LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
As much as I’d wanted to count myself amongst the E3 crowd, I was unfortunately saddled with watching the press conferences in the comfort of my living room. Nevertheless, the press conference(s) (those I was able to stay up for ) was, for lack of a better word, mindblowing! – yep, I said it!
Below is a countdown of my E3 highlights (in no particular order):
1. Ryse (Xbox One exclusive)
Ryse Xbox One
Having watched the game demo a few times over, its clear that this game represents a true benchmark in what next-gen stands for – glorious detail! Microsoft have definitely got a winner in their hands with this one (considering the all the pieces comes together well) as this is only the start of next gen (well, officially November / December). That aside, it’s good to see developers harnessing the power of new hardware even before getting content into the hands of gamers! – Go Microsoft!
PS I’m a huge, huge fan of Spartacus, so you can probably imagine how hard it was for me not to make reference to it. I’m hoping you’ll be able to play as the barbarians, or, I guess that’ll just defeat the whole premise of the game?! *shrugs*
2. Watchdogs (Xbox One, Playstation 4)
Since seeing this game debuted at the Ubisoft conference, I knew for sure that this would be a ‘day-one’ purchase for me – preferably on a next-gen console, but irrespective, I’d settle for a PS3 version if I have to!
What’s there not to love about this game? – (from what I’ve heard and seen) the storyline is so refreshing and relevant, the gameplay is Über slick, and the graphics are pretty darn awesome too! – I’d say this is probably my most anticipated titles, but I guess I’m contradicting myself as with my earlier disclaimer, this list in “no particular order”. Could this possibly be a contender to Rockstar’s open-world / sandbox throne?
3. The Division (Xbox One, Playstation 4)
This is actually a surprise entry for me. As much as I love shooters (both first and third person – swaying more to the latter), I’d convinced myself that they’d plateaued in what they could offer and bring to the table. Once again, Ubisoft have indeed waved their magic wand and come up with something creative. Watching the gameplay demo, I was in fact, pleasantly surprised – which is rare for me. This is one I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for.
4. Titan Fall (Xbox One exclusive)
Titan Fall seems pretty epic! There’s so much to love about this game. For one, the changing dynamics with the introduction of mechs (or aptly named ‘Titans’) is a huge deal for modern day shooters. They’ve almost added a Transformers element to what could otherwise have become ‘another shooter’. Other welcomed additions to the game are the jetpacks strapped to each player, the free-running abilities and potential for sheer fun if this is executed right! Admittedly, this is one game that has me torn between the Xbox One and the PS4 (d**n you Sony!)
5. inFAMOUS: Second Son
I’ve followed this franchise since the release of Infamous back in 2009. I was enthralled by the creative nature of the original title and have since added Infamous 2 to my PS3 collection. Now, with the soon-to-be-released third instalment (which I was hoping would be a launch title), I couldn’t possibly attempt to repress my excitement!
Nothing much to say here; we’ve got a new protagonist (Delsin Rowe) possessing some slew of wickedly-cool superpowers it’s our duty to maximise his destructive capacity whilst taking back the city. I have no clue what just happened there, but it sounded very believable so I’ll be sticking to it.
The game looks absolutely gorgeous and sucker-punch have pulled out all the stops on this one. The physic engine looks neat, the [partially] destructible environment and enemy AI all look really impressive.
1. Fifa 14
To be honest, as much as I love the Fifa series and have been a devout follower since I can remember, Fifa 14 looks like more of the same. A periodic improvement on the previous iteration. Emotions aside, I for one (and I know I’m not alone on this one), was disappointed that EA didn’t even have the decency to show any gameplay – really?! – Enough with the teasing already.
So there you have it.