Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! Once again, ours was busy, thanks to a lot of big events lately — the biggest of which was my wonderful wife, Crystal Dragon’s birthday! Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday! Of course, E3 was also last week, and we recorded a couple of videos to celebrate the exciting games conference. Plus, I have more impressions to share about each big press conference.
So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!
Video Roundup – Pandas at Play
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Nintendo E3 Spotlight Impressions & Reactions
To start off the E3 fun, Crystal Dragon and I recorded our impressions and reactions directly following Nintendo’s Spotlight presentation. This is our second video recording in a brand new style we’re experimenting with, in which we have an on-screen, more ad-libbed discussion. It’s definitely different for us, but we hope you enjoy our enthusiasm and excitement for all the new upcoming Nintendo Switch games! Please let us know what you think of our new style as we move forward and if you’d like to see more of it!
This next video is actually pre-E3 and covered our predictions going into Nintendo’s Spotlight event. How many of our predictions came true? How ridiculous were our guesses? Even though we now know what happened at E3, this video contains our wish list of ideas for the Switch. As long as they haven’t yet happened, it’s something we hope will happen! This is our first video with our new on-camera style, so we’d love to hear what you think!
Snipperclips Co-Op Part 10 – Rock-a-Bye Blobby
In Part 10 of our co-op Snipperclips playthrough, we continue our scientific field trip into uncontrolled chaos and silly science! We deal with red and blue jeans… err… blue genes and insomniac Blobbies. Do we have the science tools to put Blobby to sleep? Find out what this Nintendo-published puzzler is all about, and why we’re so enamored by it! This is one of our personal favorites and perhaps funniest episode so far so be sure to check it out, especially if you haven’t seen any of the playthrough already!
As always, you can start with the above episode or find the full playlist starting at Part 1 – Stabby Sticks here: http://bit.ly/2nFmc5v
I shared our Nintendo impressions in both video and written form above and in this post. Although I spent most of E3 following and writing about Nintendo content, I also checked out all the other major press conferences. Here are my impressions and some game highlights from each E3 presentation!
If I hadn’t seen E3 in the last couple of years, I think Sony’s press conference would have been amazing. Unlike Sony’s previous press conferences, this one had a clear focus on showing games, of which there were many. The downside is they were all games we had already seen last year. Sure, we now have a vague early 2018 release date for most of them (we’ll see if they make them), and the trailers looked great. But other than a Shadow of the Colossus remake reveal and a gorgeous Monster Hunter World trailer, the conference lacked that surprise factor that made us all drop our jaws in previous years. I understand the business decision to reveal all these games early on to get people to buy a PlayStation 4, but as a result, the show felt like a rerun. Also, out of all the games that have been revealed in past Sony conferences, I’m disappointed we didn’t see anything from the Final Fantasy VII remake. I reiterate that this wasn’t a bad showing, and I enjoyed seeing gameplay for Spiderman and Detroit. I just couldn’t help but feel a little empty once it was all over. Sony still has a great future ahead of it, but it’s really testing my patience with some of these games.
Originally posted here: http://www.darkstation.com/features/grading-the-show-e3-2017-sony
Microsoft’s press conferences tend to follow a tired formula of shooters, sports, and racing games, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a diverse lineup of (timed) “exclusives” and “world premieres.” There were some genuine surprises, particularly the Life is Strange: Before the Storm prequel that I’m now extremely excited about. I was also surprised to see things like Dragon Ball Z FighterZ, The Artful Escape, Super Lucky’s Tale, and the gorgeous new Ori game. One of the biggest points was the unveiling and price point of Xbox One X. Name jokes aside, I think it will be a decent console, and backwards compatibility with Xbox 1 (seriously, these names…) is icing. Although I think a lot of the new games should please Microsoft fans, there was little to convince me to want the Xbox One X. At least conference-wise, the show kept my attention for nearly two hours, which is a definite point for Microsoft.
Originally posted here: http://www.darkstation.com/features/grading-the-show-e3-2017-microsoft
This year, Ubisoft put on the best press conference it’s ever had. That’s not actually saying much; I haven’t really been impressed by any of its previous showings. Regardless, this one had a lot of heart, from the excitement of Shigeru Miyamoto appearing on-stage to show off the Ubisoft-developed Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle to the finale announcement of one of the most long-awaited games, Beyond Good and Evil 2. My excitement upon these two games’ official reveals made up for other lowlights, like the annual awkward Just Dance presentation. Seeing everyone on stage crying with excitement over their games’ lineup was a beautiful sight, and I could truly see the passion they claimed to have. Overall, while not every game was interesting to me, the overall presentation brought a smile to my face.
Originally posted here: http://www.darkstation.com/features/grading-the-show-e3-2017-ubisoft
EA & Bethesda
I’ll be honest: I don’t really follow these companies. Both EA and Bethesda make solid games that are loved by many. I just haven’t really gotten the opportunity to get into them. Hopefully, in Bethesda’s case, it will change with Skyrim coming to the Switch. Not only am I looking forward to try the huge open-world game on my portable hybrid console for the first time, but I’m excited to use my Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo to get a costume for my character. It was a big Nintendo moment for Bethesda’s conference, and I noticed. EA has FIFA ’18 coming. I’m not too interested in the soccer title, and even less so since it appears to be a gimped version of what’s coming to other platforms.
Thank you so much for reading this special E3 edition of Weekly Panda Roundup! On Thursday, I will be uploading a review. And next week, my wife and I will be taking a little vacation, so there will be no posts or videos. We will hopefully still get up our weekly episode of Snipperclips, but otherwise, we’ll be taking a brief break. Thank you for your support and understanding!
Have a great week everyone! Until then, see you next time!
How was your weekend? What games are you playing? What did you think of the videos? What did you think of Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and others’ E3 big press conferences? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading and watching!