Ramblings – E3 2015 Roundup

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E3 2015 has come to an end.  I wish I could have been there.  I want to take this time to reflect on things I’ve seen in the press conferences and in various other videos and articles online, and talk about my favorite things that were shown at E3.


First up, Fallout 4.  That showing at the Bethesda press conference was awesome.  The game looks amazing, and the crafting system looks really neat.  Building your own settlements is a feature I never knew I wanted.  I guess it’s like rebuilding civilization after the bombs dropped.  They did let out a tiny early-game spoiler in that you survive the bombs, get into the vault, and somehow survive for two hundred years.  How is that possible?  I guess we’ll find out when we play the game itself, and it definitely has me intrigued.


Todd Howard of Bethesda says they plan, or at least hope to bring mod support to the PS4 version of Fallout 4.  So far only the Xbone version is getting that feature.  Apparently mods will go through Bethesda.net, so while they claim they want to keep moderation to a minimum, any sex or porn mods will be removed, as will anything that uses assets from other non-Bethesda games.  So that takes care of what I was wondering about in my press conference thoughts last week.


Doom 4, or I guess it’s just Doom now, also has my interest, although to a lesser degree than Fallout 4.  I’ve never been big into Doom, but it looks like it’s going back to the faster pace of the original games and forgoing the survival horror styling of Doom 3, which is a very good thing.  Doom is a somewhat silly game, and taking it in a serious horror direction just doesn’t seem right.  Look at me, a non-Doom player talking about what the Doom series is about.  I’m not really good at twitch-based shooters, but I think I’ll give this new Doom a shot.  SnapMap looks like it will be really neat, but I still wonder how limiting it is.  You can build your own map, but all the room layouts are the same.  You can add objects and what have you, but I didn’t see any option to alter the base layout of each room.  So it’s not on the level of a PC mod tool.


I can’t wait to learn more about Mass Effect: Andromeda.  Like I said last week, it sounds like the various species have found a way to the Andromeda galaxy and are looking to settle there as well.  It makes me wonder if there was a dormant mass relay that pointed there, and if so, why?  There’s no doubt going to be many new species to be discovered there.  But since it’s obviously going to take place some time after Mass Effect 3, which endings are canon?  What of the Quarians, the Geth, the Rachni, the Krogan?  We saw a Krogan in the teaser, but was the Genophage cured?  Which option did Shepard choose?  I want to know.


Star Wars: Battlefront blew me away.  The graphics are absolutely stunning.  There was a demo that showed off Tatooine, and it looked like a movie, only they were playing it.  The battle on Hoth looked like a ton of fun, too.  I dare say that DICE may have a true successor to the Battlefront series.  It may not be exactly like the old games made by Pandemic, but it looks great nonetheless.  November 17 can’t come soon enough.


The Division has me both interested and worried.  The reliance on voice chat in the demos they’ve shown over the past couple years have me anxiety-ridden.  I don’t like voice chat.  Hopefully they have some sort of other communication options.  And I hope you can go at it solo.  I don’t know if I’d trust other people enough.  Unless they’re friends.  But I don’t have a whole lot of PSN friends, and I don’t know if any are planning on getting this game.  This sort of thing also kept me from getting The Crew when it came out.  The lack of friends with which to form a crew made me think I’d be missing something.  The beta for The Crew was fun, but making a crew with friends was the whole point of things.  And now I’m way off topic here.


Rainbow Six: Siege still looks amazing, but it gives me the same anxieties as The Division does.  Using voice chat to plan strategy seems like a huge part of the game, and I doubt things are going to work as well in practice as they do with these demos they’ve shown.  Still, as long as there’s an offline mode, I guess I’ll give it a shot.


I love Assassin’s Creed, but the showing at the Ubisoft press conference was kind of disappointing.  No gameplay.  They showed a tiny bit during the Sony presser, but that was about it.  I still plan on renting it for sure.  I don’t think I’m going to buy another AC game, though.  There’s not enough replay value to warrant it.  Sorry, Ubisoft, the games are fun, but there really isn’t much reason to keep playing once you’ve beaten them.


Ghost Recon: Wildlands is another game that looked amazing.  The graphics were great, and I like how you’ll be able to finish missions in any way you want.  The options they showed were an all-out assault, a sneaky-stealth option at night, or an ambush tactic.  I’m sure those aren’t the only ways to go about it.  Given the voice acting, I’m guessing this was all single-player, though I’m sure there will be some sort of co-op option.  I like having a stealth option.  I think I’ll probably end up doing that most, if not all the time.


The Last Guardian looked, you guessed it, amazing.  The creature is called Trico, and it behaved so naturally you’d think that this monstrosity is a real being.  I don’t know if they’ve mentioned the kid’s name, though.  Like I said last week, it looks like a cross between ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.  The ICO influence is where you guide an NPC through the world while solving puzzles.  The Colossus influence is the climbing onto the giant creature.  All in all, it looks fantastic, although one of those characters is definitely going to die at the end.


The Final Fantasy VII remake was promised, and that’s about it.  A pre-rendered cinematic was all they showed.  But they also said in later interviews that the game will have some changes.  What those will entail, we’ll sure find out.  Maybe as early as this Winter, when they promised more details.  Here’s hoping there aren’t any cuts to the story.  I know that people want to see the Cloud cross-dressing sequence in full HD.


Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun.  I like the Paper Mario series, but I never really played the Mario & Luigi series.  But the Mario RPGs in general haven’t let me down yet.  I’m expecting a lot of great things from that game.  Too bad Paper Luigi doesn’t seem to be helping the Mario Bros.  Maybe he’s back to being the nefarious Mr. L.


I’m still excited for Super Mario Maker.  I’ve seen some videos of the game that look so good.  I can’t wait to see what people with level design skills do with it.  I don’t think I’ll be able to make anything good, but I’m sure other people will.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sure has my undivided attention.  (Hahaha.)  But seriously, like I said last week, I really liked Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and I’m really interested in where they go from there.  I like a good conspiracy story in video games (see my love for Metal Gear), and it seems like Jensen will be going after The Illuminati.  So this should be a lot of fun.  Can’t wait.


Speaking of Metal Gear, MGS5 The Phantom Pain was shown in trailer form, and then a 40-minute demo.  It looks great.  The trailer is a bit confusing, but the demo of the actual gameplay looked fun.  I’m a big Metal Gear Solid fan, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.  It’s a shame there’s a rift between Kojima and Konami, though.  I wish he’d stay at the helm of Metal Gear, or at least his team, but it seems like they’re going to be gone once this game is finished.  Konami says they’re going to continue the series, and that really worries me.

I think that just about does it for me this week.  I’ll be returning to my normal stuff next week.  Until then, if you have any comments, send me an email at superfriendbrandon@gmail.com.

Brandon Myers

Brandon Myers

The "Rambling Gamer," Brandon has been playing video games since 1988.From the NES to the PS4, he's played almost every major console.While he favors consoles, he's dabbled in PC gaming, and is an avid Linux user.Every Wednesday, he posts his latest Ramblings, which usually consist of video game reviews, best/worst lists, and on occasion a good old-fashioned rant.
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The "Rambling Gamer," Brandon has been playing video games since 1988. From the NES to the PS4, he's played almost every major console. While he favors consoles, he's dabbled in PC gaming, and is an avid Linux user. Every Wednesday, he posts his latest Ramblings, which usually consist of video game reviews, best/worst lists, and on occasion a good old-fashioned rant.
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