The E3 dust has settled and it's time to look back on a crazy week of games, news and awkward press conferences. What do our Startselect employees think of this year's E3?
22-06-2016 - by the Startselect crew
We asked a couple of our employees for their E3 2016 highlight. While most of them had to stay in the office and only got to watch the livestreams, four of us (Max, Kevin L, Linda and Koen) were lucky enough to actually fly to LA and experience E3 hands-on.
We all knew Ubisoft was going to announce a new franchise, but I kind of expected it to be a shooter. Maybe they wanted to compete with Call of Duty and Battlefield? But instead they came up with Steep, a game where you have complete freedom to roam snowy mountaintops by snowboard, skis, wingsuit and paraglider. And it looks amazing! The game is all about having fun and challenging your friends, which is really refreshing. I really hope Ubi can deliver and not make it another game about a map full of objectives to complete.
Country Manager New Territories
As one of the few that played the first game (which was ok), I can't help but look forward to this game. Even though the original had many flaws, it still stands out as one of the most memorable game experiences I've had. The music, the atmosphere, the ridiculous characters and the intense tragical storyline all connected with me. If they can fix the issues with the battle system, the less than vibrant world and their marketing, I can see this title getting of of the 'cult' or 'niche' corner it has been in until now. If it turns out to be not that great, at least the soundtrack will make it worth a shot!
Ever since I played Spider-Man 2 on the PS1 and PS2 I've been waiting for a Spidey game to freshen up those great old memories. The Spider-Man the Movie game wasn't half bad, neither was Shattered Dimensions, but they just didn't cut it. On the other hand we have all these great Batman games (and even a Telltale game coming up!) and to be honest I was afraid they forgot all about the Spidey fans. But when Sony dropped the teaser trailer during their press conference and reveiled that non other than Insomniac games is going to develop it, I was completely blown away! If the creators of the Spyro and Ratchet & Clank series put their everything into making a Spider-Man game, there’s no way it's not going to be completely awesome and I’m looking forward to gameplay footage and a release date!
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Virtual reality is becoming a reality with the Playstation VR. At the Sony press conference the company announced a few new titles such as Batman and Resident Evil and said they will have 50 games available in 2016. I tried Eve Valkyrie at the Sony booth and Kevin L. (see below) tried Resident Evil. Both games are going to be much more then just a cool tech demo as we've seen on the Oculus platform and I personally can't wait to buy the retail version of the Playstation VR (pre-order has been placed!). While the graphics are not the strongest point of the Playstation VR (HTC Vive and Oculus are better) the comfort is way better and that suprised me. I can't wait for the future of VR!
Definitely the best thing to come out of the Xbox presentation, We Happy Few brought back fond memories of all the Bioshock games where I could just get lost in the atmosphere. I really hope this game will have an awesome story and gameplay. For now the setting alone will make me want to buy it instantly.
Customer Support France / Graphic Designer
I knew Fallout 4 was a good game, but after seeing what is coming up in the next month it made me even more excited and enthousiastic. All the announced downloadable content sounds very interesting. Funny part is: the day before Bethesda's conference, I was telling my friend how much I'd love to be able to build my own vault. Luckily, I only had to wait the day after to discover the trailer of the coming DLC. I'm so looking forward for the release for all of them but especially the Vaultec Workshop.
Country Manager Sweden
Last year, during Paris Games Week, Sony showed us the first trailer for Detroit: Become Human, and I was hooked immediately. Therefore, I was happy to see it now again at Sony's E3 press conference. I am just a sucker for robots becoming human, or rather pretending to be. That's one of the reasons to why Daft Punk and their Electroma movie hits the sweet spot for me and why I just loved 'Ex Machina' (Alicia Vikander is truly brilliant in it too). In this year's E3, we got to see that it is a choice-and-consequence type of game as well, which just couldn't be more awesome. I could write a philosphical paper about why these two aspects fascinate me so much, but I am gonna spare you the blabber. In short; Androids + Butterfly effect = perfection!
Okay, Nintendo had one of the worst liveshows ever. That Treehouse livestream was bo-ring! But Breath of the Wild itself is probably everything you could want from a Zelda game. The atmosphere really takes me back to The Wind Waker, the physics look amazing and the RPG/survival gameplay sounds really good. The old Zelda gameplay was growing a bit stale and this looks like the perfect way to freshen it up. If they manage to release this at the same time as the Nintendo NX, I will buy that console without a moment's thought. And a successful console launch opens up new possibilities for third-party support, which means more amazing games. This could make us forget all about the Wii U!
There were quite a few announcements that got me hyped up. The LFG functionality on Xbox Live is really cool! Horizon: Zero Dawn and Detroit: Become Human were awesome to see. But the new God of War trailer really blew me away. And I wasn't the only one. The room exploded when Kratos appeared from the shadows. Everyone was on their feet, yelling and clapping. It made being in the audience extra special. This is going to be one hell of a release!
As an early adaptor of both the Xbox360 and the Xbox One, i've always been keen on new hardware and the possibilities they bring with them. Coming from a technical background I'm familiar with the system architectures and their capabilities and I love the vision and innovations developers bring to new console platforms. The lifecycles of hardware components are shortened by exponential growth in development. The current console generation, which is fairly new, isn't capable of performing on 1080p and 60fps and this is restricting the developers. So for that I am very excited for a new hardware release within the same platform and same ecosystem. All games are and will be forward and backwards compatible and just like an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, you decide if you need that upgrade.
Okay, so I was a bit disappointed when I couldn't find a big CD PROJEKT RED booth in one of the main halls like last year. I'm a big The Witcher fan and I was really hoping to see more of their Cyperpunk project, but instead we get a standalone Gwent game. Don't get me wrong, I love Gwent, but as a neat little side quest, nothing more. However, I quickly got over my dissapointment when my favorite publisher of all time decided to hire my favorite cosplayer of all time as their Geralt of Rivia for E3 2016 (Maul Cosplay). I almost screamed like a little girl when I met my hero, whom I've spent hundreds of hours with on my PS4. Oh, and meeting Hideo Kojima was awesome as well!
Several years after the initial announcement, The Last Guardian was finally playable on E3 this year. The demo started at the beginning of the game and showed the little boy getting to know the unusual creature. It was a great example of storytelling and you almost forget this particular part was actually a tutorial. A nice surprise was the climbing mechanics, which reminded me of Shadow of the Colossus. All in all, I don't think this is going to be game of the year, but I felt engaged and invested in the story, even though I only experienced a small part of it.