It’s that time again—the month every gamer waits for with expectant glee. Cinema lovers have film festivals like Tribeca and Sundance, comic book aficionados have events like Comic Con, and gamers have the Electronic Entertainment Expo also known as E3. E3—held every June—is the celebration of everything gaming, in which all the latest software and hardware are shown to the public for the first time. The Spring Creek Sun has compiled a short list of the show’s most exciting announcements, so join us as we delve into the very best of E3 2017.
Assassins Creed: Origins
The latest installment in the Assassins Creed franchise is going all the way back to the inception of the brotherhood of assassins, thus the title Origins. This genesis commences in a gorgeously rendered ancient Egypt. From the dusty desert plains and wild hippopotamus roaming rivers to the golden spires atop the pyramids, it is clear developer Ubisoft has taken extra time and care when translating this historical landscape to the virtual world. New gameplay elements include the ability to fire multiple arrows from a single bow, the capability to majestically slide down the great pyramids, and even being able to partake in gladiator battles. Assassins Creed: Origins is shaping up to be a return to form for the aging franchise.
Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility
As a teen, the original Xbox was my console of choice. I made lifelong friends over the incredible Xbox Live, and participated in many virtual adventures in the worlds of Star Wars, Crimson Skies, Splinter Cell, and many more. Now, almost 15 years later, we could be returning to many of these memorable games. This new update will allow for a specific list of yet to be announced original Xbox discs to be played on Microsoft’s latest console. In addition to this exciting news, head of Xbox Phil Spencer also publicized a new subscription based service that will allow Xbox One users to play digital versions of the classic games as well.
Skull and Bones
Assassins Creed Black Flag is one of the most beloved entries in the entire franchise. The fun mixture of naval warfare and land combat created a truly memorable experience. The people that brought us that swashbuckling adventure are now bringing us Skull and Bones, which, in many ways, seems like a spiritual successor to Black Flag. Not much has been shown thus far, however, its ship versus ship battles unveiled at E3 looked impressive, with sails fluttering violently as gigantic waves encompass the vessels. The boats themselves appear to have various aspects to control, such as the crow’s nest, which is used to spot distant foes, the captain who steers the ship through the waters, and the deck where one orders cannon fire upon enemies.
Currently dubbed Spider-Man PS4, this title is one of the most anticipated upcoming PS4 exclusives. First announced at last year’s E3, we had to wait a whole year to get new gameplay footage. The demo exhibited Spider-Man in stealth mode as the beloved superhero sneaked up on some unaware goons through a construction site before rendering them helpless with a few sprays of his web. Soon the secrecy descended into an all-out brawl, the perfect opportunity for the web-head to showcase some truly incredible moves. Then we got a look at web swinging, a portion of Spider-Man games that tends to be a hit or miss, making past iterations feel inauthentic. Thankfully the developers look to have put extra emphasis on this aspect. The webbing attaches to the buildings allowing for natural, fluid movement.
E3 has and continues to provide the gaming world with fun fuel that kindles our excitement for the years to come.