Was it ever going to be as exciting, as fulfilling or as memorable as last years’s E3? No, of course not, but it’s certainly had its moments. With interesting new hardware announcements, primarily from Microsoft, there’s been plenty to chew on. But its the games that really matter at the end of the day. Here’s a summary of the top 10 most interesting games from E3 2016.
Probably the main course of Bethesda’s E3, Dishonored 2 will bring us back to the political intrigues and steampunky action of the Dishonored world (which, by the way, looks beautiful). A new trailer and plenty of gameplay was shown, giving us a real insight into what Bethesda have planned.
For anyone (like me) who is sick to death of the unbroken slew of ‘not-too-distant-future’ first person shooters, Battlefield 1 looks like a breath of fresh air. Not only does it instead go back in time, but it is actually taking on the lesser worn path of World War One. My only hope is that it handles its subject matter with the care and grace it deserves, rather than simply painting a WW1 varnish onto a game we’ve all played a thousand times.
Microsoft showed off its curious dragon-and-headphone-guy mashup Scalebound, and revealed that it can be played cooperatively online. That’s a pretty awesome idea, though I’m still unconvinced by the gameplay… but you have to admit, the setting and the monsters sure look impressive.
SEA OF THIEVES
Microsoft also showed off a cartoony pirate game, and good god does it look fun.Running around, drinking grog, drunkenly trying to aim your cannons and boarding the enemy ships… all with your friends online. If there was any title from E3 this year that will make PS$ owners wish they had an XBox, it’s this. There’s always Windows 10 though…?
There was a trailer for Days Gone, but you might as well ignore it and watch the gameplay instead. It’s basically the open world love child of Sons of Anarchy and the World War Z movie. And while we’re all really sick of zombie games, we still couldn’t help but sit up and take notice of this… mostly because these zombies are fast moving – and many.
DETROIT BECOME HUMAN
One of the most interesting upcoming games in my view, Detroit Become Human was first shown off at last year’s E3 with an astonishingly good trailer (watch it if you haven’t seen it already, it’s one of the best cinematic game trailers I’ve seen). We can now see how the game is shaping up, and it looks like we’re being promised really quite nuanced decision making with serious consequences. One to keep an eye on.
It was so cool to see Hideo Kojima come onto the stage and pronounce “I’m back!” And it was also so cool to see the trailer for his new project. Dark, sinister and extremely mysterious it was a meaningful moment in this year’s E3. Just don’t expect to play this anytime soon – it’s not due for release until 2019!
WE HAPPY FEW
Not one of the biggest games at E3, but definitely one of the most interesting. This Orwellian vision of a 70’s inspired England is both trippy and sinister – a great combination. Basically, everyone is on happy pills all the time and you’re the party pooper who wants to bring down the system. Remember to take your Joy!
ZELDA BREATH OF THE WILD
If there was one defining moment of this year’s E3, it was the unveiling of the new Zelda game. Nintendo’s conference was laughably dependent on this one title, but wow does it look good. Beautiful vistas, pretty graphics and a sumptuous soundtrack, this is one trailer that had it all. Such a beloved franchies always going to have an impact, and though Nintendo can’t claim to have won E3 by any stretch, Zelda certainly can.
A fresh and inventive take on the snow sports genre, Steep was the most interesting offering from Ubisoft this year. You can glide, ski and snowboard around the Alps, wherever you want in a snowy open world. And, of course, you can be joined by your friends. Certainly cheaper than actually going skiing.