E3 2014 is officially over, and whilst it may not be considered as grandiose as last year’s event (come on, two next generation consoles being unveiled was always going to be hard to top), this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo still had much to celebrate, with games, games and more games on show to the video game industry and fans alike.
And what better way is there to celebrate this year’s installment of the global phenomenon than by rounding up a selection of titles that particularly caught my eye over the course of the three day event (in no particular order):
Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games)
Colourful and humorous, with a hefty dose of over the top action, Sunset Overdrive is looking to break the mould when it comes to stereotypical third person shooters. Set in the fictional world of Sunset City, players are tasked with saving this metropolis from the OD’d; humans who have become mutated by a new energy drink called Overcharge Delirium XT. With customisable characters, a whole host of weapons that can be crafted and a reliance on performing parkour-like, acrobatic moves, Sunset Overdrive seems like a sure fire hit for Insomniac Games when it launches this Autumn.
Available 28th October, exclusively on Xbox One
Evolve (Turtle Rock Studios)
Aiming for evolution (yes, pun intended) as opposed to revolution, Evolve was still a stand out hit amongst many industry insiders at E3. Based around a cooperative style of play, players can either fight alongside one another as a four person crack team of hunters, or singularly as the monster in matches that introduce a 4 vs 1 combat system. Hunters are, naturally, tasked with bringing down whatever behemoth they face off against, whilst the monster works to increase its size and mass, by consuming resources around itself, before eventually attempting to take down the group of hunters. With Turtle Rock Studios already lauded for introducing the world to Left 4 Dead, players can expect big things from this next title.
Available 21st October, on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Most likely brought to the attention of the global video gaming community following the flooding of Hello Games’ studio and offices down in Guildford in the UK, No Man’s Sky is very much the quintessential exploration/adventure game, with each individual player beginning their journey upon their own procedurally generated planet. Couple that with a vast universe, where players may play for days on end without encountering another player, aesthetically gorgeous graphics and fluid, uninterrupted animations between traversing the galaxies and planets, whether on foot or via space craft, and No Man’s Sky is certainly shaping up to be one of the most ambitious next gen titles to date.
Currently slated for release on Playstation 4, release date TBA
Tom Clancy’s The Division (Ubisoft Massive)
This game certainly needs no introduction. After wowing audiences at the 2013 E3 event, Tom Clancy’s The Division is easily one of the most eagerly anticipated titles set to be released within the next 12-18 months. Set in New York amidst the outbreak of a deadly disease that causes society within the United States of America to teeter on the brink of collapse with a five day period, players will take on the role of a member of the ‘Strategic Homeland Division’; a unit of tactical agents tasked with preventing society from completing falling apart. The Division is Ubisoft’s first venture into the realm of the MMORPG genre, with the company building an entirely new engine from scratch, dubbed the Snowdrop Engine, for the sole purpose of creating a dynamic, ever changing environment within The Division. Expect this to be a best seller.
Available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC sometime in 2015
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)
This final installment to Rocksteady Studios’ Batman Arkham series needs no introduction. The concluding part to one of the most beloved superhero video game series, Batman: Arkham Knight expands on its two predecessors by tweaking the already impressive combat system, as well as introducing new gadgets and Batman’s iconic Batmobile, which will allow players to tear around the streets of Gotham in search of crime to combat. With a story set one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City, and with a raft of well known villains set to return, Batman: Arkham Knight is set to wrap up this well lauded trilogy and prove that superhero video games can be successful.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2015
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (343 Industries)
Set for release around the tenth anniversary of Halo 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection celebrates the story so far of Xbox’s most recognisable hero. Comprising all four Halo titles with Master Chief as the primary protagonist on one disc, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be a must own title at a price of $60 (around £40). As well as all four story campaigns, the collection will also include every online multiplayer map from all four games, an all new live action digital series, executively produced by Ridley Scott, named Halo: Nightfall and a pass code to take part in the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta during the Christmas period. New and old fans of Halo alike would be foolish to pass up on the opportunity to own this collection when it is finally released.
Available 11th November exclusively on Xbox One
Inside (Playdead Studios)
Considering it was only briefly showcased during Microsoft’s E3 press briefing, very little is known about Inside, the next game from the studio that brought us the eery and atmospheric Limbo. However, following the critical acclaim that saw Limbo go on to become one of best indie developed titles in recent memory, much is expected of Playdead’s next title.
Currently slated for Xbox One (and potentially Playstation 4/PC), released date TBA
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
Another gaming release set to arrive in the Autumn, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a brand new, original story line that exists within J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth universe. Taking place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, players take on the role of Talion, a Gondorian ranger who, alongside his family, is brutally murdered by Sauron’s armies whilst keeping watch at the Black Gate. However, Talion is resurrected and imbued with ‘wraith-like abilities’, before travelling deep into Mordor to exact his revenge. With the innovative ‘Nemesis system’ ensuring that no two play throughs are the same, along with the ability to upgrade and customise Talion to suit the player’s needs, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor could be a surprise hit amongst gamers during what is set to be an already busy release schedule.
Available 7th October on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC