Monday, July 1, 2013

Favorite Things from E3 this Year

I know this is late, I planned on making this into a video, but I can't find any quality free recorders or video editors. So yeah, now it's an obnoxiously late blog post. Anyway, you already saw the title, so just read.

10. Mad Max:
I'm a big fan of the Mad Max movies. Being 21, it's obviously very common to have grown up on late 70's/early 80's action films. I have weird tastes. Anyway, I heard a few months back that a new Mad Max film is being made, and honestly, I hope this isn't going to be a cashcow of a movie tie-in to that. Not that I don't trust the movie, I don't know enough to have any opinion whatsoever. i just know that those often flop no matter the movie, and I hope it's a project that instead, they work hard to translate one of the richest and most fun worlds in both sci-fi and action, into a rich and engaging personal experience. So in other words, I want the opposite of Avatar.

9. Destiny:
I honestly thought nothing, maybe even less than that, of Destiny prior to E3. But I have to admit, I was a big fan of at gameplay demo at Sony's press conference. When I heard "Bungie and Activision creating a first-person shooter", I immediately rolled my eyes and reached for the gun to put this industry out of its misery. "The people that shoved one of the best IPs of the last decade down our throats so much that I couldn't bare to touch it anymore teaming up with the assbags that have brought us such recent FPS classics as the Goldeneye remake, four other 007 games, the 2009 Wolfenstein game, and the Call of FUCKING Duty games. How could it go wrong?!. But, as it turns out, it looks pretty damn sweet. Not absolutely jaw-dropping, but it looks like a highly enjoyable first-person shooter. Which is not a sentence you'll hear very often from me, especially about new games. To not drone too much, the art style is really appealing, the powers look really fun and useful, the movement is so, SO smooth, and, even though it's been compared to the most average shooter in history, Borderlands, I think it's a lot more polished gameplay-wise than that or Bungie's former killer IP. I just hope there's a solo option, because I'm not always in the mood to tear through games with other jackholes I don't know. I'm not shitting myself for this game, but I do think it looks very enjoyable for a modern FPS.

8. Super Smash Bros. 4:
Yeah, this may be the least innovative title on this list. But fuck you, these games are awesome! And two big things put it on this list. 1: I'm getting a 3DS and have no clue if I'll have a Wii U anything near soon, and it's on the 3DS. 2: MEGA MAN!! MEGA MAN!!!he Wii Fit chick is amusingly awesome too, but Mega Man!!! Who doesn't want to see him take on Bowser? Yeah, Mario would be cool, but the character whose purpose in life is taking out bosses fighting the most famous of all? Come on! Plus, in addition to his Mega Buster, he's getting a bunch of other nifty power-ups from his past such as the Shoryuken, Crash Bomb, Leaf Shield, and Metal Blade from Mega Man 2, the Top Spin, Hard Knuckle, and Spark Shot from Mega Man 3, the Flame Blast from Mega Man 6, the Flame Sword from 8, the Slash Claw from 7, Super Arm from the original Mega Man, and Rush Coil from just about every Mega Man after 3. There's honestly not a shit ton to say about this one besides that. it's Smash Bros. Nintendo characters fighting to the death. The fucking END

7. Dragon Age: Inquisition:
I wish I was a lot, I mean A LOT more excited for this than I am. I was absolutely in love with Dragon Age: Origins. And I'm a borderline BioWare obsessive. Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old republic, Mass Effect, they're just... Just so good, I can't put it into words. But lately, pretty much since the moment EA bought BioWare, they've gone down the shitter. Sure, Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2 were amazing, but those were both being created before said purchase occured. Dragon Age II was a massive disappointment. It was a lazy, ugly, unentertaining mess of a game. Solid animation and controls are pretty much the only things it had going for it, which isn't saying a lot for a story-centric RPG. Now with THE three masterminds of BioWare gone, Greg Zeschuk, Ray Muzyka, and Drew Karpyshyn, who by the way is among the better writers alive today, and knowing EA, it's very hard to trust this game. But I want SO BAD for this to be amazing. That's why it's as high as it is, though I expect it to be closer to the Birdemic than Citizen Kane of video games.

6. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds/Yoshi's New Island:
Ok, these aren't exactly the most original games on the list, in fact, they're even less original than Smash Brothers. But at the same time, these are reboots of two of my favorite games of all time. Absolute classics that are the pinnacle of game design. Now I don't think these will be as great as the originals, but they both look like amazing adaptations that are different enough to be worth experiencing on their own. They'll both also hopefully bring new fans to the classic games they're modeled around. Also, I'm an old person so I like old people type games, so fuck off!!

5. South Park: The Stick of Truth:
I've loved South Park since I was a kid. It's probably the only show that can be as crude and simultaneously ingenious as it is. Most South Park games of the pas have been preeeeeeeeeetty fucking shit. South Park for the N64, Chef's Luv Shack, South Park Rally, all horrible, HORRIBLE abominations. And unfortunately, I've played each of those. But this time, there's actually a lot of promise. First of all, it actually has Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, helping with a lot of the writing and animation. It's also being developed by Obsidian, a RPG developer well known for making amazing games out of existing source material such as Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights. I don't know a whole lot about the game, but since South park humor and Role-Playing games are two of my favorite things ever, I'm just a tad excited about this game.

4. Twitch/Ustream:
I know this is a bit off-topic since the last six have been video games, but I think it's awesome enough to warrant a place here. I've thought about doing streaming-ass shit for a bit now and it'll be cool to do so straight through my system without needing any extra adapters, assuming I can afford a PS4 eventually. Because, to be honest, I don't plan on owning a Xbox One, even if it does have Killer fucking Instinct. Bastards! So be prepared for that, and I apologize in advance.

3. Kingdom Hearts 3:
See what I did there? Number 3? Kingdom Hearts 3? Eh? EH?! Oh, fuck off! This is probably one on a lot of peoples' lists, and I'll admit that I shit myself when I saw the preview during the Sony conference. But I'm also very skeptical about it. Square Enix hasn't made a quality game in almost a decade, and it's pretty hard to trust that this will undoubtedly change all that. Yeah, I want it and I hope it's amazing and I can see it being so, I just don't see it as an inevitability. Besides, people are acting like we're starving for Kingdom Hearts games. I haven't played them all, but there have been eight releases since the original debuted in 2002, that's almost as often as Call of Duty releases its annual sixty dollar updates. So it's not the absolute most exciting thing from E3 to me. Though I can't wait to play it and hope it kicks ass. Though if it ends up sucking, maybe it'll be the kick in the face Square Enix needs to get their shit together.

2. Indiefuckinggames:
Those indie games. THOSE INDIE GAMES. Sony just fucking destroyed with that lineup. Every game looked amazing and fun, and is one of the big things that sold me on the system. Transistor, Octodad: Dadliest Catch Mercenary Kings, Secret Ponchos, Ray's the Dead, The Witness, Outlast, Galak-Z, and the Abe's Oddysee remake, Oddworld: New N' Tasty all look amazing and are all coming to the PS4 first. But there are also other balls-tastic indie games shown at E3, including Shovel Knight, Towerfall, and maybe the most personally exciting title, The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventure, a 2D action-platformer based on the YouTube legend that is The Angry Video Game Nerd. All of these look like amazing games and are some of the best shown off at E3 this year.

1. Pokemon X/Y:
I was hoping to avoid putting this at number one, to be honest. I'm a huge Pokemon fan, Have been since I was barely seven and got my first brand new Game Boy Color along with a copy of Pokemon Blue for Christmas waaaaaaaaay back in 1998. Holy balls, I'm old. But yeah, you probably think I'm a nostalgiac idiot for this, but I really am not looking forward to anything else nearly as much as this. I plan on getting a 3DS along with Y the day it comes out and good luck finding me after that. I've been anticipating this since it was announced in, I think February? Something like that. Some of the new designs are kinda blah, and some others are awesome. That's always how Pokemon is though. For every Charizard and Excadrill, there's an Exeggcute and a Vanillite. I'm more concerned with the game itself, and it looks to be the best yet. Riding on Pokemon, rollerblades, horde battles where you can battle a bunch of Pokemon at once to make leveling quicker, and gain an exp boost on top of that, sky battles, character customization, the works. Not to mention no fucking friend codes. I'm still waiting to hear whether I can bring my White 2 Pokemon to the fancy new game. Cuz, like, I have a lot, ya know. That'd kind of blow. As if that time wasn't enough of a waste. But I'm sure they'll figure that out. They did when they moved from GBA to DS so yeah. Wooooooooooooo, Pokemans!

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