In the deluge of game bulletins throughout what we at PC Gamer have been referring to as ‘not-E3’ (principally as a result of it caught), there have been a couple of showings that did not fairly hit. It was positively a quieter-than-usual yr, regardless of sturdy showings from a couple of standout video games.

There was nonetheless a great deal of video games at not-E3, and lots we’re desperate to play after we get an opportunity. But a number of the others did not grip us. These are the video games and E3 traits that left us chilly, usually with extra questions than solutions.

 Starfield is simply ugly No Man’s Sky 


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Fraser Brown, Online Editor: Bethesda has been so obscure relating to Starfield that I had no expectations for its reveal at not-E3 this yr, and but it nonetheless one way or the other managed to be a massively disappointing showcase. At least we really know what Starfield is now: it is ugly No Man’s Sky. 

With each single revelation, it simply acquired nearer and nearer to Hello Games’ large cosmic sandbox, however with an aesthetic that is impenetrably uninteresting and gloomy. You can craft! You can construct! You can discover! Yes, it’s certainly a contemporary videogame. One of the primary issues our unknown house explorer does once they land on considered one of Starfield’s Mass Effect-looking worlds is laser off some assets from a rock. Then it is time for an unconvincing shootout. After retaining it beneath wraps for thus lengthy, I’d anticipated at the very least one shock—however nope!

Undoubtedly the spotlight of the entire presentation was Todd Howard asserting that you may fly your spaceship as if it was this solely surprising function. In a game known as Starfield. Where you discover alien worlds. With a spaceship. Similarly, the revelation that there is 1,000 planets to discover elicited a chuckle. It’s the brand new “you can climb that mountain”. Then we acquired a style of those worlds and the wonders they include: an area port, an ice planet, a desert planet, a barren planet, one other barren planet. The thrills by no means finish. 

I’m completely within the temper for one more Bethesda RPG, however this generic-looking artful house sim is doing nothing for me.

Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor: I’m right there with you, Fraser. I would not be so damaging in regards to the variety of planets if Starfield did not simply look so dang bland.

Action does not all the time have to be house gore, does it? 

The Callisto Protocol's protagonist gets shredded

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Imogen Mellor, Features Producer: I’m not an enormous fan of horror. It’s simply the style of gaming that is by no means linked with me. I discover little pleasure in ripping and tearing and/or being ripped and teared. So this yr it was a minor frustration to see a lot motion, so many unbelievable wanting video games delight themselves on gore and physique horror.

I’m not going to yuck anybody’s yum: if that is your kind of game, congrats on a big serving to of not-E3’s video games being for you.  But I really like motion, plain motion, motion with out complication. My first gaming loves had been Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, inFamous, Portal 2, the Arkham collection, Overwatch. And I really feel like this yr we had been lacking a few of that kind of motion.

We’ve seen Scorn, The Callisto Protocol, Routine, Aliens Dark Descent, Space Marine 2, and extra, all with gory takedowns or scary atmospheres. They all look superior however I type of want there was a bit of extra motion with out beheadings you recognize? Oh nicely, The Invincible regarded type of nice, and Deliver Us Mars might be the game I’m searching for as a substitute. And I can not low cost Starfield both. But these are all space-based too, so I can not even get away from celestial missions.

Oh nicely. Space gore is the development, I assume. Dead Space followers, take pleasure in it whereas it lasts.

 Redfall or Red 4 Dead?

Redfall - Four characters walk donw a destroyed city street carrying weapons with a small robot companion.

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Mollie Taylor, News Writer: I really feel like I missed a memo someplace. I had it in my head that Redfall was going to be Arkane’s bread-and-butter, one other immersive sim consistent with Deathloop and Dishonored. But when the trailer was proven on the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, it was… a Left 4 Dead-like? Even worse, everybody already thought it was a Left 4 Dead-like? I used to be over right here in my very own little world anticipating one other cool immersive sim with vampires.

This one is totally on me, I’ll admit. My mind is so clouded with JRPGs and MMOs that I had forgotten to remain on prime of what this game really is. Saying that, even when I had been excited for a co-op shooter, I merely wasn’t vibing with Redfall’s trailer. I can not fairly level to what, however one thing wasn’t hitting with me. It’s a disgrace as a result of I really like vampires and witty dialogue—in all probability the rabid Buffy fan in me—however at once, Redfall ain’t it. I hope Arkane proves me fallacious.

Morgan Park, Staff Writer: I feel it was straightforward to overlook precisely what sort of game Redfall is when it was revealed with a CG trailer final yr. I’ve been quietly pouting about Redfall for a yr now, wishing with all my coronary heart that each one these assets had been going towards a sequel to 2017’s Prey. Redfall most certainly entered manufacturing earlier than Bethesda was wolfed up by Microsoft, although. With the newfound monetary flexibility of a company overlord, there’s nonetheless hope for a correct Prey 2 sometime. In the meantime, Redfall appears advantageous.

No Hollow Knight: Silksong launch date 

Hollow Knight: Silksong's Hornet

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Wes: I assume I needs to be pleased that Silksong did seem within the not-E3 festivities, skipping Geoff’s showcase to land within the Xbox broadcast as a substitute. But I actually thought we might get a launch date with Silksong’s subsequent look, and that it will be quickly. It’s been in growth since 2018! 

I’m actually not making an attempt to hurry you, Team Cherry. Take your time. Make it nice. It’s simply… the not figuring out, it is laborious.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s boring marketing campaign reveal 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 dark water gameplay

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Morgan Park, Staff Writer:  I’m nonetheless holding out hope Call of Duty will probably be a banger this yr, however that Modern Warfare 2 marketing campaign playthrough at Summer Game Fest positively dialed again my expectations a bit. Even by CoD requirements, that was a bland marketing campaign mission to indicate off throughout the greatest video games show of the yr.

Ted Litchfield, Associate Editor: The erstwhile operators of CoD have been breaching and clearing and murdering individuals on the identical oil rig or cargo ship since I used to be within the seventh grade—I used to be able to drift off throughout that one. There was one thing so surreal in regards to the “All the stars are here” factor they did for the protagonists of previous CoDs as nicely. It’s Soap! Price! Alejandro! Oh, and you recognize they acquired Ghost! It’s just like the Avengers of state crimes. Wake me up once they carry again mo-cap Jon Snow.