And so it begins
Day one of E3 is now over, letting consumers all over the world take a break from the hype and bright lights pouring out of televisions and computer screens. If you were unable to attend E3 don’t you worry; myself and fellow writers David Hein and Jon Biagianti have got you covered. Just be sure to check out what’s posting here on World of Entertainment or via catch some quick thoughts via World of Entertainment’s Twitter account, @JKWOE.
Similar to years past, Microsoft was first out the gates with their press conference and thankfully the focus was on just games. Showcasing around 20 games, Microsoft was attempting to make the idea very clear: it’s all about the games. Some of the featured games are titles that have been hinted at before, such as Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive.
Other titles that were re-enforced include Fable: Legends, Project Spark, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfighter. To be fair, CoD is a recent addition to everyone’s attention. One of the newer titles that I was intrigued with was Ori and the Blind Forest. It has a unique colorful art style that I think Microsoft hasn’t seen much of with it’s content lately.
If there is ever justification for some things, the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection is one of them. Collecting Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 into one disc for the Xbox One. If it wasn’t enough, the disc will include each games native multiplayer as it was originally experienced, including an individual online server for each game’s multiplayer. Along with this announcement, there was a teasing for a beta of Halo 5: Guardians.
Due to be released this November, I think the collection will be some much needed help for the less than fantastic sales of the Xbox One. I think Microsoft had a somewhat solid outing, especially with their focus on bringing content to the system. This is a battle that both Microsoft and Sony will both be facing; no consumer wants a next gen console if there are no next gen games.
In Sony’s press conference, I was happy with some of the titles that were announced, but slightly disappointed by others. Like last year, Sony made it clear that the support for Indie developers is foremost in their minds. I don’t mind the Indie games, but I think they were overshadowed by some titles that everyone was waiting for such as Little Big Planet 3, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Destiny.
Of the titles that intrigued me the most, seeing gameplay for No Man’s Sky was exciting. It looks to be the exploration game that I’ve always wanted. This is the sort of IP that I wonder if Microsoft can ever get a hold of, but I’m happy to see that Sony has it.
While I am excited about this and Little Big Planet 3, I’m very intrigued by Abzu as it appears to be in the same vein as Journey in regards to art style. Besides, who doesn’t like underwater levels? If you needed something a little more dark, the conference didn’t miss that beat with footage from The Order 1886, Bloodborne, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Mortal Kombat X.
While these were fun to take in, I think Sony’s final reveal has been one that has been long awaited and rightfully so as one of Sony’s most well known titles: Drake makes his return next year in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Both Microsoft and Sony have what appears to be a solid turnout this E3, but it’s only day one of the festivities. I highlighted only a small segment of games from Microsoft and Sony in this article, but for a complete list, chek out our updating post for more E3 details. We will have a more complete analysis as Nintendo’s press conference will take place tomorrow morning.