E3 Announcements to Look Forward to

Hello, my fellow geeky travelers!

Some early E3 announcements have begun to drip into our news feeds over the last few days, and I have already hopped aboard the hype train. Bungie has announced Destiny 2: Forsaken which is a new DLC slated for a September release date and Ubisoft has already shown (after the leak) their new Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey logo. I am interested in learning more about these games, but I want to see something new. Here are some of the games that I’ll be looking into and you should too.

1. Core Pokemon RPG

 Source: The Pokemon Company (Pokemon.com)

Source: The Pokemon Company (Pokemon.com)

 Source: The Pokemon Company (Pokemon.com)

Source: The Pokemon Company (Pokemon.com)

Game Freak and Nintendo have already begun talking about future games in the Pokemon series. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are new Nintendo Switch titles that will compliment Pokemon Go on your mobile phone. While these titles seem fun, I want to see more about the future of core RPG titles that Pokemon Company has talked teased.

How many new pokemon will be coming? Are we going to be in a new region? Will they revert to the old gym system or keep the Sun and Moon style of Trials. The changes made in Pokemon Sun and Moon are some of my favorite changes to come to the series since Gold and Silver's two regions. Sun and Moon featured a more streamlined system when it came to traversing the terrain and using HM style moves. I no longer had to have one pokemon that was primarily an HM "slave." Pokemon Sun and Moon were the last Pokemon games I played in the series. Sorry, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. I liked these games, but when I picked up my Switch, I didn’t want to go back to playing Pokemon on the 3DS system.

2. Spider-Man

 Source: Insomniac Games (https://insomniac.games/game/spider-man-ps4/)

Source: Insomniac Games (https://insomniac.games/game/spider-man-ps4/)

Sony and Insomniac first revealed Spider-Man to the public during the 2016 E3 Sony conference. We have seen several gameplay videos and cutscenes since. This year is going to be different.

Spider-Man has a scheduled release date of September 7th. This means that the game will most likely be playable on the show floor. Playable show floor games will get media coverage, and hopefully, they will be able to answer the most critical question that I have about the video game.

How does web swigging feel?

The Keyword there is “FEEL” if you couldn't tell that already by the bolded text. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero of all time, and one of his most famous abilities is the web swing. Spider-Man's movement is so important to who the character is. His acrobatic moves are apparent in every comic book and movie that has the heroes name. Spidey doesn't even have a heroic stand like most characters because he doesn't often stand.

Web movement is something that, when done correctly, feels natural and looks beautiful. Games like Spider-Man 2 (2004) did it very well while Spider-Man: The Movie did it terribly. The last game to do right by my web swigging standards was 2005’s Ultimate Spider-Man. The movement of my favorite superhero needs to be done right or not at all in my opinion.

3. Indie Games

 Firewatch, gone home, Super Meat Boy Thumbnails

Firewatch, gone home, Super Meat Boy Thumbnails

Spider-Man and Pokemon are great games to keep in mind when you think about the announcements that will be coming out of E3, but I want to see some fresh video game material. AAA titles will continue to come out and impress our eyes and ears. Then we will get indie games that will reach our soul. Indie titles have continued to blow me away as the years advance. Smaller developers make them with big dreams. Indie games display the point of what the developers are trying to say. An indie dev can tell you what they want by a direct means. No one is there to tell them otherwise. Some devs will put the story in the background of great gameplay.

The smaller developers remind me that video games are art. With drive and dedication, the smaller studios can put out genuinely fantastic game titles like Gone Home, Super Meat Boy, and Firewatch. These titles all came under the AAA radar, and after I sat down to play them, I was reminded to look at things differently. Keep an eye out for those smaller games because they might say something significant.