E3 2017 is the largest video game trade show in the known world, and through the hustle and bustle of various demos and presentations a few steady themes start to emerge. Whether it’s how we play our games or what we’re using to play them, a few simple truths have permeated the industry and are slowly becoming the standard. Here are a few that we noticed during this year’s expo.
The eSports industry has seen tremendous growth through the last few years, but E3 2017 was the year that eSports and E3’s relationship grew to new heights. Competitive fighting game tournaments in games like Street Fighter V and Injustice 2 were taking place both on the show floor itself and just across the street in L.A. Live, advertising major upcoming tournaments with massive prize pools. Players unfamiliar with these games just passing by got a first-hand glimpse of the glory that eSports can bring, and more than a few might just pick up a fighting game and start to play.
If there’s one combination of letters and numbers that came out of every booth at the show, it’s “4K. 4K gaming has become the benchmark of console gaming, starting last year with the PlayStation Pro and Xbox One S and taken to new heights with the upcoming Xbox One X. Visuals in video games have never looked better than they do in 4K, so now is the time to invest in the technology before the hottest games start to launch this holiday season.
Virtual reality is certainly nothing new, but this year’s E3 saw a change in how VR games are being played. Previously VR focused more on the “experience,” being inside a virtual world and watching the events of a pre-determined scene play out as opposed to playing a normal video game outside of it. That tone has now shifted, instead focusing on playing games entirely inside the VR universe. Games like Resident Evil 7 set the bar for VR, but the selection of games coming to virtual reality in the future may raise it to new heights.
Minecraft made its presence known at E3 with a few new updates, but one in particular if implemented properly could change the entire industry. The Minecraft team announced at the Microsoft press conference that all versions of Minecraft will soon be able to play and communicate with each other regardless of format. Nintendo Switch players can team up with friends on PC, mobile players can talk to the Xbox One, and the list goes on. Should this Minecraft experience work the way Microsoft and Mojang intend, this could prove to be a major step in the unification of players on all gaming formats.
E3 2017 is in the books, but the trends shown at this year’s conference will continue into the coming months. Get ahead of the game at London Drugs today so you’re ready for whatever the gaming industry can throw at you.
After a few years of focusing on the experience itself, virtual reality gaming is starting to sport an impressive lineup of games. Players thinking about taking the plunge into VR got some strong support from small indie studios and major publishers alike, meaning that VR could finally be taking its spot on the mainstream scene. Here are just a few of the titles coming soon to virtual reality.
Archangel places players in the pilot’s chair of a massive mech suit brandishing some serious firepower. A war-torn world is under threat from a corporation bent on world domination, and players will use the mech’s combination of machine guns, rockets, and arm shields to battle the evil and save the world. The studio behind the game Skydance Interactive is no stranger to game development, having developed scenes for Gears of War 4, Fallout 4, and XCOM 2, so Archangel is definitely a VR game to keep tabs on when it launches in July.
Ubisoft’s second major foray into VR after Eagle Flight, Transference is a collaboration between the major game publisher and Spectrevision, a film studio founded by actor Elijah Wood. The game tasks players with sifting through a man’s digitally reproduced memories in order to solve puzzles and discover the truth behind his deranged obsessions. Transference is a psychological thriller taking place entirely in VR, one that will delight those looking for some intensity in their gaming when it launches next Spring.
On the lighter side comes Moss from Polyarc Studios, an endearing tale starring a tiny mouse heroine named Quill. Players will control both Quill and The Reader, a spiritual being watching over the tiny mouse, as they solve puzzles and combat enemies. Quill takes on the bad guys of this world using adept swordsmanship, while the Reader can manipulate the world to create paths for Quill to traverse in order to advance. Moss will surprise players with its depth and unique challenges, making it an essential VR title when it launches during the holiday season.
Finally, if none of these titles can tip the scales in VR’s favor leave it to publishing titan Bethesda to provide the final word. Three of Bethesda’s most popular titles, Doom, Fallout 4, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, are coming to virtual reality in all its forms. Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim VR are new representations of the original games completely retooled for virtual reality, while Doom VFR plants the player in a series of rooms filled with enemies and allows them to move and shoot as fast as they can. With this trio of critically-acclaimed titles coming to the virtual space, it’s hard to no longer see the appeal of jumping in.
Virtual reality has been around for a little while now, but never before has a lineup of titles this strong been coming to this new frontier. Now is the time to get your hands on a virtual reality system, and London Drugs can make that happen today.
Microsoft continually strives to be at the forefront of the console gaming market, and with the new Xbox One X the company’s seat at the top is firmly reinforced. The high-end home device is the most powerful console ever made, offering unprecedented visual quality and processing power in the smallest Xbox ever assembled. Simply put, the Xbox One X is a powerhouse.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a race car driver? Assetto Corsa is a premier racing simulator with a fanatical focus on pure driving realism – and we want you to give it a try!
Assetto Corsa is pure driving realism, built by racing enthusiasts, for racing enthusiasts. On Saturday, November 5, we’ll be hosting dozens of Assetto Corsa Events in our stores, across Western Canada. Head to your nearest participating London Drugs store to experience the racing simulation for yourself.
By Matthew Simpson, Computers Manager
May the 4th is here! It’s that special time of year where we all gather together to celebrate Star Wars! It’s a big year for Star Wars fans, with the release of The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Needless to say, it’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan! Let’s take a closer look at some cool stuff we’ve got in-store to help with the celebration of your favourite franchise.
MSI Canada and London Drugs are joining forces again to bring you the third MSI Canada Dragon Cup Hearthstone Tournament!
Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s world famous multimedia franchise Warcraft, Hearthstone is a fast paced card game where you pit your heroes against your opponents in battle. It’s deceptively simple, which makes it an easy game to play but a difficult game to master.
This year the tournament will be held over two days, with the early rounds taking place on Saturday April 9th and the quarter finals, semi finals, and finals on Sunday April 10th.
The winner of the competition will see $500 cash and an MSI GTX 960 2G graphics card. Additionally, the winner will qualify to compete in the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo Hearthstone Tournament in Toronto at the end of April, a chance to compete for a share of the $10,000 prize pool!
Wait, there’s more! London Drugs will be supplying the top three Canadian players in MSI Dragon Cup V3 with $500, $300, and $200 respectively to spend at LondonDrugs.com!
The tournament will once again be streamed online by Twitch user coL_noxios, be sure to tune in to his stream as plenty of swag and prizes will be given away to viewers in Canada and the US! You can also follow along on social media with the hashtag #MSIDragonCup3.
Click Here for full tournament rules and to register!
* * *