Well, it’s been a good year from E3 so far and we’ve only just begun. The trailers from each conference can be found below, and brace yourself for some epic visuals, and great reveals from the teams behind them.
A very strong offering from Sony this yeay. With no leaks coming from them, we were happy to finally get some good surprises at E3 2016, and the full orchestra and chorus didn’t hinder that one bit. With a strong focus on VR and a few new IPs, we’re happy with what we’ve seen from Sony this year.
It’s got Norman Reedus, an oily beach, and a disappearing fetus, and that’s pretty much all we need to know (and you can skip the beach and the fetus). We’re guessing this title will see Norm off on an adventure to rescue his child, but while we can’t say much about the game right now, it’s clear that it will bea beautiful yet heartwrenching journey
Resident Evil VII Biohazard
Available on console or with full VR integration, the horror or Resi seems to be back. There are no jump scares in the trailer below (we were kind of hoping for one) but we definitely like what we’ve seen here
Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare / Modern Warfare
I didn’t think a week or two ago that i would care so much about the new CoD, but you know, it actually looks very solid, and the blend of FPS action with the other elements in the trailer here actually make us want to know a little more. After a disappoining number of CoDs we’re not holding out much hope, but you never know
Batman: Arkham VR
With Batman becoming a firm favourite in the gaming world ever singe Arkham Asylum first launched (and even before that if you were a fan of isometric neon Batman in the 80s) it’s good to see the world’s greatest detective taking the leap to VR
Another PS Exclusive, this VR enabled Space thriller is sure to get hears pumping. With what seems a blend of FPS action with stealth and survival as you make your wy around the unknown planet, we’re looking forward to a solid story, and some unforgetable action
It would seem Spidey is back and this time as a PS4 exclusive. The web-slinger looks to be within the same open world and with the same fluid combat we’ve grown to know and love, but with these visuals, it’s always a pleasure to see
Lego Star Wars – The Force Awakens
We always knew that a Lego game would be just around the corner for The Force Awakens, and while we didn’t get quite enough in game footage, it was good to see more of the same, continuing the story and comedic timing of previous titles
Horizon Zero Dawn
What looks to be a stunning mix of Technology and Nature, as we visit the distant future and past simultaneously. Traveling away from her tribe to save the world from corruption, we’re hoping to see a lot more of this soon
Detroit Become Human
A new adventure from Quantic Dream so you know this one has echoes of Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain all over it. An AI based adventure where again your decisions will affect the game, and likely as not affect you as well
The Last Guardian
Bursting onto the conference fairly early on, it was always known that when this one was released it’ll be a biggie. In production for possibly a little too long, it’s great to see some solid footage from what is going to be an insanely popular title.
God Of War
Opening the show along with a full orchestra, seing Kratos step out of the shadows was a welcome hit. We’ve not been a huge fan of the God Of War series, but with this one feeling a little more immersive and a little less hack and slash heavy, it’s one we’ll be keeping our eye on.
Zombies, lots of Zombies. The world is overrun, and what a beautifully rendered world it is. With what promises to be a strong story, and some great, if hectic at times, gameplay, there’s enough here for any fan of the genre.
While we’d have preferred news of a new Crash Bandicoot game, we’ll have to settle with his appearance in Skylanders. With the option to mix and match to create your own unique Skylander, it’s one we’ll keep our eye on after loving its predecessors
There were a couple of clips of For Honour this year, but the one we’ve got below is gameplay footage from the Viking campaign. We’ve had our eye on For Honour and we’re excited to see more of this title and what plans Ubisoft has for it going forward
Star Trek Bridge Crew VR
With the likes of LeVar Burton, Karl Urban, and Jeri Ryan all being brought in to play this for us, it was always going to be a cracker. What we’ve got is a VR experience where you can play with your friends, and from captain, to engineers, tactical, and science officer, everybody will need to do their part
The Division – Survival
A new expansion for The Division, survival mode sees you starting without even the basics, and needing to forage the Manhattan streets and shelters, fighting for your life not only against bad guys, but the environment and your basic human needs. In a break from the standard Division gameplay, we have to say this one is looking tasty
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ok, so this is the one game that we’d pick from the whole Ubi line up, and possibly from the entire show, to know more about. We’ve had a massive interest in Wildlands for the last year, and the new gameplay footage below has not disappointed Play with your friends, your way, through a huge open world
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
After laughing for a few minutes at the title, as ever, we were excited to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone on stage introducing this one. A great game, that is indistinguishable from a regular episode, and with all the south park humour and feeling in there as well. Taking the great parts of the Stick of Truth, TFBW takes the combat to new levels and expands on what was already a great combat system
Grow Up sees our little robot Bud standing on his own shaky legs away from his mother for the first time. It seems everybody wants to showcase at least one little indie title this year, and this was Ubisoft’s turn. We’re not sold on it entirely but check out the footage below and let us know what you think
Trials Of The Blood Dragon
In essence, take a Trials game, slap some (more) explosions, guns and general mayhem in there, and this is what you get. TOTBD is a wacky, zany title, which we hope is an easy pick up and play when you need to take a 5 minute break from tidying up Bolovian streets in Wildlands
Well, Steep is an odd one. A new IP for Ubisfot, and a new genre fo the industry as a whole. The game has everything from the fast paced action of Skiing, snowboarding, and wingsuit flying, but also includes the serenity (leaf on the wind etc.) of paragliding through the Alps as you make your way from point to point. With a huge map, and many drop zones, this one is a little off from what we expect fromg aming these days, but maybe that’s a good thing.
Watch Dogs 2
Will it make up for the sins of the father, nobody is quite sure here. It looks good, and there are some clear definitions between the sequel and predecessor, but we’ll be waiting to get some hands on time with the title before making any big decisions.
It’s been a heavy hitting year from Microfost, with countless Xbox / Win10 exclusives as well as the new Play Anywhere feature and a fair few x-play titles adding to Rocket League, even with the likes of Forza taking the reins. Lots to go through so let’s get cracking.
Halo Wars 2
We were huge fans of the original Halo Wars back on 360, and while it was great to see it recently go backwards compatible it’s even better to see a follow up. With a promise of great story and the same great RTS gameplay, it’s one of many Microsoft Exclusives at E3 that we’re very happy to see
State Of Decay 2
Another great title here, State Of Decay was a solid Zombie survive-em-up and we’re happy to see more. Most of the soundtracks for Microsoft’s reveals this year have come with a great soundtrack, and this one is no exception
Sea Of Thieves
Wow. Just, wow. We’ve been wanting to see more of this since it was announced last year, and it really does look like one we’ll not be able to stop ourselves from buying on release. No date promised but from the looks of these visuals and the gameplay in the video, it’s not going to be long. We’ll be certain to get a PBSF Clan for SOT up and running on release, and it’s one to keep your eyes on!
We’re long time fans of the Tekken series, and while we were a little worried that the trailer below was going to morph into Street Fighter Vs Tekken, it seems we have a full blown King fo the Iron fist tournament coming soon
Dead Rising 4
It’s not a genre we’re particularly enamoured with, but for those who liked the crazy antics and extravagant humour of the last DEad Rising games, this one is sure to appeal. More weapons, more areas, more ways of dealing extreme undead punishment
Just all of our Yes. We were expecting to see more of Scalebound this year but what we weren’t expecting was to see four player multiplayer for the dragon riding, arrow shooting RPG Action adventure. We can’t really say much more than the video can give, so let’s let that do the talking.
A new and innovative IP, ReCore is another we’ve been looking forward to since last year. It’s not going to be too long before we get hands on with this title, but for now we know that we’ll be greeted with some loveable, cheeky, and even badass robotic companions throughout the title.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizons 3 brings more of the same arcade adrenaline action that we know and love from the series. Couple that with the new Play Anywhere feature AND x-play this is one of the Exclusives that we can’t wait to get our hands on. ?With easy drop in co-op gameplay, keep your eyes on this, it may just be the reason you buy an Xbox.
Killer Instinct – General Raam
A very quick showing from the Killer Instinct folks on the back of a Gears Of War announcement (like anybody doubted that was on teh card). General Raam is bursting onto the Killer Instinct scene and he looks like a total BAMF
Xbox One S
Microsoft’s new console has shrunk by 40%, boasts up to 2tb worth of internal HDD and we can see it being a popular one. More on this in the coming weeks but for now take a look at this thing of beauty.
I think we’re all still waiting to see if the sequel learns from the mistakes made with it’s predecessor. We’re hoping so, but we’ll not be holding out breath for this until we’ve had some hands on time, after bitter disappointment from its forbear.
What’s new from ID@Xbox
Xbox are committed to working alongside smaller indipendent studios to bring their games to life and to your screens. ID@Xbox are showcasing a few games here in their E3 showcase
We Happy Few
Coming to Xbox Game Preview very soon, We happy few looks amazing. Amazing, but utterly, utterly haunting
Gears Of War
We knew we’d be seeing Gears of War turning up again this year, and it’s pretty much what you would expect from Gears for the current generation. Updated graphics, but with a new cast… almost…
Some highs, some lows, as ever with EA at E3. We love the look of some of the titles, but when you get down to brass tacks, we’re a big lover of surprises at E3 and there have been no huge game reveals that have left us in awe. It was great to see some of Amy Hennig’s work with a new Star Wars IP, but it was a tiny glimpse compared to the rest of the show. As promised, trailers can be found below in no particular order
With a well thought out and visually beautiful multiplaye rexperience, Titanfall was a great installment into the FPS market. EA must have been listening to it’s consumers, and the new Titanfall will not only give new Titans, weapons and character customisation and a whole Single Player experience, but it’ll be launching on PS4 as well
There’s a lot of Star Wars going on with EA at the moment. With the license rights in their pocket we’re disappointed (but not surprised) that they’ve confirmed Battlefront II for next year but we look forward to some of the other offerings. All can be found in the EA Star Wars roundup
Mass Effect: Andromeda
With the exception of Mass effect 3’s frankly ridiculous primary ending, we have been long time fans of the franchise. Though the “planetary exploration” has gone from amazing to shaky, it looks like we’ll once again be headed down to some beautiful planets in our trusty Mako (or whatever they’re calling it thousands of years into the future)
Fifa has been around for a good few years now, over two decades in fact, since it’s inception in 1993. We’ve loved a good few of these titles, especially in World Cup or Euro years, and a Summer BBQ watching your home nation strutting their stuff on the world arena, simply wouldn’t be the same without a few winner stays on matches on the console of your choice. With the new Journey mode, EA are using the power of the Frostbite engine to give an emotional journey through the story of a Premier League hopeful with dreams of taking on the world
It’s rpetty safe to say that we all knew we’d be getting a glimpse of this behemoth during E3, but I don’t think anybody imagined the scale would be quite this big. There’s not much we can say about it without fanboying all over the place, so we’ll let the video do the talking instead
There has been a lot on the cards for Bethesda in the last year, and while it’s been a good one for them, they’re not taking a moment to rest. We had some nice reveals during their time on stage (at 3am BST I hasten to add!) and we’ve got some great video from them here.
With true style, Bethesda opened the show with a real surprise and we took our first glimpse at Quake Champions. Confirmed for PC for now, Quake Champions is the latest in a long line for the franchise, which defined multiplayer shooters over the years. In similar fashion to Hard Reset Redux, Champions looks to go back to the pure, hectic, and brutal gameplay of times past, and nobody can say it looks anything other than glorious
Doom may be in the past now, but the team are not giving up on it. Even without considering the premium (paid) DLC, there’s a lot of updates coming which will be free for everybody, especially with regards to map creation. We may well see, in the near future, a swathe of player created co-operative campaigns, which would be mostly awesome!
Fallout / Elder Scrolls
Anothe rmuch loved title which has already been released, and another couple of series with Bethesda point blank refuse to give up on. Contraptions make their way to Fallout 4 with new DLC, enabling you a little more “mad scientist” creative freedom, but the jaw dropper for us was seeing Skyrim re-mastered with current gen hardware
A look into the life of Corvo and the Child empress we all worked tirelessly to save during the events of the first in the series, Dishonoured 2 builds on everything we loved about the first game, and adds yet more. We really can’t wait until we can get stuck into the title, this November.
It’s been a good long time since the first Prey release way back on the Xbox 360. It was a superb title, and loved by many, so the problems faced while trying to create Prey 2 were saddening for us all. We didn’t even realise the trailer below was for Prey until the closing title. Superb visuals but there seems to be a real touch of the psychological thriller here, something that we’re glad to see the team have kept from its predecessor.
If you have the time…
You can view the entirety of the Bethesda conference on the video below.