Hello everyone and welcome to my third E3 journal for the site. As you might have noticed there was no journal there for a bit, which is largely due to the fact that my brain was at the time somewhere between shepherd's pie and rice pudding. Both of which sound absolutely delicious, by the way. I've only recently recovered from E3 proper and now I'd like to recap my final days at E3 and shed a little perspective on the process.
If Tuesday is exhausting, Wednesday is everyone catching their second wind. There's soreness, but the energy is still there to see all those great games the big publishers talked about during their press conferences on Monday. Wednesday is also the day that the show floor opens up at 10:00, which means a longer day and lots more games to see.
Wednesday started with Square Enix, where I was able to check out Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy X: HD and Saints Row IV on my own. After that, I reconnected with Lydia and we got see hands-off demos of Murdered Soul: Suspect and Thief. Square Enix's booth was great, because everyone had calmed down from the insanity of day one, knew where everything was at, and knew who to talk to in order to make things happen. For instance, we were only able to work out seeing Thief at the last second because of some outstanding PR reps looking out for us. It would have been heartbreaking to miss!
After Square Enix, Lydia went off to see Microsoft and I ran over to Bethesda's booth. We had had the privilege of seeing most of what they showed prior to E3, but it was great to see Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls Online and The Evil Within (still terrifying) again.
The rest of the day felt like sliding down the mountainside -- our schedule was packed. We hit CD Projekt RED to see The Witcher 3, I went to see Payday 2 with 505 Games and then we wrapped up the day with Konami. Keep in mind that between each stop I'm either running from one end of the convention center to the other hall or trying to stop at booths and try out games I'd otherwise have missed.
It wasn't until I started heading home that I realized how tired I was. I accidentally took the wrong train a few stops in the wrong direction. The rest of the night is sort of a blur, but I'm pretty happy I was able to get a few pieces up before falling asleep.
Thursday is zombie day. Everyone there working is exhausted, but yet it's also great because so much gets done. For instance, I was schedule a Company of Heroes 2 demo at the last second, ensure I got to see Beyond: Two Souls, revisit Nintendo and also make a tour of Capcom's booth -- all of which I hadn't planned on doing on Thursday. The stress typically rolls off your back and it's just about seeing the things you need or want to see.
I visited Sony first and shook hands with Mark Cerny before finding out I was at the wrong place. Still, I got to play his game Knack afterwards, as well as Drive Club and a few other titles. The big deal was definitely trying out the PlayStation 4 controller, which I can confirm is totally amazing. By amazing, I mean it's comfortable and does the job with nothing notably odd or concerning.
Later I checked out Trion's upcoming sandbox-ish MMO ArchAge, which if you haven't read anything about -- do. It's extremely interesting in concept. Then came a trip to Telltale's booth to see The Walking Dead: 400 Days. I don't even want to tell you a single thing about it here. I'll be writing up my impressions soon. Highlight of my day, it was.
Then E3 ended. It didn't feel like it was over, it still doesn't feel over now -- well, I know for sure I've got a ton of writing to do still. E3 is like a weight and only over the coming days will that weight disappear and all I'll have left is a ton of great experiences with dozens of great games.
That said, I'm back fulltime on the site. Expect a lot of write-ups over the coming days as we've finally got time to put our thoughts through a keyboard. Also, if anyone has a question about any game at the show or any of the consoles there (PC too), please feel free to send me a private message or notify (@bluexy) me in any comment or forum post. I want nothing more than to talk about video games with everyone and I'm more than happy to share everything I've seen at E3.
We're a small team here at Neoseeker, but we've got one of the biggest and best communities out there. I know we haven't been able to post as much as we'd like during E3, but we've got plenty coming. Thanks so much for being great and following us day-to-day. This is my second E3 for Neoseeker and it was much more difficult than the first, at least until I get home and see the messages folk have sent me asking about games or complimenting our coverage. It real does make a world of difference.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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