With E3 officially under way, the pre-shows have finished with some huge announcements! In previous years the focus has been split between games and consoles. But with no new consoles rumoured to be coming out, the focus is solely on the games - although nothing can be assumed at E3 as it also surprises you! Here are our top games that have a mention at E3!
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Little is known about this game but if the Witcher series (CD Projekt RED) is anything to go off then you can expect it to be beautiful with in-depth stories. What we do know is it’s set in a dark futuristic Night City in the year 2077 and that it will focus solely on single player. It will be based around advanced technologies, with them being described as “the salvation and the curse of humanity”. Only time will tell if Cyberpunk 2077 will live up to the hype of the Witcher series, and if it’ll be just as good!
2. 11-11: Memories Retold
With a lot of war games around currently, Aardman, Bandai and DigixArt have teamed up for this new title. The focus, like Detroit: Become Human, isn’t on gameplay but that of the story and narrative and we got given a glimpse of the two main voice actors - Elijah Woods and Sebastian Koch. In the latest trailer, Harry (voiced by Elijah) and Kurt (Sebastian) come face-to-face in our first look at the beautifully painter style world that they have created. Let’s hope that this game’s release gets a better reception than that of Detroit!
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. This will probably change over the course of E3 but here is what we do know: The game will centre around vault 76, Fallout 3 & 4 have mentioned the vault but we’ve never visited it in any of the previous games. With it being rumoured to take place in the year 2102 it will be taking place much earlier that the other fallout universes - however, this vault is also to be rumoured to be a vault that would be opened 20 years after a nuclear blast.
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
With the 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 who is an outlaw a part of the Van der Linde gang. With a bigger map, it will still focus on exploration, shoot-outs, heists and hunting but you will have more responsibility on the world around you. There is also hints that there will be more than one playable character - which is pretty awesome!
Not so good is the rumours 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 successful - including things like Grand Operations which will be bigger than BF1. As well as multiplayer, they have focused on single player too. With not much being known, the bits we do know sound promising, such as EA will tell stories that aren’t familiar to players. One of the stories they do 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, such as: health doesn’t regenerate after a certain point unless you are assisted, anyone can save a squadmate, 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 may just be welcome. There have been other issues that plagues the announcement - female soldiers. Women like Nancy Wake fought in WWII, Lyudmila Pavlichenko is the most successful female sniper in history - she killed 309 people. It’s good to see DICE stick with the female soldiers and not change it based on a hashtag formed by some angry gamers.
6. The Last of Us Part 2
We all remember the trailer from last year, the player will be Ellie instead of Joel and it’ll focus 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 games story. It’ll also be good to get to know this side of Ellie and see how her character developed in the time since we last saw her - which was 6 years ago now.
BioWare’s Anthem is a beautiful world, it features javelins - these cool jetpacks/suits that allow you to explore the environment from above. They also make the wearer have superhuman abilities and come in four types: Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor and Storm. It has its uses in battles too, it has the capabilities and capacity for rockets. Hopefully EA showcases a bit more of the story and why the world they inhabit is so hostile!
8. Death Stranding
There is no information about what this game is actually about but what we do know is that Norman Reedus is cast as Sam Bridges and other characters include Lea Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner. We know that he seems to be some sort of delivery man and that there are invisible creatures that can kill you - oh and to see these you need to wear a spacial backpack. It's been 2 years since the first announcement and each trailer just adds more questions and no answers, we will 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!