So E3 this year has been pretty freakin’ awesome, with presenters Bethesda, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Square Enix all offering great upcoming game lineups (some admittedly more hyped for than others). I’ve been in video game heaven for the past three days. Here’s a rundown of some of my most anticipated games that have been presented at E3 2015.
I fell in love with the art style and the world of the first Dishonored game and have been holding out for a sequel ever since I played it, so the pre-E3 news leak seemingly confirming the existence of Dishonored 2 was very welcome news. Then came the actual Bethesda conference, where the above trailer was debuted, and we found out Dishonored 2 will let you play as EMILY FUCKING KALDWIN. Or Corvo. He’s playable again too. But Emily fucking Kaldwin.
Not only that, but the game will be set in Serkonos, the homeland of Corvo (and Daud! Cross your fingers for a cameo, please). Here’s the basic plot synopsis:
Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the Lord Regent has been vanquished and the dreaded Rat Plague has passed into history. An otherworldly usurper has seized the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance. As either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca — a once-dazzling coastal city that holds the key to restoring Emily to power. Armed with the mark of the Outsider and powerful new supernatural abilities, hunt down your enemies and forever alter the fate of the Empire. [Gamespot]
Literally all I wanted from Dishonored 2 before this conference was for it to heavily feature Emily and to be able to go to Serkonos, and here we are, getting BOTH. #blessed
Dishonored 2 is set for release Spring 2016, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (!!!)
Okay, I’m gonna try my hardest to do this without screaming. During Sony’s press conference Monday night, a long, long, long-awaited remake for Final Fantasy VII was announced to much applause and crying and Twitter/Tumblr keysmashing. There’s no release date yet, of course, but we did get this gorgeous announcement trailer, with a deep-voiced narrator who put words to what everyone’s been thinking:
“Long ago, we looked upon a foreboding sky. The memory of the star that threatened all burns eternal in our hearts. In its wake came an age of silence. Yet with each fond remembrance, we knew those encountered were not forgotten, that someday we would see them again. Perhaps it was no more than wishful thinking, but after the long calm, there are now the beginnings of a stir. The reunion at hand may bring joy. It may bring fear. But let us embrace whatever it brings. For they are coming back.
At last, the promise has been made.”
It’s finally happening, guys! Our prayers and constant bitching and blood sacrifices have been answered! Everything is sunshine and rainbows and nothing could possibly go wro- OH GOD, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE THAT SCENE IN HD.
(Hey, at least I made it to the end before resorting to caps lock.)
Here’s the other big one everyone’s talking about. The presentation for Fallout 4 was downright glorious, chock full of details and gameplay; we got to take a look at the character creator (similar to The Sims 4, where you can click and drag to adjust your character’s features), crafting systems (apparently everything you can interact with in the game world can be movable and craftable, and there are a plethora of weapons and power armor upgrades to make), and Minecraft-esque settlement building (which you’ll need to defend from raiders).
The game begins just before the end of the world, as your character manages to survive all the bombings, makes their way into Vault 111, then emerges from it 200 years later as its only survivor.
Also announced during Bethesda’s press conference: a special pre-order of Fallout 4 that comes with its very own wearable Pip-boy you can stick your phone into and show off to all passersby. I need one. I need one like I need to breathe.
Fallout 4 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 10, 2015.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
MASS EFFECT MASS EFFECT MASS EFFECT. I’m still working my way through the first trilogy but holy shit is it good, and holy shit do I want the fourth one. Here’s an excerpt of Bioware’s “Introducing Mass Effect: Andromeda” blog post, which you can read in its entirety here:
“While we aren’t ready to go into too many details just yet, as you saw in the trailer and can tell by the name, [Mass Effect 4] is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy. You will play a human, male or female, though that’s actually not the character you saw in the trailer (more on that later). You’ll be exploring an all-new galaxy, Andromeda, and piloting the new and improved Mako you saw. And through it all, you will have a new team of adventurers to work with, learn from, fight alongside of, and fall in love with.”
Mass Effect 4 is scheduled for release Holiday 2016. See you soon, space cowboy.
Kingdom Hearts III
Gameplay! Sora all grown up and with a snazzy outfit! Goofy’s little voice shouting “come on”! THE POWERFUL BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP! It’s so bright and colorful and I don’t even care that we didn’t get anything big in the way of details — just that it’s being released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with no actual date set (and I don’t expect we’ll get one for a long time.)
Also, apparently we’re going to go to “Tangled World”? My niece will be happy about that, I guess.
Horizon Zero Dawn
“Horizon Zero Dawn is set in a lush, beautiful open world where nature has reclaimed the ruins of a forgotten civilization. It is a world where mankind is not the dominant species, and highly advanced machines sit at the top of the food chain. You play as Aloy, a young outcast from a tribal society, who has learned to hunt the machines. Intent on unraveling the many mysteries that surround her, Aloy embarks on a quest that will lead her to discover her own destiny.
Along the way, Aloy will face off against an entire menagerie of machines – some traveling in herds, others roaming in solitude, all of them presenting a formidable danger. You will need to learn their behaviors, attack patterns and weak points in order to survive. You must use the beautiful environments to your advantage, and employ stealth, agility, and cunning to approach your prey unseen.” [Playstation.Blog]
I mean, boss female protagonist, gorgeous locations, interesting sounding world-building, and robot dinosaurs? Say no more.
Horizon Zero Dawn is scheduled for a 2016 release.
This game is on here purely because Yarn Man(otherwise known as Martin Salin of Coldwood Interactive) was so adorably passionate about his game that I couldn’t help but feel strongly towards it as well. The trailer for Unravel has a sense of hope and wonder to it that I just loved.
“Unravel is a puzzle platformer where you play as a little character made of yarn that unravels as you move. The yarn represents love and the bonds that we make, and it unravels because that’s what happens when we’re separated from what we love.
In this game, you are the red thread that runs through someone’s life, trying to tie all their missing pieces back together… [it’s] centered on Yarny, this little character who’s on a big journey accomplishing big things despite being so small.”
You sold me on this, Yarn Man.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
“The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society. Now an experienced covert-agent, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming soon on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. #CantKillProgress”
Expanding on what we’ve seen in the previously released trailer, the new E3 trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided offers us in-game footage, more characters, and a deeper glimpse into the increasingly anti-augmentation populace. “Coming soon” apparently means early 2016, so we’ll get to try out Adam’s fancy black triangle shield in a few short months.
Hands up if you got sad when the robo-dog died. (If your hand’s not up right now you are LYING.)
ReCore is an upcoming Xbox exclusive (nooo) coming from Armature Studios, about a young girl and her badass crew of robots with big blue cores who fight against bigger, meaner robots with big red cores. This cinematic trailer is our first glimpse of the game so again, details are scant, but what the trailer does show is that dogs, even robot ones, are the most loyal of all creatures and should be cherished like the precious beautiful little angels that they are.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
More female protagonists! ALL THE FEMALE PROTAGONISTS. FEMALE PROTAGONISTS FOR EVERYTHING 2K15.
I kid, I kid
sort of. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, the follow-up (prequel?) to DICE’s Mirror’s Edge, is a free-roaming first-person parkour platforming game billed as the origin story of Faith as she rebels against an evil corporation.
“What would life be like if we willingly gave away our privacy? What would our world look like if there were no governments, only corporations? Who would save us from our oppressors? From ourselves? Could a young woman, without any superpowers, be a catalyst for change?
Meet Faith, a young, carefree runner living on the rooftops of the city of Glass. She is a fierce daredevil, graceful and elegant, and as efficient as she is powerful.” [X]
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released for PlayStation, Xbox One, and PC on February 23, 2016.
Mad Max: Eye of the Storm
I have not been able to shut up about Mad Max: Fury Road since I’ve seen it (all three times that I’ve seen it), so of course I’m going to be interested in this with all its explosions and bitchin’ cars and War Boys and a tyrant baddie named — I shit you not — Scrotus. Eye of the Storm has a different story line than Fury Road and thus, sadly, doesn’t feature Goddess Furiosa, but the game looks just as ridiculously action-packed and brutal as you’d expect a Mad Max title to be.
Mad Max: Eye of the Storm will be available September 1, 2015 for PlayStation, PC, and Xbox One.
What are your most anticipated titles to come out of this year’s E3? Let me know in the comments!