E3 is an interesting time of year for gamers. The Electric Entertainment Expo is usually in June, a time of year known by gamers as “The Games Drought.” E3 is basically a press event, where games are announced, demonstrated, and played. It makes gamers salivate, and wish they would jump into the future where these games are available (for the most part). The expo took place last week, and I watched/read from the comfort of my own home. Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Sony all took the stage at their press conferences and gave us a peek at what developers have been cooking up. Nintendo also revealed a few new games. Here’s some of my favorites.
Assassin’s Creed UnityThe biggest surprise from Assassin’s Creed Unity’s E3 cinematic trailer was four player coop. Of course multilayer has been done before in Assassin’s Creed, but never during the story. I love coop, but it’s not the main reason I’m excited for Unity. Unity takes place during the French Revolution, which should be fun. Plus, it looks like we’ll be back to a crowded city setting. The main reasons I’ve loved the Assassin’s Creed series is for the interesting assassination methods, and the freerunning on the rooftops. I missed it in Assassin’s Creed 3 and I skipped Blackflag for several reasons. I’m looking forward to jumping and stabbing again this October.
Batman: Arkham KnightSeeing the Batmobile in action in the gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight made me giddy with excitement. The trailer makes the game look shiney. I’m glad to see Rocksteady back at the helm for this installment. I played Arkham Asylum, but I haven’t played Arkham City yet. I own it, but I haven’t found the time to play it. I’ll have to play it before Arkham Knight‘s release date in 2015.
Borderlands: The Pre-SequelHere’s the trailer for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The trailer is standard as far as Borderland’s trailers go. You got claptrap, dub step, and bazillions of guns. I’m not sure about the game. It’s a “pre-sequel” because it takes place between the first game, and the second game. I want to learn more about the characters in the universe, but at the same time I’m burned out on the gameplay of Borderlands 2. It doesn’t look like the changed any of the gameplay, except a few added weapon variants, and the oxygen mechanic. I’ll see how reviews go, and maybe I’ll want to play it when it comes out in October.
DestinyI’ve been looking forward to Destiny for a long time. This trailer from Sony’s E3 press conference doesn’t really show off much more, but it still makes me hyped. Plus I got into the alpha for the game. I played a bit, and it’s a lot of fun. The guns feel good, and traversing the world is fun. I’m really anticipating this game’s release in September.
The DivisionThe Division has been on my radar ever since it was announced last year. It’s an interesting take on the apocalypse. Instead of fighting mutants or zombies, you are fighting for your life against other human beings. You still have access to technology as you struggle for survival. This trailer demonstrates it well. As with Assassin’s Creed, this also has an emphasis on coop. It looks great, and it’s too bad that we have to wait until 2015 to play this game.
EvolveEvolve is being developed by the crew that brought the world Left 4 Dead. Check out this trailer from E3. It’s going to be a multiplayer game, pitting four players against one monster controlled by a fifth player. It’s called Evolve, because you can make the monster evolve into a bigger, more badass monster throughout the match. I’m not big on multiplayer games, but this sounds like a fun game. It comes out October 21, 2014.
Far Cry 4I really liked Far Cry 3, as I mentioned in my “Games of 2013” post. So when Far Cry 4 was announced at E3, I had to check out the gameplay trailer. Looks like the same old fun times, and Ubisoft even added coop! I’m looking forward to conquering more outposts in interesting ways when this game comes out. Just have to wait until November 18, 2014.
Grim FandangoI got lucky, and was able to play Monkey Island (which is also a Tim Schafer game) from back in the day, but missed out on Grim Fandango. So when Sony revealed a letter from a “little kid” at their press conference asking about a Tim Schafer game, I got excited. At first I was like “PSYCHONAUTS 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” but then I listened some more, and realized that it wasn’t talking about Psychonauts 2. Instead, it was asking about Grim Fandango which a lot of gamers missed out on. And Double Fine, Tim Schafer’s studio, is making a remastered version of Grim Fandango. I’m excited to get a chance to play this gem from the past.
Halo: The Master Chief CollectionHalo: Master Chief Collection was announced at the Microsoft press conference. Check it out. This is jammed packed with content. It includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, which is the remastered version of the first Halo. It also includes a remastered version of Halo 2, much like what they did with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Additionally, it includes Halo 3 and Halo 4. On top of all that, online multiplayer will be available for all four games, including the first game, which did not have online multiplayer. As a frugal gamer, this collection just screams “Take my money!” This deal comes out November 11, 2014.
Homefront: The RevolutionHomefront: Revolution was actually shown off before E3. One of Crytek’s studios was developing the sequel for THQ. After THQ went bankrupt, they bought the rights, and decided to take the game in a different direction. They added a Crytek spin to it. Homefront: Revolution will give the player options on how to complete an objective, like Far Cry or Crysis. It’s looking really pretty, as you can see in this trailer. All we got for a release date is 2015.
Infamous: Last LightI just finished up Infamous: Second Son, so it was cool to see Infamous: Last Light at Sony’s press conference. It’s a standalone DLC, and it allows you to play as one of the NPC’s from Second Son, Fetch. Fetch is an awesome character, and I’m excited to see her story fleshed out in this DLC. Her powers are incredibly fun as well. This will be released in August.
Legend of Zelda Wii U
Nintendo teased a new Legend of Zelda for the Wii U. Have a peek at the trailer. It looks like it’s going be an open world Zelda game, and that can only be good. We just got a short glimpse of the game, and not much is known about it. I’m a Zelda fanboy though, so I’m excited. Release date is sometime in 2015.
Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorMiddle-earth: Shadow of Mordor intrigues me. First, you got some Assassin’s Creed elements, which is cool. Then you have the fantasy world created by Tolkien, which is doubly cool. This gameplay trailer is pretty triply cool. I’m going to wait for reviews, but I think it’ll be good. It’s coming out October 7, 2014.
Mirror’s Edge 2Mirror’s Edge 2 was announced. Well, it was announced before E3, but this is our first look. EA did something weird. Instead of making a CG trailer that’s suppose to represent the game, it just showed off concept art, and had the developers talk about it. It was an interesting move, but there’s not much to say about the game. It’s fairly early in development. Anyways, I’m looking forward to it. Sometime in 2016 is the release date, so they have lots of time to tease us.
No Man’s SkyI don’t know much about No Man’s Sky, but it looks cool. Each person starts on a brand new, uninhabited planet. It’s procedurally generated, so not even the developers know how big the universe will be. No release date for it.
The Order: 1886When The Order: 1886 was announced last year, it sounded cool. Plus it was being developed by Ready At Dawn, which has a pretty good track record. I’m a little bit disappointed with what they showed off this year. It really doesn’t look like it’s doing anything new, but if it is a solid game, it shouldn’t matter. We’ll see February 20, 2015.
Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft may have canceled Rainbow Six Patriots, but Rainbow Six Siege looks really good. Ubisoft showed off a gameplay trailer for it. The player chat is a bit cheesy, but I do have to say, the game looks fun. The destruction is my favorite part of this. The fact that the game lets me blow a hole in the floor to gain access to a room on a lower level is happy fun times in my book. We can expect to play this in 2015, unless they cancel it.
Rise of the Tomb RaiderA trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider made an appearance. It was just a teaser trailer, but it’s showing Lara Croft’s emotional side, which is great. I loved the Tomb Raider reboot, as I mentioned here, and I’ll be picking this one up. The release date is suppose to be Holiday 2015, so we have awhile to wait.
ScaleboundScalebound was announced the Microsoft conference. The only reason this made my ears perk up, is because it’s made by Platinum Games. They’ve made some fun games in the past. I’m curious to see some gameplay, but the trailer was cool. No release date yet.
Sunset OverdriveSunset Overdrive has been on my radar for awhile. I like Insomniac Games. They know how to make some cool weapons, and Sunset Overdrive has some cool weapons. The gameplay they showed off looks like an over-the-top version of Horde mode from Gears of War. You are in an open world area, and you fight off enemies. Of course, you go around grinding on rooftops, and wires. It sparks my curiousity, but I’m going to wait until reviews are out. October 28, 2014 is the release date.
Tales from the BorderlandsI haven’t played any Telltale Games games, but Tales From The Borderlands looks good. It has a nice voice cast, including Chris Hardwick. I like the Borderlands universe, and this sounds like it’ll be heavy with lore. Telltale is known for their story telling. Tales From The Borderlands tells its story from the perspective of two different people, so that should be interesting. The first episode should be released sometime this year.
Uncharted 4: Thief’s EndSony brought a teaser trailer for Uncharted 4: Thief’s End. Do I need to say anything about it? It looks shiny, and it’s more Uncharted. The trailer gives off a vibe similar to the first game, which took place in a jungle. It was a teaser trailer, so there’s really not much to say about it. It should be out sometime in 2015, and I look forward to anymore information Sony wants to share between now and then.
That’s my thoughts on the games of E3 this year. I want to thank you for reading. I put a lot of time and effort into this post. It took me a week to get this together. Twenty two games are featured and over 2000 words written by me. I’ll be back next week with a review of Linkin Park’s album, The Hunting Party.