The 50-foot monster known as E3 is upon us. Every year is filled with ground breaking reveals, previews into upcoming games, and the occasional kerfuffle. But I’m not here to talk about E3! (That will be an article later this month!) Because of E3, my brain is all about video games right now. So I thought I would just make June a month dedicated to games! In the remaining six months of the year, I have a laundry list of games/goals I want to complete. So let’s tally them up and see where the score is at…
Play all that new hotness
While E3 is good at showing us some stuff for 2020, what about the games we already know about? I have a couple of preorders in already, and I waiting eagerly for me to crack them open and then wait patiently while my PS4 downloads all them thic files. Games like The Sinking City (Lovecraftian detective creepathon), Control (bizarre-world shooter), Borderlands 3 (massive cartoon shooter) and Hideo Kojima’s new IP, Death Stranding. And that’s not discounting all the exciting indies dropping across multiple platforms!
But my Nintendo Switch gets some love too! Both Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokémon Sword & Shield come in summer and fall. These are two of my favorite franchises, featured on a home console. I can catch and battle wild Pokémon on my big screen! Plus Fire Emblem’s unique blend of fantasy tactics and melodrama is kind of a sweet spot for me.
Hello, Mr. Backlog
My backlog is quite hefty. I’m putting the finishing touches on Platinuming Days Gone before moving onto Rage 2. But I also have a million indie games (Tacoma, Firewatch, What Remains of Edith Finch, Void Bastards, Paratopic and Night in The Woods) all queued up. I generally like to play these little indie games in-between 50 hour monsters like Days Gone or Assassin’s Creed. A few of them will be perfect fall/Halloween games. I also have the Dreams beta, Ni No Kuni 2, the Uncharted games, Fallout 76, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5. It’s a wealth of games, but I don’t have a wealth of time. I’ll of course dive into them when I’m not adulting. Which is like 67% of the time.
Write about them games
One of my writing goals for 2019 was to do more freelance work. I want to write more non-fiction pieces about games! I’ve read a lot of stellar game journalism this year (see my interview with Alex Kane) and it made me realize how much I enjoy doing it. I’m writing a review for Days Gone that I plan on sending to a couple of venues to see if they’re interested. My passions change by the day, but I never stop writing.
Do you have any gaming goals? And as we gear up for E3, do you have any wild predictions or wishes?
I know this is a author website but I can’t help but be excited for E3. So if you can forgive me for this diversion, I’m going to geek out for a minute. The biggest video game convention of the year was packed to the gills with incredible announcements and news from nearly every developer. I decided to write this up to make sense of all the awesomeness. I’ve also decided to exclude games that have releases too far in the future (new Elder Scrolls!!! Cyberpunk 2077!!!) to try and narrow the list down. So here is the list from least to most.
5: Dying Light 2
The first Dying Light was a underrated game. Developer Techland has announced that this game will be bigger and better in every way. They’ve updated the combat system and added some RPG elements as well. If the developers are to be believed, then choices will really matter for this one. I’m very excited to see how it all plays out.
4: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
I just platinumed Assassin’s Creed: Origins earlier this week and finished that game out very excited for whatever Ubisoft was going to do next. The updated combat and traversal elements made the grind of the previous games into something truly magnificent. Just like Dying Light 2, Ubisoft Quebec has promised an addition of more RPG systems. I’m excited to Spartan Kick some people off some things when this game drops in October.
3: Metro: Exodus
Russian post-apocalyptic first person shooter. Resource management and mysterious monsters from unknown places. I played the Metro games when they were remastered and I enjoyed them immensely. The gameplay trailers showed a beautifully desolate world that also looks very dangerous. I’m ready to kill some monsters as soon as this game drops.
Ummmm… This game looks insane on every level. A Spider-Man game with a Batman: Arkham combat system and a story that looks like it matches with the best of what Rocksteady conjured up. The complexity and speed of this game looks to be everything I could dream of in a superhero game.
1: The Last Of Us Part II
This is the big one. Anyone that owns a modern PlayStation is beyond excited for this sequel. The Last of Us is a masterpiece. Harrowing. Brutal. If I had to pull a non-gamer into this pixel world, The Last Of Us would be the game I would load up. The gameplay we saw shows a game that has doubled up on the violence and darkness. Sony has been on a role lately. Spider-Man comes first. Then this one. It’s going to be a good year.
That sums up my E3 favorites. There was a lot of incredible looking stuff floating around this year. It’s a great time to be a gamer.