February 11th 2020 cannot come quickly enough.

While perhaps not feeling as quite on the outside of things as UltrViolet of Endgame Viable, I can relate. Normally E3 is a time of vast excitement to me, even from around the other side of the world with no plans on physically attending. The announcements, the new trailers, the slew of release dates — it’s all awesome stuff.

This year things have felt a bit different. The excitement levels seem dampened compared to normal. I’ve taken a browse of the trailers, and while I’m sure there is absolutely still stuff to be found, things I’ve missed…

There just doesn’t seem to be any new announcements to truly spin up the hype-drive. There wasn’t any game that I didn’t already know about that excited me, this time around. There are certainly games I’m interested in, case in point being Ori and the Will of the Wisps trailer above. It isn’t the best of the Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ trailers by any stretch, but now we know when it’s coming, and it still looks and sounds1 amazing.

I also managed to catch the new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer featuring Keanu Reeves (and an April 16th 2020 release date) which was awesome, but with or without Keanu this was a title I was excited for.

I was hoping the Ubisoft press event would give some information on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Ragnarok — the Vikings themed entry to the series. After how much joy I managed to extract from the recent Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, I really hoped to hear more about how they’re improving on the new AC formula. I wonder now whether we’ll still see this in 2020?

In any case, for a much more complete overview — Belghast has done a fantastic write-up already on the Google Stadia, EA Play, Microsoft and Bethesda events here. I had missed seeing Darksiders Genesis before Bel’s post — but taking a look at it now? Sigh. It looks to be carrying on the legacy of disappointment begun with Darksiders 3. But in an even more low-effort way.

If you haven’t played Darksiders 2 yet — definitely do that. It had a remaster a few years back which keeps it looking fairly fresh. It’s an epic adventure, mixing elements of the Metroidvania-style games, with a bit of Zelda, a bit of Action RPG and a dash of Devil May Cry. Definitely play it. Just… Stop there. ;)

Ghostwire Tokyo might be interesting? Just too little shown to be sure. The concept is intriguing though. Anything leap out and grab you guys?


  1. The musical scores for these games are incredible


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Krikket · June 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm

I’m mostly looking at sequels myself: Psychonauts 2, Wastelands 3, V:TM-B2, Evil Genius 2. I’m intrigued by Planet Zoo, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and Spiritfarer.

Probably my only Day One pickup will be Psychonauts 2 because I can’t NOT play that, even if it’s the worst game ever. Mostly, I wait for deep discounts / Humble Monthly / other bundles on anything that’s not an absolutely have to have for me, so I don’t get too hyped up for much.

    Naithin · June 12, 2019 at 7:48 am

    I’m mostly the same re: looking forward to sequels out of the trailers and things out this E3. Most of them had been announced previously though. e.g., this is Ori’s 3rd e3, Dying Light 2 was last year, etc. Wastelands 3 was definitely a pleasant surprise though. Looking forward to seeing more of it.

    And you know…. I’ve never actually played Psychonauts. Couldn’t even tell you what sort of game it was. >.> I’ve been aware of its existence, but just never crossed paths with it.

Rakuno · June 12, 2019 at 3:30 am

I am on the same boat as you. The only reason I even knew E3 was going on and what games were being featured is because of people in my Twitter timeline and friends on Discord. Otherwise I’d complete miss it and not feel like that was a bad thing. I mean, I was already looking forward for Cyberpunk 2077 and Vampire Bloodlines 2 so new trailers didn’t make me anymore hyped about it. Same about the FF7 Remake.

The only one who ironically enough got me hyped was the new trailer for Shadowbringers. When I thought they couldn’t make me more hyped than before they somehow managed to do it! XD

    Naithin · June 12, 2019 at 7:51 am

    The FF7 footage was cool, I liked seeing how they were reimagining it for a modern generation and I think overall I was pleased with what I saw. But agree — it was something I was already quite excited by, this extra showcase confirmed that, but it wasn’t anything new to look forward to.

    I think the ‘new’ announcements is what I really look forward to from an E3 and there was certainly less of that this time around!

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