With the dust settling down from E3, we here at Gamersbliss have been thinking, if you could get any FIVE games out of E3, what would they be? It was a pretty impressive showing this year, two new consoles, both touting pretty fantastic looking exclusive titles, as well as 3rd party developers rolling out the big guns, literally and figuratively, to show off their latest and greatest. There were so many fantastic games this year, compiling a list of just five was hard to whittle down, but these are the top Five games, we are most excited about, as well as some runner-ups.
5. Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
As our own Karla Clark writes in her article on the announcement : “Finally, after 8 years of remakes and subpar handheld games, Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development. After showing a trail for the latest Final Fantasy, we were pleasantly surprised with a trailer of Sora reclaiming his keyblade. The game will be playable on your console, at home, on a television.”
Karla was certainly right, it’s been a rough ride for fans of the series, with the wait for the latest game being so long and so many other titles coming out that were smaller/spin-offs, gamers were itching for even the slightest hint that somebody, somewhere, was dreaming of a Kingdom Hearts 3, the sheer excitement of this announcement, but the lack of real details, is what puts Kingdom Hearts 3 at number 5!
For those of you wondering more about the story, we do have a little information, as Marcus White writes: “The plot of Kingdom Hearts III revolves around Master Xehenort trying to keep balance between light and darkness by sparking a war against the ‘tyranny of light.’” You can read more about the Plot of Kingdom Hearts 3 HERE! (<— click it, I know you want to)
4. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
South Park, it is a beloved series that many hold dear, one of the funniest shows on television, and has been consistently for over ten years. Despite its clear love of gaming (Okama GameSphere anyone?) they have yet to make a great game, the best one was the South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense play! So when it was announced at last year’s E3 that the Matt Stone and Trey Parker were writing on their own video game, an RPG no less, the gaming community thought it would be hella tits. Sadly, like Kenny’s parents waiting for a well fare check, we were disappointed in how little we saw. Well, a year later, things seem to be on track and great, and as our own Heather Spears puts it (here): “The glory of a title like this is how it mirrors the same sense of humor you can only find on South Park yet it is in the palms of your hands…To quote the tease (below), expect to see this game maybe sometime this Holiday season or some Holiday season.”
So pair the anticipation of a quality South Park game with this hilarious reveal and the promise that it will basically look like you’re playing an episode is what puts South Park: The Stick of Truth firmly at 4… Don’t forget to bring a towel.
3. The Crew (Ps4, Xbox One, PC)
This title has many of us here at Gamersbliss crazy excited, basically a racing gaming built around you forming your own Fast and Furious style team and, well, Heather says it best :
“At E3 2013, Ubisoft had a huge surprise in store. The big surprise for fans around the world was Ubisoft announcing their upcoming next-gen driving game, The Crew. This is a game that levels players in the heart of an open world setting in the United States. The Crew is seriously a huge map of the entire United States leaving players to roam around well known landmarks, take on driving challenges and game with friends in an experience never before witnessed in gaming before. It takes over 90 minutes to travel coast to coast in-game and leaves single player, co-op and multiplayer seamlessly hidden within the map. This no load time, open world adventure plots players together to take out massive criminal organizations throughout the major cities of the United States.” (Check out the full article HERE)
Some of the Gamersbliss crew got a chance to play this at E3(Check out the full article for more details), and well, it’s greatness is what lands it at number 3!
2. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
As Jose Gallardo writes Here : “Nintendo announced Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS at this year’s E3 and unveiled two surprising new challengers (3 according to recent updates), and one of those challengers is non other than Megaman!”
Super Smash Brothers, a gaming staple for more than 10 years, it’s a popular go-to, easily accesible yet difficult to master fighter that has produced some pretty fantastic games in its time. With the release of the Wii U this is one of the main titles that everybody had been waiting for, and thankfully we got our first look at it during E3 and IT. Is. GLORIOUS!
As always with the Smash Bros. series, it’s all about the line up and this one is looking to be fantastic. Also announced with Megaman are the Villager from Animal Crossing and the Trainer from Wii Fit. Both of whom look to be worthy additions to the storied franchise and a heckuva lot of fun to play.
Also, the addition of a portable 3DS version means that we’ll be able to smash on the go, and that’s always a good thing.
Can’t wait to see what Mr. Hand has in store, and what other characters might pop up. Who do you want to see enter the brawl?
Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS blast onto the scene at Number 2!
1. Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One)
“What will it take to save what remains?
That’s the question that Ubisoft posed today and the answer is Tom Clancy’s The Division. The game is a third person, online open-world RPG that’s set to release on Xbox One and PS4 during fall 2014. There are no plans for a PC version.
The game takes place in the United States amongst a broken society. A pathogen able to survive on dollar bills is spread as millions of consumers spend money on Black Friday. Within 72 hours, the stock market crashes and the country descends into chaos. Meanwhile, “Directive 51″ is secretly signed into order by the president. Players will take control of special task force agents who must maintain order at all costs.”
The above was taken from my colleague Karla Clark’s article, which you can read all of HERE .
Basically, this game looks phenominal, open world RPG where your friends can drop in, help via tablet, and who knows what else. This game blew us all away here at Gamersbliss and that is why it is number 1!
Runner Ups (in no particular order)
Like I said earlier, this was a tough call, with so many awesome looking games, both technically and functionally, this was a hard list to whittle down. That being said I do want to give honorable mention to a few amazing looking games, any that I miss, and I’m sure I do, feel free to yell at me about in the comments ;D
1. Titanfall (Xbox One)
This game looked really cool, and is the first impressive looking mech game I’ve seen in a while. As a big fan of the mech universe, and loving the Mech games on the original Xbox, we at Gamersbliss are definitely looking forward to seeing more about this title.
2. Super Mario 3d World (Wii U)
It’s a new Mario game, looks similar to Mario 64, and you wear a Cat Suit. If you’re not excited you have clearly lost all joy in life. Check more of it out HERE.
3. Star Wars Battlefront
This was a hard one to leave off the list, still not sure why I did, maybe the newer titles seemed more exciting, or maybe it just wasn’t enough footage to get super excited over, but mostly it is the fact that Dice has announced that this is going to be a reboot, not the sequel everybody was hoping for. Still Battlefront with next-gen graphics and, I’m assuming, some new content is always welcome.
4. The Order: 1886
Just check out THE TRAILER and try and tell me you’re not excited about this alternate telling of the knights of the round table in a steampunk setting fighting some kind of monsters. Just that sentence alone should get you pumped.
Well, there it is, let us know what your looking forward most to and, from all the folks here at Gamersbliss, get that high score!