It is that time of the year again and we are back at the E3 (short for Electronic Entertainment Expo). Some would say that the only thing that can measure up to playing the game for the very first time is witnessing it getting announced. Because of this, E3 2016 is bound to be a huge hit. Of course, this convention is not just about the games. Several devices have been announced as well, starting with Microsoft’s own Xbox One S. However, we can only encompass so much on one list, which is why we will focus only on the greatest and the most anticipated E3 2016 game announcements. Here are some of them.
Mass Effect Andromeda
Just when everyone thought that the epic Commander Shepard Saga has ended for good and left a giant void in our hearts, we were faced with the franchise’s miraculous resurrection. Of course, according to the sources from Bio Ware, the main plotline of the Andromeda takes place in a different galaxy (as its name suggests) and quite some time in the future. What this means is that there is no more commander Shepard (his place was taken by a new and mysterious character called Ryder) and that the companions from the old games are long gone (save perhaps Liara, Aria and Samara, which are all immortal Asari). So long Garrus and Wrex, you will be missed.
Now, this is definitely the thing that has caused the major stir on reddit and yet again caused no small amount of animosity between console and PC gamers. The greatest announcement that Bethesda made on E3 2016 was that of rebooting Skyrim and releasing it with brand new (superbly improved) visuals. While PS4 and Xbox One players rejoiced to hear this, PC gamers claim that for their platform, this remastering was unnecessary. Truth be told, Skyrim community has done an incredible job so the PC gamers see this remastering as being robbed of a new game. As was expected, one just can’t please everyone.
For the lovers of the most famous of all EA franchises, the E3 2016 was a proper delight. Here, they were able to get a glimpse of the stylized gameplay and, according to everything that was shown, it really looks great. Truth be told, we didn’t expect anything less from Frostbite engine in the first place.
Again, we get to see the Ultimate Team which is now almost synonymous with this game’s multiplayer. However, apart from new engine and a brand new (and completely revolutionary) story mode, there is finally an innovation to FIFA mechanics as well.
As for the Battlefield 1, it was a cause of both great joy and some bitterness. To start off with the good news, visuals and the gameplay look really amazing. Now, for the bitter pill. Anyone who has ever opened a history book knows that two greatest belligerents in the WWI were Germany and France. However, it seems that EA is going to make us wait to see the latter faction (as well as Russians together with the entire eastern front) in the DLC pack or even the expansion pack. Of course, Americans who didn’t enter the war until the late 1917 are in the core game, but this is just EA being EA and appealing to their target market. The best excuse for this shameful and disrespectful treatment of history was that it is an alternate reality. This one really never gets old.
If you were born in the 80s or 90s, there is a fat chance that you got to grow up on Tekken. This is why, Tekken 7 being released on stream is going to make a major stir in the world of fighting games. Sure, the last two installments of Mortal Kombat have been praised as great hits, but when it comes to fighting games, audience is much more subjective than in any other genre. This is why the question of Mortal Kombat, Tekken or Street Fighter has always been more of a personal preference than rational decision making.
Fallout and Doom on VR
Last, but in no way least important, two greatest FPS released in the last several months are getting a VR update. The effect of this is so strong that some symbolically claimed that Fallout 4 VR is going to nuke our minds. As for the atmosphere of horror and adrenaline infused storyline of Doom, saying that it would get an incredible enhancement would still be an understatement. What we are witnessing today is moving of boundaries of not just virtual reality and our reality, as well. It is also takes the first person shooters as a genre to a whole new level.
For one who is a passionate gamer, this is truly exciting time. There are some honorable mentions like Civilization 6, Mafia 3 and, of course, the latest installment in The God of War Franchise. However, while all of these games seem good on paper (or on screen, to be more concise), we need to wait and see how they will do once they are finally released. This, yet again, means that now comes the hardest part, waiting…