I felt pretty good about yesterday’s Microsoft press conference for the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo. While I’ll admit that there was nothing that truly blew me away wholesale, what did get my attention was a nice, even spread of titles and announcements that caught my interest and have me eager to find out more.
By contrast, Sony’s press conference — which just wrapped about 20 minutes ago as I type this — offered fewer games I was interested in overall, but I think some of the ones I am interested in packed a bigger punch. In the end, it made sorting Sony’s stuff a lot easier.
But with that said, there’s a certain level of disappointment here, too — not because anything that caught my eye isn’t good or exciting, but because three of my Top 5 were on last year’s list as well.
The Top 5
Detroit: Become Human
We got to see this one last year, and it looks as intriguing as ever. One element I like is how you’re playing as an android, and the myriad paths you can take are depicted here as like a map you might expect to find in a computer brain of all the different possibilities and outcomes. I hope that aspect features in the game itself.
Shadow of the Colossus
Well, when you’ve finished a game like The Last Guardian, I guess you need to take something of a break. I never got to play the original, for one reason or another, so maybe this will incentivize me to finally go for it when it comes out.
Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter is a world and idea I like and have dabbled in, but have never really been able to commit to as I would like. This one is coming to Xbox One as well, and I believe PC later; will this finally be the time?
God of War
As I said last year, for one reason or another, Kratos’ legend as seen in the previous God of War games just never quite grabbed me. But this? The more I see of the god slayer as a father — potentially even a disappointed one — intrigues me. Will this be the game that finally pulls me in to the long-running series?
This, oh this. I am more interested in this than the above four games combined. Sony made a stellar choice in how to close out the show; heck, I don’t even think it was a choice. If I saw this trailer and was setting things up, I’d probably have put it on last before even looking at anything else.
I’ll admit a little disappointment that we saw no new Sunset Overdrive from Microsoft’s conference or a new Ratchet & Clank here, but if this is the reason why, it’s entirely forgivable.
Watching this just felt like watching an adventure, almost like an all-new Spider-Man movie unfolding before our eyes, but one that you can clearly control. I’ll admit, though, that there were a lot more Quick-Time Event (QTE) prompts spread throughout than I’m comfortable with, but the timing on them looks pretty generous, so I’m okay with that for now.
But man, this could do for Spider-Man what the Arkham series did for Batman — which, if I recall, is more or less the intended effect. Even so, as much as I do love the Dark Knight, this could potentially click with me better. Watching Spidey use the environment to his advantage in all sorts of ways, sort of like Batman but different, has me hoping that there will be a lot of opportunities to come up with various unique solutions to all sorts of encounters in the game (not unlike some of the crazy stuff you can do in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild).
Once again, here we have the stuff that didn’t quite make the cut for the Top 5 for one reason or another.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
You’d think this would rank a lot higher on my list, and in truth, the game itself is right up there with Spider-Man for me. The only reason it wasn’t is because the game was already announced a while back, and aside from a bit more of the story and character confirmations (and Zero, woo!), I don’t feel it really showed us much “new.” So I’m stoked for the game, but it wasn’t quite a top highlight of the showing.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
I’ve still never played an Uncharted game, and I still need to remedy that. One more for the pile, I guess, though this looks like it may serve well as a new jumping-on point for the series.
Some neat stuff was shown here, but I don’t own a PlayStation VR, I’m probably not going to be in a position to get a PlayStation VR any time soon, and even if I was, I don’t think my gaming area has the sufficient space requirements for a safe, proper PlayStation VR experience. So hey, cool stuff, maybe I’ll get to try some of it at my brother-in-law’s house sometime.
If you’d like to watch the whole thing for yourself and tell me what has you excited in the comments below, then you can check it out right here:
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