Today’s Our Week in Games is a post-E3 Special we take a few moments to reflect on the week of E3 that just went by. What were our highlights, did we expect to see something else? Check out our thoughts after the break.
E3 has come to a close, and what an E3 it was. While there were no shocking, jaw-dropping announcements, what there was, was a solid stream of brilliant game after game after game. It was refreshing to see the lack of “Kinect Animals Xbox One Edition” or “Sony Move to the Beat PS4 Exclusive”. Instead we were greeted with new, exciting gems such as No Man’s Sky, Bloodborne and (finally) a new Rainbow Six title, along with much more. The conference was so packed with solid titles in fact, that a quick nip to the bathroom cost me the announcement of a new Mass Effect title (thankfully I was able to watch the clip after the conference).
So, what am I most anticipating? Well, The Witcher 3 looks phenomenal, with graphics that’ll make my high-end PC choke to death and fantastic gameplay to go alongside it. Being an avid fan of the Souls series, Bloodborne, the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls has got me into a fit of excitement that would put any fangirl to shame. Assassin’s Creed Unity also looks gorgeous, with its French Revolution setting, the largest playground to date in any Assassin’s Creed game, and a fun new co-op mode so we can finally plan and execute an intricate assassination with mates.
All in all, I was pleased with E3 this year. Not only did the main three contenders have great conferences, but Ubisoft and EA also shone just as brightly. I can say with pleasure and certainty that 2014/15 will be a fantastic period for gaming, and a horrendous period for our wallets.
I’ve already talked at quite some length on some of the games that caught my eye, but there are still others that I haven’t mentioned just yet.
While I never quite hooked up with Magicka, I am extremely pleased to see Paradox are bringing the series back and what’s more, it is going to be coming onto the PlayStation 4 as well as PC. I’m sure the team at Paradox will work their magic to ensure all the systems work well on a gamepad and I have to wonder whether Paradox will be in a position to bring any more titles across to Sony’s machine.
Any game that features a colour palette that isn’t limited to brown and sci-fi blue tends to get my attention. No Man’s Sky is no different, and is even more eye-catching because it has DINOSAURS! The trailer really does look gorgeous and instantly traversing from walking with the aforementioned dinosaurs to space-combat before continued air-combat in the skies of another planet. Awesome.
One last, slightly disappointing, thing is that so many of the big games aren’t coming out until next year. The Legend of Zelda, The Order 1866 and Crackdown are three big console exclusives that we won’t see until next year. A great shame, but at least there will still be some awesome titles coming out this year like Destiny, The Witcher 3 and the next-gen and PC port of Grand Theft Auto V.
All-in-all, this was a damn good E3.