With E3 2014 almost a week behind us, we’ve decided it is already time to look back. Between Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and the other games highlighted throughout the show, there was a lot to talk about. Too much, in fact, that it is about time to get to the point. We had a discussion and decided our favorite games of this E3 2014.
Let’s take a look:
Tom Clancy’s The Division
If you ask me, there was no better game presented at E3 than Tom Clancy’s The Division. I was already really excited for the game before, but between the new gameplay and the fantastic trailer they showed off, I’m chomping at the bit for 2015. I love the look of the cooperative play, getting a few friends together and heading out into the ruined streets of New York. The gameplay I’ve seen has shown off great teamwork tactics, like synchronized stealth movement and flanking tactics. I’m a bit on the fence still about the player who uses a tablet to be a little drone, but it’s got promise. And then there’s the trailer, oh man. My degree in advertising went wild when the visuals worked so well with their line “tragedy is invisible.” That line made the trailer so much more powerful and it touched on a very real human emotion, we don’t like to acknowledge awful things happening. I can’t wait to get into the game and help bring back hope to the fallen America.
Ryan (News Editor)
For whatever reason, E3 2014 didn’t really interest me. Sure, there were some great games that got some even better trailers (along with new details, etc), but there weren’t that many new reveals that got my jimmies all sorts of rustled. That means I am going to have to go with a previously announced title, one of which I more than likely wasn’t very enamored with when it was revealed. So, how about we go with Tom Clancy’s The Division. Everything about this game screams awesome, whether it be the tactical squad-based gameplay, the open world or the cool story behind it. Plus I mean, who didn’t get all messed up while watching that E3 trailer during Ubisoft’s conference? Tom Clancy’s The Division is what I (and I’m assuming many other people) want from the next generation.
My top game for E3 2014 has to be Destiny. The team that created Halo is showing that they have another a trick up there sleeve even if it shares some similarities with the Halo series. I definitely love the character creation mechanic and the leveling system. If I could describe the game I would say that its pretty much like Borderlands meets Halo and I couldn’t be any happier. The graphics look beautiful and the gameplay is solid, Destiny is really going to be hard to beat this fall. Hopefully we will get a more full featured Beta sometime before then so we can see what the combat is like with vehicles, Which has always been a strong suit for Bungie. In the Beta we get a glance at the possibility of vehicle customization so that should be fun as well.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
While there are many honourable mentions, the game that most caught my attention this E3 was Halo: Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One. Halo has long been one of my most cherished franchises and I’m absolutely blown away by the amount of content Microsoft is giving us on one disc — all four Master Chief games completely unlocked from the get go, every multi-player map ever made (Beaver Creek on the Xbone, baby!), episodic digital TV show Halo: Nightfall, and a ticket to the 2015 Halo: Guardians beta. Not since Orange Box has there been this much value in a single retail release as Microsoft and 343 could have easily decided to split this up over multiple releases and charge full price for it. Instead, they chose to show that they are now all about the gamers and the games, and I can’t wait to start blasting n00bs who’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing Halo 2’s multi-player in it’s original splendour.
No Man’s Sky
While a lot of games impressed me this E3 (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Bloodborne), the game that impressed me most was one that I least expected. Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky was confirmed to be a PS4 exclusive, working from the team’s great relationship with Sony. During the Sony Presser, a trailer was revealed that gave shape to just how impressive No Man’s Sky is. Randomly generated everything, an MMO style environment, seamless transition from planet to planet, all from an extraordinarily small team. If No Man’s Sky isn’t my most anticipated to play (though it is certainly up there), it is definitely my most anticipated to know more about.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Believe me, I tried to not get entangled with RPG titles this E3 but I just couldn’t help myself when Xenoblade Chronicles X was shown, both with a trailer and with gameplay footage, and marked itself as ONE of the games that’s is seriously making me consider a Wii U purchase. I never got a chance with Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii so I’m pretty glad that we’ll be getting its spiritual successor right from the get-go. As if the vast, expansive world and the awesome-looking battle system – both elements of which are from the previous title – wasn’t enough for me, an epic-looking sci-fi plot and the return of mechas also piqued my interest. Take my money now!
What was your top E3 pick? Leave a comment below!