E3 2018 | Viewport Awards
Published on June 20, 2018
The most wonderful time of the year for gamers has ended once again, and we here at viewport are wanted to reflect upon some of the more memorable moments from E3 2018. E3 is all about video games and having fun so our awards this year are a mixed bag of fun categories as well as more serious ones. Without further ado, let’s get on with the show.
Best Leaked Game: Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Thanks to Walmart Canada, who are best known for “their low prices and ability to keep a secret”, we had an E3 before E3 actually started this year. There were a multitude of titles on the leaked list of games, some of which were a surprise (Rage 2, Borderlands 3, Gears of War 5) and others that were announced prior but still weren’t 100% confirmed to show at E3. Out of all the titles on that list, the one that we liked the most was Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Although the first entry was a bit shaky and disappointing at launch, it found its footing and was able to provide a solid gameplay experience. With the sequel it seems like Ubisoft is learning from their mistakes: free content updates guaranteed for the first year, a new class system, and an exciting progression system. If the trailer taught us anything, we’ll be having a blast with our friends. We can’t wait for the game to launch March 15, 2019.
- Rage 2
Best Trailer: Beyond Good and Evil 2
Following up last year’s reveal, Beyond Good and Evil 2 stunned us again with another gorgeous cinematic. The trailer seemed to mimic the happy-go-lucky vibes from last year’s trailer while an introducing more of the new crew members. However, things quickly go awry as an unknown entity attacks. As the dust clears, jaw-droppingly massive ships appear as the attackers board the heroes’ spacecraft. With everything in flames, the audience is given a glance at one of the attackers who is none other than Jade herself from the first Beyond Good and Evil.
Beautiful cinematics. A glimpse into a mystical world. A goosebump-inducing finale. That is how you make a trailer.
- The Last of Us Part 2
- Resident Evil 2 Remake
Best New Reveal: Devil May Cry 5
Oozing with the stylish visuals the series had become known for, Devil May Cry 5 hit the stage showing a glimpse of what’s happened to Nero since the events of DMC4. Despite the more realistic character design, the characters had little difficulty blending into the familiar world, frantic action, and over-the-top drama. All the while a visibly well-aged Dante is sure to find himself on a collision course once more with Nero as they pursue their missions. Taking in everything that was shown in the trailer, DMC5 appears to be on the right track towards being a sequel worthy of the celebrated series.
- Jump Force
Best Indie Game: Unravel two
With a greater interest from large publishers in supporting indie developers, we’ve seen a huge surge in games that aren’t just looking at bottom line revenue. After his heart-warming presentation at EA’s 2015 press conference, Martin Sahlin made his return to announce the sequel to the hit Unraveled. It brings back everything gamers loved from the first game while adding a huge co-operative component that can be played with a friend or solo if no one is around to help. The love and passion from Martin is unmatched, and the audience felt that the sequel wasn’t just a blatant cash grab. A surprise launch on the day of the conference helped cement its place as the best indie game we saw this year.
- Sea of Solitude
- We Happy Few
Best Pleasant Surprise: Skull & Bones
The viewport team was very skeptical of the swashbuckling pirate action game from last year. Alex didn’t recognize the title, Albert asking about its existence, and Tristan who specifically said it was “lackin’, I hate pirates” on our pre-E3 episode of Viewport Relay. It made its return this year with an incredibly exciting gameplay trailer that blew last year’s disappointment out of the water. With stealth boat warfare, machine gun-like cannons, looting betrayals and boat ramming, we’re making our apologies to Ubisoft for being so negative with the game previously.
Biggest Disappointment: Command & Conquer Rivals
There is always the saying: “Be careful what you wish for”. During our E3 2018 predictions piece, Albert made a bold prediction that there might be a new Command & Conquer game. While there was definitely a new game announced, let’s just say it wasn’t exactly the game we were expecting. Command & Conquer Rivals is a mobile game that strays away from everything that we loved about the series. The base building mechanics of the series is gone. The game does not function like a traditional RTS due to the fact your units can only move to predetermined tiles. Finally, instead of fighting to destroy your opponent’s base, you fight for control over nuclear missiles. If it wasn’t bad enough, Andrew Wilson comes back on stage and announces, “Command & Conquer, for a new generation”. No one wanted this game Andrew Wilson…. no one. Sometimes it’s best if something just stays dead.
- Lack of Battlefield V gameplay during the press conference
Best Presenter: Todd Howard
It goes without saying that when creators and directors have a passion for something, they tend to embellish things a bit or blurt out a mundane thing as if its the best thing since mouse-aiming. As Peter Molyneux vacated the major public spotlight, Todd quickly rose in power over his fascination of climbing mountains, assurances that things will just work and be real fuckin’ cool. This year, Todd took the time to promote Bethesda’s latest offerings, but also take jabs at some of his antics throughout the past E3s. The delivery was well placed and helped to put the overall conference on better pacing. It’s pretty astounding to see how much popularity Todd has gained in the past few years, but there’s no doubt he knows how to carry a conference with his quirky charisma.
- Sean “Day” Plott
- Phil Spencer
“This game is definitely not coming out for two more years” Award: Death Stranding
Another showing under its belt and still no end in sight for Kojima’s wild ride. Despite being the first Kojima trailer in the past decade to show extensive footage of what can be believed to be gameplay, what was revealed to us was the main character, Sam, primarily playing the part of parcel delivery service. The supporting characters revealed thus far in previous trailers are absent as more Hollywood talent make their in-game debut. With so little known of the antagonistic forces, the basic expectations of gameplay, and even less of the overall world, Death Stranding feels like it is only just beginning to shape up into a game instead of an avant-garde tech demo filled with familiar faces.
- Beyond Good and Evil 2
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Best No Show: Rumored Retro Studios Star Fox racing game
It seemed outrageous that Retro Studios was working on a racing game. Add the fact that it would be set in the Star Fox universe, and everyone would call you crazy. As we got closer to E3, more people started stoking the fire and the rumor of Star Fox Grand Prix was beginning to seem real. After all, it has been over four years since Retro Studios’ last game and it seemed that Nintendo didn’t have much going on for the latter half of 2018. But as the Direct was winding down, we did not hear Reggie’s famous “one last thing” comment, but were treated to a swift end instead. Only time will tell if this was truly a rumor, or if it will show itself sometime in the near future.
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake
- New F-Zero game by Platinum Games
Most Awkward Moment: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order announcement
E3 is stuffed with awkward moments but this year EA takes the cake with its Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order announcement. It begins with the host finding Vince Zampella of Respawn Entertainment who just happens to be in the audience. Vince goes on to explain the new game they are making. That’s cool, but what images or gameplay do we have? Oh, nothing. Not even a logo or a title card for the game? And this game is releasing holiday next year? To top it off, when Vince explains that the player will assume the role as a Jedi, the host for asks if the player is going to be able to hold a light saber. Vince’s slow nod of “Did you seriously just ask me that?” elevates this already awkward game reveal into a good lesson on how not to reveal your game.
- Trials Rising Presentation
- Madden 19 with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Young Kiv
Best Conference Lore: Devolver Digital
It was the twist no one was expecting. After the untimely death of Chief Synergy Officer Nina Struthers from the horrors of the future’s future future last season, Devolver Digital returned to the Dave Lang Memorial Theater for another go at the future’s futures future today. Seemingly resurrected as a spirit of wrath upon the invocation of Battle Royale, Nina returns to the stage. Whole new storylines are cleverly sprinkled in, such as the lovable Jeffrey who, like many of us, enjoys playing video games (or at least, pretending to play them). Returning character Margret reveals the next evolution of gaming to more effectively separate money from this mortal coil. After Metal Wolf Chaos XD had Mech’d America Great Again, it was undoubtedly over.
Turns out wrath and vengeance is a never-ending cycle. With little more than fury fueling him, Member of the Audience from the Future’s Future Future sporting a sweet gun-arm strikes down our beloved Nina. But they can re-build her. Check a look next season.
Although the viewport team was able to make compromises on all the other categories so we come to an agreement, we left this as a free-for-all. Here’s each member’s choice for what they thought was the best game of E3.
Tristan — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Albert — The Last of Us Part 2
Alex — Resident Evil 2 Remake
Bonus: Best World’s Most Powerful Console: XBOX ONE X
The Xbox One X retains its title for 2 years in a row as only Microsoft claimed that their console is the “World’s Most Powerful Console” during the press conferences.