Well, I’m exhausted. If I could give one piece of advice for anyone ever thinking about attending E3 it would be “Have strong legs”. From 10:00am to 6:00pm I was standing, waiting in line to get my hands on those sweet sweet videogames and Next-Gen consoles.
I got my hands on a lot of videogames infact, but I’ll just mention those that stood out to me.
Ryse: Son of Rome
This game caught my eye from the moment I saw it during the Microsoft press conference. I made a bee-line towards the Microsoft booth as soon as
doors floodgates at E3 opened and I thankfully got a good spot in line for Ryse, which still had an hour long wait. The game plays exactly as I thought it would, the character you play as is slow as shit, but powerful as all hell, this is literally the only negative thing I can say about it. The demo was the same as the one they showed at the press conference, but that demo didn’t do this game justice. The environment is beautiful, action is happening all around you, and the combat is surprising fast-paced. You should keep your eye out for more information about Ryse, this might be a Game of the Year contender.
Sonic Lost World
It’s safe to say that Sonic hasn’t been doing good lately, and when I say lately I mean the past decade or so. I kept on hearing that Sonic Lost World isn’t bad, and in fact it was good. Well, they were right, Sonic Lost World is good. The reason people loved Sonic so much is that back in the day it was a simple, straightforward game to play. Collect rings, occasionally attack enemies, run really fast, and save a capsule full of animals was all this game was about. The Sonic franchise started sliding into the gutter as soon as they tried throwing a story into the mix and adding about a billion stupid characters. Sonic Lost World is bringing Sonic back to his roots by keeping it simple and fun, very fun. I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun this game was, it felt like the original Sonic the Hedgehog, but 3D.
I ended Day 1 with a bang, Battlefield 4 was the last game I went to go see before they shut the
doors floodgates…before they kicked me out. The demo I played was the same as the one they showed at the EA press conference, the Siege of Shanghai. The first thing I noticed is that Battlefield 4 looks a lot like Battlefield 3, but there is two major differences. Battlefield 4 is bigger and better. Everything that I loved from Battlefield 3 (Destruction and vehicles) and Battlefield 2 (Commander Mode) was in the demo I played. After I played the demo the developers asked if any of us would like to try out Commander mode, and without sounding like a 10 year old being asked if he would like to go to Disneyland I said yes HELL YES!!! The best way to describe Commander mode is to say it’s like a chess match against the enemy teams Commander, but none of your chess pieces want to listen to you. Players on your team have some small incentives to follow the Commanders orders (Extra XP, extra abilities), but no one seemed to know or care about the incentives so they kind of did their own thing, which left me sitting their with my thumb up my ass giving pointless orders. It’s a good thing that the Commander has some offensive capabilities, when certain points on the map are captured by your team the Commander will receive new abilities. The Tomahawk Cruise Missile and the Gunship are the Commanders offensive weapons in Battlefield 4, the Cruise Missile can reach out and touch any enemies you want dead and the Gunship is just a mobile death machine that kills everyone and everything FOREVER. This demo was by far the best thing I played so far at E3 and I don’t think there is anything else that can top it…or is there?!?!
Overall, Day 1 was a success, I got to play a lot of games and got to see a lot of cool shit. I’ll be doing my best to keep you guys informed about the games I’ll be playing over the next few days. Check back with ThatVideoGameBlog for more information about game demos at E3 and just E3 stuff in general. If you have any suggestions for games for me to try out at E3 sound off in the comment section below and I’ll do my best to play them.
Side Note: I’ll be doing E3 daily wrap-up videos with some friends from Mind of the Geek, so go check them out over at their website.