It’s potentially hard to criticise an E3 briefing where over 50 games were shown to the crowd, where details of an exceptionally powerful next gen console were hinted at, where a Hollywood A Lister revealed one of the most anticipated release dates we’ve had for a long while… but…
I felt a little let down.
Maybe I’m getting old but of all the games released one I have had pre-ordered for two months already (Borderlands 3) but didn’t really show anything new on that front, one I’ve now pre-ordered (Cyberpunk 2077) but that was always going to be the case as soon as the release date was set… but of the rest, two I’d possibly buy in a sale and 20+ were passed over in seconds as part of the ID@Xbox montage.
I might be tempted to pick up “The Outer Worlds” were it not being released a month after Borderlands 3 which, to be honest, it does seem to resemble rather a lot and, still being honest here, I’ve never really rated Obsidian that much.
Obsidian to me seem capable of taking a known IP and creating something that improves a few areas of the gameplay, but then falls flat on its face with a terrible ending… KOTOR 2 improved some of the combat mechanics, added an influence system so your companions would be affected by your deeds… but had a seriously curtailed ending which left me feeling ripped off.
Fallout: New Vegas improved on some of the mechanics from Fallout 3, bullets type and crafting… but had another shocker of an ending which stopped any further exploration, a dead end after an ultimately very dull final mission set up.
When they were given free reign with Alpha Protocol we got a decent spy story which was crippled a little by the fact that your agent couldn’t step over a cardboard box on his way to check a desk out for clues so you had to walk all the way around it to the other side… there were numerous other niggles but that one really got on my nerves… this was supposed to be a next gen game (at the time) and the sodding main character can’t step over a box that comes up to his ankle.
So pardon me if I’m not enamoured by the thought of playing what looks to be a Borderlands knock off just 5 or 6 weeks after the launch of the real thing.
The only other full release that looked interesting was the upcoming EA Star Wars title that had been shown in more detail the previous day so wasn’t exactly a fresh reveal… and this one I’d need to check out more closely as I’m not 100% sold on buying that as things stand.
And that… is just about it… for me at least.
A little, but considering that we all know there will be a new generation of consoles coming next year it’s clear that the real big hitting reveals will be saved for the next E3… after all, if any of the new studios they bought last year were working on something new chances are it wouldn’t be in state that it could be shown off this year, anything that was shown from newly purchased studios then these would surely have been worked on before the buy out.
For the nay-sayers moaning that Ninja Theory have been forced to work on a multiplayer game, what they showed was way more advanced than anything with less than a years worth of development… but I guess if someone is dead set on an opinion then there’s little you can do to change their tiny minds.
Elsewhere… well I haven’t been overly bothered… Bethesda’s was apparently a car crash… a Battle Royale mode for a game that many have already abandoned as being a dud?
Final Fantasy VII Remake release date… all well and good, but the new combat looks too far removed from the original to be interesting.
I’ve already accepted that I’m only buying one or two more games this year… but next year I could (read probably will) be buying one or two new consoles.