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Day One of E3 was freaking fantastic! Mostly!
If you joined us on Twitter during the show, you already know all the great announcements of the day and are welcome you claim your free hug. If you didn’t, do so now so you can read our Nintendo coverage on Day Two! And if you’ve given up on Nintendo, there are 364 more days follow for the good stuff, may as well now, right?
By this time next year, I expect we’ll have a full, dedicated staff able to cover each of the unique games E3 brings to us. Until then, it’s just me writing regularly, so we’ll do a Top and Bottom Five games based on their presentation!
Cream of the Crop
5.) Battlefield: Hardline
This is exactly what we’re looking for out of E3. While probably over-covered, we got see some of the best the game had to offer. Gameplay, prerendered cinematics and an all-new multiplayer mode pretty much made this the game to watch in the coming months.
4.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Assassin’s Creed returns to its roots, back to interesting times in history that we Americans can actually learn something from (it isn’t happening in our schools anymore…) Not only that, but this revolution is much more suited to a more personal, all-out war between the uppercrust Templars and the oppressed, rising-two-power Assassins. Mostly thanks to the proximity. And honestly, how can you argue with four player co-op?
3.) Rainbow Six: Siege
I’m was literally jumping up and down like I was five again, waiting for cupcakes to all be frosted so everyone could have one at the same time. Pre-Alpha footage that looked like a finish game last generation, new options like blowing through a ceiling, and a hostage rescue mission that ended on a jump-worthy cliffhanger. These are the things great E3 Moments are made of.
2.) Valiant Hearts
This game will probably make you cry. This game will probably make me cry. Stories from the First World War, gathered from actual accounts from the time. There’s also an adorable canine medic. The art style is unique, and though I’d like to see more, I’m willing to look much further into it.
1.) Batman: Arkham Knight
My number one game of the day, and one of the last shown. Arkham Knight has the things you never thought you needed but always craved: the BATMOBILE! Oh, and the armor is powered, you can rocket eject from the car, combat is just as beautiful and the world looks like it was expanded massively. Scarecrow is also back and scarier than he ever was. A winner in every sense of the word.
5.) All the PS Games that Got Only Ten Seconds of Screen Time…
Let It Die, the Order, Infamous: First Light and Bloodborne all get about thirty seconds of air time, Grim Fandango gets a passing freaking mention, mostly to make room for the next entry…
4.) …because of Powers.
I get it. Sony wants the PS4 to be seen as multi-functional and build a multimedia IP. But Powers? I haven’t heard of it, as with a lot of other things, good or bad, but did we need to steal that ten minutes away from other games? Is this really so great? Well, considering I know nothing about it and I watched the conference, I’m angry enough to never bother with it.
This seemed like a different game the last time I saw it. Which was probably last year’s E3. Why did it go from awesome, original and badass to Halo clone? And before you defend it, think about the brute clones, the armor and that lovely 343 Guilty Spark ripoff… Ugh.
2.) Dead Island 2
This wasn’t terrible trailer. It was actually pretty funny. But they screwed themselves over by making the trailer for the first Dead Island so unbelievably fantastic, moving and emotional. The different tone just wasn’t as funny as the first one was haunting.
1.) The (allegedly) Real Reason Backward Compatibility was Killed
Guess what? Now you can play some of the best games the PS3 ever had: The Last of Us and GTA V! No, they’re not becoming backward compatible, that’s silly. They’re just rereleasing them! Probably at a $40 price point!
We already purchased the game the first time. Making us pay again for game that came out less than a year ago? Bad form Sony, bad form.
Well, Nintendo is up next, and while I’m not looking forward to it as strongly, I’m hoping that EarthBound’s rerelease is mentioned, praying Mother 3 gets a US release and rightfully expecting the next Metroid game!