E3 ended last week, but we just don't want to let go. I mean, do we really have to wait five months to get our hands on those consoles? It just doesn't seem fair to give us a taste of what's to come and then jerk it away from us so quickly. The gaming industry is a cruel mistress.
In an attempt to maintain the lingering high we still have from the event, we've compiled a list of ten of our favorite new games we saw during the press conferences and on the floor of the show itself.The Walking Dead: 400 Days
Anyone who knows anything about us knows that we're HUUUUUGE fans of "The Walking Dead," and we were thrilled with Telltale Games's game adaptation. The new DLC, "400 Days," features brand new characters and five new installments that occur throughout the (you guessed it) four hundred days following the zombie outbreak. Let the heartbreak begin!
I.R.I.S. is a sentient motorcycle and deadly assassin. Pablo, as best as we can tell, is some poor mechanic that I.R.I.S. literally drags around with her. This game from the makers of "Maw" and "Splosion" looks like ridiculous fun. Even better: it'll be one of the launch titles for the Xbox One.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
You'll recall that we actually got our first teaser for this game back at last December's VGAs. Well, we saw a bit more at E3, and it still left us wanting…well, more. Not in a bad way, either. We just want to get our hands on it. In fact, we're so excited we might go all Snake Plissken and go stealth to do so! Then again, that's called "stealing" and it's totally illegal. See, this is why we need video games to get this sort of stuff out of our system!
This year we finally saw gameplay of this long-awaited open world FPS. The post-apocalyptic setting was somewhat reminiscent of "Borderlands," but without being derivative. What will really set it apart is that the world is a "living" one, in that it's programmed to change in ways that even the developers don't anticipate. Even more intriguing is that it's sort of a console version of MMO, except instead of joining a server the game matches you with specific players based on certain criteria. We're curious how that will work, but even more curious to see how it plays.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Our favorite bartender with direct lineage to the deadliest men that ever lived has already been to the Third Crusade, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution, so you know it was only a matter of time before he ran afoul of pirates. We're hoping future installments include "Assassin's Creed: the Baroque Period," "Assassin's Creed: Prohibition Era," "Assassin's Creed: The Bay of Pigs Invasion," and "Assassin's Creed: IT'S NINJAS LOOK OUT!".
"Watch_Dogs" uses an underscore in its title, so at first we assumed it was about a guy who was still using the same Yahoo email address he created back in 1996. Turns out we were wrong, but they have an even better concept lined up: an alternate reality that's a little too much like our own, where a central supercomputer has access to all data and technology in Chicago. Its game play is equal parts Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, and the Matrix. We're totally down for it.
The EA press conference closed with a look at this title, which doesn't come out until next Spring but is already one of the most anticipated next-gen titles. It looks like Call of Duty series combined with the old "Robotech" anime. What more could you ask for? Best of all, it's designed specifically for multiplayer (even though there are some objectives and other single player features). The idea of chasing our friends and especially total strangers in giant robot suits has us all giddy.
Despite growing quite a bit in the last decade, soccer still isn't anywhere near as popular as football, basketball, baseball, or even hockey. Still, when it comes to sports titles, few if any match the consistent quality and fun of FIFA, and the next installment has us pumped to play it on the Xbox One.
This game is about as not next gen as you can get, but the original Nintendo title was one of our favorite games ever so we're super psyched to see what they do with the remake. Since they're actually rebuilding and replicating this game from scratch, we're hoping they preserve all the elements of game play that made the original great…especially the ability to summon Gizmoduck.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
We love South Park (quick shout-out to our sister station Comedy Central!), and we love games. Sometimes combining our favorite shows with our favorite hobby goes horribly wrong, but everything in this one just looks so, so right.
Of course, your list may vary. Why not yell at us in the comments to tell us what titles you preferred?
Before you do that, though, check out the latest episode of All Access Weekly – our E3 post-show! We talked about the event with GTTV's Geoff Keighley and met with Nintendo of America's President, Reggie Fils-Aime, to ask him about skipping the traditional E3 press conference and much, much more. Full video is below.