This E3 has been one of the best in recent years. It was an information overload at the beginning–console announcements, details revealed, new IP’s unveiled, and a metric ton of video footage–all within about a 10-hour period. After I wiped the drool from my chin, scraped my brains up off the floor, and returned them to the loving confines of my skull–I began to try and make sense of all I had just seen.
Due to the sheer volume of gaming goodness released, there are sure to be omissions from this list. There is a ridiculous amount of other games that we are excited about as well; these are just our favorites from the show. This was an insanely tough list to narrow down to ten and if you don’t find your favorite among them, please share them in the comments below. Enjoy.
The Dark Sorcerer – E3 PS4 Trailer (2013)
This trailer made an appearance during the Sony conference and blew our collective minds. In addition to being absolutely stunning graphically, it’s really funny too. What’s most interesting is that this isn’t even a game. It’s just Quantic Dream showing off the PS4’s hefty power and doing so with style and satire. Quantic Dream has made tech demos for Sony in the past, and they normally lead to an announcement the following year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Mirror’s Edge – E3 Announcement Trailer (2013)
The original Mirror’s Edge is probably one of the most underrated and unintentionally best kept secrets of this console cycle. A great first-person action game with incredibly refined controls, it has garnered a loyal following of fans that must have lost their minds when this was announced. The trailer was impressive, as was the well-timed announcement, and the two combined to create a great E3 moment that fans of the series will remember for years to come.
Kingdom Hearts III – E3 Reveal Trailer (2013)
Everyone knew this was coming at some point, but I don’t think anyone would have thought it would have been this long between major installations in the franchise. Sure, there have been a bunch of handheld releases over the years, but the long-awaited announcement of Kingdom Hearts III and its triumphant return to console has been years in the making. All I can say is–it’s about damn time.
Star Wars: Battlefront – E3 Reveal Trailer (2013)
Star Wars: Battlefront is another title that has been sorely missed during this console generation. It has been rumored for quite some time that this game was in “secret” development, but with the closing of LucasArts, it seemed possible that we might have lost this franchise forever. However, not only did they announce the existence of a next-gen Star Wars: Battlefront being in development, they also dropped the bomb that DICE (developers of the Battlefield franchise) would be making the game. They are going to put a little battlefield in my Star Wars, and I think I’m going to like it.
Super Smash Bros. – E3 Wii U and 3DS Trailer (2013)
Super Smash Bros. has been on every Nintendo Console since the N64, so the announcement that the iconic franchise was coming to the Wii U and the 3DS wasn’t really a surprise. However, what was a surprise was the announcement of a character that has been missing from the roster of Nintendo-exclusive fighters for years–Mega Man. It never made sense that the Blue Bomber was missing, and it would seem that Nintendo has finally caught on, giving Mega Man a coveted seat among his 8-bit brethren at last.
Dead Rising 3 – Welcome to the After Party (2013)
The Dead Rising franchise hasn’t really been known for innovation or change. It has pretty much stuck to the same formula over the years–ridiculous gameplay and lots of zombies, and it has worked. The real shocker from Dead Rising 3 isn’t the visuals (which are impressive); it’s the open-world formula the game has adopted. Now, for the first time ever, you get to pummel, liquefy, decapitate, and blast your way through a decimated open world. And the zombie hordes…well, let’s just say there’s a lot of them.
Destiny – E3 Gameplay Trailer (2013)
Bungie (the creators of Halo) may have something special with Destiny. We got our first taste of Destiny gameplay at this E3, and it didn’t disappoint. A single-player, co-op, and MMO experience all rolled into one, this game’s seamless transition between normally segregated game types is impressive, to say the least. Not to mention the insane graphical quality and detailed world design, which (from what we have seen) is on par or above any other game coming to the market this fall. Keep your eye on this one.
Tom Clancy’s: The Division – E3 Gameplay Trailer (2013)
This surprise announcement caught everyone off-guard, and Tom Clancy’s The Division is one of the best looking (if not the best) games of E3 2013. It’s not just the pretty graphics either; the details thrown into this game are astounding. The environment reacts to player actions (shooting tires out on cars, glass breaking realistically, persistent environmental damage, etc.) and the presentation of menus, such as your map, are a fresh take on UI that just makes sense. Add to that tablet support for the integrated multiplayer, and you have one of the most intriguing games of E3. We can’t wait to get ahold of this one.
Battlefield 4 – E3 Gameplay Trailer – Angry Sea (2013)
After watching the gameplay of Battlefield 4, I asked myself one question, “What the hell just happened?” So much happened in the gameplay demo that it was hard to take it all in. The amount of effects these new systems are able to display becomes evident with particle effects and lighting everywhere, destructible environments, and massive scripted set pieces setting the tone around you. I found myself muttering the words “holy crap” several times during the course of the gameplay reveal, something I’m sure was experienced by many of my fellow viewers.
Dying Light – E3 PS4 Trailer (2013)
This trailer is for a game that didn’t get a whole lot of coverage during E3, but the trailer alone is (in our opinion) the best of E3. It has everything–great music, zombies, an electrified wrench, Parkour, and surprises–and it delivers it all in a next-gen visual wrapper. Every person I saw that watched this trailer had the same reaction, which made it all the better. There hasn’t been a lot of info released about this game, but if the trailer is any indication, it might breathe some life back into the stagnating zombie genre. We can only hope.