Friday Debate: E3 was only successful at hyping certain games

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E3 is over and done with. It was largely hailed as a successful event, and our guys had a fantastic time there. If you haven’t seen all our coverage of everything that happened in LA, then you really need to head over to our E3 hub and check it out.

I went into E3 excited to see what would be announced, but not overly convinced on any particular titles. I’ve come out with a few solid favorites. Assassin’s Creed Origins looks like a return to form for the franchise, and I’m super amped to play it at the end of the year. But I’m super sad that it releases on the same day as Shadow of War, which I’m also far too excited about – how can I choose between my two loves? Surprisingly, I’m also really sold on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle; when I first heard about the game’s concept it sounded like utter tripe, but I think it’s actually going to be an incredible, fun and deep game.

Of course the guys had other favorites – Super Mario Odyssey won our overall best of E3, but these were all the titles nominated for awards:

  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Spider-Man
  • Vampyr
  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  • Skull and Bones
  • The Crew 2
  • Extinction
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
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I know it’s really different being at the expo itself and going hands on with games, so I would probably trust their judgement even more. But hype also impacts each of us different – certain games just resonate more with certain fans or gamers.

So what about all of you? Did E3 help create hype for you this year? Which titles stood out from the expo and which ones sorta fell flat?

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Last Updated: June 23, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    XCOM 2 expansion!

    • Original Heretic

      Man, I need to play more of it! Barely scratched the surface of the game so far.
      Out of all the games I got recently (after my replacement), I end playing the cheapest one of the lot the most, Darkest Dungeon.
      X-COM 2 needs more love.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Hmm. I’ve been eyeing Darkest Dungeon for a while.

        • Original Heretic

          HIGHLY recommend. If you enjoy strategic, turn based combat RPG’s, it’s a must.

  • Umar

    Most excited for Evil Within 2. Really can’t wait to jump back into that world.
    Then there’s Ni No Kuni 2, Mario, Xexnoblade 2 and Danganronpa V3 coming. This year is JAM PACKED. I feel like E3 was mostly hyping up games coming next year, but there’s still a lot to look forward to in Q3 and 4

    • Hammersteyn

      Ni No Kuni 2 o/

      • Umar

        Game looks too good!

        • Hammersteyn

          We’re not worthy.

      • NO Ni No Kuni 2

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

  • Hammersteyn

    More laughs than hype tbh. Devolver stole the show in that regard and The XBOX OX name’s starting to look like a game of tic tac toes gone bad. Expected more from Sony, we’ve already seen most of their games last year. Think I’m most excited for Spider-man, but that could be nostalgia talking. Would lie if I said the Switch wasn’t a cause for some fomo.

  • Admiral Chief

    Vampyr for me

  • Skittle

    I don’t believe anything said and shown at E3 anymore, thanks Watch Dogs.

    • Hammersteyn

      Pre-rendered games everywhere!

    • lol

    • Magoo

      And dare I bring it up again, No Man’s Sky

    • Skyblue

      I’ll see your Watch Dogs and raise you…

      https://youtu.be/vupCgB8H9Og

  • MonsterCheddar

    ANTHEM!!!!!!!!!
    PUBG to XBonks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NEW METRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    o/

  • GooseZA

    Anthem and Vampyr

  • Admiral Chief

    The thing I’m most excited for is the Steam sale that is currently live

    • I looked at it last night and nothing popped for me.

      • Admiral Chief

        You need to DIG in, not just glance

        • Is XCOM-2 on there?

          • Admiral Chief

            Likely

          • Fuck you keeping me here for then! *Runs to sale

    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      Steam is life… Steam is life!

  • Original Heretic

    Days Gone, liking the look of it.
    Anthem is an obvious one, I think that blew everyone away.

  • Pieter Kruger

    LOVED E3!!! MS stole all the attention, brought great and varied games and FANTASTIC hardware –
    everything a gamer could ask for and more! These days they’re under promising and over delivering, keep it up, FOR THE GAMERS!!!๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

    • Umar

      So many varied games! Minecraft in 4K?? WOW

    • Hammersteyn
      • Pieter Kruger

        FOR SURE!! Look at all the Twitch/Mixer/Twitter/general Social Media stats, THE HYPE IS REAL! Cant wait for Nov 7th…….

        • Hammersteyn

          Ladies and gentleman, I give you, the world’s BIGGEST fanboi.

          • Pieter Kruger

            Don’t be so salty, your pony also had a good race, came in 3rd after Ubi & that’s totally acceptable considering….

          • Hammersteyn

            Sorry, meant the BIGGESTESTESTESTESTESTESTESTESTEST

        • Nintendo won the show dude!

    • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

      Hahahahaah Pieter, you’re a true comedian ๐Ÿ˜€

  • miaau

    Blah, blah, blah, fishpaste.

    I am forced to ask if these big trade shows are truly relevant to us, the gamer (or electronics geeks or whatever), in 2017. There are so many different, up to date, information sources out there for us to view at any time to find out what we want.

    Sort of like DSTV vs Netflix. Some of the same shows, but I can watch them when I want in the order I want.

    • Magoo

      I would say it’s more equivalent to watching a live sports match vs watching the highlights of the best parts already knowing who won.

      • miaau

        Hmm, I suppose so…

        I like that idea. It is a good analogy. (except for this “already knowing who won”, as there are no “winners” in the E3 gaming context, just different perspectives depending on the source information is retrieved from )

        It was, of course, my idea first, but somehow the page is broken and puts it under your post. Yeah… That is the ticket, right? Hmm….

        • Magoo

          I meant that you already know what you would have gone there to witness. End score vs game & tech reveals. It should be on top now with an upvote. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Magoo

    The hype for E3 announcements puts scrutiny on the actual announcements. Because E3 used to be so much better.

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