Sage's E3 2017 Impressions & Highlights

Ahhh E3. Like most gamers, this time of year feels almost better than Christmas. Every year we all gather up and watch some of the biggest and best names in the industry present all the hardware and software they've been working on and even what's to come. Despite some of the internet cynicism that comes with so many expectations and personal taste, there's usually something for everyone at the Electronic Entertainment Expo! We've been watching all week in the shop and now that all the major pressers are over, here are some of my favorite moments, announcements and gameplay from this year's E3. Obviously I can't touch on everything, but I'll mention my personal favorites and most anticipated.


More than any other year I can remember in recent times, E3 2017 brought a lot of high quality DLC and expansions to major presentations and smaller ones alike. Before I get into some of the other big announcements and gameplay trailers, here are some of the DLC/Expansions/Add-Ons I'm most excited for!

Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider
In my review of Dishonored 2 last year, I stated Arkane managed to create a perfect sequel for a game that I adored. I did peg the game a bit for an uninspired plot but it looks like Death of the Outsider is bringing a whole bunch of narrative to the table. Technically, Death of the Outsider isn't DLC, it's a stand alone game that can be purchased separately, even though it is directly building on Dishonored 2's plot. Players will be taking control of Billie Lurk and, with the help of Daud, attempt to take down the mysterious and god-like "The Outsider". I really look forward to returning to the world of Karnaca come this September.


Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
I think my favorite aspect of PS4's massive open world game "Horizon", is the world itself. Guerilla Games' hit the highest marks when it came to Horizon's combat and narrative as well, but the environment is easily one of the most gorgeous I've ever had the pleasure to romp around in. The Frozen Wilds is expanding this beautiful world to a brand new land. Alloy is looking for answers in the very mysterious "mountain" and must "face the beast the guards it", according to the narrator. This is dropping sometime this year.


XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
I kind of lost my mind when this trailer cropped up. XCOM is such a legendary franchise, and as I mentioned in a recent blog post, the latest title "XCOM 2" is by far one of my favorite games of all time. Following this amazing trailer was an in depth interview with the game's creative director Jake Soloman gave a ton of information on the classes and enemies being added, and stated this expansion is at least double the size of previous ones. I'm beyond excited to get my hands on all this content on August 29th.


Rivals of Aether - Guest Character - Ori & Sein
Rivals of Aether is a criminally underrated Smash-esque fighting game from Dan Fornace and his team. I cannot express how much I enjoy loading up Rivals of Aether and playing it with some of the smash community here at LAN Mob. I also cannot stress how much I love Moon Studios' gorgeous "metroidvania" style game Ori and the Blind Forest. NOW I GET TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME THIS SUMMER.


However you may feel about DLC/expansions, I'm pretty happy to revisit my favorite game worlds without having to wait for a full sequel. Obviously there wasn't just DLC announcements, there was plenty of first looks/world premieres that were plenty exciting.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Hey, speaking of Ori! I can't say this one was a huge surprise for me, but it doesn't make it any less awesome. They even presented the trailer with the original game's composer Gareth Coker playing the beautiful theme on the piano. Unfortunately, there no release date just yet.


Dragonball FighterZ
There was a reveal trailer, but this gameplay video definitely shows off more of what has me so excited for this one. DragonBall Z 2.5D 3v3 developed by Arc System? Yes. Please.


A Way Out
This one was a huge surprise. I respect EA Games, even if a lot of their games aren't tailored to my own tastes. A Way Out is a narrative focused co-op game, following 2 prisoners attempting to escape, which is cool enough. To add to that EA has designed the game very specifically to play in split screen, so players can examine both perspectives which I thought was pretty innovative.


Metro Exodus
I'm not a huge FPS player, never really have been. However, Metro 2023 and Metro Last Light are easily some of my favorite games, and definitely my favorite single player FPS experiences to date. Pretty quickly into the Exodus reveal trailer, I realized this was a new Metro game and I couldn't help but light up. Apparently Exodus will feature nonlinear levels and the narrative will take place over an entire year. Man, 2018 needs to hurry up.


Monster Hunter World

This reveal seems to be pretty polarizing. Some huge Monster Hunter fans are pretty actively flaming this title for the apparent differences between Monster Hunter World and the rest of the series. Personally, I think change can be good, and why not reinvent the series for a big console release like this? The other side of the argument is "HOLY CRAP MONSTER HUNTER NOT ON A HANDHELD AND I CAN PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS AHHHHH. I'm probably sailing in that boat.


Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Okay, so on paper this sounds terrible. In fact, when it was being presented by Yves Guillemont and Shigeru Miyamoto I was still not very impressed. However, once they started showing some gameplay I was pretty intrigued. THIS IS MARIO X RABBIDS X XCOM!? The game looks genuinely charming and goofy, yet combat looks minimally complex enough to seriously make me excited about a game that includes the Raving Rabbids. What an age we live in. This is definitely in my top 5 games of this E3. I'm pretty excited to get ahold of this in August.


Anthem
Another monumental surprise for me, a new Bioware IP! After Mass Effect Andromeda I think people were a little hesitant to see what was next from Bioware, and a lot of E3 casters were predicting some new content for the Mass Effect title. Nope! Even though this is a pretty early look I think Anthem is a step in the right direction for Bioware. It's being compared to Destiny in some ways already, and even though we won't see the title until 2018, I'm excited to see if it's bringing some of that Bioware charm of old, or if we'll see something like Andromeda again.


Beyond Good and Evil 2
This is, by far, the best thing I saw at E3 this year. It almost feels like a dream, but I pinched myself enough to know it isn't. We're getting a Beyond Good and Evil sequel...prequel! Ahh who cares IM HYPED! If you don't know why you should be hyped...go play the original. It's seriously something special.

Outside of the three major pressers there's actually a lot of other reveals and trailers coming out of E3. Some of these are easy to miss or simply get forgotten amidst the massive release news from the three titans, so check out some of my favorites.

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Following SEGA's announcement of Yakuza Kiwami just recently, we got a release date and trailer for a Western release of Yakuza 6!


The Last Night
Tell me that doesn't look gorgeous.


Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
This is a weird one, but you gotta give it a bunch of credit for being unique. Where The Water Tastes like Wine isn't a brand new E3 reveal, but we got a bit more insight to this strange game from Serenity Force and Dim Bulb Games. WTWTLW (haha) is best described as a collection of short stories themed around The Great Depression. Each character has a story to tell, and each character was written by a different writer. The player takes control of a hobbo. I don't know; it looks interesting.

The End is Nigh
Edmund McMillen's new game! Looks...well looks like one of his games!

Ashen
I'm hoping this one doesn't get drowned out in the mainstream hype. This game was revealed right during Microsoft's press conference and is being called a "dark co-op RPG adventure game". I can definitely get behind this one.

Ruiner
Devolver Digital is easily becoming one of my favorite indie game developers of all time. I feel like they're always cranking out quality games and Ruiner doesn't look any different. I've also got a huge soft spot for twin stick shooters.

PS - If you didn't watch the Devolver Digital Conference go check it out. It aired pretty late, but trust me you don't wanna miss it. It was something special.

Griftlands
You know how I said Devolver Digital is becoming one of my favorite indie devs? Welp, Klei Entertainment would probably hold that title right now, and that's because of their steady supply of unique games like Griftlands. Griftlands is an sci-fi action RPG with that beautiful Klei art style I've come to love.


Ooblets
Ooblets is a charming looking Harvest Moon/Pokemon title being developed by 2 people in a studio called Glumberland. You basically grow your Pokemon like creatures in a garden and help them nurture and grow and take place in turn based battles out in the world. You can also decorate your home and garden similar to Animal Crossing. The game looks adorable, to say the least, and Double Fine thought so too, since they're publishing it!

There we have it, folks. This is definitely just a small sample of the massive amount of technology being displayed at E3 2017, but these titles definitely have me the most excited. While these are my favorites, there is a lot of other games for all sorts of players as well. I certainly look forward to games like Metroid Prime 4, Mario Odyssey, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and even this year's CoD looks pretty good, but I'll save some of that for another time. Check out the rest of LAN Mob's staff E3 impressions as they are published this week! Oh also...

Monster of the Deep
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