E3 Boiled Down: Nintendo Conference

Well, we waited, and we were rewarded. Nintendo came out with a plethora of new games and content for existing games mostly for the Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be coming along with a multiplayer Kirby game. From Pokemon, Pokken Tournament DX is coming, along with a Pokemon RPG coming to consoles sometime in the future. The big surprise of the stream was the announcement for Metroid Prime 4, even if we didn’t get any imagery other than the title. A new Yoshi game will be coming, along with Fire Emblem Warriors.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting two new DLC packs, The Master Trials and The Champion’s Ballad. Breath of the Wild will also be getting four new Amiibos.

Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that at E3 this year, Nintendo will be hosting three tournaments during the week including Splatoon 2, Pokken DX, and Arms. Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle was mentioned again and Rocket League will be coming to the Switch. As a finale, Nintendo ended with a sizzle reel and gameplay from Super Mario Odyssey.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

Death’s Not Messing Around in the First Trailer for the ‘Flatliners’ Remake

The remake of the classic 1990 film Flatliners has it’s first trailer, and it’s as spooky as you’d expect. For those unfamiliar, the premise is simple: a group of medical students decide to experiment with near-death by purposefully “flatlining” and then reviving themselves. What starts out as thrilling then turns dangerous — because believe it or not, Death doesn’t like being messed around with.

The remake has an amazing looking cast, which features Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. Of course, any cast list that starts with Page and Luna would have looked fantastic no matter whose names appeared afterwards.

Flatliners comes out September 21, 2017.

E3 Boiled Down: Sony Conference

So this one’s a little late because I had a power outage last night. I did get to watch the conference eventually though and here’s what went down.

Throughout the entire presentation, Sony went all out with the theatrics including starting off with a sitar band and a waterfall. This heralded that we’re getting a new Uncharted game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. After that, fake snow fell in the theater to go with the Horizon Zero Dawn expansion, Frozen Wilds.

Then there were zombies onstage to go with Days Gone.

Monster Hunter World looked amazing, as did the second Shadow of Colossus HD remake. Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was short and sweet and Call of Duty: WWII surprised no one.

Then they moved on to their VR block, showcasing games for the PSVR. These included Skyrim, a space platformer called Starchild, a psychological thriller called The Inpatient, fishing game Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Bravo Team, and a platformer puzzle game called Moss. The last few items shown were their big pretty games including God of War 4, Detroit: Become Human, and Destiny 2.

Last but not least, Sony showed new footage of the Spider-Man video game that’s been in development for a while, which features the playstyle of the Arkham games but the definite feel of the web-slinger.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

‘Little Nightmares’ TV Series in Development by the Russo Brothers

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, best known for directing the Captain America sequels Winter Soldier and Civil War, are adapting the videogame Little Nightmares for television. Dmitri M. Johnson and Stephan Bugaj of DJ2 Entertainment will executive produce alongside the Russo brothers and Samuel Gatte of Bandai-Namco. Mike Larocca will co-executive produce.

A Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick is helming the pilot, and if picked up may stay around for additional episodes.

The game Little Nightmares, released earlier this year, follows a nine year old girl named Six, who finds herself trapped at the bottom of a cursed ship called the Maw. The puzzle-platform game sees her trying to escape the nightmare filled ship by going through its various levels — avoiding the Janitor, the Twin Chefs, and the Lady.

Multiple parties were interested in adapting the game for the screen, and the Russos won their bid in a competitive field. It’s an exciting prospect, and kind of a dream team to take it on. The brothers are amazing directors, DJ2 Entertainment is currently also doing the Life is Strange film adaptation, and Henry Selick… is Henry Selick. Should the project, which is still in early development, make it to our screens, it’ll probably be pretty great.


E3 Boiled Down: Ubisoft Conference

As usual, Ubisoft gave us a show. This year though, it was full of some unexpected things. Things such as Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a tactical fighting game combining Rabbids and the world of Mario. Other things were completely expected, like their more extensive showing of Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The Crew 2 is a new racing game, and South Park has not only The Fractured But Whole, but also a new mobile game coming called Phone Destroyer. There’s a psychological thriller VR game called Transference also in the works, and Ubisoft is very proud of their new pirate battle game Skull & Bones.

No one was surprised about Just Dance 2018 coming out, just that it’s going to have kpop in it and there was a panda who dabbed onstage. Ubisoft doing their own thing as usual.

A new space battle game called Starlink is featuring gameplay using physical collectibles to work in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch, and Steep is still a thing. Remember Steep? It’s the open world winter sports game and they’re going to the winter Olympics. Neat.

Far Cry 5 is coming, with a plot set in the middle of a cult-ridden American town, and last but certainly not least after over a decade of waiting, Ubisoft announced that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is coming.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: Bethesda Conference

I took a journey into Bethesda Land. The Bethesda conference this year was short and sweet, and so will be my recap. First up their VR movement was featured with both DOOM and Fallout 4 coming to VR.

Then they showed that Morrowind was joining their Elder Scrolls Online game and that they had a new thing called the Creation Club for Fallout 4 and Skyrim where you can buy official mods for the games. Elder Scrolls Legends (the card game video game) is getting a Skyrim expansion, and Skyrim itself is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

There’s a new Dishonored 2 expansion, Death of the Outsider, and they showed a little more of Quake Champions including emphasis on wanting to bring Quake to the esports scene with the Quake World Championship later this year. The only new games announced from Bethesda this year are some sequels: The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: Microsoft Conference

Sorry this is a bit late guys, I had to work during the actual stream. Now that I’ve caught up with everything here’s the tasty bits. Xbox gave us a veritable feast of new things to chew on including a new console announcement and a buffet of games.

The new console (previously known as Project Scorpio) is the Xbox One X, said to be the most powerful console ever to date. The games are a huge diverse group of play options, styles, triple A titles, indie stories, existing games coming to the Xbox, new titles, and everything in between.

Here’s a list of some of them:

  • New Forza game featuring the brand new Porsche 911 GT2RS
  • Metro Exodus
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battleground
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • State of Decay 2
  • The Darwin Project
  • Minecraft
  • Dragonball Fighter Z
  • Black Desert the MMORPG
  • The Last Night
  • The Artful Escape
  • Code Vein
  • Sea of Theives
  • Tacoma
  • Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Cuphead
  • Crackdown 3
  • Ashen
  • Life is Strange Before the Storm
  • Shadow of War
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Anthem

Along with showcasing these games, among others, in 4k the Xbox One X will also be the smallest Xbox ever and will be able to be backward compatible with not only the 360, but with the original Xbox as well. Microsoft has priced the console at $499.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

The First Trailer for ‘Black Panter’ Looks Incredible

Since the character’s first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, a lot of us have been pretty excited about the solo Black Panther movie. Over the weekend Marvel released the first teaser trailer for the film, and I was unaware it was possible to get more hyped for this movie.

There’s a lot going on in this trailer, but it still manages to explain the basics to the uninitiated – the notoriously isolationist nation of Wakanda has been hiding itself off from the world, and bad guys are making a play for its wealth. Lots of fighting with Black Panther himself along with the Dora Milaje. It’s just neat.

Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.

E3 Boiled Down: EA Conference

So earlier today E3 started with a bang. Well, more like a little fizz if you ask me, but the first conference of the week has already streamed. Did you miss it? That’s okay. Some of us have to work during the conferences and others (like myself) just plain forgot that there was one today. Still, new games were announced by EA and I watched the conference so you don’t have to.

EA has been big about the sports games, and this year holds no exception. Madden looks prettier than ever, NBA Live lets you play in the street, and FIFA is going to be holding bigger and more competitions. On the not sports side, Battlefield 1 is getting new maps set in Russia, Star Wars Battlefront II is getting lots of upgrades, there’s a new ipa called Anthem, and a new car chase game.

The thing that interested me the most (and no doubt many others) is their new game A Way Out. It’s a couch co-op split screen game about a prison break. EA teamed up with the people behind Brothers to bring back a classic style of gameplay with some new innovations thrown in.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88

The Hollywood reporter has confirmed that Adam West, star of the all time funniest version of the Dark Knight, passed away last night after a short battle with leukemia.

West was not the first actor to play Batman in live action, but he was easily the most memorable. The 1966 Batman show was one of the funniest TV shows of the era, thanks in no small part to West’s deadpan delivery in the face of the cartoon world he existed in. Its hard to understate his importance to making the Caped Crusader a household name.

Adam West, of course, did plenty of voice work in his later years, making quite the comedic comeback after decades of not being able to find work after Batman was canceled.

Adam West will continue to be loved by Bat-fans of all ages, and it is with great sincerity that we send our condolences to his family and friends.

Rest in Peace Batman

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