E3 2013: Top Ten Most Anticipated Games
Written Saturday, June 08, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
We’ve already brought you a list of our most wanted E3 2013 game announcements, so now it’s time to look at the games we’re most looking forward to spending time with at this year’s L.A. mega-event. You know, the stuff we already know about but can't wait to see again. There’s some absolutely stonkingly huge titles in here.
Below you’ll find a list, in no particular order, of all the most exciting titles set to release over the next year or so. We’ve got sneaky stealth-em-ups, intriguing TV show/game mash-ups, huge online shooters, and a game about a fat kid from Colorado that can fart fire. Something for everything then. This is our Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of E3.
Of all the next-gen titles we've glimpsed so far, Quantum Break is without doubt the most interesting. The debut trailer mixed live-action footage featuring a creepy little psychic girl, with pre-rendered footage of a dirty great big ship crashing through a bridge, as well as what looked like third-person sections where you control a policeman of some sort. It left us with more questions than answers.
What we know for sure is that Quantum Break also has a TV series in production and "how you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game." This is clearly a title at the very forefront of Microsoft's living room push, and with Remedy, the Finnish developers of Alan Wake, at the helm, we wouldn't bet against it being great. Hopefully E3 will help us work out exactly what the hell it is.
We love a stealth game here at X360A, and Thief represents the daddy of them all. The original 1998 release – dreamed up and written by BioShock creator Kevin Levine – was the first 3D stealth game, the first to use shadow as a mechanic and the first to employ sound cues that could alert NPCs to players and vice versa. Hitman, Splinter Cell, Dishonored – they all owe a debt to Thief.
The return of Thief is exciting, then, and the early signs are good. When Editor Dan saw the game in action behind-closed-doors at GDC earlier this year, he was shown an uncompromisingly tough stealth experience. Thief isn't a game that allows you to shoot your way out of trouble, there are no real alternatives. In a world where such games are becoming increasingly action-orientated, that's rare. That's why we can't wait to see a little more of the next-gen Eidos Montreal reboot.
Everything we've seen of Destiny so far has blown our socks off. In terms of world, race and character building, it's a project of a scale we're not sure we've ever seen outside of the Mass Effect series. Mixing fantasy and sci-fi, with healthy doses of Star Wars and Halo and even a touch of Lord of the Rings, everything about it is huge. But we still haven't seen it in action.
Sure there's been concept art and a live-action/CG trailer and a bunch of stuff about the engine, but we're gagging to see a bit of gameplay. Thankfully, at E3 this year developer Bungie promises to deliver just that. Halo was massive, a system defining series for an entire platform. Destiny has the potential to be even bigger. In just a few days time, we should get our first proper look at the future.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
This one has split opinion at X360A. Some of us feel that the series has been run into the ground, needlessly turned into an annual franchise and drained of any excitement. But others remember the strength of Assassin's Creed's premise and the beauty of its worlds. We're a team divided.
So with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag we're going to give it another chance. Assassin's Creed III promised much, but didn't really live up to expectation. With the latest instalment, we're hoping that pirates, naval battles and exploration across environments as diverse as ocean, jungles, forts and ruins can breathe life into a franchise that is in danger of getting stale. Plus, there's the next-gen factor. Assassin's Creed has always been pretty. We want the Xbox One version to melt our eyeballs.
Dragon Age III: Inquisition
Dragon Age developers BioWare have had a tough few years. Following the disappointment felt by many over Dragon Age 2, the flop that was The Old Republic, and the fan rage that surrounded Mass Effect 3's original ending, the once exalted studio has taken and few gut punches. But we fully expect them to come back fighting.
The stage is set then, for BioWare to knock us out with Dragon Age III: Inquisition. Despite their setbacks, it's a team the can stand among the very best RPG creators that the world has ever seen and we don't say that lightly. The ingredients are all there and if it all comes together DAIII could be something very special indeed. We'll be hoping to spend some time with it next week.
An open-world; spangly future-techno gadgets; stealth; augmented reality; emergent gameplay madness; the ability to cause massive pile-ups by messing with traffic lights; the MOBILE PHONE OF DOOM. If there’s one game coming our way this year that’s right up our street, it’s Watch Dogs.
A new property from the talented chaps and chapesses at Ubisoft Montreal, with an entirely new engine built from the ground up specifically for the project, it’s a game that reeks of freshness. And at an event no doubt dominated by sequels, it could be just what we need. Watch Dogs is a franchise that promises to be around for a long time.
South Park: Stick of Truth
Featuring old-school, turn-based RPG mechanics and Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s trademark humour (they’re writing the game), South Park: Stick of Truth may not quite have the AAA clout of some of the other games on this list, but in terms of pure fun it’s potentially right near the top.
When we spent time with Stick of Truth at last year’s E3, we were impressed enough to call it “THQ’s saving grace.” That didn’t come to pass, as THQ collapsed before the game could hit shelves, but with the Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas) helmed project now under the wing of Ubisoft, we’re hoping it can fulfill its potential. And if you disagree? You go to hell. You go to hell and you die!
Murdered: Soul Suspect
An intriguing mix of L.A. Noire and Capcom’s Ghost Trick, Murdered: Soul Suspect sees you take the role of detective Ronan O'Connor as he strives to solve his own murder in the historically spooky town of Salem. Aside from the fact that you play as a character acting from beyond the grave, which is pretty novel in its own right, it’s the game’s mix of evidence gathering and stealth that makes it stand out.
Throw all that together and Murdered: Soul Suspect is a massively promising title. E3 is going to be dominated by big, brash, noisy action games, but Soul Suspect is offering something different. It’s taking its influences and making something that looks and feels fresh. Early showings of the game have been impressive, so we’re keen to see more. Let’s hope it lives up to our expectations.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
We love The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. The grizzled, monster hunting Geralt is one of our favourite characters in recent years, the game’s world offers a wonderfully dark twist on fantasy staples and... well, it’s just not quite like anything else. With Wild Hunt, we fully expect CD Projekt Red to take the experience to the next level.
They’re already talking a good game. So far the Polish developer hasn’t been shy about its aspirations, promising a 50-plus hour main campaign, another 50 hours of side quests, a world bigger than Skyrim’s and an increased focus on doing what Geralt does best: slaying huge beasts. One of our most anticipated upcoming releases, we can’t wait to see more of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Now that Kojima’s fun and games surrounding the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its voice actor are over (or are they?), we’re looking forward to finally getting a proper look at the latest in the revered series. Because let’s be clear, Metal Gear Solid games aren’t just new releases, they’re events.
Is the Fox Engine really that good? How is Kojima going to bridge the 9 year gap between the prologue and the main game? Will the tactical espionage action translate well to an open world? How will Kiefer Sutherland acclimatise to his new role? What the hell is going on with the giant flaming whale hallucinations? We’ve got plenty of questions about The Phantom Pain. Let’s hope that E3 can offer up some answers.
So there you have it, the games we're most anticipating seeing at E3 this year. As ever, let us know below what you're looking forward to and why we're idiots for missing your favourite upcoming game.