E3 is done with! Unless of course you live somewhere nearer Los Angeles than we do and can actually go play some of the sweet sweet game demos of things, we have to wait a while to get our hands on over the next few months. There’ve been quite a few late nights at TSA towers, but we’ve somehow managed to also play some games between the press conferences. Since it was E3, I also got the team to tell me what has got them hot under the collar, so there’s some of that going on too.
I’ve played Jurassic World Evolution for review, and it’s now a permanent fixture in our house thanks to a dinosaur obsessed son. The only ‘problem’ is that it’s little too complicated for him to play so I’m being forced to play it under his watchful supervision. His greatest idea so far today was building a battle arena to put dinosaurs in and see who emerges victorious. It was a huge success. Besides that I’m ploughing into Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset expansion, have made a start on Mario Tennis Aces for review, and played some more Onrush which I heartily recommend.
As far as E3 goes, there was a ton of stuff that I’m excited for, but Gears Tactics, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Forza Horizon 4, Starlink and Rage 2 all tick the right boxes.
Tef was first to step up to the plate this week, and he’s been playing Destiny 2, Fortnite on Switch, Pode for review and a spot of Jurassic World Evolution. He’s gone for one of those rare Microsoft exclusives for his E3 pick: Halo Infinite. “I’ve always liked Halo games, but there was something magical about the feel of the in engine, completely not representative trailers of the first game from 1999 and 2000. It felt like this who open world – open ring? – and I used to daydream about how cool that would be, waging a whole war across a Halo. There’s no official word on what Infinite will bring, but that’s what its announcement trailer brings to mind, with the wildlife, the shift from day to night as the name was announced, the sheer scale of the environments. Very keen to see more. Very.” Besides that Forza Horizon 4, Ghost of Tsushima and Cyberpunk 2077 are up there for him as well.
Tuffcub has been playing the Just Cause 3 DLC packs after he nabbed them in the current PSN sale, and he’s regularly dipping into H1Z1 – “I came third the other night which is a personal best”. He did turn Destiny 2 on for a few moments to try out the Crucible Labs, but couldn’t see them anywhere in the game so turned it off again. His most lusted after game of E3 is Death Stranding as “it features lots of naked Norm”.
Kris played a bit of Tomb of the Mask on iOS, which he gives the glowing review of being “pretty enjoyable”. He’s also basically played all four The Room games, which he loves, and Returner 77, which is seemingly pretty similar, and was what inspired him to play through all of The Room games in the first place. As far as E3 goes he seems pretty excited about one game in particular: “GIVE ME SESSION. GIVE ME IT NOW. WHO MUST I SHAKE TO GET IT I NEED IT. Also Spider-Man still looks really good and that fighting game with all the anime characters seemed neat I guess?”
Jason has been enjoying Jurassic World Evolution saying, “the dinosaurs in it look great and it’s kind of fun to free them to make the park more entertaining”. He’s also playing Insane Robots for review, and his picks of E3 are Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Dying Light 2. Aran meanwhile played a bit more Onrush and hit level 40. He also tried a bit of XCOM 2 as well, but needs to properly sit down with it. His pick for E3 was the fabulous-looking Ghost of Tsushima.
Jim was also on the Onrush bandwagon before grabbing Quake Champions while it’s free this week. He said, “It’s an awesome arena shooter that will hopefully make the jump to consoles at some point”. He also finally started Life Is Strange too after having so many people recommend it. “While I’ve grown a bit bored of Telltale-esque adventure games, this one has gripped me with some great and engaging characters.”
Miguel played and beat Night In The Woods, saying “phew boy was that game kinda depressing”. He also played more Rainbow Skies for review, and started playing Minit. Jake’s been trying to beat the newest Raid Lair in Destiny 2 with friends from time to time, but the game is getting stale again for him. “I may have developed a slight addiction to Pokémon Quest as a result of this, though. I’ve also managed to play through Unravel Two for the review, and some Hexologic for another review.”
The game that he’s looking forward to the most is Spider-Man, and luckily it’s out sooner than many of the other games shown. “The game just looks like it’ll be fun and relatively simple to master, while having the freedom to be silly, explore and experiment with abilities. Insomniac Games is also my favourite developer purely down to their animation work and humour. I just think Spider-Man is a very good fit for them as a project as well and it’s technically and visually impressive given the scale of everything.”
Steve has alternated between Crash Bandicoot 2, “which is miles better than the frustrating first one”, and God of War, “which is sublime and cinematic but feels a bit too much like Horizon: Zero Dawn rather than a Kratos game. I love Horizon but miss the more arcadey feel of old school Kratos. Still, it is moving, well written and totally immersed in Norse mythology.” He’s most excited about a remake after E3, but it does look pretty great! “Resident Evil 2 is my new crush. I’m not saying I’d offer up my children for it, but if they misbehave over the long summer holiday I’ll be drafting an email to Capcom asking about a trade-in deal.”
Finally, Ade picked up God of War. “It’s very good. Not 10/10 good, but it’s slick, beautiful and few things are as satisfying as Kratos thwacking his massive chopper over the brow of an unsuspecting Draugr.” He’s most looking forward to Ghost of Tsushima, saying the E3 trailer was “utterly jaw dropping”.
Now then, what have you played? And what are your picks of E3?