Welcome back to my top 20 favourite announcements of E3 2018. This time around, I’ll be looking back at the 10 unveilings that I consider to be the most exciting of all of those shown at the conferences. This wasn’t an easy task but that’s a really good thing, let’s have a look.
10 – Gears 5
I haven’t been particularly enthusiastic about a Gears of War game since 3. Don’t get me wrong, 4 was good but it wasn’t great. The gameplay trailer that was shown really intrigued me. Why has JD become so bitter and twisted? Also, I’m a fan of having Kate as the protagonist as she was arguably the strongest character from Gears 4. The wintry setting looks gorgeous and I really liked how it hinted at having effective horror elements. Sure, the narrative seems a bit silly but we’ll have to see how it plays out before we serve judgement.
09 – Dying Light 2
I was a huge fan of the original game. I even went as far as to call it the best modern zombie game ever made. The main reason for this was that it made zombies feel like a genuine threat and never held your hand. The free-running traversal was a blast so expanding upon this can only be a good thing. With a larger open world, improved gameplay and better narrative this could be something truly special.
08 – Control
Not a lot of people are talking about this and I have no idea why. I’d go as far as to call it the most underrated/overlooked game of the entire weekend. In case you don’t know, it’s the brand-new title from Alan Wake/Quantum Break developer Remedy Games. It’s a third-person telekinetic shooter that looks like it takes everything that was enjoyable from Quantum Break’s gameplay. The trailer insinuated that we’d be taken on a mind-bending, mystery filled journey and I cannot wait.
07 – The Elder Scrolls VI
I’d put this higher but if I’m being honest I was disappointed that we only got a short teaser. It’s been 7 years since Skyrim and they don’t even have a proper name decided for VI. Still, they announced that it’s actually a thing and it’s being worked on. We may not see it for a couple of years and it might not even release on current consoles but at least it’s happening. Here’s hoping they don’t screw it up like they have done with Fallout 76.
06 – Rage 2
Am I the only one that thinks this game looks freaking awesome!? I’m not seeing much hype about it on the internet and I’m not sure why. Sure, Rage was an average game. However, it seems to me like they’ve learnt lessons from the issues that game had. If you’re not too happy with the direction of Fallout then this might just fill that apocalyptic void. Also, it was leaked beforehand so technically it was designed to be revealed at E3.
05 – Kingdom Hearts 3
I missed the boat on the previous Kingdom Hearts games. I feel this one will likely end up being a much more accessible entry point into the franchise for most people. The gameplay that I have seen of this game really blew me away. The amount of Disney characters and worlds that they have managed to cram into one game is unreal. We’re at a time when it can be done so faithfully in terms of visuals. Alongside all of it is a storyline that incorporates Final Fantasy like characters, it’s stunningly bizarre and I love it.
04 – Assassins Creed: Odyssey
If you had told me a week ago that an Assassins Creed game would make my top 5 favourite games of E3, I wouldn’t have believed you. However, here we are. Not only do I love the setting for Odyssey but I love how much of an RPG the franchise has become. You can choose between a male or female protagonist, pick dialogue options and level your character in whatever way that suits you. Visually, the game looks beautiful. I got familiar vibes of The Witcher 3 from gameplay, which isn’t the worst game to take notes from.
03: The Last of Us: Part II
I don’t even own a PS4 but I’ll definitely be getting one to play this. What more is there to say? Naughty Dog just cannot be touched when it comes to these types of games. The combat looks as violent, frantic and desperate as the first game but even more so. The motion capture is unbelievable. When Ellie grabbed that glass bottle, I was blown away.
02 – Cyberpunk 2077
I absolutely adore The Witcher 3 but the one thing I’m really liking about Cyberpunk is how different it is in every single way. It was recently revealed that the game will be played from a first-person prospective. You can choose between a male or female, pick your characters backstory and customize them heavily. If all that wasn’t enough, it’s set in a large scale dystopian world. If CD Projekt Red can pull this off then man, this could be unbelievably good.
01 – Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
Resident Evil 2 is one of my favourite games of all time, I’ve played it to death over the years. I was more than happy to see that a remake had been announced back in 2015. Finally, it was fully revealed at this year’s E3. Not only that but we got gameplay and a release date of January 2019! To say it looks amazing would feel like an understatement but it should considering it’s using the exact same engine as RES7. From what I have seen, Capcom have done a brilliant job of remaking it in a faithful yet refreshing way.
That concludes my top 20 favourite announcements from E3 2018. What games did I miss? What were your favourites? Starfield? Anthem? Death Stranding? Spiderman? Beyond Good and Evil 2? What a time to be alive.