GGE3: Opening Ceremony

Sup conventioners (I’m going with it)

Welcome back to GGAL!

Get ready folks, cause I am totally wrapped up in the hype of E3 and I will be bringing you along on a little convention of my own. That’s right kids! The next couple of days is gonna be GGE3, so from now until the end of the weekend, I will be giving you guys metric ass-loads of  got gud content.

But before I get into that, I just wanted to let you know that I have finally finished my last ever exams! That means that all I have left is one itsy bitsy 8500 word Business Analysis Report and then I will be completely done with my Masters. You see folks, it looks like your humble blogger is good at everything, well maybe I’m not good at humility… because I’m great at it.

Anyway back to everyone’s favourite, non- just made up convention of the year, GGE3 (I’m so great at branding).

So what have we got on show for you in the next couple of days? GGE3 will be broken down into four articles, today I’m gonna share some of the things I’m super excited for, next i’ll talk about some of games that I’m low key excited about, then we will take a look the three console giants and the vibes I get from them after their respective shows and to conclude will be the keynote; a classic GGAL style analysis of one of E3 2018’s biggest headline games.

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Hope Nintendo whips out this bad boy

So without further ado; lets get into the HYPE! And there was plenty of it, way too much to go into everything in detail. Last of US Part 2 looks stunning, from the game play trailer I definitely feel that it hit all the right tones for what seems like a really satisfying emotional experience. Kingdom Hearts 3 has made, what I think is, a masterstroke for a game with so many Disney IP’s in that it’s implementing the theme park attractions into the game play, so I think it’ll be a ton of fun. Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee looks to be everything I could hope for from a mainline Pokemon game moving into a new gen console; as a huge Pokenerd since Crystal back on the Gameboy Color, this is a big deal for me. Finally, before I get into my absolute top three, Elder Scrolls 6 (fan girl squeal)! To be honest, as much as I can’t wait for another Elder Scrolls, I know this ones gonna be a while so I’m gonna try and temper my hype.

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Song of Storms just came on

 

Now for my podium picks:

Number 3: Assassins Creed Odyssey

It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in the world of Ubisoft’s flagship games, this is mainly because I was extremely disappointed in Assassin’s Creed 3 and that experience has tainted my opinion of the series for a while (I hold grudges). Having said that, this game feels like it may be enough to bring me back, after all Assassin’s Creed 2 was one of my favourite games of the last console generation. As an RPG fan, I love that the series seems to be bringing in more of these role playing elements while the impactful choices is another feature I love. But lets get real for a second, the biggest draw for me is the setting, I love Ancient Greece. As a kid it was my favourite subject and I just loved the whole mythology around it. I loved reading about it, watching movies and of course, games like Age of Mythology and Spartan Total Warrior wasted many a weekend. So for the first time in a while, I’m excited about Assassin’s Creed again.

 

Number 2: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Lets be honest, you can’t have Git Gud in your name if you’re not a fan of the SoulsBourne games, and wearing my “Got Gud” badge, I can proudly say that I am a big fan boy. So when I saw FromSoftware’s new title Sekiro; I was genuinely salivating. Now, they’ve made it very clear that this is not a souls game, and watching the media that has been released for E3, I can definitely see that this will be very original. As a half-Japanese dude myself, I am very pleased with the mythical Japanese setting, it absolutely looks to have FromSoftware’s signature style.  Miyazaki (the lead developer), claimed that they made the distinct choice of having the protagonist be a ninja rather than a samurai and you can feel the difference in the players mobility which is far less rigid and grounded than previous titles. The prosthetic arm looks interesting for game play variation, and you can definitely understand how ambitious the studio are and sense their determination to take their formula to new places. But the important thing is that formula is still there, as was mentioned in the E3 interview, “you will die a lot” and frankly, that’s music to my ears.

 

Number 1: Fallout 76

To anyone that has been reading GGAL or knows me personally, it really isn’t a surprise to say that I love Bethesda’s work. Both the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series have been some of my favourite worlds to immerse myself in. They are games that have allowed me to truly lose myself in the experience. But the one thing that I’ve always wanted was to share this experience with friends; enter Fallout 76. Bethesda have always stayed in their lane when it comes to massive, single player experiences so when I heard that 76 would play entirely online, I was shocked. The idea of exploring an epic setting (and at 4 times the size of Fallout 4, epic is the right word) with a group of buddies, taking down packs of Deathclaws and raiding eerie vaults; excited doesn’t even begin to describe it. Base building will be back and I feel its a feature that’s more at home in a multiplayer setting where there are more options for both attacking and defending. Interestingly, there will apparently be no NPCs at all in the game, all characters who you come across will be real players which make me very curious for the narrative and interaction choices that will be made. Also nukes. So yeah, Bethesda are certainly taking a leap of faith with this game but if it works (and damn do I want it to work) then limitless possibility will finally become multiplayer.

 

That’s it for today, but GGE3 has only just begun and we are gonna see loads more E3 related contents coming in the next few days so stay tuned and Git Gud

GG Everyone

 

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