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I think the reason why Square is so far behind for me is that while FF7 is probably the game I'm most excited for overall and maybe the best start-to-finish segment of any presser, everything after that was fairly boring (a million JRPGs!), neat but not my tempo (FFXIV!), or honestly kind of a mess (The Avengers, now featuring five minutes of voice actors explaining stuff like "playing Bruce Banner is an important part of playing The Hulk!").

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Yeah, showing the voice actors was a weird choice for E3 and screamed to me that they didn't really have much else to show. Don't get me wrong, I love Troy, Nolan and Laura as much as the next guy but I didn't need to see them trying to explain why I should be excited for a game that really should have sold itself. 

For me I think it goes a little something like this:

  1. Nintendo
  2. Square
  3. Microsoft
  4. Bethesda
  5. Ubisoft

But really that's not saying much because even Nintendo didn't hit it totally out of the park.

As far as games I'll be purchasing from E3, I think Link's Awakening, Cyberpunk 2077, 12 Minutes, DOOM Eternal and Final Fantasy VII Remake are all day one purchases. I'll probably also begrudgingly buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on day one because fuck it, it's a single player Star Wars game and that's an unfortunately rare commodity these days. I'm interested in Outer Worlds but that can wait for a sale. I'm super interested in whatever Deathloop is but don't know quite enough about it yet. Watch Dogs Legion and The Avengers haven't sold me yet, and I'm hoping they can convince me otherwise because I'm a big fan of both franchises.

Overall, a kinda lacklustre E3. It's a damn shame.

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Dont think there was anything especially necessary for buying on day 1 but I admit I was disappointed with Avengers. There wasnt any gameplay but it looked pretty poor.

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Yeah, Avengers looked like an AA game. Which isn't a bad thing in most instances.. but it's the Avengers. This should be the biggest game with a huge budget just based off the success of the movies

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Honestly still struggling to figure out the funniest/weirdest part of that presentation. I think it was when they spent a full minute reiterating that the five Avengers who appeared in the trailer are in the game, to rapturous screaming and applause from the crowd.

I'm glad they seem to be going the Overwatch model and not charging for subsequent characters and whatnot. Someone who saw the gameplay yesterday said that the powersets/the way they've differentiated the way each character plays looks decent but that was about it.

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So this was just about the shittest E3 possible, huh? There’s not one game I imagine I’ll buy.

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17 minutes ago, Josh to the World said:

So this was just about the shittest E3 possible, huh? There’s not one game I imagine I’ll buy.

Really?! I am a cynic with E3 and there are at least two first day buys for me and could be talked into more/some down the line. 

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I have several games I'm interested in, some from E3 and some that were announced beforehand. Nintendo's show was solid yesterday, even if I wasn't quite as head-over-heels in love with it as some people were. Maybe that's because I'm not a big Zelda fan.

What I'm really curious about is how The Witcher 3 runs on a Switch. I'd be happy with a version that cuts down significantly on graphical detail to get a decent frame rate. Handheld Witcher sounds fantastic on paper.

Really, I think this E3 was about as good as it was ever likely to be at this stage of a console cycle, and with Sony absent. Next year ought to be more significant as marketing for the new consoles gathers momentum.

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1 hour ago, Josh to the World said:

So this was just about the shittest E3 possible, huh? There’s not one game I imagine I’ll buy.

They could have stood up there for 6 hours giving me the finger and telling me what a stupid asshole I am but it still would have been worth it just for Game Pass Ultimate :P 

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49 minutes ago, Bobfoc said:

What I'm really curious about is how The Witcher 3 runs on a Switch. I'd be happy with a version that cuts down significantly on graphical detail to get a decent frame rate. Handheld Witcher sounds fantastic on paper.

Maaan, they're going to have to hide a second Switch inside the game cart for the Witcher 3 if they think that they're going to get anything approaching a stable framerate for Crookback Bog.

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1 hour ago, 9 to 5 said:

Really?! I am a cynic with E3 and there are at least two first day buys for me and could be talked into more/some down the line. 

To be fair, I’ve always been pretty selective with my tastes. Currently, I have RDR 2 (who doesn’t though), Hitman 1&2, a few smaller indie games (did y’all hear I liked Witness? :shifty:), some Jackbox games, GTA V, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. And I’ve yet to even touch Horizon because...I’m not motivated? And I’ve surprisingly found I wasn’t *that* into GTA. I enjoy watching the AH Let’s Plays, but actually playing is like...too loud and busy.

That may actually be what keeps me away from so many games: too loud and busy. It’s how I feel about pretty much every FPS, Smash Bros., a bunch of fighting games, etc. etc. RDR 2 actually can have a zen-like quality to it when you’re just wandering the map, hunting, picking herbs, finding treasure, etc. - punctuated by the occasional gunfight. (And the campaign story is just too damn good.) Hitman is a very focused, take all the time you need thing. The Witness is a similar feel, but with cool scenery and puzzles. And on and on.

The one cool announcement was indeed Gamepass, but I just have a PS4. So.

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I'm really excited to see what Blair Witch is like... Avengers looked a tad disappointing... I'm not sure if I'll like Cyberpunk based on the trailer, but Keanu Reeves has me at least somewhat interested in it.

Game Pass Ultimate was a cool announcement too. Aside from that, nothing really stuck out for me.

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3 minutes ago, The Chiksrara Special said:

I think Cyberpunk is going to be amazing. Cool concept and a great team working on it. Plus Keanu of course :lol: 

I'm just typically not into those types of games, but I'll definitely give it a try.

I also just realized that Blair Witch is a day one Game Pass game... and my wife is interested... so going Game Pass Ultimate will be a very easy sell.

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2 minutes ago, Gabriel said:

I'm just typically not into those types of games, but I'll definitely give it a try.

I also just realized that Blair Witch is a day one Game Pass game... and my wife is interested... so going Game Pass Ultimate will be a very easy sell.

It is?!? Awesome! Game pass is the best thing ever!

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One drawback to Game Pass (and it's a completely pathetic thing to say) is being spoilt for choice. If I ever scroll through the Netflix library, I get overwhelmed and end up having no idea what to pick.

But yes, it's a great deal. There's a certain buzz you get from playing new games on their release date, but it's something I very rarely do because it's such a gamble with regards to potential quality and bug issues. With this service, you're not risking the possibility of paying full price for a game of the Fallout 76 ilk.

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Is there a list of what else will be going straight to game pass on release?

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12 minutes ago, Gabriel said:

https://www.trueachievements.com/xbox-game-pass/games

That website has a list of everything that is active, and everything that is known to be coming.

Thank you! Might actually use the xbox for something other than fifa now >_>

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32 minutes ago, Kaney said:

Thank you! Might actually use the xbox for something other than fifa now >_>

I'm in a similar spot. Up until they made NHL 19 a free Game with Gold, I'd only been using my Xbone for Rock Band. I tried out Game Pass a little bit ago and played Doom, which was fun, but I wasn't using it as much as I was hoping to, so I cut my subscription. With the games they've added since, and the day one releases coming up, Game Pass is something that is going to make my Xbox a lot more inviting.

Really though, what it comes down to, is that I hate the Xbox One controller. The Dual Shock 4 is perfect for me, but I'm sure I'll get used to using it again over time.

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Speaking of the Xbox One controller, Microsoft has confirmed that it, along with certain other Xbox One accessories, will work with the next console.

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Which is friggin' awesome - along with all the games too. Which was kind of too be expected with the architecture not being a big change as it was between other generations. Still nice to hear. That'll mean that there'll be games from every generation of Xbox playable on Scarlet.

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3 hours ago, Bobfoc said:

One drawback to Game Pass (and it's a completely pathetic thing to say) is being spoilt for choice. If I ever scroll through the Netflix library, I get overwhelmed and end up having no idea what to pick.

But yes, it's a great deal. There's a certain buzz you get from playing new games on their release date, but it's something I very rarely do because it's such a gamble with regards to potential quality and bug issues. With this service, you're not risking the possibility of paying full price for a game of the Fallout 76 ilk.

With the Xbox Game Pass on PC, on the app there is a button you can press for it to randomly pick a game for you.

58 minutes ago, Bobfoc said:

Speaking of the Xbox One controller, Microsoft has confirmed that it, along with certain other Xbox One accessories, will work with the next console.

Best news. 

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If it's a Microsoft-owned game, you can bet it's a day one release on Game Pass.

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