So in case you have been living under a rock this entire time, E3 just came and went. If you want to take a look at all the games that were showcased, check out here:
Here are 7 games that I personally am super-hyped about, and can’t wait to just beta-test them right now.
(So can I has betakeys please?)
This one was for sure on the list. We had a few great Spiderman games, most notably Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman, which gave us some of the most wholesome experience of being able to web-swing around the city. It truly captured the essence of why one would pick up a superhero game in the first place, which is precisely because I want to feel like that particular superhero.
Kudos definitely to the Batman Arkham series for allowing us to feel what it is like to be Batman. In case you haven’t read a past review of mine about that series, check it out here.
Meanwhile, the gameplay trailer for Spiderman shown in E3 is here.
Yes, I knew that Spiderman on PS4 was announced some time ago, but to actually see the gameplay in action made me even more hyped to get that game. It was a lovely mix of the free-play that is Spiderman, where you can webswing around and choose to whether punch up or web up your enemies and much more. Granted, there was a bit of Arkham elements imbued in the game where it starts off immediately with a stealth sequence. However, stealthy Spiderman isn’t all too bad, especially if you have played Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions and experienced Spiderman Noir.
Overall, looks like a very promising Spiderman game which I’ve been waiting for since Ultimate Spiderman.
2. A Way Out
Interestingly enough, I feel this is a very underrated gem within the mass of new games. Just the concept alone got me sold.
It reminds you of a Monkey-Island style of gameplay, where it isn’t mostly action-based but based on your wits and how you approach problems in an unorthodox way.
It starts off in a prison cell, where you and a friend has to device a way to break out. After you break out, it seems like you need to do much more such as getting rid of pursuers by driving away or shooting at them.
The feature of this game is that while you go around and solve problems in the game, you need to solve them with the second player while maintaining a high level of cooperation. For example, based on the trailers, there is an instance where one player had to distract the guard and the other infiltrate a particular area.
As such we can see new dynamics when it comes to cooperative gameplay, and I certainly look forward to seeing what kind of level-design A Way Out has. Check out the preview here.
Probably the art alone was enough to get me hooked. This game is like a cross between Overwatch and L4D. In other words, this game was very similar to Orcs Must Die. You can choose different classes when a game starts. Some of the classes mentioned were the Ninja, Soldier and Construction Worker. Basically, the idea of the game was to work together with your team to scavenge for materials to build a base so that you can protect yourself from zombie attacks.
The concept isn’t entirely radical, where we already have a few similar concepts. However. The idea of having different classes, a sassy art style, and a new cooperative gameplay genre will certainly entice me to keep my eyes peeled on this gem. Gameplay preview during E3 is here.
4. Monster Hunter World
Just check out the trailer! I have never been a huge Monster Hunter fan. But when I saw this I knew this was going to be big. Hell, I’m willing to go hardcore for this.
In case you don’t already know, Monster Hunter is like an instance-like RPG that allows you to go into missions with friends, kind of like Diablo. You go into the main town to get your equipment so that you can take on contracts to hunt monsters down.
The idea of it porting onto PC opens the possibility of more difficult yet exciting quests, therefore leading to a higher amount of cooperation between players. After all, Monster Hunter fans all know that big monsters aren’t easily taken down by tanking-and-spanking as each monster needs to be taken down in their own delicate way.
The world itself looks amazing, with plenty to explore. Coupled with minimal loading times, this is a game definitely to watch out for.
5. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
This is too cute to ignore. As much as I’m avoiding the Switch (and even avoiding Skyrim on Switch), this game certainly caught my eye.
The biggest aspect too hard not to notice is two franchises blended together: Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids, and Nintendo’s Mario. They come together to form what looks like a combination of the exploration mechanics of Sonic The Hedgehog and the turn-based combat of Final Fantasy Tactics.
This makes for a very interesting genre. Rabbids has always been a “Party Game” genre, where you invite a few friends over to your house to play minigames while laughing at the Rabbids and how cute they are. Now, it seems like they overhauled the gameplay, where there are still elements for mish-mash fun and also some elements of hardcore gameplay.
I personally love the fighting cutscene shown by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, as there are so many random elements in it such as jumping on your teammates, shooting from corners, etc. Check it out here.
6. Skulls and Bones
Who can forget one of the iconic reveals by Ubisoft. There is a bit of bias in this choice, as this is a game claimed to be developed in the country I come from. Being a small country, a AAA title developed by Singapore is no small feat. Yet, I must say I was very impressed and proud when the game was revealed.
Skull and Bones has a simple concept, especially after you have played Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Navel combat looks the same and is now improved upon, with new classes of pirate ships and seemingly more options to sink your opponents.
This is, after all, a very logical leap: If the assassins are going to move to other places like London and Egypt, the navel combat battle system should be used somewhere else.
Graphics are incredible, and PVP reminds me a little bit of World of Tanks where you use pirate ships instead. Cooperation looks to be more important here as the fleet looks more daunting to go against as compared to a single frigate. Hopefully more details can be revealed soon, as this project is looking to be amazing.
Anthem was another huge game to be released and the hype for it was incredible. A new studio within EA, Bioware is set to make one of the biggest open world out there for gameplay and looks like a Destiny-style game. Not much of the gameplay was revealed but we saw glimpse of flight as well as combat.
Graphics were fantastic as well, and certainly I am hyped for this.
So that was all for my top picks for E3 2017. What were your favourite games that you were looking out for? Leave them in the comments below!
Image 1 from: http://nl.ign.com/e3-2017/98531/feature/e3-2017-alle-games-tot-nu-toe
Image 2 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwi8S3-AuZE
Image 3 from: https://fansided.com/2017/06/12/e3-2017-new-spider-man-trailer-release-date/
Image 4 from: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/11/the-passion-behind-the-prison-break-in-a-way-out/
Image 5 from: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/209744/20170610/prison-break-game-a-way-out-can-only-be-played-as-split-screen-co-op-genius-concept-or-risky-move.htm
Image 6 from: https://www.gamespot.com/fortnite/
Image 7 from: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/fortnite-ps4/
Image 8 from: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15789856/monster-hunter-world-ps4-xbox-one-e3-2017
Image 9 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXB2IHLm4m0
Image 10 from: http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/06/12/e3-2017-mario-rabbids-kingdom-battle-officially-revealed-release-date-announced
Image 11 from: http://store.ubi.com/ie/mario-%2B-rabbids-kingdom-battle/5927e76dca1a644d498b4578.html
Image 12 and 13 from: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/skull-and-bones-news-roundup/#/1-2
Image 14 from: https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/06/11/anthem-is-eas-answer-to-destiny-and-that-doesnt-make-any-sense/#45541560723f