Road to E3 2017 | Anticipated Announcements and Games

There has a lot of noise on game sites when it comes to leaks and announcements as we inch closer to E3 day by day. Although there have been a number of leaks and announcements already, here are a couple of games and announcements I am looking forward to. I am not going to be talking about Destiny 2 or any other project that has been revealed already. I am simply shedding some light on games that have been announced in the past but we have completely forgotten about them or announcements that have not been made.

5. Cyberpunk 2077

Helmed by the studio behind The Witcher series CD Projekt, Cyberpunk 2077 was announced a long time ago but because the studio at the time was focusing on completing and supporting Witcher 3 at the time, Cyberpunk 2077 was off the grid. Now since The Witcher series are officially over, the studio has since moved on to the ambitious project and development is in full swing. I am looking forward to a trailer powered by in-game graphics by the studio that shows how the game is coming along or maybe an announcement to show that the game is coming along nicely.

4. Detroit: Become Human

Love them or hate them, I like David Cage’s games. I loved Fahrenheit and loved Heavy Rain. I know people complain how you cannot control the game much and it feels like a movie but for me, Quantic Games nail the characters and story and the adventure becomes a much more personal affair for me. Detroit: Become Human was unveiled in 2016 at E3 and 2017 at the same show floor, I am expecting more from the game.

3. Xbox Scorpio Exclusive Titles

Project Scorpio has been hyped as the most powerful console ever created and Microsoft seems to doing what they should have done in the past with Xbox One – listen to the developers. The hype is real and according to lengthy articles at Eurogamer, Xbox Scorpio seems to be the real deal as well. So, what’s point of launching the most powerful console on the planet with no exclusives? To be honest, there will be exclusive titles that will not only be breathtakingly gorgeous but will also have that Microsoft-approved stamp on them that will show the world how beast of a console Project Scorpio is. Although there have been no games that have been announced or teased at this point, I am expecting something from 343 Industries.

2. Konami games

After the very public fallout between Konami and Kojima, many gamers like myself wonder about the future of the company and the games the company makes. It has been established that the company’s focus is on pachinko machines which makes Konami a lot of profit, the company still holds the rights to a stellar catalogue of games which includes Contra, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and of course, Silent Hill.

With the cancellation of the last Silent Hill game and a new Metal Gear game on the horizon, I am looking forward to how the company would approach its target audience this year. There has been a lukewarm reception (that is me being polite) to the new Metal Gear Solid: Survive game but I think the studio should now reveal a new Silent Hill game. If not, at least Konami should show a bit more of the new MGS game that would restore the faith of the fans.

1. Resident Evil 2 Remake

This is a big one. Yes, bigger than any other announcement on the list. Resident Evil 2 Remake was announced in 2015 and since then, there has been no news on the project. There was a video that was uploaded by Capcom’s R&D Division 1 thanking the fans and telling them that the project has been given the greenlight. The news was met with a positive response and with Resident Evil VII finally out of the doors, the studio is finally in a position to reveal Resident Evil 2 Remake to the people.

Horror Con UK 2017 | Sheffield

So, on the 13th of May 2017, I went to a convention I have never even heard of and apparently, this was its third year. It’s called Horror Con and it took place in Sheffield. As a horror movie fanatic, I loved the vibes the convention gave out, the stalls were brilliant and of course, the cosplay was phenomenal.

One of the best things about attending conventions is that you get to meet a lot of people and on my adventures I met a man at Manchester Anime and Gaming Convention 2017 who told me about it. There were a lot of guests who were headlining the event. Celebrities like Sid Haig, Cassandra Peterson and Heather Langenkamp were just a few. While I did not get the chance to meet them, I did spend some time on the floor with my friends.

As with the deal with every other convention I have been to, the cosplay level was up there with the best. There were a lot of scary clowns to begin with but a lot of other iconic characters also jumped in the real world. As per usual, they were more than happy to get their photos taken and it’s always nice to see how friendly they are.

But more than, I liked how many cosplayers stayed in character. There was a guy there dressed as Jason and while I do not hesitate to approach a cosplayer for a photo, this guy had me running in the opposite direction. Sinister and creepy, this guy knew how to grab the essence of the character.

As for the convention itself goes, it was standard stuff. The main entrance was a dark and foggy affair which led to a corridor. The left side took us to the photo session with the guest area, a cafeteria, body paint workshop and some stalls.

The other side of the corridor took us to a large area filled with stalls and panels for guests. While the stalls were definitely the attraction, my main gripe was that there was not a lot of room to move. There was some decent items on sale but once I left that part to explore more and returned later, I just saw the crowd and thought, ‘Nah man, I am out of here’.

Overall, it was a good experience and would recommend to all horror fans. Check out the video of my visit down below:

Manchester Anime and Gaming Convention 2017

I have always been fascinated by the Manga culture and the art style. Not only Manga is famous for that but they also have a faithful following – one that continues to grow.

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Manchester Anime and Gaming Convention. I managed to purchase the early entry tickets and with my friend Claire who was dressed as Harley Quinn, we set off to soak in the Manga culture.

The event did not disappoint. There were a lot of stalls selling action figures, clothing and traditional Japanese food. I have been living in Manchester for more than 10 years and there was some stuff there that I have never seen before. And yes, there were Waifu pillows there too.

Cosplay too was amazing. There seems to be more and more people cosplaying nowadays and it’s nice to see my favourite characters come to life right before my eyes. Characters from Tokyo Ghoul, Bleach and my favourite Fairytail were cosplayed and I have to say, the effort from cosplayers were astonishing.

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FYI: I know the sound is quite loud in the video but this is my first vlog and I shall learn to get better with my future videos.