E3 2015: Day Three Impressions

My day began today with a glimpse at the Ratchet & Clank remake due out Spring 2016. I’ve never really played any of these games in depth to call myself a fan, but I’ve always thought the concept and characters were cool. That being said, I’m not sure why I never really played the games before. Anyway, fans of the series will recognize areas of this title from previous games, just with slight variations – maybe the enemies will look different, there may be cover for firefights where there was not previously, bosses might look and fight in a manner you are not familiar with, etc. They added more jetpack and gunplay for fans and supposedly there is also going to be a feature film due out around the same time-frame as the game’s release.

So I was right about what I said yesterday regarding Rocket League. The game definitely looks like a good time. It is actually a sequel to Psyonix’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars, originally released October 9th 2008 via PSN. There are “billions of ways to customize your car” in Rocket League, quoting the presenter of the game while showing several of those many ways. The rules of the field are simple – get the ball into the other goal, by any means necessary. The game has no fouls, penalties, etc. It will be multiplayer by any means possible (local and/or online, regardless of the combination) and will be cross-play with PC and PS4. RL is available July 7th.

I have not played the original Mirror’s Edge game, though I do own it (just haven’t gotten around to it yet – like many other titles) and I must say what I see for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst makes me want to download the first title and make sure I’ve finished it before the sequel’s release. Be prepared to get more character development on Faith, an origin story, and feeling the real sensation of being a runner, something that it’s said never was really touched on before. The difficulty of the first game seems have had a lot of frustrating moments for players and it was said that this sequel will have a more balanced difficulty for those more casual. With the origin story coming into the present story, it was said that this will be able to appeal to a wider array of players as it will recap most of what happens in the first Mirror’s Edge. Due out February 2016.

They said they were going to cover more on No Man’s Sky, but it never happened, though that is a title I can promise I will be keeping a keener eye on. I love the concept of being able to have an open-world universe full of areas to explore.  Then the beacon system to save the progress of exploration you make on each planet should you choose to leave and revisit, is amazing.

Wrapping up E3, here are games that were announced or shown (through trailers) that I felt look like they could be promising in the future. The Last Guardian, Project Horizon: Zero Hour, Street Fighter V, Fallout 4, Hitman, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Uncharted 4, Dreams, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain… this coming year looks to be very promising and all of this is just from what I was able to watch through Sony’s Live Events Viewer on my console so think about all the stuff that was said on Microsoft’s side of things and what they revealed.

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