E3 has come and gone for a little over a week now, and I’ve had a small chance to peek at the different games presented there. For those that don’t know what it is, it’s an exclusive, industry-only annual event for video game publishers to show off their upcoming games and merchandise related to the game. To apply to go, you have to verify you are a professional part of the video game industry. This year was just as big as any other year, with a wealth of different exhibitors, and of course there are a huge amount of games that look great and I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Once again in my love-hate relationship with Ubisoft, we see some highly anticipated games such as the next installments of the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series, among other games. In Assassin’s Creed: Unity, we see ourselves in Paris in the French Revolution in what looks like a gorgeous new game engine, and for the first time we can complete missions in co-op with up to three friends. It looks exciting, and it’s another time of history to explore (I swear I learn more in Assassin’s Creed games than I did in history lessons), as well as the opportunity to explore Paris as it was in the Renaissance era. In Far Cry 4, we’re headed off to the Himalayas to help create some mayhem. I’ve yet to play around with Far Cry 3 as much as I keep on intending to play it (if only there were more hours in the day and I was less infatuated with Blizzard games and Dota) so I can’t really comment on how much the new game changes the franchise, but it looks amazing and as long as I don’t play the games on day one with Uplay’s infamous authentication servers, I should love these! Though with a late ’14 release, I’ll probably end up grabbing them in the Steam Christmas sale or something. Tom Clancy is back in Rainbow Six Siege too with a 5v5 Counterstrike-esque shooter of terrorists and counter-terrorists, playing matches over 6 rounds.
EA brought us a bunch of games to look at this year, including Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Sims 4 and their annual release of multiple sports games. Battlefield is based around cops vs criminals in this latest installment, and overall looks like a pretty solid FPS for people to get into and fight over which franchise is better for another year running. Dragon Age gives us more insight into the templar vs mages civil war, and from what I hear our choices will end up shaping the world to how we like. I’ve enjoyed both Dragon Age I and II, so hopefully the third installment won’t disappoint. As for The Sims 4 – and partly the sports games – it looks like EA are just milking the franchise with these. I might check out The Sims, as it’s a great casual game to just muck around in to play God on a micro scale (whereas Sim City and similar games are great for playing God on a macro scale). Plus, it’s always good to get the fresh revamp without having to plunge deep into your pockets to pick up all the expansions of the previous games.
Destiny… I wouldn’t be able to finish this article without including the coalition between Activision and Bungie without talking at least a LITTLE bit about this fantastic looking game. Rumoured to be the reason why Project: Titan keeps on getting restarted over at Blizzard, this MMOFPS simply has too many reasons for me to list as to why I hope it doesn’t end up just being overhyped and crashing into the dirt. It even makes me consider getting either a PS4 or Xbox One just to play it on the latest systems. Time will tell!
There’s so much other news, but these were my picks other than news of GTA V coming to PC soon with updated graphics and performance to match the clearly superior systems (picks up flame-retardant suit) and Nintendo are intending to come back strong with a Legend of Zelda update for the Wii U, showing massive open-world exploration that I’m sure will make many a veteran gamer’s heart jump a beat or two. Shame about it being on the Wii U though. Check out everything showcased this year at E3 Insider, or I’m sure you will find many more reviews at places like IGN and Gamespot.