Top 5 games i want to see at e3 2014


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E3 is nearly here – check out this website dedicated to a countdown – and I can’t wait to be blown away. New games galore will be the theme this year, a stark contrast from E3 2013 where the consoles took center stage.

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony will set the tone for their next 12-months with what they show (or don’t show) at E3. There are many games we know will be there; games that have already been teased. But with new consoles comes new games, and there should be a plethora of those at this years show. Here are my top 5 games I want to see at this years E3.

5. Whatever Rockstar is working on

Seriously. The studio behind such critical and commercial hits as Bully, Red Dead Redemption and last years juggernaut Grand Theft Auto V, is deep into development of something.

Last October, a now former Rockstar New England Senior Graphics Engineer had listed “Next version of a famous IP” as an in progress project following completion of GTA V. That has since been removed from their CV but it provides insight into what Rockstart might, or might not, be working on.

Agent is not a preexisting IP and, coupled with its virtual non-existence since it was first announced in 2009, can be all but ruled out. The two most likely candidates are GTA V DLC or the next entry in the Red Dead series. However, Red Dead has been exclusively developed by Rockstar San Diego so all things are pointing towards GTA V DLC.

This in no way rules out the existence of Red Dead. It’s just that Rockstar has never used E3 as a means of showing their big guns. They play by their own rules and will announce projects at their leisure.

What matters to me though is, not what they’re working on, but that they ARE working on something. Few studios consistently churn out masterpieces. Rockstar is one of them.

4. Fallout 4

bethesdaFull disclosure – I’ve never completed a Fallout game. In fact, it’s not even a series that I have followed particularly close and I thought Fallout 3 was wrought with defects (mainly poor mechanics). So why is Fallout 4 number 4? Because I love open world games and the current gen systems provide developers unprecedented opportunities to make massive and awe inspiring virtual playgrounds.

We have been privy to early glimpses of what open world games will be like on the PS4 and Xbox One via The Witcher 3 and The Division. The technology is such that open world games will become the norm. An expansive world with freedom of choice and direction has never been more obtainable and, quite simply, it’s what many people want.

In conjunction with technical feasibility, Bethesda has not developed a game since 2011′s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They must have something brewing. But is there any evidence the game actually exists? No. Don’t let that get you down though. This game will get made. Bethesda has two principle game series: The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, the latter of which is next in rotation.

There is evidence that Fallout 4, or whatever Bethesda is working on, could lay dormant for some time. I’m hoping they were just covering their asses and preparing for one hell of an E3 reveal.

3. Resident Evil 7

Resident Evil 4 is on my Top 5 Games of All Time list. It perfectly blended new over the shoulder mechanics with the series’ staple selling point – tension. It was a brilliant combination of the two elements that created the best game in the series to date.

It’s unfortunate that the subsequent versions could not follow suit; 5 was tolerable, but 6 was so demonstrably bad it should be forever erased from my memory. Unfortunately, that won’t happen. But there is hope.

Last year, Capcom’s Masachika Kawata, one of the main people behind many of the iconic series’ entries, spoke to IGN in London about the future direction of Resident Evil.

We should be able to start from scratch and reboot it.

“I think that it’s important for us to have users’ needs in mind when making the games,” Kawata told IGN. “At the same time I think a lot of what people want now is to have Chris and Jill in a game, or they want it to look like Resident Evil used to look like. That’s what makes the game work for them. We should be able to start from scratch and reboot it. It would still be Resident Evil. We wouldn’t lose the essential nature of what makes it a good game just by changing the characters.”

The first step towards fixing something is accepting it’s broken. Resident Evil is catatonic. Resident Evil 6 was such a critical failure, it’s embarrassing a studio like Capcom with its resources and legacy put it out.

In a conversation with MVC, former Capcom marketing boss Michael Pattison said, “We have obviously seen the consumer response and the PR response. There was some great positives out of that, but it was a mixed bag, as we saw from the review scores. We have got to take that on-board, we can’t ignore that, and we have to take that onto the next game when we make the next Resident Evil.”

It seems clear that another Resident Evil is in production from tidbits of information alone. When you also take into account the fact that Resident Evil is Capcom’s best selling franchise, then it’s only logical they will make more of them. Feedback from the gaming community and poor sales should encourage Capcom to rethink what it means to be a Resident Evil game. Because that message has clearly been lost.

2. Uncharted 4

Uncharted is my favorite series from the 7th generation of consoles. Naughty Dog crafted a masterful cast of characters with personalities and life, the likes of which you can’t help but fall in love with. The addition of sublime voice acting, witty dialogue and, upon release, unmatched graphics, is icing on this chocolaty cake.

At Sony’s PlayStation 4 All Access event last November a teaser trailer was shown officially announcing that Uncharted 4 was in production. The game is coming. However, like Jon Snow – “We know nothing.”

But what can we expect? Greatness (pun). Naughty Dog’s track record over its last 4 releases is unprecedented. They have so much at their disposal: creative geniuses, public and financial backing, and near limitless time to work on their product. Such punctual negligence is rarely given in this industry.

We know that Naughty Dog has two internal development teams, one of which just completed its work on The Last of Us and its DLC. That means the second team (or first, however you choose to look at it) has been, theoretically, working on Uncharted 4 since wrapping up Uncharted 3 in Fall 2011.

Traditionally, Naughty Dog has reserved its official gameplay reveals for the Spike VGA (now VGX) awards, as they did for both Uncharted 2 and 3. There are so many games rumored to make appearances at E3 this year that Naughty Dog, and Sony for that matter, may save some of their big guns for the VGA’s this fall; you don’t want to show your hand all at once.

1. Zelda Wii U

It’s not crazy to say that nearly all gamers between the ages of 25 and 40 share a common series that influenced their love of video games. And that series is The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda holds an unencroachable place in my gaming heart. I was 10 years old when Ocarina of Time came out and I spent – along with my older brother Alex – all of Christmas break galloping around Hyrule.

But it wasn’t because I was overly impressionable. No, the game was just that great. To this day it’s widely considered the Greatest Game of All Time.

It has been two years since the last “original” console Zelda. We know Nintendo is hard at work on a Wii U Zelda; an original title that, according to game director Eiji Aonuma, is “rethinking the conventions of Zelda” and “returning to basics.” Aonuma, in an interview with Kotaku, also said that The Wind Waker HD “…is kind of a testing ground for us.”

Nintendo’s recent financial shortcomings further highlight what the company needs – games. 2014 is going to be a good year for the company. With Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and X all coming within the next 8 months, it has never been a better time to own a Wii U. But what gamers universally want is a new installment of The Legend of Zelda.

We have seen what a Wii U Zelda could look like during Nintendo’s 2011 E3 conference and it was brilliant. This years E3 is the perfect opportunity to debut the Hero of Time in his next adventure, simultaneously bringing grown men to tears and reigniting the love we all have for Nintendo.

  • thetrooper1998

    Resistance 4!!!

    • Eric Taylor

      I only played bits of the first one but it certainly would be a headline grabber if it were announced; would also be a complete surprise because no one has been talking about another one.

    • Eric Griffith Taylor

      I only ever played bits of the first one but it would be a headline grabber if it was shown.

  • frozenfenix

    Half life 3 oh wait were talking about this year e3 not the past 7 nvm

  • Ibrahim

    I don’t think it has been confirmed that Nintendo won’t hold a press conference this year at E3

    • Eric Griffith Taylor

      You’re right, they haven’t explicitly stated that, but it’s likely they will be there in a Nintendo Direct capacity only. I hope they do have a press conference! And Miyamoto can do this again…

  • Hates bad writers.

    Resident Evil being on the list is just sad. We haven’t even seen a playable game from that series in years, why the hell would anyone with a brain care for a sequel? That series is the Call of Duty of zombies, people with taste don’t give a shit.

    • Eric Griffith Taylor

      You’re right, there hasn’t been a good one since 4. I’m banking on them getting back to their roots, which is what they have said they will do.

      • Hates bad writers.

        And you believed it? Fool. It’s Crapcom, you should know better.

        • Eric Griffith Taylor

          I smell pessimism….

        • Senior D

          Yes, we all know Capcom routienly releases horrible content and wasnt a key player in making the industry is what it is today.

          • Eric Griffith Taylor

            I you’re sarcastic, then I agree with you. If you’re serious, then I believe you are way off. Capcom has had a huge influence on the industry. That cannot be denied.

          • Senior D

            … they built this city on rock and roll …

  • gradius6

    so, we only getting same games over an over an over an over grand theft auto, battlefield,zelda,mario,uncharted,resident evil. no more new creative ideals only clones and repeats. what a sad industry gaming become.

    • Eric Griffith Taylor

      Studios want to make make new IP’s. The problem is that it’s a business and new IP’s are risky. Games have become so expensive to make that studios are hesitant to venture far from their existing IP’s out of fear of failure. One miss and you could be out of business.

      • gradius6

        and becuz of that fear we gamers stuck with same games for rest of our lives???
        what would be the purpose buying ps4 you only going to get Grand theft auto 19, Battlefield 19 uncharted 19 , resident evil 19, Destiny 18 any open world game # 20/ Gran turismo 8, NFS # 23 (probably still will not be any good) Ratchet & clank # 6 the way these games now not worth buying ps4 to play 3 games.

        • Eric Griffith Taylor

          You make a lot of good points. And I agree with you. I wish more new IP’s would come out but it’s just not realistic. As a compromise, there are a lot of indie games that are quite good. If you can, fund kickstarters. I would if I had the money lol.

          • gradius6

            me too lol ……… if i had the money.