With the new generation of gaming hardware almost a year post launch, many would agree that this year was one of the most exciting E3 Gaming Expo in quite some time. Nothing like seeing what the new consoles can do! I had plenty of grins on my face as I took a glimpse into the future on what I will be sinking my teeth into this fall and 2015.
With us now one week removed from the expo, I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 titles that gave me the most excitement. As always, I would love to hear everyone’s own favorite E3 titles that we will all have the opportunity to head to our local GameStop for that midnight release pre-order pick up with reckless intentions of staying up all night on a Monday work night. So let’s get to it!
#10 Little Big Planet 3
Don’t judge me! I am a sucker for old school 2D platformers that have that “new gen hardware/fresh coat of paint” polish. The first two releases from Sony were groundbreaking when you think about it. Aside from the fun campaign, the create a level tool essentially made Little Big Planet a never-ending game with literally millions of user-created content to play and/or share your own awesome level/story. Sackboy became Sony’s new console mascot and from all sign’s from this year’s E3 trailer, shows no signs of giving up that honor on the PlayStation 4.
#9 Battlefield: Hardline
What happens when you take the exceptional Battlefield multiplayer game engine and swap out military choppers, tanks and soldiers with cops and robbers? You get a fresh first person GTA style experience that will have fans of films like Heat and Reservoir Dogs foaming at the mouth. Check out 6 minutes of pure “gangster/Lethal Weapon Riggs and Murtaugh” mayhem below and see for yourself.
#8 The Evil Within
Back in the day when survival horror games were a fresh genre in the gaming industry, no franchise did it better than Resident Evil. over the year’s we have seen a lot of titles that have either completely failed or almost lived up to expectations set by Capcom’s Resident Evil. However over the past few Resident Evil sequels, the franchise has just felt a bit stale.
Enter The Evil Within, from Shinji Mikami who has walked away from working on Resident Evil games to his new IP. Keep your eye’s open this fall when this sucker hits retail. Many have high hopes for this out of no where new franchise that appears to make a name for itself in the survival horror genre. This year’s E3 gave us a pretty scary demo of the game in action.
#7 The Legend Of Zelda Wii U
I admit, I haven’t played a Zelda game since the GameCube era. I just didn’t care for being forced to use a motion controller with the Wii’s Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It’s not that I am lazy, it’s just I couldn’t help but feel like a complete jackass trying to navigate a flying bird as I flapped my arms up and down.
With news that a GameCube controller would be coming to the Wii U, I couldn’t help but feel some relief and excitement that I could play a Zelda game again for the first time in over a decade. With the Wii U suffering quite a bit in retail, hopefully this new Zelda will be the system seller to bring Nintendo back to its former glory.
#6 Star Wars Battlefront
Wow. I can’t believe we haven’t played a new Star Wars Battlefront game since the PS2 era. I remember the first time I played it. It was if the developers took every single Star Wars action figure and vehicle and dumped them into a huge sand box battlefield.
With the graphical firepower of the new gen hardware, I can only imagine what this sucker is going to look like once it hits our living rooms. Judging from this year’s E3 teaser and the news that they are using real movie footage in the environments’ game engine, I think it’s safe to bet that this has the potential to be the greatest looking Star Wars game ever made.
#5 Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Square Enix’s 2013 Tomb Raider was truly one of the biggest out of no where surprises for gamers last year. For years Tomb Raider games were at it’s best, simply average. That is until Square Enix took over the franchise and gave us a fresh Lara Croft reboot and it did not disappoint. One of this year’s E3 highlights for me was getting treated to the announcement and trailer for Lara’s sequel coming in fall 2015. Enjoy.
#4 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I don’t play many RPG’s. Just way too much time to invest in one game for my hectic gaming schedule. That being said, 2011’s Skyrim came out of nowhere for me and punched me right in the jaw. I was addicted. Put about 140 hours in that game and was one of my most memorable experiences on the PS3. That was almost 4 year’s ago and haven’t touched a RPG since.
Now I must admit, this Witcher 3 game has “holy sh*t” written all over it for me. I have never played any Witcher game, but that will not stop me from grabbing this game on day one launch. If trailers are any indication, this title will be in the Game Of The Year Nominee’s in late 2015. If you haven’t seen this trailer yet and are curious to see what the new hardware can do, then stop guessing and it that play button below.
#3 Batman: Arkham Knight
Sadly this will be developer Rocksteady’s swan song for the Batman franchise. This is the very definition of the phrase “bitter-sweet” for me. In what appears to be the greatest Batman game ever made, we have Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight!
I would have put this at number one for me, but the jury is still out for me on how the Batmobile will play a role in this game. Will it be a gimmick? Will it feel like GTA Gotham style? Also, Rocksteady is penning the script for the first time…ever, so will this last entry hold up the brilliant writing of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City We shall see , but I will definitely be pre-ordering this game regardless.
#2 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
This just sucks!! It’s not fair. Why Naughty Dog, why!!?? I can’t believe that I will begin my tour on the PS4 with what is most likely the last adventure for Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. How do we know for sure it is the last entry?
We don’t, but judging by the dialogue in the trailer, the title, and the fact that Naughty Dog has a history of moving on to new franchises (Crash Bandicoot, Jak And Daxter, The Last of Us), this will most likely be the last ride. Let’s just hope it is longer than the 9 hour campaign in the earlier entry.
#1 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It doesn’t get better than playing a new Metal Gear game on new hardware. Hideo Kojima is a legend and the Phantom Pain has the potential to be the greatest Metal Gear game of all time, and that my friends is a bold statement indeed. This will be my last trailer of the game that I will lay my eyes on. There is no need to be sold on this game. Still no official release date, but I think we will have it sooner than we fear.