The most exciting week in gaming is over, but E3-related discussions are just beginning. Here are the most exciting PC games we saw at this year’s E3:
Star Wars: Battlefront
Let’s start off this list with an obvious one. Star Wars: Battlefront is an early contender for game of the year, even if it’s basically just Battlefield 4 in a Star Wars universe.
Yes, EA will leave their sticky fingerprints all over Battlefront, and we’ll probably see overpriced DLC, map packs, and other bonuses because of it. But based on the trailers we saw at E3 2015, we’re going to be wasting a lot of time on Battlefront regardless.
The most exciting part about Fallout 4 was that Bethesda announced the game and its release date at the same time. Fallout 4 will come out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 10, 2015. That’s this year. That’s like 5 months from now. That’s not long to wait for a game that we just officially heard about for the first time.
Key new features in Fallout 4 include extensive weapons and armor crafting systems and the ability to build your own home in the wasteland (you craft things kind of like you craft them in Rust and other survival-based games).
If you ever got freaked out by Amnesia: The Dark Descent (and liked getting freaked out), then you’ll probably enjoy Soma. The game is made by the same developers, Frictional Games, and promises to be one of the most terrifying PC games ever created.
In Soma, you enter a scary sci-fi world where “machines act like men and alien constructions have started to interfere with routine”. What does that mean? It means Frictional Games has an excuse to scare the crap out of you one more time.
Check out the gameplay trailer here, which was just released at E3 2015:
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be the next installment in the PC-famous Deus Ex franchise. We didn’t learn much about this game at E3, so we can’t tell you much about it.
However, we do know that Deus Ex will have the same freedom, flexibility, and lore as the previous Deus Ex games. It’s being made by Eidos Montreal, and the developer promises to make the game less linear than the previous Deus Ex games.
The brief gameplay footage revealed at E3 didn’t show us very much. We did, however, see that one new augmentation covered Adam Jensen (yes, he’s back) in a hard, black, geometric exoskeleton that looked really cool.
Master of Orion
Master of Orion is one of the most legendary 4X games of all time. It was released 20 years ago, but people still remember the game for its alien races and space opera style.
A developer named Wargaming is creating a reboot, sequel, or remake of the game (whatever you want to call it). The game has some stunning visual styles and promises to have voice work from some of the best actors in the business. Stay tuned to see if it will be as good as the original.
Honorable Mention: Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands involves you hunting down drug lords throughout Bolivia. Your character is Ghost, and you can use stealth, sniping, or guns blazing strategies to fight your way through every mission.
That all sounds like every Ghost Recon game (and most shooter games) ever released.
But what makes Ghost Recon Wildlands special is that you’re dropped into an open world with no formal structure, script, or linear missions. You just run around like you’re in an RPG completing missions. It’s an interesting new take on the genre that promises to be a mix of Far Cry and the Witcher 3.