E3 does a weird thing to the gaming industry. It makes self important game critics assemble and fraternize like Wall Street executives at a coke party. It also reminds us that game developers are truly talented artists, but they still have the social grace of 13 year old boys.
With that said, at the end of the day E3 is still the biggest video game showcase of the year and a lot of cool games are brought for the world to see. Here are some of our favorites from this year’s show.
We Happy Few
Looking past the visual style that strongly evokes BioShock Infinite, We Happy Few was definitely one of the show stealers from this year’s E3. It captured our attention because not only does the gameplay look fun, but also because the narrative the game is built on is truly unique. There are not many other games quite like We Happy Few, so this is one we’ll keep our eyes on.
Hideo Kojima returns to game development in grand fashion with Death Stranding. At this time we know next to nothing about the game mechanics or narrative, but the promise of a new Kojima project is reason enough to be excited. It does help that what we have seen in the announcement trailer is captivating and thought provoking. Let’s just hope we see this game in our lifetime.
Resident Evil 7
Capcom appears to be reinventing Resident Evil again with the announcement of Resident Evil 7. The last time the series was reinvented we got the legendary Resident Evil 4. Because of that, we definitely have high hopes from this one. Also the stealth reveal of the game was one of the best moments from this year’s E3.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
This isn’t the first year Horizon: Zero Dawn has been at E3 but it continues to be a standout at the show. This time around we were shown more of the beat by beat moments of exploring and combat. Simply put, the game continues to impress and we arended about as sold as you can be. The 2017 release date is a ways off so there should be more to learn about Horizon down the road.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo hasn’t inspired much confidence in recent months but that has changed now that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been revealed. It marks a dramatic shift for the series as it becomes a true open world adventure. From what has been shown so far this looks to be Nintendo’s most ambitious game yet. With one demo, Breath of the Wild has already proven it will be the biggest game release of next year.