E3 is what dreams are made of. At least my dreams, among millions of other gamers around the globe. Each year the event showcases upcoming games and after last years’ disappointments (Silent Hills canceled, The Division was boring, Evolve was just lame and OMG MAKE LEFT4DEAD 3 ALREADY), this year so far has erased that pain. First off are two major surprises: Death Stranding and Resident Evil 7.


Last year Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills was cancelled (throwing some champagne on the carpet right now for that loss) but this year he brings a new game that looks promising with Death Stranding.


Death Stranding

Not exactly sure what’s going on but the strangeness and curiosity in this game is exciting. It’s not much of a surprise the teaser has such appeal among viewers. The would have been SH installment had a peculiar and terrifying teaser demo P.T. (I can never look at long hallways the same again) which was devised only to get to the actual trailer; pretty clever way to build excitement, even if the project fell through. So all in all, there is hope here for Death Stranding, not because it has Kojima’s touch but it’s the combination it presents: star power with Norman Reedus, supernatural feel and teaser that builds urgency without giving the entire storyline away. We will have to see with the upcoming teasers in the future and game play itself, but it’s already on my list upon release.


Resident Evil 7

This looks like an excellent installment in the series, especially considering 6 was lackluster. In the meantime we have seen a revival of the original RE and Resident Evil Revelations 2, which was an episodic horror series, and an excellent mini-installment. What’s exciting about the new series is the setting and I have to wonder if it’s going to be in this one house (like the very original RE at the mansion), which can be a challenge, unlike its recent predecessors which had several locations that spanned countries. Another thing is the graphics are pretty spot on and I have to admit it reminds me a little but of P.T., which is a compliment and inspiration, I’m sure.


RE7 DEMO (available now for free at the Playstation store)

Great demo, even if it felt more Kojima’s work than that of the series we’ve come to love by Capcom. Not going to lie, I was walking through the house, ruffled up some chairs and scared myself. The strangest part I’m sure on everyone’s mind playing the demo (which took 2 hours to download-so everyone and their mother had the same idea) was the lack of zombies, though the end of demo may suggest otherwise? I don’t know, it’s a bit up in the air. It’s possible that the success of P.T. and stories like it are more desirable than the campy RE series involving the ever so evil., Umbrella Corporation. Gamespot confirms the main character in the demo isn’t even going to be the same protagonist so it’s a lot similar to P.T. and the cancelled SH game that original thought. I guess what I’m trying to figure out is why attach it to the series if there are in fact, no zombies? I’ll have to keep watching out for this because the demo was short but on the path to being a good game. Play the demo for yourself and tell me what you think about it and the other upcoming games!


P.S. This is going to be a pretty scary game using VR.


Another highlight is yet another crack at the zombie survival genre, Days Gone, an open-world action/adventure game. See the promo here:


Days Gone

It’s like zombies meets Son’s of Anarchy but this plays to its advantage because I think everyone is sick of z games where the main character(s) are former police or special ops, or other honorable titles that represent a positive light on the character. Deacon St. John is a bounty hunter and drifter.


Other highlights:

  • The Crash Bandicoot series is being remastered!
  • More Final Fantasy
  • Dead Rising 4, which can be a hit or a miss for me
  • The bizarre trailer for Prey 2 which is just called PREYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJsha_16yrc


Gamespot link: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/resident-evil-7-demo-not-part-of-full-game-has-a-d/1100-6440889/

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