It’s that time of the year again when gaming takes center stage in the biggest video game convention ever, E3. So far, there’s been a lot of reboots and remasters, announcements of games we thought would become vaporware, and virtual reality everywhere. Which game are you looking forward to adding in your video game backlog? (Because let’s face it, our gaming backlog tends to pile up because #adulting gets in the way.)
1) Hideo Kojima x Norman Reedus
After the ill-fated Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro video game collaboration Silent Hills was ultimately cancelled (R.I.P. you beautiful survival horror game, you were too good for this earthly existence), Kojima once again rises from the ashes to give us Death Stranding. The game features a CG version of The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus as the main character, whom we caught a glimpse of in the PT demo (and who for some reason is naked in the trailer). Looks like it’s gonna be another intense story-driven mindfuck.
2) Link Gets A Breath of Fresh Air
After releasing several remastered editions, playing bit roles in Super Smash Bros., and some crossover games—we finally get a real The Legend of Zelda title for the Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features cel-shaded graphics, a vast open world, and some stellar voice acting. Plus, Epona makes an appearance. All dem Zelda feels right here.
3) Resident Evil Gets The VR Treatment
The RE series returns to its horror roots with an immersive VR-compatible, first-person game where you explore a dimly-lit abandoned shack. While we’re kinda bummed that Chris Redfield and the ass-kicking crew aren’t in the game (so far), it’s a step in the right direction. And by the way, did you know that it’s been 20 years since the first Resident Evil game was released? Damn.
4) Kratos Grows A Beard
THIS IS SPARTA!!! Oh wait, that’s Kratos who’s gotten scruffier to prolly appeal to the lumbersexual market. In the new God of War demo, which aired during the Sony press con, we see a Norse-themed environment where Kratos plays daddy daycare to his son (A.K.A. BOY, said loudly in all caps). In the demo, they do some father-son bonding time by killing creatures in the forest. We’re not certain whether it’s the same deity-destroying game we’ve come to know or the premise to some schmoopy Oscar-bait family movie.
5) The Last Guardian Lives!
We’ve waited, never gave up hope, and held on (Much like you did with your crush). Around three to four years since its first announcement, we finally see a full-length trailer for this upcoming Team Ico game. And from the looks of it, this story about a boy and his mythical creature is gonna be one gut-wrenching playthrough. One thing’s clear: The Last Guardian is now a reality and it’s coming out on October 25, 2016. Now if only your crush would love you in return.
6) VR Me Up, Scotty
Cementing the fact that E3 2016 is all about virtual reality, we’ve got another game utilizing the next-gen tech: Star Trek: Bridge Crew. With co-op games like Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator and Spaceteam, it was only a matter of time until Star Trek took a crack at the spaceship simulator genre. You can now boss, ahem, lead your friends to victory in the Starship Enterprise. Bonus? Trekkies were given a treat during E3 by watching Star Trek actors (from the old series and the new movie) like Levar Burton, Jeri Ryan, and Karl Urban to test the game.
7) Call of Duty…In Space!!!
Guess they got sick of zombie mode. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare takes us to a more futuristic setting where they chuck the CG soldiers into outer space. Can you say anti-gravity mode? Expect floating, fighting, mayhem.
8) Microsoft’s Badass Boast
Microsoft wants to give Sony a run for its money in the console wars by announcing “Project Scorpio” at E3. Touted as the most powerful video game console in the market, Project Scorpio will feature eyeball-melting 4K graphics and high-end VR ready capabilities. We’re guessing it’s also trying to grab at the PC Master Race market as well.
9) Mass Effect New Game +
We say goodbye to Commander Shepard and hello to Ryder in Mass Effect: Andromeda, which follows a different group of people. Oh, and the Mako, the all-terrain ride introduced in the first ME game makes a comeback.
10) Crash Bandicoot, Bitch!
WE TOTALLY CALLED IT! Ever since that li’l Uncharted 4 easter egg, we kinda got an inkling that Crash would make its return. The gaming industry really knows how to dig themselves deep inside our money pockets ’cause we’ve got not one, not two, but three Crash Bandicoot remasters. There will be remakes of PlayStation One era games like Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot—the holy trinity of the franchise. Oh, and did we mention that Crash is a special character in Skylanders: Imaginators? You know, because the exploitation of '90s nostalgia never ends?