Favorite Games from E3 Part 2

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Heads up, I am continuing this list from Part 1. If you have not yet read that first part, please do so since I am just going to continue on with the second part right now! Hope you enjoy the list!

8. Scalebound

While I am still not fully on board with getting an Xbox One until that Project Scorpio console comes out, Scalebound is probably the one game to convince me to get one. It’s a huge action game that is essentially How to Train your Dragon on steroids. I’m not kidding when I say that, since you get these amazing powers, some sick headphones, and you get to control your very own dragon and use it to help you with some giant enemy crabs and other nasty threats that are coming your way in the game. I am always down with playing a game and supporting Platinum Games, even when they have made a dud like the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game (I chalk that one up to Activision wanting to rush that game out). Just pick your dragon, and get down and dirty with some monster slaying.

7. Death Stranding

Probably the best surprise of the Sony E3 Conference, and that is saying a lot, is Hideo Kojima’s revealing of his new game, Death Stranding. Sadly, all we know is that it’s going to be an action-adventure game with a very “Kojima”  blueprint to it. I mean, that trailer was amazing, but super trippy with its dark sand beaches and the high body count of dead crabs. I definitely want to see what the gameplay will look like in this trippy and ambitious game from Hideo Kojima.

6. Detroit: Become Human

I know people have a love/hate relationship with the game designer David Cage, and yes, I get their points, but I would rather support his games and recommend them over half of the tripe that comes out, and Detroit: Become Human is no different. It basically looks like Blade Runner with androids going astray and causing havoc, and you, an android detective, must make your way through the game making the right choices so you or anyone innocent doesn’t get hurt. Again, I get why people are iffy about his games, but still. I would rather support interesting experiences, and Detroit: Become Human seems to be just one of those experiences.

5. Yooka Laylee

I was drooling like a fool when I saw this pre-E3 2016 trailer for one of the best investments I have made in terms of helping out Kickstarter games. The gameplay looks just as good as the old Nintendo 64 platformers, but with modern-day sensitivities, the graphics are beautiful and cartoony, and it has all that flare and personality that is so missed from games these days.

4. The Last Guardian

Finally! After years and broken dreams, we are finally getting The Last Guardian. The game does look great with the platforming and puzzle-solving with your giant griffin friend, and having to avoid the large stone guards that are around the setting and apparently other griffin-like creatures. It really does look like one of this year’s best emotional journeys.

3. Final Fantasy XV

Hey look! Another game that has been in development limbo like our last entry. It also looks to be a grand scale adventure, even if it is pretty much Final Fantasy with Kingdom Hearts combat. From what I have played, I have really enjoyed everything from the interaction between the boy band leads, to the size and scale of everything. I mean, good gravy, that fight with the titan looks epic. We definitely need another good main Final Fantasy game after the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy of underwhelming games. Hopefully, the wait for the newest game in the long-running franchise will live up to such a long development cycle.

2. Horizon Zero Dawn

The best way I can describe my excitement for this game is simple, “Princess Mononoke, with robots.” Seriously, this game is so cool looking, with how expansive the world is, the different variety of harmless and harmful robotic wildlife, the different villages, and a new villains that are called “demons”  but look like machines with a few bolts missing. From the different array of weapons, to being able to hack the machines to ride them, I will be patiently waiting for this amazing looking PlayStation 4 exclusive.

Okay, these next three were really tough to put into who gets the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd spot. So, for the first time, I am giving these three games the number one spot.

1 1/3. South Park: Fractured But Whole

In my opinion, South Park: The Fractured But Whole was easily one of my favorite moments at E3. It seems like you throw South Park into anything, it instantly makes it better. This game is easily making huge improvements, with its story being bigger, funnier, and all filled up with jabs at the superhero genre. The combat getting a facelift with a more tactical turn-based affair is definitely intriguing. I would have just liked a more complex system from the first game, but I like where this new game is going. I even set up a preorder for the game, and I don’t do that often! I can’t wait to go through another hilarious adventure through this small mountain town

2 2/3. Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

Boy oh boy, where do I start with this game? While it is the only major thing Nintendo wanted to show off, they definitely made sure to wow everyone, and boy, they really did. This game is easily going back to its roots from the NES game, where you are essentially dropped into this huge world with minimal storytelling, a “go anywhere you want” exploration system, breakable and hopefully non-breakable weapons, super gorgeous graphics, a cooking system, a fleshed-out stealth system (or at the very least, fleshed out in terms of the franchise), armor, and how it is essentially breaking tradition to do something refreshing. I love A Link Between Worlds and Skyward Sword, and they are my favorite home console and handheld Zelda game, but if Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild plays its cards right, it might very well be the best Legend of Zelda we will ever get. Oh, and you get to have Wolf Link travel and fight with you if you have a Wolf Link Amiibo.

1 3/3. God of War 4

If anything, Sony knows how to open up a show. This was the biggest surprise to me of the Sony E3 conference. I did hear about a new God of War in the works, but I didn’t know they would have a playable scripted demo to show off. Ignoring the factor that Kratos is still alive, and somehow made it out of the horrific results of the third main game, we see the powerful fighter now at home with Norse mythology, and he actually has a son. Yeah, it's actually a bit jarring, but amazing to see that Kratos, someone who would rip your head off and drink its blood if you stared at him weirdly, has much more personality and character in this new game where he follows his son to hunt an elk. The gameplay is very different with Kratos now using an axe, and while being flashy, it isn’t being as flashy as the previous games. I really and I mean really, want to sink my teeth into some more information about this game, and see what will be different for everyone’s favorite bald warrior.