It’s been a week since E3 2018 ended and details are still trickling out about upcoming games. I have so much respect for Mark Darrah, Executive Producer for Dragon Age/Anthem, who has been endlessly answering fans’ questions on Twitter. His enthusiasm has steadied my confidence for Anthem. Who else has their eyes on the Storm Javelin? Of course, this wasn’t the only game I was excited to hear about. My E3 2018 review consists of the top 10 games I’m most excited to play.
So let’s stop there for a brief moment. The types of games I love playing are RPGs and/or games with incredibly beautiful graphics. I am 100% the type of person to veer off course mid-mission to get a better look at a sweeping vista or watch changes in lighting. The other games I can’t shake invoke nostalgia. I played a few games growing up that I attached to, such as the Legend of Zelda series. My husband played Breath of the Wild, and I loved watching him explore mountains, deserts, and forests, taking selfies with monsters and dragons, and unraveling the newest legend. It was really special to share a series we’ve loved since childhood together. It’s one of the reasons I was excited to learn more about the Pokémon games being released.
There were many, many fiercely loved games announced during E3 2018 (Elder Scrolls, Doom, Halo, Gears of War, Kingdom Hearts, etc). There were some really great, in-depth presentations and hilarious interviews. I highly recommend watching Game Informer’s rapid-fire interviews, such as the ones for Anthem and Spider-Man. They’re the type that will make you laugh in public and probably embarrass yourself a little. There were also some presentations that made me laugh because it didn’t feel like there was enough time to take it all in (looking at you Square Enix).
Overall, watching the coverage made me wish I was there more than ever. Even though I had to watch snippets of releases when I could around my work schedule, I didn’t walk away unsatisfied. Here are the 10 games I’ll be playing in the upcoming year.
10) Ghost of Tsushima
I had no clue about this title until it was presented. The graphics and mood instantly drew me to this game. It’s 1274 in Japan, and the Mongol Empire has invaded the island of Tsushima. As the last samurai, you’re making your stand. You’ll get an open world to explore and one of my favorite things I’ve been seeing lately: seamless transitions from cut scenes to gameplay.
Okay. If you aren’t aware of my early Spyro days I spoke about here, know that it was the first game I pulled an all-nighter for. I’m very excited to relive those childhood memories of this game. On that note, I love that they kept the graphics close enough to the original to fulfill that nostalgia, but enhanced enough to feel current. The atmosphere and sky look incredibly dreamy,
I’m also excited to play the in-flight mini games that always seemed to test my skills. It’ll be a riot to see if my gamer skills in Spyro have surpassed those of my 11-year-old self.
8) We Happy Few
Originally revealed in 2015, I’ve had my eyes on this game for a while. It’s creepy, first-person survival game set in an alternative universe of World War II. Germany occupies Britain, and a chemical-warfare experiment has gone wrong. Your island of Wellington Wells has done something drastic – provided its inhabitants with a hallucinogenic drug called “Joy.” According to game play, this drug acts to mask what you see. Neglected spaces are beautiful and clean on Joy. A bleak, brown and dusty landscape is bright and happy on Joy. Unappealing, rotten food is…well, what you’ve been eating all alone while on Joy.
There will be 3 playable characters that impact the story line and your choices to take Joy or not will impact your story.
7) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
First of all, I love the ability we’re given to CHOOSE our starting character – Alexios or Kassandra. Not to mention that they can ROMANCE both male and female partners no matter you’re starting character. Thank you, Ubisoft! It may seem like a minor issue, but this highly impacts playability and how attached I’ll get to these characters. The graphics are stunning, which I completely expected coming from the previous games, and blood is going to act more realistic. This means running wounds that with occur in real time and pool red when you’re in water. This is also the biggest AC map they’ve ever made and I’m here for it.
As the name suggests, we’re set in 431 BC Ancient Greece and you are a descendant of the famous Leonidas. How does this match the main AC storyline? It’s Layla who is continuing her story in the Animus.
6) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
My excitement for this is almost purely nostalgic. It’s one of the first co-op games I played other than Diddy Kong Racing or when my older brother forced me into playing GoldenEye 007 with him. Anyway, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes EVERY CHARACTER EVER that has been in this series, plus a bunch of new ones.
There’s also already been a tournament (we recently watched the Grand Finals of ZeRo vs. MkLeo). For me, this is the best game to play during a get together that has a ton of good food and drink, plenty places to sit, and a space where the constant shouting, trash talking, and cursing won’t bother your neighbors. (As I type that sentence, police sirens started wailing in the background. Appropriate.) I’m in the crowd of button-mashing until I die, but hopefully this time around this RPG girl will learn some fighting tactics.
5) Ori and the Will of the Wisps
This game follows Ori and the Blind Tree, bringing the same stunning graphics and emotive characters. It’s a 2D gameplay with the care and storytelling that Unravel has in its series. I hadn’t realized a second Ori game was in the works, so this announcement was an utter delight.
I love moody, visually compelling games. They are the type you can relax to, get sucked into, and let everything else melt away. I can’t wait.
4) Cyperpunk 2077
Honestly, I wasn’t aware of the Cyberpunk world until I saw this. I knew it was coming from CD Projekt (developers of the Witcher series), and that alone was exciting. It’s predecessor, Cyberpunk, was released in 1988 (nicknamed Cyberpunk 2013) with a follow-up of Cyberpunk 2020 in 1990. They’re table-top RPGs based off of a book written by Walter Jon Williams.
This has been giving me punked out Minority Report and Surrogates vibes. I’m so excited that something that has been around so long in table-top form is getting introduced into the digital world with such an amazing team behind it.
My husband has been waiting for this game ever since the concept was first announced. The more they release, the more excited he gets – and the more excited I’m getting. I’ve never been a big comic book person, but I’ve been trying to change that. My love of illustration and storytelling goes hand in hand with comics and graphic novels.
That being said, this game exists in its own universe but pulls from recognizable characters. This has that transition between cut scene and gameplay I mentioned with Ghost of Tsushima and it is done so well. It’s hard to pick what I’m most excited for: the graphics, the huge, mostly accurate New York map, the swinging from buildings…having an experienced Spider-Man whose not fumbling with his new identity. Probably that last one.
I can’t wait to play this. Especially since I have a cross-country bestfriendship and we can play this together. It’s a Bioware game I can play with her at the same time rather than over PS4 party chat discussing our different character routes or sending long text conversations about every aspect of the game ever. So far it seems like most other online Instanced Shared World- it is NOT a MMO – where I can stay on track with my own game but have friends included. I wrote a little bit about this game already, and feel like I could really drone on about it, so instead here’s what I recommend.
Watch the below and if you have questions, please go check out Mark Darrah’s Twitter. He’s tirelessly explained so much.
1) Sea of Solitude
I’m not going to lie; I kind of knew this would happen the moment I saw SOS. I knew the message behind the game and stunning visuals would slowly push this game past Anthem. The reason for that is mostly the personal connection and how deep the emotional side of this game is. I’ve already spoken about it in another post, so I suggest you watch the below reveal and allow yourself to get pulled into the Sea of Solitude.
There we have it! My E3 2018 review ended pretty much where my hype began, but I’m actually okay with that. October and November are going to be game-release heavy, perfect for the Seattle winter that will be settling around me. My husband and I are going to have plenty of reasons to curl up at home in warm pajamas and get comfortable on the couch.
The direction games are going in has made me incredibly excited for all the projects that are currently in the works. I’m expecting E3 2019 to top this, and that might be pretty difficult to do. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, however, and just really want to get my hands on all of the above. If you’re going to be playing Anthem or any of these other games and want to connect or chat, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy gaming, friends!