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So, E3 2016 has come and gone. Overall, it was a mixed bag. There were a lot of great titles and announcements, but it also had an equal amount of underwhelming or annoying E3 elements. However, that will be for another list, and for this list, I will talk about my favorite games that were shown off or announced at E3 2016. I will start off with my honorable mentions. I will also try to hyperlink videos to the games in both the list and honorable mentions
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: I have to give them credit for showing this game off and not telling anyone it was a game related to one of the most hated YouTube videos of all time!
Quake Champions: While a great announcement for yet another ID Software shooter after Wolfenstein: The New Order and this year’s Doom, I’m not really into multiplayer-only games, but hey, if this is your cup of tea, well, drink all that tea, my friend.
Prey: This is a weird reboot of a franchise that wasn’t even that big (only one game in the franchise after the cancelled second game), and I wish there was some actual gameplay. Still, it looks neat, and I will definitely start keeping more focus on Bethesda for now on.
Gears of War 4: While I like banter and the little surprise at the end of the segment, it still looks rather bland. I actually liked last year’s E3 2015 video showing off a more eerie atmosphere. Still, it looks a bit better than the previous games.
Skylanders Imaginators: While these games aren’t really my thing, I do like the idea that you can create your own hero, which gives some freedom to the player. I still don’t like the fact that you have to buy toys to unlock more of the game, but I have to give them credit for adding in Crash Bandicoot and in his original design from the PlayStation 1 days.
The VR Games: I am doing this so I don’t add every single VR game shown off as individual mentions. I am excited to see much better looking VR games than what we are getting right now. I’m still not fully convinced to invest in a PlayStation VR headset, but at least the games seem to be getting better.
Mass Effect Andromeda: I am super excited for this game, and how you are going to be the “alien” in this new galaxy and have to help make sure the human race survives. Too bad they couldn’t show much. Come on. Show us something, like a proper trailer.
I think I’m going to stop the mentions here since there are so many games at this event that include, TellTale Games’ The Walking Dead Season 3, Telltale Games’ Batman, Wild Guns Reloaded, Dead Rising 4, Skylar & Plux, Crash Bandicoot Remastered, Pyre, Grow Up, Mafia III, Agents of Mayem, Sea of Thieves, Mario Party Star Rush, Recore, World of Final Fantasy, Box Box Boy, Gravity Rush 2, and Battlefield 1. If the list is too long, I’ll split it into two parts.
21. Titanfall 2
Up first is the sequel to one of 2014’s most disappointing games, Titanfall 2. So far, the improvements and added content seem to be a good thing, since the original game had so little, and really the player-base died off fast. I’m so happy to see that they are making a single-player mode, since the universe was much more interesting than the actual game. We will definitely need to wait and see how good the story actually is, but I think that was a smart move to make. I also enjoy the additional weapons and Titans to make multiplayer even more fun. Oh, and future maps and DLC will be free. I don’t know why EA can’t do this with Battlefield 1, but I guess you pick and choose your fights. Anyway, this is the first major shooter from EA that has interested me in a long time
20. Watch_Dogs 2
This is yet another game from 2014 that had a lot of potential, but couldn’t land on its feet, Watch_Dogs 2. I like the idea of being a hacker to take down an evil corrupt organization, but the first game was boring and not as great as it could have been. With this new game, it seems like they are making sure the characters are more memorable, the graphics are more colorful, and that you can do a lot more with the hacking tools given to you. We will have to see later this year. I just wish Ubisoft didn’t have to do seven or so different collector’s editions.
While I will never get Ubisoft’s deal with huge open worlds, this new IP is at least interesting, with the entire game taking place in the Alps. You will be able to ski, paraglide, use those wing-suits, and perform a multitude of stunts while you see the dramatic landscape around you. I’m glad I’m going to get to try it out in the future, since I have a few concerns about how much content will actually be in this game. Still, a new IP is better than just another Assassin’s Creed game from Ubisoft.
18. Resident Evil 7
Talk about one of the biggest twists from Sony’s E3 Conference, Resident Evil 7. Apparently the demo we were shown and got on the PlayStation 4 is not entirely part of the actual game, but man, is it cool to see Resident Evil go back to this really shiver-down-your-spine-horror. I was glued to my screen watching the demo unfold, and it just makes me actually excited to play the game. I know horror games are in a new kind of rut, but hopefully, Capcom can get back on their feet with this new game, and give everyone a spooky good time!
17. Days Gone
While it is yet another zombie game, I am still curious to see, besides the massive amount of undead on screen, what will make this game stand out. Yes, it does seem to want to have a deep story with relatable characters, but we have seen this happen with Dead Island, but we will have to see. It, at least, looks more interesting than most of the zombie games around. Any game that wants to put effort into making endearing characters in video games gets my attention.
Talk about a vastly different looking game from a developer with an iconic style. Fe is made by the developers of the quirky Stick it to the Man, and Zombie Vikings. It’s a 3D adventure game, with a heavy emphasis on stealth and exploration in this lovely, if gloomy environment. I actually like seeing them step out for a change in terms of art styles. It is pretty neat that EA is helping out with the exchange of publishing the game. Now, this game does remind me of Ori and the Blind Forest, but I think Fe stands out enough to warrant some hype! That’s why it’s on my list of my favorite games shown off at E3.
Probably the last good Wii U game coming out this year, Paper Mario: Color Splash seems like a much more fleshed-out version of Sticker Star. While it is disappointing that this game isn’t returning to the original game, due to the Mario & Luigi games, the game looks fantastic with its art style, and the combat with the cards seems more substantial and not pointless.
The poor webslinger has seen better days, with two different reboots and a slew of games that fail to perform wonders for the fans and in terms of good game design. Luckily, with his cameo appearance in Captain America Civil War, and a new movie in the works, the mouthy webslinger is back! Not only that, they got one of the most creative and downright best developers around to make the new game, Insomniac Games. I really can’t wait to see them with this new game, and I hope it isn’t just a rushed movie tie-in game for the new film. Seriously, keep an eye out on this licensed game.
Man, this game is beautiful. I have been patiently waiting for this game to come out, and the wait is worth it. This colorful underwater explorative ocean experience is setting itself up to be one of the best indie games of the year, and I definitely want to be a part of that experience when the game is released.
This is yet another beautiful indie game coming to PlayStation 4. Bound has always impressed me since its reveal from last year with its dancing movements, atmospheric world, and abstract visuals. I’ll admit, I am wondering how great the overall experience will be, but it’s easily one of my most anticipated downloadable games coming to the PlayStation 4.
11. For Honor
Definitely one of the more interesting games coming from Ubisoft, For Honor is this unusual combat-heavy action game where Vikings, samurais, and knights are pitted against one another. The game even has a backstory about an evil force that caused this odd situation to happen. I admire that the developer wanted to put in a single-player mode and didn’t want to just focus on multiplayer. I’m sure the game is super fun in both, and I can’t wait to pick one of the three clans, and wreck someone into the ground!
10. Dishonored 2
Dishonored 2 was probably the only worthwhile game shown off at Bethesda’s E3 Conference. Dishonored 2 is setting itself up nicely for a sequel with a new location, new abilities, and the freedom to tackle the missions however you want to. I also liked the level they showed off, where you use an item to go into the past in a rundown building. I am a little concerned about how different the stories will be between the two lead characters, since we have seen this kind of marketing before, like in Tales of Xillia, where the character you started with didn’t really matter. Still, Dishonored 2 looks like it will be another fun romp as a magical assassin in a beautiful world.
9. We Happy Few
We Happy Few was one of the best games shown off during Microsoft’s E3 conference. Easily one of the most stand-out games from its days on Kickstarter, We Happy Few puts you into a world where everyone takes a “happy pill” to ignore a horrific history that the town the game is set in, is guilty of. You can choose to take the happy pill or not, and well, you had better be ready to survive if you choose not to take the pill. I do wish this game was coming out on PlayStation 4 as well, and who knows, maybe six months down the line, it will, but I can’t wait to get my hands on We Happy Few and its drug-induced happiness.
That is it for Part 1! Get ready for Part 2!