Now in its 24th year The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the annual wet dream for gamers. Considered the world’s biggest and best event on the video game calendar, it’s a place where developers, publishers and manufactures showcase their latest products to retailers, journalist and fans.
This year’s event was massive and although the gaming industry was hoping the expo would see one of the big three companies – Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft – announce plans for a fifth generation console, it was more about showcasing new and exciting video game titles to be released over the coming 18 months.
Having waded through dozens of trailers and hundreds of press releases here’s our pick for the best games to look out for in the coming year.
Five years on since the teaser trailer dropped Cyberpunk 2077 is finally getting close to an official release date with a 50-minute demo showcasing the futuristic role-playing epic. The game is from the makers of The Witcher 3 and looks like a cross between Deus Ex and a futuristic Grand Theft Auto, with players creating their own character and completing various missions in the Blade Runner-esque Night City. The game is said to be full of dystopian and cyberpunk themes and looks absolutely stunning, with an official release date hopefully being confirmed later this year.
The Last Of Us Part II
The long awaited sequel to the zombie themed action adventurer, The Last Of Us, is another game that looks visually tremendous. Although details are scarce on the plot, the latest footage points to the game being much more violent than the first, with gamers playing as Ellie this time round. Naughty Dog also confirmed there would be a multiplayer feature while a cut scene involving Ellie kissing another female character hints at a much more adult themed and emotional gaming experience.
Ghost Of Tsushima
This PlayStation exclusive comes from the studio behind the Infamous franchise and is set during the Mongol invasion of Japan in the 13th century. Heavily inspired by Akira Kurosawa films Ghost Of Tsushima will feature a massive open-world setting where players take control of main character Jin and follow a fixed story, making the game more action-adventure than RPG. The game is built around mud, blood and steel, and watched the trailer, it’s clear Ghost Of Tsushima will deliver on this promise.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo’s blockbuster platform fighter Super Smash Bros. has been one of the companies best performing games and this latest version is shaping up as the best yet. Arriving on the Switch the game contains the largest roster of any Smash Bros. game, with every single Smash character available to play along with the likes of Metal Gear Solid’s Snake, Bayonetta and three different versions of Zelda’s Link. The game is going to be faster-paced than previous titles with small modifications made to the fighting mechanics to make the game a much smoother and enjoyable experience.
Following on from Battlefield 1 this latest instalment in the popular first-person shooter franchise will focus on events during World War II. The single –player War Stories campaign returns while the game will also offer a variety of different multiplayer options, including a Battle Royal mode. While there’s been backlash from some fans due to historical inaccuracies and authenticity in the released trailers – mainly concerning female soldiers – EA DICE’s Oskar Gabrielson took to Twitter to reveal, “Our commitment as a studio is to do everything we can to create games that are inclusive and diverse. We always set out to push boundaries and deliver unexpected experiences. But above all, our games must be fun!”