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4 Of The Coolest Announcements From E3 (That Nobody Is Talking About)
E3 is always stuffed with awesome announcements…it’s kind of a part of the whole thing. Now that E3 is over, it gives us a chance to break down, dissect and basically talk to death all the cool stuff we have seen, and this year’s conference gave us enough material to last for awhile. One drawback of having all this great stuff to talk about though, is that inevitably some things fall through the cracks. Here are four announcements from this year’s conference that I think more people should be talking about.
Betas Available All Around
Amidst all the sweet game announcements, trailers and reveals, one thing I noticed was the amount of early access we will get for some of the games shown at E3. Battlefield: Hardline, Halo 5, Destiny, PlayStation Now, Fable Legends and Dead Island 2 all announced betas now or coming soon. Many have just finished up their time with the Destiny alpha, and getting to see these games in action before they are released is pretty much great for everyone involved. Developers get to run a stress test on their game, and gamers get to play a not even released game, albeit one that still needs some polish, for free. Betas aren’t anything new, but we are seeing more and more of them available to more and more people, and I think it is a great thing.
GTA V Lets You Carry Saves Over Different Consoles
While I was surprised to see GTA V at this year’s E3, I will admit to being excited as soon as I saw Los Santos pop on-screen in all its new-gen glory. I recognized the city instantly, and although I stopped playing the 360 version around the time I got my PS4, I kind of can’t wait to dig back into it again, this time in better resolution. While the graphics look great, and I’m sure Rockstar has some extra content up their sleeve for the new version, there was one announcement that did more to get me hyped than any other. Rockstar announced that you can carry over your multiplayer character from last-gen, which is cool, but nothing too crazy. However, they went one step further and made it to where you can carry your character over from a different console altogether, meaning I can bring my character I started on 360 over to my PS4 version, presumably via the Rockstar Social Club. I put a massive amount of time in getting my character just right in GTA Online, so the fact that all that time wasn’t wasted is enough of a push to make me want to experience it all over again.
Rainbow 6: Siege Takes Destructibility To A New Level
First off, yes, I realize that the look we got at Rainbow Six; Siege is very early, and there is a good chance the game will differ dramatically from what we saw at E3. Snuggled between the pseudo gamer-talk and the unrealistic strategies, you may have noticed the level of destructibility featured in the trailer. From chipping away at walls, to blowing through ceilings to get to the floor, the amount of detail that went in to the destructible environment made Battlefield look like a Lego set. Rainbow Six‘s recent history makes me a bit nervous, and I don’t know how much of that trailer I can take seriously, but if they can follow through on that promise, we could be in for a real treat. And explosions….those too.
Far Cry 4 Let’s You Play With Friends That Don’t Own The Game
This one blew me away. Far Cry 4 looks amazing enough on its own, and for this writer at least, it is a must buy. Yes, I was blown away by the beautiful island setting, the unhinged antagonist and the rampaging elephants, but one announcement in particular completely stunned me. Apparently, if you own a copy of Far Cry 4, you can play the cooperative multiplayer with other gamers who don’t even own the game. I have no idea how that is going to work, but that is an awesome move. While I will definitely be buying it, not all my friends will, so this makes it plausible to play it with them. Of course, there are very few details available about how exactly it’s going to work, what sort of pricing (if any) there will be and whether or not there are any time restrictions, but, at its core, this is an a amazing idea that I hope catches on.