The dust from another E3 has long settled. Based on what I saw and heard from the conference, here are the 5 games I’ll be picking up later this year!
Dragon Age Inquisition
I love the Dragon Age lore. A new game set in an open world? Yes please!
Halo Master Chief Collection
I am strangely excited to repurchase a bunch of games I’ve already owned and have since jettisoned.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Looks like Assassin’s Creed: Middle-Earth, with Batman: Arkham City influences, and I am more than fine with that.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
The AC franchise is starting to feel a little over-played (yearly releases will do that), but the inclusion of 4-player campaign suddenly has me excited again. Now if only I could find 3 other friends that will actually buy it…
The makers of Halo are creating a new sci-fi shooter with open world RPG, MMO-lite elements. Looks like Halo crossed with Borderlands, and seasoned with a bit of Star Wars. They had me at a new Bungie sci-fi shooter.
Bonus – 4 on the watch list for 2015:
The graphic fidelity and the promise of some great RPG-enhanced shooter gameplay looks incredible. Not much for the Tom Clancy series of games, but this is one I will be picking up.
Halo 5: Guardians
Huge Halo fan (even tried some of the books… don’t), so this is a no-brainer. Halo 4 had a great story and a powerful ending. Looking forward to the continuation.
The Witcher series is known for its mature take on RPGs (elf ghettos and sub-human racism and, yes, sex). The new game knocks down the invisible walls, expanding into a fully open world. The video of Geralt crossing rough seas in a small sailboat initially sold me, and nothing I’ve seen since has dissuaded that initial opinion.
Rainbow Six Siege
This one wasn’t on my radar until E3. I haven’t played a Tom Clancy title since early in the 360’s life cycle. This new iteration looks impressive though – tense multiplayer gameplay centering on recovering (or keeping) a hostage, with barricades, neat toys, and fully destructible environments. Sold.