If you are a fan of video games, you know that E3 just happened and the announcement of many new games took place. This is the first E3 to take place after the release of the newest generation of consoles: Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s Playstation 4, and Nintendo’s Wii-U. If you visit the site E3 Recap, you can see all or most of the videos about this years expo. Today’s article will explore the top videos from E3, excluding the multi-hour press events for the major developers. These are in no particular order of quality, so enjoy! (note: Some, or many of these links may lead to a removed video. That is the nature of YouTube).
The Aliens games have all fallen a little short of the mark in terms of success. They’re either nonsensical, too hard, or just poorly developed. The problem is that it falls into that relationship of movies turned video games. This game seems to actually lean on the movies more than previous games. It pits the hero solving puzzles and fighting off corporate androids. The biggest threat, however, is the single alien that manages to kill everyone on the Sevestapol, the ship that the game takes place on. It looks like an Alien game that will, for the first time I remember, attempt to be a survival horror type game, instead of a run and gun action shooter with jump scares. One of the developers does talk about the game, and it seems interesting.
2. Bayonetta 2
I have never really played Bayonetta, in fact, I have only played the demo for the first game on my PS3. What little bit I did play, I liked, even though it was a bit difficult. Watching the video for the second iteration, which is at this time, a Wii-U exclusive, makes me wish I had a Wii-U. The story, the action, the gameplay mechanics – everything is outlandish. It’s as if Tim Burton himself came down from his film making pedestal and created the weirdest game possible.
2015 feels so far away and honestly, this is the first Rainbow Six game that I have seen that actually has me excited. The video above was a premier gameplay video. That will probably not look like the final product, and the way Ubisoft has been going, don’t expect the game to look this good at release. However, the multiplayer hostage game that was being demonstrated introduced a realistic pace of action with dynamic environments that you can punch holes through with weapons and bombs in order to make new angles of attack. There looks to be toys that may be useful, and the one that was most heavily demonstrated was a terrestrial drone as a spy tool.
Do I believe a multiplayer game will be played like this? No. There will always be the pair of dweebs that don’t stay put, that rush you no matter what, and completely override the flow of gameplay that was meant to be. I am still extremely interested in trying this game, though, and I am hoping for a strong solo campaign.
I’ve never played the original Dead Island, but the trailer for the sequel makes me want to give it a try. Maybe it will hit a good price on Steam soon. Until then, this trailer, like the trailer for the first game, is extremely well done and intriguing. It mixes a good bit of humor with zombie film elements to make a rambunctious little music video for Pigeon John’s – The Bomb.
I will likely never own an Xbox One, mainly because I hate Microsoft’s inability to make a working piece of hardware, but Project Spark looks pretty fun, if it will even look as good as the trailer above portrays. Project Spark is obviously Microsoft’s answer to Little Big Planet, and honestly, it seems quite a bit more interesting. I think the idea of not only creating different types of games, and doing level design is neat, but if you truly get to design your own creatures…well…that would be absolutely fantastic.
If you get this game, be careful about playing it naked. Xbox One is always watching. Always watching.
Tom Clancy games are typically a bit of a handful to play, but The Division seems to have capitalized on the best parts. Tech gadgets like drones that blind enemies, turrets that suppress attackers, computer technology that creates hologram scenes showing past events and probably a few other things to get excited about.
On top of gameplay defining gadgets, The Division also seems to rely on a HUD that allows for skill set changing on the fly (HELLO DIABLO III). On top of the HUD, the game looks marvelous. This must be the PC demo, because this game looked breathtaking. If Manhattan was a fan, the shit hit it, and the quality of visuals tells a story separate from a narrative. I think I will happily force Ubi Soft to take my money when this game releases. Even better, it appears to be a Co-op game done right.
Super Smash Bros. is, like most first party Nintendo titles, a console seller. This game makes me want to rush out and snag a Wii-U right now, even though my wife would break my arms. This game has been a long time coming and the big N did not disappoint with the roster!
The thing about Smash Bros. is that it brings in competitive gamers to brawl amongst one another in the most ludicrous, flashy, and mind-meltingly fast battles. The stages are often just as much of a character as the fighters, which makes for a very exciting and chaotic party game. I want it now!
8. FarCry 4
Ubi Soft has done this before. They had enough faith in the introduction of a game, that they revealed it with the first 5 minutes of gameplay. It worked with Farcry 3, so I have no doubts that it will will work with this game.
Like its predecessor, we can expect to do a lot of exploring in a variety of ways that will likely make your hands sweat. Animals are still a big part of the game and cool weapons are as well. If you are unfamiliar with the Farcry series, here is a developer talk of the game while they play the game. Also, Co-op!
I finished 2013’s Tomb Raider not long after it was released. The game was actually very fun and I did a 100% clear because it felt rewarding to do so. The story was intense, as it involves watching Lara Croft go from naive young woman to survivor and cold killer.
I hope this game follows on the success of the previous game and builds off of that story. I hope we still watch the protagonist come into her own as the title suggests. I will be waiting!
Using Lorde’s cover of “Everybody Want’s to Rule the World,” Ubi Soft managed to crank up the hype of yet another Assassin’s Creed title. On top of this, they introduced a co-op system that looks fun and not at all ridiculous. Ubi Soft has also fine tuned some of the control issues and have added a much needed “controlled descent” system that will allow you to get off of a structure without having to rely on stacks of hay.
In Assassin’s Creed: Unity you take on the role of Arno Dorian, a much deadlier assassin than his ancestors. This game will take place on the roof tops of France and of course, the perpetual battle of Assassins VS Templars still rages on. I have a lot of catching up to do before I play this game. It’s kind of hard when they release a new installment each year!
11. The Order: 1886
This game looks like it could be terrifying if done right. A Sci-Fi monster game that takes place in 1886? It sure is a different approach to the 3rd person shooter. I have been interested in this game for a while, and I am a bit pissed that it still has a long way to go until it is released. Hopefully Ready at Dawn is making sure it’s a great game.
Shadow of Mordor seems to be doing a few things right, and the biggest thing is that it is making an organic society of orcs using its Nemesis System. The system allows for the bad guys to remember you, seek vengeance, fear you and a manner of other things. The idea of tracking a target that actively knows you are part of its world is a feature that is lacking from…all video games? This system alone may make the game worth buying.
The concept is pretty rad as well. The hero of the game has been cursed: He cannot die! He wants to die, however, because he wants to be with his family who was killed when he was cursed. The combat looks smooth and their are a lot of skills to use according to an article I read some months ago in Game Informer.
Naughty Dog is the developer responsible for me jumping into the Playstation 3. Uncharted 2 was a system seller for me, and even playing it today, I am still blown away by the meticulous attention to detail that was in the game. The Uncharted series makes consoles look preferable to PCs, and is, quite simply, the Indiana Jones of the video game world.
I have been waiting a long time for an official announcement for Uncharted 4, and rest assured, when this game comes out, I will hopefully be getting my hands on a Playstation 4. There was not much revealed of the game, but an interview with developers explores the idea that now, with the PS4, they can go much bigger.
14. Mario Maker
Oh boy, this is something that should have been part of the Nintendo DS when they took it to 3D. Nintendo is often slow with good ideas, and will Mario Maker be too little too late? The idea of making custom Mario levels is not new – PC gamers have been doing it for years with emulators. Since this is coming to the Wii U, will we get next gen options to create an original experience, or will it be reminiscent of a little game I like to cal Mario Paint? Given, Mario Paint offered a lot for what it was!
My issue is, there were two graphical templates from What I could tell: The original Mario Bros. and the New Super Mario Bros. Would it bee too much to ask for resources from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island? Or even, dare I say, Mario Bros. 2? Also, could it be possible to get away from platforming altogether and allow someone to make, I dunno, a fucking MARIO RPG!? I get angry at this game because Nintendo has dropped the ball this past decade. I hope they can see what they have here. I hope they make the effort to uppercut Little Big Planet. RIght in the balls.
One word: BATMOBILE!
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