Every year, I get more and more excited for E3. I don't know why, I used to not really care, but I think as I become more and more of a gamer I naturally gravitated towards that event and I wanted to know everything that these amazing developers have in store for our gaming future.
In this article, I will be talking about games that I am most excited for based on the consoles that I have (PS4, Wii U), so if you're looking for Microsoft exclusives info on here, you won't find it, not that many of their games don't look great, it just doesn't apply to me since I don't own an X-Box ONE.
Let's get started and talk about these games!
1. Final Fantasy VII remake (Playstation 4)
I've played a handful of Final Fantasy games in my time but none of them were Final Fantasy VII, which is like the most revered installment out of all the Final Fantasy games. It's not that I never wanted to play it, it's just that I never got around to playing, plus, most of my gaming life has been centered around Nintendo and Microsoft. I did have a PS2 for a short time when I was 14 but I didn't take advantage of all it had to offer at the time.
But I am very pleased to see that this legendary, fantasy RPG is not only getting a HD port onto the PS4, but getting a completely redesigned game to better compete alongside our modern games today. The trailer didn't reveal much, it revealed just enough, and if I were a betting man, I'd bet that this game will out sell Final Fantasy XV, just because of the amount of love that so many fans have for this game.
Check out the trailer if you haven't done so already:
2. Fallout 4 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Like Final Fantasy VII I never played any of the Fallout games, but I have played Skyrim which is created by the same studio, Bethesda. A lot of people I talked to about the Fallout series have likened it to Skyrim with a different setting. I loved Skyrim and I love the mechanics of it, so even before the trailer and gameplay footage at E3 was shown, Fallout 4 had my attention.
I have to say that what was shown at E3 regarding Fallout 4 blew my mind. I love character creation and other avenues of customization in a game. It's that feature of customization that really makes me want this game because it isn't involved in just a few things such as your character or choosing your armor layout, it's in almost everything. Seriously, you build your own stronghold to fend off raiders that will be sure to attack, you customize your armor the way you want it, and you craft weapons specifically to your liking. It all just looks so amazing.
If you have time, check out the trailer and then check out the 33 minute video presentation of the game, it looks amazing.
3. Horizon: Zero Dawn (Playstation 4)
I love open-world, sandbox games. Next week I'll be getting Batman: Arkham Knight and although I will play through that for a very long time probably, it'll have to end soon and with no hope of Rocksteady Studios creating future installments in their Arkham trilogy, I'll want a game to take it's place. Mad Max looks very promising but we'll get to that later.
What I'm so excited about is that this completely new IP from Guerrilla Games looks so rich, so fun, and so different from the other games we've played. I love the setting being some sort of post-apocalyptic tribal setting while battling against what seem to be a cross between mechanic and sentient monsters.
I love the fact that this is a completely new IP with no adaptation of anything coming before it, this is just an original creation for Sony that is going to, from the looks of it, blow the minds of players.
Check out the trailer/gameplay below:
4. Mass Effect: Andromeda (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Now, unlike the Fallout series where I've never played any installment, or the Final Fantasy series where I've only played a fraction of the games, I have actually played through all three of the Mass Effect games.
I have been a fan of this series and it's ever growing advancements from one game to the next. With the ending of Mass Effect 3 though, there was a certain air of sadness since the story of Shepherd had finally been told in complete fullness.
But when there were rumors, years ago, that a new Mass Effect game would be making its way to current-gen consoles, I perked up immediately and have been occasionally scouring the internet for any new news.
We still don't know a whole lot about this new game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and we still have to wait a whole year and a half before we play it, but one thing is for sure: this may end up being my most anticipated game of 2016 and will definitely be on my birthday/Christmas list.
Check out the reveal:
5. Mad Max (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
I remember hearing that they were making a game based off the classic Mad Max character, but I was sort of dismissive of it at first. Never really paying attention, until a few months ago that is when I saw videos featuring an in-depth look at what we can expect from this year's Mad Max. Every since I saw how fun this game looks with the inclusion of creating your own magnum opus (the car Max drives), using that for battle purposes, and then also including that element of one-on-one melee fighting that we've seen in games like Batman: Arkham Knight and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
This is definitely a game that I'll be paying attention to and as far as I'm concerned, I'm going to allow myself to be excited about this game and put the same high-expectations that I did with Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which didn't disappoint me either.
Check out the exclusive E3 "Eye of the Storm" story trailer for Mad Max as well as stage demo of the gameplay:
6. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360 [Other Platforms?])
Now, I know I said that I wouldn't be including any Microsoft exclusives, but I am still going to include this new sequel to 2013's Tomb Raider game because it is only a "timed exclusive" which means that although it is an exclusive, it will be free to move to other platforms after the Square and Microsoft exclusivity deal ends with this particular property.
Now, I never got into the original Tomb Raider games, but I did play the 2013 reboot which was amazing in almost every way except its gameplay duration. But no matter my feelings on the length of the game, I couldn't lie and say that I didn't like the game because of that one element or that the game was ruined for me because of that one element.
It was an amazing game that really brought a sense of realism to the Tomb Raider games and really made it a lot darker and grittier. So you can imagine my excitement when they said there was going to be a sequel to the amazing game and you can also imagine my despair when they announced that it was going to be exclusive to Xbox One for a limited time.
But regardless, I know the game is bound to make it's way PS4 eventually and hopefully when it does, it'll have the bells and whistles of DLC added to it as a bonus, definitive edition or something. I'm holding out for this with fingers crossed.
Check out the E3 trailer and gameplay footage for this amazing looking game:
7. Street Fighter V (PlayStation 4 and PC)
I grew up playing installments in the amazing Smash Bros. franchise, but that's about as deep as my fighting game history goes. I never grew up playing Mortal Kombat games, Tekken games, or Street Fighter games. I occasionally would pick up a Soul Calibur game but that was only because I liked the character customization option the later installments offered.
But two years ago, my fighting game interest was peaked whenever Netherrealm Studios announced Injustice: Gods Among Us, mostly because it featured superheroes and those of you who know me, know how much I love superheroes. That game has since come and gone and I looked into Mortal Kombat X but it just isn't for me. But when I started seeing gameplay footage for Street Fighter V, my interest has since been renewed.
This to me has more of a nostalgic, classic arcade game experience and I now have an interest in learning how to better adapt to fighting games. The atmosphere of these games with the bright environments, variety of characters, and anime vibe, it just jives well with my interests.
These games are always complicated, but I wouldn't mind giving it a go, although, if I do end up with this game, I'll be getting my butt kicked online for a while, but I'm willing to adapt.
Check out the trailer for the game and some of the E3 footage that was shown:
8. Star Wars: Battlefront (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Other than next week's Batman: Arkham Knight game, Star Wars: Battlefront is my most anticipated game of the year. I have been falling in love with Star Wars franchise for about a year and a half now and feel that I can rightly call myself a Star Wars fan even though it isn't one of those franchises that defined my childhood (I wished it had). But everything Star Wars related I've just been wanting to get my hands on.
Now, I wasn't quite sure about this new Battlefront game before, not that I was wary of it, I just didn't know much about it and therefore couldn't be excited about something I knew nothing about. But this past Star Wars Celebration, when they showed the footage of the new game, I was convinced that this was a game worth getting excited over and I couldn't wait to see what E3 would give us regarding the game.
Well, E3 didn't disappoint, they put out footage showcasing the various roles one can play in multiplayer. But then they went on to reveal a co-op mission in the game that got me very excited because during that video, the advertised that the came will be split-screen compatible which means that me and the wife will be spending some nights skipping Netflix and going right for the controller.
I cannot wait to get this game this November as it is the highest game on my birthday/Christmas list...maybe I can convince my wife to let it be an early birthday present.
Anyways, check out the amazing footage shown at E3 this year:
9. Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
Now, there seems to be confusion on whether or not Xenoblade games are original Nintento IPs or not. I can't confirm or deny anything, all that I know are that they are an exclusive to the Nintendo consoles and that this newest game, Xenoblade Chronicles X, looks pretty amazing.
Almost like the Horizon: Zero Dawn game, this game has an amazing, beautiful, and vibrant world to explore. This game's mechanics seem to remind me of Final Fantasy XII with it's straight-to-the-action battle system and it's inclusion of HP and other stats.
I also love the inclusion of mech suits. I've never played a game in the Xenosaga, but this one looks like it might just be a must-buy.
Like I said, I don't know if this is considered a Nintendo IP or not, but if it is, that's a huge win for a company like Nintendo who failed so hard to impress gamers attending E3 and gamers like myself watching live-stream footage. This is one of the two games that looked amazing to me that was a Nintendo exclusive.
Check out the E3 2015 trailer below:
10. Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)
Last up but certainly not least is Nintendo's Yoshi's Woolly World. No matter how disappointed I was in Nintendo's E3 presentation, I was still excited to see more of Yoshi's Woolly World.
I love Nintendo games and I love their characters (I just wish they'd do more with them) and Yoshi has always had a soft spot in my heart since I first played him in the classic SNES games Super Mario Bros. and Yoshi's Island. But the game that Yoshi really won my heart in was the N64 game Yoshi's Story. I loved how happy the game was as a kid, it was so much fun to choose different Yoshis who and go eat Shy-Guys and other odd enemies in that storybook world. Plus, the music was great.
But that game came out all the way back in 1998 and we didn't have much in the way of a good Yoshi-centric game unless you happened to have one of Nintendo's various hand-held consoles through the years. But now, 17 years later, it would seem that Nintendo is bringing back one of the more precious gaming memories of mine by creating a new, vibrant world featuring everybody's favorite video game dragon...dinosaur...whatever he is.
I like that they are adding a fresh new spin to it without changing the atmosphere that we all loved in our Yoshi games.
Check out the footage that was shown at this year's E3:
Other Games Worth Keeping an Eye On:
Here is a list of a few other games that I might keep an eye on as time goes by:
Batman: Arkham Knight - (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Dishonored 2 - (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
For Honor - (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Tom Clancy's The Division - (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
The Last Guardians - (Playstation 4)
Dreams - (Playstation 4)
Star Fox Zero - (Wii U)
Super Mario Maker - (Wii U)
Kingdom Hearts III - (Playstation 4 and Xbox One)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
No Man's Sky (Playstation 4 and PC)
Well, there you have it, there were obviously a ton of games shown at E3 and a lot more than just the 10 I provided above look great. I just wanted to share with you some of the games that caught my personal attention. Obviously, your tastes may differ from my own but that's okay, that's why there is a variety of video games to choose from no matter what console you play or what your interests are.
Be sure to share what games and other gaming info you were excited to see or hear about at this year's E3 in the comments section below! And don't forget to vote in the poll!