With E3 now long since over and the trailers coming out now, I have decided to give you my guide to the best games we’re gonna get. Most of these appeared for the first time at E3. The last few, however, are ones we’ve known about for a while.
1) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
All we really know for now is that this is a sequel to Link to the Past (the first Zelda game I ever played and one of the best, in my opinion) and features a similar appearance. The top-down style of play is one I really miss and the new feature of going 2D and crawling along the walls like a living caveman painting looks great. Supposedly, the story takes place a generation after the events to Link to the Past. I’ve read hopes that the wizard, Aghanim, will return, but I very much doubt that will actually happen.
2) Kingdom Hearts III
I’ve made it no secret that I am excited as all hell for this game. I know I’m not the only one who hoped for this when the PlayStation 3 came out. No clue as to what the story will really be, but we can guess it’s all about Master Xehanort’s plans, as we’ve seen in the previous titles. The gameplay doesn’t appear too much different at first glance, but I do wonder what inevitable changes there will be and how easy it will be to adapt to them.
3) Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS
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I’m not very much a fighting game guy, but I have loved this series from the beginning (please bring back Mewtwo) and I love the new characters they’ve included (sadly, none of them are Mewtwo). The Villager looks kinda creepy, but whatever. Super Smash Bros. has been a great title since the N64 days, and with each generation of consoles, there has been a new installment. I thoroughly loved Brawl (mostly for Meta Knight, which made me feel less sad about no Mewtwo), but this looks absolutely great.
4) Final Fantasy XV
Let me go on the record as saying I’m glad this is not going to be Versus XIII. I liked FF13, but sequels are very difficult for me to love in the Final Fantasy franchise. X-2 was okay, Dirge of Cerberus was a decent story in awkward genre for a FF game (it was a shooter). Anyway, this game looks interesting and seems to keep the standard 13 set up in terms of battles. I dunno exactly how it will turn out, but I am very curious, enough to want to play.
5) Star Wars Battlefront
The reveal trailer was all I needed. Battlefront is another series I’ve loved since the beginning. There had long been rumors of a third installment (with an incredible artwork of a Dark Side Obi Wan), but then we heard it had been cancelled. Now it’s back and I think Greg B. of Misfit Politics put it best.
Not only will we be getting a new Battlefront game, but it will be made by the king of online military shooters, DICE and run on DICE’s new Frostbite 3 engine. I am beyond excited for this game. Honestly if it is just a Star Wars- themed skin for Battlefied I’d be happy but hopefully it’ll be something different. Oh and from the looks of the trailer this game will be grittier and more mature than the previous games (or at the very least it won’t be a disgusting Disney-ified monstrosity).
Games We Didn’t Need E3 To Know About
1) Metal Gear Solid 5
No, this is not the trailer with the giant, flaming whale flying through the sky at you.
This is what they showed us at E3. I’ve always joked about Metal Gear Solid 4 was a great interactive DVD, but truth be told, I was still hooked the whole way through. The new game looks great, and it’s just another reason I will own a next generation console.
2) Assassin’s Creed VI: Black Flag
This one I’ve known about for a long while. Most of us have. It’s the grandfather of the last main character, Connor, and he’s apparently a badass pirate. With hidden blades. I’m sold. No Jack Sparrow, but we do have a badass bar fight in the trailer. So there is that. I was very happy to play the naval missions in AC3 and this being a pirate adventure undoubtedly means more of those.
3) Batman: Arkham Origins
First of all, yes, I am aware Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill aren’t Batman and Joker. Don’t rub it in. I can accept this game because there is a Black Mask that seems totally badass (as he should be) and, luckily, there is a Deathstroke to fight. Brilliantly, this game goes back to the early days of Batman, where we see a bounty on his head. We know for certain that Bane, Deadshot and Deathstroke are coming after him. Black Mask seems to be the main bad guy, and there is a solid Joker presence. I’m. Sold.
4) Infamous: Second Son
Sucker Punch is back and, this time, there’s no Cole. But there is a new guy and his powers seem pretty badass. The story is set a while after the events of Infamous 2, and this new guy is trying to evade the folks who are rounding up those with the genes that make them special. It’s a little confusing, given the endings of Infamous (I say “endings” because you can go the good route or the evil route). It nonetheless looks extremely fun, though.