Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me and I want to discuss what amounts to Gaming Christmas with all of you nasties! Yes, E3 has a reputation for showing fantastic cinematic trailers only for many games to turn out absolutely terrible, but there have also been fantastic games that had light shed upon them during E3! For example, in E3 2016, we were shown a ridiculous amount of content from Breath of the Wild, and it sufficiently got people hyped the world over!
I could talk about the bad games that came out of E3 like Watch_Dogs, but instead I’d rather focus on the positive things that we as gamers can look forward to. On the Nintendo Side, we have the first DLC pack for Breath of the Wild that needs to be discussed, and supposedly the entire presentation will focus on new content for the Switch and 3DS family. I’m not one for predictions, but if Nintendo really wanted to slam it out of the park, I’d put money on a new first person Metroid for the Switch!
I’m also hoping for details on the virtual console, as well as more information on the new online features that will be coming this fall, and of course, Super Mario Odyssey. Would I like info on Pokken Tournament Deluxe, or perhaps a Super Smash Bros. Deluxe? Yes, absolutely I would. I’d also love information on Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing! Nintendo is in a rare position where, with the launch of a new console, any of their primary IP’s could make a huge splash in a way that the Wii U never got.
Meanwhile, Sony is going to have to pull out all the stops, as there isn’t much right now going on. Yes, the Crash Bandicoot remakes look amazing, but with Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy 7 remake being delayed, there aren’t many IP’s for Sony to bank on to bring the hype.
Many are speculating that Bloodborne 2 will be coming to E3, and if so that could definitely bring in hype from the Dark Souls fan base. What Sony needs to do, in my opinion, is really blow the lid off of the new Spider-Man that Insomniac is developing. It’s been so long since a very quality super-hero game came out, and a new Spider-Man could really push some consoles.
Finally, we have the most unfortunate of the three situations. Microsoft and the Xbox. With a new console looming, the Scorpio, Xbox is in a rough position. There aren’t any major exclusives right now aside from Halo 5, Halo Wars 2, Forza, and Gears of War 4, which doesn’t spell well for Microsoft. This is especially true given the current heavy focus on single player RPG’s, the best examples of the past year being Dark Souls 3, Breath of the Wild, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Without Scalebound, Xbox is struggling to stay relevant.
The Scorpio is clearly Microsoft’s answer to the PS4 Pro, playing the same games as the Xbox One but with more power, but I think Microsoft has forgotten that without blockbuster game titles, the console won’t sell. The Wii U struggled similarly, either releasing its good first party games too late into the life span, or releasing games without a great amount of substance. Xbox is starting to fall into that same category while the Switch is attempting to innovate, while still being a friendly platform to third party.
The power of the console isn’t very important anymore, rather, the popularity and broad appeal of the console. The Switch has great broad appeal, being both a home console and portable console, and the PS4 is considered to be the definitive home console of the generation. Xbox needs something monumental this E3 to gather hype, or else I fear they may start falling to the wayside.
Thanks for reading my thoughts, Nasties! What do you think is going to be announced this E3? How do you feel about the current console war, and did I miss some games that you think can really turn this E3 into something great? Comment down below!