Saturday, June 17, 2017

What I'm Excited About From E3 2017

E3 2017 is over and I was pretty disappointed. It seemed as if every company was holding back. Not sure why that was, but about 90% of the games shown, we already knew existed. EA held back on the Star Wars game being developed by Visceral Games. It is still untitled and still unknown what it is. All we know about that game is they are working on a Star Wars game. Sony held back on Last of Us 2. Naughty Dog gave the excuse that they wanted to show their, yet another, Uncharted game. And Bethesda held back any information about a new IP or Elder Scrolls 6. Though Bethesda did show off Wolfenstein 2 and Evil Within 2. Two games I wasn't expecting to be released this year. I thought they had at least another year to go. The one company that did knock it out of the park for me was Nintendo. They showed lots of information about their new Mario game and they teased Metroid Prime 4 coming to the Switch, most likely next year or 2019 as well as a full rpg Pokemon game. Also what helped Nintendo was the fact that they are on board with the cross-play between PC and Xbox for games such as Minecraft and Rocket League. Big win for Nintendo and Switch owners. Sony, as always, made a piss poor excuse as to why they are shutting down cross-play with the PS4. I guess since they are the top selling console they feel they can do this. Oh well, their loss.

The games I am most excited for are the following:

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will be released October 27th, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. I was surprised this showed up this year. I was thinking E3 2018 and a Fall 2018 release but I was wrong. Wolfenstein 2 is made by MachineGames, the ones who did the first game. This sequel looks just as bad ass as the original was. Can't wait to get my hands on this. You can check out the full eight minute trailer here.

The Evil Within 2 will be released October 13th, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. This is another one that surprised me showing up at E3 2017. I thought for sure the reveal wouldn't be for another year. But I was wrong as well on this one. I knew it was in the works by Tango Gameworks, but didn't think it would be ready for 2017 release. I can't wait to play this one as well. The first game was freaky and creepy to play. Can't wait for what they have in store for us now. You can watch the full reveal trailer here.

Super Mario Odyssey will be released October 27th, 2017 on the Nintendo Switch. I knew this one was already coming but what we didn't know was the release date. Also Nintendo showed a lot and I mean a lot of game play for this Mario title. It looks like it will blow Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine out of the water. Can't wait to get my hands on this game.

These are the games I was most excited to see at E3 this year. I wasn't expecting them. October is really starting to look like a crowded month. Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstein 2, and Mario Odyssey will all be released in October. This Fall is going to be a busy gaming season.

One other game I thought was really interesting is a cross-over game by Ubisoft featuring Rabbids and Mario. It looks like a strategy game that resembles XCOM. It is headed to the Switch around August. I plan to pick it up and play it. Seems really cool.

That is it for what I am excited for from this years E3. Till the next E3 in 2018, keep on gaming.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Returning To HITMAN

Its been a while since I played HITMAN. I really only played the first two episodes (a.k.a. Levels/Maps). I heavily played the first episode called Paris. I played so much of it, that I recorded my best assassination. The double swirly silent assassination. I was most proud of that one. It is up on my poor excuse of a YouTube channel. But you can check it out here:

I bought all the other episodes but got side tracked and distracted and never got around to playing them. Now with IO Interactive either being sold from SquareEnix or heading out on their own. I'd figure since we are in a gaming drought, I would return to HITMAN. I may even record my play through of the other episodes (Levels/Maps) and upload them onto my YouTube channel. Till that happens, check out my other video I did of the second episode of HITMAN. Enjoy!