So E3 begins this weekend, kicking off on Saturday at Noon Pacific (3pm Eastern) with the big Press Conference from Electronic Arts. But today I want to take a look back at the things Paul and I were hyped about and excited by from last year's event and see what has come out and what we might hear more about this year.
Mass Effect Andromeda - I almost feel bad talking about this one. It's one of the few that have actually made it to release. But I think we all know about the crazy issues they've had since launch. Which is a shame, because the game looked so promising and good. Hopefully Bioware can recover from this and it doesn't spell the end of the Mass Effect Franchise.
Visceral's Unnamed Star Wars Game - One of the most welcome surprises from last year was a tiny clip of an Unnamed game Visceral is working on for the Star Wars universe. This is something we *REALLY* want to hear and see more about this year. If I'm going to be honest though, I don't expect this game to come out for another 2-3 years.
Prey - Another game that actually has seen the light of day since E3. I don't feel like it's lived up to the hype of its E3 Trailer. Seriously, this thing looked amazing. I'm not sure where things went wrong, it seems like a decent game, just not something that blows your socks off.
Elder Scrolls Legends - Bethesda enter the Collectable Card Game arena. I played in the Beta and the game was decent. A mix of Magic: The Gathering mechanics with some of the simplicity of Hearthstone, all with the flavor of the Elder Scrolls universe. It just launched and went live, and is completely free to play. So go check it out if card games are your thing.
Sea of Thieves - Still one of the games I'm most looking forward to. It's currently in a long-running series of "Technical Alpha Testing" as they add more features and polish to the game. I can't wait to see the updates Rare has for us surrounding this game on Sunday's Microsoft press conference.
We Happy Few - This game is currently in Early Access on Steam. It's been there since shortly after last year's E3. I wonder if we will hear and see more of this title? I wouldn't be surprised if we don't, but would definitely like to see more from this incredibly interesting looking game.
State of Decay 2 - Another one that's not out yet. The official website still says it will be released in 2017, so expect an update to this one at E3... unless something has gone horribly wrong.
South Park: The Fractured, But Whole - Speaking of things going horribly wrong. This game had hit so many delays... it's currently slated for an October release, so again I expect to see big coverage on the E3 stage. We will find out on Monday.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands - Another one that hit its mark and got released. Oddly, I've heard almost nothing about the game since it came out. I have no idea if it met the expectations given by the stage gameplay trailer. The only review I've really seen of it is Yahtzee's, so take it with something of a grain of salt.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Go figure the Call of Duty game that we found the most interesting ends up being one of the "worst performing" Call of Duty games in history. There've been a couple months where Black Ops 2 outsold Infinite Warfare... which is a shame.
Days Gone - This was one of the highlights of E3 2016, and it's already shaping up to be one of the most looked-forward-to updates this year as well. It's due out by the end of the year, so expect it to get a much bigger focus by Sony. They've already said it's coming, so we look forward to hearing and seeing more Monday Night.
Detroit: Become Human - Another amazing looking surprise from the Sony camp. Still due in 2017, so expect more teasers for this one. It almost won a couple awards at E3 last year (losing out to Horizon: Zero Dawn), so they know they have something going for them here.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Arguably the best game released so far this year. It's also the only game I've ever heard of that has outsold the console it's played on. Seriously, more copies of BotW have been sold for the Switch than there have been Switch sales. It's absolutely insane how much Nintendo hit this one out of the park. It's literally the only thing I personally want to play for the Switch... but it's not big enough for me to want to buy a Switch to play it. (Bring over that Seiken Densetsu anniversary edition, Nintendo!)
So yeah, we've seen a good chunk of things. Of the stuff we were excited by, we're basically right at 50% for seeing them released. Mass Effect, Prey, Elder Scrolls: Legends, Ghost Recon, Call of Duty, and Zelda have been released (6 games). Visceral's Star Wars, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, South Park, Days Gone, and Detroit have not (6 games). And We Happy Few is in Early Access... the weird limbo in between.
What are you looking forward to seeing at E3? Is there a game you're waiting to hear more about? Do you just want to be surprised by something new? Let us know in the comments below.
** CHOP'S eSPORTS GAME OF THE WEEK **
As we swing into the second week of the LCS, I've got another two games for you.
Friday June 9th @ 6pm Eastern - Phoenix1 vs Cloud9 - A battle of what were 2 of the top 3 teams from last split. They both should be poised to end up in the top 3 again. Just a matchup of two really good teams.
Sunday June 11th @ 6pm Eastern - Counter Logic Gaming vs Team SoloMid - El Classico. I will never not recommend watching this matchup. I may not be a big fan of either team, but this is a grudge match. The teams hate each other. There generally tend to be crazy bets on the line. The crowds go absolutely nuts for this matchup. It just makes for a great thing to watch.
Hit up the LoL eSports site for the best places to catch these matchups.