There seem to be more games than ever – which look exceptional in their quality – releasing within the next year or so. That being said, we saw more CG trailers than ever at E3 2019, without actually seeing the games being played.
I’m not sure whether that’s to help the developers focus on making the game instead of a vertical slice for 5-10 minutes of possibly accurate gameplay. But what I can say is that I was severely disappointed with the lack of gameplay being shown this year.
While the Microsoft E3 press conference didn’t quite hit my expectations either, there were still, as always, some great games shown during E3 this year.
Shout out to the following for not making the list but still looking fabulous: Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions for being this year’s contender for the craziest DLC of the year, and Spiritfarer, not just as Thunder Lotus’ last game Sundered was great, but because of the fact that it looks great.
Further to that, Elden Ring needs a shout because we all know that if we can’t play souls-borne games, we love watching them. And seeing what the minds of Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin are conjuring up will keep us excited until it eventually releases. An even bigger shout out goes to the Watch Dogs: Legion spy granny for being a surprising source of entertainment, and finally, Deathloop’s concept looks interesting and I’m sure Dishonored fans can’t wait to see what that game is all about.
The following games are the ones from E3 2019 which look the most exciting, appear the most impressive, and are without doubt the ones which you should probably be very excited for. Let the games begin.
Cyberpunk 2077 will very likely be one of the games of the generation: not only because it is being developed by CD Projekt Red who created the masterpiece that is the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and not only because they’ve spent years and years creating this unbelievably detailed world, but because also, as revealed at the Microsoft E3 press conference, Keanu Reeves is starring in the game.
The cinematic trailer shown for the game was one of, if not the, best of E3 2019 because of its pore-highlighting detail and hype created by featuring one of the most favourable actors right now.
The game looks fantastic on every level, and I think it speaks to more people perhaps than the Witcher 3 ever did. I haven’t met a single person who isn’t bursting at the seams with excitement to play this game, and we must trust CD Projekt Red because of their commitment to top-quality single-player experiences and post-launch support.
Cyberpunk 2077 is a game you will never forget.
Bethesda’s E3 show ended with a bucket load of information about one of the most anticipated games for the fall of 2019 – DOOM: ETERNAL.
The slow increase in popularity and reflection on how good the 2016 DOOM reboot was, has created an excellent opportunity for iD Software to create a sequel to what is now one of the most highly-regarded FPS of the last 10 years.
Showing off plenty of gameplay with new enemies, new weapons, new gameplay mechanics – such as the grapple hook – and new multiplayer modes, DOOM: ETERNAL is easily shaping up to be one of the GOTY contenders because of the sheer amount of fun you’ll be having slaughtering hundreds, if not thousands, of demons as hell literally comes to Earth.
The game looks absolutely fantastic. A beautifully under-rated friendly competitor to CoD’s reign.
I’ve never played Minecraft. I’ve never truly understood the culture behind its impeccable growth over the years, but even considering all of this, I still think that this Diablo clone looks great for fans of either genre, or at least certainly a Diablo III fan.
It’s charming, unmistakable graphic style mixed with the addictive nature of a dungeon crawler, combined with the obvious necessity for 4-player co-op, local and online, illustrates this games’ understanding of its audience. It resonated with me because of its simplicity. Why wouldn’t you want to play a Diablo clone which looks great?
It’s just a bonus if you’re a Minecraft fan.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
We finally saw the big gameplay reveal for Respawn’s highly-anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Set between Episodes 3 and 4, you’ll fight the empire as they hunt down the last of the Jedi.
While I have my doubts about the execution of the story and characters of this game, and although the animations looked a tad stiff, the gameplay looks fantastic. The lightsaber combat is a dream come true for all Jedi wannabes.
Respawn is an incredible studio who have made incredible games and seeing as EA have disgraced Star Wars by only releasing 2 games with its Star Wars license in 7 years, we could all use some of the force right now.
If you’re not a Psychonauts fan, then you’re probably wondering why the hell I’m including the sequel to the cult classic on this list. Well, in short, it’s because it was one of the only games in the Microsoft E3 press conference to feature gameplay.
Shown after the announcement that Double Fine Productions have just joined the Xbox Game Studios family, Psychonauts looks to be an unforgettable journey through the disturbing and twisted aspects of our minds.
The canvas is open for almost any possibility, so expect the unexpected and be sure to experience a nostalgic platformer with wit, humour, and some much needed shock factor.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is still getting many excited despite being announced 3 years ago. While we might not see this game for another 6 years, you can’t dispute that Square Enix’s gameplay and cinematic presentation for this at their E3 conference this year was a spectacle to witness.
Solving the issues of appealing to old and new gamers, the game looks to bridge the gap by combining active-time action with a tactical optional approach. Brilliant.
Furthermore, the graphics still look fantastic, and will likely age 5 times better than the original. And even though there are still rumours of Square Enix releasing this game in episodes / separate discs, I still think it could be an excellent game.
And one which people have waited long enough for; decades at this point.
I first saw 12 Minutes on a let’s play video where Kinda Funny played it for around 20-30 minutes. It looked really great.
Now, 4 or 5 years later, we finally see this game again, hopefully nearing completion of the development process. It looks even better than it did so many years ago, and I think this could easily be an indie GOTY.
It runs with a trial and error method of finding ways to avoid death on every playthrough, and I can see us all being addicted to the story of breaking the circle of repetition. I really, really, really, want to play this game, and see if it has some secrets in store.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
I only played Ori and the Blind Forest for an hour or two, and while I took in all the beauty of its art style, story, and score, I didn’t particularly enjoy the challenging gameplay. It wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.
And yet, Moon Studios have outdone themselves with their showcase of the sequel. Looking like a AAA indie game, the scope of the story looks like it has outgrown the humble beginnings into something with bigger scale. Players who didn’t even play the first one are probably looking at Will of the Wisps with excitement because of its potential.
I’m hoping it delivers on more than we can ever hope for.
Of course I’m including Gears 5… because even though I was disappointed with no gameplay being shown, I didn’t need any more gameplay to be convinced to purchase Gears 5. Furthermore, I enjoyed the trailers, and everything Rod Fergusson said is exactly what I wanted.
Branching out with new ideas and gameplay concepts in Gears 5, instead of playing safe forever more with the franchise, the campaign looks to be one of the most interesting yet, and the new Escape mode that was shown could be one of the best new game modes there is. An extremely exciting prospect, especially since last time Gears created a new game mode, they managed to come up with Horde mode in 2008. A type which is still made into games today.
The Terminator skin was a cool addition as well, but I’m hoping they deliver on the entire package because if they don’t, we can’t blame them since we never saw any gameplay 3 months before launch.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Remake)
I’m not a Zelda guy (yes, I am a heretic). I like Ocarina of Time as much as the next gamer, but vividly remember not enjoying Link’s Awakening on my GBA over ten years ago. Like, at all.
And yet, ladies and gentlemen, here I am writing about why it’s one of the game of the shows for E3 2019. The art style is bold, especially for a Zelda game (looking at the backlash of Wind Waker all those years ago), yet absolutely stunning.
Its cuteness can infect even the grumpiest of us with its stylish island music and additional content we’ve yet to uncover. The game looks like a wonderful remake for a beloved classic and continues Nintendo’s winning streak for remaking not just their best games for modern platforms, but remaking them to top quality.
Following on from the trend of not showing gameplay at this year’s E3, despite seeing many details about Marvel’s Avengers at Square Enix’s press conference, the impression we got was that it’ll be fantastic.
An incredible voice cast which includes Troy Baker, Nolan North and Laura Bailey, teasing some dramatic scenes between the characters, it carried weight and substance. Teases of amazing gameplay no matter which Avenger you choose to play as. And the ability to play through a story-driven campaign in either solo or co-op.
Any Marvel fan will want to get their hands on this when it releases in May 2020. I certainly will want to see how the game turns out.
Everything about this game feels so right. In fact, it feels so right coming from Halo 5: Guardians which, if we’re honest, didn’t feel so spot on.
The art direction feels right. The character interaction we saw in the new cinematic trailer feels right. Halo: Infinite launching with Project Scarlett feels right. Hearing that soundtrack felt right.
I didn’t fall in love with Halo 4 and 5 in the same way as I did with likely most of you as we played through Halo 1, 2 and 3. But I still believe in 343’s vision, and from what we’ve seen so far with Infinite, I’m finding it hard to doubt them.
What do you think were the best games of E3 2019? Does this list suffice or have we missed something out? The comments are down below.