After watching all the conferenced, these are the top ten games I’ve got my eye on from E3 2016. Note that my picks are based on what was shown at the conferences and that these aren’t in any particular order.
1) South Park: Fractured But Whole
The first South Park game was insanely good and well put together. Making a turn based RPG game with all the look, feel and humor of South Park, Ubisoft hit a home run. In fact, when I first played this game, I spent the next 13 hours straight beating it. It was fantastic start to finish. Needless to say I was a bit worried when a sequel was announced last year, seeing that a lot of the content over the past seasons of South Park were used in the first game. The trailer and gameplay demoed at E3 this year removed any and all doubt. The humor is there in full and the plot for this game is one not explored (DC/Marvel movies in order) so it’ll be quite interesting to go through.
2) Gears of War 4
The Gears of War franchise is quite a popular one. I believe they’re the first game to have chainsaw rifles as a main weapon. Through all the blood and gore is a decent story and memorable characters. We will have a new set of characters and definitely cameos of the original characters. I’m very interested in the direction the game is going as it is years after the third Gears game. I also hoping for some Cole Train cameos and easter eggs, that character was the best.
3) Dishonored 2
I don’t think it’s a secret that I enjoy stealth games. If you didn’t know, I like stealth games. Dishonored does that, but gives you awesome powers in addition to tools to boot. I also like the area the game is featured in. The town gives off a gritty and darkness in the shadows vibe. What’s cool is that you can go full ham and not be stealthy if you want. The game also features two protagonists (a male and a female) you can play that have different skills so you can choose whichever you prefer.
4) God of War
I’ll be honest, I haven’t really played God of War before. Definitely want to play it this though. The crowd got hyped when they first saw Kratos in the trailer so you know this game series is good. One thing I’d like to note is that Kratos punched a giant troll in the face and threw it off balance. Besides that the combat looks fun and engaging. The forestry and ruins were quite in depth in detail as well. The story seems to center around Kratos and his son. The idea is to practice hunting but it seems like there will be more than just that in that kid’s future. I’m also not sure if the mother has passed away or is somewhere else. I guess I’ll find out when I play.
5) Death Stranding
If you can tell me what this game is about, that would be appreciated. Because I haven’t the foggiest idea. I’m still going to get this game thought because it’s Kojima; also having Norman Reedus as the protagonist doesn’t hurt. Hideo Kojima tells stories in a mysterious way that captivates audiences. Just look at Metal Gear Solid. I believe that this is the reborn “Silent Hills” game we were going to get before it got cancelled. I wouldn’t be surprised if people bought a PS4 just to play this game.
6) Detroit: Become Human
Robots & Humans co existing is one of the most interesting storylines a game can have for me because it could be a potential future in real life. So seeing a game go for that but including the rights a robot should have when it gets emotions can get different results. Just look at the Matrix for example. It seems that this game will tell the story of a few androids and the decisions they make. This trailer is a pretty good example of issues, present and future, that can take place as an android detective named Connor is tasked with rescuing a human girl from another android.
7) Horizon Zero Dawn
Most post-apocalyptic scenarios have zombies of some sort. Horizon’s post-apocalyptic scenario? Ancient ruins of current civilisation with mechanical animals where humans live a primitive lifestyle with high tech weapons. Love it. You play as Aloy, a woman who seems to be an explorer, possibly trying to learn of the past among the ruins of past civilizations. I mean, I would want to know where these mechanical creatures came from too. The world itself is quite stunning as well.
8) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This is one Nintendo game every Zelda fan hands down will want to get. Zelda is re imagined as a beautiful open world concept where there is a ton of interaction with the environment as you can see in the trailer. The great part is that the world still feels like that of a Zelda game. Of course there’s new abilities, weapons, and armor. Nintendo did a fantastic job and it was well worth the wait.
9) We Happy Few
This game looks very intriguing. It seems that you play a character that’s in a world where you are constantly monitored and self drugging yourself with “Joy” along with others. One day you read an article that reminded you of something terrible as soon as your “Joy” is running out and you see things for what the world is. The mask-like faces add a certain personality aspect to the game as well. The plot of this game really has me wanting to see more.
10) Watch Dogs 2
Now, Watch Dogs 2 was announced about a few days before E3 but it was still one of the bigger games to come out of E3 this year. Now the first Watch Dogs wasn’t as satisfying due to the number of issues the game had. The concept of Watch Dogs was great overall and is what lead a lot of people purchasing the game in the first place. Watch Dogs 2 seems to want to rectify that. The game centers around a young hacker named Marcus whose part of a group called DedSec who’s fighting a corrupt corporation (or corporations). This baseline story reminds me of a movie called Hackers. Plus I have a programming background so this game’s concept is hitting all the right chords for me.
Bonus #1: Final Fantasy XV
Despite the Titan demo, which wasn’t good in my opinion, I’ll be checking this game out. This is a title a lot of people will pick up because it’s Final Fantasy but this game does have a lot going for it. The story plot overall seems good and the world looks pretty incredible. The combat also looks to be very engaging. Can’t wait to give this game a go.
Bonus #2: Battlefield 1
Holy cow. Now I’ve played Battlefield before but this new game looks incredible! A lot of chaotic fighting via air, land, and sea. Along with blimps & battleships that players can use, this will definitely be one of EA’s biggest titles this year.
And those are my picks for this year’s EA! You may have found a few you like, if you have your own list, be sure to share it in the comments!