I had the pleasure of attending this year’s E3 in Los Angeles for the fourth straight year, and this time, I was determined to make the most of it in ways I never had before.
I’m typically very impatient when it comes to waiting in lines, and I usually never understand the desire to do so, just to play games that will be available to the general public in a few months. But this time, there were a few blockbusters that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. So I decided to do whatever I could to play and see what all the fuss was about this year at E3. I broke them down into categories.
Ran’s Best of E3 (with hands-on time):
#1. Star Wars Battlefront
SWB was awesome. They allowed us to play 6 waves of co-op multiplayer, and in it, you’re a rebel soldier taking on waves of Stormtroopers and Walkers increasing in difficulty. You get to choose a pretty neat loadout in the beginning, including perks like personal shields and jet packs. I found it hard to aim and get headshots going, but I performed decently, making it to wave 5 before meeting my demise. I’m upset that this game isn’t going to have a single player story mode, but local multiplayer was a nice surprise and I can’t wait to get this one in November.
#2. Mad Max
WOW. It’s a combination of every game I’ve loved in the last 10 years: Shadow Of Mordor/Batman Arkham fighting mechanics meets GTA style open worlds and missions meets Twisted Metal car combat. Biggest surprise of the show in my eyes. The plot is independent of the movie but contains enough similarities to bring you right back to the awesome theater experience. I had no idea this game would be this good. Must buy.
#3. Mighty No. 9
I had a meeting with Nick Yu of Comcept before I played the game, and he was so excited about showing it off. The game is being distributed by Square Enix, who had a HUGE display booth at E3. He couldn’t believe that his game, funded by a mere 4 million dollar budget, was on display on a huge screen, sandwiched between the new Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy titles, which both boast budgets well over 100 million. But onto the game, it’s fun and fast. Plays a little like Mega Man X, but not totally. Reminds me a lot of the Capcom remakes on PSN and Xbox live, like Strider and Bionic Commando. Much more than a Megaman clone, MN9 contains chain combo bonuses, fun dialogue and huge colorful bosses. Looking forward to more playtime in September.
#4. Street Fighter V
I wasn’t hugely into SF4, but I really enjoyed the few rounds I played on SF5. The new moves, combos and slightly slower gameplay was a welcome pace change from the last one. Seems to be a bit more detailed after a close look, but at first glance it looked just like the original. I got whooped pretty quickly, but I have to say I’m a fan of Birdie early on.
#5. Super Mario Maker
Nintendo stays winning. This is the most fun game I played on the show floor. All the characters and graphical styles of EVERY Mario game, fully selectable and customizable. I can see this game lasting for years, people will be creating their own levels and trading them online forever.
Best Games I Didn’t Play:
#1. Last Guardian/Horizon/Uncharted 4
Sony ran a 3 room extended demo of each of these games and I really enjoyed it. Super excited and it might be just enough to get me to cop a PS4 this year. Particularly impressed with Horizon.
#2. Halo 5
The lines were about 2 hours to play and I didn’t have that much time, so I watched some videos and it looked really cool. Saw a little 24 player multiplayer and that REALLY excited me. Can’t wait to grab that one.
E3 2015 Winners:
Bethesda – probably had the most packed booth. Fallout 4 plus the amazing Fallout Shelter iOS app.
Square Enix – Kingdom Hearts, scooping up Mighty No 9
Microsoft – Backward Compatibility, Recore, New Gears, Rare Replay, Minecraft Hololens…nice.
Sony – FF7, Shenmue 3, Uncharted, Horizon, and a whole lot more.
E3 2015 Losers:
Nintendo – no Zelda, StarFox looks pretty much the same…but the puppets were cool.
Playstation Vita – no mention at all. Womp.
EA Sports – Madden looks pretty much the same, and why bother with NBA Live. But FIFA always comes through.
Overall, this might have been my favorite E3 in a while, good combination of great games coming soon, as well as really good stuff in the future to look forward to. Here’s to gaming.
w/special guest brentalfloss
June 20 NYC @ Webster Hall
June 21 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine**
June 21 (NIGHT) Providence, RI @ DV8
June 23 Boston @ TT The Bears Place*
June 24 Syracuse @ Singers**
June 25 Watertown – Flashback Lounge**
June 26-28 Oaks, PA @ Too Many Games Fest*
June 29 Detroit, MI @ Garage Cultural
June 30 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super-Fly Comics
July 1 St Louis, MO – The Demo
July 2 Milwaukee, WI – 42 Lounge
July 3-4 Chicago, IL Anime Midwest
July 5 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry^
Tickets at megaran.com/shows
**with Sammus + DNilsz *with brentalfloss and Sammus + DNilsz ^Ran & K Only