Monday, June 15, 2015

E3 2015: Press Conference Day recap. All the vids.

Like any good E3, the past twenty-four hours have been absolutely incredible.  There have been some pleasant surprises, some bitter disappointments, and some announcements that are so jaw-dropping they seem to have bent the very lens of reality into a startling new shape.

Let's break it down.  For finer-grit details, check out each conference's recap:

First of all, Bethesda's stuff last night got us off to a fantastic start.  Doom, Dishonored 2 and Fallout 4 seriously kicked off E3 with a... level of hype that today's exhibitors kind of stood in the shadow of.  It's kind of hard to beat thirty minutes of a Fallout sequel no one's seen gameplay of before, and a release date of November 10, 2015.

But - of course - Doom

Today, (almost) every conference gave us at least one nice surprise.  Xbox One is getting Sea of Thieves, a multiplayer pirate game that looks lovely. 

And Cuphead still makes me very jealous. 

The Ubisoft conference was... less awful than Ubisoft usually is, but still chock-full of awkward crap.  On the bright side, South Park: The Stick of Truth is getting a sequel.  Obsidian's not involved, but Parker and Stone are - so there's hope!

At the Electronic Arts show, there wasn't much to talk about aside from Mirror's Edge Catalyst.  I really hope it actually looks this good. 

I will say, though, that EA's Unravel is a very pleasant surprise. 

We got two full gameplay demos of Star Wars Battlefront, first some PvP on Hoth - 

and some co-op on Tatooine: 

And Sony... 

Well, Sony's was a bit bittersweet.  I am, personally, thrilled that Devolver indies like Eitr and Ronin are coming to PS4 - particularly Eitr...

...and I feel really burned that it's not coming to Vita.  The conference was also light on anything really inspiring that's coming out in 2015 (if you don't count the Tatooine Star Wars footage).  

What it did have were... pretty much all of today's Big E3 Moments. 

The Last Guardian, for example.  They showed it.  They actually showed it.  Like, pure gameplay. 

Sony announced a remake of Final Fantasy VII.  People have been begging for that since the PS2 - and it's happening.

If that wasn't enough, they revealed Shenmue III and promptly pointed folks towards its Kickstarter page.  It made $500,000.00 before the conference ended, and - as I write - is nearing 1.3 million.

The Xbox One's backwards compatibility plan, Sony's ambitious plan to become your new cable provider (which I will seriously look in to), Star Wars' gorgeous graphics... those are all great - but the news of E3 2015, the stories that we'll look back on in future years - can be held up on three fingers.

Last Guardian.  Final Fantasy Seven.  Shenmue.

Sony just reached out into the collective gamer dreamscape and turned three of The Big Ones into reality.  It's huge.  The feel of it is huge, even as they announce fewer indies than they ever have before and fail to show any meaningful support for the Vita. [update]  Ronin and Crossing Souls are coming to Vita. [/update]

That being said, they did announce Guerrilla Games' new title, and... I can't wait to get my hands on Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Like seriously.  Look at this!  She's fighting a robot tyrannosaur with a bow.  An absolutely stunning open-world sci-fi-fantasy with a female lead.  Sign me up yesterday.

And, as usual, footage from The Next Uncharted looks absolutely ridonkulous.

And that's all the important stuff.  Lesser stuff:

And that's day one!  I'm really hoping I'll hear anything about some Vita games over the next few days.  Fingers crossed!

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