Now that a little time has passed since E3 2015, I’ve had some time to reflect back on some of the awesome titles from the big developers. A few of them we’ve seen before and there were even some that are brand new, but all of them are going to rock my socks off when they finally come out. You might be sick of hearing about them by now, but I just wanted to take a minute to give props to all of the big games that excite me most from E3 2015.
One of the most commonly enjoyed activities in video games might be surprising. Funnily enough, in stark contrast to reality, people just love doing chores in video games. Enter one of the most popular of these games in the history: Harvest Moon. I got a chance to see a very early build of the latest entry in the series, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, and Natsume has promised that they have taken many of the promising features from Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and incorporated them into what makes the series special for this new title.
Free-to-play is always a dangerous proposition to make, but it can certainly be done the right way. Wizards of the Coast are very protective of Magic: The Gathering, and why shouldn’t they be, it’s one of the most popular games in the world. As such, they’ve put quite a bit of thought into bringing Magic Duels: Origins into the free-to-play TCG arena and are, at this point at least, saying all the right things to keep those red flags from popping up in my head.
Sports video games have never been a huge thing for me. I’m just not a big enough fan of the sports themselves to get the context of what I’m playing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched soccer matches and understand the basic rules, but I’m certainly not an expert. This gave me an interesting idea: to try out PES 2016 at E3 from the perspective of someone who is not a huge soccer or sports video game fan.
True to the hyperactive nature of the the show itself, every time a new Adventure Time game arises, it’s completely different from the last. From launching Finn through to air to paying homage to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, they’ve covered a lot of ground through the years. One surprising genre they haven’t yet covered, since it’s literally in the title of the show, is adventure games. Vicious Cycle Software looks to solve this problem with Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations later this year.
I never found my way to getting into the Halo series over the years. Whether through the fact that I adopted the Xbox 360 fairly late or was too busy playing Super Smash Bros. Melee, I just don’t have a link to the earlier parts of the series. Sure, I’ve absorbed quite a bit of what the games are through osmosis, being so plugged into the industry, but I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve sat down to play any of them. Thus, when I was invited to play the game at E3 this year by Microsoft, I thought it would be a great way to come at Halo 5: Guardians from a completely fresh perspective, free of expectations from what came before it. What I ended up with both surprised me and didn’t with my impressions of the multiplayer mode Warzone.
Breaking onto the scene in early 2014, The Banner Saga immediately turned heads with a unique blend of beautiful art and strategic combat. The game was also filled with tough decisions that often had some heart-breaking consequences. The Banner Saga 2 looks to travel a similar path as its predecessor, with some upgrades that will make the game an even more cinematic and engrossing experience.
The E3 show floor is a pretty crazy sight to behold and one of the worst places on planet Earth to have a hangover. For just a brief time, I shot a little bit of video walking around the show floor to give you an idea. Enjoy and try to imagine you’re there and playing all those unreleased games! The thumbs up at the end is for Until Dawn, by the way, because it’s awesome.
With the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road, being such a hit, the car-filled desert apocalypse has been very much in vogue of late. The Rogue-like genre has also seen quite a bit of a boom recently. If both of these things appeal to you, then Sunshine Games has some very good news for you in the form of their new game: Skyshine’s Bedlam.
You read that title correctly. I played Halo 5: Guardians this year at E3! What’s better is that they provided capture equipment so I could preserve the whole thing and share it with all of you. I’m pretty new to the series, so I do a lot of just playing around with all the stuff you can do. Enjoy and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more video fun!