E3 was over about two weeks ago. It was a surprisingly tamed conference in comparison to earlier years. We had few announcements, few game reveals, and the majority of spotlight was focused towards existing games, expansions, ports and the like.
As such, I didn’t really have much to say about this year’s E3, but there were few games that captured my eyes upon their appearance. Some new, some we’ve already seen but got to see more of them, here are the most interesting games from the E3.
Keep in mind that this is my list, so if something you liked doesn’t appear in this very short list, feel free to make a list of your own.
A Way Out
Let’s be honest, EA’s conference was by far the worst; it was clumsy, boring and lacked anything truly interesting or captivating… except this title.
One of the few noticeable announcements this E3, A Way Out looks so different from most video games nowadays; it’s an adventure game played via co-op – and co-op only – done by the man who brought us Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. No matter what, you will always see what your buddy does and their progress.
It’s a genuinely intriguing execution, and may I add a little risky as well, but A Way Out feels fresh, inventive, and unique, and it is one new IP to look forward.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
I am a long-time fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, and to say that I was disappointed with 2015’s Syndicate would be an understatement. And while I do tend to defend Assassin’s Creed: Unity sometimes, I’m not blind to that game’s shortcomings.
We all knew that Origins was coming, thanks to Ubisoft’s “iconic” manner of announcing things via leaks. But something here is different; Origins feels… matured. From the little bits of information we got and the new trailers, Origins appears to rebuild the entire series from scrap.
With a vast world seemingly influenced by the likes of Skyrim, Wild Hunt and Horizon, and combat inspired by Dark Souls, Origins takes the franchise to full action-role playing territory, and I might be a little excited to see what the next entry from the Black Flag team has to offer.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order was a pleasant surprise when it was released, especially due the fact it was developed by a relatively new studio Machine Games, although what most don’t know, is that the members of the developer also worked on The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and The Darkness II.
And now we’re back shooting those damn Nazis, this time in Nazi United States, with series protagonist BJ pursuing his mortal enemies while starting an American Revolution to destroy the Nazis once and for all. Talk about series escalation.
The New Colossus will take everything good from The New Order and improve it in every way, including making BJ mix any weapons he wants for dual-wielding. It is also a vastly ambitious narrative, and here I hope it will deliver.
Oh yeah, and don’t think you’ve escaped this, Bethesda; your conference was lackluster just like EA’s.
Honestly, this might be my most anticipated game release for the coming year; more than The Last of Us Part II, Metroid Prime 4, Beyond Good & Evil 2 or any other hyper-hyped game announced the last two years.
Spider-Man looks fun. It looks so vibrant and energetic, brought to life beautifully with what appear to be slick controls and outstanding visuals. And it’s done by Insomniac Games, what not to love here?!
This whole game looks like Insomniac putting everything they’ve learned from their past projects into one big explosion of fun and imagination, combining elements from Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive to deliver the best Spider-Man game ever.
And I can’t wait for more!