E3 was a bit of a blur. With so many game announcements, hardware news, and tech reveals, it was difficult to make sense of things – but we decided to look at 5 of the game reveals which appear the most promising:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Release date: TBA (Wii U, NX)
Nintendo revealed a bunch of new information on their next Zelda game, due to come out on NX and Wii U next year.
The game is quite easily the largest and most ambitious game in the franchise to date, featuring new gameplay elements like changing weather patterns and scalable cliffs.
There is also a wider array of weapons like spears and axes that Link has access to, along with the ability to pick up food to replenish health.
Enemies also live in colonies rather than scattered randomly around Hyrule, and the game is compatible with several coming amiibo figurines.
State of Decay 2
Release date: 2017 (Xbox One, PC)
Undead Labs did not disappoint with their long-awaited unveiling of State of Decay 2.
Like its predecessor, State of Decay 2 will be an open-world third-person survival RPG set in a recent zombie apocalypse. Unlike its predecessor, it will support drop-in co-op play so you can enlist a couple friends to help keep the roaming hordes at bay.
Your actions will again have an impact on the world around you, only this time, the ripples can be felt much further away.
Release date: TBA (PS4)
Interesting to see Marvel giving exclusive rights to a Spider-Man game to Sony here, especially with a lucrative new film just sitting over the horizon.
This one’s being developed by Insomniac Games, the great team behind Rachet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive, who’ve proved time and again they can make fast-paced action games with interesting movement mechanics, making them a perfect match for web-slinging Spidey.
It’s a great developer at work here and it doesn’t appear to be constrained by any established comic or movie storyline, which should give them some freedom to experiment.
Release date: TBA (PS4)
Sony introduced everyone to a new zombie survival game, but it wasn’t a Last of Us sequel. Days Gone is a new title from Bend Studios, who worked on the underrated Uncharted: Golden Abyss on PS Vita.
Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as Deacon St. John, a drifter and bounty hunter who has to use his former biker days to gain an edge in a world where survival is the only option.
It looks gorgeous and the sheer volume of zombies on-screen gets us excited to what the game has in store.
Forza Horizon 3
Release date: September 2016 (Xbox One, PC)
Microsoft’s open-world racing spin-off Forza Horizon gets a new sequel.
This time, the game is set in the lush areas of Australia, offering gamers wide open-roads to put the largest Forza Horizon car roster to the test.
The campaign also features 4-player co-op, which is quite interesting for a racing game. We’re excited to see how it all works when Forza Horizon 3 launches on Xbox One and PC in September.