So….last week was a doozy.

The dust from E3 2015 has since settled in the Los Angeles Convention Centre, and we are still reeling from the aftershocks, all the way in sunny Singapore.

Bombshell after bombshell after bombshell – it was arguably one of the best shows in its 21 year history. Never has it hit so many high notes.

But there can’t be highs without the lows, and like in true geek fashion, the Geek Culture fellowship convenes to discuss what sizzled and what fizzled after being bombarded with 3 days of non-stop cray-cray.

It was hard to condense all that went down, but here are the best bits of that conversation.


WHAT SIZZLED

 

Jonathan Leo:

“Horizon: Zero Dawn”

E3 has always been about the new and the potentially exciting, and this one gameplay/story trailer from the Killzone guys worked well.

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You got robots in one hand. And dinosaurs in another. Now put them together and you get this.

“Microsoft Hololens demo”

Yeah, Minecraft looked really really sweet in holograms. Microsoft needs to figure out a release date for this, but as far as presentations go, this one was ace!

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How rad was the Microsoft Hololens demonstration of Minecraft?

Brian:

“Just Cause 3”

Square Enix managed to make this presentation look boring which was quite the feat. But if you can look past that, the game looks excellent.

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Captain America could learn a thing or two from Rico.

“NieR Project”

I thought I already had enough hype for one day, then this jolted me awake at like 1AM. Also, Platinum Games’ involvement.

So Nier, yet still so far off (Sorry, I had to do it).
So Nier, yet still so far off (Sorry, I had to do it).

“Also, a cautious honourable mention for Xbox One’s backwards compatibility”

I like that they’re finally doing it, but now it hinges on what 360 titles receive said compatibility.

Christmas came early.
Christmas came early.

Adan Jimenez:

“The muppets of Shigeru Miyamoto and gang”

If you thought that thing was amazing, finding out that the Henson company was involved in creating them is just sheer delight.

Dirty8:

“Destiny: The Taken King Expansion”

How much OMG can you put in a reveal trailer. Lots! New classes, locations, strikes, raids, loot, weapons, ships, levels. *breathe*

It better stars Liam Neeson.
It better stars Liam Neeson.

“Star Wars: Battlefront”

As a Battlefield fan, this looks fun. A watered down battlefield experience. No spotting, squads etc. But the modes look good. Who doesn’t like co-op survival modes. The graphics are pretty as pretty can be.

We know the force is strong with this one.

“Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4” 

Enough said.

New generation mud physics.
Next generation mud physics.

WHAT FIZZLED

 

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Jonathan Leo:

“Final Fantasy VII remake announcement”

It’s the beginning of the end for Square Enix in terms of generating new ideas. If its other announced games were out or at least will be coming out this year, this announcement wouldn’t be so damning.

Our favourite spiky-haired, moody, silent protagonist is back!
Our favourite spiky-haired, moody, silent protagonist is back!

Brian:

“The Last Guardian”

Nothing that hasn’t been seen before in previous showings over the last decade. And it frankly doesn’t look very fun at all. I can imagine the full game being an exercise in frustration.

Team Ico brings us a poetic story of a boy and his giant-dog-with-wings.
Team Ico brings us a poetic story of a boy and his giant-dog-with-wings.

Dirty8:

“Gears of War 4”

I confused this with the remastered version for a start. It looks that similar. At least try something new..

It's Gears - but set in Gotham City of the future!
It’s Gears – but set in Gotham City of the future!

“Horizon: Zero Dawn”

This looks interesting but we all know how Guerrilla games turn out. Look great, play like crap. This could bubble from a fizzle to a sizzle over the next few months.

We hunt machines shaped like dinosaurs in a post-post apocalyptic world.
We hunt machines shaped like dinosaurs in a post-post apocalyptic world.

“Resident Evil 7”

Where were you?

Perhaps TGS 2015?
Perhaps TGS 2015?

E3 2016 certainly has a lot to live up to.

We’ll see you then!


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