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This week we’re discussing everything that happened at E3 2019! From games to conferences to surprises, there was a lot to cover. So let’s get into it!
Q1: What was your favourite E3 moment (only one person can choose Keanu)
Em: The people enthusiastically cheering at everything during the Bethesda showcase cause that’s my energy during E3, and I hate when there is a pause and no one claps.
Dennis: I think personally favourite moment was when the director for Ghostwire Tokyo(GWT), Ikumi Nakamura came out at Bethesda’s conference… a conference I don’t really care for. My heart was instantly captured just hearing her talk about this game. Just hearing her talk instantly made me curious about GWT, it’s a little disappointing that a CG trailer was shown instead of gameplay because I’m very curious of how it plays because just from that showcase it’s the only Bethesda game I have any interest in. Whenever more is revealed about GWT, I hope we get to see gameplay.
Nana: I would say Ikumi Nakumura presenting Ghostwire Tokyo. She seems pretty cool.
Tyler: This year there seemed to be a lot of surprises ruining leaks so the surprises really stood out. I think that’s why Keanu was such a huge deal. Nakamura was super genuine but I think for the top moment was the Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild sequel. Just super unexpected and had me jump off my chair.
Q2: Now that E3 2019 is finished, what game are you most hyped for?
Em: CyberPunk 2077. I hope that the RPG elements are as amazing as they claim they will be. If so, it’s going to be a fantastic game. Also Keanu Reeves.
Dennis: Hmmmm… it’s tough to say, I could go easy and say Final Fantasy VII Remake. Now knowing how they are doing the gameplay without throwing the turn-based aspect of the original game away. I like how there is a hybrid gameplay aspect of the game, wasn’t really expecting that. I do want to mention Watch Dogs: Legion because that was a fantastic way to start a conference for Ubisoft and made me a fan of the Watch Dogs series again. I played the original game and hated it, skipped Watch Dogs 2, but after that presentation, I got my hands on Watch Dogs 2 thanks to the E3 sale on the PS Store. So hoping to get myself ready for Watch Dogs: Legion. Also, shout out to Gods & Monsters.
Nana: Final Fantasy 7 Remake looks amazing in my mind, I can’t wait to see what they do with the game.
Tyler: Because I’ve already said Breath Of The Wild, I’ll say The Blair Witch. Blair Witch was just such a random franchise to turn into a game but so perfect for what they’re going for. If it’s anything like Resident Evil 7 or Outlast, I’m super down for it. Also, Gods & Monsters by the makers of Assasin’s Creed 2, looked really interesting. But I can’t finish this thought without mentioning how fucking COOL Doom: Eternal looks. That’s a Monster Energy Drink, blasting heavy metal type of video game right there.
Q3: Which game company had the best presentation?
Em: I thought Microsoft showed off a lot of cool games and announced a lot of things I was interested in, particularly Game Pass on PC. Of everything, the most games I want to check out were from Microsoft. I also like drinking every time they say “world premiere” so that probably helps.
Dennis: To be honest, it’s hard not to say Nintendo. Square Enix is a close second with Microsoft in third… which I’m judging on the show itself, I did not care for any of there games, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was probably the only game I popped.
Nintendo had 42 minutes and they showed off a lot in a very well-paced presentation. They used that time to be focus mostly on what’s coming out for the rest of the year while giving a little preview of Nintendo’s 2020 and a sprinkle of beyond. So from top to bottom, they had the best show with no pacing issues unlike the rest of the conferences.
But really it was Devolver Digital’s Direct stole the show for me just from an entertainment aspect.
Nana: Square Enix, between FF7R, FF8 Remaster and Avengers.
Tyler: I think Microsoft had the best wow-factors. No big surprises when it came to games but they gave us the Keanu moment, there Game Pass announcement had me pumped and I’m super excited for Halo: Infinite so I really enjoyed their show.
Q4: Do you think E3 2019 would have been different had Sony been there?
Em: If Sony had nothing to show then it’s good they weren’t there. There were a few disappointing conferences that I think could have taken a year off.
Dennis: No I don’t think it would have made a difference. They seemingly had nothing to show and I respect them not trying to half-ass an E3 conference while wasting time and resources on it. It gives them an opportunity to go even bigger next year in a way of ‘we haven’t seen you in a while so show us what you got.’ I can see them going big with a lead up to the next consoles and whatever 1st/2nd/3rd party reveal they have in there back pocket for there E3 2020 conference. It would be really dumb PR move if they didn’t show up next year though, but hopefully, they got a little more to reveal this year with there State of Play stream with either a little amount of big/small(or both) games to focus on in 20-minute shows.
Nana: They probably would have shown Death Stranding and The Last Of Us 2.
Tyler: I think so. I get why they didn’t go and I really respect them for it. But it did feel like there was a massive whole in my E3 heart without them. Plus I want to see MORE of Last Of Us 2 and Ghost Of Tsushima.
Q5: Overall, what did you think of this years E3?
Em: This felt like an in-between year. Lots of big games won’t be out for a few years. For Microsoft and Nintendo, it was fine, because they have LOTS of games still. For smaller shows like Bethesda, there really wasn’t much going on so instead they put way too much focus and hype on things that weren’t that interesting. It all felt pretty “meh”.
Dennis: I think two words come to mind ‘pretty good’, it wasn’t off the walls bananas crazy awesome but it gave me an idea what to expect game release-wise for the rest of the year, plus an idea what many games I’ll be playing in the first half of 2020. It felt more of an obligation kind of show that didn’t turn out that bad in the end.
Nana: I thought it was good. A lot of companies needed more games this year though.
Tyler: I think this E3 definitely delivered. It gave us some extremely classic E3 moments, showcased some of the best games I’ve ever seen and had some surprises. But it does feel like as a whole, it was just missing some E3 magic. It might have something to do with Sony not being there, or it might have something to do with most companies prepping for next-gen and being in this weird in-between state, it might even have something to do with all the leaks. But E3 2019 will go down as some extremely memorable moments that really had nothing to do with games.