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E3 2018 Bethesda Press Conference

Bethesda held their E3 2018 Press conference on Sunday, June 10th at 6:30 pm PT.

Fallout 76 
Rage 2 
Elder Scrolls Online Wolf Hunter 
Doom Eternal
Quake Champions
Prey: Mooncrash
Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Skyrim Alexa edition Its Real 
Skyrim Blades 
Skyrim Blades VR
Elder Scrolls Legends
Starfield 
Elder Scrolls 6

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E3 2018 Square Enix Showcase

Square Enix posted their live E3 presentation on Monday, June 11th at 10am PT.

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
FF14 Under The Moonlight 
Monster Hunter World X FF14 
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
Dragon Quest: 11 Echoes of a Illuminated Age
Babylon’s Fall (Platinum Games)
Nier: Automata Become As Gods Edition
Octopath Traveler
Just Cause 4
The Quiet Man
Kingdom Hearts 3! 

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E3 2018 Ubisoft Press Conference

Ubisoft held their E3 2018 Press Conference  on Monday June, 11th at 1pm PST.

Just Dance 2019 
Beyond Good and Evil 2 
Rainbow Six: Siege
Trials: Rising
Tom Clancy’s The Division:2
Mario X Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure Expansion
Skull and Bones
Transference
StarLink: Battle for Atlas 
Starfox!!!!!!!!!
For Honor: Marching Fire
The Crew 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

 

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E3 2018 EA Play Media Briefing

EA held their EA Play Media briefing on Saturday, June 9th, 2018. They made a number of exciting announcements, but the crown jewel of the briefing was a lengthy gameplay demo of their upcoming multiplayer shooter Anthem.

Battlefield 5
FIFA 2019
EA Origin Access: Premiere
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Battlefront 2 
Unravel Two 
Sea of Solitude 
NBA Live 19 
Madden NFL 19 
Command and Conquer: Rivals
Anthem 

 

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E3 2018 Nintendo Direct

Nintendo posted their E3 2018 Nintendo Direct on Tuesday June 12 at 9pm EST.

Mario Vs Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure 

Deamon X Machina 
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion 
Pokemon Let’s Go + Mew in Pokeball Plus 
Super Mario Party (Muliple Switches Demo) 
Fire Emblem Three Houses (Switch)
Fortnite 
Overcooked 2 
Killer Queen Black 
Hollow Knight 
Octopath Traveler 
Starlink 
Arena of valor 
Mine craft
Sushi Striker
Mario vs Rabbids Battle: Donkey Kong Country 
Pixark 
Just Dance 2019 
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Crash Bandicoot: N-sane Trilogy
Carcassonne
Fifa 18 and 19
Ark: Survival Evolved
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
Paladins: Champions of the Realm
Fallout Shelter 
Dark Souls Remastered
SNK Heroines
Monster Hunter Generations: Ultimate
Wolfenstein The New Colossus
The World Ends With You: Final Remix 
Megaman 11
Mario Tennis Aces 

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E3 2018 Microsoft Media Briefing

Microsoft held their E3 2018 Media Briefing on Sunday June 10th at 1pm PST.

Halo Infinite 
Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Shadows Strike Twice
Fallout 76
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit 
Crackdown 3
Nier: Automata (GOY)
Metro:Exodus 
Kingdom Hearts 3
Sea of Thieves: Forsaken Shore
Battlefield 5 
Forza Horizon 4
We Happy Few 
PUBG: War Mode
Tales of Versperia: Definative Edition 
The Division: 2 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 
Session
Black Desert
Devil May Cry 5 
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course 
Tunic 
Jump Force
Dying Light 2 
Battletoads 
Just Cause 4 
Gears of War Pop 
Gears of War 5 
Gear Tactics
Cyberpunk 2077 

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E3 2018 PlayStation Showcase

Sony held their E3 2018 PlayStation Showcase on Monday June 11th at 6pm PST.  They had previously announced that they were going to focus on four larger releases: Spiderman, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and The Last of Us Part II. It became readily apparent within a few minutes of the beginning of their presentation that they weren’t going to stick to that promise. Below is a list of the announcements that they made.


Ghost of Tsushima 
Last of Us Part 2
Black Ops 4
God of War New Game +
Black Ops 3 on PS+
Tetris Effect
Days Gone
Twin Mirror 
Ghost Giant
Beat Saber
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Control
RE2 remake
Trover saves the universe
Kingdom Hearts 3 (Pirate World) 
Death Stranding
Nioh 2
Spiderman
Deracine 

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Let’s Talk About Anthem for a Hot Minute

By: Drew Habersang

For those of you living under rocks, Anthem is Bioware’s spectacular looking open world online shooter. It’s basically Destiny with armor that serves a purpose and freakin’ JETPACKS!!!

Can we talk about how much Anthem looks like Destiny but is totally-not-at-all like Destiny?

First, the similarities: Anthem appears to be mechanically and structurally similar to the Destiny
Games including much of what was revealed about late game progression requirement co-op to complete endgame challenges like raids (Anthem calls them “Strongholds”). More to the point, Anthem looks like Destiny. I mean… just LOOK at it. The aesthetic similarities are undeniable.

But, a slightly closer look at the game reveals very many several and big and extremely exciting differences.

 

Friggin Jet Packs, gang!


The gameplay reveal trailer focused a great deal on that sweet sweet jet pack action, demonstrating the flight capabilities and apparently fluid controls as players careened through the skies of Anthem’s massive open world, cartwheeling past towering trees and gargantuan menacing monsters and even diving into cavernous lakes and exploring their depths. I am, by far, most excited about the jetpack action. Because c’mon – jetpacks! To quote our fearless leader, Stephen Duetzmann, “Everyone is Iron Man.”

The Social Space is anything but social


In Destiny and Destiny 2, players can go to any of several social hubs with up to 24 other players to get missions, upgrade gear, and retrieve rewards. Anthem’s hub “Fort Tarsis” is not a multiplayer lobby but instead offers a single player hub full of NPCs. And, as with previous BioWare titles, decisions players make will alter the space and, by extension, the game.

Armor Matters

Unlike Destiny 2 where armor is largely cosmetic, in Anthem, armor is EVERYTHING. Players suit up in one of four giant mech suits (woot!) with a wide range of abilities. And, as is the case with Tony Stark, the “Iron Man” style suits constitute the sum total of the players’ physical powers.

No PVP

You read that right. In an AMAAA (ask me almost anything) on Twitter, BioWare’s Mark Darrak stated unequivocally “No PVP. This decision allows us to have a much wider array of weapons and gear and make the loot chase more interesting.” No doubt, fans of PVP are disappointed by this revelation. PVE is my jam so I am completely unbothered by it.

(Potentially) Cross-platform Saves


While Darrah made it perfectly clear that BioWare has no plans to implement cross-platform play, he was a little vaguer when it came to cross-platform saves. Note: Darrah did NOT confirm cross-saves. What he DID say was, “I am looking into cross-platform saves as we speak”. So, despite the high probability that cross-platform saves are impossible, cross-platform saves confirmed but not confirmed but totally (potentially) confirmed, you guys.

We have several months until we’re able to get our hot little hands on Anthem, but I’m glad that BioWare is being so forthcoming with information about the game.

Anthem releases on February 22, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

 

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Star Wars Logo

The head of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Sampella, appeared briefly during the EA Play event on Saturday, June 9th to reveal a scant few details about their upcoming Star Wars game. The audience was left hungry as he did not deliver s trailer, art assets, or even a logo. The information he did share, however, should be enough to keep Star Wars superfans sated until next E3 when it is given a proper reveal.

The Title

Respawn’s next game is called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

When Will Then Be Now

He revealed the game will take place between episodes 3 and 4 of the Star Wars series. It will specifically deal with the execution of Order 66. This represents a period of time where the members of the once great Jedi Order are fleeing as they are being hunted to extinction by republic/imperial troops.

This is a span of time that has been left unexplored since Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars brand. There were a number of books and comics that discussed what happened, but Disney has stripped them from official canon. This opportunity for a divergence between what was once accepted as fact and the new lore I nerve-wracking for some longtime Star Wars fans, but it presents Respawn with some very interesting storytelling options.

A Tale of Two Games

At a very high-level Respawn has two real option with Fallen Order. They could make a game about members of the Fallen Jedi Order trying to escape. Or, they could make a game about Darth Vader hunting them down.

The first option, dealing with a member of the order itself, fees the most safe and the most likely. Many of the most powerful Jedi were killed when Order 66 was delivered. But, the Jedi Order was massive and far-reaching so it is not hard to imagine them creating a small group of Jedi that was on their way to a distant outpost or some other far out destination. Their quest for survival in the face of a massive military force and one of the most iconic villains in history could be super engaging and fun to play.

The second option, a more Vader centric game, may be less likely, but I think it might be the best option. First off, it’s not hard to imagine the marketing power of being “The Vader Game.” Money stuff side though, Darth Vader hasn’t been explored much after he dons the mask. There have been a few comic books recently that show his point of view, but I think that literally stepping into his shoes could be awesome.

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is currently scheduled for release during Holiday 2019.

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FIFA 19 is Getting More Accessible This Year!

FIFA 19 is the most recent iteration of EA’s popular soccer franchise. At EA Play, they announced story campaigns for both the Championship League, a brand new addition to the franchise thanks to UEFA and Konami parting ways, and the World Cup. These campaigns are the pinnacle of the fan fantasy: taking your own custom club, or one of the many premier teams down a long road to victory.

As part of this most recent update, EA has made an attempt to make FIFA 19 as accessible as possible to soccer fans of all ages.  While they have beefed up the complexity for the more experienced players to allow them more control at all times in shooting, passing, play calling etcetera.  They have also introduced a “one-button” play mode that allows players to let the AI control the decision making for you thus allowing access to even the most inexperienced players.  As a parent of small children that struggle with complex button and situational control this is a very big deal as it means that we can sit and enjoy this game together without the unneeded frustration of skill level gap.

I look forward to getting my hands on this and seeing the next step in the partnership between EA and FIFA as they continued to put its best graphics and gameplay into every game. This preview fails to disappoint.

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