Now that we’ve seen the teasers, the next few days of E3 will be addressing questions about upcoming games and video game accessories and seeing them on display on the showroom floor. If you’ve seen the conferences, I’m sure you’e seen some things that you’re excited for. Instead of going with “Who Won E3” (but let’s be honest, Sony’s E3 this year didn’t provide much substance until the end to warrant that long conference), I decided to take a look at the games & accessories that stood out the most.
While Chris and Jon have their takes on E3, we won’t have the same opinions. With that said, here’s my list of the top 10 games & accessories that I thought stood out the most from the press conferences:
10. Grand Theft Auto V
Yes, this game has already been released for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, but the trailer at this year’s E3 is sure to bring more profit for Rockstar Games. Those who didn’t purchase Grand Theft Auto V because they were anticipating the game’s release on the next generation’s consoles can finally get the opportunity to play it, including hardcore PC Gamers. While there are many who likely won’t buy the game again just for a new console, I think it’s worth trading your PS3 or Xbox 360 version in for the next generation. The trailer suggests that there’s going to be more authentic traffic, improved graphics when it comes to character animation, and more opportunity for fun with friends with Online shootouts and heists.
Sony’s press conference also announced that if you played GTA V on the PS3, you can transfer your saved game to PlayStation 4. If the Xbox version doesn’t have that capability, it’s not a big deal; it just means you get to experience the fun that was Grand Theft Auto V’s campaign. Did you screw up on making billions of dollars in the stock market the first time around? You’ll get a second chance.
The first video game accessory on this list (well…more like the only accessory on this list) the Amiibo really stood out. In the words of Chris Dorsey, this has potential. When I saw the trailer, I immediately thought of the figurines that were associated with Disney Infinity. Unlike Infinity, the Amiibo doesn’t need an input device to access the character. The Wii U Gamepad already has the capability to read the chip in the figurine. I really like the idea of individual figurines having their own battle stats and that no two figures are alike, leaving room for individuality and a new gameplay experience. There will be an attachment (so I hear) for the 3Ds, but it will be the same concept as what’s on the Wii U. Could this revolutionize the video game industry? Maybe. We’ll see, but for now, this is a very cool concept.
8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
Something about this game looks much, much more fun than Tom Clancy’s The Division. I wasn’t a big fan of the original Rainbow Six, but the mutiplayer demo on this looks fun. While basic deathmatches are fun, objective based matches with your friends brings a new dynamic to the game. Whether you’re trying to take the hostage or acting as the S.W.A.T. team, you have to work with your teammates to figure the best course of action. From figuring out the best insertion point to fully destructive environments, this looks like to be a good strategy shooter than basic “capture the objective” game types.
7. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Something about the previous installment of Assassin’s Creed was hard to take seriously. Pirates? Pirate ships? Just when you think one of the popular titles by Ubisoft is losing steam, this trailer comes out. The fully interactive crowds, the pick-and-choose of your quests as they pop up while you’re doing another mission and adding new assassination animations bring a breath of fresh air to the franchise. The addition of 4 player co-op seals the deal. Instead of generic multiplayer “kill this target” missions, you can have the support of other assassins in a campaign that are human beings as opposed to programmed artificial intelligence. Co-Op gameplay has been something fans of Assassin’s Creed have been wanting for years.
6. Mass Effect 4
The Mass Effect trilogy is one of my all time favorite game franchises. Although we don’t get anything in terms of actual gameplay or a story synopsis, we do know that the game takes place years after the events of Mass Effect 3. While Mass Effect 3’s ending may have alienated many players of the series, it’s hard not to look at the new trilogy and get excited. The lack of information about Mass Effect 4 is disappointing, however the image of a mysterious soldier in N7 armor gets you wondering. Is it Shepard? It it possibly a descendant of Shepard? Another N7 soldier altogether?
While we may not know at this time, seeing gameplay of the next Dragon Age game in addition to the teased concept images of Mass Effect 4 can only get fans excited for the next saga in the popular space action roleplaying game.
5. Pokémon OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
If Pokémon X and Y didn’t catch your interest, how about remakes of games from your younger years? Following in the footsteps of FireRed & LeafGreen for the Game Boy Advance and HeartGold & SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS, OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire are 3D enhanced remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the best selling games on the Game Boy Advance. Like X and Y, OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire will feature the same 2D/3D graphics that were on display for X & Y, giving a completely new and exciting makeover to the Hoenn region.
Is there a possibility of more remakes leaping to the 3Ds? Who knows, but for now, if you want a trip down memory lane, don’t miss out on obtaining OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire.
4. Star Wars: Battlefront
Next year will mark ten years since the last Battlefront game came out for consoles. Seriously! We’re talking original Xbox and Ps2 era and we are just now getting a new Battlefront game. While it’s not the long awaited Star Wars: Battlefront 3 that we’ve been waiting for, it’s a fresh reboot of the original game and judging by the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be as close to an authentic experience of the original Star Wars trilogy as any video game will get. This game will also mark the first video game released under the Star Wars title since Disney acquired the franchise. Either way, we can’t wait to see this game and play online with friends.
If the game proves commercially successful, we might see other classic Star Wars games get released on the Ps4 and Xbox One.
Knights of the Old Republic, anybody?
There’s not much to say about this. It’s Bungie, and if you loved the original Halo, or been a fan of Bungie since Marathon, this new title will surely be a big success. I mean come on, look at the trailer. If that doesn’t get you excited for this game, I don’t know what will.
2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Finally, Halo 1-4 will all be produced for the same console. We almost had that on the Xbox 360 (minus Halo 2), but to have the complete multiplayer for each game on its own individual server? 343 Industries knows how to keep Halo alive for the next year to fill in the wait for Halo 5: Guardians. Some may complain about having to re-buy Halo 1-4, but come on. If you thought Halo 4’s graphics on Xbox 360 were impressive, think of Halo 2 on an Xbox One. Heck, think about Halo 3; what was impressive at the time gets a touch up to look even more epic. Although fans will be begging for games like Halo: Reach or Halo 3: ODST to be remade on the Xbox One, it’s hard to deny that Microsoft knows what to do to get people to purchase an Xbox One as soon as possible.
1. Battlefield: Hardline
I’m not a big fan of Battlefield, but after seeing the gameplay for this? Holy crap. First the jump from World War II shooters to modern warfare was the way to go. Now, Battlefield is taking us to a new war: a war at home between cops and criminals. Unlike some first person shooters that just re-hash the same game over and over on a yearly basis (I’m looking at you, Call of Duty) Battlefield provides a fresh take on the genre, something that fans of FPS have been dying for years to have. Out of all the games I saw at E3, this one left a huge impact and it wouldn’t surprise me if this was the best selling FPS of this current console generation. The Beta is already live on PlayStation 4, but for the rest of us, October will be like Christmas Day when this game comes out.
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