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E3 2018 Thoughts: Bethesda

So after the terrible show that was last year's bethesda conference, I was cautiously optimistic about this year's conference, and man, did bethesda deliver.

This year's conference started out really slow, and looked to be heading in the same problems that 2016 and 2017's conference had. Then todd showed up. In one conference, Todd effectively went from an internet meme to widely praised, and for good reason.

There was a lot of great humor with this one, with a mock trailer being made in which bethesda makes fun of themselves and effectively takes control of the meme about them porting skyrim to everything by making a video in which they jokingly port skyrim to everything, such as an amazon alexa (they actually made this one despite it being a joke... no seriously), etch a sketch, and a samsung refrigerator. Some of the things that I found cool were the announcement of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Fallout Shelter on Nintendo Switch, and Fallout 76.

I was actually cautious about Fallout 76 being an online game, but it appears that the really thought this one through, as it's only with "a few dozen" players at once, dedicated servers, a "serverless" experience (the game never mentions specific servers and it's all in the cloud), oh, and nuclear weapons are scattered across the map, so that's neat.

Overall, although it was slow to start, Bethesda made a lot of killer announcements this year that I really enjoy.

(Personal) Rating: B+


E3 2018 Thoughts: Ubisoft

Honestly Ubisoft didn't have that much unexpected. Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks cool, I'm not interested in Starlink but the fact that is has Starfox is cool, the Mario + Rabids: Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong DLC makes me want to get the game finally, and the devision 2 looks alright.

There were some hiccups, and a lot of stuff I wasn't interested in, but overall, it looks alright. The funniest part was when someone backstage accidentally had their microphone on and we had some "backstage talk" which was mainly just small talk and some directions over backstage stuff.

It seems like a average Ubisoft conference with extra perks. That's ok though.

(Personal) Rating: B


E3 2018 Thoughts: Square Enix

So Square Enix recently had their E3 conference, and I'm honestly wondering what the point of it was? Like, there really wasn't that much there. A lot of it was stuff we already knew about. It's not a good sign when 90% of your finishing trailer was pretty much one that we've already seen.

I mean yeah, some of the stuff that was shown was cool, but again, so little was announced that I'm wondering why Square Enix even held a conference. Hopefully they'll have more to show next year.

(Personal) Rating: D+


E3 2018 Thoughts: Devolver Digital

So Devolver is apparently continuing the trend of holding a mock press conference making fun of the industry, and it was about as insane as you would expect.

Lots of blood, swearing, and making fun of the industry. This time however, it seems to have gotten a bit more bolder in making fun of industry trends, with Nina Struthers (the host) often going on long rants deriding specific trends, which is quite entertaining.

They actually announced some cool games too. My Friend Pedro looks fun as hell, and Metal Wolf Chaos XD looks hilarious.

Also it looks like their making it a series with the conference ending with Nina Struthers being shot with a machine gun with one of the people that had their hand cut off in the last conference. Then, others are seen around her, and it appears that she's now a robot, with the conference ending with "To by continued... Next year". It looks like devolver will be making fun of the industry for years to come, and frankly, I love all of it.

(Personal) Rating: ??????????????????????


E3 2018 Thoughts: Sony

Um... what?

I'm left so confused with this conference. What even was that? So Sony started with The Last of Us 2, with the conference being in this... church building?? Then once the trailer ended sony took like a 30 minute break in order to move everyone to another building. Seriously. That intermission talk show thing just killed the pace. I mean, really? Stopping the conference for 15 minutes like that?

So once everyone got into the other building they showed off some titles. Some of which I though were cool looking, such as Trevor Saves The Universe, Ghost of Tsushima, and of course, a new trailer for Death Stranding (still no release date though!). They then proceeded to end the conference with a new look at Spider-man (again, no release date). They really didn't announce much with this one, which doesn't seem like a Sony thing to do at all.

Frankly this conference was just weird, between the two buildings, the weird clips interspersed in that were never explained. (UPDATE: apparently this was for a game called Dreams) They didn't talk about it at all though. I suppose that was to make up for the fact that they had nothing to announce this year?

But yeah, this one was very disappointing. I'm not a fan of it, and I hope that Sony does better next year.

(Personal) Rating: C+