This has been an exciting week during the annual E3 gaming expo. One of the most memorable in some time. Almost a bit overwhelming. A lot of great games didn’t make the cut. Fall Out 4, Super Street Fighter 5, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and Halo 5 (Just to name a few) look great, but they call it a top 5 for a reason. 2015 looks to be a year to remember in gaming. In the meantime, check out my top 5 favorite trailers and demos from this weeks E3 and be sure to chime in on what had you the most excited. So let’s get to it and yes these are ranked in order. Enjoy.
#5 MGS 5 The Phantom Pain
Being a Metal Gear fan since the NES era, this final sequel is a bit bitter-sweet for me. Could this really be the end? Considering the fact the Hideo Kojima is no longer with Konami, I would say so. Add that, and the recent news that Konami has stated that are going to primarily be focusing on mobile gaming, I think it is safe to say this is indeed the end my friends. All great things must eventually come to an end, and The Phantom Pain just might be the crown jewel in the series that started roughly three decades ago.
One thing that really hit me when watching the E3 trailer was that not only is the Kojima’s last MGS game, but it is his last E3 trailer that he will ever direct. Through out the years in various interviews, Kojima has alway’s stated how much love he has for directing film, and it is very clear in his trailer. Very polished and movie worthy. Just watching the clip of the chopper hovering above the sandy canyons shows why this game promises to be one of the most gorgeous releases on the new console generation. September 1st can’t get here fast enough.
#4 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Now this could be a game changer for first person shooters as we know it. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series have alway’s been right there with the big shooter franchises in quality production, but could never break out of that #3 slot right behind the Battlefield and Call Of Duty franchises when it comes to realistic shooters. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands I think will change that real fast. Frankly, I haven’t been this wowed by a military shooter since 2007’s Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Keep a close eye on this title. You could be looking at the new champ.
#3 Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Both Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics hit a home run this year at E3 during the press conference trailer for Lara Croft’s next adventure. Easily up there in my top 5 for graphical presentation. Lot of new gen. games look good. Rise Of The Tomb Raider looks stunning and will surely be the feather in the Xbox One hat of 2015. If you haven’t grabbed Microsoft’s new console yet, then you might want to wait for a Tomb Raider bundle that I am sure will happen as the November 10th launch date approaches. This game is a system seller, it’s that simple.
#2 Star Wars: Battlefront
I went back and forth with this being my numero uno all week. Pretty much my dream game for the Star Wars universe. This is the greatest looking Star Wars game I have seen. From the music to the way snowy rubble that falls from the Rebels Hoth ceiling base to running by a X-Wing in the hangar.It’s one of those games that you instantly know you won’t tire of any time soon. My only gripe is that there will be no story campaign to relive the original trilogy and no space Death Star battle at launch. I am sure future DLC will take care of that, but 5 maps is a little skimpy for a $60 retail copy. Still, this is the defining Star Wars game that fans have alway’s dreamed of and this November, the dream will be a reality.
#1 UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End Demo
Developer Naughty Dog and Sony have a long history. Be it Crash Bandicoot on the original Playstation or Jak and Daxter on the Playstation 2. Naughty Dog has always delivered stellar games that have earned the title of “console mascot”, and the Uncharted series was no different on the Playstation 3. Pretty much the big middle finger to gamers who chose a Nintendo or Xbox over Sony’s Playstation. I was actually surprised that we were getting an Uncharted game on the Playstation 4, with Naughty Dog’s history of moving on to new IP’s from console to console. I am not complaining, at all. I could play Uncharted games for the rest of my life.
With the 2015 theme of final installments in popular franchises, I was actually relieved that this game got delayed to 2016. Like a fine wine, this game needs time to breathe. Hands down the best looking, most polished, and most fun game that I laid eyes on this year from E3. My only fear, is that in what is rumored to be the last Drake adventure, it could end too soon. Uncharted 3 was finished in a very quick nine hours. Time will tell.