E3 2018 Wrap-Up: The Beginning of the End of the Current Console Generation

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The current generation will soon be coming to a close, what it's like to interview Tetsuya Nomura, and more.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

If E3 2018 has proven anything, the end of the generation is nearly upon us. Nadia and I tackle that and more as we wrap up E3 2018 from an RPG perspective [download link here].

Nadia and I talk about Starfield, Elder Scrolls, and maybe even Cyberpunk being on the next generation of consoles; what it's like to interview Tetsuya Nomura, and why Pokemon Let's Go proves that Pokemon's random encounters have to die. Then we go to sleep, because it's been a very long show. Okay, not really, we're actually about to be busier than ever. Find out why!

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Kat and Nadia wrap up E3 2018 with a discussion of Valkyria Chronicles 4's Switch port, Fallout 76, Cyberpunk 2077, and more! Does Pokemon Let's Go prove that we no longer need random encounters in Pokemon? Are we okay with Cyberpunk 2077 being a shooter? How awesome does Fire Emblem look? And what's it like to be in the same room as Tetsuya Nomura? All that as we also announce a new weekly feature for the second half of 2018!

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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #1 Wellman2nd 4 months ago
    The revelation that Kat was a nerd as a kid will no doubt shock many but yeah this E3 was meh.

    The game that got me the most excited is Daemon X Machina because it has been far too long since we got a legit mecha action game. Cyberpunk people say is going to be good but until I can see it I can't blindly trust.
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  • Avatar for Kuni-Nino #2 Kuni-Nino 4 months ago
    Kat’s anecdote of how DQXI is being dismissed as old-fashion stirred up old feelings. Is it just me or are Japanese games being ghettoized again? Xenoblade’s expansion got almost no attention. USGamer was like the only place talking about Valkyria Chronicles. DQXI got no real push from SquareEnix. Even Kingdom Hearts 3, for as many fans as it has, there’s a general dismissal towards the game from western press that confuses me. As if liking Kingdom Hearts is something you have to apologize for.

    I feel like Resident Evil 2’s remake is probably the only Japanese game that got any significant buzz from the show. Shadows Die Twice and DMCV look great, but they’re treated like niche games.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #3 SuperShinobi 4 months ago
    My prediction is that the PS5 won't be released before Q4 2020, given the new Playstation boss's comments about the next Playstation still being years away. While a handful of next-gen or cross-gen games were talked about at this year's E3, such as Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6, Cyberpunk and Halo Infinite, they're all a long, long way from release. The next Xbox might be targeting a 2019 release, as it was mentioned already at the end of the Xbox conference, but a delay at AMD or anywhere else in the supply chain could push it into 2020 as well.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #4 Jonnyboy407 4 months ago
    Nadia, any plans to play the XC2 Torna DLC? I'm pretty pumped for it.
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  • Avatar for Captain-Oppositional #5 Captain-Oppositional 4 months ago
    I'm very excited for Dragon Quest XI, but its September release date (so close to Spider-Man) means I'm going to have to wait. I'd love to wait for the Switch version, but who knows when that will be released? We still have no solid release date for Dark Souls Remastered for Switch.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #6 NiceGuyNeon 4 months ago
    I think it's hilarious that people take turn-based to mean ancient when some of the best modern games are turn-based.
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #7 Gamer-Law 4 months ago
    @Kuni-Nino - It is interesting that DQ XI has received little marketing effort from Square. Not long ago they were telling us how they wanted this to be the installment that would deliver western gamers to the series. They chose Steam over 3DS with the intention of reaching that new market. Now we find ourselves 70 days from launch and Square cannot come up with more than a brief trailer for E3. Disappointing.

    You are right that Xenoblade’s DLC received very little attention at E3 and Valkyria 4 has flown almost entirely under the radar, but my prediction is that sales of Octopath Traveler will vastly exceed projections and remind skeptics (if only begrudgingly) that the market for turn-based RPGs is alive and well.Edited June 2018 by Gamer-Law
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  • Avatar for Stepout #8 Stepout 4 months ago
    Is Symphony of the Night eligible for the official USgamer top 25 rpg list? It's got dat story and dem stats and all those equipments. Action rpg like woah.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #9 riderkicker 4 months ago
    I have memories of spending an hour every week at the Pokemon Center after school playing its wares. I can't believe I spent so much time abusing their Gift Pokemon machine, getting nothing but Salamances. Never got the Deoxys but did get an Eon ticket.
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #10 Gamer-Law 4 months ago
    Somewhat surprised by Kat’s ambivalence toward Octopath Traveler??? Given her earlier comments in the episode about the continuing appeal of turn-based RPGs, I would have thought that she would be singing its praises.

    Having now spent hours with both demos, I could not be more excited for the game’s release next month. Those of us who lament the industry’s transition from turn-based to action-based RPGs need to turn out and strongly support Octopath. If we don’t, we have only ourselves to blame when we are left with FF XV and its clones.Edited 2 times. Last edited June 2018 by Gamer-Law
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  • Avatar for moochan #11 moochan 4 months ago
    I'm fine with random encounters but after playing Bravely Default I feel all games need to give you the option of degree of the encounters. Nadia playing FF9 shows even older games can be modify to tweet the random encounters to make it more bearable.

    As for Cyberpunk being FPS I'm alright with it. Witcher 3 combat might be the only major flaw the game has. I love everything but the combat in Witcher 3 which always took me out of the game. So them trying out FPS with Witcher quality of writing feels like a nice move.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #12 SIGGYZtar 4 months ago
    @Gamer-Law I guess we were all hoping for something like Final Fantasy VI but may get something like Saga Frontier or Unlimited.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #13 The-Challenger 4 months ago
    @Gamer-Law I enjoyed the demo. I have no real complaints at the moment. I found battles to be zippy, and overly flashy. I'm sure the difficulty will be similar to that of any retro FF game. I just hope it's nowhere near as brain dead as FF15. Overall it shows promise, but it could easily turn into a repetitive grind-fest like Bravely Default. I'm optimistic that will not happen.

    If it does crap out I can still look forward to SMT5.
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  • Avatar for Arvis-Jaggamar #14 Arvis-Jaggamar 4 months ago
    @Gamer-Law Not trapping it on just one console sure would help people support Octopath. #bitter
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #15 Gamer-Law 4 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar - When I played the initial demo back in September, I was left with a SaGa meets Suikoden impression. That worked for me, but I definitely understand that SaGa games are not to everyone’s taste.
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #16 Gamer-Law 4 months ago
    @The-Challenger - The latest Octopath demo has me hooked. The soundtrack is terrific, the boost/break system enhances the strategic element of combat, and the character narratives all seem interesting. Personally, I really enjoyed Bravely Default and I would not be disappointed if OT had gone further in that direction. I think there will be enough differences, however, that you will enjoy it. I think combat will remain challenging, but I don’t think it will turn into the perpetual grind fest you are concerned about.
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #17 The-Challenger 4 months ago
    @Gamer-Law I share your optimism. I will buy this game asap. I kind of bemoan the fact I have to pay close to $100 for this game. But that's Canada for you.

    I look forward to your highly contentious list of (j)rpgs.
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  • Avatar for kevatar1981 #18 kevatar1981 4 months ago
    I think Pokemon let's go is going to be extremely popular with kids. I have a 9 year old son and several nieces and nephews from ages 5 to 12 and everyone of them is excited for it. All that has to happen is for someone like DanTDM to play it on his channel and every kid who doesn't already want it will want it. I don't think this is a bad thing, sometimes I feel us veteran gamers, forget that kids like games too. Maybe because we had to defend our hobby to the previous generation that thought gaming was only for kids lol.
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