Yesterday I shared some videos with you about games presented on the first day of the E3 2016, mainly by Nintendo. Now you know I often write about Nintendo handheld games, but Nintendo seems adamant on emphasizing their trademark games this E3 like Zelda, Pokémon and Mario games. Personally I feel they shouldn’t just fall back on well known IP’s, but maybe there will be other goodies in the next days.
Meanwhile I decided that if I wanted to know more about the mayor event that is E3, I should know more about the competition too. So I watched the Sony and the XBox shows.
Sony at the E3
First of all, the intro with the orchestra was really impressive. And I couldn’t help but be spellbound by some of the games shown. Spellbound in a horrifying way though as most of them are so very, very grim. Yes, they all looked amazing on the big screen, the graphics so lifelike. But most of them seemed to be set in an apocalypse world. I felt for the little boy in God of War, he didn’t seem to get a lot of love.
I watched Horizon Zero Dawn and Detroit, Become Human. After Resident Evil, Biohazard I was just about ready to turn off the show. I know a lot of people will thoroughly enjoy the games they announced, but too me a lot of them reminded me of the Mad Max movies. They paint a picture of a world that is so grim and so basic, putting little value on human interaction and emotions. Then they featured the PS VR, a new devise that will be available in the US from October 13 for $ 399. That got me mildly interested. It should feature more then 50 games. They showed Star Wars Battlefront, and I guess the Star Trek game I mentioned yesterday will be released on the VR system too.
XBox at the E3
After that I watched the highlights from the XBox show. Again, a lot of grim scenarios in the games they showed, with a preference for Zombies, or so it seemed with DeadRising 4 and State of Decay. Forza Horizon 4 didn’t make me happy either.
Not all was grim in the XBox presentation though. The Gwent digital card game, based on the Witcher 3, was a surprise for the fans. As was the XBox Play Anywhere concept: all XBox games will be playable on Windows 10 too, which should prove to be a very good addition for gamers. I liked the way XBox emphasized playing together with friends through their XBox Live service. They made Clubs available for you to create communities to chat and play with gaming friends. A special feature was the MineCraft community: from now on, players across the various platforms (XBox, Windows and iOS) can play together and even host guests in their own world!
Looking back the shows reminded me why I love Nintendo games so much, most of the games shown just aren’t relaxation for me! Though of course, there was positive highlights too: it might not be the game for me, but at least there’s some fun to be had on the XBox en PlayStation too, as this South Park game shows: