E3 2014 Recap

Posted: June 11, 2014 by Ian Gaudreau in Gamenomics - Video Games, Microsoft/Xbox, Nintendo, Sony/PlayStation
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Another fantastic Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come to an end. Although new consoles were absent from all developers, the entire show was dedicated to the newest games and hardware coming in the next year.  It was refreshing to see creative ideas from each conference, with innovative spins on classic games combining with the rise of attention to new independent games.  Dozens of new titles were showcased, but here are some of our favorites:

Microsoft

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

The Tomb Raider reboot that occurred in 2013 both surprised in delighted fans of all ages. A previously over sexualized female protagonist was replaced with a cute, strong, completely new Lara Croft. Tomb Raider was charming, enjoyable, and most importantly, a lot of fun. Rise Of The Tomb Raider takes place directly after the events of the 2013 reboot, with Lara apparently coping with the trauma via therapy. With an interesting story already beginning, suspense and excitement will surely follow suite.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

If there was every a game made for mind-blowing multiplayer, it’s Assassin’s Creed. Set in a time period of the French Revolution, we steer away from pirate ships and back to the game’s regular roots. Having a four player cooperative design will completely change the way Assassin’s Creed is played and will add another innovative idea to a landmark franchise.

Halo 5

Microsoft’s most iconic franchise, Halo, has been changing the way first-person shooters have been played since the initial game’s release in 2001. Halo 5 promises new Spartan abilities and incredible server power that will hopefully bring an all-star multiplayer.

Sony

Little Big Planet 3

Perhaps my personal favorite from E3 2014, Little Big Planet 3 is really something special. The LBP series is nothing but pure fun, and the creative changes that have been made to the third game are making this one of the most highly anticipated games from E3. Little Big Planet 3 introduces a cooperative multiplayer mode, with three new characters introduced, each having their own abilities and attributes. Whether you are a hardcore or casual gamer, you will surely have a blast solving puzzles with your friends in this game.

Mortal Kombat X

One of the most renowned fighting games will soon be coming to the next generation. Just from watching the trailer, it is clear that Mortal Kombat X will be delivering all of the gruesome finishing moves and addicting combat that has made the series so successful.

Uncharted 4

What is an E3 without a new Uncharted? As one of the poster series for PlayStation, fans were ecstatic to see a new Uncharted installment. This real time demo was a true spectacle to watch as Nathan Drake appears to be even more lifelike.

Nintendo

Super Smash Bros. for WiiU/3DS

Everyone loves a good Smash Bros. battle. Nintendo really took creative leaps on this title by making it available for both console and handheld. While I imagine this will be quite a profitable title, it is refreshing seeing a company take such a big title and make it available for a handheld console.  Plus, with the incorporation amiibos, this Smash will surely be a dynamic game that stretches playtime into new imaginative realms.

Yoshi’s Wooly World

Our favorite green dino is back in his own title.  Yoshi’s Wooly World takes a creative spin resembling that of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. However, we will see Yoshi in a three dimensional yarn using pieces of thread to his advantage as he conquers enemies. Not only does the gameplay look like a ton of fun, but the bright colors and detailed artwork make this game a true beauty.

The Legend of Zelda

And finally, perhaps the best game for last. Nintendo really delivered this year by offering an open world Legend of Zelda title. This game looks absolutely phenomenal.  As seen in the video, Nintendo tried to go back to their roots and create an original Zelda feeling. We are really looking forward to seeing Link, Zelda, and hopefully some new characters exploring Hyrule.

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