E3 is just a few days away and there have been rumors flying left and right. Oddly enough, a new game reveal, trailers, and gameplay videos have already been released, so it makes one wonder what surprises are in store for E3. Below are the games that I’m looking forward to the most, in no particular order, at this year’s E3. I’ll use this list on IGN as a reference for what games will be showing up.
Star Wars Battlefront — I’m as big of a Star Wars nerd as there is, but I’m a bit worried about this game. It just seems to be lacking in a lot of content — that is, there will be no campaign mode; no Prequel Era settings, vehicles, weapons, or characters; and there will be no space battles. There will also only be 12 maps at launch. I want to get excited for this game, but without any gameplay released so far, I just can’t. I really think it’s imperative that EA shows plenty of Star Wars Battlefront gameplay footage at E3, showcasing the different maps, vehicles, and game modes and also showing why this won’t just be a Battlefield clone.
Dark Souls III — I’ve never played the original two Dark Souls games, or even Demon’s Souls, but I’ve put in over 55 hours into Bloodborne and I love it, making it so that I’m eagerly anticipating Dark Souls III. I especially want to see what the combat will be like and if it will be similar to Bloodborne’s fast-paced combat. Dark Souls III is rumored to be coming to E3 and is expected to release early next year, so I assume it’s likely that we’ll see some gameplay at E3. The screenshots that were leaked look awesome and I expect the gameplay to be as well.
Tom Clancy’s The Division — The Division is an Ubisoft game, so there’s one red flag. It has also been delayed twice (originally expected in 2014, now not until 2016), so there’s another red flag. The gameplay we got to see last year (below) seemed to be rather ambitious, leaving me worried that the actual game will be less so and downgraded, a la Watch Dogs. That’s three red flags, so I’m a bit worried about this upcoming Tom Clancy game. I want it to succeed because it looks like tons of fun, but I also want to keep my expectations tempered. I’m looking forward to see what Ubisoft has to show of this game at E3 2015.
No Man’s Sky — I’m not actually that excited for this game, just curious. No Man’s Sky is absolutely gorgeous and the possibilities for exploration in it seem endless. I just want more information on the game because, based off of what we known now, it seems like the only thing to do is to fly around and discover planets. It doesn’t seem like the game has a story or any goals. Don’t get me wrong, the exploration looks to be a lot of fun, I’m just concerned about how long it will take until the repetitious exploring becomes boring. There needs to be just a little bit more to this game to make me 100% sold on it and I’m eager to see what will be shown of No Man’s Sky at E3.
Virtual Reality Games — Virtual Reality (VR) is all the rage nowadays and currently there are Project Morpheus, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive all in development. Sony is rumored to devote a lot of their time and space at E3 to Project Morpheous, so we should expect to see some games for it, if those rumors pan out. I really want to see what types of games will be played on VR headsets, how they will play, and what the experience of VR will be like. VR is something the Illuminaughty touched on in their latest podcast, which you can listen to here.
Microsoft is thinking outside the box and instead of developing a Virtual Reality headset, they are in the process of making an Augmented Reality headset called the Hololens. Augmented Reality is similar to VR except that Augmented Reality headsets superimposes computer generated sights and sounds in the real world. Microsoft has plans to show off their Hololens at E3, so I’m definitely looking forward to see where they are going with their AR headset.
As I was writing this, there were a bunch of new developments pertaining to the Oculus Rift, which you can read about here. Wow! Virtual Reality definitely seems like a major technological advancement and something that could become prominent in the video game medium.
The Last Guardian — The game that has been in development since 2007 is rumored to be making an appearance at E3 next week. I’m not one of those gamers who have been waiting for The Last Guardian to finally come out since it was announced at E3 2009, but my curiosity has been peaked now. I do hope that the game comes to E3 next week so we can actually see something, anything, that proves this game still exists and will come out sometime this decade. The Last Guardian was announced six years ago and a lot has changed in the gaming world since then. The Last Guardian looked beautiful and was poised to have an emotionally deep story, but standards in gaming have changed and I want to see something new that The Last Guardian can bring to the table.
New IPs, Surprises, and Exclusives — The eighth generation of consoles released almost two years ago and their game libraries mostly include third-party mainstays, remasters, and a lack of exclusives. I want to see plenty of new IPs announced at E3. Can Ubisoft redeem themselves with a new title announcement? Does Bethesda have any other huge announcements lurking around? Does Capcom have anything to show off other than a remaster or a Street Fighter sequel? Will Nintendo unleash a new IP instead of relying on their crutches of Mario, Zelda, and Pikachu?
I hope Microsoft and Sony spend enough time during their conferences showing off new exclusive IPs.Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has already said that the company will have a focus on first-party games at E3 and that better be true, because I think the Xbox One is lacking on the exclusives front more than the other eighth generation consoles. These consoles need more exclusive games already, dammit!
Upcoming Mass Effect — Okay, so I saved the best for last. I’m a huge Mass Effect fanboy and have been eating up every little detail that has been trickling out about the upcoming Mass Effect game (which Bioware does not want it to be referred to as “Mass Effect 4”). We don’t know much about the game aside that it is beautiful and while bring back the Mako for exploration. Oh, and there might be a jump button. A jump button. Some people have speculated that the next Mass Effect game will be releasing next year, possibly by March. All that we have seen from the game so far are “conceptual prototype” images, so I doubt that the game is at the point where it would be ready for March 2016. Although, maybe Bioware will surprise us! Click here if you want to read my wishlist for the next ME game.
So there you have it folks, the games that I am looking forward to the most at E3 next week. Bethesda will kick things off on June 14 at 7:00pm Pacific time. Let me know in the comments what games you’re eagerly anticipating. Thanks for reading!