The last day of E3 Dinosaur Spaceship explored the surrounding offerings. Starting with E3 Live which was a registration event open to fans. E3 Live was a small sectioned off area outside next to the Staples Center. With a WB booth showing off various games including “Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens” and “Lego Dimensions“. There was an Alienware section showing off steam machines and A giant Titanfall Statue pictured above. There was a Facebook experience section, a tent showing off the HTC Vive, a twitch booth and booths selling some merchandise. Overall the event was very disappointing. The vibe speaking to various people at the event was wondering if we were in “the right spot” or if there was more around the other corner. The Space was about the size of two basketball courts. It was nice of the software association to offer tickets and they were free but the overall experience was lackluster. If you weren’t able to get into the actual conference and this was all you saw I can imagine they’d feel very disappointed. Perhaps with how quickly tickets to the event were given out it shows strong support for the general publics willingness to attend the event. Perhaps this will lead to a general sale of a limited amount of tickets to the public in the future.
Next to the E3 Live event was an event sponsored by Doritos called MixArcade. Here there was a stage set up where Artist performed at night and a tent where various arcade games could be played. On a hot Thursday in Los Angeles the Mix Arcade tent was a nice respite. E3 Live should take a hint from Doritos (ironically) and make future events (if there are) more like this. More games a place to relax.
Around the back of the tent was a nice spot where you could see the giant screen where you could play arcade games. Thursday June 16th that feature was not available as they were filming a commercial in that location. As you can imagine Dinosaur Spaceship was not allowed to take pictures while this was going on.
Granted there wasn’t much to see outside of the convention. But we wanted to make sure we covered the whole experience for those who could not make the trip out there for themselves. We’ll have more extensive coverage in the coming days of our thoughts from what was shown and all the announcements.
It’s been a great week so far but the fun isn’t over yet. Dinosaur Spaceship is on the ground floor today at E3 and we’ll have extensive coverage of what we’re able to get our hands on later this evening. If there’s something you would really like us to check out or what’s been your favorite thing so far? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to make it happen. One of the biggest surprises has been the return of God of War. The fun is just getting started so stay tuned.
With so much focus on Sony and Playstation at these conferences it’s easy to forget about Nintendo. Granted Nintendo has nary a presence instead choosing for the last couple years to focus on revealing new information directly to the audience. The “Nintendo Treehouse” is the source for all their E3 news. Tuesday Nintendo showcased “Pokemon Sun”, “Pokemon Moon” releasing November 18th, 2016 and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild”. Nintendo will have more to show today June 15th starting at 10am pacific.
The biggest two reveals were the Playstation exclusive “Spiderman” game by Insomniac and Hideo Kojima revealing his first game since being fired by Konami “Death Stranding” starring Norman Reedus. Strand means to drive or leave aground or ashore. Which makes sense since we see Norman Reedus’ character in the trailer, naked ashore. Not sure why they just didn’t say stranded. Perhaps their combining strand and standing, maybe it’s just bad translation. Regardless the trailer was interesting and hopefully they reveal more in the coming months. What excited you the most? We’d love to hear in the comments.
After a somber start to the conference with Microsoft acknowledging the victims in Orlando with a moment of silence. They kicked things off by announcing the Xbox One S. A device that is 40% smaller than the original, includes High Dynamic Range technology for games and 4K media playback. Microsoft also announced “Play Anywhere” whereupon buying a title digitally nets you the copy for both Xbox One and Windows 10 on select titles. There weren’t many surprises as many things had been leaked in the previous weeks. “Project Scorpio” Microsoft’s answer to fans who complained the Xbox One was under-powered. The usual suspects were on display with “Gears of War 4“, “Halo Wars 2” and it’s open beta starting today, Monday June 13th and lasting till the 20th. Dead Rising 4 was announced with the return of Frank West. “Forza Horizon 3” was announced, “Recore” had a quick showing, “Scalebound” has a 4 person demo and “Sea of Thieves” had a pre-recorded demo showing off some of the gameplay. Microsoft also introudeced “Xbox Design Lab” where fans can create their own unique Xbox One controller for purchase. Some welcome features like “Clubs” and “Looking for Group” have been added to Xbox Live. Overall it was a solid though not surprising showing from Microsoft. We’re excited to see what PlayStation has in store later tonight.
The time has finally arrived for the annual E3 week. The time gaming fans have been waiting for all year to learn about all the upcoming news for their platform(s) of choice. EA kicked off the festivities Sunday afternoon detailing their new EA Originals program, the future of EA Star Wars games, a first look at “Titanfall 2” and a new “Mass Effect Andromeda” trailer. Following EA later in the evening it was Bethesda’s turn at their BE3 conference. Bethesda unveiled “Quake Champions“, “Fallout Shelter” updates alongside a PC release, new downloadable content for “Fallout 4“, “Doom” and “The Elder Scrolls Online”, a “Elder Scrolls Skyrim” remaster, a new IP Prey, and game play footage of Dishonored 2. Microsoft’s press conference which takes place today, Monday June 13th at 9am Pacific 12pm Eastern. Dinosaur Spaceship will be live tweeting and sharing our initial thoughts during the briefing. So be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the news. Followed by our overall impressions of Microsoft’s briefing and what it means for Xbox in the coming year.
Monday evening we’ll continue the E3 kick off with Sony’s PlayStation conference at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. We’ll follow the same formula as the Xbox press conference.
We’ll be on the ground floor Thursday June 16th and will have detailed reports of our impressions, after we get our hands on the games. Later this week look for our first “Flashback Friday”. Our monthly series where we review older games and offer that unique Dinosaur Spaceship perspective. This month it’s “Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection” and find out how you can win “Uncharted 4”.