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Let's Talk E3

E3's big press conferences are about over. These are the games that impressed me the most throughout this weekend. Which games stood out the most for you? Which developer had the best conference?
1Anberlin
Never Take Friendship Personal


DEATH STRANDING - The best moment of the Playstation conference was when Hideo Kojima made a surprise appearance. Considering that Metal Gear Solid is one of my all-time favorite game series', it's no surprise that anything with this man's name attached is going to catch my attention. The teaser for this game showed no gameplay, and had very little in the way of plot development...but MAN, was it pretty. Very cinematic; very Kojima. And it got me VERY hype. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJJWwz0GQsY
2Billy Talent
Billy Talent


HORIZON: ZERO DAWN - Ever since hearing about this game, I've been really curious to see what it's all about. I love the juxtaposition of low-tech tribal warriors fighting big sci-fi machines, and it looks like there may be a "Planet-of-the-Apes"-esque plot involved (wherein past humans created the world that is so grueling for current humans to live in). The gameplay that was shown off makes me really excited to play it...but I dunno if I can get past the main protagonist's voice. I suppose I expected her to have an accent of some sort; instead, she sounds like my nephew's middle school gym teacher (to tell the truth, the voice acting on the whole is, from what I've seen, pretty dodgy). Oh well...will still buy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15btv_VxM5c
3Gang Starr
Moment of Truth


INSIDE - Limbo was an absolutely superlative game that really helped showcase how deep and creative indie gaming can be, and man, what an experience it was to play! If the teaser for Inside is any indication, Playdead intends to push indie gaming forward once again. I'm completely down to see if they succeed. Best part is, I only have to wait two weeks to play it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxYu84uQ7Xo
4Jimmy Eat World
Futures


THE LAST GUARDIAN - It was to worldwide fanfare that Team ICO revealed last year that this game wasn't dead, and gave us a gameplay teaser to prove it. This time, we get a trailer, with a reveal of the world, and boy is it ever as awe-inspiring as the studio's first two games! Environment and scale have always been key elements to Team ICO games, and this one is no exception--the first time I saw the game's world from overhead in this trailer, I was done. I don't have a PS4, but this (and FFXV) would be reason enough to get one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL2zzgW6YOo
5The Presidents of the USA
The Presidents of the USA


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD - Two words: CONSOLE. SELLER. This game wins the E3 press conferences, IMO. I watched the trailer, and it took my breath away. Gorgeous visuals that are reminiscent of Skyward Sword, a massive, beautiful world, and a story that looks to be about uncovering how the world ended up in the state its in--I'm sold. Completely. The only thing I have to wonder is whether it will actually feel like a Legend of Zelda game; right now, it's giving off real Team ICO/thatgamecompany vibes, with the lonely exploration of huge environment where you don't quite know what's going on. To tell the truth, however, that may be advantageous--this looks like the most ambitious Zelda title in the entire series. Here's a link to the trailer (no pun intended), but you should check out the full Nintendo Treehouse video, where they play the first part of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rPxiXXxftE
6The Roots
Game Theory


SEA OF THIEVES - Sea of Thieves could be this year's Rocket League. All the other games on my list are serious, character driven games. This one looks like pure multiplayer mayhem. I only just happen to catch this trailer while watching the livestream, but I'm glad I did--the game looks incredibly fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ueT7WiH1U
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