By Mario Wario
Everything good in life will end before you know it, and with E3 2018, the final (third) day came very quickly. On this day, I wanted to see what some of the indies were planning, as well as trying out a couple more games on the show floor, such as Resident Evil 2 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
My first appointment of the day was to visit the West Hall to see the PC demo of Rend, which is being developed by Frostkeep Studios. This company is on a mission to change up the team-based survival genre by using the Nordic mythos as its weapon of choice to create something fun and friendly for the masses. In the game Rend, players must pick one of the three available factions, then team up with other players (regardless of the person’s gaming skill) within that faction to survive the in-game elements, with the goal of beating the other clans. Frostkeep is focusing on trying to ‘vent’ the toxic internet trolls to have a friendly in-game environment, yet I am curious to see if this system will be able to successfully remove the ‘bad’ players long term. A few do get through, enough to be creating trouble in nearly every game out there.
Rend uses a very thorough skill/tree system that would please any MMORPG player out there, while the crafting system is similar to Fortnite’s. For example, players build houses by using chopped wood or they can make something stronger by getting better materials through exploring the world. The world that Rend exists in uses a colorful palette to bring the landscape (and a giant tree) alive, as well as the game’s unique creatures. My favorite was the wolves, due to how cool they were in the design arena, and by the way, they are rideable too!
Like with every survival game, Rend has a PvP system that allows players to loot another player’s home, or they can take part of certain events which will allow a clan to attack their opponents’ stronghold for a limited time.
With my second appointment, I had the pleasure of meeting the people of Kasedo Games (in the Concourse Hall) to see their two upcoming PC games: a turn-based tactical game named Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and a world-building game called Rise of Industry.
Mechanicus allows the player to take control of a force called Adeptus Mechanicus, with the help of a customization system that is for specific in-game classes and powers; to find that perfect combination for their team. The game also allows players to go after alternate endings by helping certain in-game characters, which will allow them to explore more of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, that I believe should please the fan base quite well.
Character movement is achieved through a ’tiles’ system that will also affect players’ attack ranges if they use their movement options too much. Like with every turn-based tactical game, players point and click where they want to go or to attack, activating their buffs, etc., to see the magic happen on screen. From what I saw from the E3 demo, it was beautiful to watch.
Rise of Industry is set in the 1920s; this game will allow players to build a local economy from the ground up in an already established town. Each town will have its own personality, so it is important for players to take notice of that feature to have a thriving ’empire’ after planting a new headquarters. Also, it is important to take note of how much pollution factories will produce, since townspeople will not like it; you will acquire a bad reputation if it is not fixed. Otherwise players will have to hire a PR team to repair the damage, which will cost tons of money to do. So, like in real life, there are consequences related to decision making, which I found to be a cool mechanic.
Players must worry about how much everything will cost as well, such as constructing a new building, or even producing a road. Players can sell out of state if you like, but they will receive less money when doing so, and random events will pop up that can either hurt or help your in-game building. The graphics have a cartoonish look, yet I found them to be perfect for a game like this where building an economy is the focus point; not the visuals. (It should be noted that a multiplayer mode will be out during the post release of the full game. As for more detail of each game, please visit the Kasedo Games website by clicking here.)
Mechanicus isn’t yet released, so stay tuned for an update there, but Rise of Industry is now playable as an ‘Early Access Game’ on Steam (which you can get by clicking here).
My third appointment was in the middle of afternoon to see Remedy’s new third-person action game called Control and, boy, does this game look great in the weird arena. Behind closed doors, I was able to see a playable demo not shown at the PlayStation press conference. Basically: Jesse Faden, who is the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control, as well as being the game’s main protagonist, enters the Federal’s headquarters to see what the heck is going on and that is where the fun, or rather the ‘weirdness’ begins.
Jesse has telekinesis to fight off waves of AI or she can use her levitation powers to hover around, yet it was her gun that caught my attention. It can shapeshift into a pistol or into a shotgun in a instant that fits perfectly with Jesse’s powers. As for the world itself, think Die Hard meets Legion—our hero is stuck in a building, so she must fight her way out, while the weirdness level is set on high. Because of this, I am very much interested in learning more about this game. (After viewing the private gameplay, I interviewed Mikael Kasurinen, the director of the game for fifteen-minutes, which you can look for in a separate article soon. Finally, Control will be out sometime next year for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.)
My second-to-last appointment was to see Gearbox Software’s Project 1v1 (first-person shooter game) on the PC. The behind-closed-doors demo was playable and involved visiting a small/intimate map to face another player in a 1v1, five-minute deathmatch. Sadly, I didn’t do well during my short game play, yet I will blame the E3 fatigue for the hiccup. (wink)
I do believe that this game will fit perfectly in the e-sports market, due to how intense a match can get, while I’m sure a spectator mode will be available as well since almost every online multiplayer game currently has that feature. Overall, I am very much intrigued to see where this project goes long-term, due to the reasons stated above. The game, however, is still in pre-alpha so players are going to have wait a bit longer for the release. Hopefully, the wait isn’t too long.
As I was heading back to the South Hall, I was getting ready to face some zombies thanks to Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake demo. If you have played Resident Evil 4, it played exactly like that game in the controls/pacing arena, but while being in third-person, with Leon Kennedy being a playable character. The zombies are slow but still determined to kill you and the gore is… let’s just say this game isn’t kid friendly.
To those unfamiliar with the series, you can learn more about the Resident Evil series here and/or play Resident Evil 4 to get familiar with the system RE2 remake will be using. (You can still buy a new physical copy of RE4 on Amazon for $19.29. As for the remake, RE2 is scheduled for January 25, 2019 for the Xbox One, PC, and PS4.)
Located outside of the South Hall, the E3 demo of Spyro Reignited Trilogy was available to try out. In the seven-minute long demo, I played two levels as the fire-breathing dragon named Spyro, who is still using that third-person camera system, as well as being pretty adorable too. The visuals inside of the demo had a cartoonish look to them, which I thought fit perfectly for this type of remaster. It’s a talking dragon inside of a goofy world; it is not Dragonheart for crying out loud!
The controls are simple and easy to grasp, so no one needs to be a ‘game master’ for this type of game. In my opinion this will be great for a family looking for something to play together without the gore or excessive violence. Overall, I believe that Spyro fans will have quite the nostalgia trip when playing the full game later this year. (Spyro Reignited Trilogy is scheduled for September 21, 2018 on the PS4 and Xbox One.)
My last appointment of the day took me back to the show floor (inside the West Hall) with another PC survival game called Fractured Lands by Unbroken Studios. As with every other game in the survival genre, Fractured Lands uses the same basic concept (be the last one standing) as well as the same basic keyboard/mouse controls. However, what made the demo stand out was its Mad Max visuals, which was I found to be neat since I am a fan of that movie franchise. In my play through, there were seven players left to find in the match yet the servers got turned off before I could find them, so I do not know if I would have won or not. I was having fun surviving, but it happens sometimes that you never really know how well you have performed. (As for trying out the game, you can sign up for the closed beta by clicking here.)
So, there you have it! With E3 2018 in the books, it is time to wait for the next round of games to come out this year and in 2019. I had a blast playing/seeing the games at this con, yet do remember that no matter how big or small a company is, everyone has worked their butts off to get to E3, thus I do recommend checking out the games I mentioned above. You never know, you may like one game or all of them. As for the show itself, you can look for a separate forthcoming article detailing what I thought about E3, so tuned for that. I truly believe that the future is bright for we gamers, due to what I saw at this year’s E3…the games were amazing to see!
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