Watching this year's E3 Press Conferences, there were some games announced that I'm very eager to see more of. Overall, E3 2018 was a less bombastic year for the show, with many of the games shown leaked ahead of time by Walmart Canada, early Steam ads, and some other unintentional slips.
The biggest surprise probably came from Microsoft, whose lengthy showcase of first- and non-exclusive third-party games was yet another gambit for them. Will players come to their platform to buy all these games, or did Microsoft do some free advertising for these games on the PS4 and PC? With rumors swirling of development of the next Xbox and the next Playstation, it's hard to say which games will ultimately come to this generation or inevitably be delayed. Also notable were previously announced games left unspoken about during this year's show, including Metroid Prime 4, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, a new Splinter Cell, and Mortal Kombat 11.
Will the promises made by these publishers deliver? Hopefully they will, especially with these five games shown off that I'm most excited about.
CD Projekt Red's highly anticipated open-world RPG with shooter elements has an amazing aesthetic and, from what I heard on a recent episode of Waypoint Radio, does not sound like it will disappoint on the gameplay front. Like many people, I enjoyed their previous work on The Witcher III, but never got around to finishing that sprawling game. If Cyberpunk 2077 nails it on tone and narrative, I could see losing myself whenever this comes out (hopefully before 2077 - no release date was announced).
Daemon X Machina
It doesn't take much for me to be interested in a mech game, but knowing that a producer who worked on the Armored Core series is working on this game got my attention. The trailer shows off some boss action and a stylish look overall, but I'm curious what the mech customization options will end up being. If the game ends up being the spiritual successor to Armored Core and Virtual On that it sounds like, expect it to be a sleeper hit on the Switch when it's released in 2019.
My interest in Microsoft's Gears franchise trailed off after Gears of War: Judgment, but tell me that you're making me a Gears game with an XCOM-like tactical strategy layer on top of it, and I'm back onboard. Not much gameplay was shown when this was announced, but I'm a sucker for any game with these kinds of mechanics. At the very least, Gears Tactics' existence will make me forget the other Gears announcement: Gears Pop, a collaboration between developer The Coalition and Funko Pop!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Last summer, I mainlined the Dark Souls games and had a blast. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is yet another game in the Souls mold from developer FromSoftware, with a samurai theme that's giving me Nioh vibes. Interestingly, what has been shown and talked about is how fluid the combat looks compared to the more deliberate style of action in a Dark Souls or even a Monster Hunter game. Since we don't get Ninja Gaiden games anymore, I'm all the way in on this one.
There have been many video-game takes on the popular web-slinging hero, but none so far that have captured the agile web slinging in Spider-Man 2 (the video game based on the movie) or the now widely-accepted weighty combat of the Batman: Arkham games. Insomniac, the developers of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive, is looking to change that disappointing run with Marvel's Spider-Man.