It seems that people were somewhat disappointed by this year’s E3. After last year’s show focussing on new consoles, viewers were hoping to be blown away by new IPs and astounding graphics, but many of you who took part in our E3 WeView special professed they were somewhat underwhelmed.
For example, Youles dropped by to say there were “Too many teasers and not enough gameplay”, while cam_manutd said that “on the games front, there was not a great deal to be excited about compared to last year.” JustTaylorNow was underwhelmed too, complaining that after “All the hype that lead up to E3… nothing was worth the show,” although they did make an exception for the Uncharted 4 trailer during Sony’s conference.
In fact Uncharted 4 stood out for many of you, with Dunks saying it “hints at something amazing,” and bunimomike calling the trailer “mind-bendingly wonderful to look [at].” bunimomike actually produced a lengthy list of games he liked the look of, including indie gems Inside and Ori, but the game I’d like to pick out is LittleBigPlanet 3.
A number of you seemed to share bunimomike’s excitement at this gameplay demo from Media Molecule, with Lieutenant Fatman saying it’s the game they’re the most excited for as they “love a bit of LBP”. jimmy-google was slightly less impressed, say that while they will buy it, they were “hoping for a bigger evolution”. I can certainly understand that feeling, although the unique attributes of the new characters did look quite interesting.
Batman: Arkham Knight also seemed to get some love from the community, with tactical20 saying it, along with Assassin’s Creed Unity, were his favourites, while rept0n simply said that it “looks like all kinds of fun.” rept0n also picked up on Abzû, pondering if it could “the next Journey?” We can but hope rept0n, we can but hope.
However, the game that seemed to get the most love from you guys and gals was No Man’s Sky, with over half of those who took part singling it out for praise. Among those seemingly in love with the space exploration title was psychobudgie, who said it “looked astounding,” and was only more impressed when the small size of the development team is taken into account, a sentiment shared by Dunks.
Despite the fact that gaffers101 hasn’t seen everything from the conferences yet, they still said that No Man’s Sky has “certainly grabbed my attention.” Nocure-fd was impressed too, particular as they’re a big EVE Online fan, a game which No Man’s Sky is naturally being compared to.
There were some who, although liking the look of the game, expressed some reservations. MrYd, for example, was concerned that it could be “a massive, gorgeous looking universe with no game attached.” I can certainly see where this worry comes from; Hello Games haven’t really shown us any structure to this procedurally generated playground they’re building.
If I’m honest, I’m not actually that concerned about this element of No Man’s Sky; I’d be perfectly happy if it was just a massive sandbox for me to fly around in at will. However, with some of the larger groups of ships the latest trailer showed, it seems that Hello are hinting at a structure that your character fits into, and presumably that will lead into missions etc…
This, of course, isn’t an exhaustive look at every game you all picked out, for example several of you seem excited by The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, but hopefully I’ve managed to pick out the games that got the most love from all of you.
Finally, if any of you are wondering, WeView will return to normality next week, once E3 is over and done with.