While some of us were at E3 in person, not all of us could make it. Someone had to stay back and write the stories, right? And further, not every game at E3 was playable. Some of the most exciting games were simply trailers without any gameplay to be found on the show floor.
These are some of the games I’m most excited for based on just the trailers. Let us know in the comments which trailers have you fired up.
No one knows exactly what it’s going to be called yet, but that red X clearly marks this game as a member of the Xeno series. The game looks great—the trailer is clearly in-engine—and quite open. Shots of tanks, mechs and men in action suggest a variety of activity, and the fact that the announcement hit stateside so early is encouraging considering how much trouble Wii owners had getting Xenoblade Chronicles out here.
The first couple years of a new console cycle are big for fresh properties. One of the most interesting games coming out of Microsoft’s conference this year was for Insomniac Games’ Sunset Overdrive. Though Insomniac’s last few games, the Resistance trilogy and Fuse, leaned a bit hard on the gritty side of things, Sunset Overdrive looks like a move back toward their cartoonier roots. Sure, it’s not a Ratchet & Clank-style platformer, but if the trailer is any indication, SO’s art style should be bright and flashy, and the combat looks fast and fun.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Maybe Metal Gear Solid games are like Star Trek movies. Every other one is good, and the ones in between are weird. Metal Gear Solid 4 was a fine game, but it just wasn’t as memorable as MGS3. The open-world shown off in the trailer is a bit more reminiscent of Naked Snake’s survival in the Russian jungle. The gameplay shown off suggests there’ll be plenty of room for improvisation, and whether you like Kojima’s bizarre stories or not, the newest entry in the legendary stealth series is already looking to live up to the name.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
European PC games have been doing better and better in the U.S. in the last few years, and the Witcher series is one of the stars. The developer has promised a more accessible story and moved the game to an open-world format for the third entry in the trilogy, and Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher, is looking better than ever.
Again with the open worlds, but this time it’s the world of Mad Max. Despite the series’ current move away from its Australian roots (I’m hoping Avalanche rethinks this), Mad Max is a great property for this developer’s style of game. I can already imagine truck-to-car battles, cobbled-together armor, and some ammunition management that would make Joel from The Last of Us nervous.
There’s a trend here: Tons of great-looking open-world games hitting shelves and download queues in the next year. Better clear our calendars.
Honorable Mentions: The Division looked like a great game, but the trailer was a snooze for the ages. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will probably be fun, but getting a gameplay video instead of a trailer is like pulling crocodile teeth. Star Wars: Battlefront has me wetting my pants with excitement, but all we know is that it’s been approved to exist in the future. The teaser was barely even a tease. Watch_Dogs looks so awesome every time I see it, but we’ve already seen plenty, and I just want it to hurry up and come out already.