[E3] The best games of E3 2013
E3 2013 is now over and we have witnessed all the games on the show. We’ve shown the promising games from the event (click here), and we have revealed the overlooked games that deserves attention (click here) .
But the wait is over, as we reveal the best games of E3 2013, in no particular order.
1. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Apparently, Kojima Productions is back on creating a 5th instalment to the Metal Gear Solid series, continuing from the plot of Peace Walker. However, it looks like it’s going to be a huge leap of a sequel, for it is the first open-world MGS ever made. Displayed in its new FOX engine, The Phantom Pain shows off new ways to sneak past guards, along with a dynamic storyline, and several more gameplay features. What’s more exciting with this title is that not only it will be released for PS4 and PS3, but it will also come on the Xbox One and 360 for the first time. We may see more awesomeness with the game over time, but I’m sure the words ‘Metal Gear Solid’ and ‘Open World’ are certainly enough to get us interested for this outing.
2. Infamous: Second Son
Infamous, one of the most popular franchises on PS3, is about to utilize the latest technologies of PS4 to create its second sequel. It replaces Cole with a new character, Delsin Rowe, who possesses fiery powers, useful for taking down foes and scaling tall buildings. It looks stunning and inventive, and even its gameplay trailer has got us hooked, in which Delsin takes over a stronghold of guards with super powers. Combining with the Series formulae of open worlds and wild side quests, Second Son is going to be a huge blast when it arrives shortly after PS4’s launch day.
3. Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman’s gotten cool again recently, as he wowed gamers with 2009’s Arkham Asylum, and then striking gold with Arkham City. Now he’s ready for his third outing ‘Arkham Origins’, the prequel to the first two games, in which a caped crusader faces the Joker for the first time. It may not feature the original voice actors of Batman and Joker and Rocksteady only providing supervision towards its development, but the game still has the potential of becoming another awesome superhero game. Not only it features an interesting plot, where Batman is pursued by assassins hired by Black Mask, but it’s also going to have more challenging gameplay and more clever gadgets. It will swoop in towards the current gen consoles in October 2013, which might possibly be labeled as a Swansong before the arrival of PS4 and Xbox One.
4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Those following the extraordinary adventures of Geralt of Riveria, will soon see his concluding part of his story in the ‘Wild Hunt’. It’s currently being built with the new REDengine 3, and is planned to nest on the more suiting platforms of PC, PS4, and Xbox One. To go along with its remarkable background of the series, this game is going to feature a fully-open world, which is larger than Skyrim and will have sections for Geralt to travel using horses and boats. It will also improve on various features, including a more dynamic combat system. It’s scheduled to hit stores in 2014, so you’d better ready up your machines if you want your hands on this next instalment.
5. Final Fantasy XV
It’s possibly the biggest surprise of this year’s E3, in which the action-based spin-off Final Fantasy Versus XIII becomes the 15th entry of the long-running franchise. As proven in its announcement trailer, it will use the next-gen technology to deliver more fluid experiences and a more expansive environment. Versus XIII featured the amazing battle mechanics and a darker story, and it’s going to be stacked on with some cool tricks and dynamic techniques in XV, as shown in the trailer. It’s pencilled for launch on PS4 and Xbox One, but comes without a release window, so expect some more exciting news about the game over time.
This is the closest you’ll ever get to a futuristic Call of Duty, which is in fact made by the same developers. It’s strictly a multiplayer title, which contains skirmish objectives and single player elements. But what’s more fascinating is that players will have a choice of either fighting on foot, using weapons and gadgets, or pilot the massive mechs known as ‘Titans’. The gameplay shown during E3 is actually fresh and kicking in 60 frames per second. It has even shown some cool Titan combat moves, including one where they rip the pilot from an enemy mech. Xbox One has shown a wide range of exclusives, and Titanfall shines like a jewel in a crown. It’s coming out in 2014, and it’s going to welcome veterans of CoD and Halo toward the new Microsoft console.
7. The Division
It’s another Tom Clancy game, and this time it’s a MMO third person shooter. Not a lot of information has been given out about the game, apart from the trailer that already illustrates it nicely. The Division allows the player to work in teams, as they try to settle the conflicts and save as much lives as they can from a terrible plague. Given the game’s backstory and objectives, it would be fascinating to see how it unfolds over time, possibly changing the environment as a result. Hopefully more details will come, including on its multiplayer structure, as we count towards its release date of 2014 for Xbox One and PS4, with the possible support of more platforms (including PC).
8. The Crew
This original racing game may actually become a rival to the Need for Speed series, for the strong reasons. It’s being developed with some makers behind ‘Test Drive Unlimited’, and it will feature a persistent open-world, where players can take on challenges and team up with other racers online. The game was presented wonderfully at Ubisoft’s E3 conference, especially when they have shown a player, who was joined by three other people to help win his mission. They also have shown the ability of changing parts for cars, giving it unique properties as they travel across various parts of America. It’s being planned for a release in early 2014 for next-gen consoles, so as a veteran of Test Drive Unlimited on the Xbox 360, I would say that it’s going to be pretty exciting!
It’s been a few years since Bungie bid farewell to Microsoft with 2010’s Halo Reach, but they have returned with their forthcoming multi-platform title, called ‘Destiny’. It’s set to innovate with a “shared world”, where events may happen at any time, even if it’s not planned by the developers themselves. However, the latest trailers from E3 have demonstrated some incredible gameplay, where it feels like Halo, except it has got Co-op multiplayer action with over 5 people, RPG elements and character customization, and ways to upgrade weapons to exotic heights. Hopefully we might be able to find out more about the game’s infrastructure, but it already looks stylish, stunning, and breathtaking. It’s not long until it reaches cross-gen consoles in 2014, and it will feature exclusive content for the Playstation versions.
10. Battlefield 4
Battlefield 3 stormed themselves into competition in 2011, thanks to its explosive gameplay and its memorable multiplayer mode. 2 years later, its sequel ‘Battlefield 4’ is going to take it to the next level, as they will use the latest technologies to bring back Battlefield 2142’s Commander Mode, and feature destructible buildings and environments. The footage from both Microsoft and EA conferences have stunned many people, as they have shown players fighting through stormy winds in boats, planes slipping over foes, and a skyscraper, where people previously have fought inside, collapsed and fell into many pieces. This is the title that will take advantage of its new Frostbite 3 engine, and it is best played on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. But that’s not all, as players will soon experience this amazing scale of action in Fall 2013.
…and the best game at E3 2013 is…
E3 has witnessed lots of sequels and they gain more attention than the original titles, but this year, it’s Ubisoft’s ‘Watch Dogs’ that takes the crown as the best game of E3 2013!
Revealed at E3 2012 and not to be confused with last year’s Sleeping Dogs (nor the film Straw Dogs), it’s a game where the player steps into the shoes of Aiden Pearce; he’s the protagonist of the game, where he can hack into any electrical device and use them to fulfil his vigilante duties. It’s an open-world adventure, where the player can gain access to various areas, drive around streets, and use stealth and devices to outwit foes.
But you won’t know about the amazing wonders of this game, without seeing the trailers from both E3 and the PS4 Reveal Event from February. They show Aiden revealing the crimes from people and foil their dastardly plots, as well as using cameras to bring himself and his allies out of the danger zone. Watch Dogs is no ordinary open-world game, in which the player can use the environment to fool thugs and cops, and discover special areas and surprises. It’s going to be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in November 2013, with the prettier Xbox One and PS4 versions to follow soon after.
And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s CGI trailer promoting the game:
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Honorable Mentions: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/WiiU, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Dark Souls II, Dead Rising 3, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and The Evil Within
UPDATE: This article has been revised to correct factual mistakes.