I had originally planned to write this post as a round-up of yesterday’s Ubisoft’s E3 2016 press conference. But when I woke up this morning and reviewed my notes of ALL of yesterday’s events, I realized focusing on Ubisoft would make for a very short post.
So, instead, I am going to cover Ubisoft, Microsoft, and Sony. If you missed my roundup of Bethesda’s press conference, you should go read it. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Back? Good. Let’s get started.
Disclaimer: While I am an Xbox fanboy, my bias has nothing to do with Xbox vs PlayStation as a console. Actually, for me, it comes down to the controllers. A byproduct of hemophilia is arthritis. And after years of bleeds (Do I even need to remind you of the tree that fell on me?), I have arthritis in my hands. The slight difference in size between the Xbox and PlayStation controllers (PlayStation’s are smaller) means I can sit and game for hours on the Xbox, but am lucky to get an hour on a PlayStation before my arthritis kicks in.
That being said, because of my hemophilia, my income comes from social security and ad revenue from this blog (please, turn off your ad blocker). So as I watched Microsoft’s press conference and the Sony’s, I based my opinion on one simple fact: “Is this enough to convince me to buy their console?”
Microsoft unveiling the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio had me on the edge of my seat, but not nearly as much as State of Decay 2. Designing my own Xbox One controller is kewl, but I’m concerned with the cost per controller as I don’t see these remaining at the $60 price tag a Play and Charge controller currently is (I have just learned, the new controllers are $80 without your gamertag engraved on them, $90 with). I love, LOVE, Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative. If you missed it, Play Anywhere will allow you to purchase a digital copy of a game for the Xbox One and receive a copy for your Windows 10 PC free. Then, you can start playing the game on the Xbox, and then stop and start playing right where you left off on your PC. You can play with Xbox gamers who don’t have a PC or even PC gamers who don’t have an Xbox. To me, this is how it should be for ALL games.
Where I felt Microsoft failed was the lack of Backward Compatibility. Look, I understand, 360 games coming to Xbox One is largely dependent on the individual game publishers; but at the same time, from an outsider’s point of view, it feels like Microsoft isn’t pushing hard enough for more games.
Sony also had a strong showing this year. Detroit: Become Human looked simply stunning; and for me personally, I like the idea of playing as an android detective. What got my attention was Days Gone. But then, as the trailer first started playing, I was thinking “Ah, The Last of Us 2, pass (I didn’t enjoy the first one like so many of you).” Even at the end of the trailer, Days Gone looked interesting but simply not enough for me to buy a PlayStation 4 (PS4). Horizon: Zero Dawn, while awesome looking, just isn’t a game I see myself dedicating hours upon hours to.
PlayStation VR, specifically Batman Arkham VR, looked AMAZING. On the other side of the spectrum, Ubisoft’s VR looked like the 90’s VR you played in your mall’s arcade. Arkham won my heart and I was ready to start saving for a PS4, until I saw the price of the VR headset. With a $400 price tag on a PS4 and a $400 price tag on the headset, Arkham didn’t bring enough to the table to warrant me saving for 18 months (about what it takes for me to save that much money).
In the end, in my opinion, neither Microsoft nor Sony won E3. Both had great shows and amazing offerings, but not enough to outshine each other.
Ubisoft, the company I fully expected to run roughshod all over E3, even considering Bethesda’s amazing showcase, only really gave me two pre-order must-haves — Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Watch Dogs 2. For Honor could be a sleeper hit, but I’ll end up getting it on sale and I wasn’t impressed with The Division when it first came out, so the DLC was when I jumped up to pee and refill my coffee. I loved Watch Dogs, and the sequel will come out right around the time I’m finishing up Fallout 4’s Nuka World, and I’m sure I will spend many a day and night hacking the hell out of n1njr.
Well, there you have it: my round up of E3, excluding Nintendo (I didn’t even look at their press conference). As I said yesterday, Bethesda owned E3. But Ubisoft gets my gaming money for the next year.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comment section below.