GBAtemp Exclusive GBAtemp E3 2018 Live Show Floor Coverage - Day 1

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    Hi guys! Day 1 of E3 just wrapped up! We're live in Los Angeles, California, in order to report from the show floor itself. We've got a lot of fun meetings, demos, and interviews lined up, and we'll be sharing our experiences with everyone on GBAtemp! Thank you to @Costello and @T-hug for making this possible, and to @Hells Malice for helping out by attending this year as well. I hope you all enjoy the coverage!

    This marks my third year attending E3, and no matter how many times you go to this event, it never stops being amazing. Walking up to the Convention Center and seeing all the banners hanging across the top of the walls, and posters plastered to skyscrapers is an impressive sight. Spider-Man PS4 and Call of Duty Black Ops IIII were the headline games covering the front of the two major buildings the event takes place in. Other games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Lego DC Villains, Hitman 2 and more were represented via gigantic banners that stretched across the length of the Convention Center, towering above all the attendees.

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    When I walked into the West Hall, I was surprised to find that the initial entrance was very calm. Everyone simply speed-walked to their destination, and it was fairly easy to maneuver through the crowds. Nintendo's booth immediately was full, with a line wrapping around the whole room, until they had to disperse, as it was an invite-only event. Disappointed fans congregated everywhere they could, trying to get a look at the latest Smash Bros. game. Bar none Nintendo were the most popular out of everyone else there.

    Though regular fans are allowed to attend E3's show floor, this year, security was in full force, making sure the event was more secure than a Nintendo software update patch. Media was let in three hours in advance, so we got a nice head start, right as the doors opened. Our plan was to hit up SEGA first and foremost, partly because they've got some great games coming up, and also due to the fact that they tend to have the best free swag! Double-sided Persona 3 and 5 Dancing totes were given to those that arrived early, and if you played certain select games, you'd get other cute prizes, like an eye-patch for trying Yakuza Kiwami 2, or a hat for playing the first chapter of Valkyria Chronicles 4.

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    As we settled into a line to try out Shining Resonance, Fist of the North Star, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Team Sonic Racing, and Valkyria Chronicles 4, people began to stream in, and the queue grew significantly. A staff member from Atlus kept worriedly checking on the line, and eventually, he closed it off, as the booth was too popular for them to handle. Luckily, our spot was secure. About an hour into waiting, another SEGA representative walked out, telling us we'd have to pick a single game to play. It was a tough choice; many of the games there looked quite fun. From the bloody action of Fist of the North Star, to the high-octane excitement of the new Sonic racing game, there were quite a number of fun options. It was eventually decided that we settle on picking Valkyria Chronicles 4. I was interested in the series anyway, and they had the most adorable hat to give away if you finished the demo.

    Once the excruciating wait was over, I finally got to try the game. I wasn't quite sure how long the demo would run--SEGA staff looked flustered and distracted with all the people milling about. So I just decided to start the game, and go from there. It looks and feels a lot like the first title, and combat was great. It was easy to just pick up and play with limited knowledge of the series. Each class was fun to play as, especially the new Grenadier soldier, who can launch explosives at enemies hiding above you. I had an absolute blast, and I'm entirely sold on Valkyria Chronicles 4.

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    Afterwards, we ventured towards XSEED! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely and utterly smitten with the company. Each time I've visited their booth, I was overjoyed. This year, they had a bit of a larger booth, but what felt like less games overall. I checked in with their PR manager, and happily passed her my business card for the third year in a row. We were then lead by another staff member to try out all of XSEED's offerings. The first of which, was Senran Kagura. I cringed as he lead me towards the game, feeling ever-so-slightly awkward. Desperately, I tried to shift behind Hells Malice so that I'd not have to play. Of course, the female staffer there noticed and laughed, handing me a controller and telling us both to play. I had my reservations, but I swallowed my pride and played the tutorial. Nothing too bad happened on screen, and I found myself quickly wrapped up in the game, and shockingly, I enjoyed it quite a lot. Of course, it was hard to watch the more...ridiculous scenes, but outside of that, Senran Kagura: Burst Re:Newal was far better than I expected. The game will be available on the PlayStation 4, with a PC version coming later.

    Next, was Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin. On first glance, the artwork made it look almost like a farming game. However, when I tried it out, it was more akin to Muramasa: The Demon Blade, if anything. There were detailed, lush backgrounds, with beautiful waterfalls and rocky cliffs. As for the gameplay, you control a small girl who uses a magical scarf to shoot yourself towards foes. It was awkward to control at first, but I got the hang of it by the time it was over. I liked what I played, but I also wanted a bit more, as I feel like attacking and movement was a bit clunky at times.

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    For the rest of the day, it consisted of a mad dash around both the South and West Halls, trying to duck through the massive crowds while taking pictures of everything I saw. I've included a ton in this post so you guys can see some of the coolest booths and attractions! And with that, our first day at E3 came to a close. It was hectic, tiring, and so incredibly exciting! I hope everyone enjoyed reading this, and I'll see you all tomorrow for day 2!

     
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    Wish I was there.
     
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  3. Costello

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    nice write up, that was a really nice read :)
    how does it compare with last year? might be too early to ask since it's only day 1, but how about in terms of crowd? did Hells Malice protect you from getting pushed around as he said he would ? :P
    looking forward to E3 food blog episode 2 as well haha
     
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    Xseed seem to be pretty aware of their weaboo-ness. I would definitely don't want to be seen playing Senran Kagura anywhere outside of my locked room though so I can feel your awkwardness.
     
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    my lewd corner
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    Joking aside, I thought this was a good read as well.
    E3 sounds fun; but I sadly hate large crowds. Or just being squished into a sardine can. If you understand what that's like, then I feel your pain.

    Anyways, good job so far Chary!
     
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  7. cearp

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    Very cool! Very lucky to go.

    Things like this are interesting, although I noticed you mentioned Yakuza Kiwami 2, it makes me think:
    Itt's sad/disappointing(?) to see a game that's already been released (ok, not in English) at a big event like this, along with all these cool new games that have just been announced and are not going to be out for months, for example Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

    I've never been to an event like this, and I know this is just one game I'm making a comment from, but I'd be annoyed if the event is about 'new localizations', and not 'new games'.

    I expect most games shown are brand new, never been released :)


    Those are some nice business cards!
     
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    Glad your having fun! Valkyria 4 looks amazing. I would have been embarrassed too if i had to play Senran Kagura. Looking forward to more! !
     
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    As far as day 1 2016, I was more prepared this time, but it was far easier back then. Hardly any lines except for Zelda, really. Compared to 2017, though, it was WAY less crowded. At first, at least. Delaying the regular attendees by three hours helped things massively. The Fortnite and Nintendo booths were so crowded it was almost scary.
     
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    there are a lot of games that announced a Feb2019 date, its a mess. There's gonna be a ton of delays
     
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    An interesting thing I didn't realize--all the consoles here are probably dev units. An Xbox One crashed and went to some dev menu, and the PS4 at Namco said DEBUG UNIT #. Kinda cool!
     
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    Day 2 is a wrap! Hope to see you all on the 2nd day writeup thread! Day 3 will be the exciting Nintendo interview!
     
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  14. Prior22

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    Didn't know a new Sonic racing game is due down the road. I loved the first two Sega racing games. And the fact that it's just Sonic characters is even better. Hopefully there are some really good unlockable characters, like Knack the Weasel.

    Getting another Sonic RPG would be great too......or even better a Sonic strategy game (like Fire Emblem).
     
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