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SH S5E11: Tomb Raider Review
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GH33 – PUBG and SteamWorld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 lands, PUBG bans, and Sony slams… okay, so Image & Form’s latest SteamWorld game has hit Switch and Steam with PS4 to come, Player Unknown’s Battleground starts having banning issues and trouble with streamers. Meanwhile, Sony has their Tokyo conference and announces new games including one that is already available right now! Plus, we talk a bit about other games including Project Octopath Travler and Metroid: Samus Returns.

01:15 – Seedi Retro Gaming Console

07:10 – Sony’s Tokyo Playstation Conference

17:15 – Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG)

29:30 – SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form hits Switch and Steam

44:00 – Playing Now: Injustice 2, Project Octopath Traveler, Metroid: Samus Returns

48:00 – Personal thoughts, our new video series, video game contest and more!

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GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch

Nintendo Direct brings tons of new games to Nintendo Switch including Doom, Wolfenstein, and more! We talk the return of L.A. Noire, the controversy around South Park: The Fractured But Whole, plus tons of Nintendo 3DS and Switch news including Pokemon Ultra stuff, Skyrim details, new demos, and the rest of the 2017 lineup! We also talk about an upcoming contest for Kansas City Comic Con tickets, our special Patreon video series, and a new video game tournament. So kick back, relax, and game on!

01:25 – L.A. Noire Returns + Switch

07:10 – 3DS Nintendo Direct News: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Kirby: Battle Royale, Minecraft 3DS, Mario Party: The Top 100, Metroid: Samus Returns, and more!

17:30 – South Park: The Fractured but Whole, plus some random MMO talk

28:20 – Switch Nintendo Direct News: Arena of Valor MOBA, Skyrim Zelda content, Doom and Wolfenstein II, Breath of the Wild Amiibo, Project Octopath Traveler, Super Mario Odyssey details, and more!

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The Strangest E3 Conference This Week

At their core, E3 conferences are meant to be press conferences. They are meant to tell video game magazines, sites, etc. about what is coming. However, the bar has been set higher in the past few years. Now, in addition to being press conferences, they also tend to be quite entertaining shows. There is a reason why Ubisoft brings in comedian and actress Aisha Tyler to host their conference. There is also a reason why Nintendo borrows Robot Chicken clips or actually uses puppets to supplement their conference. Both Nintendo, Ubisoft, and others know that they are not just broadcasting to the press anymore. They are also broadcasting to the general public. With all of this in mind, I would like to briefly discuss the strangest E3 conference this week, Square Enix.

What Was Strange?

I admit to being surprised at seeing Square Enix in the lineup. They are a large company that also encompasses the properties of Eidos. However, Square Enix does not usually have a conference. They tend to rely on EA, Microsoft, or another publisher to show off their games. With this in mind, I started to watch…

1. The very first title they showed did not have a title.

Square Enix showed off a number of upcoming games. However, the first one they showed did not even have a title. We were given a very brief clip that told us next to nothing about it. The clip gave no semblance of what sort of gameplay would be featured or even what the story was going to be about. After the clip, some of the development team popped up on stage but didn’t even bother to give us a name. A working title would have sufficed.

2. The head of development for the aforementioned game was wearing an odd maskThe guy in the mask

Ordinarily, in a conference like Ubisoft, this would not be an issue. It would just be part of the show. However, the fellow in the mask only introduced himself, said they were working on the game, and did nothing else. This lead me to believe that perhaps this guy did not want to be seen. If that is correct, though, then why did he come in the first place? Did Square Enix make him come? The mask distracted me from a presentation that was already weak with no title.

3. Everything was so formal…

hitman-io-interactiveFormality in a typical press conference is not a problem. But this is E3! Microsoft, EA, Sony, Ubisoft, and Nintendo all know that they need to do more than just talk about their products. They need to give us a show. With the exception of very brief previews (I’ll get to that in a minute) and the mask, there was no entertainment or very much to hold the audience’s attention. The developers got up before the crowds and spoke very seriously about their games. Some of them did not even seem very excited about the games that they were making.

4. What we saw was brief and not enough to garner attention.

With any sort of preview or presentation, especially with something that has not even been released, it is important to not tell too much. The Force Unleashed II had a good ten-minute making-of video that was released just before the game released. However, most of that video revealed too much of the plot, spoiling the surprise for the players. This is not the case for the Square Enix conference. They actually had the opposite problem. They showed and talked about too little.

Rise of the Tomb RaiderI have already mentioned the game with no name. However, this idea of showing very little was prevalent throughout the conference. The Rise of the Tomb Raider was also presented. Granted, other conferences had already showed the gameplay demo and the preview, but I expected perhaps a behind-the-scenes video. True to my expectations, they did show a video about how much detail was put into the creation of Lara Croft… But that was all they showed off before moving on to their next project. Although finding about all of the detail was interesting, I expected a video about why they chose the myth and setting for Lara’s new adventure or perhaps what they have changed in gameplay. This clip was too brief and did not talk about the components of the game that I wanted to hear about, albeit story and gameplay.

On A Positive Note…deusex

Although Square Enix’s presentation was strange and oftentimes very brief, they had plenty of things to be excited about. Kingdom Hearts III looked to be fairly far along in production, the new Hitman game looked very ambitious and exciting, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided seems to greatly improve on Human Revolution, and then there is that Final Fantasy game, the most renowned in Square Enix’s franchises. Their presentation was not terrible, but it was odd. One would be curious to see if they present again next year.

 

The Strangest E3 Conference This Week