E3 2014: Day 1 Recap

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The first day of E3 2014 is over and what an epic day it was! I have arranged the news this time according to my level of excitement and into one mammoth of a news post! (A lot of them are very close in excitement level.)

Mass Effect 4

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Star Wars: Battlefront

Rise of the Tomb Raider

No Man’s Sky

Batman: Arkham Knight

Assassin’s Creed: Unity

Destiny

Untitled New Bioware IP

The Order: 1886

Mirror’s Edge 2

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Tom Clancy’s The Division

RESOGUN

The Last of Us: Remastered

Grand Theft Auto V

NEWS/VIDEOS

MASS EFFECT 4

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Bioware didn’t reveal much about Mass Effect in the EA E3 Conference today, but Mass Effect will always top my list.

Odds are, you’ve already seen it by now; but if you haven’t, what are you waiting for??

There’s not really anything new there. There are some cool conceptional prototypes, but that’s about it. It’s still enough to get me hyped, but I had hoped for more. At the very least, I was hoping for an announcement of a Mass Effect Trilogy HD for the new-gen consoles. E3 isn’t over yet, so hopefully that news will come later on. If not at E3, sometime this summer or fall.

DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION

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Bioware had a new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition that they showed during the Microsoft Conference:

Awesome freaking trailer.

Also, Bioware announced at the Microsoft conference that all premiere Inquisition content would be coming to XBOX first. Really, Bioware? I hate all of these stupid things where one console gets 3rd party game content first, even when they benefit my console of choice. Do they really think that these deals are going to make someone pick one console over another? At the end of the day, it isn’t THAT big of a deal, but as a PlayStation user and a Dragon Age fan, I’m a little annoyed.

Bioware later showed a couple more videos at the EA E3 Conference.

The first was about fighting dragons:

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The other was about the companions in the game:

 I wonder if we’ll see anything else Dragon Age this week?

I can’t wait for October 7th!

UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

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The moment we were all waiting for came at the end of the Sony Press Conference: Uncharted news. The game has been given a release date of 2015 and titled, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Check out the new teaser trailer featuring Nathan and Sully:

Wow. Based on the title and the trailer, it sure seems like this is the last Uncharted. I guess I can’t blame them for not wanting to drag it out too long. Either way, I hope this will be the best Uncharted yet!!

STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT

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EA started their E3 conference with Star Wars: Battlefront. They didn’t have a trailer, but they did share a dev video with some early in-game footage:

I think it’s pretty cool that they went back to the original filming locations to capture the planets of the original trilogy for the game. It seems like they’re really paying attention to the details and that’s a good thing. I was hoping for more Star Wars announcements or more from Battlefront, but so far this is it.

RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER

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Tomb Raider was one of my favorite games last year and the Definitive Edition was one of my favorite games this year, so you can be certain that I was excited to see the reveal of the sequel. It’s called Rise of the Tomb Raider, it’s coming Holiday 2015, and it already has a teaser trailer!

This game already looks great! I can’t wait to go on another adventure with Lara next year!

NO MAN’S SKY

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Sony and Hello Games showed a new trailer for No Man’s Sky on the PS4 tonight and you need to watch it!

Wow. Mesmerizing. Beautiful. Exploration. Ahhh. I want to play this game TONIGHT! Probably the best trailer of the day.

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT

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WB Games and Rocksteady had new Batmobile footage that they showed during the Sony E3 Conference and you’ll want to watch it. Trust me.

What an awesome trailer! Arkham Knight will be well worth the wait…

ASSASSIN’S CREED: UNITY

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Lots of Assassin’s Creed: Unity news today!

First, Ubisoft showed off Unity during the Microsoft Conference. It was in this video that they revealed the new co-op mode:

While this co-op mode seems to be well developed, I don’t really want to play it. I enjoy playing Assassin’s Creed by myself. I don’t want a multiplayer experience. I hope that it’s a choice at the beginning of the game. Single player campaign or co-op campaign. If it’s forced co-op in the single player mode, I’ll definitely lose some interest. I probably would still buy the game, but I still really hope they clear this up soon. I bet that it’ll be a lot like how the multiplayer functioned in Watch_Dogs. They had a whole set of online missions and they were my least favorite part of the game. I finished the entire game, except for that. (Well, I also didn’t get level 10 on all three drinking games.) I don’t like multiplayer being forced into single player!

Later at their own E3 press conference, Ubisoft had two more videos to share. The first is a cinematic trailer:

It looks good, but I’m even more worried about the co-op after seeing it. I did like the Lorde music it was paired with, though.

The other video was a gameplay video:

The gameplay looks great, as always.

One side announcement made today was the name of the protagonist of the game: Arno Dorian. For more about Arno, check out this video:

It was also announced that the game would be releasing on October 28th. Yes, another big game releasing in October. At least it’s not October 7th.

Here’s the press release with the announcement of the release date and info on pre-orders and limited editions:

“LOS ANGELES — June 9, 2014 — Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft announced that the next installment of the 76 million unit-selling Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Unity, will be released worldwide on October 28. Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is being developed by the veteran Assassin’s Creed team in Ubisoft Montreal with support from nine Ubisoft studios around the world*. Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin’s Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense and immersive Assassin’s Creed city ever created. Through the streets of Paris, the starving inhabitants are set to take up arms for freedom and equality. In this time of chaos and brutality, a young man named Arno, wounded by the loss of those he loved, sets on a deadly path of redemption. Arno’s pursuit throws him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transforms him into a true Master Assassin.

Assassin’s Creed Unity reinvents the franchise, starting with the core gameplay pillars that have defined the series from the beginning: navigation, stealth and combat. Players will carve their way through a stunning, full-scale open-world Paris, thanks to the power of the new Anvil engine, rebuilt from the ground up for new generation consoles. Assassin’s Creed Unity gives players full control parkour mechanics, a reinvented fighting system for a richer combat experience, a new stealth mode, cover system and crowd manipulation techniques. Players can channel their inner Assassin, customizing weapons, equipment, outfits and specialized skills to match their play style.

In addition to the sprawling single-player campaign, players can join with up to three friends and take part in story-driven online co-op missions designed specifically for Assassins to play together. Skills and unique gear acquired in the single-player missions will be accessible in co-op and will define a player’s personalized Assassin’s style, whether emphasizing brute force, agility or stealth. Players also will select a unique co-op skill that will help the team survive, evade or fight more effectively to the benefit of the team.

In North America, gamers can purchase the Assassin’s Creed Unity Collector’s Edition. The premium collector’s edition includes the new Assassin Arno as a lifelike 16” figurine poised atop an iconic gargoyle, a music box which plays a remixed version of the Assassin’s Creed Unity theme, the official soundtrack, an art book and two in-game missions.

Players who pre-order Assassin’s Creed Unity will receive 2 bonus offers.  The first is an exclusive single player mission, The Chemical Revolution, offering 30 minutes of additional gameplay. During this mission the player will help Lavoisier the “Father of Modern Chemistry” to escape from his kidnappers and recover his poison bomb formula.

The second is access to the Guillotine Spin to Win Game. Every Friday through launch, consumers have a chance to win a new, incredible prize and receive five more  spins and more chances to win.  For a chance to win, consumers can go to AssassinsCreed.com/play and spin the Guillotine wheel and to try to hit the jackpot.

Potential prizes include:
•       Exotic trips – Paris, Ubisoft Montreal, Comic-Con
•       Games and digital content
•       Exclusive apparel and gear
•       Home Entertainment Systems
•       And more

Ubisoft also announced the Assassin’s Creed Unity Phantom Blade, a life-size replica of Arno’s new signature weapon. This limited-run collectible designed by the award-winning McFarlane Toys features a functional hidden blade, retractable crossbow arms, and a soft firing dart. Players can display this as part of their collection or wear it to complete the ultimate Assassin look. The Phantom Blade will be available while supplies last in select countries on October 28. It is priced at  $59.99 USD in the United States.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.”

It’s safe to say that out of all the games that I covered today, AC: Unity had the most to recap!

DESTINY

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Sony kicked off their E3 Press Conference with a new Destiny trailer featuring the voice of Peter Dinklage (aka Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones).

Check it out:

Very cool. I had been wanting to hear more about Destiny‘s premise and this helps.

Sony and Bungie had more than just a new trailer for us. They also had alpha and beta news. There will be a three day alpha session on the PS4 from June 12th through the 15th.

Sign up here by June 11th: http://playstation.greatnessawaits.com/destiny

Meanwhile, the beta starts on July 17th!

I’m really glad that there will be an alpha and beta, because I’m really undecided about Destiny right now. I know we won’t be testing the finished project, but I still want to know more about what Destiny is all about before I shell out $60 for it, so this is perfect for me.

Oh, yeah. There’s also a white PS4 Destiny bundle. A pretty cool deal.

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Here’s the reveal of that bundle:

I’m looking forward to playing the alpha later this week!

UNTITLED NEW BIOWARE IP

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Bioware has a brand new IP that they’re developing along with everything else that they’re working with. We already knew this much, but a couple more hints were dropped today at the EA E3 Conference in the same video as the Mass Effect update. It starts at 1:18.

The main thing I took away from it is that it is a fictional, but modern world. I’ll be looking forward to hearing more about this game in the future!

THE ORDER: 1886

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During the Sony E3 Conference, Ready at Dawn showed off a new gameplay trailer for their game, The Order: 1886.

Check it out below:

They also released a new cinematic trailer online:

Cool trailer, but not much that we haven’t seen already.

MIRROR’S EDGE 2

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DICE also had a dev video with conceptual prototypes up for their game, Mirror’s Edge 2, at the EA E3 Conference:

I don’t know what to think of this one yet. I haven’t played the first Mirror’s Edge, but I did get it in a Steam sale and plan to play it this summer. I’ll have a better idea after that on whether or not the sequel is something that I’ll be interested in.

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE

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During the Microsoft Conference, Activision shared a new gameplay video for the next Call of Duty game, Advanced Warfare.

Just when I thought that I was giving up on Call of Duty, they make Advanced Warfare. I’m still not sure if I want it or not, but everything I’ve seen so far (including this gameplay) looks good. I am a little confused as to why this video features U.S. Marines, though. I thought the whole game was about playing as private military? Maybe you start out as a Marine, retire, and then go private?

There was also an announcement of pre-order bonuses in this video:

TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION

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Ubisoft had some new footage of their upcoming game, Tom Clancy’s The Division, that they shared at their E3 Press Conference.

The headline footage was the cinematic trailer for the game:

And here’s the gameplay demo:

I didn’t know what to think of The Division last year when it was announced. I wasn’t really taken with what little I saw. I had basically written it off as something that I would not be interested in. Now that I’ve seen the cinematic trailer, I’m back on the fence. That was an impressive trailer! The gameplay looks cool too. My hesitation lies in the fact that this is a co-op/multiplayer game and I don’t really like playing those. Anyway, I’m still not sure if I’ll want to or have time to play The Division, but this E3 footage was too good not to share.

RESOGUN

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It may be one of the last items on my recap, but the first news of the day was that RESOGUN would be getting a cool patch and expansion this month. The patch will be up on June 23rd and add a ship editor and co-op mode. The expansion is called Heroes, will cost $4.99, release on June 24th, and add two new modes to the game.

Here’s the trailer for all of that:

Cool stuff. Even cooler is that they have more expansions forthcoming and they’re offering a $7.99 season pass to get them all!

For more info, check out the PlayStation Blog: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/09/resogun-new-modes-ship-editor-and-more-coming-this-month/#sf3225029

THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED

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The Last of Us: Remastered has a release date for the PS4, as announced during the Sony E3 Press Conference: July 29th. I will likely buy this someday, after it goes on sale. I’ve already played through the PS3 version twice and don’t see myself playing it again for quite a while.

Trailer:

GRAND THEFT AUTO V

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It was announced during the Sony Press Conference that Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to the PS4 (and apparently XB1 and PC). I don’t see myself getting it again, but for those who haven’t played it yet and are old enough, it should be great on the PS4.

Trailer:

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Those were my highlights for the first day of E3 2014. What were your highlights of the day?

Check out all of my E3 coverage: http://stephenwrhodes.com/?s=e3

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