For those of you who like your graphics spit-shined you're going to love Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which squares away the original Halo: Combat Evolved,Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. H:MCC will be released on November 11, 2014. That's also the day Halo 5's multiplayer beta will be released. Happy hunting, Spartans.
Although news of Titanfall 2, the sequel to the successful mech-heavy FPS, was hinted at by the Wall Street Journal, EA's only official announcement at E3 is that the original game will be getting an update. Rumor also has it that the unannounced Titanfall 2 will be getting a PlayStation release, to go along with the Xbox and PC versions.
Also, for fans who want even more Titanfall action, EA released a live-action movie clip at E3, brought to you by Respawn and Playfight.
With its $500 million budget, a compelling storyline about saving civilization, and a release date of September 9, Destiny (from the original creators of Halo, Bungie) is currently one of the most anticipated titles of 2014. The trailer gives us a world that seemingly combines Halo, Mass Effect, and Star Wars. Best of all: Our companion (which at first glance looks a bit like a companion cube) is voiced by Peter Dinklage.
Despite the excellent track record of Bioware, creators of my all-time favorite game Knights of the Old Republic, the Dragon Age series never enchanted me. But fans of high fantasy may want to give this RPG a chance, considering initial reviews are promising. There's also some exciting gameplay to compensate for those bleak emotions--not to mention forty different major endings.
As we knew before E3, the fourth game in the Arkham series will be getting a Batmobile. As we know now, we're also getting Scarecrow Nightmare missions. And as we know from previous games, the Scarecrow missions are some of the more difficult, and trippy, levels that we have to play. It's the best thing we know since getting the recent news that Arkham Knight will be delayed until 2015.
BTW, that video glitch near the end of this trailer? It's not a glitch.
TT Games brought demos of the upcoming LEGO Batman 3 to E3, where players got a taste of sweet LEGO goodness. This gameplay footage looks how a next-gen LEGO game should: It's brighter, with more action, and even more adorable animation. Trust me, LEGO games always put a smile on your face, and this one will be no exception.
Brought to you by Playdead, the makers of the highly acclaimed Limbo, Inside looks like it was cut from the same cloth (a young boy works his way through a world where jewel tones are a myth). If that's the case, we can expect puzzles, light narration in a dreamlike world, and quite a lot of sudden death. Currently, Inside is slated for the Xbox One, but RockPaperShotgun suspects it'll make its way to the PC eventually.
I've been following Alien: Isolation with great interest, and not just because I'm an Alien fangirl. It's because it looks like a terrific stealth game in which the winner lives and the loser dies in a horrific chest-bursting incident. E3 attendees have gotten their hands on a timed challenge mode, and in their review, IGN used words like, "insta-death," "shishkabobbed," and "hard as nails for newcomers." IGN also checked out a playable scene from the main mission, and used other words like, "unforgiving," as well as "head-over-heels in love."
As with the 1979 movie, this game is likely not for the faint-hearted.
Sunset Overdrive comes from Insomniac Games, the makers of the fabulous Ratchet & Clank series and the utterly unremarkable Fuse. The first trailer for this third-person shooter, about killing humans who were turned into mutants by an energy drink, played like a Fanta commercial. Honest, google "Sunset Overdrive" and "Fanta commercial," and see what you get. With this new E3 trailer, the Xbox-only game proves that serious about taking itself not seriously.
When I heard that Evolve was an FPS with four different classes to play co-operatively, my first thought was Left 4 Dead--appropriately enough, since Evolve comes from L4D's developers, Turtle Rock Studios. But those classes are so...limiting. Awesomely, Evolve gives you a chance to play the monster that's hunting down the hunters, perhaps an "evolution" of L4D's versus mode (har har). At E3, developers 2K released a new trailer with a previously unseen beastie. It looks hungry.
Note: Although Evolve will be released on the PC, PS4, and the Xbox One on October 21, 2014, Xbox gamers will get the DLC first. Because...? Turtle Rock Studios, that was a question for you.
The off-the-charts Uncharted series is the videogame equivalent of cinema's Indiana Jones, chock full of derring-dos, snappy dialog, and more than a whiff of magic. Uncharted 4 will be released in 2015, and Naughty Dog brought a new trailer to E3 just to remind us how far away that is. For those of you who are still waiting for the right game to upgrade to the PlayStation 4, this would be that game.
The rebooted 2013 Tomb Raider game, which gave us gun-toting heroine Lara Craft's origin story, was great fun to play - despite the extremely gory horrors that we encountered. From what we know about Rise of the Tomb Raider, a.k.a. Tomb Raider 2, Lara is undergoing therapy as a result of trauma over her latest mission. This means she's not just a jaw-punching hurt machine; she's a person with feelings, and her actions have consequences. I'm loving this already.
This utterly engaging adventure game, set in the Aztec land of the dead, was Lucasarts' first 3D game, as well as a paragon of storytelling. That was back in 1998. Have you tried playing a game from 1998 recently? The graphics are comparatively poor, she said politely. But at E3, Double Fine Productions, headed by original project leader Tim Schaefer, announced the remastered version of the classic game for the PS4 and the PS Vita. Now a whole new generation will get to meet the pale, slim protagonist, Manny Calavera.
Announced at VGX 2013, open-world space game No Man's Sky (from indie studio Hello Games), pretty much stole the show at Sony's E3 2014 press conference with a trailer that showcased seamless transitions from on-foot FPS gameplay to atmosphere-bound flight to outer space action. The big news, though, is its procedural generation of planets and interstellar territory, meaning that, rather than containing a canned number of planets, alien species, etc., it'll instead all be based on a system that generates unique content. It's a dazzling concept and looks brilliant in trailer form...it just remains to be seen whether the final execution will match what we've seen so far.