Microsoft [E3 2017]

We should all know that while I’m a huge fan of PC gaming, Microsoft lacks appeal for me when it comes to the Xbox. This year’s press conference led off with a decent start, with the reveal of the Xbox One X – a name I’m also not particularly a fan of. I’m not here to talk about the console, because frankly while 4K is cool, and amazing, and all of that stuff, I think there are better things to focus on for the time being. The games are why I sat through this conference, and I’m really pleased with the outcome. Minimal, if any at all talk of sports, and racing, and there weren’t even many games I zoned out on. Unfortunately, even with how amazing some of these games appear to be, I’m still just not going to go run out to buy an Xbox One.

I love me some first person horror, and Metro: Exodus is the next step forward from Metro: Last Light. Changing pace, Exodus takes the game above ground, and will see a year in change of seasons as the game progresses. Metro: Exodus will release in 2018.

No one is surprised that Assassin’s Creed: Origins was announced today; the game looks incredible, it looks fun, it looks like a huge step forward for Assassin’s Creed, but for me it’s a huge step backwards. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate gave us the option to play as a female (spoilers, actually two!), and that made the game my favourite in the series. I’m not demanding a female only protagonist,  but the exclusion of a female once again from the series is disappointing. To have given us that option, and then taken it away hurts a lot. It’s so rare that I’m unhappy with a lack of female protagonists; it’s something I usually never care about, but Syndicate was so incredible, and Origins looks incredible – I just don’t think I’m going to be giving it much thought. Ubisoft figured out how to animate females, and then forgot, apparently.

Anime Souls! Wait, no… Code Vein. Coming from Bandai Namco is a post-apocalyptic vampire future dystopia that looks like all of of my dreams come true. Code Vein is a co-op RPG, with almost character action/hack-and-slash style combat. Coming to PS4, XB1, and PC in 2018, I’m super keen for Anime Souls.

It’s the 1930s style of Cuphead that appeals to me more than anything; releasing on September 29, Cuphead is a run and gun platformer with one of the best game aesthetics I have ever seen. Cuphead will be playable on PC and XB1.

If you missed out on my thoughts on Life is Strange, you can check that out here. If you know my thoughts on Life is Strange, then it shouldn’t really be a surprise that I’m pretty keen on a prequel. This isn’t the Life is Strange 2 we were expecting; LiS 2 is still in production by Dontnod – Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a three episode prequel from Deck Nine, and as the title states, explores what happened before the storm. We’ll finally get more Rachel Amber, and I’m hopeful I won’t be let down in the same ways that I was from the first game. Life is Strange: Before the Storm’s first episode will release on August 31 on PS4, XB1, and PC

Surprise! It’s more Anthem! I spoke about my hype for Anthem briefly yesterday, and today we were blessed with a look at the gameplay. What definitely feels like the next step up from Mass Effect: Andromeda, Anthem gives us customisable exo-suits, jet packs, and co-op, but we also have the option to play on our own. Because of the multiplayer aspect of the game, there’s concern about what kind of story we can expect; it’s a Bioware game after all, and Bioware tells incredible stories. Time will tell, and I guess it’s best to wait for more information on the narrative of Anthem before falling entirely in love with it, but Bioware remains to be a company I have faith in.