We’re now less than a week away from E3 and if the rumors, leaks, and speculation are true, it sounds like it’s going to be another epic experience for fans of video games.
I’ve already made my predictions for the big three (catch up here if you missed it) and third party companies, so to continue with this E3 theme, I’m going to take a closer look at five confirmed games that I can’t wait to see more of at the show.
Here are the five confirmed games I’m looking forward to seeing more of next week.
God of War
While not the biggest fan of this franchise, I’ve had fun with it in the past. Basically, this is a franchise that represents a fun power fantasy, where you play a former Spartan warrior who’s out to basically take down the entire pantheon of Greek gods. The previous games relied heavily on fast-paced combat, featured a ton of over the top violence, and plenty of epic moments.
When the new God of War was shown off during Sony’s press conference last year, I was shocked to see such a departure from the norm. The location appears to have move to somewhere in Scandinavia complete with forests, snow, trolls, and what appears to be a lot of Norse symbolism. Kratos is now sporting a beard, seems to be trying to work on his anger issues, and his biggest change: he has a kid! The series seems to have matured in a way, adopting a Skyrim-like progression system where certain actions increase skill, and I personally can’t wait to learn more about it.
Based on that demo, the series seems to have matured in a way, even adopting a Skyrim-like progression system where certain actions increase skills. I personally can’t wait to learn more about it.
Star Wars Battlefront II
Though I ultimately passed on DICE’s first attempt at this franchise, I was a big fan of the older games in the franchise. I had zero expectations for this sequel, but after seeing the level of content and polish being applied to this sequel, I came away seriously impressed. It’s clear that DICE listened to feedback and a lot of changes have been made for the better.
The biggest addition is a dedicated single player campaign, put together by Jade Raymond’s Motive Studios team. Players step into the shoes of Iden Verso, commander of the Imperial special forces group known as Inferno Squad. The trailer depicted them on the surface of Endor as the Death Star exploded, leaving them to wonder what happens to them now. It’s assumed that players will experience their journey from the end of Return of the Jedi and linking to the events of The Force Awakens.
Not only that, multiplayer is back and it looks to be more skill based. Better yet, it now covers all three eras of the Star Wars universe from the prequel films, original trilogy, and now the new movies. Want to see Kylo Ren go toe to toe with Yoda? Well, now you can.
Assassin’s Creed (Empire?)
If you’ve been visiting this site for any length of time, you may be well aware of my love for the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Sure, I do recognise that not every game in this series is a work of art, I just love the mix of action with elements from history.
We do know now that the next entry in the long-running series is going to be at E3 and I personally can’t wait to see what it is. Rumors have indicated the game is called Empire and will take place in ancient Egypt. Gameplay-wise, Ubisoft has confirmed that it’s making an effort to place a greater emphasis on creating an interactive and immersive world, less scripted gameplay, and freedom of choice. Here’s hoping that time off did some good!
I love the feeling this franchise gives its players, where you are this like superhuman cop, able to run ridiculously fast, lift things no human should, or jump distances that break the laws of gravity. While the second game was kind of a stumble, there’s been enough time off from the franchise that I’m ready to take down some rival gangs once more.
What has me really intrigued, however, is the promise of cloud computing and destruction. Tapping into Microsoft’s Azure cloud servers, the developers were able to add in a number of technical features which should make the experience even more fun. One of those items is full-scale destruction and environmental degradation. The small tech demo provided by director and franchise creator David Jones back in 2014, showed off the potential of this tech, as he was able to completely level buildings and even shooting holes through walls. We now know that full-scale destruction will only be available online, though the single player campaign will also feature some elements of destruction.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Open world gameplay similar to Assassin’s Creed set in the detailed world of J.R.R. Tolkien? Yes, please! The first game turned out to be one of my favorites from 2014, so with three more years of development time and experience, I’m absolutely excited to see what Monolith can come up with.
Just based on the footage we’ve seen so far, it looks like the studio took the core concepts and expanded upon them. The revolutionary Nemesis System is back, obviously, only this time, it’s much more robust and detailed. Enemies and allies remember past battles and what you did, but now, an added layer of betrayal, loyalty, and even friendship can take root inof these NPCs as well. Did you let one of your warchiefs down during a battle, perhaps leaving them behind to fend for themselves? They’ll remember that, and maybe even switch sides to seek revenge on you. It can work the opposite way as well, where an enemy general can opt to join you if the battle isn’t going so well. There’s just a ton of possibilities now.
A number of possibilities and unique gameplay moments this system can add just astounds me. I can’t wait to see more of this one.
Other Notables: Destiny 2, Spider-Man PS4, The Last of Us Part 2
Those are mine, but what are yours?