News of new consoles may have dominated the early headlines of E3 2016, but let’s be honest – it’s the games that really matter, and this year’s show was filled with new exciting games. Below you’ll find our absolute favourites from E3 2016, complete with trailers and links to more in-depth coverage where possible.
Nintendo’s had a quiet E3 overall, but we have had our first proper look at the next Legend of Zelda installment. And our impression of Breath of the Wild is that it’s going to be something truly special – a cel-shaded open world adventure that changes up the Zelda formula without dispelling its spirit.
Do androids dream of electric sheep? Perhaps you’ll find the answer in Detroit: Become Human, which puts you in the mind and body of a number of androids in a near-future version of – you guessed it – Detroit.
This is a vision of the future that sees androids aving taken over millions of jobs previously done by humans – manufacturing, admin, child care – but what started out as a blissful period of coexistence appears to begin falling apart when some of these androids start behaving oddly. Some simply disappear, some commit suicide, and some even attack humans. Clearly, none of this is part of the programming.
This is the new game from David Cage, the chap behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, and much like those games, Detroit is all about interactive storytelling. There are so many more variables and options here, though, and having seen the same scene play out in three very different ways we can confirm there’s a really impressive degree of nuance at play, with your decisions having logical conclusions – even if they don’t always go quite as planned!
Fans of Cage’s previous games will love this. As will Blade Runner nerds.
DICE has turned to World War 1, rather than follow the crowd with another sci-fi shooter – and we are over the top with this game.
The gameplay is incredible, with fast-paced multiplayer matches filled with vehicles, wide open arenas and aerial dogfighting. There’s more than a little bit borrowed from Star Wars: Battlefront too, with a much cleaner UI than older BF games.
It’s the colossal airships and zeppelins that impress most, though. Bring one down and it’ll destroy any buildings it crashes into, leaving rubble and mangled metal for you to fight around for the rest of the match.
How do you make giant fighting robots that little bit cooler? Give them a bloomin’ great lightning sword, for a start. Bolt on about six rocket launchers, and then we’ll talk.
Titanfall 2 is hitting up Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on 28 October, with a full singleplayer campaign as well as the familiar multiplayer mayhem. It looks pretty bombastic from the reveal trailer, switching the action between on- and off-world conflicts.
Expect new Titans, new weapons, and a whole host of larger, more hostile environments to cause mechanised carnage in online, too. Move over Call of Duty?
Kratos is back! And he has a beard! And a son… but mostly check out the beard! Presumably there’s going to be a side-quest in which he sidelines his day job slaying monsters by making latte art as a barista. Just imagine Kratos asking if you want whipped cream.
For a start, we’re now in a land of Norse, rather than Greek, mythology, and the view has moved from a distant isometric camera to a more intense, traditional third-person one.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the new God of War, but we do know it’s brutal and beautiful, and we can’t wait to play the full game.
For our money, Sea of Thieves was the most exciting gameplay reveal at Microsoft’s event, with the trailer giving us our first real taste of the cartoony multiplayer pirate action we can expect from Rare’s upcoming title.
It looks, in one word, FUN – and isn’t that what we play games for? Hoist the mainbrace, ye lubbers, and consider our swashes well and truly buckled.
The new info we’ve gleaned from E3 suggests Wildlands is going to be a typically gun-heavy Tom Clancy title that prioritises teamwork as you and a small group of elite special forces operatives take on a Bolivian drug cartel across a giant open-world.
Team up online with up to three other players and fly helicopters, ride motorbikes, drive jeeps and generally cause bombastic havok in one of the finest-looking games currently in development.
A destroyed America in the grip of some kind of zombie outbreak, a mournful acoustic guitar soundtrack, more than a bit of the old ultra-violence. We absolutely love this one, hoping it is filled all our post-apocalyptic dreams and desires.
But there are key differences, one being that Days Gone is a true open world game rather than a tightly-controlled narrative experience. Another is that combat tends to be against dozens of infected rather than a small group.
After the success of The Stick of Truth, we’ve got a new South Park RPG on the way.
Boasting the same true-to-the-show art style and a plot that centres around Cartman’s quest to make billions of dollars from a series of superhero movies, The Fractured But Whole looks set to continue the series’ theme of combining off-colour LOLs with a genuinely deep, challenging gaming experience. We can’t wait!
If Konami’s vicious canning of Silent Hills left you mourning the prospects of a Hideo Kojima/Norman Reedus off The Walking Dead collab, it’s time to punch the air, because at Sony’s event Kojima showed off the first teaser for his upcoming game – and it’s got Norman Reedus in it. Naked. On a beach. With a disappearing baby. Surrounded by dead fish and whales.
The game is called Death Stranding and we have no idea what it’s about. But we’re intrigued.
The big news with the new FIFA isn’t that the gameplay has been massively tweaked but rather that it has a whole new single-player mode.
The Journey sees you take control of a young hopeful, completing missions such as coming off the bench to score a goal and navigating tricky questions from the gentlemen and ladies of the press.
Of course the gameplay has also been refined, with big players now having much more strength and teammates showing more intelligence (so not lifelike at all then). Set-pieces have also been entirely overhauled.
Oh, Morgan – it looks as though you’re in a spot of bother. Groundhog Day + nasty aliens? Rather you than me, to be honest.
With seemingly very little in common with the 2006 game of the same name, the new Prey appears to be a reimagining rather than a sequel, and it looks to be all the better for it, with the disorienting ceiling-running and American Indian influences replaced with full-on sci-fi and aliens that bring to mind nano tech swarms and Venom’s symbiote suit. The action in the trailer also immediately brings to mind Dead Space, and that’s a very good thing.
It’s wasn’t playable at E3 unfortunately, but we’re still mighty excited for Prey.
Infinitive Warfare got off to a rather… shaky start in the opinion stakes, but after strutting its stuff at E3, the hype is definitely back on, and it’s all thanks to space. Well, more specifically, the amazing spaceship dogfight gameplay that was revealed at the show.
With grappling hooks, hand-to-hand space combat and the regular polished run-and-gun firefights all on offer, shooter fans have plenty here to be excited about.
It was originally supposed to come out on the PS3 in 2011, and there’ve been times we feared the whole thing would never make it out of development hell – but finally, The Last Guardian has a release date: 25 October 2016, on the PS4.
Yes, you’ll be playing the spiritual sequel to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus before the year is out, and it’s a really rather special game featuring one boy and his giant, adorable cat-dog-eagle, Trico.
The Resident Evil series turned 20 this year, and it’s been on a few ups and downs quality-wise over the decades – but its next incarnation may just be the scariest yet. Because, folks, it’s gone VR.
Yep, Sony showed off Resident Evil VII: Biohazard as a PlayStation VR title (it’s coming to PC and Xbox One too, though), meaning, for the first time, you’ll be taking on the viral-infected hordes as if you were actually there. We pity your underpants, survival horror fans.
We’ve known about Dishonored 2 for a year now, and the trailer leaked early, and yet the moment it appeared on screens during the Bethesda press conference the crowd still went wild.
In fairness, the vast screen conveyed the beauty and scale of the game far better than a YouTube stream can. The slightly cartoonish aesthetic of the last game remains, but vastly more detail makes the world feel more alive and real, and the lighting effects can create scenes of real beauty.
You can play as Corvo from the first game or don the mask of a now grown-up Emily Baldwin, who has a unique set of abilities that open up different ways to play. Whichever character you choose, though, there’s going to be lots of violence – the trailer above is packed with brutal takedowns.
Ubisoft’s surprise reveal this year was Steep. No guns, no explosions, no assassin’s stalking their targets. Instead, we’ve got a lovely-looking snowboarding/skiing/wingsuit/paragliding game that plops you slap bang in the middle of the french Alps.
The scenery looks stunning and the flexibility to instantly swap between all four play styles is great. As long as it’s not too sim-like and manages to inject its own personality, it could be a great change of pace from the usual frantic action.
This indie psychological thriller’s cartoony style is disarming, to say the least. It’s set in an alternative British dystopian timeline where everyone pops Joy pills in an attempt to filter out the bleak, harsh world they’re living in.
Having missed your dose, reality starts seeping in, and you’re soon on the run, trying to escape the clutches of the evil smiling authorities while taking just enough Joy to remain undetected as you plot your escape.