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.