The joystick has been a constant peripheral to my existence for as long as I can remember. Early memories are filled with hours of playing the classic wood-grained Atari 2600 and its horrible Pac-Man adaptation along with classics such as Combat and Space Explorers. From there I graduated like many to the NES in an almost endless pursuit to save Princess Toadstool from the clutches of Bowser, and sunk hours of my adolescence blowing into cartridges to unlock the secrets that had me playing with power. After that, I drifted from the TurboGrafx 16, to the Genesis, to the Dreamcast, to the Xbox, Xbox 360, and now the Xbox One. Gaming has been a constant part of my life, but my excitement for gaming had diminished in the past few years to the point that my Xbox One had been mainly relegated to a YouTube and Netflix machine.
However, all of that changed with this year’s E3 and as a result my Xbox one has seen more action in a week than it has in the past year. Much of my interest had dwindled, as the industry has been focusing heavily on AAA titles such as Call of Duty and Assassins Creed over the years. Frankly, many of these franchises either never gained my interest to begin with, or I just never enjoyed playing them when I did. E3 2017 has somehow reinvigorated my desire to game again and here are the reasons why.
Cuphead is FINALLY getting released!
Originally announced back in 2015, Cuphead excited me back then, and excites me even more now. Please note that it takes a lot for a game to excite me, and Cuphead does so with its 1930’s cartoon-style graphics and its innovative shooter style game play. The last game that I preordered for any console was the collector’s edition of Robotech: Battlecry for the original Xbox, but that was before Cuphead. September 29th can’t come soon enough.
Original Xbox backwards compatibility.
This is something that I have only dreamed about, but is now becoming a reality. As someone who owned an original Xbox, I still have a few physical games lying around that I would love to play again. I really hope that they work with EA and Bioware to make Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire part of the program, as I would love to play them again.
P.S.: Can I get a little love for Shenmue II?
Nintendo makes you really want a Switch.
The premise for the Switch was always interesting to me, but I was sure that I would never buy one. After seeing what Nintendo offered up at E3, I am starting to develop an itch (a remote one) to possibly to get a Switch. Super Mario Odyssey looks absolutely fantastic! Miyamoto-san and company have actually made me want to play Mario again.
Spider-Man PS4 looks AMAZING!
Oh my goodness did you see that footage? It was glorious! This new Spider-Man game looks to recapture much of the greatness in the Spider-Man games that gave out during the PlayStation One era, while heaping on a dash or two of the Batman: Arkham series of games. While it does look great, it’s not something that would persuade me to purchase a PS4. I will be very much content to watch the walkthroughs on YouTube when the game comes out sometime next year.
As a devoted HALO fan I was a bit disappointed that there was not an announcement of a new game in the series. Also I keep holding out hope that Left 4 Dead 3 will be announced one day, but it didn’t happen this year. Even without these announcements, though, E3 2017 has left me energized to play games again. I’m sure that my Xbox One is thanking me while my family is secretly cursing me out.