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Letters from the Front

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Games is what makes E3 special. Games are the reason why we love E3 so much and it’s the reason why we get excited for E3 each and every year.

I thought it would be a good idea to run through 10 different games that I can’t wait to play and which ultimately won me over, the 10 games that really won me over and left a deep impression on me.

It was kind of difficult to compile this list because there were a ton of games that I saw at E3 2018 that won me over and I wanted to extend it but for time reasons and to not bore you, I decided to lower the initial number of 15 to 10. Let’s get started!

Anthem

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Anthem is BioWare’s first new franchise in almost a decade and it’s coming in February of 2019, Anthem is a big departure from what BioWare usually does. It’s an online action RPG that has no romance options and a limited dialogue system with choices that affect not only NPC’s but also factions. It may seem different but it still has that BioWare pedigree that we all know them for and it stands tall on it’s own simply because of what I played and seen about the game.

Anthem has the potential to be BioWare’s next big thing. The early signs of Anthem seems to indicate that this game has the potential to be something special, I really hope this game succeeds in every department.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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The recent Tomb Raider games has built Lara up to this point. This is the end of Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider trilogy so they’re pulling all the stops here to craft something special, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the darkest game yet as it will show a darker Lara where she comes face to face with the consequences she has done throughout the trilogy and where she begins to question whether her influence is making matters worse.

I didn’t get to play the game at E3 2018 as I was shown an off hand demo but it looks very similar to the previous two games but the darker story and the mature tone makes this game more interesting than the previous two. Much like Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow is giving you more freedom in how to approach things like combat or exploration or whatever, you’re able to do it here as the region is more open ended this time around. It will be interesting to see how the game pans out and how the trilogy ends. Everything has come to this.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

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I really liked the original Division for what it was but ultimately it needed time to be something special by which when that time came, I already had moved on but The Division 2 seems to be improving on everything that the original game laid down.

I never really got hands on with it at E3 2018 but from what I saw from another dude playing it was that the improvements are welcoming and that the shooting mechanics have been upgraded significantly. It also looked like that the bullet sponge enemies are still a thing which I hope they fix and that moving between cover to cover seemed seamless so I have hope that The Division 2 is in every way ten times better than the original.

The Last of Us Part II

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I just finished The Last of Us this year and it has become one of my favorite games of all time, so I was kind of excited when they showed the second game off at Sony’s E3 press conference.

From the trailer and gameplay Naughty Dog released, the game seems incredibly brutal although some of the combat looked a bit too scripted for my taste but man does the game look really good also it doesn’t look like this game will come out on this generation of hardware.

It remains to be seen if the combat is that scripted and how Ellie has evolved from the first game but I am excited to see the return of Ellie and to return to this brutal world.

Resident Evil 2: Remake

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Man, does this game look spooky as fuck.

Resident Evil 2: Remake is on a fine line between new and classic Resident Evil. It triggered a lot of memories for me back in the early 2000’s, it also unnerved me a bit because it’s been upgraded and re-imagined in many ways.

At E3 2018, I recieved hands on with Resident Evil 2: Remake and it was spooky, more spookier then I remembered it being and I suppose that’s due to the new graphics that the remake sports. The over the shoulder shooting that has been a feature in later games make it’s return here but it has been changed to make your shots harder to pull off. There is also more freedom to explore the surroundings around you, also the game is seamless now. When I mean by seamless, there is no more loading screens to look at and that creates more tension and more frightful encounters.

I walked away from the demo with chills down my spine and it was a very good impression. I hope this game comes to Xbox or PC when it releases in 2019.

Battlefield V

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I’m glad that Battlefield is once again returning to the large scale battles of World War II.

I have a long history with the Battlefield franchise and this has been my dream since 2002, that EA DICE returns to the iconic battlegrounds of World War II and return with a bang and they’ve done it with Battlefield V. Battlefield V at this stage is probalby one of the most revolutionary titles in the series to date, the amount of changes that EA DICE has made is staggering and all of this changes makes you feel important once again after lone wolfing it in the battles of World War I in 2016’s Battlefield 1.

You and your squad matters this time around. With a squad, you matter. You can revive anyone now despite any class you are and build fortifications to withhold the enemy’s advance on your positions and making progress. Battlefield V returns Battlefield to being what’s it always been about and frankly Battlefield 1 missed that aspect when that particular game was the current game in the franchise, it returns to being a skillful and semi hardcore game.

Battlefield V rewards players for sticking with your squad and rewards players for skill, if EA DICE continues to show us this then Battlefield V could very well be one if not the most revolutionary game in the franchise outside of BC2.

Spiderman

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Spiderman is one of the world’s best beloved superheroes, but videogames hasn’t really done him that well outside of Spiderman 2. After being successful with Spiderman 2 which was paired with one of the most iconic movies in the superhero genre at that time, the character fell into mediocrity but Insomniac’s Spiderman is probably is one of the most refreshing take on the character despite being familiar.

I didn’t get to play the game at E3 2018 but saw someone else play it and it’s looks very similar to the Arkham games which by far is nothing wrong, I actually like it that Insomniac took some influences from the Arkham games and applied those influences here in Spiderman.

I can’t wait to step into his boots come September.

The Elder Scrolls VI

Finally although it won’t arrive in some time, finally we’re getting confirmation about The Elder Scrolls VI.

The Elder Scrolls is one of my favorite RPG franchises and to see it return in a mainline title blew my mind. I really hope The Elder Scrolls VI continues to build on what Skyrim achieved while taking some inspiration from CDPR and I hope it’s the next generation of roleplaying games that we need.

Can’t wait to learn more in a few more years.

Starfield

After years of trademarks and leaks, we finally know what Starfield is and from what we know about the game, it seems to be ambitious.

We don’t know much about Starfield outside that’s it’s a new game from Bethesda Game Studios and that’s it’s the space RPG that the trademarks and leaks have been pointing too. Stay tuned whenever we’ll learn more about this game.

Cyberpunk 2077

Finally, we get a first look at CDPR’s newest game after it laid dormant since 2012 and early 2013.

I’m hyped for Cyberpunk 2077. After the successes of The Witcher 3 and how revolutionary that game was for the RPG genre and how that game really put CPDR on the map, I have faith that they will deliver once again with Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 is a game set in the year 2077 where America has fallen to the mega-corporations and the way of life is good but expensive. The game takes place in Night City where anybody can be whoever they want to be and where anyone can do what they want.

From what I read from the big dotcoms, the world of Cyberpunk doesn’t feel like a videogame city and it feels like a place that it could exist and that you’re not the special one. Your story isn’t the sole focus and that your story is just one of thousands that are happening at the same time. There’s plenty of things to be excited for and it sounds like it’s the future of RPG games.

It definitely sounds like CPDR is crafting the future of not only RPG games but the future of open world gaming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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