Day 0 is the unofficial first day of E3, and with that behind us, our primary on-site team will be sharing with you our impressions. And as they say: ladies first.
So what exactly drew me in on Day 0? Admittedly, I'm somewhat of an Xbox loyalist, simply because the Xbox 360 was what really pulled me out of casual gaming, leading to plenty of sleepless nights with a controller in my hands. That, and Halo remains one of my favorite franchises. All that being said, every single conference had its share of highlights, regardless of where my money ultimately goes.
Let's start at the very beginning, shall we?
How can I not start with Microsoft? Every year, the Xbox media conference kicks off E3 with plenty of flash and sometimes celebrities. This year, much of the focus fell on the next-gen Xbox One, though we did get to see a few Xbox 360 titles showcased early on. Out of the bunch, I can honestly say the next Halo left me salivating, but seeing as how we barely got to see anything more than fancy CG teaser with Master Chief (Typical!), I'll go with the runner-up: Dead Rising 3.
Sorry, Chief. I'm your biggest fan, but this year, Capcom has somehow managed to win me back over. I know, it's very surprising. I really haven't cared much for Dead Rising after Frank West took a backseat, yet this new hero and the game's new tone are both very appealing. Odd as it may sound, Dead Rising 3 reminds me a lot of Left 4 Dead, a zombie game I love to death. The gameplay demo and trailer seem to lack some of that Dead Rising humor, but I'm sure Capcom will sneak it back in to some degree.
I'm going to cheat here and just say both of DICE's teasers really grabbed me. No, I'm not talking about Battlefield 4. Rather, I'm stoked about the two other games that will eventually be coming out... at some point.
For those who haven't caught on by now, I'm speaking of Mirror's Edge 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront. At this point, we do know more about the Mirror's Edge sequel than Battlefront, but only barely. The new game starring a Runner named Faith will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Thing is, DICE is saying the game won't be out until it's damn well ready.
We're hoping "ready" means some time in 2014, at least. Not sure if I can handle waiting until 2015 for this.
My goodness, that music. It's everything we remember from Mirror's Edge, and the game looks so damn beautiful in next-gen graphics that my eyes might just bleed.
The other DICE tease has to do with Star Wars: Battlefront, an IP that many have already given up on. While rumors of a Battlefront 3 withstood the test of time, LucasArts never managed to deliver, and the studio wound up closing its development doors, which seemed to spell the end of said rumors. Yet here we are, seeing a teaser trailer for the next Battlefront game.
Hey, if anyone can bring this franchise back to life and do it justice, DICE can.
Okay, okay. I know the teaser doesn't show much, but for the Star Wars fans out there, it's really something. Enough to at least comfort our sad little hearts. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go rewatch that Mirror's Edge 2 teaser.
Ubisoft's conference was, perhaps, the least favorite out of the whole bunch. No doubt many of you have already read the complaints online. Heck, the company even flopped their Assassin's Creed IV demo in favor of saving a proper one for Sony's conference.
Still, the conference was not without its pleasant surprises. Out of the endless mess of games, my personal favorite has to be Tom Clancy's The Division. Despite a less-than-original title, this little surprise might just be a next-gen hit. The Division takes us beyond the end of our world, after humanity is left broken by disease, and the survivors are forced to rebuild with what little is left. And by "rebuild," I mean survive. The announcement trailer tries to explain this.
At a glance, Division seems like Ubisoft's challenge to Activision and Bungie's Destiny; it's a massive multiplayer-driven shooter with a futuristic kick, albeit much less sci-fi than Destiny. Here, players can team up (or not) with one another in an open world environment not unlike an MMO, and explore and fight together. Hey, if a developer can successfully balance the positive aspects of MMO games with a shooter, I'm all for it.
The visuals are nothing to scoff at either, and during the demo, I was especially taken with how the bullets struck glass. It's all about the little things.
The only downside here is that Division has been confirmed for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No PC.
Hey, speaking of Destiny! Bungie's upcoming MMO-inspired shooter was the highlight of Sony's conference this year, saved for the very end of the event when many were expecting to see The Last Guardian.
For those expecting a boy and a griffon, you have my deepest sympathies. For everyone else, however, Destiny was probably no less exciting to see. Today marked its gameplay debut, and Activision has done a surprisingly great job of keeping things under wraps up until now.
Like Ubisoft's Division, this is a grand experiment to infuse a shooter with MMO elements, and honestly, I trust Bungie to do a good job with that. Even Halo fans might find their nostalgia tickled by the look and feel of things.
Next, E3 Day 1. Onward, ho. Are your bodies ready for this?
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