EVO2017

Alright folks, so due to awesome circumstances I've found myself in Vegas at the same time for not only a Dirty Heads show, but EVO 2017.

Via Wikipedia (truncated): The Evolution Championship Series (EVO or Evo) is an annual esports event that focuses exclusively on fighting games. The tournament is a completely open tournament and uses the double elimination format. The first Evolution was originally held as a Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Alpha 2 tournament called the Battle by the Bay. It changed its name to Evo in 2002. Every successive tournament has seen an increase of attendees. It has been held at various venues across the Las Vegas Valley since 2005.

( Evolution Championship Series. (2017, July 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:24, July 15, 2017)

I don't really know how to word this other than I am lucky, or privileged. The slang of the times would say "blessed" but that infers holy, and I highly doubt the higher power decides whether I go to video game conventions or see my friends band. That being said, this has been a pretty solid vacation. (Aye-aye-aye) Long story short, my buddy is a main AV guy for the company that works for EVO every year, and he just walked me in. I was unfortunately only able to stay for two hours, but other than the Finals, I got a good gist of what it's all about. I've decided on presenting this blog as I experienced it, including pictures. This will help further my recollection of the the day, as well as probably be a bit more interesting to read. Onward and upward!

 

 

PSA: Don't peacock in a kilt. ZERO people like it except you.

PSA: Don't peacock in a kilt. ZERO people like it except you.

As per usual here comes the rant. Okay Gamers. I get it. You don't go out in public a lot, thus you do not know how to public. But for the love of god DO NOT pull Crazy Ivan's (ie walk in a direction in a crowd for a period of time then abruptly do a 180 degree turn around), stop in the middle of a walking path, or go thru multi-doored doorways on the left (we learned to walk on the right in grade school). Also, deodorant and please be able to feel when your buttcrack is showing. Oh yea, this too. DON'T be kilt guy.

Lots of vendors as I walked around.

Lots of vendors as I walked around.

Really awesome cabinet for an Indie Game called "Killer Queen". Totally attracted players.

Really awesome cabinet for an Indie Game called "Killer Queen". Totally attracted players.

A local shop by me in SoCal has these machines for sale, if interested.

A local shop by me in SoCal has these machines for sale, if interested.

Baldhead Slick & da Click

Baldhead Slick & da Click

You can tell they are legit from New York based on the bodega style alone. 100%

You can tell they are legit from New York based on the bodega style alone. 100%

Also their collection was LEGIT.

Also their collection was LEGIT.

Don't know how to feel about this. Smart marketing or asshole move?

Don't know how to feel about this. Smart marketing or asshole move?

This was part bring your own console, part random open tourney area that anyone could get down on.

This was part bring your own console, part random open tourney area that anyone could get down on.

Street Fighter V pool contestants.

Street Fighter V pool contestants.

So this shot above represents what it's like to compete in the pools, early in the weekend. I had a good buddy compete in SFV and Injustice. He did well, a sort of moral victory, but I know he hasn't been playing a lot lately, it's just a fun time. I found out registration was $75 and then $10 a game. I guess they have to pay the overhead and prize pool somehow, but I don't know if that's a lot or not. The fact that ANYONE can enter EVO is pretty awesome.

Here are some observations I've made. This event felt, I don't know how to word it other than thrown together. It didn't have a "polished" feel. Maybe I'm just used to the way E3 is run, so I am comparing. What's crazy is that this is supposedly its biggest year. It must have felt like some kids threw it together in their garage years prior. Honestly, it made it kind of cool too. You could really just walk up and watch anyone playing, or play anything, or challenge anyone. Bring your own console is a pretty cool idea, as I travel with mine a lot. (God I need a Switch) Another thing is I know for Finals they switch to a seated venue, and ESPN broadcasts it (for the second year). ESPN is on a downward spiral. Picking up eSports and things like the Drone Racing League are really smart if they want to stay relevant. Fox Sports seems to be taking over "actual" sports. (Don't flame me for that comment)

This pretty stage is what my buddy controls for the most part, and where the marquee matches go.

This pretty stage is what my buddy controls for the most part, and where the marquee matches go.

$12 drinks expected and needed. Crown and Ginger. The bartender said its slow. DUH. Competing gamers dont drink.

$12 drinks expected and needed. Crown and Ginger. The bartender said its slow. DUH. Competing gamers dont drink.

Catching the competition properly because adult.

Catching the competition properly because adult.

More BYOConsole areas sponsored by GAEMS. (Jared owns one)

More BYOConsole areas sponsored by GAEMS. (Jared owns one)

More vendor village. Really love the independent artists that show up. Incredible work.

More vendor village. Really love the independent artists that show up. Incredible work.

Walking around more.

Walking around more.

/startrant. I don't know how I feel about this. A lot of the vendors straight rip off art. You didn't create pikachu, or mario, or whatever. Even if in "original" scenes, I still feel like you are stealing. You didn't pay Nintendo or anyone anythign to use their designs. /endrant

I don't know if its inaugural but EVO is expanding and that's good for gaming.

I don't know if its inaugural but EVO is expanding and that's good for gaming.

ALVINLEEART.com amazing art. This guy would personalize pieces with paint markers. Solid.

ALVINLEEART.com amazing art. This guy would personalize pieces with paint markers. Solid.

More people making money off stuff they didn't design. (this clearly irks me)

More people making money off stuff they didn't design. (this clearly irks me)

Thank god for this. Usually one of my favorite areas. Also: Nidhogg 2

Thank god for this. Usually one of my favorite areas. Also: Nidhogg 2

Much asian. Very Gamer. Literally saw many bows over here, no joke.

Much asian. Very Gamer. Literally saw many bows over here, no joke.

As a fan of case modding in general, and having racing striped my PC as a kid, this made me happy.

As a fan of case modding in general, and having racing striped my PC as a kid, this made me happy.

So. Sexy.

So. Sexy.

I am a bit aroused.

I am a bit aroused.

Snick. Snick.

Snick. Snick.

Much like E3 many playable titles like MVC3, DBZ Fighter, and FF Dissidia. I did not play. No rhyme or reason to the lines.

Much like E3 many playable titles like MVC3, DBZ Fighter, and FF Dissidia. I did not play. No rhyme or reason to the lines.

Beautiful site. Mecca of gaming. Honestly a sight to behold.

Beautiful site. Mecca of gaming. Honestly a sight to behold.

First days aren't very media friendly. Getting it done tho. I respect that.

First days aren't very media friendly. Getting it done tho. I respect that.

I want this print on everything.

I want this print on everything.

EVERYTING!

EVERYTING!

So that was essentially my EVO2017 experience. It was early in the competition, so it was less "exciting". I did however get to check out the lay of the land, play a few old school fighters, meet up with great friends, and experience one of the most epic competitions in gaming. I wish I could say I liked fighters more. I have a decent reptile on MK3 and Ken in street fighter, but nothing worth putting money down. Hopefully I will be back next year, and plan for better coverage of the event. (as usual service sucks in there).

Thanks for reading, it means alot. -keeb

e3 Wrap Up what what

So I waited until this afternoon to make this post. I want to take some time on it. There is a lot to reflect on from e3. I tend to ramble, so here goes.

 

e3 game plan: This year being open to the public, it was definitely different. The first day, I kinda loathed the green passes. Now, looking back it wasn't too bad. Let me say this, I am privileged. I had an industry pass and knew a prominent PR person for Activision, and that made things alot easier. I have a good sense of my surrounds for the most part, and when I say that, I know how to ninja past security and giant fucking lines. I've been to too many festivals and worked with too many musicians to be stuck out of a place. I was told lines started, at fucking 630am. Let me give you guys a pro tip. DONT DO THAT. Real talk, you ONLY save yourself MAYBE 30 minutes of waiting. For that you have to deal with complete garbage. Passive aggressive gamers all cramming in a small area. Then running to games in which they have no idea where they are. Its mayhem. Do what I do. The first day doors open 12pm to the public. Show up at like 11:45. Look around, see the bullshit. Then walk past ALL of it. Find the weak entry point and hover around like you belong. As soon as they let people thru look for some sort of Assassins Creed type commotion and walk thru that. Here is a picture literally moments before I did just this.

Soon after I slipped in with some confused people and not a person said a thing. Sploosh.

Soon after I slipped in with some confused people and not a person said a thing. Sploosh.

Look, I'm not saying be a dick. I was by myself. If someone called me out I would have moved on. But I am saying be smart. I probably caught a bit of bad karma but it all balances out. So just to recap quickly, knowing someone at Activision made my experience most likely better than the public attendee. I waited in the Destiny 2 line (which you could only queue for until like 11am before it was shut down for the day) for about 30 minutes before getting smart and texting my buddy. He walked down and got me and stuck me in a media demonstration. Here's the thing, this was amazing but also shitty. My teammates were just random media people who didn't even pick up the controller. But for 2v4 i still went 1.14. I was honestly kinda of heated because Destiny is my shit, so dont fuck with my shit. Whatever it was PVP and I wanted PVE. That being said, this final day, I went back to Activision and got the literal LAST game play demo for Call of Duty WWII. I'm glad I did and I'll get more into that later. My long winded point is this, if I was a public attendee, that would have been tough to pull off. The non PS Experience app demos filled up VERY quickly, so you had to chose your poison. If I had paid for an e3 pass, I probably would have been livid. I don't like going to a convention and feeling rushed to get in line after line. If you wanted to just cruise and look around, you weren't playing much (at least AAA titles). Even I got shut out of a lot of games. Day 1 you get your bearings, day two you try to slam in the big stuff (giggidy), and day three I usually just walk around and take in a few wierd titles or new IPs. Also, be nice. Dont stop or do a Crazy Ivan in the center lane. Use your head.

It's like this. If you know people with Nintendo you dont wait in line. Those are their big titles with NO ONE FUCKING PLAYINGGGGGGGG

It's like this. If you know people with Nintendo you dont wait in line. Those are their big titles with NO ONE FUCKING PLAYINGGGGGGGG

Some dude stoked on Halo Wars 2: Awakening The Nightmare

Some dude stoked on Halo Wars 2: Awakening The Nightmare

Cruising around before picking what to do. There's a computer in there.

Cruising around before picking what to do. There's a computer in there.

I love case modding but this is a bit much. Beast machine tho.

I love case modding but this is a bit much. Beast machine tho.

Reusing this picture, again. I actually played on PC. And it was a story mission. lol

Reusing this picture, again. I actually played on PC. And it was a story mission. lol

Okay, so the big thing for me day three was Destiny 2 on PC in glorious 4k 60FPS. My wait was just under two hours. It's a decently long story mission, they let you fiddle with settings and your load out. Let me tell you this folks. This is a LONG FUCKING TIME COMING. I'm a mouse and keyboard player for pretty much everything. I grew up PC gaming and that's what I know. They have a few adapters for xbox one etc that I considered, but never picked up. I always said "give me a mouse and keyboard and I'll slay". Well it was time to put up or shut up. IMO I was an all around more solid player. Map awareness and checking my surroundings was so much smoother. Grenades and melee are a key away. Once I nail down the layout, I'm gonna be sick. I used a scout rifle and hand cannon as my Kinetic primaries, and mainly the Linear Fusion Rifle, aka baby Sleeper Simulant. The reason I used these was to test out accuracy. Holy shit. I used WAY less ammo, had more precision shots, and overall felt badass. I NEED A PC. It's funny, I have been saying "i wont pay 300+ for a single game" (aka switch and zelda) but fuck I'm about to drop 1k on a PC for destiny 2 lolol. Oh yea, I played thru the story mission, Homecoming. It's been fairly heavily covered but here's a synopsis. The tower is attacked by Cabal, led by Commander Zavala you evacuate. You see the Cabal, led by Gary, imprison/capture the Traveler. Fight fight fight until the cliffhanger before the Gary/Gaul reveal. You got to play the Warlock Dawnblade subclass which was perfect because I had played Titan Striker and Hunter Arcstrider already (my top choices). Let me say this, even though I did not use the Phoenix Dive, I am SOLD on Dawnblade. I am seriously considering changing my main for D2 (quack quack). I really liked having rifts, aka zones you can throw down to give/receive buffs (giggidy). It adds more support to the game, which is what I LOVE doing. Oh yea, I forgot to mention. Playing in 4k at 60 solid FPS was amazing. Not only did Zavala have his awoken markings, but those there were tertiary marks that swirled thru his face and moved. It was impressive. The game on whole just looked more next gen, and polished. I loved it. All in all, I'm sold on Destiny 2, and based on the e3 reaction, so is the public.

Again recycling pics. Whatever.

Again recycling pics. Whatever.

So during my wait in the Destiny 2 line, I was not able to get Battlefront II reservations (well I HAD them but that app fucking blows) so I settled for a Spiderman theater demo. Man was I happy I did. I took some notes considering I wasn't playing. My first three impressions were this. Fuck yes!, Arkham Spiderman?, and Wilson Fisk (seems to be the initial bad guy). Spiderman has the young voice (I cant place the voice actor nor have I seen the newer movies) and as per typical spidey, is very acrobatic. The animations they had in this build seemed fluid, and with a lot of variety (such as setting proximity traps that ensnare). A lot of the "punishes" are amazing animations that you can really feel the "crunch" and many include the surrounding environment. Targeting seemed to be on point with many options, opened by using different buttons when prompted. When swinging thru New York there was a great sense of height. All throughout the demo the voice acting and dialogue seemed very solid. I think the enemies have some black sort of telekenetic power? All in all this may be a good superhero game for once. Remember how good the one on Dreamcast was?!

The official Twitch stream booth. I really wanna jump on set once. Like on the final day.

The official Twitch stream booth. I really wanna jump on set once. Like on the final day.

From the backstage media hands-on demo. No photos allowed.

From the backstage media hands-on demo. No photos allowed.

So after the spiderman presentation it was actually late in the day already. The final day of e3, always a Thursday, for some reason closes an hour early. Regardless, having shown up late to begin with, I thought this would be the end of my day. This would have been fine and I would have walked around and taken pictures. But as I walked back to the South Hall, I figured I'd stroll by Activision. Lo and behold my buddy was just standing around looking exhausted. (e3 starts on Saturday for industry people) After chatting, having not played COD WWII I figured I'd ask. Sure enough he leads me upstairs.

Call of Duty World War II honestly didn't get me TOO excited. I haven't spend money on a COD game in a while, but I will admit I was impressed with Infinite Warfare (I was given a free copy). So I went in, kinda blah. On Tuesday I had seen the media presentation, but did not get gameplay. This time I did. I was actually the last group to go in, and it was a blast. First we played team deathmatch. They pointed out how they customized each soldier, and there really was a lot of options. The problem is usually that means IRL $ or much grinding. Anyways in this mode I tested out several weapons. I cannot remember all the names, but my trusty MP40 was an option, and I used that quite a bit. After TDM which we won, we played a mode called War. Despite the boring name, the mode is anything but. You're either Axis or Allies. You basically either attack or defend three points. First ammo, then a bridge, then stop or advance the tank. This was great fun. I changed to a sniper (I forget the model, its the black one) and started to do great. I thought we were behind the whole match, but ended up winning at the end as we stopped the tank literally feet from the gate. All in all COD WWII was impressive and has me rethinking my "dont buy COD games" policy.

For the rest of the day I walked around. At one point I literally left, but realized I wouldnt get home any sooner so I went back. I did a quick Instagram (@worthlessgamereview) live stream walk through, and got a TON of swag. Pins, bags, lanyards etc. Be on the look out for contests on WGR's IG or Snapchat (wgr_snaps). Thanks for reading, I had a blast writing. Until next year!

-keeb out

 

I was literally walking out then walked back in.

I was literally walking out then walked back in.

Skyrim VR actually looks annoying. You point a laser in game to where you wanna walk, then click, and click, and click....

Skyrim VR actually looks annoying. You point a laser in game to where you wanna walk, then click, and click, and click....

eSports Zone

eSports Zone

Engadget Stream

Engadget Stream

Blast o the past

Blast o the past

The Duke

The Duke

When you bat your eyelashes at the cute blue haired Bethesda girl and get a hat at the end of the day. Like I said be polite, I waited, got her attention and asked. She was very nice.

When you bat your eyelashes at the cute blue haired Bethesda girl and get a hat at the end of the day. Like I said be polite, I waited, got her attention and asked. She was very nice.

Day Two: A Look Behind

So Day Two had wrapped up and I'm home. After a few games of Destiny and dinner (sorry for the late post but I had to unwind) I dumped all my photos and here I am. I was ALMOST distracted by that Werner Herzog Antarctica film, but alas I saw through it. 

You know how they tell you to not project and listen to everything you hear? Well today I was expecting a shit day, the way it started. A random friend thru snapchat/e3 last year told me the line was insane... at 8:30am. I had just barely begun my public transportation journey. When 930 finally rolled around (the Sony Experience App registration time) it decided to crap out on me and I lost my chance. Regardless the point of this long drawn out story is that everything turned out fine. I booked two theater presentations to begin the day which were Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Detroit: Become Human.

I really like the theater presentations if I'm going to try and write about it later, because I can jot notes considering you're usually not allowed to film anything.

Let's start with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Thanks for the free Uncharted bag Naughty Dog! Swag son. So in no particular order here are some of my thoughts on the game. Your main characters are Nadine Ross and Chloe Frazier. Immediately I noticed that the dialogue for Chloe is going to get repetitive and hopefully not too annoying. She's witty and her quips were already a bit much but its early. They really tightened up the variety of kill animation. They look solid when you pull someone off a cliff, and these women have a few tricks up their sleeve you never saw the Drake family pull off. ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE! Lots of it. Well done. I don't remember if this was in U4 but you can shoot whilst sliding. This build did have some noticeable targeting issues, but I'm a nerd. Here is the one epiphany moment I had watching this demo. Naughty Dog KILLS it with the camera angles. It really adds depth and character to a lot of scenes, and goes fairly unnoticed (which is a good thing). Hats off to whoever has that job. All in all Uncharted is a franchise I'm all in on, and am looking forward to playing this game.

I didn't take a picture of Uncharted because it wasn't all fancy.

I didn't take a picture of Uncharted because it wasn't all fancy.

Detroit: Become Human is a title I am eagerly anticipating. I love when a new IP gets me a bit excited, and I jotted a few notes down in my moleskine. First things first. It felt like Deus Ex. The vibe, sterility, and some of the visual effects really give off the same feel. This is a good thing to me, even tho I was disappointed with Mankind Divided. The gentleman giving the presentation mentioned that the studio basically reused some of the same functionality that Heavy Rain used for its controls. Not having played that game, I cannot really comment. The next thing I noticed was how similar their (and for lack of a better term as I don't know what he called it TBH) "vision mode" is to Watch Dogs 2 and its nethack. I love nethack. Bring it. Here is something they repeatedly stressed. OPTION. CHOICE. You decide. There are even meters for it. Pacifist or Violent. To me, this spells fun. I watched some droids (led on by crowd participation you savages) destroy a town center to prove a point. They left us at a cliffhanger of the choice to kill a straight up human or not. We'll see were this game goes because we'll for sure be following its development.

 

Cool display. Hopefully check out this demo tomorrow.

Cool display. Hopefully check out this demo tomorrow.

Depending on how bookings go tomorrow this is my #1 theater show.

Depending on how bookings go tomorrow this is my #1 theater show.

Big Monster Hunter presence this year at e3. I should check out the hype.

Big Monster Hunter presence this year at e3. I should check out the hype.

Further illustrating my point.

Further illustrating my point.

Nice pose breh. Anyways I'll play this tomorrow the line is pretty short.

Nice pose breh. Anyways I'll play this tomorrow the line is pretty short.

Wandering around e3 and you see cool shit.

Wandering around e3 and you see cool shit.

I've clearly taken a wrong turn somewhere.

I've clearly taken a wrong turn somewhere.

So I met up with a buddy Chris after walking around. He's a buddy I've known since the Black Eyed Peas days, and he's a gamer on MVC and LOL. Also works in the industry. While he played a match of MVC, I check out some of the indie games behind him. It wasn't even labeled "Indiecade" so that may be done. Regardless these were smaller kiosks. One kind man asked me if I wanted to play.

We don't look so intelligent.

We don't look so intelligent.

That game was Little Lords of Twilight. This game is actually already out. It reminded me of a PVP version of Xcom or any movement square, turn based game. The PVP and leaderboard aspect of this game is the draw. Really smart concept. It's on both steam (he gave me a code for a copy) and IOS/Android. Check it out, I definitely had fun and can see the addictive appeal.

LLoTGame.com or shop.llotgame.com thanks guys I had fun!

LLoTGame.com or shop.llotgame.com thanks guys I had fun!

I also checked out the (crowdfunded?) port of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. It was fun and quirky like the old one, but in 3D. Some of the controls were buggy and he honestly told me he didnt know how to fix some of the glitches yet. I like hearing that. He showed me all the controls. If you're a fan of the series its a must play. Also, will be on android and iOS.

The next game we played was Dragon Ball FighterZ or however it spelt/pronounced. Mind you, my buddy Chris competitively plays Marvel vs Capcom so I thought I was gonna get smashed. We've never played each other but I'm no slouch. So there he is, looking at the move list. I took once glance and realized its a fighter game. Forward and back circles + buttons = wreck. And that I did. I beat him with a team of SS2 Gohan (after he beat cell), Cell, and Vegeta (same era). There were only like 5-8 fighters to choose from. IT WAS A BLAST. Doing instant transmissions is so gratifying, and the punishers... punish. This will be a MLG game or whatever as long as its balanced. Side note: I didnt throw a kamehameha, I had 7 stacks of power built up but didn't know how :(

Uninspired decor for DBZ but fun game.

Uninspired decor for DBZ but fun game.

We got to play up on the podium.

We got to play up on the podium.

Hands down best cosplay. I had to stop and ask him for a pic. Only time I've done that.

Hands down best cosplay. I had to stop and ask him for a pic. Only time I've done that.

Vroom vroom sucka

Vroom vroom sucka

Nintendo always goes all out.

Nintendo always goes all out.

So after waiting 4 hours for Zelda last year, I only waited about 45 for Super Mario Odyssey. I'm gonna be honest here, I'm not a huge Mario fan, and really only wanted the shirt and especially the pin. After playing the game on the switch, they added some cool features. Still not sure if I'm sold on the joycon, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. Flinging your hat made me think of "flickadawrist" the whole time. It's really unique because there are traditional "levels" (with even more traditional 2D type games built into the walls, accessed via tubes) and exploring ones where you are in a town. I'd like to check out more, but again, I wasn't super thrilled about it.

XBOX One X or whatever

XBOX One X or whatever

Kinda psyched for this, will play tomorrow I hope.

Kinda psyched for this, will play tomorrow I hope.

Hands on tomorrow?

Hands on tomorrow?

I'm using an old photo from yesterday because I didnt take one today on my camera roll

I'm using an old photo from yesterday because I didnt take one today on my camera roll

So I alluded to it a bit early in this blog. My day was eventful but awesome. After missing out on the 930 RSVP, I tried for 1pm...and... got it? Sorta. It was stuck. The app blows. I screenshot and basically talked my way in to play the campaign mission for Destiny 2, The Inverted Spire. Oh man. This is what I wanted. I'm going to be all over the place, as with a hands on demo I cant take detailed notes. First off. It feels like Destiny. The gun play is tight, and everything fits in place. For this strike I chose my main, the Titan. The Striker class has some new abilities. Every subclass now has a "job ability". Its a cooldown based action. For Titan strikers you get a little or big translucent shield you get to place on the ground. You have the ability to duck and cover fire behind it. When you do, it reloads your magazine. REALLY sweet. I feel like this may get some nerfs quickly. Lightning grenades got a tweak, as they take some time to "charge" before emitting a torrent of arc energy. Titan skating is essentially gone, but movement is fine. I dont know if it was the gear I had on or it was changed, but Titans throw the grenade a bit different now, as all mine were short. Everything felt refined. There were even better warp/jump/teleport pads. The scenery was still Venus, but felt fresh with next gen paint. Finally I got to use the super. It did not disappoint. Having several lower damage smashes, accompanied by a shoulder charge melee much like the Hammer Titan has now, adds mobility to the subclass that was much needed. It's not just one and done blow your load, you get to pick and chose your victims. VERY fun. I'm not going to explain the strike, other than the fact that this is a next gen game is CLEAR. Drills were carving the landscape, floors were dropping from beneath your feet, and just overall mayhem was going on. It felt big. And epic. As Destiny 2 should.

Mayhap see you tomorrow, Wolfenstein?

Mayhap see you tomorrow, Wolfenstein?

Image taken on the walk out.

Image taken on the walk out.

Day Two: The Road Ahead

Today should be amazing, DESPITE the fact I hear the line is giant. I won't arrive until about 20 minutes after open. If my e3 science is rad, I can sneak past the line (aka cut gracefully). The line for Super Mario Oddessey (sp?) will be insane already but let's hope it's not. Otherwise I'll hit it tomorrow. You get a hat and pin. At 9:30am PST I can try and reserve a spot in the Playstation Experience app. Going to go for Destiny 2 first because you get to play The Inverted Spire, a campaign mission. (I gotta try Warlock or Titan) I'm sitting here tapping away trying to formulate a game plan for today, but to be honest e3 is crazy this year. Fucking savages. 

Day One Wrap Up

So service sucks in that madhouse, so I am going to recap at the end of the day. This will be in SOME sort of order as I walked around the exhibits, but today really helped me get the lay of the land. Honestly, with e3 now open to the public, it becomes a bit of a drag. Us veterans get mad at the "green passers". The lines are much longer, and the organizers seem a bit frazzled. Lots of Leeroy Jenkins going on.

This is what I had to contend with today. Happy to say I skipped all of that.

This is what I had to contend with today. Happy to say I skipped all of that.

Instead of waiting in the insane line ride, I checked out some art in a gallery.

Plaguelands art from Destiny.

Plaguelands art from Destiny.

Ran into this guy roaming around... twice.

Ran into this guy roaming around... twice.

SSSSSAAAAAYYYYYYGGGGGAAAAAHHHHH

SSSSSAAAAAYYYYYYGGGGGAAAAAHHHHH

duh

duh

So Destiny 2 was the first stop. Duh. I waited in the normal line for about 30 minutes. Then I got smart and hit up my Activision PR contact. He got me and brought me to the media area. I got to play the game mode Countdown with the worst team ever. Literally two players weren't playing. I went 1.14 k/d, got to use Arc Strider subclass (i didnt really know how to do anything but melee), and learned a few things. Nades are not one shots in PVP. It took three melee hunters to take a guardian down from full health. Tomorrow I will play The Inverted Spire strike and hopefully a titan/warlock. Definitely going back.

In orbit with new ships!

In orbit with new ships!

game type is 4v4 countdown which is new

game type is 4v4 countdown which is new

Shoutout to the Activision PR team for the 'backstage passes'

Shoutout to the Activision PR team for the 'backstage passes'

Media presentation of COD WWII

Media presentation of COD WWII

Ventured past this sick FFXIV hologram.

Ventured past this sick FFXIV hologram.

Probably the Street Fighter creator or someone similarly important as I walked past.

Probably the Street Fighter creator or someone similarly important as I walked past.

Okay so this is important to me. Quake 3 arena basically shaped me into the gamer I am today. It introduced me to modding, map making, and a plethora of other things. OF COURSE I had to play. The line moved slow and the game crashed. In fact I had to wait for another round because my build crashed. I was teamed up with kids. I went 9 and 9. It felt SO GOOD to play again, and fresh. They pull fans out to play pros, so hopefully tomorrow that'll be me. Also, if your team wins, you get a quake hat. I NEED THAT HAT.

Quake Champions case mod.

Quake Champions case mod.

Adjacent to Quake Champions, Wolfenstein. I'll check it out for sure this week.

Adjacent to Quake Champions, Wolfenstein. I'll check it out for sure this week.

Another important guy I cant place.

Another important guy I cant place.

Guy with the best Destiny shirt in the Quake Champions line.

Guy with the best Destiny shirt in the Quake Champions line.

Nyko booth always lit.

Nyko booth always lit.

I'll check out Marvel vs Capcom Infinite for sure. Was just walking by this.

As for Nintendo I have to check out what they are demoing. Last year I waited four hours. I'll wait a little bit of time for the new Mario game, but other than that its not worth it. Tho the area ALWAYS looks cool. May be worth it for schwag.

Shoutout random kid for the photo.

Shoutout random kid for the photo.

Cool art for a game I didn't check out.

Cool art for a game I didn't check out.

Okay, so the South Hall is basically the public hall. The West Hall is what I call the RSVP hall. It is dominated by Sony, and you use their Playstation Experience app to book appointments for games. Today I was lucky enough to get Gran Turismo Sport VR. I had to spam click the app when registration opened up. Typically 930am, 1pm, and 2pm. If you dont get a QR code you're out of luck. Tomorrow I will be trying for Destiny, Battlefront II, and maybe another VR. Overall Gran Turismo was Gran Turismo. Having a steering wheel and VR set was really nice, but honestly I feel its a better game without VR. Not much difference in this game, which isnt a bad thing because its a racing simulator.

That's it from me folks! Today I got the lay of the land, played 3 titles, and took in the glory of the public e3. Tomorrow I go early and try to cram as much in as I can in one day. Check back for updates. Now in true gamer fashion, time to go game more!!!!

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On the road again

It's that time of the year again. The hype is real. I love e3. It's like a two hour travel for me via public transportation but totally worth it. Anyways check back in when something actually interesting happens.

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PlayStation VR: Farpoint

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A bit clunky but decent.

A bit clunky but decent.

So to end e3 I decided to try and get at least one VR demo in. Both the e3 app and PlayStation Experience app absolutely sucked for booking appointments. So at the last minute I hopped in a queue. I lied and said I had an appt. Being near the end of the line, it was a bit hectic. Regardless I was literally the last one to get a 10 minute session in. Yes VR is in its infancy right now. But after playing this game... I WAS BORN FOR THIS! It was so gratifying. All Farpoint was, was a Mars like atmosphere and skittery bugs. Shooting felt pretty natural, and I was pretty damn good with it. Gibbing the spidery-like creatures over and over, limb by limb with the shotgun was a blast. Wish I got more time. I heard the bundle is around $500. It might be worth it. Maybe I can talk Jared into buying it. :p

For Honor

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Really excited line is still open for this. Things have cleared up just before the end, so I'll try and knock some more out. I have to catch a train, and Nintendo was a journey, but I'm gonna stick it out.

Update: 

Game was quite fun, but I was having a bit of trouble with the guarding controls. Granted it was new to me, I found my brain and fingers a bit confused trying to guard the proper direction, then counter attack. Beautifully gorgeous game. Demo was linear, but that's OK. Reminds me slot of Ryse. Cannot wait to play a Viking and ESPECIALLY Samurai. Finisher moves were gory and gratifying.

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Battlefield 1

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This line at test glance doesn't seem so bad. We'll see.

 

Update: 

Line was pretty short. SO WORTH IT. Game even in per-alpha is TOO FUN. I did scout and support loadouts. Scout is a sniper basically, and the bolt action is gnarly. Support is LMG and you can supply ammo. I used incendiary based mainly, and they were effective. Honestly tho, pistols are way over powered right now. There are dedicated vehicle classes now too. I got to caught up playing (I went 8-7 and we also destroyed the other team) to try out a plane or tank. I sat in the gunner seat a few times in tanks, it's pretty rad. Get this game.

Woot Zelda

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Okay, so. Zelda. Phew.

Was it worth 4 hours?! Yes and no. The game is gorgeous no doubt. Controls as usual took some getting used to but we're smooth. There are new temperature and sound mechanics. Can't let Link get too cold or hot. Seems like a ton of weapons. There is also a stamina meter for swimming and climbing. Climbing was fun and most things are climbable. We got two demos. First was to explore the open world, which was fun. I fought some stuff, got the bow, and climbed a tower. Unfortunately that tower did nothing and we sun demo two. Demo two was more story based, I'm pretty sure it's the start of the game. There is a pars glider, but my demo times out before I could get. (If you even can) Wish I had a WiiU for this. Here is your for hour prize:

Almost made 4 hours worth it.

Almost made 4 hours worth it.

The Beginning of the End

Commuter life

Commuter life

Thanks e3

Thanks e3

Making the commute back to e3. Was planning on being early and booking to Nintendo, but the train was a bit late. We'll see. I'll wait regardless, if they let me. Loving this DS Mii Plaza thing. I had 0 and now I have 88+ via spotpass/streetpass. Cool little feature. Back to playing Pokemon Y. Check for updates around 10am PST.

Adios Day 2

So today was alot more packed. I got a decent amount in, but waiting for AAA is gonna have to wait until tomorrow. Battlefield 1, Zelda/Nintendo, For Honor are my top hits. Seeing (kinda) Lil Wayne perform with a skate ramp behind him was a little surreal. Shout out Aldric from The Dark Lords of Goblin, FFXI for hanging with me these past two days. One more to come, I'll be there early. Check back tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

-keeb- 

Uberlicious

Uberlicious

Indie Cade!

In lieu of Nintendo, I checked out some Indiecade games.

 

_transfer

_transfer

_transfer

Easily my favorite thus far. Dialogue driven text game about corrupted memory and the end of the world.  You have to figure out who you are, and interact with strange entities. Horror vibe. Very cool.

Overland

Overland

Overland

Only watched gameplay of this. Blend of FF Tactics and X-Com. Randomly generated world objects, etc. Collect resources and move further west. Encounter weirder monsters as you do. Devs very honest. 5-6 zones so far, 7th new one is an AI mess right now.

 

Obduction

From makers of Myst and Riven. Kickstarter in 2013. You are dropped off in a world. Figure it out. Puzzles. Very excited for this.

We Are Chicago

We Are Chicago

We Are Chicago

Telltale-esque narrative driven game about the south side of Chicago. Trying to put a human light on why inner city people make the decisions they do. They are trying to donate game proceeds to charity, while open some eyes in the process. Watch this game.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

This is a playable demo. Presentations are nice because I can take notes but playable is the best for obvious reasons. Update soon.

 

Update: 

 °squad based for real, need to complete multiple objectives

°11 different ecosystems

°smooth weapon switch and controls for 3rd person (I sniped, it was awesome)

°added scout drone not a hindrance, it helps a lot 

°played two missions. One infiltrate and interrogate then into a helicopter which you parachute out of and into next mission, no load. 

°character customization

Damn line rides

Damn line rides

So close.

So close.