Rahman’s E3 Hopes And Dreams
I know E3 is pretty much the Sundance Film Festival of the gaming community, but in all honesty I don’t find myself that excited for it this year. A lot of the games I’m excited for have either been given a lot of coverage and will be out soon (in other words, Batman: Arkham Knight), or have already been released (Mortal Kombat X, Dying Light, GTA V, etc.). That leaves very little on my radar. There are still a couple titles that I’m looking forward to, but after the let downs of the past, e.g. Watch_Dogs, I find myself much more wary and sceptical of the products shown at the Expo.
If I know the rest of the team, some of them are no doubt clamouring over the new Fallout 4 trailer to be released during the show. I recently bought Fallout 3 GOTY edition to see what all the fuss was about. Went through the whole “being born” tutorial, shot some cockroaches and escaped the vault. I was ready to start my career of killing bandits before falling off a small cliff, breaking a leg which in turn stopped me from running. I closed Fallout 3. My character’s probably still at the base of the cliff, waiting to die. I decided the Fallout series wasn’t for me.
No Man’s Sky looks interesting enough to keep an eye on. There aren’t many games that allow you to fly around in space, then get out of your ship to explore the ground below. Awesome colours, various species of exotic animals, procedurally-generated planets and terrain and the ability to be a space pirate? There’s a lot in this mixing pot. The vibrancy of everything just makes the game stick out against boring brown and grey military games including, but not limited to: Fallout 4, Doom, COD: Black Ops 3 and The Division. I’m not writing these off completely but in terms of visual appeal, they might look good graphically, but not that interesting aesthetically.
Mad Max. Mad Max, Mad Max, Mad Max. Anyone who hasn’t seen the film, stop reading this and watch it. Seriously, go. I paid twice to see it, it’s that freaking awesome. Thousands of Quan Chi lookalikes? Check. Wasteland filled with insane bandits on tricked out death buggies? Check. A series that never has true “good” or “bad” characters, only survivors? A big fat check all round. Seriously, there’s one character whose job description is playing an electric guitar for the antagonist’s war party on a truck with 50 massive speakers. The guitar shoots fire. Go see Fury Road. On a related note, the game with the same name as the franchise looks pretty darn good. Yes, it slightly goes against what I said about boring brown and grey games, but have you seen the gameplay? Custom car building, skills and upgrades, weather mechanics, tie-ins to the movie franchise, open world survival, Arkham combat, unconventional weapons, the list goes on. Here’s the gameplay trailer. Watch this (if you still haven’t gone to see the film) and try not to get excited for Mad Max.
Mirror’s Edge 2? I liked the original game, though I’m pretty sure the protagonist was made of twigs and duct tape. I know for a fact that EA are working on a sequel. Now that Dying Light has shuffled out of the way, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate seems to want to do away with parkour for a fancy new grappling hook, what better time is there to show off your free-running game?
Games to Give Up On:
Any sequels from Valve. Half Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Portal 3, Team Fortress 3. No more Counter Strike’s or anything from any other franchise. Waiting on Valve to release any information on a particular game series has now become a joke within itself. If anything, it’s probably best that Valve don’t release anything after all the anticipation, otherwise we might see Gordon Freeman go the same way as Duke Nukem.
Big News Predications:
I do somewhat expect Valve to be there, if only to show off their PC-killing “Steam Machines”. Personally, I don’t like the thought of these new console/computer things. A lot of games are optimised for the lowest possible settings on the lowest possible rigs (or at least, they should be). When Steam releases these, developers will start optimising for these machines, which have higher quality hardware. I get that PC’s should be upgraded every now and again to keep with the times, but in my opinion this is actually worse than console gaming in terms of affordability, something that PC’s always had. With PC’s you could spend what you want, upgrade what you want and push your computer to the limit if you were mad enough. Consoles can be more or less expensive straight up, depending on how much you’d spend on a PC, but were overall less cost effective because of the price of the games. Steam Machines sit somewhere in the middle. There are different grades of Steam Machine, some of which are better and more expensive than others. At least when you buy a console, you know for certain you can run every game available. I’m certain that some high end games will run (better) on some of the machines, but not on other, cheaper ones. It’s like Xbox releasing an Xbox One Lite that costs less but can run only half the games at half the quality and framerate.
Gabe Newell and Bill Gates have been working together for the last 10 years on one sandbox games with action, adventure, RPG, JRPG, RTS, racing, flight sim and dating sim elements. This super-game will allow cross-platform gaming and will require both platform users to make a new account on their new service “Steam-Live”. People who pay for the Gold package will actually be able to start the game, as those without the package get their hard drives wiped and their hardware corrupted. Or maybe Gabe Newell will unveil Half Life 3 after all.
What do you think? What would you like to see at this year’s E3? Do you agree with our predictions or do you think that we have missed the elephant in the room? Let us know in the comments and stay with us for full coverage of all the big announcements. Mouse ’N’ Joypad are attending E3 this year and we will bring you all the news, as it happens, right from the show floor.