With so many new game franchises as well as sequels announced so far at E3 2013, we’ve decided to roundup all of the biggest titles for you right here, and will dive into each one separately.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe first trailer shown at Microsoft’s keynote address, MGS V appears to be one of the best examples of what the new hardware can do. The game looked absolutely gorgeous, and it needed to be, with this being the first open-world version of the Metal Gear series. Many of the new stealth tactics were shown off including the new cast of characters. The third person stealth-action game which runs on the FOX engine will be released alongside the Xbox One.
Dead Rising 3
While DR2 wasn’t what many would call a commercial success, Capcom has decided to go ahead and give the franchise the trilogy treatment, and introduce truly open-world gameplay to the series for the first time as well. As an Xbox One exclusive, you will now be able to craft weapons on the go, drive vehicles to new sections of the city, and take out thousands of zombies along the way. While this isn’t a wholehearted departure from the norm for Dead Rising (like it was for MGS), it still seems to be an interesting new element to the game, but lacking the charm of the original installment.
Developed by Respawn Studios (a group of former employees from Infinity Ward), not much was known about Titanfall. The teaser trailer didn’t show off much gameplay, but gave us a glimpse into the war-torn world that it is set in. Also, you pilot giant mechs with lots of guns. What more is there to say?
Star Wars Battlefront
Oh yes they did. Many thought that EA wouldn’t listen to the fans and would likely only develop backend Star Wars titles, fanboys are now ready to throw money at the company because Star Wars Battlefront has been confirmed. The mega-popular series was thought to be dead as of a few years ago due to legal troubles, but we got a short 30-second teaser trailer that showed an AT-AT stepping on a Hoth speeder. We know that the game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine and will be developed by DICE, so there are incredibly high expectations. IF they even come close to what they were able to produce for Battlefield 3 multiplayer, they are sure to have many rabid fans at their doorstep.
Speaking of Battlefield, not only did we get a view of the Battlefield 4 campaign but we were lucky enough to get a 6-minute demo of live 64-player Battlefield 4 multiplayer. If you liked Battlefield 3, you’re in for a treat. Commander mode makes a resurgence, as well as a highly destructible environment that many fans felt was missing from Battlefield 3. We saw a skyscraper that you have to take an elevator to get to the top of come crashing down due to repeated tank fire. That destructible enough for ya?
Mirrors Edge 2
Another game that the fans have been clamoring for, Mirrors Edge 2 was officially announced. But with no official release date and hardly any new information leaked other than that of its existence, we are all still hungry for details. EA has said that it will be coming to next-generation consoles “when it’s ready”. So hurry up and wait already.
Another Xbox One exclusive, almost everyone saw this one coming. Kinect support, a McLaren partnership (with one of their cars live on stage), beautiful scenery, and ultra-realistic design, Forza 5 is shaping up to be the most realistic driving simulator yet.
Ryse: Son of Rome
A game that has been a bit under the radar, the Xbox One exclusive (as well as launch title) was shown in full force. A large gameplay demo showing a castle siege complete with Roman soldiers and ships was displayed. Epic environments, brutal executions, and the true grit of ancient war seemed to be the themes of the game. A third person hack-and-slash, Ryse may be one of Microsoft’s greatest assets as an exclusive title. There was said to be Kinect support for the game as well although that wasn’t shown, but many imagined that you would hold your controller up (acting as your shield in game) and be able to throw javelins with your free hand registered by Kinect. An extremely interesting gameplay mechanic, which could be one of the key points in this winter’s battle of the consoles.
A final Xbox One exclusive, we were also treated to a teaser trailer for the next Halo game. While we don’t even know what the game will be called, it’s probably safe to assume it will simply be Halo 5. Developed again by 343 Industries, Halo 5 is likely to be the other major talking point for swaying customers to the Xbox One this November.
An online, open-world action-RPG, Tom Clancy’s: The Division is almost an attempt at an MMO. David Polfeldt, managing director at Ubisoft Massive has said “We wanted a lighter game than World of Warcraft. I’m not calling The Division an MMO”. However, there are many similarities. Using the studios own Snowdrop engine, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 third-person multiplayer shooter will be out this fall.
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