The Best of #E32016, Day 1

So I covered Xbox’s abysmal opening.  What about the rest of day 1?

 

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Last year, this was only a trailer, one that promised the player the ability to tackle the same problem from multiple angles — either direct action, manipulation, espionage, things like that.

And now, we have some more.

And then some gameplay

 

We even have plot: SpecOps taking out Bolivia and the drug dealers. And the graphics are almost exactly what the CGI trailer looks like.

However, it’s not showing off the multiple level approach to each promblem that was promised in early trailers, but other than that, I’ll take it.

And for the record, multiplayer is only an option. It has four player co-op at most.

And then, time to find some brave new worlds.

Yes, VR Star Trek.  With Levar Burton, Karl Urban, and Jeri Ryan. Yikes. Not bad for just a stage reveal.

And then, something from a while ago… For Honor

It’s … basically a hack and slash? But it looks shiny as heck.

And then there was … this.

Sigh. They should tone down Watchdogs 2. It’s coming off as way more pretentious than it has any right to be.

Granted, the world and the graphics look GORGEOUS, but then again, a AAA game had better look like this. If they screw up this time, this is a dead franchise.

Changes from the first game? Well, they’ve added parkour to make it more dynamic, but they’re still apparently using a politician as a bad guy. Again. Also, An evil social media network rigging an election?  Are we kidding? It feels like this theme is being driven into the ground.

We can hack vehicles this time.  Oh yay.  [I’m sorry, my eyes rolled so hard, they nearly fell out of my head.]

And our heroes are anti-Establishment hackers? Funny, I thought that anti-establishment lefties were  the establishment of San Francisco.

Yes, I know that Ubisoft is run by the French, but this just takes the pretentiousness to a whole new level. “Oooh, a hip young black guy who comes with his own iPod mix. How trendy … For the 1990s.”

PLAYSTATION


DAYS GONE

Okay, on the one hand, another zombie game?

On the other hand, the tone of the trailer is different from most zombie games I’ve seen.Then again, I halfway expected this to be another Walking Dead game.

Then, to my great surprise, there was this.

A God of War game that looks interesting, and I don’t even like the series. It seems that after Kratos, ghost of Sparta, is done with his vengeance, he tries to settle down and be a person. Good luck, dude.

Horizon Zero Dawn looks even BETTER than last time.

Detroit Become Human

How very Blade Runner. I don’t know how you become human in Detroit, but I try not to inquire too closely.

Batman Arkham VR

This is just an announcement, but it’s worth it just to listen to Mark Hamill chew the scenery.

VR Star Wars X-Wing VR missions

Wow, this looks amazing. Sadly, it’ll probably suck, just like the last Battlefront did.

Then there’s this … Farpoint  … no, I don’t know what this is about.

 

And finally, guess what film is coming up.

 

About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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