So, once again, E3 is over for another year. We were greeted with some exciting hardware announcements, Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, and lots of fantastic games. Now that the dust has settled on the event, we took a poll of all our Xbox Enthusiasts to see which games got us most excited. After the verbal slurs and in-fighting, we set about using some complex algebra (and thumb-wars) to bring you this definitive list of our top 5 games that were at the show. Without further ado, here are the top 5 games shown at E3 in the opinion of our Xbox Enthusiasts.
5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
Prior to E3 we had not really seen any gameplay footage of this new entry into the Mass Effect series, and moving on from E3 will still haven’t really seen any gameplay footage. What we do know is that it is a complete break from the Mass Effect trilogy that we have all come to know and love. This new game will be set in an entirely different galaxy, the titular Andromeda galaxy (the closest large galaxy to our own Milky Way). We’ll be making some new friends as well, Shepard, Garrus, Wrex and your other favourites from the previous games won’t be featured but we have to imagine that at least some of the alien races will still make an appearance. With the game scheduled to arrive in March next year, here’s hoping that we finally see some gameplay at Gamescom or Paris Games Week.
4. We Happy Few
Compulsion Games burst onto the gaming scene with the clever 2D/3D platformer ‘Contrast’. The game had a few technical glitches and issues, but the atmosphere, story, and gameplay showed that this was a team to keep an eye on. Their second game, We Happy Few, looks to surpass that game in every way. This new game is a survival rogue-like, where you have must learn to hide in plain sight among the Joy-happy citizens of Wellington Wells, a fictional 1960s retrofuturistic city. Like Contrast, this game has a very distinctive style, though the graphics have had an impressive boost from that game. What most impresses us about this game though is the atmosphere, reminding us of the sense of brooding that we experienced in Bioshock, not everything is what it appears. We Happy Few will hopefully be spreading its own joy when it joins the Xbox Preview Program some time next month.
3. Gears of War 4
Microsoft’s second biggest franchise gets its first new entry on the Xbox One. Last year we got a taste of what The Coalition could do with the franchise in the shape of ‘Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’. This year though they begin to shape the franchise and show where the future of the series is headed. The Microsoft E3 press conference gave us a better look at what we can expect when the game arrives on 11th October this year. The footage showed J.D. Fenix (son of Marcus from the original trilogy), Del, and Kait battling against the new enemy ‘The Swarm’. Cool new weapons were shown as well as some amazing weather effects (both practical and graphical). Horde Mode 3.0 has also been confirmed, so come October you can expect us to be revving our chainsaws in anticipation.
2. Sea of Thieves
The real question about Sea of Thieves is whether it’s being made by the Rare that we know under Microsoft, or by the Rare that created numerous classics for Nintendo. What we do know though is that the game is an open-world pirate game with a significant focus on multiplayer. While it has been confirmed that you can play the game on your own it has clearly been designed to be experienced with teammates (or ship I say shipmates). The world is uniquely Rare, with the darkness of the situations being hidden in a bright colourful world. We have no idea when the game is going to come out, it’s unlikely to be this year, though we wouldn’t be at all surprised to get news later this year of a beta for the game. The possibility that this could be Rare back on top form truly excites us, and almost launches the game to the top of this list, almost . . .
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Interestingly ReCore wasn’t top of anyone’s votes for this top 5, but it did receive more votes that any other game (two 2nd places, as well as a 3rd and 4th place). Coming into E3 the only thing that we knew about the game was the superstar team behind it and the short trailer shown at last year’s event. This year we got a proper look at the gameplay, with a demonstration in the press conference as well as the game being playable on the show floor. The game turns out to be a third person action adventure game with some interesting mechanics where you change the colour of your shots to kill different enemies. Of course the robotic stars of the previous trailer are also here in force, including the robot dog, a robot ape, and a robot spider. While we are a little concerned that the $40 price tag suggests a smaller title, we are still very excited to play the whole game; fortunately we will only have to wait until September for release.
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So that’s our top 5. Do you agree with us? Did we miss anything? Feel free to share your choices in the comments below.