Since E3 a.k.a videogame Christmas just passed, I thought it would be only fitting to write my first content post about it. The Electronics and Entertainment Expo is a special time in a gamer’s yearly schedule and this is no different for me. This year marks the end of the beginning of this console generation and the games are starting to roll out. As such, this year’s E3 is one of the best ones we have had in a while, not only for the games but also for technology as we see the dawning of modern Virtual Reality (VR). In that spirit, let’s have a look at my top-ten favourite moments of E3 2015, enjoy!
#10. No Man’s Sky is actually a game
Just what (on God’s green earth) this new IP is actually about was a mystery to most since its initial announcement. This was still not properly conveyed at Sony’s press conference despite expectations. However, those who played the game at E3 have confirmed that No Man’s Sky is actually a game. A sort of “Minecraft in space” and a race to the center of the galaxy. Now that we have a premise, I am quite keen to see what this ridiculously massive game will bring to the table.
#9. Uncharted 4 is opening up
Uncharted is one of my favourite game series. Uncharted 4 was announced at Sony’s Experience earlier so it was no surprise. But new gameplay shown at E3 this year hinted that Uncharted 4 may be less linear than previous titles. Choice is always a good thing, adding freedom and replayability. Thus I am now even keener to join up with Drake on his last adventure. #KittyGotWet.
#8. The Last Guardian re-revealed
The anticipation is so high for this game that is has entered geek culture in a big way. Not at the level of Half-Life 3 mind you. While I enjoyed ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, I did not really see to super-massive hype for this new game. Especially from a studio that somehow managed to survive an entire console generation without shipping a game. But it’s precisely for these reasons that the re-reveal of The Last Guardian was so compelling. I want to see how this game will live up to expectations.
#7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was announced
I have never played Ghost Recon but I do enjoy Tom Clancy’s IPs. Splinter cell is one of my favourite game series. Being and open world with lots of choice, I think the Wildlands will provide me with many hours of entertainment. Being away for so long, I believe this new game may bring something new to an industry that is breaking away from its feeling of everything being the same.
#6. Star Wars Battlefront looks amazing
I enjoy Star Wars as much as the next person. But I don’t enjoy multiplayer or first person views. I am a 3rd person, single player kind of guy. So when I first heard about Star Wars Battlefront I wasn’t too interested. However, new gameplay of Battlefront from E3 showed up 3rd person perspectives and the option to play alone. It also looks and feels like the movies! Pew-pew! Just like the last Star Wars Episode 7 trailer did, I was a converted man and I am now amped for this game.
#5. Xbox One is now backward compatible
Firstly, I am not the biggest Xbox fan. I have always identified more with Sony and their consoles and electronics. So I have never owned or played on Xbox. Or even considered getting one. However, this new backward compatibility feature of Xbox One, along with the next point #4 is seriously making me consider finally entering into that ecosystem. Right now backward compatibility on Xbox One is limited, but if is expands to include the entire library I may just fork out the cash, and go broke.
#4. The dawn of VR
That HoloLens Minecraft demo was one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen, and I wasn’t even there. Judging by this demo, and the news about the other demos from Occulus and Morpheus at E3, my interest is piqued. I can’t wait to try one of these things.
#3. Final Fantasy VII is being remade
Oh boy. I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. Square-Enix is somewhat starting to step in the right direction by announcing a Final Fantasy VII remake. This is crazy, and I am now sure how or if they will pull it off. But just knowing it exists and that there may be other remakes on the way makes me a happier person.
#2. Fallout 4 was announced and shown
So good! I will once again become one with the couch when this releases. Which is soon! Fallout 4 is coming out this year and will probably be how I spend Christmas.
#1. Horizon: Zero Dawn was announced and shown
Oh dear, oh dear. Where do I start with this game? Guerilla is a studio well known for the Killzone series. I played Killzone: Shadowfall and I liked it but it was not one of my favourites. Horizon on the other hand was a well-kept secret and we finally have it. Not only an announcement but gameplay as well! Taking down a robotic T-rex on foot with a bow and arrow is as bad-ass as it gets and I can’t wait to do it myself. Horizon is definitely something to look forward to!
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