My E3 2018 Notes

I had a lot of fun co-streaming all the E3 events on Twitch. It will definitely be something I start to do more of in the future. I saw a lot of new games I’d like to give a first try. I’ve taken notes on what I found most interesting at E3 2018. I think Bethesda had the best overall show, but Ubisoft was a close second. I’ve highlighted my favorite announcement in each category. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments!

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Singleplayer open world RPG. Play as a Padawan that escaped the initial purge/Order 66.
  • Battlefield V – Pretty standard lobby shooter. Large scale area control mode coming, but no details.
  • Battlefont II -New squad system, thank goodness. Starfighter mode where you dogfight with hero ships! A new large scale sandbox where you capture command posts & attack/take out capital ships?! Sounds awesome!
  • C&C Rivals – Decent looking RTS mobile game.
  • Play to Give – ? Never heard of this before? Money gets donated to charities based on player hours played.
  • Anthem – Feb 22, 2019 launch. Open world, 4 person co-op. You wear Iron Man looking suits called Javelins. You can change javelins so you are not locked into a specific class. Only monetization is cosmetic, no loot boxes.

  • Doom Eternal – Further details in August at Quakecon! Takes place on Earth. I’m hoping for open world and co-op!
  • Fallout 76 – Open world! All humans are players! West Virginia setting, the good old south! Can co-op with your friends on servers filled with dozens of players. Can transfer servers anytime. Launches November 14. Preorder now starting at $59.99 USD.
  • Elder Scrolls 6 announced. No details. Open world and co-op could make this my first venture into the Elder Scrolls universe.

  • The Division 2 – Better graphics than the original. Boss’s armor falls off gradually as you do damage? 8 person raids coming. The Division 2 is set in Washington DC. Launches March 15 2019.
  • The Crew 2 – Open beta June 21st, June 29 launch. Preorder now for $59.99 USD. Open world across the entire United States! I really liked driving in Ghost Recon, could be a match made in heaven.
  • Skull and Bones – Takes place in the Indian ocean. You can Co-op PvE to take down enemies, then turn on each other to fight for the reward!
  • Rainbow 6 Siege – 35 million players! Parabellum is a free update.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Singleplayer, but looked very interesting. Battle scenes looked very realistic, and doesn’t look like a lot of stealth gameplay. Male or female character. Releases Oct 3, 2018.

 

  • Jurassic World Evolution – Take control on micro scale! Pilot the helicopter, drive the jeep, fire the darts! Sickness systems gives the game some complexity. I received a copy from the devs at Frontier Developments and will have it on stream!
  • GTFO – 4 person horror co-op shooter. Stealth gameplay is a big part, making melee weapons important too! Very intense looking whether you’re sneaking or fighting. Only 2 maps so far, that’s how careful they are about level design! Wow! Baddies have kind of a Silent Hill type horror look.
  • PuBG – Massive War Mode? No details but might be good.
  • Mavericks: Proving Grounds – New (lol) Battle Royale game, but! with 1000 players?! Massive chaos could be a good spin.
  • Hunt: Showdown – New weapons, and a new monster – THAT YOU FIGHT IN THE WATER?!
  • Maneater – Play as a shark! SharkPG?! Emphasis on roleplaying as a shark! Open world ARPG where you stalk Florida’s waterways.
  • Satisfactory – Welcome to the new Factory Survival genre! First person gameplay, similar to a survival game where you gather materials and build. You (and friends if you bring them) build industrial complexes instead of bases. Kind of an economy sim.
  • Resident Evil 2 – Remake of original RE2. No other info beyond a release date of Jan 25, 2019.
  • Just Cause IV – 3rd person, open world shooter. Multiplayer for the first time in the series! December 2018 launch! Sounds just like Wildlands!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 Game Sales

Video Games On Sale For Cyber Monday and Black Friday

As I do every year, i’ll be keeping up with any Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales for games I play and/or am interested in.  I’ll be updating as sales are announced.  Affiliate links where applicable!  Please posts any sales you find in the comments with a link!  Share the goodness with everyone!  Who couldn’t use a little extra savings?

Star Citizen Black Friday 2014 (Cyber Monday)

Star Citizen Anniversary Sale

  • Aurora LX (Utility starter ship)
  • 350r (Racing ship)
  • F7C-M Hornet (Ultimate dogfighter)
  • Freelancer MIS (Transport ship with TONS of missiles)
  • M-50 Interceptor (Racing ship)
  • Cutlass Blue (Patrol fighter ship)
  • Gladiator (Bomber)
  • Retaliator (BIG Bomber)
  • Xi’an Khartu-AL (Alien light dogfighter)
  • Caterpillar (Huge Cargo hauler)
  • Merchantman (HUGE Cargo hauler)
  • Starfarer (Exploration)
  • Javelin (Big LOL expensive capital ship.  If only. /sigh)
  • Gladius Package! (Light attack ship, precursor to Hornet)
  • Redeemer Package (The gunship that won the player creation contest!)

Star Wars: The Old Republic Black Friday 2014 (Cyber Monday)

In Game

  • Hypercrate: Architect’s Stronghold Packs (5400 CC) 25% discount
  • Architect’s Stronghold Pack (250 CC) 16% discount
  • Hypercrate: Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Pack (2520 CC) 50% discount
  • Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Pack (125 CC) 40% discount
  • Builder’s Stronghold Pack (72 CC) 40% discount
  • Unlock Inventory Module (140 CC) 20% discount
  • Hypercrate: Freelancer’s Bounty Pack (5500 CC) 28% discount
  • Hypercrate: Enforcer’s Contraband Pack (5500 CC) 20% discount
  • Hypercrate: Blockade Runner’s Cartel pack (5500 CC) 25% discount
  • Hypercrate: Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Pack (2520 CC) 50% discount
  • Black and Black Dye Module (1500 CC) 25% discount
  • White and White Dye Module (750 CC) 25% discount
  • Mercenary Contract Treek (1050 CC) 50% discount
  • First Grand Crystal Pack (120 CC) 40% discount

In Stores

(Affiliate links)

League of Legends Black Friday 2014 (Cyber Monday)

Standard sales pretty much.  Nothing in the news so far.

Skins 50% discount

  • Battlecast Kog’Maw (975 RP)
  • Freljord Rammus (260 RP)
  • Dragonslayer Vayne (487 RP)
  • Bear Cavalry Sejuani (675 RP)
  • Boneclaw Shyvana (260 RP)
  • Winged Hussar Xin Zhao (487 RP)
  • Perseus Pantheon (375 RP)

Champions 50% discount

  • Rengar 487 RP
  • Shyvana 440 RP
  • Blitzcrank 395 RP
  • Fiora 487 RP
  • Lee Sin 440 RP
  • Dr. Mundo  292 RP

Special Skin Sale 50% discount

00:01 PST November 28 through 23:59 PST November 28

  • Baron Von Veigar – 487 RP
  • Vandal Gragas – 487 RP
  • Coral Reef Malphite – 375 RP
  • Almost Prom King Amumu – 260 RP
  • Deadly Kennen – 260 RP
  • Freljord Ashe – 260 RP
  • Longhorn Alistar – 260 RP
  • Recon Teemo – 260 RP
  • Tribal Ryze – 260 RP

00:01 PST November 29 through 23:59 PST November 29

  • Exiled Morgana – 487 RP
  • Vandal Twitch – 487 RP
  • Mad Scientist Singed – 375 RP
  • Bilgerat Rumble – 260 RP
  • Deep One Kassadin – 260 RP
  • Galactic Renekton – 260 RP
  • Marble Malphite – 260 RP
  • Road Warrior Miss Fortune – 260 RP
  • Vandal Brand – 260 RP

00:01 PST November 30 through 23:59 PST November 30

  • Infiltrator Irelia – 487 RP
  • Vandal Vladimir – 487 RP
  • Perseus Pantheon – 375 RP
  • Executioner Mundo – 260 RP
  • Glacial Olaf – 260 RP
  • Noxus Hunter Anivia – 260 RP
  • Stinger Akali – 260 RP
  • Vandal Jax – 260 RP

00:01 PST December 1 through 23:59 PST December 1

  • Sabretusk Sejuani – 487 RP
  • Viscero Xin Zhao – 487 RP
  • Viking Tryndamere – 375 RP
  • Count Vladimir – 260 RP
  • Hot Rod Corki – 260 RP
  • Prototype Viktor – 260 RP
  • Tempest Janna – 260 RP
  • Void Nocturne – 260 RP

Blizzard Games Black Friday 2014 (Cyber Monday)

Direct from Blizzard

Disappointments From Bioware

The Honeymoon Period Is Over

I’ve had a couple big disappointments from Bioware recently.  There have actually been more, but these are more the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak.  SWTOR is my first and only Bioware game to date, so all my experiences relate directly to this game.  There is one other game though that I have already started having bad experiences with…

Galactic Starfighter Stalled

I was listening to Ootinicast recently (Great SWTOR podcast if you’re looking for one), and they did interviews with the community team.  One question posed to Eric Musco was about what was on the horizon for GSF.  The answer was ‘nothing’.  Nothing at all through the end of the year at the earliest.  That was really surprising given how they had talked about new game modes.  It was even more surprising given how they already nixed the stealth ship.  I’m guessing GSF isn’t very popular at all for Bioware to cut and run from it to this degree.  Sure, there could be more in the future, but no content for GSF for 6 months or more?  Not planning anything at all right now?  That’s really harsh to me.  It’s completely killed my desire to even log in anymore.  This is reminiscent of when they offered no PvP content for 10 months last year.  The writing has really been on the wall about PvP in SWTOR since they cancelled the cross server queues for ranked.  I’ve been going on hope ever since.  Think I just ran out of that.

Bioware Email Spam

I keep tight reigns on my personal email.  I hate getting spam.  HATE IT.  So when I got an e-mail from Bioware about being ‘Chosen’, I thought it was some kind of SWTOR content.  As we all know now, it wasn’t.  I hadn’t signed up to receive any email from Bioware except SWTOR, so I went and checked my preferences.  Sure enough, the generic Bioware info box and SWTOR were checked.  I opted out of the generic Bioware alerts and chalked it up to my forgetfulness.  Everything went though, and it said I was unsubscribed.

And then I got another ‘Chosen’ email.

I feel slapped in the face here.  I just told Bioware to send me only SWTOR emails, and the FIRST thing they send me is something completely unrelated to SWTOR.  I marked it as spam.  That really ticked me off.  I think i’ll just uncheck everything now since they can’t seem to follow simple directions.

UPDATE: I looked over my email a second time and noticed this gem at the bottom.  Talk about epic fail.

bioware alleged privacy

Developer Hate Rising

All of this piled on top of my recent debacle where I spent over 30,000 Cartel Coins on more than 5 hypercrates and failed to get a single walker.  None of my friends that bought packs or crates got one either.  After a little research, I discovered they had changed the way do things when it comes to cartel market packs.  The short version is, they shrank the size of the overall set, but made a higher percentage of the items rare, and kept the cost the same.  And since you only get one rare per pack, your chances of getting a particular rare is diluted.  You have to buy more packs than usual as the end result.

So is anyone else having trouble with Bioware?  Or is it just me?  Anyone else violated by the ‘Chosen’ spam?  Still logging into SWTOR regularly?  Tell me whether you think I’m overreacting, or not.