So E3's "big" shows are now over and some very interesting games have been announced and new gameplay revealed. So here are my favourites, in no particular order:
Resident Evil/ Biohazard VII
Resident Evil 7 surprised me a lot! Capcom is coming from a wildly different angle here. The first person survival horror game with VR support is not what I expected but it is definitely not unwelcome. I love that Capcom doesn't give up on trying new things.
This is so very P.T. almost like a taunt at Konami for being unable to make that game. I also like the idea of new protagonists and the possibility that they don't know how to react to their situation. It was getting seriously boring just having Chris and Leon every game. I'll very surely be getting this game upon its release as it may be fantastic!
They have also released a short demo on PSN which I'll write about once I've played through it!
God of War 4
I enjoyed the God of War games but never got around to playing GoW3. Watching this trailer has made me consider picking up the PS4 remaster of 3 in preparation for this shift in perspective. This trailer shows GoW's new setting which, after killing all of the greek gods, is now in a Norse type setting very reminiscent of Skyrim.
It is clear that the series is going to see quite the overhaul both visually and in the gameplay. The combat seems slower and more methodical and the non-fixed camera provides a nice overview of the environment. (A renewed focus on exploration perhaps?). There is no clear release date but the graphics seemed pretty polished and the scenario appeared to be well thought out. Really looking forward to it!
Hideo Kojima's new company is gaining interest at the moment from revealing their mascot "Ludens" to this year's E3 showcase of his new game. This psychedelic teaser is one of the most bizarre and intriguing things I've ever seen. Like P.T. it sees some very unusual things happen.
It's good to see Norman Reedus taking an active interest in Kojima's work. It looks very very interesting and I can't wait for more details. The five figures in the sky, the numerous dead sea creatures (hence the death stranding title), the baby and of course the wires cables and wires everywhere.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Wow. I am surprised at what this show provided. I want this game so much. The wide open world, the customisation options available and the very nice art style chosen.
I hope the story and characters are built upon enough. Either that or we might have a Shadow of the Colossus situation where Link is left to fight evil single-handedly. Either way, it's shaping up well and I hope it's a success as Nintendo really needs a success to stay afloat over the next 12 months.
Recore - 13th September 2016
Recore is the spiritual successor to Megaman Legends, in a roundabout kind of way, and feature some fun looking third-person platforming and shooting action.
I'm cautiously optimistic about this considering Keiji Inafune's more recent track record of failing to make anything of Mighty No. 9 yet... It looks fun and the robot mechanics seem cool but there is every chance that the controls won't be accurate enough. This is a doubt that comes from another video showing more gameplay and the jumping looks very floaty. So yeah a lot of doubt is there but, at a glance, it looks very fun.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
After the lukewarm ending to commander Shepherds story, it's nice to see Bioware being left alone to craft an intricate world and story for this new series.
The gameplay seems like it'll be based on exploration rather than fighting which would be a great shift for the gameplay. In my opinion, ME1 was the best balance between fighting and exploring. Andromeda looks like it'll capture the same epic atmosphere but in an exciting more organic way. With a free roam galaxy, there is a lot of room for innovation and detail.
The Last Guardian - October 25th 2016
It's been a long time coming but the Last Guardian looks like it'll provide an emotional and fun adventure game experience.
It also has my favourite music track from this E3 show. As a long time fan of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus This game just looks brilliant. I can't wait to play it in October!
Gravity Rush 2
Gravity Rush made an appearance giving us a glance at it's new, more richly detailed world as well as a sneak peak at some new gravity shifting moves.
It just looks so much fun! Having just played through the prequels remaster I can't wait for this!
Yakuza is a series that enticed me to HD gaming on the PS3 so the fact that they are bringing this out officially translated is fantastic!
Even just watching the trailer it looks like the engine has had loads of improvements both visually and in the gameplay. This game should be a system seller for those who haven't yet moved to PS4.
A surprise appearance was made by the sequel to the saddest game ever, Nier. It looks brilliant, intriguing and fast paced. From the best boffins at Platinum Games.
It's interesting to see the main characters with their eyes covered up and I do wonder what the plot relevance is for that.
Yup, that is a list of most of my favourite things show at E3. Looks like we will have some fantastic gamiong experiences in the next couple of years!