E3 is an electrifying time of the year for gamers; we get to see what all of our money is going to be spent on for the next year or so. As the resident gamer here at AFJ, I was more than happy to watch E3, which debuted a wallet-emptying amount of stellar games, and then, build this top ten list of the games I am most excited for from the show. (This is my personal opinion based on my very odd taste in games, which I have cultivated over the last 20 years of playing video games).
- Elder Scrolls 6
While we didn’t get much more than a slow flight over a couple of mountains with the signature Elder Scrolls drum beat thrumming in the background, the confirmation that there will be a new game coming, that isn’t another addition to Elder Scrolls Online, is wonderful news. I loved Skyrim, to the point that I’m embarrassed and proud about how much time I put into it, so I think it’s time that I added Bethesda to my Google Alerts.
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Another game that we didn’t get much more than, “you’ll get to hold a lightsaber,” this one is still intriguing enough that I know I’ll want to play it. We really only got the title and the promise we’ll play a Jedi, and the hope that it will connect episodes 3 and 4. A Star Wars game where you play as a Jedi surviving the fall of the Republic? That’s a game I need in my life.
This game just looks awesome. I mean, come on. We’ve been following Spider-Man for the PS4 since its announcement and gameplay footage earlier this year, but the new E3 footage has me ready to go to GameStop and pre-order now. It looks beautiful and also looks like the best chance for you to feel like you are actually Spider-Man unless they recast him in the MCU, and you're an actor. (The fighting does seem very much like the Arkham series and Deadpool game, and while that’s not a bad thing, it’s not all that new).
- Cyberpunk 2077
Honestly, I just want to know more about this game from CD Projeckt. The E3 trailer, first shown off at Microsoft’s panel (in spectacular fashion), captivated me. If everything I’ve heard about how amazing and immersive Witcher 3 is (also developed by CD Projeckt) is correct, this will be a must-have. Futuristic Witcher? Sign me up twice.
- Kingdom Hearts 3
It’s finally here. 13 years after KH2 and after 5 games (meant to explain the first two), Kingdom Hearts 3 will be gracing our PS4s (and Xbox Ones) on January 25, 2019. We have been waiting a long time, and now our watch has ended. The game will visit the worlds of Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Tangled, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. We are actually getting a sequel to KH2, guys and girls this is not a drill!
- Halo Infinite
Post-Halo 3, the Halo franchise isn’t one that I’ve been following for a while, since I switched to mainly playing PlayStation (because of a game later on this list), but the implication of the name of 343’s latest game is maddening. Will it be an open-world game where you travel from star system to star system as Master Chief closing halos? That’s what I had always wanted the series to be, ever since they set up that there were seven halos in the galaxy. All we really know is that it will focus on Spartan-117, and that’s what I want in my Halo games.
- Fallout 76
I talked about this briefly of the page before, theorizing that the game will be set in Philadelphia, and I was wrong. The new Bethesda game will be set in West Virginia and be four times the size of Fallout 4. What we know so far is that it will be a multiplayer game where other real-people can challenge you in the wastelands. Initially, this aspect annoyed me; I like my Fallout to be a solo experience. The idea of trying to save the world alone, adds a lot more weight to the game. However, after seeing the E3 gameplay, I’m willing to give it a chance and see what it’s like to have player-character enemies.
- The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
This is a personal choice, and I doubt this will end up on anyone’s list other than mine, but this is one of the games from the Microsoft panel that made me freak out. I knew it was a Life is Strange based solely on the music, and I held my hand out like Max to turn back the video to watch it over and over again. This is a free game from DONTNOD set in the Life is Strange universe, which, according to Polygon’s report, will affect season 2. I'm so in. The game looks sweet and fun, and I can’t wait for June 26th.
- The Last of Us: Part II
I initially missed the reveal of the E3 gameplay for The Last of Us: Part II, but that trailer was amazing. Going from that beautifully rendered cut-scene of people surviving happily together to Ellie murdering a man in the forest is just the jarring post-apocalyptic gameplay that brought me to the first game. As I mentioned earlier, I switched over to the PlayStation for a game and that was the first The Last of Us. Back then; it was just the poster that had me enthusiastic, and rushing out to get it. One of the best games I ever played, the new installment is just another reason to have a PlayStation.
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
I have an article that has all my feelings on this game. You can read that HERE. I am buying a switch.