June 11-13th saw the annual E3 Expo in Los Angeles. Organised by the Entertainment Software Association, E3 is a world-famous video-games convention that hosts the leading games developers to introduce new releases for the coming year. Not only does E3 host the big guns, but allows fans to familiarise with smaller games developers, entertainment companies and shop the merchandise stands. After over 66,000 fans flocked to the LA Convention Center, sadly we weren’t amongst them- but still, we thought we’d share our own insight of E3s press conferences, showing some games that we’re particularly excited about.
1. Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
Since 1998, Nintendo has graced us with the multiplayer fighting crossover world that is Super Smash Bros. Mario, Pokémon, Sonic and Zelda are just some of the characters. 2008 introduced a Wii version, followed by DS and WiiU in 2014, then 2018 brought Smash Bros Ultimate. One of the exciting things gamers found with the 2019 version is the long-awaited addition of Banjo and Kazooie to the team. This game ignites nostalgia in most gaming millennials, what’s not to love? Check out this character video reveal here:
2. Jedi: The Fallen Order
Jedi: the Fallen Order is EAs new Star Wars third-person action adventure for PC, Xbox and Playstation. Its set shortly after Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith. You play as a Jedi ‘Cal’, using the force and a lightsabre in a lot of melee combat whilst evading inquisitors of Emperor Palpatine. 4 hours of EA presentation was admittedly a long time but within that saw a 15-minute gameplay release and it looks very promising! Hopefully the full game will satisfy its potential and please Star Wars fans and gamers.
3. 12 Minutes
After 6 years in the making, 12 Minutes is an indie interactive XBOX/PC thriller set to a timed loop, and is hoping to launch next year. Set in the average home, you, the husband, must change the outcome through the learning the narrative, and try not to be beaten to death by the detective accusing your wife as a murderer. This ‘groundhog-day’ terror is definitely a thinker!
4. Fall Guys
As battle royale games clog the online gaming world, a refreshing party pack from Media Tonic called Fall Guys is set to drop in 2020. The colourful, jelly-bean dudes loosen the intensity of other battle royale and create fun but chaotic gameplay – still leading to a single victor. Either way, it looks cool.
5. Cyberpunk 2077
Undoubtedly, the star of the show was the surprise appearance from Keanu Reeves (arguably the nicest celebrity ever), where he speaks about Xbox’s new launch, Cyberpunk 2077. Keanu Reeves’ breath-taking presence blew up on social media, and we can’t complain.
The RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is set in a dystopian United States in, yes, 2077. V, the customisable first-person character is introduced with a ‘chip’, dealing with the black market and evading the police. The game involves a lot of FPS and allows a variety of development in abilities to a rich narrative. We look forward to what this neon world, V and Johnny (Reeves) has to offer.
E3 this year however was NOT visited by Sony. Why? Just a few weeks before E3 commenced, Sony withdrew from the list, possibly to focus on the new PlayStation console next year? Some of the games we would’ve loved to see from Sony was The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima , but nevermind.
Despite Sonys absence and lack of overall gameplay footage, E3 unleashed some good-looking games and some gnarly surprises last week, we're looking forward to seeing the final results.
See you next year E3