The biggest gaming event in the world just happened and here are the very best games announced at the show and why we think they’re cool.
A Way Out
Why it’s cool: A Way Out is a promising local split-screen co-op adventure from the original creators of the excellent Brothers a Tale of Two Sons. Players will control one of two inmates at a maximum security prison planning their escape. Each character not only has a different personality and motivation than the other but they also have their unique gameplay skills and quirks as well. Look for A Way Out to be an exciting co-op experience you can share with the trusty Player 2 in your life.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Why it’s cool: Battlefront II seeks to improve on the original by adding a whole Cantina’s worth of features, not the least of which is a compelling Story-based single-player Campaign. In it players with take control of Iden Versio, an elite Imperial Officer who was on the forest moon of Endor the day the Second Death Star was blown up. It will be interesting to see the other side of the war and how the game will offer up some alternative insight to the machinations of the villainous Empire as well as humanizing its loyalists.
Why it’s cool: Athem is the latest new IP from Bioware, the creators of the Mass Effect Franchise. It serves as EA’s answer to games such as Destiny and The Division where the game is more of a persistent platform for ever-growing content. Players take control of Freelancers (essentially mercenaries), armed with awesome, upgradable, Iron-Man-like Exo Suits as they take up contracts and blast their way to glory and adventure.
Evil Within 2
Why it’s cool: Evil Within 2 looks to be a crazier and creepier follow-up to the original cult classic. The franchise is the brain-child of Shinji Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil and as such is more oriented towards old-school survival-horror sensibilities as opposed to action oriented gameplay.
Wolfenstein: The New Colossus
Why it’s cool: The New Colossus is the sequel to the fantastic Wolfenstein reboot a few years back. It posts the intriguing question: “What if the Nazis won World War II?” The answer is a vastly different United States filled with German Propaganda-laden TV Commercials, Action-Figures and Pop Songs as well as some Nazi Storm Troopers, Cybernetic Hounds and KKK members running around in broad daylight. There is also a budding American rebellion growing in the shadows and this is where players will jump in to try to reclaim a lost homeland or die trying.
Assasin’s Creed: Origins
Why it’s cool: After a much-needed hiatus to retool and rework, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed has returned with some new mechanics, reworked combat, more fluid parkour and an interesting new setting. AC: Origins is set in ancient Egypt with players taking control of new character Baek as he takes part in the beginnings of the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Why it’s cool: Mario +Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an interesting mashup of Universes coupled with XCOM-style, strategic grid-based combat. The title looks like a ton of light-hearted fun featuring familiar characters and Rabbid versions of those same characters. Rabbid Peach is Love.
Skull and Bones
Why it’s cool: Skull and Bones is a game where players take control of a Captain in charge of a pirate ship as they sail, swash-buckle and broadside their way to adventure. The game seeks to emulate the fantastic Naval Combat of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag with a few bells and whistles thrown in to keep it fresh. The game will also feature multiplayer for up-to five players in a team so you can conquer the Seven Seas with a few of your closest mateys.
Far Cry 5
Why it’s cool: The Far Cry series has always been know for its exotic open-world locales and captivatingly cool villains. This entry into the franchise seems to be set in rural Montana, USA where a fanatical cult has taken over a town. The tone of the trailer above is deeply unsettling and quite different from a lot of titles in the current crop of games. If the gameplay and narrative is anything like it, it’s sure to be one hell of a ride.
Why it’s cool: Transference is just flat out trippy. We’ve only seen a glimpse of it but from the early going one thing is clear: It will mess with your head. Here’s hoping Ubisoft comes out with a console version for those of us who haven’t actually pulled the trigger on VR yet.
The Last Night
Why it’s cool: The Last Night definitely stole the show in terms of just the sheer beauty of its visuals and art direction. Realistic lighting blend together with pixel art to produce arguably the most stunning and visual arresting thing at this year’s show.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Why it’s cool: There’s not a lot to go on with Ori and the Will of the Wisps except that it’s a sequel to one of the most beautiful and unexpectedly challenging 2D side-scrollers in recent memory. If this follow-up is anything like the original then prepare for a powerful and moving tale filled with solid platforming mechanics as an amazing soundtrack to boot.
Why it’s cool: The much-awaited Cuphead is finally coming! The gorgeous side-scrolling shooter/ platformer first raised eyebrows a few E3’s ago with its unique 60’s style art and animation. Cuphead promises to have some pretty interesting set pieces and level design as well as some engaging and imaginative boss fights. We can’t wait til September.
Shadow of War
Why its cool: Middle Earth: Shadow of War marks the return of Talion and the wraith possessing him, Celebrimbor, as they wage war against the Dark Lord of Middle Earth, Sauron. Shadow of War also sees the triumphant return of the much-lauded Nemesis System, which dynamically generates unique boss characters and manages their hierarchy. The Nemesis System is sure to have a few upgrades and surprises in store this time around as players can amass an army of Orc Generals and foot soldiers in the name of the Bright Lord.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Why it’s cool: Before the Storm is the follow up to the original Life is Strange, starring Chloe and Rachel, set right before the events of the first game. Expect a deep and evocative coming-of-age story of love, life and all the hardships of the teenage life with a some supernatural elements sprinkled on top for good measure.
Dragon Ball Fighters Z
Why it’s cool: Even at first glance, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is easily one of the best-looking fighting games to date. Featuring some amazing-looking stylized visuals and some tight animation, the game is looking to leave a Kamehameha-sized hole in the fighting game scene.
The Artful Escape
Why it’s cool: Definitely one of the most visually interesting games at the show, The Artful Escape looks like a Rhythm game in an action/platformer’s body. Player can navigate beautiful 2D levels by using the power of music to go through, over and around obstacles to the tune of an awesome and powerful soundtrack.
Why it’s cool: The newest Spider-man game is shaping up to be the best one in to date. In the gameplay demo we saw at Sony’s Press Conference, the animations in Spidey’s combat and movement looked amazingly fluid. The game’s combat also looks promising as it sees Spidey take out the bad guys with a mix of stealth mechanics, fisticuffs and some exciting-looking web tricks. The game is being developed by Insomiac Games, the developers of Sunset Overdrive, a game that emphasizes fluid traversal mechanics, so swinging through New York City as Spider-Man is sure to be a spectacular time.
God of War
Why it’s cool: As revealed last year, God of War is now going to be set in Norse Mythology where we see an older and more grizzled Kratos become a father to his son Atreyu. What’s interesting about this newest iteration is it seeks to humanize and provide more insight about the deity murdering machine that is Kratos. Gameplay has shown a softer, more caring side to the other-wise blood thirsty berserker as he teaches and looks out for his little boy. Not much else was revealed or added to what we already know about the game this year but that doesn’t mean were aren’t completely jazzed about this game.
Detroit: Become Human
Why it’s cool: Detroit: Become Human is another promising story-driven game by Quantic Dream, makers of Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls. Set in a world where androids and artificial intelligence has brought about the 2nd Industrial Revolution, players will experience the game’s narrative through the eyes of 3 separate characters ala Heavy Rain. The characters, all androids, are: Kara, an android that suddenly finds sentience and escapes the factory responsible for her production; Connor, an android detective working with the police in tracking down rogue or malfunctioning androids; and lastly Markus, the leader of the Android resistance seeking to free his people from the thrall of mankind.
Why it’s cool: Days Gone is straight-up Daryl Simulator. Sony Bend has came out of the shadows to reveal this game it looks all sorts of fun. As Deacon, a drifter and bounty hunter, players will navigate a post apocalyptic countryside filled with Freakers (This world’s Zombies); Rival biker gangs and all sorts of flora and fauna. A crucial reveal this year is the mechanic of attracting and distracting the Freakers by using sound to lure them away.
Why it’s cool: Moss looks like a cutesy little puzzle platformer game coming to the PSVR where players control a spirit-like entity as it guides a tiny musketeer-like mouse (a mouse-keteer if you will) through a dense forest and exploring the various ruins in it. This is an interesting take on the VR experience as its more of an observational mechanic rather that a first-person view of the action. As the entity you can help your tiny mouse-keteer by opening doors, moving gears and navigating puzzles that it doesn’t necessarily have access to. Moss is sure to be a unique addition to everyone’s PSVR library
Super Mario Odyssey
Why it’s cool: The single best thing we saw at the Nintendo Presentation definitely has to be Super Mario Odyssey. This successor to the 3D Mario games, Mario 64 and Sunshine looks to be a ton of plumbing and hat-based fun. The big thing with Odyssey, is the new Hat mechanic which will offer up new abilities and traversal mechanics as Mario makes his way through huge open-worlds. The Hats will also allow Mario to sort of “possess” all manner of different enemies and play as them for a limited time. The various hats will each presumably have unique abilities which Mario can use to navigate the various worlds and puzzles. Also, plus massive presentation points to Nintendo for the amazing song in this trailer!
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