Wow. So E3 2014 really started off with a bang. So many good games, both Microsoft and Sony concentrating on what matters most: software, and plenty of great-looking titles from both triple-A devs and indies. It’s going to be a great 2015, that’s for sure.
Still, I have some favorites, despite so many amazing announcements today. Here is my top 10 E3 Day 1 announcements (in no particular order):
I’m a sucker for anything Dark Souls/Demon Souls related, and this new title from developers From Software certainly has my attention. While the E3 trailer doesn’t really show much other than CGI, some previously leaked images and .gifs suggested the game certainly looks and plays like a Souls game. Here’s to hoping.
2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Ah, Nathan Drake. What have you gotten yourself into this time? Again, it’s another CGI trailer, but you can’t deny that it’s a gorgeous one that’s supposedly running on PS4 hardware. If anyone can max out the PS4’s graphical prowess, it’s Naughty Dog.
3. Mortal Kombat X
After the gorgeous CGI reveal trailer for Mortal Kombat X, I wondered how likely the game would actually look like it. Now that the gameplay has been revealed as well, I can finally say that I’m hyped. Borrowing elements from the previous Mortal Kombat, like the X-ray moves and Injustice: Gods Among Us’s interactive environments, this fighter looks fantastic and plays great.
4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Another E3, another MGSV: The Phantom Pain trailer. Still, it’s hard not to like Kojima’s stylistic and teaser-filled trailers, and if you’re wondering how Big Boss lost it and became the bad guy, you’re definitively anxiously waiting for this game to come out (like I am). I need more, Kojima! More!
5. Far Cry 4
Far Cry 3 was a big surprise for me when it first came out. I wasn’t expecting much from the series since the reins where handed to Ubisoft Montreal after Crytek handled the first two, but it caught me off guard with a entertaining storyline, explosive gameplay and freedom to do whatever you’d like. Far Cry 4 seems to be more of the same, but new mechanics, tools, and a new setting change it up enough to make it feel fresh again.
6. Little Big Planet 3
This is one announcement that I wasn’t expecting, but I’m glad it that it’s coming. Little Big Planet and the sequel were both refreshing experiences, giving players the tools to make their own experiences and share them with the world. With the power behind Sony’s newest console, I’m looking forward to what players will come up with next.
7. Mirror’s Edge 2
I’m one of the people who absolutely adored the original Mirror’s Edge, due to the unprecedented and thrilling first-person parkour gameplay and in-your-face combat. I’ve played through it dozens of times and recommend it any chance I can, so it’s obvious that I’m excited for Faith’s newest adventure. Let’s see if she can captivate the mainstream audience this time around, though.
8. Tom Clancy’s The Division
Ever time I see Tom Clancy’s The Division, I get hyped. Yes, it’s a shooter, and no, it’s not reinventing the wheel. But they way it takes multiplayer and makes it an integral part of the overall action-packed experience is thrilling. Having your friends carefully coordinate an attack and execute is beautiful, but successfully dealing with failure and getting away unscathed is even better.
9. Dragon Age: Inquisition
I dug the first Dragon Age, and unfortunately loathed the second. Inquistion however seems to be heading in the right track, with gorgeous visuals, smooth real-time combat, and a slew of character classes. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Playdead, the devs behind the fantastic Limbo, are working on another side-scrolling puzzle platformer called Inside. While it’s a bit more colorful, this game looks very similar to their previous game, bleakness and all. Limbo really surprised me when I first played it, so I got big hopes for this dark adventure.
11. Fable Legends
I like the Fable series. I even enjoyed the mostly panned Fable III (sue me). But what really intrigues me in Fable Legends is the ability to play as the villain, allowing players to manipulate the battlefield, choose which enemies to attack the players, and more. It’s like being a Dungeon Master, expect you don’t have to read as much.
12. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
It’s the same old Assassin’s Creed we know and love, expect it now takes place in France during the revolution. I expect some things changed here and there, but the biggest addition is taking on missions with three friends in tow. This has the potential to be amazing, and hopefully it won’t be filled with scripted moments and bland missions that’ll ruin the experience.
13. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
This one is a no-brainer. The Witcher 2 was an epic and excellent game, and the last entry in CD Projekt RED’s series looks like it can do no wrong. A bigger, open world, more combat options, and the signature choose your own adventure style of story development makes it one you should keep your eyes out for.
At first it might not sound like much, but when I saw this trailer my jaw dropped. Was this a 1930’s cartoon I was watching? Nope. It’s a game that’s animated to look that way, perfectly capturing the essence of old-school cartoons. I don’t know about you, but this is one of the best looking things I’ve seen all day.
15. Sunset Overdrive
I love me some wacky, open world gameplay, and Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive seems to fit the bill. With colorful visuals, a varied arsenal of crazy weapons and monsters, and a quick traversal system, the game looks like it’s be a great time.
Well, that’s it for my Top 15 picks for the first day at E3 2014. While these 15 games stood out the most for me, there are dozens of others that caught my attention as well, and I can’t wait to play them.
What are your picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to agree or disagree with my choices!