E3's primary purpose is for developers to showcase their upcoming titles, and get fans excited about them. It's a dedicated hype machine, and despite trying to remain 'professionally detached', there are some games that I've fallen for hook, line, and sinker.
E3 is an event where people try to make their games look as good as possible. We've seen from past experiences that the end result isn't always as good as the demos we're shown at the expo (i.e. Watch Dogs). Even with this knowledge, it's difficult to not get caught up in the energy of the moment and excitement of the reveals. While I've been impressed with a number of games this year, I'm limiting myself down to five titles that has me so excited I can't seem to think straight:
Horizon Zero Dawn
Frankly, I’d be surprised to find out that this game isn’t on EVERYONE’s list at this point. Guerilla Games came out swinging during Sony’s press conference, with a brand new open world game that’s offering a new take on an age-old genre. It’s post-apocalyptic in which machines warred against mankind and won. Sounds familiar, right? What sets this one apart, however, from the deluge of similar set-ups, is the fact that this one takes place so far into the future, that humans have reverted back into a sort of prehistoric civilization. One in which the world as you and I know it now is legend.
More interesting, though, are the machines who also seem to take on this primeval state, where they roam the world more like wild animals than overlords. So it’s still a man vs machine story, but with some interesting lore behind it that I cannot wait to explore. It’s open world, so there’s plenty to explore, but the crafting and action in the game look like they could be amazing. Sure, the video is scripted as could be, but that doesn’t keep me from being very, very intrigued.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
While our first trailer and details on Square Enix’s new Deus Ex game dropped before E3, that doesn’t mean they came to the show empty handed. The event brought us our first look at gameplay in action, as well as some demo time that our team member was able to get in on. What was shown, was impressive, giving us a look at a very ambitious RPG that could be appealing to long time fans of the franchise as well as newcomers.
I can’t wait to explore the new landscape. I’m a sucker for all things science fiction, and Deus Ex has always taken that genre pretty seriously. The story looks interesting too, in which terror organizations and segregation run rampant. While it’s not a new concept, some of the best sci-fi stories ever take their concepts based on current political climates and show how extreme they are in new settings. While I was already excited for the new game, the hands-on previews and gameplay trailer have put me hopelessly on board the hype train.
Mass Effect Andromeda
No lie, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the next Mass Effect game, since the credits started rolling on the third one. It’s one of my favorite franchises, with great story and action that flows nicely. It’s so easy to get sucked into those games, and the setting is everything that appeals to me. As soon as Dragon Age Inquisition released last year, my first thought was, “great, now we can finally hear something about the next Mass Effect”. It’s been a long hard wait, but we finally got a trailer this year.
While it doesn’t show a whole lot, it’s still interesting and gives us a title and general idea of what’s going on. The setting is an entirely new galaxy, and takes place “long after the events of Mass Effect 3”. This means gamers are in uncharted territory with this new chapter, and I love it. This way, Bioware can distance itself from the previous games, giving us new characters and story, while still feeling a part of the larger franchise. It opens up a lot of opportunity, but it sucks that we’ll still be waiting until the holidays for 2016 before playing it.
Frankly, I’m surprised at how much I want to play the new Doom game. While I appreciate the franchise, and played the original quite a bit in my younger days, I can’t say I’m a huge fan. It’s not Doom, per say, but the fact that I’m not big into the first-person shooter genre. It’s hard for me to get very excited about any shooting game, but Bethesda’s demo at E3 has me bought and paid for.
The action looks fast paced and intense, allowing for a few different play styles, all of which look specifically designed to make you feel like a badass. The enemy designs are sleek and horrifying, while the levels they showcased felt varied and interesting (unlike the boring and repetitive layouts for Doom 3). All that, plus seeing how brutally you can dispatch enemies is kind of cool. It’s over the top ridiculous, and for a franchise like Doom, that’s the best possible route for the game developers to go.
I can tell you, the sole reason I was so excited for Nintendo’s E3 event (which overall turned out to be a little disappointing), was the fact that we’d finally see something for the new StarFox game. Thankfully they kicked off their digital event with the new game, showing off some gameplay and what we can all expect from the new title set to hit later this year. While not everyone was impressed with the footage, I was giddy as a schoolgirl over it. After years of waiting for a proper new game, here it was on display before me.
Best of all, it LOOKs like a StarFox game. There were no ‘on-foot’ missions shown, everything is done from your Arwing, which now comes with a swanky transforming feature. The battles looked familiar, yet updated, keeping the nostalgia in tact but hopefully exploring new things you can do. I love the idea of using both the Gamepad and the TV screen in conjunction for different viewpoints. I, personally, love the third person perspective in my flying games, but having the first person option for greater aiming is a neat idea to be able to go back and forth on. I sincerely hope Nintendo gets with the times and allows online multiplayer battles and even some chat, but I’m not holding my breath. Despite that, I can’t help but feel hyped up for a new adventure with the StarFox crew.
Of course, that’s not to say I’m not head over heels for games like Uncharted 4, No Man’s Sky, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, or Kingdom Hearts III. It’s just that these five games are the ones that have been sticking with me throughout the last week and I simply can’t wait to get some hands on time with. What were your favorite hype-inducing games of E3 this year?