Ubisoft, Square Enix and Sony at E3 2018

Monday yielded impressive showings from both Ubisoft & Sony, but Square Enix had an unremarkable day. In fact, I think Square should feel a little embarrassed after their 30 minute ‘conference’. Ubisoft and Sony however, had pretty good briefings.

Ubisoft’s was typically ‘Ubisoft‘. It had dancing, live music, and a cameo from Nintendo’s lovable Shigeru Miyamota. The Division 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey both impressed with strong gameplay demos, but the star of the show was definitely Beyond Good & Evil 2. The CG trailer was breathtaking, and we even got a glimpse at pre-Alpha gameplay. It still feels like the game is nowhere near finished, but I’m fine with an annual E3 update until it’s ready.

Sony’s somewhat awkward conference was boosted by some of the best game demonstrations I’ve ever witnessed. Spider-Man and Ghost of Tsushima looked incredible, but my favourite was The Last of Us Part II

The 10+ minute demo was both heart-wrenching and stomach-curling. I’ve long been a critic of TLoU’s hyperbolic praise simply because I didn’t enjoy the combat; which is what comprised most of the game! However, this demo shows Ellie deftly navigating the environment with a lightness I didn’t experience in the first game (nor any other Naughty Dog game to date). This, coupled with a seriously mature tone, has put The Last of Us Part II in my top spot for ‘most-anticipated games’.

I NEVER would have guessed I would have such a change of heart on the series, but that’s the best thing about E3; every game gets a clean slate. A new chance to wow the gaming community. An opportunity that Square unfortunately scoffed at!

All that’s left now is to see what Nintendo has up it’s sleeve…

Best wishes y’all.

Sean

My Two Bottle Caps

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