By Nick Schifani
How’s it going, everybody!? Wow, what a fun E3 it was this year. At a quick glance it didn’t seem like other E3’s we’ve had from recent years. But if you look closely it was one hell of a show. Whether it was Xbox announcing all the new studios they acquired to help them start strong in the new console generation, or PlayStation giving us some deep, detailed look at four of their exclusive games. I’ve got five games that damn near took me off my feet when I saw them, plus learning more about them over the week. So, strap in for my top 5!
Uhh... yeah this is a no-brainer for me, folks. The 7-minute demo (7 freaking minutes!!) we saw of not only cutscenes but the actual gameplay was enough to make me shed a few tears. Everything I envisioned this game to be is becoming a reality. Fantastic story, amazing (sorry, not sorry) dialogue, and a plethora of Spider-Man’s rogue gallery. Seeing the ending scene of that trailer gave me goosebumps as the Sinister Six (who's the secret villain!?) came together in front of our eyes. As if I wasn’t already all in for this game, now I’m even more invested than I was before. If you need the proof go check out my Twitter feed from that night. Head over to @Nerd901Nick to follow all my emotional joy (Ignore the bourbon-infused, wrestling tweets). There’s only one lingering issue left. Are we going to get a goddamn PS4 Pro Bundle!?
This game surprised me. Not that it was going to be shown, (Twitter leaks were thirsty for this one) but everything we were starting to learn about it as the week moved on. CD Projekt Red, creators of the Witcher series, finally introduced us to their new RPG with an open world containing six distinct worlds. The more I heard about this game from various gaming outlets, the more I seemed to be a bit more intrigued about it. I won’t waste your time reading my boring notes, go check out their wiki page for more info. Check out the wicked trailer below.
This trailer was downright the most intense trailer I may have ever seen in my entire life! I couldn’t believe we got some actual gameplay footage as well. And damn, it was absolutely brutal, terrifying, and beautiful all at the same time. The trailer was introduced by a live performance with Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla, the game’s composer, playing the banjo (possibly too long) and then right into the action! Ellie is back and she is out for blood. We don’t know too many details, but I can’t wait to see more in the future.
We were introduced to this game last year at E3. As the sequel to the Ori and the Blind Forest, it seems like more of the same. Which I’m totally down to have more Ori in my life. The first game was soul-crushing, yet insanely addicting. If you haven’t played the first game, then hurry up and grab your Xbox and play it. I can’t wait to pour a nice glass of bourbon (man, this piece is really making me want some bourbon) and cry playing this game.
5. Gears 5
I can see how putting Gears 5 at the five spot seems a bit too on the nose, but I can’t help it. The Gears series holds a special place in my heart. Ever since the first game my pal, Grant Box, and I would sit down and binge the hell out of the games. So, getting more Gears means more time spent with a close friend. Plus, it doesn’t hurt these games have fantastic gameplay and storytelling.
Honorable Mention - Anthem
A new game from Bioware normally means over excitement and tons of hype. Though, after the semi-disaster of Mass Effect: Andromeda and a not-so-great E3 press conference, this game is only lukewarm. Top that with a release date on the same day as PS4’s Days Gone, I tend to worry about it. Of course, this is only an opinion on my part, as I am a lot more hyped for Days Gone than I am for Anthem. I’m hoping the Ironman like suits and gameplay can help this game. I know I will at least try it out to gauge my interest in it. I hope they come off that release date at the end of things. Personally, I think PlayStation will ratchet up the excitement level for Days Gone towards the beginning of the new year to combat the marketing for Anthem. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out.