Even though this year’s E3 felt a little more lowkey than previous years (with more than a few disappointing conferences), there were still some amazing games that made it all worthwhile. Here, I want to talk about the ones I fell for the hardest. While a couple may have already been on ‘my radar’ their showings at E3 2018 kicked my anticipation into overdrive.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
I love turn-based strategy games and while I came to the Fire Emblem franchise late (with Awakening) it’s now among my favorites. We’ve known about the series’ return to home consoles for a while, but E3 finally showed us what’s coming…and it was great.
The visuals look impressive and the extra hardware means we get to retain the characters 3D models both in and out of battle. Couple that with some fun new gameplay features (the troops that will be there as support units as well) and a swanky story and I’m ready to go ahead and put my money down!
The Last of Us Part II
I almost feel like I’m cheating by listing this one, as I’ve pretty much always been hyped up for The Last of Us Part II. The first game is my favorite story driven game and one of the few I’ve played multiple times. As such, I’ve been eager to get my hands on the sequel.
The gameplay footage we saw during Sony’s press conference, however, sent me over the top. On top of being drop dead gorgeous, the gameplay looks like a lot of fun. While many of the mechanics seem similar, Ellie also has a bigger range of physicality (jumping!) that makes it even more engaging. While I was hoping to see a release date, I can’t complain about the greatness we were shown.
Daemon x Machina
Nintendo kicked off their E3 presentation with an all new game featuring impressive, stylized mech combat action. I was instantly hooked and the debut set a promising tone for the rest of the reveals. Moreso, the game was given a half-hour long gameplay demo later in the week during Nintendo’s Treehouse Live and it looks ridiculously impressive.
The mech designs come from Shoji Kawamori, who’s one of the artists who helped bring the iconic designs of Macross and Armored Core into life. That alone is drool inducing, but the comat looks sleek and impressive with a fast-pace that should have fans of these kind of games ready to go. It looks like a bunch of fun, with a bunch of customization options to make every encounter feel different.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Honestly, I was surprised at just how much the reveal trailer for Sekiro hooked me. I’m not a huge FromSoftware fan (I love a good challenge, but the Souls style of games have never been my thing), but everything I saw in Sekiro looked like a lot of damn fun. In many ways, I was reminded of the old Tenchu games, where stealth was a huge element, and you’d creep around the tops of building, etc.
I was certainly eager to know more, and Matt’s closed demo preview convinced me that I’m going to have to play this game when it releases. The combat looks sleek, the grappling and stealth elements call to my love of that genre, and the setting seems like a lot of fun.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
While this game may not be very shocking to find on most people’s lists, having it crop up on mine is sure to turn some heads here in the Cinelinx offices. I’m not a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and despite playing nearly all of them (although I haven’t gotten around to Origins yet), I can’t stand them. There are a number of reasons, but ultimately it’s a franchise I can’t get hyped for…until now.
Odyssey looks impressive. I love how the series is diving full bore into RPG territory and adding the elements of dialog options that shape the story. Couple this with the greek setting (one of my favorite eras) and romance options, Odyssey is looking more and more like a Bioware style game (which Bioware seems to be leaving behind for some reason).
There were a BUNCH of other games I was excited to see, but these were the ones that, if given the chance, would pay money to play right now without any hesitation. Games like Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider are games I’m super hyped for as well, but since they’re coming out in just a couple more months, I thought it’d be best to give other games the spotlight.
Some other “honorable mentions” are:
Ghosts of Tsushima
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Devil May Cry 5
Pokemon Let’s Go
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Which games from E3 2018 have you boarded the Hype Train for?