ESH | The Best of the Big Ones

Now that a lit­tle time has passed since E3 2015, I’ve had some time to reflect back on some of the awe­some titles from the big devel­op­ers. A few of them we’ve seen before and there were even some that are brand new, but all of them are going to rock my socks off when they finally come out. You might be sick of hear­ing about them by now, but I just wanted to take a minute to give props to all of the big games that excite me most from E3 2015.

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ESH | Seeds of a Harvest Moon

One of the most com­monly enjoyed activ­i­ties in video games might be sur­pris­ing. Fun­nily enough, in stark con­trast to real­ity, peo­ple just love doing chores in video games. Enter one of the most pop­u­lar of these games in the his­tory: Har­vest Moon. I got a chance to see a very early build of the lat­est entry in the series, Har­vest Moon: Seeds of Mem­o­ries, and Nat­sume has promised that they have taken many of the promis­ing fea­tures from Har­vest Moon: The Lost Val­ley and incor­po­rated them into what makes the series spe­cial for this new title.

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ESH | Magic Duels Does Free Right

Free-to-play is always a dan­ger­ous propo­si­tion to make, but it can cer­tainly be done the right way. Wiz­ards of the Coast are very pro­tec­tive of Magic: The Gath­er­ing, and why shouldn’t they be, it’s one of the most pop­u­lar games in the world. As such, they’ve put quite a bit of thought into bring­ing Magic Duels: Ori­gins into the free-to-play TCG arena and are, at this point at least, say­ing all the right things to keep those red flags from pop­ping up in my head.

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ESH | PES Has Their 20th Birthday

Sports video games have never been a huge thing for me. I’m just not a big enough fan of the sports them­selves to get the con­text of what I’m play­ing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched soc­cer matches and under­stand the basic rules, but I’m cer­tainly not an expert. This gave me an inter­est­ing idea: to try out PES 2016 at E3 from the per­spec­tive of some­one who is not a huge soc­cer or sports video game fan.

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ESH | It’s Adventure Game Time

True to the hyper­ac­tive nature of the the show itself, every time a new Adven­ture Time game arises, it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the last. From launch­ing Finn through to air to pay­ing homage to The Leg­end of Zelda: A Link to the Past, they’ve cov­ered a lot of ground through the years. One sur­pris­ing genre they haven’t yet cov­ered, since it’s lit­er­ally in the title of the show, is adven­ture games. Vicious Cycle Soft­ware looks to solve this prob­lem with Adven­ture Time: Finn & Jake Inves­ti­ga­tions later this year.

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ESH | Halo’s Warzone Welcoming to New Players

I never found my way to get­ting into the Halo series over the years. Whether through the fact that I adopted the Xbox 360 fairly late or was too busy play­ing Super Smash Bros. Melee, I just don’t have a link to the ear­lier parts of the series. Sure, I’ve absorbed quite a bit of what the games are through osmo­sis, being so plugged into the indus­try, but I could count on one hand the num­ber of times I’ve sat down to play any of them. Thus, when I was invited to play the game at E3 this year by Microsoft, I thought it would be a great way to come at Halo 5: Guardians from a com­pletely fresh per­spec­tive, free of expec­ta­tions from what came before it. What I ended up with both sur­prised me and didn’t with my impres­sions of the mul­ti­player mode Warzone.

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ESH | The Banner Saga 2 Marches Onward

Break­ing onto the scene in early 2014, The Ban­ner Saga imme­di­ately turned heads with a unique blend of beau­ti­ful art and strate­gic com­bat. The game was also filled with tough deci­sions that often had some heart-breaking con­se­quences. The Ban­ner Saga 2 looks to travel a sim­i­lar path as its pre­de­ces­sor, with some upgrades that will make the game an even more cin­e­matic and engross­ing experience.

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E3 2015 | Show Floor Glimpse

The E3 show floor is a pretty crazy sight to behold and one of the worst places on planet Earth to have a hang­over. For just a brief time, I shot a lit­tle bit of video walk­ing around the show floor to give you an idea. Enjoy and try to imag­ine you’re there and play­ing all those unre­leased games! The thumbs up at the end is for Until Dawn, by the way, because it’s awesome.

ESH | Skyshine’s Bedlam Combines Post-Apolcalypse and Rogue-like

With the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road, being such a hit, the car-filled desert apoc­a­lypse has been very much in vogue of late. The Rogue-like genre has also seen quite a bit of a boom recently. If both of these things appeal to you, then Sun­shine Games has some very good news for you in the form of their new game: Skyshine’s Bed­lam.

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E3 2015 | Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer

You read that title cor­rectly. I played Halo 5: Guardians this year at E3! What’s bet­ter is that they pro­vided cap­ture equip­ment so I could pre­serve the whole thing and share it with all of you. I’m pretty new to the series, so I do a lot of just play­ing around with all the stuff you can do. Enjoy and sub­scribe to my YouTube chan­nel for more video fun!