So E3 is now well and truly in the books (I say that literally, its been done for a week) and I am fashionably late with having this posted, but I digress.
There was an amazing spread of games shown this year from E3 and it’s safe to say the remainder of this year, 2015 and possibly beyond is going to be a really good time for games now the PS4 and Xbox One have had their bombastic launches.
But what stood out for me? Here you are, my top five of E3.
5- The Division
Last year’s gameplay unveil looked fantastic and this year’s demo at Microsoft’s press conference was no different. The Division is shaping up to be a terrific hybrid of a shooter, RPG and online elements at its finest. Coming from someone who has never played a previous game from Massive Entertainment, this will be a good place to start when it launches at somepoint next year.
4 – Rainbow Six: Siege
Patriots is dead. Long live Siege. Six years since Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, we’re going to get a new R6 that will in all likelihood introduce a new generation to the tactical shooter genre. And whilst I do hope Patriots’ concept will be revived one day, for now, Siege is taking the series back to its roots, akin to Rainbow Six 3. From what was shown at E3, sign me de’ fuck up.
3 – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
If you had told me Nintendo would have a game in this top three by the time E3 started, I would have likely laughed in your face. But lo and behold, Nintendo put on a belter of an E3 event last week (only surpassed by Sony – just) with an amazing spread of games. Captain Toad just so happened to be one of them and holy crap, Toad’s getting his own game. This is, like, the best news of all time and anyone who says otherwise deserves to be laughed out of the country they reside in.
2 – Yoshi’s Wooly World
If you had told me Nintendo would have two games in this top three by the time E3 started, I would have likely laughed in your face. And then give you a dead arm for your troubles. Because god damn you if Yoshi’s Wooly World isn’t the most adorable game you will ever see. Whilst it was first announced as part of a Nintendo Direct in early 2013, it was this E3 we got our first proper look at what to expect. The moment I saw it for the first time, I was charmed from the get-go. Yup, in.
1 – No Man’s Sky
What else needs to be said at this point regarding No Man’s Sky? Like, seriously, what can be said? Not kidding, what literally can be said about it because I feel like I’ve used every superlative in existence to try and describe how I feel about this game on Twitter this week. All I know for sure is that since then, No Man’s Sky has skyrocketed to second in my most wanted games list. The ambition and scope that Hello Games has for this is amazing considering only eight people are working on the game right now
Look, I won’t lie, I want it now. Right now. And I’m sure there’s a few people reading this who want it right now too. But if we still have to wait a while yet for it, so be it. Because if what was shown last week was impressive, imagine what it could be like further down the line.
(Special mentions: Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Bloodborne, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Splatoon, Ori and the Blind Forest, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Batman: Arkham Knight, Far Cry 4)