There was a time when video games were showcased only in massive stadiums. Where the Electronic Exhibition Expo (better known as E3) and the select few media partners invited to the event were tasked with spreading the word about several new releases that may or may not see the light of day.
If anything, the
emergence of the Internet and streaming platforms have fueled E3 by letting the
masses know right away when their favorite games will be released. So here are
the titles I'm most looking forward to in this year's overhyped, three-day long
God of War
With the massacre of the
Greek gods complete, it makes sense that the new God of War should veer towards a direction that allows the
developers to insert a whiff of creativity into the franchise. So far, we know
that Kratos has joined the club of sad dads that includes Joel from The Last of Us and Logan from... Logan. The only difference is that
instead of a girl sidekick, this bald man has a young boy joining him on an
entirely new quest to murder Norse gods.
The only decent Spider-Man game we ever got was the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man 2 movie tie-in from 2004, which was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It gave players an authentic Spider-Man feel by letting them web swing through a digital life-sized Manhattan.
With Insomniac Games (best
known for their work on Spyro, the Ratchet & Clank series, and Sunset Overdrive) at the helm, it'll be
exciting to find out what their version of this hero is going to be.
With cyberpunk films
like Ghost in the Shell and the
upcoming Blade Runner 2049, we can
see the games' industry jumping to cash in on the revival of the genre. The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is starting things off with an
open-world role playing title that will no doubt be anything short of
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Since its big
announcement in 2015, we've heard nothing about the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 remake. The only details
we know are that it will have multiple parts - which we assume would integrate
other titles in the series such as Advent
Children, Crisis Core, and maybe
a sequel to the Vincent Valentine-centered Dirge
of Cerberus. It's not that we're overly hyped about this; we just know that
everyone wants to know more about it soon.
The Last of Us Part II
While The Last of Us made itself a tough act
to follow, though we believe that Naughty Dog knows what it is doing with the
franchise. A lot of things have happened in five years since the first game,
and seeing how they will tie up in the sequel might give our hearts the closure
they need. Or maybe everyone will just die. You never know with this franchise.
Break out a red
handkerchief to dab away those tears of blood - we're all going to be crying
for this game to come out.
Metal Gear Survive
We all need something to
Everyone has ideas on what Hideo Kojima's non-Metal Gear game will be about. We speculate that it will have stealth-based game mechanics, mechs, and all sorts of weird shit in it.
Elder Scrolls VI
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released in 2011 and has been remastered as much as Final Fantasy X has. And with Fallout 4 out of the way since 2015, it's about time Bethesda gives us a new take on the world of Tamriel. We want all the good things from Skyrim (such as the freedom to build characters, dragons, and a large world), and less of the bad things (like having to deal with giant mammoths falling from the sky).
Marvel issued a statement that all Marvel-related games need to be "epic". So when Square Enix dropped the trailer for a game based on The Avengers, you know they're going to do right by the franchise.
Game developers Crystal
Dynamics (Tomb Raider franchise), and
Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided)
are working together to make sure about that. What's more, this Avengers game is only the start of something bigger.
Super Mario Odyssey is still many months away but it looks like Nintendo will be showcasing this game at E3. It would also be interesting to get more details about their upcoming first and third-party Switch titles.
None of us here are Xbox fans. So we won't lie to you that we're really excited to hear more about Microsoft's upcoming console and how it will shake up the industry.
You know it's not going to happen. We know it's not going to happen. Let's just hope that it might happen. And then continue to beat ourselves up about it by giving Valve more money through Steam.
What are you looking most forward to in this year's E3? Do let us know!