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Nerds Without Pants Special: E3 2017: X Goin' Give it to Ya

Remember when E3 started on Tuesdays? I do...

Welcome to the first Nerds Without Pants E3 special of the year! It's just Julian and Patrick tonight, and we've got a lot to say about the EA, Microsoft, and Bethesda press conferences!

Really, that's all we talked about. It's 1:30AM and I have to be at the airport at 6. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!



Jamie Alston Staff Writer

06/12/2017 at 07:52 AM

Can't wait to listen to this episode. Gotta finish up with the latest NWP first though, or else the jump in order in my Podcasts will drive me nuts.

Super Step Contributing Writer

06/12/2017 at 03:17 PM

I'm actually kind of stoked for Madden story mode, if only because Mahershala Ali is in it, from the picture I saw. That, and it looks like college might be integrated ... which I'd be more excited about if they had that for basketball, since my alma mater (SFASU) has appeared during March Madness recently. Oh well.

I didn't watch the EA conference live (I just went to the IGN trailer page before listening to this again), so I missed the YouTuber thing, but have you seen Bill Nye Saves the World? They had some white, female rapper in that doing correspondence work, and it felt so ... pandering. 

Honestly, your mention of Need for Speed looking like Burnout is why I decided to check some trailers before coming back to this podcast. The trailer looks awesome. My one hope: Please, PLEASE let me play as the cops, unlike in the otherwise addictive 2015 edition. 

A Way Out might be good, or terrible, for me to play with my older brother. However, as someone who mainly sticks to single player, I am probably not going to get it; especially not at full price. This reminds me, I need to play my copy of Brothers

Battlefront II  looks awesome, but did they show single-player mode? If so, that is a HUGE improvement in my opinion. I still regret even my $10 purchase of the most recent release though, so I'm ... skeptical. It's good they have people giving them feedback and free DLC for sure though. Having all eras in there is good, too. 

0:00:00 to about 0:14:10 is the timestamp for EA stuff. I'm going to watch the rest of the Xbox presser and come back here. 


06/12/2017 at 03:30 PM

I think I said the exact same thing about Anthem when I seen the gameplay and found out it's multiplayer based. It looks pretty cool! Too bad I'm never going to play it. I'm still waiting for something to get excited over this E3. It's just a lot of FPS's so far and I am just not big on those at all. Hopefully my attitude changes after the next couple presentations. Everything looks super pretty, but nothing has just grabbed me gameplay wise.

Super Step Contributing Writer

06/12/2017 at 05:57 PM

Forza 7  looks awesome. The Porsche 9-11 thing seemed a bit out of place ...

I was surprised how underwhelmed I was by Crackdown 3. It just looked ... eh. 

Sea of Thieves had a way-too-long trailer. It just didn't appeal top me. Also, same thing for me being a single-player gamer; it just doesn't look like something I'd play often. 

There was too little of that guitar side-scroller for me to have much of a reaction. 

Julian, I believe you are thinking of The Last Night, which stood out to me as well:

Super Lucky's Tale look cute and charming. Nothing incredible, but nice to see those things for variety.

Arc System Works is doing the DBZ game, so I'm hyped, despite not being a DBZ fan. I thought it looked like something they would do. 

AC: Origins was a standout to me graphically, but didn't look like anything new gameplay-wise. Still, since I've never played it before, I'd be cool with checking it out as my entry to the series.Illuminati ... Of course, Patrick mentioned this. Of course he did. I don't care if it's part of the game's lore. Patrick WOULD ... Egypt is a cool place to set a game though. 

Not really into the iPhone model, myself. Not into the idea of upgrading such a substantial piece of hardware so often. 

I'm surprised you didn't mention Anthem or Ori. Those were highlights of Microsoft's conference for me, along with B/C ... even though those are ones I skipped the first time because the conference was dragging for me around the 30 minutes to go mark. You mentioned Anthem during the EA part, but I don't remember you talking about it in the Xbox section? Or maybe I'm on drugs. Allergy meds are more powerful than I thought. 

I'm going to say Bethesda starts about 00:47:00 in. Off to watch some trailers.


06/12/2017 at 06:45 PM

Metro is my favorite shooter franchise and Last Light was my chrono crossing 2013 pick. You need to play the previous 2 because it's a continuation of the story based on the original novels more or less and each one picks up from the previous game. Play 2033 first, then Last Light, and then Exodus when it comes out.

I'm excited for the ancient Egypt Assassin's Creed. I've been waiting for them to get to that setting for a long time. The last one I played was Black Flag. I play the AC franchise the same way I play Call of Duty by skipping most of them and hopping back in every few games when the setting and gameplay seem to come together just right. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

06/12/2017 at 07:48 PM

Again, VR stuff is only going to appeal to me when I can try it. That is just one gaming avenue where I need proof of concept in person. 

Is the mod thing PC-only?

I also noticed the creature at the end of Wolfenstein. It was a bit jarring. I still need to finish The New Order, but I just haven't been feeling it midway through. I think TNO moves too slowly, too. 

Julian, you know you can fly as Batman, right? CoolTongue OutEmbarassedFoot in Mouth

And ok, there's the Anthem talk. And yes, thank God for color. 

I heard dragon riding, but ... oh well. Never mind. 

Show audio quality sounds really good to my ears ... Patrick has some echo, but it's not distractingly hollow. Great job for a raw cut.

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