Jstar’s Chronicles #21 – E3’s On The Horizon

In this issue, I dive in what games will be really interesting to get hyped and excited for at this year’s E3 Conferences.

E3 2017 IS ALMOST HERE

As we approach the end of April, we also approach the arrival of E3 2017, one of the biggest gaming events of the year. E3 is almost always the event that all gamers wait for, and this year is especially going to be big for many. 2017 was the release of the Nintendo Switch back on March 3rd, and will be the release of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio in the Holiday season. This will also be the first E3 with the PlayStation 4 Pro/Slim and the Xbox One S being released to the public, as they released back in Mid-Late 2016. This makes this year the first true year that we’ll be seeing large performance/graphical upgrades and boosts, almost like a new generation all together. However, for once, it won’t be.

Both Sony and Microsoft have said that their new consoles will feature full backwards and forwards compatibility. This means that all Project Scorpio and PS4 Pro games will also run on Xbox One (S) and PS4 (Slim). While this does mean that more gamers get to play games, this may also introduce some limited capabilities for future consoles. Depending on requirements put into place by Sony and Microsoft, they could limit how developers in the future could use the extra power found in the newer consoles. As the Xbox One had about 1.31 Teraflops of power, this is very measly compared to Project Scorpio’s 6 Teraflops. Games can take advantage of better power, but also have to keep in mind of gamers on the Xbox One. They have to make sure that their game still plays fine on hardware released 4 years beforehand, similar to the PS4 (although the boost is smaller and the original hardware was more powerful).

With the Nintendo Switch in play, games that were playable on Wii U are not playable directly on Switch, as the architecture is very different. This means that games will have to be re-programmed to work on Switch. Otherwise, the Switch may end up in a similar place to its competitors as it has successors arriving.

The Switch, PS4 Pro, and Project Scorpio will be taking the stage this year, which will allow developers to directly show off improved graphics and performance compared to most games seen at the last E3 event. This may also be the first time where 4K and HDR really own the stage, which both of which are sadly not directly useable on the Nintendo Switch at the moment (even though the processor supports it, example the ‘Nvidia Shield’ micro console gaining support through an update).

Off of the top of my head, here are the games that are almost guaranteed to blow me away:

  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
    • This is self-explanatory. I adore almost every Super Mario game I play, and this is very likely to be no different.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2 EA (Multi-Platform)
    • I enjoyed the first EA title quite some, and this looks to be even better. I’ll be amazed if it releases on Switch.
  • Splatoon 2 (Switch)
    • I absolutely loved the first Splatoon on Wii U, and based on the Global Testfire that I played, this looks to overall be even better. As a big fan of the gameplay, events, and story, this looks to be a home run in my book.
  • ARMS (Switch)
    • It’ll be extremely close to launch, but it’s likely to still be shown off somewhere at E3. This is a game that I’m very close to accepting into my life, but only close.
  • Any Surprise Hit from Nintendo (Switch/3DS)
    • I know of a new Kirby game. I know of rumors coming out of existence. I know that Nintendo will have something up their sleeve. This is that area. Whether it’s Animal Crossing/Pokémon/Metroid/F-Zero/AAA, it’ll be something that will take E3 2017 by storm.
  • New Bethesda/EA/Ubisoft/AAA Games (Multi-Platform)
    • There are always some games we don’t expect to be shown off at every E3. It always takes the crowd by surprise. Almost always.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (Multi-Platform)
    • I wasn’t a big player of Kingdom Hearts when I was younger, but I absolutely love the story behind it. Seeing the few minutes of this game over the past few years has kept my hype maintained, but it’d be incredible if this was not only shown off, but if they went all-out and revealed it’d be released sometime next year, most likely late next year. I’m calling it now.
  • God of War (PS4)
    • This was barely shown off last year, but man does it have me hyped up. It looked insane and must have been on PS4 Pro dev kits, even if it (PS4 Pro) wasn’t even announced yet. The story looks to be very promising and while I also wasn’t a big player on this when I was younger, this still looks like something I can jump into. My PS4 Pro is anxiously waiting.
  • Destiny 2 (Multi-Platform)
    • I almost got the original Destiny back when it was brand new, but went for Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World instead (good decision at the time). However, I’ve always been interested in the development and progression of this game, and now that this game has been confirmed for PC, this simply has me even more hyped for the potential this game can have. It’s a shame that PS4 will get DLC earlier, but it won’t matter to me while I grind this bad boy to the local retirement center.

Let me know what you guys and girls think about what is planned and is speculated to be shown off at this year’s E3 conferences/events.

GAMING IN THE NEWS

There’s a pretty darn good chance I’ll have a game review out and ready by next week… what game, you may ask? Well, you’ll have to find out when I do it. :p

Other than that, thanks for reading, and I’ll check back with you guys next week! See ya until then! 🙂

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