The press conferences have come and gone, and there’s a lot to look forward to in gaming. Some new games were announced, some old games resurfaced, and some games we’ve known about got expanded time in the spotlight. New announcements and information came up every few hours, starting with EA Play on Saturday and ending with the Nintendo Spotlight yesterday.
Here’s what I’m most looking forward to after seeing these events, in no particular order:
Horizon Zero Dawn DLC Is Coming Soon
Horizon Zero Dawn became an instant all time favorite for a lot of gamers, myself included, when it released in February. While I’d love to see where things go after the game’s post-finish tease, I’m going to spend hours with whatever The Frozen Wilds turns out to be.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps Looks Incredible (and Heartbreaking)
I haven’t played Ori and the Blind Forest yet, but it’s sitting on my Xbox hard drive practically begging me to get to it. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and the sequel was far and away the most exciting true exclusive Microsoft showed off at their press conference this year.
Just be ready to cry. A lot.
Spider-Man Looks Even Better Than I Hoped
The PlayStation press conference ended with a nine minute look at Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game, currently scheduled for release in 2018. The trailer covered a lot of ground (and air), with Spidey taking on some goons with combat that looked heavily inspired by Rocksteady’s excellent Batman: Arkham series, traversing the city with webs that attached to buildings (which is somehow special and not the norm), and getting through enough QTEs to make David Cage jealous.
It all looks like a blast, though, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
God of War Could Be The Series’ Best
God of War‘s move to Norse mythology at E3 2016 was an interesting choice that instantly elevated my interest in the future of PlayStation’s resident angry guy. This year’s gameplay trailer kept the trend going, especially when that sea monster (Jörmungandr?) started talking.
This is God of War, but it’s not quite the God of War we’re used to. Here’s to hoping it can stick to its early 2018 release date.
Super Mario Odyssey Is Going To Be Massive (and Weird)
If you’ve ever thought Mario needed a bit more T-Rex, this is the game for you. If you’ve ever wished hats had eyes that could disturb you on a level so deep you didn’t know it existed, this is the game for you. If you loved Super Mario 64 but thought it wasn’t crazy enough, this is the game for you.
Basically, Super Mario Odyssey looks phenomenal. I just hope you’re ready to assume the form of just about anything in the game.
Switch Support Is Strong
The fact that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle actually looks almost got an entry of its own on this list. but this is less excitement for a specific title than it is excitement for the relative plethora of games coming to Switch. This year will see Arms, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Super Mario Odyssey, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 release exclusively on the system, in addition to Breath of the Wild DLC and several third party games, including Rocket League and Skyrim.
Also announced for Switch: Yoshi and Kirby coming in 2018, Metroid Prime 4 and a core Pokemon RPG coming later. I’ve only had it for a few days, but it’s already clear that the Switch is a great system—possibly Nintendo’s best. Its legacy is entirely dependent on the games released for it. It’s off to a good start with Breath of the Wild, and things are definitely looking good with this lineup.
Assassin’s Creed Origins Reignites The Series
Or at least my excitement about it. I took a quick turn from not interested to very, very interested during the trailers and gameplay shown between Microsoft and Ubisoft’s press conferences. Adding RPG elements and an eagle friend are great moves for Assassin’s Creed, but it’s going to take a lot more than fun assassinations and a thrilling Egyptian setting for this to top my favorite entries in the series, Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood.
Give me some weird present day stuff and some solid meta-game mysteries and you’ve got me all-in, Ubisoft. But I’m close to it anyway.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Goes Crazy
It may have been teased at E3 2016, but Bethesda still managed to upstage everything else at their show with this absolutely insane trailer. It won’t be long until we get to save America from the clutches of Nazis, as the game releases October 27.
Yes, typing that last sentence hit closer to home than anything involving this trailer should have.
Far Cry 5 Looks Great
From an alternate reality dystopia to a dystopia that’s a little to close to reality, this year’s E3 was a showcase for the United States maybe not being entirely awesome. Liberating Far Cry 5‘s Hope County, Montana from its cultist tyrant is going to be spectacular, and its guns for hire should be a big part of that—although I just want Boomer as a permanent companion.
A Way Out Could Be Something Special
A Way Out, the next game from the creators of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, was the only part of the EA Play conference that stood out to me. Brothers wasn’t perfect, but it was a special experience that wasn’t quite like anything else I’d played. A Way Out seems to expand on it, taking the studio’s former game’s one character per analog stick and translating it to a co-op experience creator Josef Farres says is meant to be experienced locally.
All of this leads me to a resounding “YES” when it comes to A Way Out.
Bonus Fun Fact
Three of the games on this list are coming out ON THE SAME DAY. Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus are all scheduled for October 27. Take a second to let that sink in. Now take a deep breath and come up with a few excuses for getting out of work, because it looks like you’re going to need them.
There’s a lot more from the conferences that has me excited. Fullbright’s Tacoma has a release date, and it’s not far away. Days Gone finally showed that it’s more than just another zombie game. Crackdown 3 stars Terry Crews and should be a stupid fun time. And that’s not even accounting for the stuff that just doesn’t appeal to me, namely Anthem, Forza, and Cuphead, though I know a lot of other people are looking forward to those.
Take a look at my write-ups on the events themselves if you’d like.
What were your favorite reveals and trailers from this year’s E3 conferences? What games can you not wait to play? Let me know in the comments, where we can celebrate what a great time it is to be a fan of video games.