Now that the rush of press conferences are over I wanted to talk about my top picks of E3. They are not really in any particular order, just went according to my press conference notes. Also, this list only encompasses new announcements.
I really liked the first Dishonored (not sure if I’ll pick up the Definitive Edition as I already have GOTY on my 360 and Steam) and am quite looking forward to the sequel. The game takes place 15 years after the events of the first game and is set in the coastal city of Karnaca, you have the ability to play as either Corvo Attano (from the first game) or Emily Kaldwin (Corvo’s daughter). This automatically ups the replayability factor for me. I’ll obviously have to do a playthrough for each of them! Each character has different abilities, and I like the look of Emily’s powers (she’ll probably be my first playthrough) with her arm/grappling hook thingie and the seeming ability to turn into shadow. I mean come on! Who doesn’t just want to go poof?
[Spring 2016 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4]
I believe I am in the minority when I say that I haven’t played the Fallout games, but that doesn’t stop me from being excited for Fallout 4. I enjoyed New Vegas and maybe it’s the Boston setting but this has made my top list (I think it made everyone’s top list). The graphics look phenomenal, there is a crafting system (I love to craft), and you have a dog that you can give commands to. He can fetch your crafting supplies! It’s got everything that I need in a game.
[November 10, 2015 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4]
Mass Effect Andromeda
This is how you can be sure my picks aren’t in any particular order because this here is my number one! I love the Mass Effect series, it is just slightly behind my love for The Witcher series. There isn’t much information yet in regards to Andromeda, but what has been announced and teased is enough to keep me going until Bioware is ready to divulge more details.
What we do know is that the game will take place in the Andromeda galaxy years apart from the story that we played in Mass Effect 1-3, you will be able to play as a male or female character (just like in the previous games), and a new and improved Mako. There’s also the possibility of importing old saves such as Bioware did with Dragon Age Keep. Stay tuned because we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any and all news.
[Holiday 2016 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4]
One of the cutest games with the most heart-felt presentation would have to be Unravel, a physics-based puzzle platformer. You play as Yarny, a character made from a single thread of yarn that slowly unravels as you move. I can see this leading to tears as the game progresses and Yarny’s thread becomes less and less.
Creative Director at Coldwood Interactive, Martin Sahlin, says “The idea of Unravel was created from a very personal place. We didn’t start out by saying we’re going to make a puzzle platforming game. We started by thinking more about our lives, and the things we hold meaningful. We wanted the game to have a heart and the gameplay could always be designed to represent this.” He goes on to say, “The tale of Unravel is about love, and the bonds between people. And the yarn is a representation of that. Yarny’s red thread is the tie that connects everything in the game, from the gameplay mechanics to the story, and the people in it.” Have I mentioned the tears that this game will most likely produce? Nevertheless, I’m excited for more information and the eventual release of Unravel.
[Release Date: TBA Digital download on Origin for PC, Xbox One, and PS4]
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Mechanical dinosaurs?! Yes please! Guerrilla Games, the developer of Killzone, are bringing us Horizon: Zero Dawn, a game that features a female protagonist (gasp!) and seems to meld primitive aspects of cavemen with technology.
“Horizon Zero Dawn is an exhilarating new action role playing game developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s venerated Killzone franchise. As Horizon Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a skilled hunter, explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.”
[Release Date: TBA PS4]
Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes makes it to my list solely because it is a Legend of Zelda game. My 3DS is currently missing, and has been for months, so unless I find it or replace it there is no chance of my playing. But that doesn’t impair my excitement for another game! I don’t care how many Legend of Zelda titles get released or remastered or anything. I want it all! Tri Force Heroes is a 3-person multiplayer reminiscent of Four Swords Adventures. You can also play dress up with outfits you choose giving you different abilities, such as Zelda’s dress which gives you more hearts or the bomb outfit which gives you…bombs.
[Fall 2015 for Nintendo 3DS]
Games that I’m excited for that didn’t make the list because they were officially announced prior to E3:
Star Wars Battlefront
What were your favorite titles? Let us know in the comments!