Another E3 is coming to a close, which has left our writing staff with one simple question: What the hell are we going to be playing throughout the next year?
Joshua Silverman (Creative Director)
Going into E3 2015 I felt that I knew exactly what games I’d be hopping on the hype train for: the next Mass Effect, anything Kingdom Hearts, No Man’s Sky, and maybe Halo 5. Sure, some of my predictions stayed true, but as a whole, this E3 left me pleasantly surprised.
First off, let’s talk my obvious choice of MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA, because holy shit am I on board to find out who this supposed “Pathfinder” is and what makes him tick. Who is that in the N7 armor in the trailer? What’s up with our exploring the Andromeda galaxy? These and more questions are pulling me forward through to Holiday 2016. KINGDOM HEARTS III has been on my radar for so long at this point that it’s amazing it can still pull at my heartstrings so effortlessly. To date I’ve yet to find a Kingdom Hearts title that I did not at least like, if not love, so hearing the music play along with the sound of a keyblade battle during the recent trailer was a thing of beauty. Add to that the game’s inclusion of Disney’s Tangled, plus what appears to be some degree of open world exploration, and you have the recipe to control my heart. UNRAVEL. What can I say about Unravel that I and others haven’t already said at length? The game looks visually stunning. Martin Sahlin, the game’s Creative Director, may be the most endearing game developer I’ve ever seen. This is a game that I feel I must play, if only to truly feel connected with Yarny, as well as myself.
FALLOUT 4 at first was the biggest shock of E3 for me, as it’s well-known that I utterly hated Fallout 3 and never even considered playing Fallout New Vegas, despite my stepfather’s near-obsessive love of the game. That being said, listening to Todd Howard discuss the game at Bethesda’s press conference completely sold me on Fallout 4. Between the impressive visuals, the use of a spoken character, the ability to build a settlement, and the vastly improved looking gameplay it’s no surprise that Fallout 4 is topping most people’s most anticipated list. I’ll even give FALLOUT SHELTER, the mobile app out now on iOS an honorable mention, but that’s purely because I’m an Android user.
My final choice is one that still, nearly 72 hours after its debut (to me at least) is leaving me positively enamored by its mere mention: FIREWATCH. Firewatch is something that purely in description I would never have expected to fall in love with. A first person game where you play a man dealing with marriage difficulties, so you move out into the middle of the forest in Wyoming to live alone in a tower and watch out for fires. Seriously, nothing about that sounds appealing to me, yet I’ve sat and watched the game’s E3 2015 trailer a dozen times, as well as its GDC 2015 walkthrough at least half as many. The game has amazing visuals and some of the best voice acting and writing I’ve witnessed in years. Someone needs to get me a copy of Firewatch soon, because otherwise I’m going to lose my mind and have to move out into the wilderness for real.
Sarah Christian (GlitchFeed Executive Producer)
There were a lot of big announcements at E3, and I already feel the pains that my wallet will be going through this holiday season and beyond. HITMAN is a franchise I’ve yet to experience, but with the sandbox assassination trailer that was featured during Square Enix, it leaped to the top of my list for holiday purchases. I still can’t get over the fact that there is no set path for taking out the target – you can literally go anywhere and use anything to accomplish your goal. Tease me an open world full of choices, and you will have me hook, line, and sinker. Another open-world title caught my eye even before it was showcased at E3. I’m talking about FALLOUT 4, of course! The franchise has always been a favorite of mine, and when they started to tease the crafting elements, I knew I was done for.
Thaddeus Adams (Game Reviewer)
Brian McDaniel (Director of Marketing)
Tom Stapley (Game Reviewer)
I’ve only recently started playing the Fallout games and from what I’ve played from Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, it’s a series that I’ve missed out on. From what has been revealed at E3, FALLOUT 4 isn’t linear and allows freedom for the player as well as a new build function that will surely keep me entertained for hours. On the opposite end of building is destruction and no game showed that off like JUST CAUSE 3. Explosions that are affected by physics and a vibrant world to explore; of course more things to do with that grapple hook that will end in interesting and sometimes amusing ways, which had me hooked from the moment I saw the trailer, no pun intended.
Of course blowing thing up is fun, but exploration is what always peaks my interest. NO MAN’S SKY is the game I always wanted, but never existed, until now. I always thought it would be cool to explore the universe in my own ship, while even naming planets that I discovered. Now that it is confirmed that it’s being released on PC, I’m even more excited.
I haven’t seen much for FIREWATCH, but from what I have seen, the game looks like it runs smooth and the trailer left me curious as to where the story will progress since you are just a lookout for fires. Let’s not forget the game most people including myself are looking forward to, STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT, does this really need explaining? I’m interested to see what EA has done to this great series. The gameplay looks magnificent and they brought back the good old hero characters to own everything on the battlefield.
MIRROR’S EDGE: CATALYST, the first was amazing but it lacked something I think it deserved: free roam. I nearly lost it when that was confirmed and on top of that, weapons aren’t available to the character, creating even more of a challenge.