The Top 8 Games of E3 2016

Action, adventure, shooters, horror and role playing

It’s that time of year again. E3 has ended, and the internet is abuzz (and aflame). It’s been quite a task keeping up with all the new trailers and announcements, but it was a lot of fun as well. Below are 8 games I will be keeping an eye on in the coming months. I’ve tried to limit this list to games that were newly announced during this year’s E3 (even though I really want to talk about Legend of Zelda).

1. God Of War

“We’ve already told the story of The Hulk. We want to tell the story of Banner now.” Cory Balrog told IGN. The new God of War’s creative director has sold me on Kratos’ next journey; fatherhood. Along with a move from Greek to Norse mythology, a shift in focus from button-mashing fits of rage to a story-heavy narrative is a welcome change of pace for one of the best action game series of the last decade. The announcement trailer shows off both the narrative and the combat, and IGN’s interview shows how much thought has gone into this project.

2. Crash Bandicoot Remastered Collection

There were rumors that Crash Bandicoot would be at E3, but I expected a similar disappointment to the Spyro Skylanders figure a few years back (and I was still half right). The announcement for Crash 1, 2 and Warped completely caught me off guard. The Playstation 1 platformer was created as a mascot to compete with Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic, but fell to the wayside after the games stagnated during the Playstation 2 era. Whether these games are remakes or remasters is still in the air, but I’m glad the classic series might get another chance.

3. Quake Champions

Id software looks to make a triumphant return following their newest trailer. The original Quake debuted 20 years ago, and is still played competitively. Quake Champions looks to be aiming to bring in players new and old, and Bethesda will support and expand tournaments and leagues beyond Quakecon. I’ve always been interested in the series, and Champions looks might it might be a good starting point.

4. Spider Man

Sony debuted a new Spider-Man game with an epic trailer using in-game footage. Insomniac (The original Spyro trilogy, Ratchet & Clank) is developing this one. The PS4 exclusive is not tied to a movie release (unlike “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its sequel, which are generally regarded as bad). I have a lot of respect for Insomniac Studios, and I think that an action-packed property like Marvel’s is in good hands.

5. Vampyr

This action RPG is based on the 1918 London Spanish flu Pandemic and developed by Dontnod Entertainment (Remember Me and Life is Strange). The trailer introduces a doctor searching for a cure, who happens to have a thirst for blood. Expect a lot of moral choices and consequences, mixed with some progression elements and interesting powers. You can find some more info in IGN’s gameplay showcase here.

6. Days Gone

We can’t have an E3 without a zombie game or two, and the open-world action adventure looks to focus on slaying massive hordes of them. The announcement trailer reminds me of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and loss will be a core theme. The game looks intense, and the gameplay demo has the protagonist running and climbing through a barn, taking moments here and there to thin out some of the ranks. 

7. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (or Biohazard 7: Resident Evil)

And here is the other zombie game, with a twist. In an unexpected move, Capcom will go back to Resident Evil’s survival horror roots… with VR. Horror games seem to be the genre most compatible with the immersive experience, reducing some people to a sobbing mess. Here is the trailer for the demo of the game (which will not be part of the final game at all). Motion sickness seems to be a problem right now, and a non-VR version will be available.

8. Steep

Ubisoft dropped a trailer for their new extreme sports game, reminding me that I don’t like high places (or snow, for that matter). The trailer was made with in-engine footage, and it looks good. Paragliders, wingsuits, skis and snowboards are your ticket down frighteningly high mountains, and the social features for a project like this (sharing routes, crashes, etc.) have a lot of potential. Anyone expecting a spiritual successor to SSX Tricky will likely be disappointed, as Steep has a very realistic feel. Steep will release in December, but a few of the preview reviews (like this one) have me a bit worried.