Last week we did a Livestream of the E3 press conferences. I don’t know when those will show up on YouTube, but until then here we are talking about what we saw and what we thought about it.
Episode edited by Mindie.
0:00:36: E3 2016
0:04:41: Dishonored 2: Even Less Honored
For context: Stephen Russel played Garret in the Thief games until Square Enix unloaded him for the awful 2014 reboot. So now he’s playing a similar kind of character in a totally different franchise.
0:11:02: Horizon: Zero Dawn
0:14:20: We Happy Few
This is what we saw at E3:
I’ve watched some gameplay on YouTube since then, and it looks very different. It’s much more about gathering resources and weapons and less about having your head messed with. Now everyone’s comments about “Dead Island” make a lot more sense. The E3 trailer makes this look much more story-driven than it ultimately is.
0:18:27: Civilization 6
0:23:14: Project Scorpio
This is what they’re calling the upcoming Xbox. Actually, they have a new, slimmer version of the Xbone coming out this year, and then the newer one – which will supposedly be backwards compatible – is planned for next year.
0:34:59: For Honor
Chivalry + Dynasty Warriors + MOBA? I guess? Maybe? It’s got Vikings vs. Samurai vs. Knights.
0:39:25: Death Stranding
NORMAN REEDUS IS NAKED AND THERE’S A BABY AND THEN SOME FLOATING DUDES BY HIDEO KOJIMA
HIDEO KOJIMA WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
0:42:49: Mirrors Edge: Catalyst
Josh has played the game. Here’s what he thinks.
0:47:08: Resident Evil
If it doesn’t work, they can always claim it’s “satire”.
While I complained about the game, I’m grateful to the person who gifted it to me. It was on my wishlist and I’m glad I played it, even if the ultimate result was frustration. That’s how this goes sometimes.
I apologize for this long, incoherent rant. This was the most frustrating game I’ve played in ages because it felt like it was close to greatness. I’m not as good at deconstructing 4X mechanics as I am at deconstructing plots, so I can’t really put my finger on what part of the mechanics is broken. In the episode I said I wanted an “easy mode”, but I’ve spent another day playing around with cheat codes and I discovered that making the game easier actually made it quite a bit worse.
The really bad thing is that now I have a terrible case of wanting to play a 4X game, and I haven’t heard of anything good. Suggestions?