With E3 having been and gone, here are the games I’m most looking forward to from the show:
ReCore (Armature Studios/Comcept/Microsoft Studios)
Definitely the new announcement I’m most excited about, the second game shown at the Microsoft E3 conference was teased with a CGI trailer and lots of interviews after. A partnership between Keiji Infaune’s Comcept, Armature Studios (ex-Metroid Prime developers) and Microsoft its a story heavy game about a girl and a companion core that can be placed into different robots such a dog and this tells the story of one of the last humans on earth.
The game sounds good from what we’ve heard, with a dynamic world that changes when sandstorms occur it has left intriguing questions about how it plays which we should be hearing about soon given comments made in interviews, the game is playable according to Phil Spencer and with a release window of Spring 2016 (mid-March to mid-June) Gamescom certainly seems like a good time to show us more.
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerilla Games/Sony Computer Ent)
Killeen developer Guerrilla Games are finally moving on from a franchise that was always a bit of a poisoned chalice in my opinion given the Halo comparisons followed by a fairly mediocre original game and Shadow Fall, a launch title which was very disappointing.
But Horizon Zero Dawn is completely different to that, with a female protagonist fighting robo-dinos after some sort of apocalyptic event many years before the story sounds interesting and gameplay looks great in the E3 demo they showed, hopefully Guerrilla can prove themselves with this new game, scheduled for release next year.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft Studios)
A game with a huge cloud over it due to the Microsoft exclusivity deal but one that despite that controversy (and fairly mediocre Microsoft conference demo) looks like a worth follow-up to the great 2013 reboot.
There is a greater focus on tomb raiding in this one, which was quite a big omission for faithful fans of the original games and seems like a bit of a no-brainer but Crystal Dynamics are going all out for this sequel. I was a huge fan of the reboot and this looks like more of the same and a bit more, so consider me excited for November 10th.
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
I’m a huge Gears of War fans, the most influential game of the last generation is back with Rod and The Coalition at the helm and it looked so good. The gameplay demo for me was a great tease to what we can expect from Gears of Four next holiday (yes I just called it that), at the halfway point in development I think it is unrealistic to expect them to have any huge set-pieces and action sequences ready and polished to show us and I didn’t ever expect that.
What I expected and got was a game that set the tone in a darker world, showed us the new threat following Gears of War 3’s conclusion and introduced us to (or re-introduced us, depending on what direction they took the franchise) to some of the main cast for the sequel and that was what I got. JD and Cait are the two in the video, it was moody, atmospheric, dark and Gears is back baby, WOO.
I’m not expecting to see more until E3 next year but I could be wrong and I can’t wait to see what is next from Gears.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft)
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GRAW) was a game I enjoyed a lot back in March 2006 on Xbox 360, it was a game that I played a lot online and in co-op as well as a fun single player campaign, I also the sequel too which launched a year later and finally Future Soldier.
Wild lands takes a new approach with an open-world and optional co-op but so far sounds like a game I will enjoy even if it is a bit different to the games that in my opinion kicked off the “modern warefare” craze last-generation. You have my attention Ubisoft, don’t screw it up.
Rare Replay (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
I have tried to avoid remasters in this because if that’s all we have to be excited about from the biggest gaming show then we’re screwed, but this remaster features 30 (thirty!) games and I’m super hyped about it. Rare have shed their Kinect Sports skin including logo and are back, starting with a huge 30 games for 30 years at 30 dollars (or £20, but if they said that it would run the 30/30/30 vibe).
I’ve never played many of their older games and now I get the chance to do just that for all of their big releases from Battletoads to Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise, it is a fantastic collection at a fantastic price and is helping to usher in a new era at Rare.
Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)
I’m not a huge car guy but I got Forza Motorsport 5 free with my Xbox One as I’d been out of the Forza loop for a while and had a lot of fun with it, I also bought Horizon 2 as well and had fun with that too.
Normally I wouldn’t really consider getting another car game (except for F1 car games) in such a quick timeframe but Forza Motorsport 6 looks like a huge upgrade on Forza 5, it was a great launch title but launching with a console always has its drawbacks and I think Turn10 did great work with that but with weather, hydroplanes, 24 cars this seems like a huge upgrade and I can’t wait to play it come September 18th.
Dishonored II (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
Dishonored was a game that surprised me a lot but unfortunately I played it horribly by basically going rambo on it and getting a lame ending so I am excited by the chance to replay it and do it properly in August and with a sequel planned for (Spring?) 2016, I am hyped to play more from Arkane Studios.
As with how all stealth games should be it gives you the choice of that or a more murderous approach, but it had great mechanics and an interesting story, it will be good to have the choice of Corvo or Emily this time who both play differently which will be a tough choice.
South Park: The Fractured by Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft)
Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s appearance at the Ubisoft conference was a huge surprise given they had said they didn’t want to make another game but The Stick of Truth was fantastic and I’m glad to see Ubisoft are giving it another shot.
I am concerned about the lack of Obsidian in this one but they are busy with other things and Ubisoft like to keep development internal these days so I hope they will give it the time it needs to be another great South Park game and not a lame slapped up sequel. I am excited due to the previous one but cautious because of Ubisoft… I hope they can prove me wrong.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
Human Revolution was a game that hugely surprising game for me and one I enjoyed a lot, Mankind Divided seems to be a bigger sequel as you’d hope and again you play as Jenson in another prequel to the original (but a sequel to Human Revolution).
I am hyped for whatever Eidos Montreal have been working on in the “Deus Ex Universe” which they have hyped up, if they can make another great game I will be very pleased, we need more stealth RPGs. Edits Montreal have been busy with Thief last year and also assisting on Rise of the Tomb Raider so they have had their plates full but given the success they had with Human Revolution I think and hope we will see them go big again on this when it releases in Spring next year.
- Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
- Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
- Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
- Hitman (IO Interactive/Square Enix)