With E3 officially under way, the pre-shows have finished with some huge announcements. It's looking like an exceptionally strong year for incumbent fan favourites, highly anticipated new AAA's and more... Here's a run down of our top games.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Little is known about this game but if the Witcher series (CD Projekt RED) is anything to go by, we can expect it to be beautiful, with in-depth stories and grown up themes. It’s set in a dark, futuristic Night City in the year 2077 and will focus solely on single player. The game will be based around advanced technologies, described as “the salvation and the curse of humanity”. Robots seems to be a big trend currently, it'll be great to see this alternate universe play out. Only time will tell if Cyberpunk 2077 will live up to the hype of the Witcher series, Mike Pondmsmith's original Universe and of course, the brutally high consumer expectations.
2. 11-11: Memories Retold
With a lot of war games around currently, Aardman, Bandai and DigixArt have teamed up for this exciting new title. The focus, like Detroit: Become Human, is on story and narrative not fighting, and we were teased with a glimpse of the two main voice actors - Elijah Woods and Sebastian Koch. In the latest trailer, Harry (Wood) and Kurt (Koch) come face-to-face, in our first look at the beautifully painter style world that they have created.
3. Fallout 76
Bethesda’s announcement for a new Fallout came as a surprise, with not much being known about the game ahead of E3. What we do know is that the game will centre around vault 76. Fallout 3 & 4 have mentioned this vault, but we’ve never visited it in any of the previous games. Rumoured to take place in the year 2102, the game is set much earlier that the other fallout universes - however, this vault is also to be rumoured opened 20 years after a nuclear blast. The music, Country Roads, is a big giveaway to this vaults location - Virginia. It'll be great to see if this will just be a multiplayer game or a more traditional instalment to the well established franchise.
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
With release just around the corner, we already know quite a bit about Rockstar's newest game. It’s a prequel to the first Red Dead and is set 12 years before the events of RDR1, focusing on Arthur Morgan - an outlaw member of the Van der Linde gang. With a bigger map, it will still focus on exploration, shoot-outs, heists and hunting. There are also hints at more than one playable character - which is pretty awesome!
Causing a stir is the rumour that it will include paywalls; we will have to wait until October to find out for ourselves!
5. Battlefield 5
EA’s new game Battlefield 5 is set during WW2 and will build on what made BF1 so successful - including things like Grand Operations, which will be bigger than BF1. The focus is on both single and multi-player. Not much is currently known, but what we do know sound promising. One of the stories EA will focus on is set in Norway and follows a soldier fighting for his life during the German occupation. The gameplay in BF5 hints at major changes. Health doesn’t regenerate after a certain point unless you are assisted, anyone can save a squad-mate, enemies can’t be marked by the spotting system and ammo reserves have been massively reduced.
These changes may be controversial for some, but for others they'll be welcome. Other issues have plagued the announcement - female soldiers. A dumb position to take, in our eyes: Women like Nancy 'White Mouse' Wake fought the Nazi's with the French resistance, demonstrating herculean abandon for her own well-being and Lyudmila Pavlichenko who was one of the deadliest snipers in history, killing 309 enemy soldiers (to name just two in two seconds). It’s good to see DICE stick with the female soldiers, proving they won't be swayed by the hash-attacking of angry gamers who may need to read a bit more- to be honest.
6. The Last of Us Part 2
We all remember the trailer from last year; you'll play as Ellie instead of Joel and the focus is on hate, rather than love. It features a darker story and much more violence, but Sony have confirmed they want to talk about the Last Of Us Part 2 in more depth. It’ll be interesting to understand why Ellie is full of hate and revenge and what the trailer’s violence means to the game's story. It’ll also be good to get to know this side of Ellie and see how her character developed since we last saw her 6 years ago.
BioWare’s Anthem is a beautiful world packed with cool features, including javelins - jetpacks/Jaegers that allow you to explore the environment from above. They give the wearer superhuman abilities, and come in four types: Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor and Storm. Javelins have their uses in battles too, with the capability and capacity for rockets and as much wanton destruction as England winning the world cup this Summer would bring. Hopefully EA will showcase more of the story and explain why the world they inhabit is so hostile!
8. Death Stranding
Information about the game is low on the ground, but what we do know has made the internet buzz. Norman Reedus plays Sam Bridges, a delivery man of some sorts and he carries a baby around in a glass jar.. for reasons as yet undetermined. We have heard patterings a world that suffers shared, persistent damage based on your actions - which is pretty cool! It raises the question of what happens if you change the world - like adding a crater, where somebody has built something - like a house! (Kay we don't expect to be re-settling and re-building Concord out here, but who knows!) It's been 2 years since the first announcement, each trailer adds new questions and none get answered... We'll have to wait for release to see what the game is!
9. Elder Scrolls 6
We know nothing about this, but who cares? We’re already excited!