Top 5 Games Shown at E3
E3 rolled around recently, and with it came a large amount of announcements, gameplay, and interviews. While many games were announced, there were a few select games that excited a large number of video game fans everywhere. Here’s a list of our top 5 best games shown at E3.
- Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
From CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the beloved Witcher series, comes Cyberpunk 2077. This game features the large attention to detail and atmospheric environments that Projekt Red is known for, placing the player in a dystopian future w0here the cities are run by powerful corporations and robots are integrated into human society. Not much of the actual game was shown at E3, but the setting and characters that were shown were glorious. The main character seems to be at the epicenter of the crumbling society, and he is shown as a sort of an anti-hero, wanting to take advantage of the society for himself. The game will follow the traditional Projekt Red formula of a role playing game, with level progression and constant upgrades to make your character as strong as possible. Even from the small amount shown at E3, the game already seems like it will be a masterpiece and an original take on the dystopian future genre.
- Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog)
After the amazing success of the first Last of Us game, many fans were wondering if Naughty Dog were going to make a sequel. Thankfully, Naughty Dog answered the call for more with the announcement trailer earlier this year, and with some amazing gameplay at this year’s E3. The game continues to follow the story of Ellie, the secondary protagonist in the first game. It takes place an unknown amount of time after the first game, but Ellie looks considerably older and has clearly been through a lot more. The main setting of the Last of Us is America after a rampant zombie apocalypse, which might seem cliche, but the intriguing and engaging story kept many players extremely connected to main character Joel. This second game seems to continue with the same strong narrative and dark take on survival, and shows satisfying and brutal combat and gunplay.
- Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch)
Ghost of Tsushima is the next game from Sucker Punch, the creators of the amazing Infamous series. This game revolves around the time of feudal Japan, and follows the adventure of samurai Jin Sakai. The game takes place during the Mongol invasion of Japan, and Jin must protect the freedom of Japan by learning the way of the Ghost, a forgotten fighting style in the game’s lore. The game is shown as a third-person action and stealth game, giving players beautiful and expansive environments to maneuver around and defeat enemies. The demo shown at E3 showcased the combat that showed quick and decisive combos that defeated enemies in style. The environments shown were gorgeous, with tall mountains in the background of a forest covered in the red leaves of autumn. However, the most exciting part of the demo was the combat that just seemed intensely fun to play, making the player feel like a true samurai, hacking away at enemies with fashion and flair.
- Spiderman PS4 (Insomniac Games)
Spiderman PS4 was already shown last year at E3, but only a small gameplay segment was shown. This E3, Insomniac surprised us all by showing a full segment of the game, and what we saw was great. The game features all that makes Spiderman great: smooth and physics-based web swinging, solid combat, and good humor. The movement is reminiscent of the movement in the Spiderman 2 for the PS2, considered the best game ever made based on the web-slinging superhero. From the demo, we were able to see that many of Spiderman’s most infamous villains make an appearance, such as Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, Electro, and the much more obscure Mr. Negative. Not much is known about the overall story, but it seems like there is a mastermind that is leading all of these villains for some ulterior motive, and Spiderman is the only one that is able to stop it. The gameplay showed combat that is not overly simple and full of simply pressing a few buttons at a certain time, but is more focused on stringing together long combos and keeping Spiderman in constant motion. This game is shaping to be one of the best Spiderman games ever made, and bringing a sense of accomplishment missing from Spiderman’s time spent in video games.
- Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (Nintendo)
This E3, Nintendo pleased many fans with gameplay and a lot of information regarding their next installment in the Super Smash Brothers series. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate was first shown with a 1 minute long teaser trailer that only showed the Inkling character from Nintendo’s Splatoon series making an appearance. However, at this E3, Nintendo surprised many Smash fans by announcing that not only characters from the previous installment, but characters from ALL installments were going to be playable characters. Many fan favorites, such as Snake and Ice Climbers, make the much-needed appearance after their previous games. Metroid’s Ridley was also announced as a new character, a surprise to many, considering that Ridley is a 20 foot tall dragon. Nevertheless, the gameplay shown promises bringing some new quality of life changes to the game, such as making short hop attacks a much easier button sequence and allowing for a more mobile air dodge. The game also showed a clear focus to favor more aggressive and faster play, allowing for quicker and more exciting matches. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is already shaping to be one of the best games of the year, and the best installment in the Smash series.