With the conclusion of E3 2019 upon us, we here at GaminRealm wanted to share our thoughts on this year’s conference and the developments that accompanied it. While there were highs and lows for everyone who presented, gamers as a whole prospered. We saw glimpses of quite a few things to come and with all the things announced, these were our takeaways.
Denzel Prophete (Writer)
Without Sony coming to E3 this year I was definitely feeling that E3 was going to be an event I wasn’t going to attend after going the last 2 years. While I do enjoy gaming as a whole, Sony not being at E3 left a big hole in the show. Each conference had something that I was interested in and wanted to know more about. Before I get to what I like from E3 one glaring thing I’ve seen is the lack of live gameplay demos for most of these upcoming games. Games that have release dates coming this year or even early next year 2020. We got way too many trailers.
Some games and announcements that did have my interest, in no particular order.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake; Loved the new gameplay and a fresh look of the game. Still not a fan of Square Enix breaking up the game in parts.
- Marvel’s Avengers; Hope that it will have a great story like SpiderMan PS4 did and the fact we will be able to play with friends doing missions and more characters will be added later on is pretty great news. Not a fan of Captain America’s suit though.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order; Looks great and I loved the gameplay that was shown. Interested to see how the story will be.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel; its the follow up to many’s 2017 Game of the Year (mines was Persona 5) so this has high expectations.
- Cyberpunk 2077; while we didn’t see any new gameplay we did find out Keanu Reeves will be in the game and that’s enough for me.
- Watch Dogs: Legion; like the fact that you can play with anyone that you recruit and everyone has different skill sets.
- GhostWire Tokyo; while we only got a teaser trailer I am interested in what we told about the game and what to see more in the near future.
- Xbox Game Pass on PC; being that I don’t have an Xbox One and do have a PC this will allow me to play Xbox games on my PC rather than buying an Xbox One. Also with Xbox Scarlett sounding like an identical PS5 so far, this might be a better investment for me personally.
Overall, in my opinion, I feel that Square Enix and Nintendo had the best E3 press conferences. They showed great games and those conferences definitely had my attention a lot more than the others. Especially showing more gameplay than most of the other conferences, which was very lacked in my opinion. This wasn’t the best E3 but we still got some pretty nice announcements.
Edward Mason (Editor)
E3 is the biggest stage for modern day gaming, and as such, I felt a bit underwhelmed with this year’s conference. With the absence of Sony, it really gave Microsoft and Nintendo the opportunity to shine in a way that hadn’t been as glaringly obvious in previous years. They didn’t take full advantage of the situation in my opinion. While both did give me things to look forward to, there was just a lack of that “It” factor.
Games and announcements that grabbed my attention, without credence to order:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons; More than ready to resume hustling neighbors for cash and items with the oversight of Tom Nook. This entry seems to allow players to customize and decorate the world around them which was not a part of previous games. The void that the mobile app couldn’t fill should be satisfied with this game.
- Marvel’s Avengers; After the success of Avengers: Endgame there are big expectations and the hype couldn’t be much larger. Hoping for a great storyline and consistent DLC to support it for years to come after launch.
- Microsoft’s Project Scarlett; I’ve been looking for a reason to support Xbox again, and I have hope that Project Scarlett will be a triumphant return to the elements that made the Xbox 360 such a success.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order; They have been fumbling Star Wars games for the past few years with various mishaps, this looks to have the potential to end that cycle and bring along with it a great new story.
- Cyberpunk 2007; Truth is Keanu Reeves can sell salt to a snail. Gameplay looks to be immersive, the storyline is also of interest can’t wait to see where they take us with this title.
- Pokemon Sword & Shield; As a child of the 1990s Pokemon will forever have my heart. Not impressed with the new Dynamax battles but hoping the new pokemon and story can keep me feeling the love.
- Watch Dogs: Legion; I really want this to be a good game, and it seems like it has the potential to be one. I’m hesitant because of the damage the first entry did to the series as a whole but hopeful because of the improvements of the second entry. If they stay on that path with more fine tuning this time around we should be in for a treat.
- Luigi’s Mansion 3; New techniques, new ghosts and ghouls, and a bigger environment make this one of the titles worth playing at launch. If it’s anything like the first two Nintendo’s got a hit on their hands.
Overall as I said earlier the conference as a whole felt underwhelming. That’s one of the factors that lead me to think Microsoft had the best conference. They had the most to prove this year with the success of the Switch and PS4 while being tasked with bringing us something to compensate for the staggering sales of the Xbox One. The tone of their presentation was focused on the games, and the desire to make Xbox a premier destination for gamers. With those goals at the forefront and a little luck, Microsoft may find themselves back in the good graces with the gaming community in the years to come.
Christopher Bowen (Editor)
In comparison to previous years of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, I felt this year’s E3 lacked excitement. Sure there were tons of incredible announcements I’m excited about. However, this year feels slightly different. We could blame it on the disappearance of Sony, but I believe that would be taking the easy way out. I think we’re in the beginning stages of the generational transition period, and everyone is holding onto their biggest cards for the upcoming next-generation consoles. That being said, here are a few of my favorite highlights from E3 2019.
- Keanu Reeves; This man is a god. He can do no wrong. Oh yeah, Cyberpunk 2077 looks amazing as well.
- Blair Witch the Game; I love horror games, and the Blair Witch game is right up my alley. The gameplay looks like it’ll take the same shape as a Resident Evil 7 or an Outlast. First person view with full focus on the horrors being displayed on the screen. I love it.
- Watch Dogs Legion; I have not always had the best track record with the Watch Dogs series. However, I can appreciate the direction that Ubisoft is taking with Watch Dogs Legion. There is no one true protagonist. You illustrate the story based on your gameplay, and you do that by controlling several characters. It looks pretty sweet.
- Marvel’s Avengers; Ah man, I’m so excited about this. The video game adaptation of the web-slinger in the 2018 PlayStation exclusive hit, Marvel’s Spider-Man, was literally the highlight of my year. Although Insomniac Games isn’t leading the Avengers project, I still feel like Square Enix can capture the same lightning in a bottle for Marvel’s Avengers. I’m predicting a 2020 game of the year contender
- Luigi’s Mansion 3; I just love Luigi. He is the misunderstood tall linky character after my own image. The Luigi’s Mansion series is phenomenal. One of the best Nintendo franchises in my opinion. Nintendo has taken its time with the series, and I believe the payoff will be great. Luigi has never looked better, and the gameplay looks like a ton of fun. This is a day one purchase for me.
Christopher Farmer (Writer)
It’s Chris Farmer here and E3 2019 for me has been a whirlwind of games that were previously announced that I wanted to see more of, as well as games I did not expect to be delivered. I had two huge RPG games that got announced as well as a few surprises that were released that I always wondered what if Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft were to ever bring this game to the forefront, how would the world receive it? I’m here to discuss these games that stood out to me at E3.
I enjoyed Square Enix’s announcement for Final Fantasy VII finally getting the release date and showing us combat and enemies appearing at different vantage points. Barrett was able to target each enemy with his projectiles from various distances. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that being done in a Final Fantasy title up to this point. Also having Final Fantasy VIII being announced for a remaster was a major jaw drop. I knew that the development team lost the source code for the title and I had no idea how they could make this game look so refined with the character models and art style. I was literally blown away.
In another announcement that I enjoyed was Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is getting remastered for the PS4 and PC and the Nintendo Switch is getting a port of the PlayStation 3 version. Either way, you slice the details, this game is super amazing to play and explore. I truly feel that gamers of all ages will be able to appreciate this title. I will one hundred percent complete it on every platform it comes on.
This E3 was honestly a nostalgia jackpot of sorts in terms of games getting announced that I didn’t expect. I am very satisfied with the upcoming PlayStation library as well as Nintendo Switch’s library of games scheduled to release within the next few months even in 2020. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy all things gaming and I can’t wait to get my hands on these titles that E3 announced.by