E3 2015 Insider’s Look Day OneJune 17, 2015
Day One of E3 2015 is done and boy was it an overwhelming first day! Between tweets, photos, vines, and even Periscope, it’s been a blast bringing you E3 coverage on behalf of The GCE! However, there are a few things that don’t make it on social media because there’s simply not enough hands to record it all or I’m not allowed to, thus each day I’m going to give a quick insider’s scoop on some of the awesome things I saw that didn’t make it on social media! This is your E3 2015 Insider’s Look day one!
Horizon: Zero Dawn is even bigger than imagined!
At the PlayStation Conference, Guerrilla Games announced their newest project, Horizon: Zero Dawn. When the Expo opened, Guerrilla Games in partnership with Sony had a closed-door demo that expanded on what was shown at the Conference and boy was it beautiful! The demo featured Aloy, the main character of the game, hunting robot dinosaurs only this time Guerrilla Games gives us a reason. After the fall of humanity and the rise of machines, the tribes trained special hunters to hunt the robots, who are stealing resources from the soil. What is stolen from the soil is a valuable commodity to the tribes, but also very dangerous to obtain. The robots are highly advanced and Aloy only has a handful of arrow types to use, but any weapon that falls off more dangerous robots can be used against them. So players have to target strategic points on the robots to weaken them over time. Before the dev. team started the gameplay portion, which featured Aloy fighting a giant robot T-Rex, they talked about the scale of the game. Off in the distance you could see the tops of robot’s heads which towered above the trees. The team mentioned that any place seen in the distance is reachable and there are even bigger robots out there. Horizon: Zero Dawn aims to be an open world game of jurassic portions!
Destiny: The Taken King Expansion brings new subclasses for your guardians!
The Taken King is a huge expansion for Destiny set to release this September. After waiting ages in line I got my hands on some Destiny PvP and it is a blast, literally. Bungie is introducing a whole new multiplayer mode called Clash Mayhem, which reduces cool downs on grenades and supers. You can only imagine how chaotic it was! On top of that, each of the three class types will get a brand new subclass to use. Titans get a solar-damage hammer that can be thrown across the map like Thor, Warlocks receive arc lighting making for some interesting Sith battles, and Hunters receive a void bow and arrow that can neutralize all guardian powers in the area. While the demo only showed a portion of the new subclasses, players can expect a new range of character customizations from armor to weapons to power types. I talked with a few of the Bungie guys and the two previous subclasses remain the same, but the new classes add a much needed balance to PvP mode. Although, I think the warlock might be a little too powerful this time around. Not to brag but I got the top score in the final round.
Star Wars Battlefront is split screen co-op just like the previous games!
Part of what made Battlefront great was getting together with your best friend and playing split screen co-op mode. That’s returning with the newest iteration of the franchise set to hit in the fall. Together with another E3 attendee, we tackled the new co-op horde mode. In horde mode you and your friend can sit on the couch and tackle waves of stormtroopers while trying to secure pod points. There’s specialized enemies that get more difficult to kill over time. The demo was set for only six waves, but I’m sure you go for as long as possible until you die. Either way it was a ton of fun and communication was key!
The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4 extended demos
Sony was offering a triple experience at E3 that combined The Last Guardian, Horizon, and Uncharted 4. Unlike the Horizon demo, which had the dev. team talking about their game, The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4 had extended demos. While I would have liked to hear from both of the upcoming games’ teams it was still awesome to see more gameplay. The Last Guardian featured more of the teamwork aspect between the little boy and his giant condor (Fumito Ueda called it a condor ok). This extended demo really showed how The Last Guardian is a beautiful blend between Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Also, that condor is super cute, but there’s a good chance it’s extremely evil. There were a few instances where it’s eyes turned red and he looked like he would eat the boy. For Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog showed the full car chase that featured Nate being dragged through the mud and introduced us to his brother Sam. Then at the end Elena showed up! I can’t believe we have to wait until 2016 for these games!
The lines were crazy long so I think I waited in more lines than play games. Hopefully I’ll get some great Xbox and Nintendo coverage for day two! In the mean time, stay tuned as The GCE takes over E3 2015! Be sure to check out our photos and more on twitter!