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E3 2015: Your survival guide for when the games industry invades Los Angeles

Hayden Dingman | June 15, 2015
It's time. Time for trailers, for loud dubstep, countless Inception-style bass drops, and "Welcome to the new age" hammered into your ear drums for hours on end. It's time for at least one borderline-tasteless joke made by a corporate stooge, at least three trailers for games that look functionally identical, and Assassin's Creed Whatever-We're-On.

And it just keeps on going. Last year we only had the four major conferences on Monday. This year? Bethesda, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo, Square Enix, and...THE PC GAMING EXTRAVAGANZA. Or whatever it's called.

This'll be the first year with a dedicated PC gaming press conference, and I am pumped. The roster includes all sorts of companies we normally see marginalized at E3 — Paradox, Devolver, Tripwire, Blizzard, Bohemia, Creative Assembly.

It's proof both that the PC is a strong platform and that there are a ton of great PC games that never get noticed because of the age-old fight over console exclusives.

We'll be there in the flesh, but again, you can stream the entire event if you'd like courtesy of our fellow PC evangelists (and event organizers) PC Gamer. Tune in Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

Hell freezes over...again

Here's what I said last year in our "longshot" category:

"Cue the Journey track. Some dreams will never die.

Half-Life 3 ? The Last Guardian? Fallout 4? A sequel to Red Dead Redemption? A new Tony Hawk? Don't hold your breath... but hope."

Two of those things came true this year, so you can bet your butt I'm praying for the rest to come true too. I mean, I think we can all agree it's high time for a Red Dead sequel.

Party like it's 2008

More predictable: We'll see another set of remastered games to pad a thin 2015 roster.

It's all-but-confirmed, considering we've already heard about the Uncharted collection on its way to PS4. If you think it's the only re-release set for E3 this year, I'm sorry. It's easy money for developers and publishers, especially on consoles with no backward compatibility.

If you don't like the trend (and I can't say I'm too psyched either), remember: For every exploitative cash-in, there's a Grim Fandango Remastered or a Homeworld Remastered Collection.

Virtual boy

E3 is a console-focused show, so I can't really say whether we'll see a huge virtual reality presence this year. I'm sure that's why Oculus held its own press conference a week ahead of time.

But we could see something great. Two years ago at E3 was the first time I'd ever tried Oculus Rift, and last year I got to play the amazing Alien: Isolation VR demo (even if the final game shipped without official Rift support). I'm hoping Oculus has something similarly spectacular at E3 — something that shows off the true potential of the Consumer Rift launching early next year.

After all, virtual reality is real now. It's time for us to start seeing some launch titles.

As for SteamVR...well, I don't expect to see Valve at the show. Valve's not really one for E3. Never has been. Even though SteamVR is closer to market (supposedly launching at the end of 2015) I don't think we'll hear even a peep during E3. Same goes for Steam Machines — E3's not the right venue. I'd expect to hear more from Valve during PAX, if anything.

 

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