant remastered is out now on Nintendo Switch, which is amazing.

We then got a bit shown off for Dragon Quest Builders 2 releasing later this month, which should be pretty fun like the first one; as well as another trailer for the Switch release of Dragon Quest 11, a game which while almost a year old has gathered hype for a switch port.

They showed a funny little trailer for the FF music being on Spotify too, which this I love having access to. Kingdom Hearts 3 has its DLC trailer shown again to good results as it looks to fill in gaps missing from the base game and give it a fully fleshed out experience much like the Final Mixes of the past.

FFXIV had a big trailer for its new expansion pack which is looking great, if there’s any MMO to play right now it certainly is FFXIV. The games been a massive success and will likely be for years to come. We also got a short look at Dying Light 2 continuing what we saw at the Xbox conference.

Saga Scarlet Grace and Romancing Saga were shown to finally be released in the West likely due to fan demand showing that they really listen to what people wanted unlike Nintendo, and its never bringing Mother 3 to the West.

Outriders from the Bulletstorm creators; People Can Fly was shown but we didn’t see much in terms of gameplay, however, knowing the companies awesome history I have some pretty good hopes for it. It comes in Summer 2020. Oninaki was also shown and releasing in August of this year.

Now, this probably isn’t as big a deal to some as it is to me, but Final Fantasy 8 is being remastered and put onto modern gen consoles later this year. It’s a personal favourite of mine and I am super hype to see that it is still getting love and support in now its 20th anniversary.

But this here, this is the big one. The Avengers game was shown and we got a glimpse into what the story is going to be about. From what we can tell, the Avengers have sabotage causing people to blame them and eventually outlaw them. The game is based on a completely original story as well, which is always good; and features the talents of people like Nolan North as Tony Stark and Troy Baker as Bruce Banner. So far it seems Captain America, Thor, Ironman, Black Widow, and Hulk are playable, but they’ve announced more to come, and any in-game updates that bring characters will be completely free. The game sports an up to four players online mode on top of all of this and has a release date of May 15th, 2020. This to me was the show stealer of E3, as well as Final Fantasy 7 as one is a long-awaited remake and the other is finally a new game of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that we have all been needing through all of this movie hype.

Overall easily by leaps and bounds the best E3 conference so far, Square Enix knocked it out of the park.

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Ubisoft Wins Big At E3 2019 | Watch Dogs Legion | Rainbow Six Quarantine | Ghost Recon Breakpoint | More

Kicking off day 2 of E3 is Ubisoft, now this one shall be interesting as they have already said there is no Assassins Creed this year. Could we be seeing more on things like Watch Dogs 3 or a new Ghost Recon? It’s about time to see that now. They kicked off the show with a whole Symphony conducted to Assassins Creed music.

The trailer to kick off E3 is the trailer for Watch Dogs: Legion, the game seems to be based in a post-Brexit London. Now I didn’t like the first Watch Dogs game but the second was so much better than the first, so I am looking forward to seeing how this third game of the series goes down. Hopefully, it keeps up the good potential. Its gameplay seemed to be pretty more of the same from what we normally get in the franchise. The game seems to allow you to play as multiple characters though, which is awesome, once people die they are permanently dead and you have to switch to a new character. They seemed to heavily focus on this game so its definitely the big game for the year.

Watch Dogs trailers kept playing for a while and they showed more of the people that you have a chance to control and how everyone works differently. Also how when people die and how they affect the story if they die. I think this is actually a lovely touch. Easily the best character seems to be the old lady whose an ex-assassin. It finally ended by saying the game is coming March 6th, 2020

After this we had Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame show the new show Mythic Quest, which is about the development team of a huge MMO game. It’s done by much of the Always Sunny cast and it’s being assisted by Ubisoft to give it a more authentic touch. This show actually could be great and has been my favourite part of the conference so far.

This was then followed up by showing what is coming in Year 4 of Rainbow Six Siege; talking about new operators and showed a clip of the new season in action. This game’s had a strong following for years so its good to see it still getting support.

After this we got more showed for Brawlhalla ending out showing a Crossover between Adventure Time and Brawhalla which is definitely something that I didn’t see coming. Though the game seems to be doing pretty well for itself so it is good to keep adding stuff like that to it.

Then we got a trailer for the new Ghost Recon staring John Bernthal of The Walking Dead and The Punisher fame. The name of the game is Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, after the clip Bernthal was actually on stage to talk about the game.

They also announced Ghost Recon: Delta Company which allows the community to have help streaming and things such as that. Which certainly is never a bad thing either. The games beta goes live September 5th and the game comes out on October 4th. They also announced that there will be something to do with a Terminator in game.

Just Dance 2020 got a trailer too, which is crazy how big of a deal this game series is still to this day. It was a big thing to show off the 10th anniversary for the franchise as well; I will be honest, I thought the franchise was a bit older than that. The game’s still on Wii too, which is crazy that something is still being developed for the Wii given that its two generations ago now.

Next up was a trailer for an upcoming For Honor event, they actually did a pretty good job at saving that game from how poorly it was received at launch. So its good to see that the game is actually still alive and well. The event is called Shadows of Hotokiri.

We were then treated to a trailer for what looks to be a new horror game. Which is actually the new Rainbox Six coming up called Quarantine which seems to be a three-person co-op game, giving the vibes of the trailer it seemed to be a zombie based game.

The Division 2 seemed to be the next focus, showing more content that would be coming to the game because of its strong community. For this week from the 13th to the 16th, it will be free to play as well. Seems the big content update coming is based around adding way more new areas instead of just being around Washington. Seems it will be released in episode packs and they have already shown off parts of episodes 1, 2 and 3. They also showed that the Division Movie will be done with Netflix as well.

Ubisoft announces Uplay+ which is a new subscription service that allows people to have early access to Ubisoft’s catalogue on PC. The price will be 14.99 a month, which seems to be the common price and getting to be a bit much I think. Everyone is starting to get their own service which may oversaturate the market. We are already seeing this in tv and movie streaming services and games may be next to this way. It will even be available on Google Stadia, which makes sense since it was Ubisoft who have spoken out the most about streaming being the future of gaming.

Next trailer was for a Roller Derby game; this could actually be pretty fun if done right. The game is called Roller Champion, the game seems to be very team and PVP based, and the game has its demo launched. They then showed a gameplay trailer for it and it looks like it could be great if it’s not buggy that is.

Finally the Ubisoft CEO came on stage thanking all the teams for what they had to show throughout this conference and of course thanking the community. He then announced a new project that is based on old mythology. The game was called Gods and Monsters and it will be released Feb 2020. It had a pretty basic design, but that was it for the conference, and it was pretty good. Some awaited announcements and good additions to current games.

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Bethesda Rundown | E3 2019

With everything that went down with Fallout 76 last year, everyone was looking forward to seeing what Bethesda would do to recover from this situation causing this E3 conference. This conference had a heavy focus on the fact that they listen to their community.

They started off showing things like Elder Scrolls Blades the mobile game also now coming to Nintendo Switch and that the accounts will be connected. Fallout 76 is adding new quests, a new story, and human NPCs with its new free update. On top of this update, they are also adding a new update that adds a brand new battle royale mode into the game to enhance the experience fully.

They also showed off a new game called Ghostwire Tokyo. Not much was shown for this game in terms of gameplay but we did get a pretty good looking story trailer and it looks very different and unique in a market needing new and different ideas instead of rehashes.

Elder Scrolls online showed a new trailer for its upcoming expansion pack, as well as, teasing that they have another pack coming as well. These packs are called Scalebreaker, which is more based off of dungeons and Dragon Hold which extends the story of the game.

They announced some stuff for mobile including a continuation of Commander Keen and Elder Scrolls Legends but these went quickly over. Rage 2 showed that it has a huge new expansion coming adding new enemies, quests, and places to go as well as new vehicles and weapons. The game now has more cheat codes as well giving a more enhanced and fun experience.

Wolfenstein came after Rage and announced that it had a VR game called Cyber Pilot coming up for any of those people out there who are interested in VR. As well as Wolfenstein: YoungBlood which is a co-op shooter continuing the Wolfenstein story and scheduled to release on July 26th.

A new game from Arkane Lyon called Death Loop was announced but it mostly showed a lot of cutscenes. Currently, people can’t be too sure about the gameplay but it does seem rather promising which is always a good sign.

They followed this up with the Orion service, which is a service being made to enhance game streaming since that is certainly a thing of the future with things like Google Stradia. Orion allowed games to run 20% faster than the usual streaming services and they even showed some games running at 60fps. Also that its bandwidth isn’t too demanding so it won’t lag in as many circumstances.

They finished it off with Doom Eternal; with this, they showed a ton of gameplay and it all looked to be exhilarating. They kept up the pace from the last game adding to good hype for the game and keeping the awesome soundtrack too and showed off a collectors edition including the iconic helmet for the series. They also announced that Doom Eternal will be releasing on November 22nd, and showed off the new Battle Mode multiplayer experience for Doom Eternal. It allows people to play as different demons to fight against someone else who is playing a heavily armed Slayer. This mode seems to be a 1 vs 2 mode that bases a lot of itself off of strategy.

Overall this was a pretty decent conference but I do believe that they focused too much on the mobile aspects, which while some people do play them, they aren’t what they are waiting so much to hear about at something like E3.

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