These are my top 5 games of E3 2015, judged by how impressed I was from their respective showings. I watched a ton of E3 content this year on YouTube, and if you’ve read my previous posts then you already know how much I loved this particular crop of games. Without further ado, here’s My Top 5 Best Games of E3 2015:
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
This game has Hideo Koijma written all over it. And while it’s sad to know this will be his last (Konami’s parting ways with him after development’s done), at least he’s going out with a bang. It’s ironic then that instead of being a traditional MGS, the fifth iteration is more of a rebirth for the franchise, which bodes well for its future. Expect open-world infiltrations, more options than ever and lots of creative ways to deal with enemies.
- The Last Guardian
Seeing The Last Guardian’s massive dog/bird hybrid for the first time in years and taking advantage of PS4’s graphical prowess was like the first time I saw that infamous E3 2005 trailer of Killzone 2. In short, I was completely, utterly amazed. It’s not just the feathers, no; just as unexpected was the perfectly-animated star of the show. It moved and behaved like a real animal, and it made him all the more believable.
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
Talk about surprises. First it was The Last Guardian then this: a brand-new IP from graphics powerhouse Guerilla Games, and an RPG mixing prehistoric and post-apocalyptic themes, no less. I’ve got high hopes for this one, as I’m curious how much farther the studio can push the PS4’s power and the gameplay reminds me of Monster Hunter.
Could this be the Mad Max: Fury Road of video games? Reboots don’t always translate to better games, but if this reveal is any indication of the final product, then we’re in for a fast-paced, no holds barred thrill-ride. Expect lots of severed limbs, demon guts and “big effin’ guns.”
- Fallout 4
Bethesda sure dropped a nuclear bomb of a game reveal for this highly-anticipated post-apocalyptic RPG. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Fallout, then take comfort in the fact that it’s from the creators of Skyrim and will probably raise the bar once again for role-playing and open-world games. Fallout 4 didn’t hold back at this year’s E3, and expect the same when it launches this November.
There were many noteworthy games at E3 2015, so it’s natural there will be a few notable omissions on every best-of list. These games were also great, just not as earth-shattering as the previous list:
Total War: Warhammer
Angry Joe had a great interview with this game’s battles designer in his YouTube channel. Total War has long been known for its historical settings, but this one’s set in the popular Warhammer fantasy universe. It’s not quite as faithful to the source material as you’d want it to be (not a lot of troop customization), and the series’ recent struggles with enemy AI dampens expectations a little, but the promise of aerial battles, massive spells and units and story-driven quests are enough to tickle the Total War fan’s fancy.
Just Cause 3
Talk about practical thinking. Gamers love explosions, stunts and destruction. They love open world playgrounds ripe with customization options even more. Put those two together in the most fully-realized sense of the words and you’ve got every action fan’s dream game in Just Cause 3. The only thing missing is multiplayer.
One Last Thing…
Microsoft did the smart move of partnering with Oculus and Valve in implementing Rift and Vive for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Sony’s coming out with Project Morpheus next year, after all. Oculus did a good show on their own, but this year I came away more impressed with Hololens as the potential killer app was finally shown. That Minecraft demo was an eye-opener for the potential of Hololens in gaming.