So after coming back from a holiday that took place at the same time as E3 2015, its safe to say that I had plenty of gaming news to catch up on. Fantastic technologies and video games that were announced has, in my opinion, made this years’ E3 one of the most exciting. Owning a PS4 has never felt so good, as Sony, in my eyes, have won the exclusivity battle, with so many great games coming out so soon. There were many great games announced I would like to talk about, but I have whittled it down to a top 5 that excited me the most.
1. Horizon Zero Dawn
A great announcement of a new game from E3 was Horizon Zero Dawn. A fresh take on a dystopian story, Horizon displays the effects of our modern world overrun by nature, and most peculiarly, robot dinosaurs. Blending concepts of prehistoricity and modernity brings a fresh take on the theme of man vs machine. The environments look stunning with cities overrun by plant life, and skyscrapers merging with trees and plants. The gameplay looks really interesting as it would seem that you need to be quite tactical when entering each battle, and boss fights look very challenging, needing to utilise a range of fantastic looking weapons from bow and arrows to rocket launchers. Overall, this looks like a very exciting game.
An interesting addition to the 2D puzzle-platforming genre, Unravel looks like it will be incredibly fun but equally challenging. Controlling a character who is made of yarn you must unravel yourself to progress through each level, traversing through rocky passes and forests, and using objects like kites to attach yourself to in order to solve puzzles. What I loved about the video attached is the insight into how the creative director conceived the idea for this game, and seeing his enthusiasm for the game makes me think that the finished project will be as inspiring as his words were.
3. The Last Guardian
Possibly one of the overall favourite announcements from E3 for those dedicated fans who feared the shelving of this game, The Last Guardian gameplay trailer surely did not disappoint. An absolutely stunning world that features a young boy as the protagonist who can command a large beast companion to help him traverse obstacles and solve puzzles. I love the mix of design in the game, with a cartoon-esque design of the boy, and the rest of the world, and his companion very realistic. The animation of the creature companion is very detailed, being able to display a range of emotions which makes you feel connected to the creature only through a short trailer. The gameplay looks entertaining with some very tense moments, accompanied by some fantastic music. This game looks like it could hold a lot of potential and I am excited to hear more about it.
4. Star Wars Battlefront
Immediately into this trailer you are met with classic Star Wars music playing in the background of a classic Star Wars world, controlling a Rebel troop who shoots Stormtroopers making the sound of the classic blaster. Yes this trailer completely evokes classic Star Wars, but with next gen graphics and mechanics, it has built on these classic themes and will most definitely bring one of the most immersive experiences to the Star Wars world. With the many options between playing as a standard troop, piloting many of the Star Wars world’s vehicles, and taking control of Jedi Luke Skywalker, this game looks as if it will provide countless hours of fun, with an amazing looking online multiplayer mode to boot.
5. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Although the first game was not the most critically acclaimed, it is one of my favourite games, with its focus on free running and mix of combat, and an interesting storyline, it really appealed to me. Catalyst looks to improve significantly on these aspects, and with the removal of the use of firearms, the melee combat aspect of the game, judging by the trailer, looks like it has massively improved. The combination of next gen graphics and an open world gives Catalyst the possibility to be a fantastic game that hopefully will gain some more praise than the first game.
What were your highlights from E3? I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments section!