E3 2018: The best and worst of the conferences
With the end of Nintendo’s presentation on Tuesday, it ends another cycle of conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the largest gaming event in the world.
Gathering industry giants such as EA Games, Bethesda, Microsoft, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo, this is the time of the year when more new games are announced, and where we know the likely “Game of the Year” next years.
If you missed the conferences or even want to know what we think about them, check out our article with everything that went from best to worst in this issue of E3.
E3 2018: EA Games
As usual, the first E3 conference again was EA’s. We have had nothing really new or big announcements but the company has fulfilled its most important goal: Apologize for making so many pay to win games or simply broken into several DLCs, apparently it is willing to improve its reputation in the market.
Moving on to the presentation, we had the already announced Battlefield V and Anthem, which had gameplays released. We also saw the expected games: FIFA 19 , NBA Live 19 and Madden 19, as well as a DLC for Star Wars Battlefront II that was also quite predicted.
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The only real news presented by EA is unfortunately not as big as the fans could expect, but we have among them Unreavel 2, successor of an interesting indie that unfortunately was not so successful; Sea of Solitude, an interesting new indie who seems to approach loneliness in a very creative way, but probably will not be as successful; and finally: a sequel to the franchise Command and Conquer (Rivals), which unfortunately will be just a game for mobile.
E3 2018: Bethesda
The most shameful presentation award this year could not go to any other company than Bethesda, though E3 always has weird, embarrassed or even half-crazy presenters this year only our beloved Todd Howard can save Bethesda . But of course, in the games she would not disappoint.
Among the games we already knew that would arrive, such as Rage 2 and Fallout 76, we also have some interesting new titles, like Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein Youngblood, a new franchise (after years without new franchises) called Starfield and the long awaited The Elder Scrolls VI, certainly the apex of the conference.
It’s worth giving a little highlight to Fallout 76, which although it’s probably just a re-run of Fallout 4 in terms of gameplay and graphics, will have a map 4 times larger than the previous title, as well as can be played online, in a kind of MMO with several other players setting up their own camps. The most compelling factor was that players could complete quests to gain access to nuclear bomb launch stations capable of destroying enemy camps, which would make the MMO much more interesting.
And to finish, of course we had several ads that (almost) nobody calls, like TES Legends, a cardgame to enter the wave of new games of the genre; a new update for TES Online; Quake Champions for free for a limited time; a new update of Prey and TES Blades, a kind of Skyrim for mobile (why not?).
E3 2018: Biggest announcements from Microsoft for Xbox
The conference that most presented new trailers of new games was that of Microsoft, deserving the title of probable better presentation of this E3, after all, what we all want are new game trailers .
Among the titles we already knew or we expected to win a sequel, we have the new Halo Infinite and Gears of War, after all, it would not be a Microsoft conference without new titles for these franchises. We also had new games like Ori and The Will of The Wisps, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a samurai game likely to counteract PlayStation 4’s Ghost of Tsushima, Metro Exodus, Devil May Cry 5 (which raised the crowd at the conference), Jump Force, a fighting game that will bring together the main characters of famous anime, Dying Light 2, Just Cause 4 and the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077, the new game on CD Projekt Red, announced – in 2012.
Other games we’ve been waiting for but which we’re not so eager to see are Crackdown 3, which will feature the presence of Terry Crews, Forza Horizon 4, which appears every year on E3, Gears Pop, a smartphone version of Gears of War using Pop Funkos, The Division 2, sequel to the game that created one of the biggest hypes in video game history and then turned out to be an absurd disappointment and Captain Spirit from the same universe as Life is Strange, an excellent game but sucked into games not so good to raise some more funds for the developer, as is the case of this.
E3 2018: Square Enix
The weaker conference of this E3 was probably that of Square Enix. Not that she did not have good titles, but we did not have any new games that we did not know with an exciting trailer or that showed a lot. We were able to meet Babylon’s Fall and The Quiet Man, two new franchises that look interesting, but with brief trailers being presented without much revelation.
Just Cause 4 we had previously met at the Microsoft conference and Kingdom Hearts 3 had already been announced and appeared in other conferences, but at least it received a good trailer, probably one of the best of the company’s presentation. The last game of the saga of Lara Croft, Shadow of the Tomb Raider also was announced, leaving the fans of the saga crazed, but this is a franchise also already much exploited by the publisher, what makes the outsiders do not get so much excited .
Other titles, such as Final Fantasy XIV Online and Dragon Quest XI, have all come together, but we had hoped they would probably be at the conference, especially Dragon Quest, which is finally coming to the Western world after being released in July last year in Japan.
E3 2018: Ubisoft
Ubisoft had another conference that lacked news: what we had not seen before, we expected or was not much. We had yet another trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2, no gameplays this year, we’ve seen more about Skull & Bones, a pirate game that seems to be leading a likely new wave of games in this style and a new update for For Honor, which is also temporarily for free on Uplay.
The only really new titles were Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure, Just Dance 2019, Trials Rising and Transference, a live-action game directed at VR. We also saw more of Starlink: Battle, which will feature a special edition with Fox Star McCloud exclusive for Nintendo Switch and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the title of this year’s main Ubisoft franchise.
To conclude, we have already shown in other conferences The Division 2 and the game of race The Crew 2, two new games, but that were already expected and are not so awaited by the public after average reception of its titles predecessors. Overall, what most caught the eye at the conference was probably Beyond Good and Evil 2, which although it has a somewhat unknown predecessor, draws much attention to the visuals of their trailers.
E3 2018: What Happened at the Sony Conference
After having the best E3 conferences one year after the other, this year Sony probably had its worst conference ever. At first, a new gameplay trailer of The Last of Us Part II was shown in a studio imitating a church that housed the trailer, prepared exclusively for him, but after him the audience was moved to another larger amphitheater and this took a lot presentation time, which featured a kind of talkshow in this range, something that completely broke the incredible weather that the TLoU trailer’s end created.
At least Sony recovered in the remainder of the presentation, which featured gameplay from the long-awaited Ghost of Tsushima, Marvel’s Spider Man and the latest work by Hideo Kojima, one of the greatest game developers in history, Death Stranding, a game we never even got understand what it is about until now, but we already love it.
As for new, unexpected announcements, we had only Nioh 2, the sequel to a Dark Souls, Control, samurai game that looks a lot like a cross between Quantum Break and Infamous (wtf) and Resident Evil 2, a remake that raised the audience of the Sony conference.
E3 2018: Nintendo
The Nintendo conference is not usually the most lively, mainly because it is very different from the others and recorded, however, it always has some new title that pleases its fans, that year was no different. The announcement of the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was not only the highlight of the conference but also took half the time of the Japanese presentation. One of the main novelties of the game is that it can be played with a control of Game Cube.
Other new games announced were Daemon X Machina, an action game of robots apparently quite inspired by Transformers (but not so much); Killer Queen Black, which seems to be a smash bros but much simpler multiplayer and Super Mario Party, a multiplayer focused on groups of players, offering a great variety of minigames set in the universe of Nintendo games.
Finally, Nintendo announced that Switch will also be receiving the portability of Fortnite and Hollow Knight games as well as an expansion to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the launch of Fire Emblem Three Houses, a title announced last year for the company’s current console .