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A Bit More E3

June 8, 2018

 

     I know, I know, we already covered this last week, but bear with me here. There are a couple of items I’d like to go a bit more in-depth on, plus there’s a couple of new announcements. I promise this won’t be as long as last week, let’s get to it.

 

From Software: I honestly can’t believe I forgot to talk about this last week. Last year From Software debuted a teaser for their next game. All we saw was a bloody instrument and the words “shadows die twice.” The safe bet is that this is most likely Bloodborne 2, and I personally think this makes the most sense. Dark Souls is finished (for now) and Bloodborne was a big hit for them; combined with Sony’s desire for even more exclusives, Bloodborne 2 seems likely. If it’s not Bloodborne then it could be a return to Kingsfield, or even something completely new. Whatever it is, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it will be insanely difficult.

 

Days Gone: In a major update from last week, we now have a release date. Days Gone comes out February 22nd, 2019, so it’s almost guaranteed that we’ll see more of this. I expect there will be a new trailer and more gameplay at Sony’s conference. Zombies, bears, zombie bears!

 

Hitman 2: This was announced yesterday, so all we have right now is a minute-long trailer. While technically the seventh main game in the series, this will be the follow up to the 2016 game, Hitman. No subtitle. Play as Agent 47, kill people. Supposedly this one won’t be released episodically, which is probably for the best. While I can sort of understand adventures games like Life is Strange or the Telltale games being released episodically, but it doesn’t really make sense for a major AAA title titles.

 

Fallout 76: And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but it’s not as far off as you might think. It looks like it’s almost guaranteed that Fallout 76 is going to be an online game of some sort and not a single player game. Fallout fans didn’t react well. Jason Schreier’s report that initially compared the new game to Rust and DayZ did not sit well with folks, which isn’t surprising. Speaking as a huge Fallout fan, I feel fairly comfortable saying that (probably) most of us tend to prefer single player games as opposed to multiplayer games, and Fallout has always been a single player RPG. It wasn’t long before that initial statement was rolled back a bit, but damage done. Granted, Bethesda hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but they haven’t denied it either. I think we’ll just have to wait and see; hopefully we’ll get some clarification this weekend.

 

Generation Zero: A co-op shooter by the Devs behind Just Cause. Set in the 80s, but with robots. I mean if the 80s and robots don’t sell you on a game, I don’t know what will.

 

Metro Exodus: Another post-apocalyptic shooter; a lot of those seem to be coming out lately. What sets this one apart is that it takes place in Russia. The third in a game series based off the book Metro 2033, Exodus looks to trek across post-apocalypse Russia in an old train. According to the Devs it’s going to be “semi-open world,” with the train stopping periodically for you to explore places. The design sounds kind of like God of War in that it’s a linear story, but there will be open spaces for you to explore in a non-linear fashion if you want.

 

Crackdown 3: Microsoft delayed this again. They really better step up their press conference this year. But on the bright side, if you have an Xbox Live Gold Account, Microsoft is having a major sale right now. Here are a couple of highlights.

Cuphead - $16.99

Destiny 2 - $9.99

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided -$6

Life is Strange - $4

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - $19.99

I don’t know how long this sale will last, so I’d advise you check it out sooner rather than later.

 

PlayStation’s Days of Play Sale starts today, so get on that. Here are some highlights.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition - $19.99

Shadow of the Colossus - $19.79

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection - $9.99

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End - $19.99 E3 starts tomorrow folks, be here next for the discussion.on.

 

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