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  1. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Remakes

There are many routes that Game Freak could take their hit series now, but one of those is remaking the fourth generation duo of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. I believe this would be a bad idea to announce at E3 on Nintendo’s part. The generation one and two remakes were great games. Each respected the source material and did something exciting and new with it. However, the generation three remakes were a bit of a disappointment for fans. It made the games far too easy and replaced a lot of the older compelling aesthetics and features for new ones that weren’t as well-received. Announcing a remake of Diamond and Pearl at E3 runs the risk of not only repeating the mistakes of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it could disappoint fans of the originals and be received poorly.

  1. Halo 3 Anniversary

While remastering the most successful entry in Microsoft’s most successful gaming franchise would certainly give the Xbox One the shot in the arm it needs to keep up with PlayStation, it’s a double-edged sword. The Xbox has always been criticized for not being able to stand on its own well enough without the help of Halo. This remaster wouldn’t help with that ridicule. There’s also the matter of how to even go about releasing this game. Would it be a $60 stand-alone game? Would it be DLC for Halo: The Master Chief Collection? Either option would upset somebody out there. There’s also no need to remaster it. The entire purpose of remastering Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 was to bring them to the next generation console with Xbox Live support. This isn’t necessary since the base version of Halo 3 is already on the Xbox One through The Master Chief Collection which has a dysfunctional yet still existent multiplayer. There’s not many good reasons for Microsoft to show off this remaster at E3.

  1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake

Before someone shoots me hear me out. KotOR and KotOR II are my two favorite games of all time. I would love nothing more than to see them brought back to modern audiences who would be much more likely to play and experience it than they are now. However, there are numerous issues standing in the way of releasing this game. For starters, legal rights would make development a nightmare. The first two games were released as Microsoft exclusives on the original Xbox and PC. Now, EA has the rights to Star Wars games but Microsoft could still argue it owns the KotOR IP. Even if it went forward from here, it could end up being an Xbox exclusive again which would alienate Sony Star Wars fans. Then there’s the fact that the games are no longer canon in the Star Wars universe and would have to find some way to fit into the new canon. This is incredibly difficult considering the creative freedom that would be ruined in doing something new with the story along with the changes that would have to be made to the original in order to fit in. Announcing this remake at E3 would be a disaster and likely lead to a lackluster product.

  1. Bloodborne 2

Series director Hidetaka Miyazaki is a genius in the gaming industry and the majority of his games have been masterpieces. Bloodborne is an example of this and still stands today as my personal favorite game on the PlayStation 4. However, I think it’s time he and FromSoftware takes a break from entries into their “SoulsBorne” series, affectionately named so by fans. There has been new content in the SoulsBorne series every year now since 2014 and there’s no need for a new announcement in the series at E3 this year. I would love to see Bloodborne 2 at some point considering how much I adore the first one and how much I will truly miss SoulsBorne if Dark Souls III really is the end. However, I feel that we should go a year or two without an entry in the series so that when it does come out, we can fully appreciate the game rather than moving on to a new one when the year is over. If it is announced, it should be done so at a future E3 rather than the 2017 E3 convention that is coming up. This would also eliminate the potential for franchise fatigue and the lack of creativity that Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty have both been suffering with.

  1. PlayStation 5

With the release of Nintendo’s Switch this March and Microsoft’s plan to release Project Scorpio sometime later this year, it looks like we’re entering into the ninth generation of consoles. That being said, Nintendo has largely done its own thing every generation and Microsoft has publicly stated it is done with console generations. What would really seal the deal here would be Sony releasing the PlayStation 5 some time next year as they are rumored to being doing. However, I feel this would be a huge mistake for the industry as a whole, especially announcing it this early at E3 2017. Not only would this alienate gamers who finally made the update to the eighth generation consoles recently, it would really harm the credibility this generation has right now. This gen took a very long time to find its footing in the gaming industry and it is just now starting to hit its stride. Ending things now would be a slap in the face to all the people that bought consoles at any point during this generation, let alone recently. Not only that but it would make this one of the shortest and most uneventful console generations of all time. E3 is supposed to be a time of celebration and anticipation for the video game industry and an announcement like this could very well get in the way of that

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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