I’ve mentioned this before but I think I’m coming around on not having a dedicated E3. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bombastic energy from the 5 days and the rush of announcements is always fun. As I’ve said, it’s like Christmas for gamers.
Still, there’s so much that happens that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with new stuff and potentially miss something. Without E3 this year, it has allowed companies to spread their content throughout the summer. So instead of a five day rush, wee get pockets of excitement at a constant clip. It’s been kind of nice having new events to look forward to rather than have a news drought from the end of June through August.
As you may or may not have known, both Sony and EA had their “E3ish” events recently and naturally, we have to discuss. Here are my thoughts on both.
One this event was over, the only though running through my head was that it was safe and somewhat predictable. I was joking with my buddies earlier in the day about what EA would be showing and I nailed like 90% of the presentation. I think the only thing I really missed was an official Dragon Age 4 reveal. Overall, the show lacked surprises and excitement.
Now, it’s entirely possible that this isn’t EA’s fault. We’re basically at the end of one generation and only a few months away from a new one. Most likely, most of EA’s studios are head down on next gen projects that really aren’t ready to be shown. In fact, they showed early prototype footage kind of hinting that’s the case.
On the other hand, perhaps the company is a bit gunshy these days about showing something off too early as a result of what happened to Anthem. It really wouldn’t surprise me.
I was a bit surprised that EA basically made Star Wars: Squadrons the main centerpiece title. It looks fantastic and has way more depth than you’d expect from a budget game, but of all the multiplayer modes in Battlefront 2, I rarely touched the space battle modes. Outside of that, they touched on everything familiar like The Sims 4, Apex Legends, some indie games, and basically confirmed that Skate 4 is happening, though it’s super early in development.
Again, it was a fine event, but lacked excitement and was fairly predictable. EA has some cool stuff cooking, but you’ll have to wait for it.
Sony and the PlayStation 5
Bravo Sony! Now that is how you generate hype!
To me, Sony knocked it out of the park with it’s totally not E3 event. It’s almost like they took a page from Microsoft and dropped all the fluff and just kept it focused on games. Spider-man Miles Morales opened the show in the best way possible with a cool looking trailer and the reveal it’s coming this holiday season. Likely a launch title for the PS5.
We also got a new Ratchet & Clank, which impressively showed off the speed of Sony’s custom SSD chip as they zoomed through rift seamlessly and instantly. It was very impressive and it’s Ratchet & Clank so that’s already a big win. I called an Insomniac Double feature in my prediction post, so I’m pretty thrilled.
The often rumored Demon’s Souls Remake was also confirmed and coming from the masters at Bluepoint. It already looks crazy good. Resident Evil Village, a bunch of indie games, the wild looking Ghostwire Tokyo, another look at the intriguing Godfall, Deathloop gameplay, and a new Capcom IP that looks like Dead Space and Death Stranding had a baby.
I’d also like to call out Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a game which I expected nothing from and now I’m like beyond intrigued by. Destruction Allstars, a game which has a name that’s dangerously close to PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale, also looks fantastic. Give me a destruction derby game where you can drive fast and crash cars…I’m in.
Let’s see, they ended the show with Horizon: Forbidden West, which we all expected, but what I didn’t expect was how amazingly gorgeous the game is. As someone who loved the first game, I’m 100% on board. I selfishly wished it was a launch title but it’s not coming until next year so we still have a little wait.
Okay, let’s chat about the “one more thing” moment, where Sony surprisingly showed off the PS5 console itself. I honestly expected a subtle evolution of the PS4, but what we got was actually a two tone big boy! It’s tall and a bit thick, has tall white sides with a black console wedged between. It’s striking, futuristic looking, and modern. Just like the Series X, it also spawned a wave of memes, which was fun to see.
As the end of the day, how consoles look don’t matter to me so regardless if we’re talking about the internet router or the big fridge, I could care less. What matters most to me is how these systems perform and the games they have. I’d love whisper quiet consoles that are well made and have awesome games to play. I feel like we’re heading in that direction.
We’re only a few months away until we know for sure. Still, it was a great show from Sony and I can’t wait to see how Microsoft responds in July. It’s going to be fun!