Talking Point: If You Could Steal One E3 Title From Another Format, It Would Be...
Posted by Ken Barnes
The team weighs in with their E3 picks
Being avid lovers of videogames on ALL formats, we've been keeping our eyes on all of the various conferences, checking in with our brothers and sisters at Nintendo Life and Push Square for their live coverage and excellent news reporting, and pretty much just drinking in everything E3 has to offer.
We cheered at the Sony conference, wept with child-like joy at the Nintendo Digital Event, and started to think. If we could steal just ONE title that was shown at E3 for ANY OTHER FORMAT and bring it to the console we focus our coverage on - the Xbox One (well, duh) - which would we choose? We know that some team members stayed up at night weighing up the benefits of one title over another before making their submissions. Some just blurted out "THIS! THIS! IT WOULD BE THIS GAME EVERY TIME!"
Let's run through and see what everybody had to say...
Ken Barnes (@SuperKMx)
For me, it simply had to be No Man's Sky (PS4). I thought the game itself looked like what I'd imagine - or want - a modern-day version of the BBC Micro's Elite to look and feel like. Wandering around on the planet and then seemlessly leaping into a spacecraft and blasting off into the galaxy in search of new worlds to conquer. I can't wait. I honestly think I'll lose entire days playing this. It looks so good that if I didn't already own a PlayStation 4, I'd be buying one just to play it. If I had the power and ability to get it released for the Xbox One, I would do it in a heartbeat.
(I'm going to cheat and also say that I would trade several lifelong friends in exchange for an Xbox One edition of Splatoon, which looks like awesome fun.)
Josephine Johnson (@MegaKILLScreen)
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) - I'm a huge fan of the Zelda games on handhelds and I feel like this is the game that could make the difference and see me playing on a home console. The potential scale of this title is immense and could only be improved by the Xbox One's higher processing power.
Eric Santana (@EricDS)
It is no secret that I love the lore, puzzles, and characters of Hyrule. I own more Legend of Zelda stuff than I'd like to admit. I would love if people could play the new Legend of Zelda title on the Xbox One. With the new focus on expansive worlds and gameplay that allows players to feel more apart of the areas they visit it this new Zelda title looks to be more like the traditional western style rpgs we here in the states like. Elder Scrolls Hyrule if you will. I know Nintendo won't let one of their mascots onto another system, but a man can dream, can't he?
Emma H. Pira (@PeTitosaurus)
Grim Fandango (PS4), hands down. This was one of the games I played in secrecy when I was a little girl, and found it so clever. I tried to replay it a year ago, seeing as my English understanding has improved significally since then, but it kept on crashing. I always wondered why it never got any follow ups, being as popular as it was. Smart move by Sony to put their hands on it after LucasArts was killed off by Disney. Hopefully, new generations can now get to enjoy it and share it with everyone! It's a classic!
Anthony Bacchus (@Anthinator)
It's probably a given, but seeing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4) close out Sony's show was arguably the biggest game announcement at E3 — and boy, does it look beyond incredible. Naughty Dog has always pushed hardware to its fullest but I was still stunned at Drake's character model and animations, among other details. I love my Xbox One, but seeing Uncharted 4 makes me want to rush to my nearest Gamestop and pick up a PS4 right now. Like many people, I'm a huge fan of the series and strongly believe that Naughty Dog's storytelling is up there with the best movies and books. So yeah, I'm a little jealous Xbox fans have to miss out what is sure to be PS4's killer app next year.
Brittany Vincent (@MolotovCupcake)
I've always been secretly jealous of the Skylanders and Disney Infinity fans who were pleased with the properties handed to them in the form of collectible toys. Though I've never really had any interest in collecting either toys from those games, I've been aching for something that would appeal to me. Enter Nintendo's Amiibo toys, an entire collection based around some of my favorite franchises. Combined with an excellent Wii U lineup and the sequel to one of my most-beloved games of all time (Bayonetta), the Amiibo figures have single-handedly reaffirmed my love for the Wii U and my faith in the collectible toy craze. These are figures I actually want to collect. Is the fact that whether or not the games will be entertaining is an afterthought to me somehow concerning?
Dave Letcavage (@DRL)
I think I'd have to go with Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. I own a PS3 and Vita, so I'll be able to play the game regardless, but I'd prefer to play it on the Xbox One. Part of the reason is because I love the Xbox One controller. Also, if I play Hotline Miami 2 anywhere near as much as the original, I'd love to 100% the achievements and add it to the small list of completed games on my profile. And lastly, since most of my friends are on Xbox consoles, competing with them on the leaderboards would add a ton of value for me. Hotline Miami 2 on Xbox One? Yeah, that would be killer.
So, what say you? We know that it's utterly pointless to dwell on such things, but as Eric said, we can all dream, can't we? In your dream, which non-Xbox title from E3 would you be playing on an Xbox One? It could be that you're an Xbox One owner that doesn't want to spend on a new console to play just one game. It could be that your choice would draw more gamers to the Xbox One. There's no rules...so take your pick and let us know in the comments!