Seniorhelpline gaming correspondent Brittany Vincent is on the scene this week at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Check back all week to see her dispatches from the trade show, including the coolest upcoming games and big announcements from major developers.
The first official day of E3 2019 was a cacophony of sights and sounds. While most of the year’s biggest announcements actually took place ahead of the show, the energy on the floor was positively electric. The momentum from the previous days’ excitement was still chugging ahead at full speed, and gamers of all stripes eager to see more from some of their favorite games milled about at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
It’s always a powerful sight to see those who share such a powerful passion for gaming gathering in one place like this, and so simple to get swept up in the excitement, which I certainly did.
I can’t yet share some of the titles I saw on the first day, but there were several impressive sights and sounds peppered throughout my sojourn through the holy mecca of gaming on Day 1. Here’s a brief look at just a few of the coolest booths and structures I spotted today while roaming the floor; free time was limited, so more is coming. There’s far too much to see in one day, after all. You need every bit of the three days the conference takes place.
Final Fantasy VII Mako Reactor
It’s no secret that Final Fantasy VII Remake is my most anticipated game right now (aside from Death Stranding, which comes out in November). The deluge of information coming out of the weekend has been more than my Sephiroth-loving heart could handle, but imagine my surprise when I stepped onto the show floor and happened upon a massive replica of a Mako reactor like the one seen in the original game.
Complete with green “smoke” billowing from the top of the booth, this iconic location is immediately recognizable, eye-catching, and a reminder that one of the greatest RPGs of all time is coming back again. It was absolutely stunning, and on par with some of Capcom’s fantastic attempts at bringing the horror of Resident Evil’s Raccoon City to life.
Cyberpunk 2077 Booth
CD Projekt RED made a splash by introducing Keanu Reeves to its dystopian RPG during Microsoft’s Xbox Press Briefing as well as debuting a release date, and fans went nuts. The game’s booth itself is indicative of the fever pitch excitement for this ambitious title has reached.
While simple in nature, the eye-catching splash art of the protagonist and the immediately recognizable game logo is practically begging you to throw your day at E3 2019 away and wait in line to get another glimpse at what will undoubtedly be another hit in the vein of The Witcher 3. Seriously, this booth looks even better in real life.
Say what you will about Fortnite, but you have to admit Epic Games knows how to put on a show. This massive area of the floor was rife with rainbow lettering, interactive gameplay areas, and even a dancing TomatoHead (or at least a guy dressed up as the mascot). TomatoHead posed for quick photos of passersby gawking at the spectacle, then started flossing shortly after we passed by.
Fortnite isn’t a new game by any means, but this ridiculously large booth just goes to show that people are still very much in love with the battle royale. And I found the booth one of the most aesthetically pleasing of the show just yet.
Borderlands 3 Booth
Borderlands 3 is all about “mayhem,” as its trailers and marketing materials continue to remind us. Its massive booth was no different, combining Warhol-style pop art imagery with loud neon colors, statues of the new Vault Hunters that players can take on the role of in the game when it debuts later this year, and stations with content creators playing the game inside the booth itself.
No expense was spared bringing the game to life, and it was an eye-popping area on the floor that greeted those looking for a quick trip to the West Hall: a rainbow shock of colors as soon as you walk in. Attendees were gifted screaming yellow tote bags proclaiming that the wackiest looter shooter of all time is indeed returning. The only thing this massive booth could have used was a real-life Claptrap concierge.