My favorite week of the year, besides the week of Christmas, is E3. It always happens not long after the semester ends, so it’s like the first real celebration of summer. I mean, who doesn’t love to spend the beautiful hot season in a dark room playing video games? I’ll be honest–summer is not my season. But it’s usually the best time of the year to get caught up on all of the games I need to play and get excited about new releases.
I tried to watch as much as I could from yesterday’s press conferences and saw several games that look awesome. Here’s what I’m most excited about.
Sequel, prequel, reboot, or re-imagining? I don’t really care because I’m just so excited about another installment in this franchise. I nearly fell out of my chair during this announcement at the EA press conference. Mirror’s Edge is one of my favorite games of all time. People tend to love it like I do, or completely hate it, but I’m so glad that EA believes in this game enough to give it another shot. So far, we don’t have much to go on–a new character design, a short teaser trailer, and no release date. But if this is the biggest announcement at E3 for me, I can live with that.
Elder Scrolls Online
At this point, I’ll play anything related to the Elder Scrolls franchise, but I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of MMOs. I just prefer single-player experiences. But the chance to explore Tamriel with my friends sounds pretty damn appealing. I was pretty bummed that this a) isn’t coming out until 2014 and b) is coming out on PS4 before PC. Playing an MMO on a console is pretty much the opposite of how I like to play games, but I’ll definitely give it a shot. The classes are supposed to be much more dynamic and open, which is good, because character creation is largely what makes the Elder Scrolls games so amazing.
I’m obsessed anything post-apocalyptic. I especially love bio-related collapses when it doesn’t involve zombies. They really knocked this trailer out of the park. It could have easily been a great movie or short film, but it’s going to be awesome to actually participate in this universe. This is why gaming is the best art form. (OK, that’s a totally biased statement but not unsupported by research!) Anyway, The Division is a multiplayer, open world, post-apocalyptic RPG. It’s beautiful, and the HUD is sexy. Does anyone else think Dark Winter would have been a better title for this game? That’s what I thought it was called before they said the actual title. In any case, I’m really looking forward to this game. It’s nice to have some new games that aren’t part of an existing franchise.
I’ve seen the promotional images for this game at Gamestop and have been looking forward to learning more about this new game from the creators of Halo. I’ve only played a bit of Halo, and this game does resemble it a bit, but I thought the gameplay demo shown during the Sony press conference was awesome. The graphics look great, the story seems compelling and the multiplayer capabilities are impressive.
Despite the popularity of this franchise, I’m not very familiar with it. This game looks really cool. The gameplay is nearly seamless, considering how many players are participating. The setting and HUD are also nicely done, and it seems like the gamemakers want this to be more than just a mindless FPS–strategy, teamwork and bonds are all a priority. Although, I did laugh quite a bit at this comment on Polygon: “Nothing connects me more to a narrative than shooting men in the face.”
So that was Day 1! Actually, it was just press conference day. I’m so excited to see more throughout the next few days. If you need to get caught up on E3 announcements, Polygon and The Verge are killing it with their awesome coverage! And feel free to follow me on Twitter, @ashleyhennefer, and we can chat.