Gears 5, does anybody even care anymore about this franchise
and did anybody ever care about its characters very weird for me.
My Top 3 were games whose presentations exceeded my expectations and raised my hype levels; conversely My Bottom 3 were games whose presentations underwhelmed and felt like missed opportunities. There were known games whose demonstrations I loved, DOOM Eternal, that showed nothing new and thus failed to make the list. Additionally, there were new games I was excited for, Ghostwire: Tokyo, that felt mostly conceptual and will be on the shortlist for this category at E3 2020.
- Luigi's Mansion 3 - The footage shown in the direct was everything I was hoping to see. While I never played Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on the 3DS, my understanding is that it became more segmented with multiple mansions and a mission structure. That may work for a handheld device, but it isn't what I want after 18 years of waiting for a true sequel on console. Instead we've seen a commitment to a single location with a massive hotel that is oozing with the same charm the made the original so special.
- Psychonauts 2 - This game wasn't on my radar at all prior to E3, so what was shown might not have even been new. However, being the newest addition to Xbox Game Studios allowed this trailer to make a fresh impression on a lot of people, including me. I remember thinking the original was ugly when it released in 2005; thankfully new technology has really allowed the art style to shine 14 years later. Its showing prompted me to do some research on why the original is regarded as a cult classic, and has me excited to see the sequel
- Microsoft Flight Simulator - I didn't see this one coming despite my expectation that we would see a popular Microsoft IP revived at the conference. This is a rare instance where a beautiful trailer is all that really needs to be shown. Even if you never played a flight simulator before, I doubt you have any questions about how the game plays. This was just a feel good announcement, and I can't wait to boot this up on Scarlett.
- Gears 5 - Despite being my most desired game of 2019, this presentation was a total flop. They've long touted this entry as their chance to shake the Gears of War franchise up, and whiffed on showcasing that on gaming's biggest stage. Following what was shown during E3 2018, it was a total step backwards. Don't want to show off the campaign? Fine. Want to show off a new multiplayer mode? Fine. But you can't waste the 6 minutes you were allotted during the conference on a weird Kait trailer, Rod talking, a strange CG trailer for a new PvE mode, a Mixer stream advertisement, and the announcement of the damn Terminator being playable for early adopters. I have a lot of faith in the actual game, but I feel their marketing is going to let it down.
- Wasteland 3 - inXile CEO, Brian Fargo, was stoked to finally have one of his games show up on an E3 stage and I'm sad this is what was presented. It didn't seem to show off the game's strengths and I doubt it impressed anyone. The game looks great and I trust the studio, it just didn't feel like they put their best foot forward. Compare this to some of the games we've seen from the recent Xbox Game Studios additions and it was clearly a step behind.
- Gods and Monsters - This trailer came across as a mobile Zelda: Breath of the Wild clone, why wasn't more shown? With its release coming in February, and a solid developer behind it - you have to show something past that debut trailer. Ubisoft has a tendency to end their shows with a cool announcement, but this fell flat.