We came, we saw, we played, we got severe sunburn on our feet. Well, at least I did because I’m an idiot who only puts sunscreen on 95% of his body. Other than having feet the color of plums for the entire show, I had a hell of a time at my first ever E3. Yes it was loud, crowded, and chaotic, but it was also probably one of the greatest three day stretches of my life… ever. Obviously it can’t compare to my wedding or the birth of my children, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t close behind those monumental life moments.
From getting to meet industry icons like Neil Druckmann and Victor Lucas, to seeing and playing a slew of amazing games, it was 21 hours of pure joy. The sheer spectacle of it all is something that I’ll never forget. As I try and digest it all and choose which moments stood out the most to me, I realize that by attending the show in person I probably saw less games than I would have if I had been at home on the couch watching the countless YouTube videos of gameplay, but seeing as many games as possible isn’t what going to E3 is all about. But I did manage to pick out 3 games that I either played or saw lengthy demonstrations of that stood out from the rest of the pack and are my Games of the Show.
From the behind closed doors demonstration that we got for this game, I don’t think it’s an understatement that this game could very likely end being the best that developer Insomniac has ever created. Through a combination of stunning visuals, amazing cinematic quick time sequences, and fast paced combat that seems inspired by the Arkham series, this game is ready to set the bar for what comic book based video games can be. If the entire game is as good as what was shown this week, it’s already an early contender for Game of the Year for 2018.
Detroit: Become Human
Developer Quantic Dream are experts on crafting interesting narratives in games. With previous titles like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, they’ve managed to push the limits of interactive fiction. Their newest game takes place in a future where androids have begun to rebel against their human masters and you take on the role of several of these androids, from one that is investigating the phenomenon of androids becoming self aware, to one who is leading the fight for equal rights between humans and androids. The gameplay mechanics may be familiar, but the story is incredibly interesting and will hopefully once again force players to make some difficult decisions.
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is the perfect blend of nostalgia and fresh ideas. It both reminds you of classic 3D Mario titles such as Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, and turns the series on it’s head with weird and wacky new concepts. You’re once again rescuing Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser, but this time you need to get past his army of evil wedding planners first. Yep….. that’s what I said. And the new mechanic of being able to toss your sentient hat Cappy onto various enemies to take control of them is an exciting and neat gameplay mechanic. I think if any game has the potential to give Zelda a run for it’s Game of the Year money, it’s Odyssey.
I never would have imagined that after 3 days and countless games, I still feel like I could have spent a few more days at the L.A. convention center before I saw everything, although I don’t think my body could have held out that long. E3 2017 was an absolutely unforgettable experience that has reenergized both my love of the games industry and my excitement for what we do at Mega Dads. I hope that this is only the beginning of our starting to attend more of these events and expand the type of coverage that we can do. That L.A. traffic on the other hand….