The Fab Five
It’s that time of year again.
We’re just over a week away from one of the biggest events on the gaming calendar, E3. It’s pretty much like Christmas, we spend all the time leading up getting excited and thinking of what we’ll receive, and revel in the excitement when that time comes to ‘opening our gifts.’
While everyone loves E3, I enjoy the weeks leading up to it. You read people’s thoughts on what they think will be revealed or shown at the event, and it’s great to hear some of the realistic and far-fetched theories of what we can expect from this year’s event.
The main thing about E3 is of course, video games. You know there’s always going to be some big talking points. Whether it’s seeing some unique gameplay of a recently revealed title, or the world’s first look at a new game, there’s always something for everyone.
Without further ado, here’s my list of the AAA titles I’d like to see more of at E3.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was hands down my favourite title that I saw first hand at last year’s E3. Hell, it’s the one game I’m looking forward to more than anything. CD Projekt Red are really putting their heart and soul into the final entry into the trilogy of Geralt of Rivia. Last year, I was blown away by just how far CD Projekt Red had come in such a short amount of time. I was privy to a 45 minute demo of the vast and beautifully-detailed world players will be able to explore.
While I hope to see more gameplay footage revealed, what I really want to see is a bit of narrative background for Wild Hunt. Yes, we know Geralt is after the Wild Hunt, but a little bit more information about the goings-on in the world would be great. That, and I really would like to see more regarding the detailed monster hunting, as well as the impacts various choices have on the player.
CD Projekt Red are striving to ensure The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the genre-defining RPG, and here’s hoping what they show at E3 can tide me over until its release in 2015.
2. Far Cry 4
Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 was OXCGN’s own Game of the Year in 2012, and with good reason. It was an open-world shooter that gave the player a choice of how they’d like to approach multiple objectives, whether that be through brains or brawn. Add to that the fact the environment was a lush, bright tropical paradise of Rook Island, compared to the dark, bleak and dingy settings we are used to with most FPS titles. To top it all off, it had some great characters and a reasonable story.
Fast forward to 2014, an Ubisoft have announced the latest instalment into the series, Far Cry 4. Taking place in Kyrat, a remote area located within the Himalayas, the country is home to violent traditions. It’s reported you play as Ajay Ghale, a Himalayan native who returns to Kyrat to fulfil his mother’s dying wish.
Far Cry 4 aims to build of the success of the previous entries in the series. Naturally, I’d loved to see anything about the game. While no doubt many people want to see gameplay footage of the new and beautiful world Ubisoft are able to create, as well as the many options to complete objective available to the player (myself included), I really want to see a focus on characters and narrative.
Ubisoft have got the open world down pat, but the narrative needs work. Far Cry 3 had some amazing characters (most notably Vaas), but the story left a bit to be desired. I want Ubisoft to give me a reason to care about the characters, and want to constantly keep progressing. If Far Cry 4 gives me a main character to care about, it could be the final piece that makes it one of the best games of 2014.
3. Tom Clancy’s The Division
Another highly-anticipated title to receive a delay into 2015 is Tom Clancy’s The Division. One of the big surprises of last year’s event, The Division looks to be a different take on the ‘end of the world as we know it’ scenario. Capitalising on the success of online survival titles such as Rust and DayZ, The Division allows you and your fellow mates to team up and attempt to save what remains of society after the outbreak of a deadly disease.
The game no doubt has impressed people with the visuals, but what has impressed me is the RPG structure of The Division. While games such as Borderlands have you select a specific class, and build up a unique set of skills from there, The Division does things slightly different. Instead of locking yourself into a set class, the game adapts to your playstyle on the fly. Prefer using a sniper rifle over close quarter weapons? The game picks up on this, therefore rewards and weapons you receive tailor more to a long range kit.
So what do I want to see more of? Combat of course! I’d also like to see more of the world, and what else friends can get up to when not shooting A.I. or other players in the face. Not to mention what the game offers to those who prefer a lone wolf style of play. I’d also like to see more narrative focus, in order to keep players interested. As demonstrated with Titanfall, things felt repetitive with no deep story and characters to keep things interesting.
4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The famous stealth espionage action series finally makes its way to Next-Gen. While we’ve already had a taste of what’s to come with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, gamers like myself out there can’t wait to sink our teeth into Phantom Pain. In a first for the series, MGSV goes open world, allowing players to approach objectives in an order they see fit, and completing them in a similar manner.
Konami have shown us the eclectic cast of characters Kiefer Sutherland’s Punished Snake will be going up against, but hopefully we get to see more of each character’s background, and their motivation for going up against Snake. Speaking of Kiefer Sutherland, after playing Ground Zeroes, I felt his portrayal of Snake turned a once iconic character into another generic action hero, much like Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Therefore I hope Konami really show me something that makes Snake feel like the unique character we’ve grown up with. How do they do that? I have no idea…cardboard boxes maybe?
5. Quantum Break
Remedy Entertainment look to be on the mark with the Xbox One exclusive, Quantum Break. While it was recently announced that Remedy would be revealing all new gameplay at Gamescom, I hope we at least get something at E3, as it would be a huge boost to Microsoft’s line-up. Even though Quantum Break is another title which we won’t get our hands on until 2015, there’s plenty to be excited about.
When Remedy do something, they don’t do it half-assed. They created a fantastic graphic novel inspired series in Max Payne, then an episodic drama with Alan Wake. Quantum Break is the next step for Remedy Entertainment to conquer. To intertwine both a live action series and video game is no small feat, just look at Defiance.
Even though we won’t be seeing any new gameplay, what could I hope to see? Give me more information on the game’s three main characters. Get me invested in their stories now. While we know they were all involved in the same experiment in time travel that went horribly wrong (or right), a bit of background information wouldn’t hurt. Since Gamescom is getting new gameplay, how about we get a sneak peek at the live action series accompanying it?
Biding Our Time
While this is a personal wishlist of what I’d exactly like to see, we just won’t know for sure until the big event hits us next week. We here at OXCGN will be on the ground in LA to bring you all the big news from this year’s E3, so we’ll see how much of my wishlist comes to fruition.
What do you hope to see more of at E3?