Jstar’s Chronicles #28 – The Gamers Won E3 2017

In my 28th edition of Jstar’s Chronicles, I dive into recapping E3 2017, and how I felt about everyone’s conference/event.

MY TAKE: E3 2017

Now that it’s been said and done, with E3 over for the year, it’s time to recap the big games and how I felt about everything that was shown off and discussed.

Nintendo! Just amazing. I had low expectations as they were going to focus on 2017 games originally. Suddenly, I see a new Kirby for next year, new Yoshi for next year, new Core Pokémon RPG over a year from now, and the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 “Now In Development”. I was literally expecting just new details on games we already know about, which would have made this a pretty weak E3. With all of this info given out, I was simply blown of the water compared to what I was originally expecting.

Microsoft: I have to admit that I was interested in Project Scorpio (now Xbox One X) for the past year. I was really interested in how they would put 6 teraflops of power into a home console. When I saw what it was capable of, I was quite impressed. Games definitely looked gorgeous, and knowing that they’ll be focused towards 4K with HDR is really mouth watering to my eyes. As an owner of the PS4 Pro, I’d also love to see what they’ll be doing with 1080p players. I’m also amazed that original Xbox games will be playable on Xbox One in the future; a lot of people were requesting it, so I’m personally glad that it’s on the way. At a price of $499, it’ll be a hard sell for many, but considering that building

Sony: I wasn’t able to catch all of the conference, but I did notice that some of the bigger showed games were God of War, Spider-Man, and a remake of Shadow of the Colossus. People like to call it Sony’s “E3 2016 Part 2” as a lot of games they showed off last year are being looked at again. I was overall impressed and glad that these games seem to be getting pretty close to their release date, at least (most planned for 2018).

Ubisoft: I also had pretty low expectations for Ubisoft considering how they’ve had some conferences where games ended up looking lower-quality due to console limits. However, this year felt different with the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro out there. Assassin’s Creed Origins looked great, Steep DLC looked nice, Far Cry 5 looked great, the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle game may end up being great (or at least better then expected), and the CGI trailer of Beyond Good and Evil 2 looked… Well, fantastic, but I’m a little worried about it. I didn’t play the original (got it for free on PC though), but I’ve seen some complaints that the new trailer was way too vulgar for what it should be. I agree that it was just too vulgar period, but I guess I’m just not the audience for it? Either way, I’m glad that it’s a thing, as many people have wanted it to be shown off and given a confirmation that it’ll be on the way soon… I just hope that Vivaldi doesn’t kill it if they take over Ubisoft, if that happens.

EA: Eh, I also didn’t watch this conference and I’ve been told that it wasn’t that great. I’m personally hyped for Star Wars Battlefront I, as a fan of the first one EA outputted. I’m also interested in Need for Speed Payback as it’ll be taking advantage of the newest console hardware, and beyond that, not much else interested me. It was cool to see A Way Out and Anthem (from Microsoft’s E3 Presentation).

As for the other presentations, I don’t really have enough to give them their own paragraph, as I wasn’t interested in their conference to begin with. I know Devolver Digital had a ridiculous event that gave Adult Swim vibes, and PC Gaming’s… Like I said, I didn’t have much of an interest from the beginning. Bethesda as well; it seems that they annoyed people with their VR showing and Creation Club.

Overall, I rate E3 2017 a perfect 5/7. Ok, I’ll be serious; it’s hard to give this a real score overall. While I absolutely loved some parts of E3 this year, other parts were kind of “eh”. I think overall I enjoyed E3 this year, and can’t wait for the games that were talked about to be given more information on as the upcoming months pass by.

THIS WEEK IN GAMING

  • Nintendo Switch Firmware 3.0.0 Update Now Available
    • A much bigger update then you’d normally expect! The full change-log (straight for the link seen above) can be seen below.
    • Improvements Included in Version 3.0.0
      Added the following system functionality
      • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
      • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
        • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
      • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
        • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
      • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
      • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
        • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
      • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
        • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
      • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
      • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
        • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
          * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
      • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
        • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
      • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
        • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
          * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
      • Update connected controllers
      • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
        • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
          * User save data is not deleted
      General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:
      • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
      • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode
  • Medal of Honor Pacific Assault is free on EA’s Origin Client
    • Another decent “On The House” game from EA!
  • New Origin Features – Download Speed Management, FPS counter, and More!
    • Always good to get new functions and features for a gaming client many people use.
  • Team Fortress 2 Official Blog – Balance Changes
  • Steam Summer Sale is in two days according to PayPal
    • Get your wallets ready, as the sale is extremely close thanks to a PayPal tweet.

I’ll do my best to get another great “My Take” out on time for next week (or probably this week)! Until then, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you back here next time!

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