Highlights from the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 (June 10)

My completely subjective and possibly wrong picks from the best worst show in gaming.

June 13, 2019

One of the most hotly-anticipated events on the gaming calendar, the PC Gaming Show at E3 never fails to be an awesome, cringeworthy spectacle, and the 2019 show is no different. I drank my way sat through the entire 2 hour ordeal to bring you what I think are the highlights of the show.

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2

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Brian Mitsoda (returning lead writer): “It means people have very high expectations and that we need to meet those expectations.” (laughs nervously).

Still no solid release date announcement, just Q1 2020.

No significantly new details in gameplay footage either, which is still labeled as pre-Alpha. Will Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 contain all the RPG elements of the much-loved original, or will it play more like Dishonored? I still have my hopes up for this one, but judging from the gameplay footage revealed so far, I won’t be surprised if this ends up disappointing the fans who want a real RPG experience.

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Brian Mitsoda looking not exactly confident about the release date for Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2

 

Borderlands 3

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It’s an interesting concept, taking comments from the livestream and asking the Borderlands 3 team the questions on stage. It ended up being pretty painful to watch as the guy wriggled like a worm on a hook for some of the questions. I’m surprised that the devs agreed to what amounts to an ambush-style interview. It takes balls, I’ll give him that. It’s hard to deny the popularity of the Borderlands series so I’m including it on my list, because I absolutely adore how much they support couch co-op in the age of streaming and online multiplayer.

 

Starmancer

Chucklefish’s new game Starmancer stays with the pixelated SNES/PS1 graphics that they’re known for.

Starmancer is a space colony sim, with deep RPG elements. I’m pretty excited for this. It looks pretty fun from what we’ve seen so far. As we all know, Chucklefish games are excellent for replayability as well. This should be a good “bang for your buck” addition to your collection.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders Planetfall looks pretty awesome! If you enjoy games in the strategy or turn-based genres, Age of Wonders is right up your alley. The newest addition to the series releases August 6, 2019.

Shenmue 3

On PS4 and Epic Games Store (Boo).

As much as I want to like the newest game in the Shenmue series, Shenmue 3 already has a couple strikes against it. I hate to be a graphics whore, but they’re just not up to snuff for current gen, let alone for being in the awkward tween years for Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. For another thing, I’m not a fan of the Epic Games Store and Shenmue 3 being exclusive to that isn’t making me any happier.

Songs of Conquest

songs of conquest I grew up playing the Heroes of Might and Magic series, so Songs of Conquest hits my nostalgia button pretty hard. I love the art direction from what I’ve seen so far, including what appears to be a day/night cycle. During the E3 PC Games Show, the devs focused on how they’ve kept the combat and exploration similar to the Heroes series. I’m stoked. Songs of Conquest is planned for a late 2020 release.

Ancestors Humankind Odyssey

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In the prequel you get to roleplay as bacteria-wait, Will Wright already made that one.

“I make games about characters where you need to follow the story I wrote for you. This time there is no story. It’s not about NPC’s, and mission givers, and looking at minimaps, and going around to different dots. It’s about you, Homo sapiens. Can you survive like our ancestors did?” – Patrice Desilets

This actually does look pretty good, despite my lame efforts to make fun of it. And “fun” is really the operative word here- they’ve boiled down all the crafting, exploring, resource gathering, and character progression mechanics from the vaunted Assassin’s Creed series into their most primal forms. This game wasn’t on my radar at all, but now I have to admit that I’m intrigued.

Maneater “A Shark-PG”

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Sir, you can stop there. You had me at “Shark-PG.”

This open world-er…open ocean RPG employs a reality tv-style narrative framework that follows both your shark and a Louisiana bayou fisherman who seems like an amalgamation of characters from the show “Swamp People.” The human character is there to add some narrative depth to the story, although I’m not sure how much that is needed considering how fun it will be to go around chomping on people as a shark.

Baldur’s Gate III

I had to wipe the blood off my monitor from banging my head against the keyboard in excitement during the Baldur’s Gate III segment. Apparently, Larian Studios has been in talks since 2014 with Wizards of the Coast to get the license. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see make the next installment to what is undoubtedly the greatest series in PC gaming. The Divinity series has scratched that Baldur’s Gate itch pretty well, but there’s just no replacing the original.

They did not provide an update on the timeframe for releasing Baldur’s Gate III. As you can probably tell, I suspect that several of the developers on this list are lying being overly optimistic about their game’s release date, so I appreciate Larian Studios being honest about the fact that good games take a long time to make. In the meantime, I guess I’ll convince my friends to play the tabletop DnD prequel campaign.

I hope you enjoyed my completely subjective list of games that I’m looking forward to from the E3 2019 PC Gaming Show!

Matt Dixon

Matt Dixon

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He prefers to play RPGs, but also enjoys strategy games and the latest AAA titles. When he’s not glued to a screen, he can usually be found painting Warhammer 40K models or trying out the latest board game. Occasionally, Matt’s wife makes him leave the house to travel the world.

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