Today’s inbox reacts to Microsoft’s packed E3 conference briefing, as readers also spill their thoughts on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
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Lots of exciting third party games at the Microsoft E3 briefing. But not enough in the way of first party or next gen stuff for me to consider jumping ship from Sony. But I guess E3 next year will be far more revealing.
Two things stuck out for me. Firstly game pass is just getting stronger and stronger. It’s already a bargain but to announce games like Metro Exodus and Hollow Knight are now available and that a game like Outer World’s will launch on the service take it to a new level.
Currently I’m rocking a gaming PC and PlayStation 4 Pro. Think I’ll go with a PS5 and PC next gen and get all my Microsoft first party games on game pass now it’s on PC.
Second was Cyberpunk 2077 release date. I guess it needs to release on current gen to recoup it’s development cost. But releasing seven or so months before the next gen I hope we see a next gen version at launch. I feel playing that game on the current gen will be a little compromised.
SC: A next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 feels pretty much confirmed at this point. Microsoft’s conference didn’t feel like the home-run many perhaps expected though.
Jedi: Improving Order
I’ve just watched the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay video from your article. I have played through The Force Unleashed 1 & 2 and Battlefront 2 and at first I thought this was just more of the same but I must say the combat looks like a major improvement – more Dark Souls-y.
I really liked Respawn’s Titanfall 2 single player so I am looking forward to this. Bruce Wayne from Gotham was a good choice too
Johnny Alpha SD
Currently playing Battlefield V story campaign and Elite Dangerous
SC: The trailer shown in Microsoft’s conference looked far more promising so we’re clinging onto hope still, and Titanfall 2. We’ll always cling to Titanfall 2.
Take a bow, Keanu
While I don’t think Microsoft hit it out the park by any stretch, I thought they had enough new games to warrant getting excited about the Xbox, even if we still haven’t seen many from all the studios they’re buying.
I’m fascinated by the Blair Witch reboot, although I was more excited it was a new Outlast before the movie’s name came up. Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge all look great too.
It was surprising how few surprises there were though, with most things having leaked months in advance. At least we have Keanu Reeves though, which will go down as the best celebrity appearance at E3.
SC: Keanu Reeves managed to avoid the cringe trap plagued by celebrities at E3. He’s a true miracle.
All the Rage
I was going to write in to say how much I was enjoying Rage 2 despite the mediocre reviews.
That was until my last save game wiped out my vehicle, I had just finished the base where you get the second nano augmentation.
I saved my game outside the base and when I reloaded to play again my vehicle was nowhere in sight, but there were now two of the rolla type cars inside the base. Loading the autosaves didn’t help, I seem to have lost the truck I started with permanently.
This is a major bug, I know I could just start over but what’s the point when I dont know if the next save game is going to load my vehicle.
I’ve been back to the starting point but there’s no sign of it I’m gutted really.
Days Gone, not wasted
Recently purchased Day’s Gone and to be honest I’m finding it pretty good despite all the average reviews it’s had.
I have certainly played far worse games and I started gaming back in the Atari 2600 days, I have high hopes for the expected sequel as let’s not forget the original Uncharted wasn’t that great of a game. In fact, some would probably say it was mediocre at best but the sequels that followed it were superb, and of course we had The Last of Us from the same studio, so here’s hoping.
Nintendo, to the rescue?
After seeing Microsoft and Bethesda’s underwhelming conferences, I’m now pinning all hope on Ubisoft and Nintendo to deliver some genuine exciting surprises.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for Cyberpunk 2077 and Doom Eternal, and the new game by Tango Gameworks looks interesting. But it feels like we’re at that weird transitional period where we’re very far away from the best games around – with everyone keeping cards close to their chest.
I’ll just hope Splinter Cell actually happens and I’ll retreat to my den.
SC: Is your den better than the skeleton basement? GC is hiking up the rent and we might have to resort to piling up loans for all the releases in November.
I think it’s only just settled in how empty this year’s E3 feels without Sony. Whether you like them or not, their showings always carried some of the most exciting reveals – and Microsoft’s didn’t really capitalise on swooping up their thunder.
Do you think Sony will casually drop news bits while E3 is happening? We’ve already had the announcement for Death Stranding’s release date, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they drop some more news about The Last Of Us: Part II randomly over the next few days.
They might want to save it for PSX down the line, but it would be a pretty impressive power move if Sony announced something while the bluster of E3 is happening.
With all this talk about Stadia does GC think they’ll shoehorn VR via google Daydream. Not sure of the technicalities, but is it possible to stream to a headset?
I enjoyed playing the latest God of War, but I found the ending a bit low key 😉
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