Community Review: E3 2019

Community Review: E3 2019

The show is still rolling for the rest of the week, but for everyone watching from home and tuning in for the annual conferences, the bulk of E3 2019 is done. So what did you think?

Everyone knows new hardware is still a year off, and with Sony not present at all it was expected that things would be a little subdued this year. Just think of all the games that weren’t at E3: Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, Metroid 4, Bayonetta 3, whatever Ubisoft is doing with that Avatar game, Beyond Good & Evil 2 (at least in the conference), all the Sony first-party titles like Death Stranding, and PlatinumGames’ Babylon’s Fall, which was supposed to be out later this year.

But there were plenty of positive announcements. The Avengers game was well received, a Final Fantasy 8 remake is finally on its way to the Switch. Pokemon Sword & Shield looks genuinely great, although I’m less interested in those starters than what happens when my boy Psyduck dynmaxes.

And then you have things like Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077. Microsoft had one of its best years of the generation — still a bit light on actual gameplay for the most part, but plenty of solid announcements from the games, to game services, and a whole new console. It was well paced, too.

Speaking of highlights, here’s that FF7 remake extended trailer.

What’s interesting is that most of the announcements — save for Nintendo, where a lot had already been aired for late June or July, or things released prior to the show that’s dropping next month — were for September this year, or March next year. There were a couple of October and November releases, but for the most part this is what September is looking like:

  • Catherine: Full Body [PS4]
  • Conan Chop Chop [PC, PS4, XBO, Switch]
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne DLC [PS4, XBO]
  • Gears 5 [PC, XBO]
  • Borderlands 3 [PC, PS4, XBO]
  • Daemon X Machina [Switch]
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep DLC [PC, PS4, XBO]
  • FIFA 20
  • Truck Driver [PS4, XBO]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening [Switch]
  • Contra: Rogue Corps [PC, PS4, XBO, Switch]
  • Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition [Switch]
  • Destiny 2: New Light [PC, PS4, XBO]
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Time [PC VR, PSVR]
  • Phoenix Point [PC, XBO]
  • Someday You’ll Return [PC, PS4, XBO]

November still has Death Stranding, the Stadia launch, Jedi Fallen Order and DOOM Eternal, as well as Planet Zoo and Shenmue 3 if you’re really into that, but it’s far, far less packed.

Anyway, what did you think of the show? What was your favourite announcement, your pick of the conferences, your worst conference, and what games are you keen to find out more about?


  • There’s a lot to get hype about and, as usual, I’m probably going to wait til it’s all over then sit down and binge all the trailers one weekend, but for now…


    Cyberpunk! BotW2! Animal Crossing! Cyberpunk! Death Stranding! Doom Eternal! Cyberpunk! FF7! FF8 remaster! Cyberpunk! Link’s Awakening! Watch Dogs 3! Cyberpunk! Dark Souls of Thrones! Ghostwire! Deathloop! CYBERPUNK! SQUEEEEEEE!

    My 2019-2020 gaming shopping list is… significant.

    • Hmm you seem to really like this, what is called, Cyber of Punks series? Could you explain it to me, my good man

  • Bethesda was the surprising dark horse this year, with both Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo being exciting new IP’s and being developed by solid teams, I expect both of these games to be decent.

    Microsoft pretty well much confirmed it won’t be interesting until Scarlett comes out (which isn’t exactly surprising considering it takes time for all of those studio acquisitions to bear fruit). That all said, it should be a solid console launch next year.

    EA takes home the wooden spoon for obvious reasons. Fallen Order looks like it could be cool, but that was about the extent of E3 from EA.

    • Not that surprising a dark horse. Any show where they show what Arkane and Tango are working on are going to be showstealers for me.

      People will say what they will about Fallout 76 or Fallout and Elder Scrolls games. Personally I enjoy them. But Bethesda are amongst the best publishers of new and fun stuff.

  • Microsoft had E3 won for me until BOTW 2, and then Nintendo took a surprise win. Overall though, felt a bit lacklustre. Outside of another game we likely won’t hear anything about for years (I’m looking at you Bayonetta 3 and Metroid 4), nothing else was a big surprise or really got me overly excited. Maybe now the main show has started and other announcements start filtering through something good will pop up.

    As a side note, absolutely top effort this week Alex, I can’t imagine how much caffeine you’ve had to chug to get through it mate

  • I was actually pretty pleased with E3 this year, and I’m becoming less and less interested in gaming. Microsoft was probably the highlight for me (oh god a new Flight Simulator yes please!) along with Bethesda, but I love anything with Doom on it.

    Incidentally, anyone seen the price for Doom Eternal on Steam? $99 AUD. Holy shit, Steam pricing is getting worse and I didn’t think that was possible. (IB4 “But publishers set price etc…”)

    • It’s somewhat better, or perhaps more justifiable, than the Epic store where games still sell at retail price despite the fact that developers can drop their price 5 or 10 dollars and still make more than they would on Steam at the original price.

      • That’s because you’re thinking about it from a consumer perspective. The selling point of the Epic store has never been about consumers, it’s always been about devs > consumers.

    • $99 AUD and it doesn’t even have a battle royal mode tsk tsk

      i think i’m okay paying $99 for Doom Eternal but only because it’s Doom, well that is assuming i don’t have other stuff to play at the time if i do then i just stick it on wishlist and probably grab it at some point on sale.

    • its apprently the same price on as well. its way too expensive, especially when we could get it easily for 79 or less from JBHIFI or Target etc

  • Not as good as last year, but it was expected since we are coming to the end of the current gen. Next year’s E3 is going to be a huge one. Only things I really enjoyed was the entire Nintendo & Devolver Direct, Watch Dogs Legion, Doom Eternal, Jon Bernthal and his cute dog Bam Bam & FF7 Remake at the start of the Square-Enix conference. Everything else was fine (except for the “YEAHHH!!!” guy at Bethesda).

  • DOOOOOOOOOOM, dear god yes. I want the CE for the steelbook but don’t want to pay nearly $400 for it.

    Cyberpunk looks good, might be a day one, idk yet.

    Also, The Simpsons producers were having a panel at E3 this year but haven’t heard anything, why go to a game convention? its not Comic Con.

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