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From Guest Blogger: First Person Loser 

Once again, the E3 Expo has come and gone, leaving gamers salivating for the next year – patiently waiting for the upcoming releases.  My personal favourite presentations for this years E3 were as follows; Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda andUbisoft.

My battlestation is my PS4 Pro, so the Sony Conference was my stomping ground. Unlike the dazzler conference that Microsoft unleashed, Sony’s presentation was a lot more subtle, focusing in on quality over quantity. I was delighted to see an extended look at Naughty Dog’s ‘The Last of Us II‘ – it looks beyond stunning, and will hopefully live up to being a worthy successor. Another game I’m very excited to get my hands on is Marvel x Insomniac’s ‘Spider-Man‘! One of my favourite games of all-time is ‘Spider-Man 2: The Game’. When I was a kid, I was blown away with the sheer level of open-world free roaming that was screaming to be explored. I’m really hoping that this Spider-Man game is a more advanced version of that concept. Also, that REmake trailer announcement though. Wow. I didn’t think that Capcom would follow through but damn, that Resident Evil 2 remake looks super sweet. Resident Evil 2 is like, the quintessential survival horror experience, and I’m so hyped to see it being masterfully recreated to terrify the masses all over again.

The main event for me was Kojima Production’s unveiling of the new ‘Death Stranding’ trailer. I can’t explain how excited I am to experience this game. Finally, Kojima unleashed – safely away from the bullshit train-wreck is Konami. There is ZERO rhyme, reasoning or explanation as to what’s going on in ‘Death Stranding‘, and I’m completely okay with that. We’re so used to getting spoon-fed information and storylines to keep us interested, that there’s barely any excitement or suspense anymore. However, with Death Stranding, Kojima has the gaming world standing to attention, waiting to consume every morsel of information that he feeds us. The visuals in this game are looking beyond spectacular, I’m so stoked to see what Kojima has in store of us, and the music… hopefully goes without saying that it is incredible. Kojima’s music taste is so thoughtful and gorgeous. I’ve attached the trailers soundtracks below, so do yourself a favour if you haven’t already and add these gems to your playlist. They are so beautiful and cinematic.

TRAILER 1 / Low Roar – I’ll Keep Coming
TRAILER 2 / Low Roar – Easy Way Out
TRAILER 3 / Silent Poets – Asylums for the Feeling

Some other E3 highlights for me were the reveals of DOOM Eternal and Wolfenstein Youngblood. Apparently Youngblood is to serve as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein 3, which will be the closing chapter of the current trilogy. Youngblood follows B.J. Blazkowicz’s twin daughters Soph and Jess, as they hunt for their missing father in a Nazi-occupied 1980s Paris. Whereas with DOOM Eternal, you are the DOOMSLAYER, taking your vengeance against hordes of Hell. DOOM Eternal is promised to deliver the ultimate combination of speed and power, along with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.

“For the past two years it’s been so inspiring to hear you talk about what you’d like to see next – and I gotta tell you, we’re right there with you,” said Creative Director Hugo Martin during the BE3 Showcase. “You want the DOOM Slayer to feel even more powerful? We’ve got it. You want even more badass demons? There are twice as many in this game. You want to see Hell on Earth? We just teased it. But what we’re most excited about is showing you some of the things that you might not be expecting.”

DOOM and Wolfenstein are two of my all-time favourite franchises, and I’m so relieved that their current incarnations are so true to their roots and celebrate their legacy. Also, more Mick Gordon shredding.. which is always rad. I loved the trailer for Ubisoft’s BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2. If you haven’t played the original, then you need to do yourself a favour and experience it. It’s an incredible storyline and the game itself is addictive. BGAE2 is a prequel to the first game, so it’s not necessary to have played the original previously.. but I’d highly recommend it. Ubisoft continued their winning streak by showcasing some more footage of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I absolutely adored AC Origins, and I’m hyped to see what happens with Odyssey as it already looks EPIC.

I’m super stoked for Dying Light 2 and Gears of War 5 too. Dying Light was a bit of a sleeper hit, and is renowned by the gaming realm as one of the best zombie games around. Dying Light 2 seems to focus on the world-building a bit more than the original by showcasing an immense, varied open world experience. RAGE 2 looks awesome – I was disgusted with lack of recognition that the original received. It wasn’t the perfect game, but that didn’t stop it from being an awesome post-apocalyptic first person shooter with killer driving/racing mechanics. Just think of Mad Max 2 having a baby with Fallout and Borderlands, and then you’ve got RAGE. I’m excited to see what Bethesda has up their sleeve with Elder Scrolls VI, but it’s still to vague to focus in on. However, I thought that their Skyrim skit with Keegan-Michael Key was ingenious – you can find it here, it’s a must watch.

What were your highlights for this years E3? It wasn’t as mind-blowing as previous years, but it was still had its fair share of whopper moments. EA’s conference was universally panned… I tuned out the minute I released there wasn’t going to be any Mass Effect news. What were you hoping to see announced? What disappointed you? Let me know in the comments!

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