To What End

The journey is more important than the end. In my experience it’s a saying that’s just supposed to make you feel better when something doesn’t go as you want, like the one about it being lucky if it’s raining on your wedding day. Or driving 30 hours to get to the Grand Canyon only to realize that yup, it’s a big hole in the ground. Of course, the journey there might actually be worth it when you can stop at big balls of yarn or every dive bar along the way. Vegas, anyone?

I recently played Wolfenstein: New World Order and, for the most part, I enjoyed it up until the very end. I was then left contemplating if the journey made all of my time spent on this game worth it. It didn’t feel that way. It felt like the last three minutes alone soured my whole experience and I was left with a very bitter taste in my mouth. I’m not against bad endings. I play a lot of games with multiple endings and I always go for the good ones even if it takes more work, but there have been a few instances where this doesn’t apply. For me, the Max Payne 2 regular ending is good, the newest Prince of Persia ending was poetic in its irony, but apparently I couldn’t take it for Wolfenstein.

I don’t like doing a bunch of work and having it all go wrong. Who does? Sure it might be realistic, but believe it or not I am not playing a video game about space Nazis for realism. As I was sitting there listening to the incredibly sad end credits song and becoming even more miserable, I wondered if I was alone in my feelings towards video game endings. I decided to poll as many people as I could on Facebook and Tumblr. I had 153 people take my survey that asked them 1) what their favorite game was 2) if it had a happy ending 3) If a game has multiple endings, do you generally choose or prefer the happy/better one? and 4) Has a game ever been soured for you because of the ending alone? and told them they could elaborate on their answer for this question.

The favorite game varied, but as I have a lot of people that follow me who play Mass Effect and Dragon Age games, there was a substantial amount of those in the running. The choices for if it had a happy ending were yes, no, or multiple endings, and 62.1% selected the last option, 19.6% said yes and the rest said no which means ~18% of people really love the pain I’m guessing. 85% of everyone told me they generally choose the happier ending in games if multiple options are given. My results for the last question got a little disastrous as I should have said to only elaborate if you answered yes because there’s just a mix of answers here, but definitely 43.8% said a game has been soured by the ending alone. A lot of people that elaborated also said yes and listed reasons why, while most just put Mass Effect 3 in all caps, a feeling I think many can understand.

I think that fact that well over the majority of people polled said yes they choose the happier ending answers my question and went along with how I play games as well. When you spend 50 hours doing fetch quests, you want it to mean something, and an ending where “Rocks fall, everybody dies” is hardly satisfying. I believe that most video game creators recognize this and cater to it, but there are the brave(or foolish) ones that like to break the mold with their endings. Like I said, it’s worked for some games, but I’m not sure if there’s a pattern or reason to why that is. It could be that the whole rest of the game was good enough that a rough ending couldn’t ruin it, or that it was left open ended enough that you can live in some state of denial. There’s also the greater possibility that the ending makes the most sense the way that it is but, speaking from experience, that’s never stopped me from being mad about something.

While Wolfenstein made me want to scream a whole bunch, I do appreciate that they went against the grain and stuck to their guns about it. I’m sure it’s a big gamble when creators decide to throw a bad ending in there when so many people like and probably expect only good, or the option for it. It’s nice to have some variety, but if the only other thing to consume is something rotten, I’d rather stick to one side of the buffet.

The White(est) Wolf

It cannot be denied that the Witcher series, and especially the last game, is amazing. I’ve talked positively about it already in a few articles, and many other people must have enjoyed it; Witcher 3 received game of the year accolades. CD Projekt Red seems to have gotten everything right with their latest (and last?) installment, with compelling characters, storylines, quests, atmosphere, graphics and music. They even sweetened the story with two extremely long and nicely priced DLCs and dozens of little free ones that most companies would have put a price tag on. There is one problem, however, that is hard to overlook and sours a great franchise and the future of what could possibly be a great company. One glaring, bright, pasty problem.

There’s a lot to love in this series and I definitely love it. The lore and the storyline are wonderful, as are the multitude of characters new and old that we run across. It’s serious, oftentimes grotesque, and surprisingly hilarious. The first two games especially have this campy feel to them, like they knew what they were doing was ridiculous but owned it, similar to the old school Buffy movie or Army of Darkness. Sometimes, I felt like the series was a marvelous fanfiction of something else. There seemed to be some growth on CPR’s part as well, from the fighting mechanics and breadth of story to the graphics and even some self awareness towards sexist tropes and themes. Thankfully the collectible cards never came back, and they kind of poke fun at themselves with Ves’s storyline in Witcher 3. Does every female character seriously need boob windows? Does every fantasy medieval type setting need violence against women to make it more ‘edgy’ when there’s literal monsters and a war wreaking havoc across the lands? It’s tiring, but considering how incredibly cool Ciri is, plus all the well-rounded female characters we meet, I think CPR will continue to make strides in that department. Ciri sequel, anyone?

So that’s not the hill I want to die on today. The thing that really needs mentioned in this: the Witcher series is so unbelievably, painfully white.

From my recollection there are no non-white characters in the first two games and definitely none in Witcher 3. I understand that it is based on a Polish book series and was made by a Polish gaming company, but it was not consumed by only Polish people (who are not all white, even then). I also understand the desire for ‘historical accuracy’ but this only seems to come into play when brown people are placed into ‘white roles’ and never when there’s wyverns and spells that turn boys into monster killers. Things did look up with the Hearts of Stone DLC. We’re introduced to a few Ofieri characters which seem to take some inspiration from a Middle Eastern culture, although I am not certain which one in specific, and I doubt that CPR knows either. Then they turned around and made Blood and Wine, a whitefest again (there is one Ofieri merchant but, I never even found him). Was there really a reason why everyone in Toussant had to be white? A whole new area that none of us have been to yet, but we were still given the same old. Witcher 3 is a fantasy game, and fantasy games don’t require any of the unfortunate limitations of our world, including unnecessary racism. There can be black knights, I swear. If someone’s idea of fantasy only includes white people then they, and CPR, might need to do some deep thinking. 

The game of the year for 2015 had no people of color in it. None. That’s more ridiculous than anything. Not to mention insensitive, exclusive, boring and dumb. I don’t want to completely belittle CPR’s achievements considering how good the game is, but think of how much better  it could have been with a diverse cast and a diverse crew creating it. I want better games for everyone, and I want awards given to companies that are inclusive, not companies that perpetuate the same, dangerous old. If you want to make games for the global market then make games with the global market in mind. There’s over 7 billion people in the world and over half of them identify as Asian. Diversifying a game would surely not ruin its marketability, so here’s hoping, for our sake and theirs, that CD Projekt Red’s next game or franchise looks a lot less monotone.

The 1-Up Cup Reacts: E3 2016 Sony Press Conference

Welcome to The 1-Up Cup Reacts to the Sony E3 2016 press conference. If you missed any of the other E3 Reaction Articles, you can find them here:

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We will be recapping and reacting to all of the E3 press conferences with a Hype Factor /5. Earlier today, Microsoft hit it out of the park with their press conference, Ubisoft bored, and the PC Game Show brought the hype to PC Gamers. Sony finally gets to do their press conference. I’m hoping for The Last Guardian information, a Final Fantasy VII update, a new demo of Horizon: Zero Dawn, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a release date for Kingdom Heart 3. Let’s get to the press conference.

First up we have the announcement of a new God of War, called God of War. Bearded Kratos! He uses an axe this time around.  They show off the first boss fight and it looks fantastic! Looks like it may have an open world feel to it, with the player being able to gain knowledge by tracking enemies and discovering new locations. There are dragons in this new game, and it looks like it takes place with Norse Mythology. I love this idea! I played the original God of War, but not the second or third, so it will be nice to be able to start from the beginning of a new (I’m assuming) trilogy. If this was going to be God of War 4, I was hoping they would give the first two games an HD remake. Hype Factor 10 out 5.

Next up is the announcement of Days Gone with a trailer. This game looks really interesting. Nothing is discussed about this game, which sounds post-apocalyptic, and the main character is a bounty hunter of sorts. Hype Factor: 4 out of 5.

The Hype Train just pulled into the station with a new trailer for The Last Guardianand it is coming October 25! These are the people behind Ico and Shadow of Colossus. There are thoughts that with all the delays that it will be only ok, but I think with the track record of these games that this game will be amazing! Hype Factor 10 out of 5.

And the hype keeps running, running with a new trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn. This leads into more gameplay. It launches on February 28, 2017, and that day cannot come soon enough. The protagonist can uncorrupt the robot animals to be able to ride them. Everything about this game looks fantastic! Hype Factor is through the roof, a whole bunch out of 5.

Sony starting with all of the big hitters!  

Next up is a new trailer for Detroit: Become Human, which was announced back at Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference. This looks to be a really interesting game, premised around people not wanting the help of androids and their intense dislike of them. The story branches with each decision you make. This game looks like it has a ton of potential. Hype Factor 4 out of 5.

Up next is a game called Resident Evil VII, and it launches on January 24, 2017. They advertised it for the VR headset, but it can be played without the VR headset. That looked really interesting. Not a huge Resident Evil fan, but that looks like it could be a great game for the Playstation VR. Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

The finally give a release date for Playstation VR; it launches October 13 for $399. I want this! I want this real bad! I’m just hoping there is a good selection of games to buy with it at launch. Hype Factor: 5 out of 5.

A Playstation VR montage is up next. A trailer for Farpoint, Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing Mission, Batman Arkham VR, and Final Fantasy XVwhere you play as Prompto. Battlefront: X-Wing Mission looked awesome, and I’m intrigued by Batman VR and Final Fantasy XV VR.  Hype Factor: 3.5 out of 5.

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is shown with a new trailer and gameplay. I am tired of this franchise, but I have to admit, this looked real sweet. Probably not enough to make me buy it, but it’s better than the wash, rinse, repeat they have done for the past who-knows-how-many years. Call of Duty Infinite Warfare launches on November 4. Hype Factor:  3 out of 5.

Holy shit! Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 remasters are coming to the PS4! I can’t believe this is actually happening! I can’t wait for these to come out! Take all of my money! Hype Factor:  Nostalgia out of 5.

Up next is Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens. The demo is available now. These games are usually a lot of fun. You always know what you are getting with them. Hype Factor: 2.5 out of 5.

Woah!!! Hideo Kojima is in the building!  He has a trailer for his new game called Death Stranding. It stars Norman Reedus; it’s nice to see that partnership rekindle after the death of Silent Hills. That looks like it has a crap-ton of potential. Hype Factor: 5 out of 5.

Sweet! Insomniac is back with a new Spider-Man game. Based on the hashtag, it looks like it is a PS4 exclusive. I’m all for this; they made great Spider-Man games in the past. Hype Factor:  3.5 out of 5.

They conclude the press conference with game play of Days Gone. Seems like the game is a lot of running away from hordes of zombie-like creatures where you need to thin the herd a little bit to give yourself more space. I’m still trying to figure out this game out. I’m dropping the Hype Factor to a 3 out of 5 after seeing that.

That’s all for Sony’s press conference. Sony opened so strong with their press conference, pretty much saying “here are all of our exclusives, what are you going to do about it?” Real pumped for God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. Detroit: Become Human and Days Gone looks like they have a lot of potential. I couldn’t believe the Crash Bandicoot news, and I’m all for the return of the originals. I was really surprised by the lack of VR announcements, and no Gran Turismo Sport at all. I can’t wait to see how the new Kojima progresses and wonder when it will come to the PS4. I do wish they showed more gameplay for all the games and less trailers though. Next up is the all day stream of Nintendo’s Treehouse tomorrow.

The 1-Up Cup Reacts: E3 2016 PC Game Show

I should probably not admit that this was my first time watching the PC GAMERS portion of E3 considering all I play on is a PC, but we all must start somewhere I guess. I was kind of hooked with the pre-conference as they had a contestant putting as many games in their Steam cart as possible in a few minutes, and he ended up with $1500 worth of mostly pre-order games. How can I get on the short list for that next year? There were a lot of video games announced or discussed at this conference. Since this is my first one, I’m not sure if that is the norm or not, but it was both exciting and a little overwhelming; I’m going to try and break it down easily for those that might have missed it and use the patented 1-Up Cup Hype Factor for most of them.

Dawn of War 3 – New game promises to mix old elements of elite heroes and building with new features like a gigantic space laser finishing move. It looks like you can steam roll over everyone in some pretty cool mechs. All the RTS games shown today are going to get low hype from me considering they are not games I enjoy playing, but the massive carnage I witnessed was exciting anyways so 1 out of 5 Hype.

Oxygen Not Included – a teaser trailer that looks a game that might be in space, all from the makers of Don’t Starve.

Ark Survival Evolved – an action adventure game with dinosaurs! They’re adding a primitive mod which lets you trade and have store fronts and a Titanasaurus that is basically unstoppable and can be used like an Olophant. You can also play as animals like an ant or a wolf and go through their whole life cycle. I enjoy dinosaurs, but it kind of looks like a prehistoric Mount and Blade to me so 2 out of 5 Hype.

Speaking of- Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is next! This one is all about siege warfare – you can command your player or take control of ballistae while storming castles. The creators put a lot of thought into this by researching medieval tactics and I’m sure watching a few movies, so the parts of a siege they showed really seemed to evolve rather nicely. They also said they’d be giving more power to modders, and I know that  that’s a big pull factor for this game so 3 out of 5 Hype for this too.

The Surge – Not a lot to report with just a teaser trailer, but it seems like some human vs A.I. FPS from Focus Home/Deck13.

Law Breakers – Anything with Ice-T in it is worth my time. It’s a multiplayer shooter set in future Cali that mixes Overwatch, Quake and the vertical elements of the new Titanfall 2 game together. Like Titanfall 2, it looks like it’s going to be a serious test of coordination with zero g and low g moves and attacks, but it seems really interesting and fun to play regardless. 4 out of 5 Hype.

AMD – The CEO, Lisa Su, was there to talk about a few new products that will be out soon. Polaris is their new graphics system, and there are three cards running on it. The biggest one is the Radeon rx480 that’s made for the VR experience but has a manageable price tag at around $300-400. They also hinted at a new CPU called Zen, but that was about all the information they wanted to share for right now. The biggest thing they announced was a “VR Backpack”, and I was screaming about it. It is literally a backpack computer that you strap on to use with VR tech, so you can go walk around a gigantic field or parking lot and play. The one they showcased was an Alienware model with little holsters for controllers attached. It’s an extremely cool idea, but right now it’s just a proto-type with no release date as of yet. 8 out of 5 Hype.

Vampyr – From the Life is Strange makers comes something completely different. The preview was a short battle with the player character using vampire-like abilities and swords. The interfaces reminded me of Dark Souls a little bit. Very little idea about the game, besides that you may in fact be a vampire, but I’m definitely interesting considering the subject matter and the makers so 4 out of 5 Hype.

Killing Floor 2: Bullseye – The main game is in early access still, and Bullseye adds new characters, fan made maps, a sharpshooter perc, a railgun that explodes monsters quite nicely, and the ability to play as the monsters in the game in a characters vs monster mode. It’s not my cup of tea at all, but the few add ons are interesting- you can play the main game for free Thursday through Monday on Steam, and they’re releasing a VR game called Killing Floor 2 Incursion that will use the Oculus Touch so 2 out of 5 Hype.

Giant Cop: Justice Above All – This is a VR game that looks wild. You play as an overlord of a city and dispense justice by throwing tankers at rallying hippies or launching people into the ocean with your gigantic hand. The trailer was funny and quirky, so if I ever do get a VR I’d consider checking this title out so 4 out of 5 Hype.

Tyranny – From Obsidian, a game about what would happen if evil won and how you could thrive and survive in such a world. It looks like a Pillars of Eternity-type RPG, and the trailer was very cinematic but also kind of confusing; I’m not sure about much more than that. I know Pillars is a very popular game on Steam, so I’m sure this one will be too. 4 out of 5 Hype.

Observer – I’m not a fan of horror/jump scare games, but this one has what seems like a cool premise. The world looked very neat, something like a post-apocalyptic setting but with the matrix running over everything. Half simulation, half reality. Someone, I’m assuming the ‘Observer’, has the ability to hack into your fears and worst nightmares, so you have to navigate through the environment with all those different factors combining. I’m pretty interested in this, but will definitely not be playing it on VR, so 5 out of 5 Hype.

Drop Zone – An RTS where you go one on one with 3 pilots(mechs) that you customize before the battle and fight for fifteen minutes. Kind of looked like a battle bots cage match to me. Again, RTS games are right up there with strategy games as my least favorite, so if you like this sort of thing check it out, but for me 0 out of 5 Hype.

Arma III: Apex – You get, like, cool vehicles and such. That is the breadth of my notes on this title, so I’m not even going to rate it. I have at least heard of Arma, so if you play it, be excited for some cool planes and trucks and I think I saw a motorcycle?

The Turing Test – A new first person publisher from Bulkhead/Square Enix. The premise is that you are exploring Jupiter’s moon Europa in search of life, and apparently this involves putting a lot of boxes into box-shaped holders and using a laser gun to get from one room to the next. It reminded me of Portal 2, especially with the light bridges shown in the trailer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing considering how amazing Portal 2 is, and the game still looked unique and beautiful in its own right, so hopefully that holds true. 5 out of 5 Hype.

Overland – A survival strategy game in the form of a roadtrip across a post-apoc country. You have to manage food, gas, and the people, deal with wildlife and other environmental problems, and also other people. Graphics-wise, it looks something in the same vein as titles like Don’t Starve. 3 out of 5 Hype.

Dual Universe – A space sim MMO where you build everything in game: the ships, buildings, etcetera. It is all one seamless environment, so you can fly your ship from the ground to the next world over without any load screens. You can trade with others, war with others, and become famous for your building prowess. It sounds a lot like an MMO answer to No Man’s Sky. I’d rather play a single player campaign, however, so 2 out of 5 Hype from me.

Halo Wars 2 – I’ll be honest, I heard the word Halo and stopped listening. There’s a new Halo game coming out, everyone.

Day of Infamy – A game from the makers of Insurgency. Looks like a WWII version with maybe Scottish or Irish infantry? I wasn’t really positive about it. They made it seem like everyone knew what Insurgency was and should know what to expect, which is not the case with me. I’m not sure I need another WWII shooter game, so 0 out of 5 Hype. If it turns out to be super amazing with early access available next month, then I might change my mind.

Mirage Arcane Warfare – It’s apparently Chivalry Medieval Warfare but with magic! I’ve never heard of it, but it’s a single/multiplayer hack and slash game. This one looks like it is set in an India-inspired setting and is one of those games where you have to time your attacks and watch your opponents carefully instead of mashing the left mouse button. Dark Souls, but brighter, and without the monsters. 3 out of 5 Hype even though I would be horrible at it I’m sure.

Mages of Mystralia – Not much to go on for this one. They kept pressing the fact that you could create your own spells, but I’m not sure what that will mean. 3 out of 5 Hype though for the concept. I just hope it’s something cool in the end.

Lunaro – From the makers of Warframe, which is a co-op FPS. This one is a peaceful game, however. You are supposedly old warriors/soldiers who have put away the weapons in favor of sports equipment. You play some type of futuristic lacrosse-type game but it wasn’t clear if it was single player, co-op or multiplayer, or some mix of all of those. Maybe something like Rocket League except without the cars. 4 out of 5 Hype.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided – Was the last title for PC GAMERS show. Gameplay of the first mission was shown as the developer talked about changes in Jensen from the last game to the new one, and about how this one is even darker than the last. The beginning is said to be a good refresher for old players and an easy entry for new ones. I’m in love, give it to me now. 10 out of 5 Hype.

The 1-Up Cup Reacts: E3 2016 Ubisoft Press Conference

Welcome to The 1-Up Cup Reacts to the Ubisoft E3 2016 press conference.  If you missed any of the other E3 Reaction Articles, you can find them here:

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We will be recapping and reacting to all of the E3 press conferences with a Hype Factor /5. Earlier today, Microsoft hit it out of the park with their press conference, so let’s see how Ubisoft follows up.  I’m hoping for Watch Dogs 2 and a hint of where the Assassin’s Creed franchise goes from here. I’m guessing The Division DLC is talked about in more depth, I want something from Ubi Art a la Child of Light and Valiant Hearts, and maybe we will get a new Far Cry game.  Let’s get to the press conference.

First up is Just Dance 2017.  Well, they announced in the most bizarre way ever with Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” abd people dancing in all types of crazy costumes.  Can we just stop with these games?  Does anyone honestly even buy these things anymore?  An interesting thing to note is that it is coming to the Nintendo NX next year. Whoops, thanks for spoiling that announcement for Nintendo. It is coming to all other platforms this October. Hype Factor: Dirt Worst out of 5.

Next up is Ghost Recon: Wildlands with a trailer. I completely forgot about this game from last year. This game looked really sweet last year, and I’m glad to see a new trailer and gameplay this early in the press conference. The game can be played on your own or up to 4 player co-op. They claim that  it is the largest open world game Ubisoft has ever created. The story of the game is that a Mexican drug cartel moves into Bolivia, turning it into a cocaine-making country. They tried showing off the 4 player co-op during the gameplay demo, and it just jumped around way too much for it’s own good. I will say, this game does look pretty sweet though. It will launch March 7, 2017  Hype Factor: 4.5 out of 5.

A bizarre trailer led into South Park: Fractured But Whole, another game I forgot Ubisoft was working on. So pumped for this game. I loved Stick of Truth and cannot wait for this sequel. They talk to Trey and Matt about the game. There are plenty of classes to create for your superhero new kid, who is the same kid from Stick of Truth. Wow, they are talking forever!  I loved Stick of Truth, but would have rather had a demo or a regular trailer. Anyone who buys Fractured But Whole gets Stick of Truth for free on current consoles. I can get used to getting free copies of HD Remakes for buying the next game in the series. It launches on December 6. Hype Factor: 5 out of 5.

Up next is a more in depth look at the upcoming DLC for The Division. The first pack, Underground, comes out June 28 for the Xbox One and PC and August 4 for the PS4. A trailer for the second DLC pack called Survival is shown to close the segment. I really enjoyed The Division, but didn’t play it nearly as long as I did with Destinyif the rumors are true, they have lost 93% of their player base. Not sure if these DLC packs will restore the base or not. Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

Eagle Flight is up next, a VR game coming from Ubisoft. They showed a demo for it, but I couldn’t really gather much from it.  Hype Factor:  2 out of 5.

Up next is a Star Trek VR game where they do an interview with cast members. It’s a co-op game where you and your friends pilot your own ship.  Hype Factor 2 out of 5.

This press conference has been going on for an hour and it is absolutely dragging.

A new trailer is shown for For Honor, the game where Vikings, Knights, and Samurai all fight each other.  They show gameplay for playing as the Vikings. All of the enemies make it look like Dynasty Warriors. The combat looks really cool when you fight bigger enemies, and it has boss fights where you pick a side to defend, left, right, or upper body. This game looks pretty sweet and launches February 14, 2017. Hype Factor 3.5 out of 5.

Grow Home 2 is up next, and it is called Grow Up. I still need to play Grow Home, but everything I have seen about this game has looked fantastic. The first game wasn’t very long, clocking in at only 2-3 hours, but Grow Up will take much longer.  It will launch this August on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hype Factor: 4 out of 5.

Trials of the Blood Dragon is announced.  This may the greatest trailer ever! Take 90s GI Joe commercials and apply them to games and you have this trailer. I was just waiting for Alabama Man to show up.  It is available now for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hype Factor: 4 out of 5.

Stupid Ubisoft getting my hopes high by starting to talk about Assassin’s Creed. I thought it was going to be a look at the future of the franchise. All aboard the Nope Express, they are just talking about the movie coming this December.

They finally get to Watch Dogs 2. The game takes place in San Francisco, and everything can be hacked this time around. There is seamless multiplayer again, like in Watch Dogs where other Dead Sec agents can jump in the game. They show off gameplay, which looks great! It launches on November 15 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hype Factor 4 out of 5.

Oh no!  They are making a Watch Dogs movie…  Why?  Why!?  WHY!?  Just stop!

They end the show with a new IP called Steep. Looks like a game where you participate in various adventure sports such as snowboarding, skiing, and wing suit gliding. don’t know what to think of this. Looks more serious like Skate and less arcady like SSX Tricky. Hype Factor: 2 out of 5.

That’s all for Ubisoft’s press conference.  Holy crap, this press conference dragged like no other. It lasted two hours, longer than Microsoft’s press conference.  Fractured But Whole is going to be amazing, and Wildlands and For Honor look like they have potential. This whole thing could’ve been sped up if they would have cut out all of the interviews. Didn’t need to hear from the Star Trek cast, Matt and Trey could’ve talked for a minute or two, and we really didn’t need to hear about the Assassin’s Creed movie. It was cool that they closed the show with a new IP, but I don’t know what to think of it. Next up is the Sony press conference tonight at 9:00 pm EST.

The 1-Up Cup Reacts: E3 2016 Microsoft Press Conference

Welcome to The 1-Up Cup Reacts to the Microsoft E3 2016 press conference.  If you missed any of the other E3 Reaction Articles, you can find them here:

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We will be recapping and reacting to all of the E3 press conferences with a Hype Factor /5. Yesterday, EA Play left a lot to desire, but Bethesda closed the night down with a great press conference. On tap today is Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony.  I’m hoping for a confirmation/ clarification of the Xbox One new models rumors, Crackdown information, Gears of War 4 information, and I wouldn’t put it past Microsoft to do a Halo 6 teaser to end the show. Let’s get to the press conference.

First up is the new Xbox One Slim, called Xbox One S, console that can have up to a 2 TB hard drive and comes with a new wireless controller. The console also comes with Bluetooth capabilities. It will launch this August and cost $299. I have no reason to pick up an Xbox One now until August. The S is so much smaller than the original Xbox One. Hype Factor: 5 out of 5.

The first game to be shown is Gears of War 4. It introduces the XBox Play Anywhere program, where if you download it digitally, you will be able to play it on the XBox One and PC. Gears 4 will support cross play for all co-op modes. The Swarm is the new enemy in the Gears franchise. They show off a mission from the game. If there was ever a game to convince me to get a Xbox One, Gears is that game. Gears of War 4 launches on October 11. Wonder if there will be a Gears of War 4 bundle? Hype Factor:  10 out of 5, welcome back old friend.

Next up is Killer Instinct. General Raam from Gears of War is coming to Killer Instinct, and is available for free this week.

Forza Horizon 3 is up next with a launch trailer. Dune buggies are now in the game and it takes place in Australia. Forza games are always great racing games, and you know what you are getting with this series. After the trailer, they show off gameplay from both the Xbox One S and Windows 10. Part of the gameplay showed kangaroos jumping across the street! It launches September 27. Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

ReCore is here with a new trailer. This game looked amazing last year and as a PS4 owner, I’m sad it’s an Xbox One exclusive. The trailer shows off some gameplay. The art is very colorful, and it has a nice balance of platforming and shooting. It launches on September 12.  Hype Factor 4 out of 5.

Final Fantasy XV is up next. Very surprised to see this here instead of at Sony later tonight. Wonder how much Microsoft paid for this, seeing how the Xbox One is not doing well in Japan. They show off a special mission for E3. I played the Platinum Demo and loved it, but the demo they are showing today just does nothing for the game. I still plan on picking this up at some point, but if you were trying to sell the game today to the gamer who didn’t play the demos, this is not the demo to show. It launches on September 30. Bad demo, but the Hype Factor is still a 4 out of 5 for this game.

The Division DLC is up now. Xbox One has a jump start on PS4 owners for timed exclusive, and it comes out on June 28 for the Xbox One.

Up next is Battlefield 1, just to announce that if you have EA Access, it launches October 13. They show the same trailer they showed yesterday during EA Play.

An Xbox Live update is up next, where you can now play background music and use Cortana for the XBox One.  They introduce the ability to create Clubs on Xbox Live, which is a lot like Communities for the PS4. Looking for Group is a way to find a multiplayer game to tag what kind of players you are looking for. Arena is the Microsoft eSports campaign, ugh…  It allows for tournaments to be played through Xbox Live. All of these are coming this Fall.

A Minecraft update is up next. Players can now share their worlds with people on Xbox One, PC, Android, and iOS. They also introduce dedicated servers to play with just your friends. They show off gameplay of this new update that cuts into Minecraft VR. Add ons are coming to the Pocket edition and Windows 10 this Fall. Hype Factor: 2 out of 5.  

For the new Wireless Controller, you can go online to design it how you want it to look. That’s a really nice touch. Wonder how much extra, if anything, this will cost.

Inside, the latest game from the people behind Limbo, is up with a trailer and launches on June 29. To commemorate the announcement, Limbo is available for free today on Xbox One. They don’t show anything about what the game is.  Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

The indie game montage is up next through ID@XBox.

Ark: Survival Evolved is now part of XBox Play Anywhere, meaning if you own it for the XBox One, you have access to it on Windows 10.

We Happy Few is up next and this game looks so cool. The art reminds me a lot of Bioshock. Everyone takes pills to ignore how crappy the world is, and the pills are called Joy. They show off gameplay for the game. This game seems intense!  Looks like a survival horror kind of game.  It’s available on Xbox Games Preview starting on July 26. This game looks so good!  Hype Factor: 5 out of 5.

CD Projekt Red is here with Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Gwent was a lot of fun in The Witcher 3, but I really wish they were here with a new game announcement, *cough*Cyberpunk 2077*cough*. There will be a single player campaign for the game and it will have cross platform support. It is coming this September and beta signup is available now. Hype Factor: 2.5 out of 5.

Tekken 7 is up with a trailer pitting Akuma vs Heihachi and cuts in with some gameplay. It is coming in early 2017. The game will have a brand new story mode where cutscenes transition into gameplay with quick time events. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is available for free this week for any Xbox Gold member. This game can’t be any worse than Street Fighter V, right? Too soon? Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

Dead Rising 4 is up with a trailer with Christmas music playing in the background. Frank West is back! They had a candy cane crossbow shown in the trailer. It is coming this holiday season.  It is a XBox One and Windows 10 exclusive. This looks like a solid pickup.  Hype Factor: 4 out of 5.

Scalebound is here with co-op gameplay. The gameplay isn’t doing much for the game. Hopefully it’s just a bad demo like Final Fantasy XV. Hype Factor: 2 out of 5.

Sea of Thieves is up with a new trailer, this is the pirates game from Rare. They follow it up with some gameplay. The game is a first person game where you create a pirate crew. The game has a Destiny/The Division feel with it being so team based. This game looks fantastic!  Reminds me a lot of Eve, Destiny, and The Division. No word on when it will release, but the hype is real. Hype Factor: 7 out of 5, ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH Matey!

State of Decay 2 is up with a trailer.

Halo Wars 2 has a new trailer. I still can’t believe they are making this game. I didn’t think the first one sold that well, and it was a giant surprise that they announced it in the first place. The Banished is the enemy in the game, but why they wouldn’t just use the Prometheans is beyond me. It launches on February 21, 2017. There is a week long beta available now on Xbox One. Hype Factor: 1 out of 5.

They conclude the press conference with the announcement of Project Scorpio, a more powerful Xbox One. It is coming Holiday 2017. I’m a little surprised that they announced this today. For someone like me who doesn’t own a Xbox One, why would I drop the $299 on an Xbox One S if I can wait a year for Project Scorpio? Everything is compatible between Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio.

That’s all for Microsoft’s press conference. This was a fantastic press conference! While I wish there was some mention of the new Crackdown, everything else was great! The new XBox One S looks sleek, although I’ll grant that I’m not sure how many new users will buy it with Project Scorpio coming, and Gears of War 4 looks phenomenal as does ReCore. We Happy Few looks like a great game to play if you are a Bioshock fan, and Dead Rising 4 also looks like a blast to play.  I honestly cannot wait for Sea of Thieves. Next up is the Ubisoft press conference today at 4:00 pm EST.

The 1-Up Cup Reacts: E3 2016 Bethesda Press Conference

Welcome to The 1-Up Cup Reacts to the Bethesda E3 2016 press conference.  If you missed any of the other E3 Reaction Articles, you can find them here:

EA Play

We will be recapping and reacting to all of the E3 press conferences with a Hype Factor /5. The EA Play left a lot to desire, lets hope the Hype Train has a better time with the Bethesda press conference. I’m hoping for new Fallout 4 DLC to be announced, more information on Dishonored 2, and fingers crossed for a new Elder Scrolls game.  Let’s get to the press conference.

First up is Quake Champions with a trailer.  Quake is back and I am a happy camper!  Bethesda has killed it with Wolfenstein and Doom and I am 100% confident in them doing a great job with Quake.  Unfortunately it is only available for the PC, would have loved a new Quake for the PS4 and Xbox One.  Hyp Factor: 4 out of 5

Next up is Elder Scrolls Legends, which is a strategy card game.  Wow, this looks a lot like Hearthstone.  I don’t blame Bethesda at trying to make a Hearthstone clone, Blizzard is making plenty of money from it, so might as well try to make some money off an Elder Scrolls card game.  Hype Factor:  2 out of 5.

Next up is more Fallout 4 DLC.  Contraptions is add on number 4, Vault-Tec is add on number 5, Nuka World is add on number 6.  Contraptions and Vault-Tec are more settlement building add ons, Vault-Tec is Fallout Shelter in Fallout 4.  Nuka World only received a trailer, but looks like a story DLC.  I am all for more story DLC for Fallout 4, not so much for settlements.  Hype Factor 3.5 out of 5.

Skyrim HD is up with a quick trailer comparing the visuals from last gen and this gen.  I loved Skyrim, but would rather have a new Elder Scrolls game than a HD remake.  Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

Bethesda has completely rebooted Prey.  After all the attempts at Prey 2, I’m honestly not surprised.  Hard to make a Prey 2 after trying it and failing so many times.  The trailer made it look like Groundhog’s Day in space.  I really enjoyed the original Prey.  I wish they would have called this something else instead of rebooting the series.  If Bethesda can recreate the magic of the original Prey, and lets be honest, they can, than I am highly looking forward to this.  Hype Factor: 3.5 out of 5.

New content for Doom is up next with new maps, weapons, enemies, etc.  I still need to pick up the new Doom, but the reviews have been solid.  Hype Factor: 3 out of 5.

The really cool thing about the Doom announcement is the ability to go and download the first level of Doom for free on PS4, XBox One, and Steam.  This is available tonight and I know what I will be downloading after this.

Elder Scrolls Online is up next with some new content.  Do people still really play this game???  Hype Factor:  1 out of 5.

Virtual Reality is up next.  Doom and Fallout 4 are both available to play for Virtual Reality.  Fallout 4 will be available for VR in 2017.  Ok, that’s pretty cool and a good way to get people to buy into VR.  I love the thought of VR and I loved Fallout 4.  Hype Factor: 5 out of 5.

Dishonored 2 is up next, and they are here with more information, see how this is done EA?  This game looks awesome!  They are focusing even more on stealth this time around.  Dishonored 2 launches on November 11 for the PC, PS4, and XBox One. If you preorder Dishonored 2, you will receive a free copy of Dishonored Definitive Edition.  Hype Factor: 10 out of 5.

That’s all for Bethesda’s press conference.  Bethesda knocked it out of the park tonight.  They hit most of the things I wanted, new Fallout 4 DLC, info on Dishonored 2, unfortunately not a new Elder Scrolls, but I’ll take a HD remake of Skyrim.  I’m real glad to see the return of Quake.  After the crap-fest that EA Play was, this was a great turnaround leading into day 2 of E3.  Next up is the Microsoft press conference tomorrow at 12:30 pm EST.

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