I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets) and It’s led me to this decision. Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.
Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.
Cuphead on Xbox One’s ID@XBOX
When it comes to the argument of video games being art, There were a few games at E3 we can now point to and have validation in that argument. Cuphead is one of the games. You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life, and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games. It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom, If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately. But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic. It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art, This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony. This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game, I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4
Horizon Zero Dawn
Another strong candidate for Sony, The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony. Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3. Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid, In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out. I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it. I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one. I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead. But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system. This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites. There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption. Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One, Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game. Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.