Every year, the gaming industry holds its largest event, the Electronics Entertainment Expo. This year’s event took place from June 12 to 14, and many exciting games were announced or detailed. Here are some of my standout titles this year.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
It’s on everyone’s list right now, so let’s save the surprises for later. The next entry in Nintendo’s record breaking Smash series will include every single playable character thus far, along with some new ones. New additions like Ridley and the Splatoon Inklings bring the current roster to 68. Ultimate isn’t a port of the Wii U’s Smash, but is built with an brand new engine. Nintendo is also keeping the competitive scene in mind this time around by removing some contentious mechanics like tripping.
Smash Bros. fights its way to Switch December 18.
Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man has the potential to be what the Arkham series was for Batman. A promising story featuring a more experienced Peter Parker and a fresh take on combat and web swinging could make this the open world Superhero game of this generation.
Spider Man swings onto PS4 September 7.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Get ready to throw your controllers with From Software’s next game. Twisting the “Souls” formula, adding a Japanese ninja theme, grappling hook and bringing the difficulty up to 11 is sure to interest many hardcore gamers. (At least until somebody inevitably breaks the game with a crazy speedrun.)
Be prepared to die sometime in 2019.
Resident Evil 2
Capcom’s critically successful Resident Evil 7 marked a return to the series’ survival horror roots, selling over 5 million copies. In this remaster, players return to Raccoon City as either Claire Redfield or newbie cop Leon Kennedy (before becoming Capcom’s action hero). With updated graphics, controls, adaptive difficulty, and a more fleshed out story.
Resident Evil 2 shuffles out on January 25, 2019.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
In the final game of Crystal Dynamic’s reboot trilogy, Lara Croft Rambos her way through Mexico and Peru while trying to prevent an apocalypse. The return of the grapple as well as expanded stealth mechanics and melee combat will make Lara deadlier than ever. Challenge tombs make a return, and are larger and deadlier than before.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider explores PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 14.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Sora, Donald and Goofy return for one last adventure featuring more worlds and characters from Disney, Pixar and Final Fantasy. Featuring a (final) mix of combat features from side entries in the series, Kingdom Hearts 3 should tie up the convoluted plot in this long running JRPG series. (At least until the expanded version.)