E3 2021 was…subdued and my top 5 picks this year.

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I can say this E3 was pretty subdued this year and understandably so. It also showed the after-effects of COVID which has slowed a lot of productions as the industry tries to adjust to working at home. Microsoft did show some promise and Nintendo was a crowd-pleaser, but that isn’t saying much since a lot of the industry wasn’t there. Nintendo kickstarted this with the ‘Direct’ format with Sony & others then following suit. Since Sony has been a part of E3 since 2019 I’ll have to pick stuff from other platforms. Some of my choices will have a PS4 or 5 release so there’s not much to worry about there.

5.) Battlefield 2042

Looks like a good MP shooter, but worried about how it’ll launch. The return of BF3-4 era tech with a futuristic touch is welcome. We’ll get a better grasp on the game with the public tech test. BF 2042 will coming out on October 22, 2021.

4.) Trek to Yomi

Trek to Yomi has an intriguing art style and true ‘cinematic’ presentation. We’re talking about a filmic 24 FPS and looks like a very story oriented experince. This is suprising since it’s from the developers of the Shadow Warrior Reboot series.

3.) 12 Minutes

12 Minutes has a unique premise with star power such as William DeFoe (Spiderman 2002), Daisey Ridley (Star Wars Sequel Series), and James McAvoy (X-Men First Class) showing up. You play as a man stuck in a time loop in a point-and-click adventure style of game. 12 Minutes will be coming August 19, 2021.

2.) Metroid Dread

It’s a new 2.5 D Metroid from Mercury Stream who also worked on the Metroid 2: Samus Returns remake for the 3DS. This game is inspired by a cancelled Metroid project of the same name. It is coming in October 8, 2021.

1.) Eiyuden Chronicle: Hunderead Heroes

A Suikoden Spiritual successor which was kickstarted in 2020. It featured HD Sprites with 3D Backgrounds similar to Octopath Traveler. Besides your standard small scale battles, you will be able to recruit an army and participate in larger battles. This game has a long way to and is slated for a 2023 release.

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