E3 2014 has come and gone. It was the first E3 since next-gen consoles were released.
But who cares about next-gen consoles? The PC is where the true next-gen games are played, right?
With that in mind, here are the top 5 PC games that we saw at E3 this year:
Assassin’s Creed is a good example of how to do annual games right.
While Call of Duty recycles the same old content and environments, Assassin’s Creed has consistently branched out. The last game took us to the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.
The next Assassin’s Creed will take place during an event that was inspired by the Revolutionary War: the French Revolution. An early gameplay trailer displayed the beautiful 18th century city of Paris but more importantly, it also showed the first multiplayer Assassin’s Creed gameplay.
New gameplay mechanic? Check. New, exciting, and beautiful environment? Check. Same old Assassin’s Creed action? Check. I’m officially excited for Assassin’s Creed: Unity to arrive on PC.
Far Cry 3 was one of the best PC gaming experiences I’ve had in quite some time. The game featured beautiful graphics and let you explore an open-world environment across a massive group of islands. Better yet, gameplay was fun, varied, and constantly exciting.
Far Cry 4 will make players feel like a bad-ass explorer all over again. Far Cry 4 takes players to an ancient Himalayan mountain kingdom.
There are rideable elephants, quadcopters, and of course, wingsuits. It looks amazing.
I only put this on the list because I’m hoping EA will bring other sports franchises back to the PC.
FIFA 15 is the first of the major EA sports titles to be reintroduced to PC with all the same features as a console game.
With all the fever around the World Cup this year, bringing FIFA to the PC may be a one-time calculated move by EA. But I hope it’s the start of a trend and EA will bring its other two major sports franchises, NHL and Madden to the PC as well – with all the features of the console versions, please.
The Witcher series is an awesome RPG series. Unlike most RPGs, the Witcher doesn’t shy away from controversial subject matter and its games have a thoroughly adult, dark tone.
That’s awesome and the Witcher 3 is going to make things even better by taking us to a beautiful, open-world medieval environment.
Plus, there’s the same monster-killing mechanics and exciting combat we’ve had with other games in the series.
Out of all the games listed here, this might be the one furthest away from release.
E3 2014 didn’t really show us anything from Star Wars: Battlefront, but what we did get is a few minutes of DICE employees talking about how much they love Star Wars.
Anyways, Star Wars Battlefront was like Battlefield set in the Star Wars universe and it was exactly as awesome as it sounds. A next-gen Battlefront might make me call in sick to work for at least a week or two.
E3 2014 was surprisingly big for PC gaming. That makes sense because the PC is currently the highest selling video game console.
That’s why I couldn’t fit all the good games into a list of just 5. Here are honorable mentions from games we saw at E3:
Out of all the games on this list, this is the only one that shouldn’t be a full game: it should be DLC for Battlefield 4. Yes, it takes players to a slightly new environment and offers a slightly different gameplay mechanic, but it’s the same old Battlefield gameplay. With all that being said, it’s still a lot of fun and it’s still less recycled than Call of Money: Modern Warfare.
Civilization: Beyond Earth
Civilization 5 opened up the series to legions of new fans. Civilization has always been a sprawling turn-based empire-building strategy game, and Civilization 5 combined innovative new gameplay mechanics with classic Civ style to create an incredibly addicting game. Beyond Earth takes players – you guessed it – Beyond Earth and lets them colonize planets.
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V is coming to PC, and next-gen consoles. Rockstar is improving the graphics and making cities more densely populated while also adding in other next-gen changes. Do I need to say more?
Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2 was everything a zombie game should be: ridiculous action, beautiful environments, exciting weapons, and zombie chicks in bikinis. Dead Island 2 will be more of the same. Awesome.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
E3 is first and foremost a console gaming event. It wasn’t the best year for PC gaming at E3 2014, but the current state of PC gaming still looks pretty good.
Over the next few months, we’re going to see a range of exciting titles. I can’t wait.