... Is it over?
Oh, thank god.
E3: a three-day (some would say four-day) event that comes once a year which may as well be classified as every video game enthusiast's Christmas come early.
We'll be honest though, not everyone here at GameGulp is overly fond of the event. This may seem as heresy to some but look at it this way: when compared to other conventions such as the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) which showcase playable demos and are open to the general public, E3 is a closed event wherein game developers wear fancy suits, puff up their chests, and blow hot air in the media's faces in attempts to get senpai to notice them... kind of like political elections.
And just like political elections, the hot air that gets blown all over us comes in zeppelin-like proportions: hardware that is overhyped and overpriced, games in development which will either be released too soon or within the following decade, and most of all, shiny trailers that have been heavily altered and resemble nothing like the finished product.
Yes, aside from the assurance that there will be people talking about video games, you should probably treat everything you see at E3 with as much scepticism as a person handing out free money.
But free money is free money, and you cannot totally ignore E3 since it is about as subtle as a laughing hyena dressed as a clown. But the hyena this year still managed to grab our attention long enough for us to see it perform some tricks that we found quite interesting and would like to tell our friends (that's you, dear readers) about.
Here are the tricks that we found most amusing at E3 2016:
Just click on the title to check out their videos.
Capitalizing on everything that made the first game so unique and fun, Dishonored 2 stood out from Bethesda's line-up of games not just
because it gave us a glimpse into a world that we cannot wait to revisit, but also
due to the fact that it gave us some actual gameplay instead of just a
pre-rendered CGI trailer.
The company's press conference had a good fifteen minutes of gameplay where you control Emily, now a young woman and one of the two main protagonists in this sequel.
They also shed light on some of the story and showcased the series' signature art style that blends steampunk aspects with cartoon-like elements. But most of all, they showed us brand new powers that can be used in different and interesting ways in a world that makes full use of them.
Dishonored 2 is set to release on November 11, 2016.
Absent not just for months or years but an entire console generation, we were pretty sure that The Last Guardian was well on its way into the Half-Life 3 territory that
sits between "development hell" and "urban myth".
It came as a surprise to all of us then that the game is slated to come out not in the next year or decade, but on the 25th of October this year.
Still centering on the relationship between a boy and a strange hybrid creature named Trico, the game will share aspects similar to that of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, games that were helmed by Team Ico and Fumito Ueda, who serves as this game's director.
If you know nothing about the aforementioned games, all you need to know is that they involve a mix of puzzle-solving and platforming all while invoking the raw emotions of loneliness, companionship, and trust.
While looking a bit on the poor side in terms of graphics, The Last Guardian seems set to deliver an emotional experience even deeper than
what we went through just waiting for it to be released.
God of War takes on Norse Mythology
Apparently not content with just killing off the Greek gods, Sony-exclusive angry man Kratos has set his sights on murdering an all-new mythological genre in the new God of War game titled... *sigh*... God of War.Â
Focusing on a more humanized and less violent (though still homicidal) main character, God of War's trailer features an over-the-shoulder camera, a child companion, and gameplay that feels slower and more methodical than previous releases.
Plus, Kratos has a full beard now, which makes him look less likely to stab you with his absurdly sharp goatee and more likely to give you makeshift weaponry for Christmas.
For more on the game, check out our full article HERE.
Still not over his obsession with naked and scantily-clad people, Hideo Kojima returns with Death Stranding, a game that apparently involves whales, babies, and finely-toned buttcheeks.
These buttcheeks in question belong to actor Norman Reedus, once the star of the now defunct Silent Hills game, and it seems like the two (Kojima and Reedus, not the buttcheeks) will be working together to make this the spiritual successor to the aforementioned cancelled game.
What makes this one worthy of mentioning is that we know absolutely NOTHING about this release. Aside from a trailer that gives impressions that are so fresh and new so that it stands out from the sequel crap that usually fills up most of E3, Death Stranding is an enigma just waiting for conspiracy theorists to pick apart.
That s a wrap!
And that's it, everything
we loved at E3 2016. There were countless things that we didn't touch on:
various titles that were announced, VR games that MAY live up to what they are
promising, and a certain remaster of a certain franchise, but for the most part
these were the things that we thought stood out the most.
What did you enjoy most about this year's E3? Let us know in the comments!
To see more in-depth discussions of the games that were announced this year, check out the rest of our articles that cover the event!