The problem was that a lot of the games we were shown were games that we already knew about or had seen footage of previously. Microsoft didn't surprise me at all when they failed to show anything that would convince me to covet an Xbox although I will concede that the revised Xbox One S is a big visual improvement on the current model. EA and Ubisoft? *yawn*.
There was still plenty to digest however and more decent stuff for me to look forwards to than my grumpy outlook may have you believe. Below is a run-through of everything that caught my eye, proof that even an average E3 (by E3 standards) can still promise to hurt a wallet in the future.
Games I will definitely be buying:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii-U)
So gorgeous it makes Scarlett Johansson look like a warty old witch in comparison. I love the promise of free exploration, the climbing, gliding and superb detail. I could stare in awe at the grassy plateau area forever but I have the feeling that I will need the time to actually go and investigate every nook and cranny. The game world actually reminds me of the excellent Dragon's Dogma but in a brighter and less stressful form. Easily the best thing that I saw from E3 2016 and I just pray that it still releases on the Wii-U in a completely uncompromised fashion.
- Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
- Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
- Friday the 13th: The Game (PS4)
Okay so on a technical level this looks nothing special at all but what it DOES look like is a love letter to one of the best film franchises of the 80's. I would buy this based on my love for the Friday the 13th films alone and I'm so glad the developers are going back to the real series and not the remake or any sort of modern update.
- Days Gone (PS4)
- Spiderman (PS4)
- The Last Guardian (PS4)
- Tekken 7 (PS4)
- Paper Mario: Colour Splash (Wii-U)
Games of potential interest:
- Resident Evil VII
- Skyrim Special Edition
- Crash Bandicoot Remaster
- God of War
- Final Fantasy XV
So that was E3 2016 then. I suppose there was a healthy amount of software for me to sink my teeth into but having said that, I still highly doubt I will have the time to buy and play everything on my 'Definitely Buying' list let alone consider the others. At least the choice is going to be there though eh? PS4 certainly seemed to win the show by bombarding gamers with loads of amazing-looking titles. Xbox didn't do too badly either but in terms of exclusives to tempt me into buying another machine, only Platinum's Scalebound got my attention but even that looked underwhelming and not at all what I expected from a Platinum-developed game. Nintendo disappointed to a greater degree however by barely having a presence and STILL keeping the NX under wraps. Thankfully they redeemed themselves to an extent with the mind-blowing Zelda gameplay footage.
Virtual Reality played a big part at E3 2016 with several big games highlighting VR compatibility. I'm dubious as to whether VR will actually catch on this time and the tech is just far too expensive for me to consider but I must admit that I'm feeling pretty postive about the whole concept and the possibilities that are there. It was the smaller tech demos such as the Star Wars game and er...Summer Lesson (?!?) that impressed me the most however so let's hope that some full (good) games comes of it.