Five Games We Want Revealed at E3 (Plus a Bonus Pick)
The SpawnFirst staff often conjures up unrealistic expectations, so we decided to name some games we hope are revealed at E3. We pondered and pondered about our decisions and eventually decided upon three definite picks. However, I wanted five (and I also removed one of the three picks the staff suggested and threw in one of my own), so I enlisted the help of my colleague Karl Dodds. He provided me with three extra games. We could have called this “Top Six Picks for E3 2014 Game Reveals”, but we like balance. Yeah, that’s it. Anyhow, here is our list.
1. Fallout 4
Fallout 3 was a fantastic open world post-apocalyptic RPG that basically played out like a futuristic version of The Elder Scrolls. Exploring Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of nuclear war is an experience that still lingers in the mind of anyone who played Bethesda’s take on the series that Interplay started. Its follow-up, Fallout: New Vegas, wasn’t as good, but still utilized its environment and painted a memorable picture of a ruined Las Vegas. I don’t know if Bethesda will reveal anything at E3, but if they do and it’s not The Elder Scrolls VI, I hope it’s Fallout 4.
Kotaku received documents that confirmed in every way aside from naming it that Fallout 4 is indeed in development. The documents revealed its setting to be Massachusetts. Much like Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Massachusetts is a rarely explored place in video games. As a matter of fact, the only game I can recall that used Boston as a main backdrop is Assassin’s Creed III, but its events take place in the late 1700s (The Last of Us featured a vision of a post-apocalyptic Boston in a few chapters). I’m excited to see what Bethesda will do with Boston and what changes they’ll make to the Fallout formula. I also hope the bugs from New Vegas don’t carry over.
2. Left 4 Dead 3
I’m not a HUGE fan of Left 4 Dead. I think it’s an enjoyable yet repetitive zombie FPS with virtually no plot, and I also am partial to single player games. I’ll admit I did have a lot of fun playing it with friends, but even then it still feels limited. I much prefer Left 4 Dead 2 because of its variety, but even it felt lacking to me. I would love for Valve to announce Left 4 Dead 3 (Left 3 Dead? L3ft 4 Dead?) at E3.
However, I want even more variety in Left 4 Dead 3. I want AI partners to be better for people who choose to go it alone. I want more modes, enemy types, and weapons. What I’m getting at is that I want Left 4 Dead 3 to be awesome. And I will buy the hell out of it.
3. The Elder Scrolls VI
I’m willing to call The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim one of my favorite games ever. I’ve played it for well over 600 hours. I’ve discovered every location, every easter egg, and probably every tree. I bought Dawnstar, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. I eventually completely wore myself out on it. And now I want The Elder Scrolls VI to be announced at E3.
It probably won’t happen, but one can dream. If it actually did happen I would most likely have a heart attack (from being obese and trying to run around my neighborhood and tell everyone). But The Elder Scrolls, much like Fallout, has a bug infestation. A big one. Bethesda, please take the time to work on your games more before you release them. Also, please announce The Elder Scrolls VI at E3.
4. Resident Evil 7
I’ve had a sketchy past with the Resident Evil series. I was too young to really enjoy the original games when they were released. I can vaguely remember my dad playing Resident Evil Survivor on the original PlayStation, but that game didn’t really encapsulate what the series is about. Then, when I was a little older, I dabbled with the Outbreak series on the PS2, but I never really got on with it. The first Resident Evil game I fell in love with was Resident Evil 4. From then on Capcom had found their winning formula and stuck with it. I put countless hours into the fourth and fifth games.
Then Resident Evil 6 came along. I never hated the game like the masses seemed to, but I will admit it didn’t have the same effect on me as the previous two numbered entries. The quicktime events put me off from the start; I persevered for a while, but then I just lost interest. It’ll soon be two years since Resident Evil 6 released, and you can bet Capcom has quietly been working on something for a while now. So an E3 reveal for Resident Evil 7, or whatever they decide to call it, seems pretty logical.
5. The Last of Us 2
The Last of Us was easily my favorite game of 2013. I never connected and cared for the characters in a new IP so quickly and strongly before. After the opening 20 minutes I was hooked. I realize Naughty Dog is split into different divisions with one team working hard on Uncharted 4 and the other on The Last of Us Remastered, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t secretly started preliminary work on The Last of Us 2 with a teaser trailer planned, similar to the Uncharted 4 reveal last year.
It seems like a waste of time for Naughty Dog to spend a year porting The Last of Us to the PS4 while upgrading the textures and character models if they didn’t intend to use them again. The artwork that was released of an older Ellie playing guitar has me holding out hope. Maybe we’ll get a glance at a continuation of the series. Letting this IP stay dormant for too long would be a crime.
BONUS PICK: Grand Theft Auto VI
It’s been heavily rumored that Grand Theft Auto V will find its way to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And while Rockstar have been extremely quiet on the matter, it’s safe to assume they’ll want something on the latest generation of consoles as quickly as possible, but what if it’s not what everyone expects? What if it’s Grand Theft Auto VI? Rockstar doesn’t generally attend E3 unless they have something astronomically big to announce.
I feel like if they break that trend and take to the stage to announce a port of Grand Theft Auto V everyone will be a little disappointed. It certainly won’t make as many waves as a new entry in the franchise would. While Grand Theft Auto has never been an annual franchise, there was only one year separating Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from the third game, so a new entry being announced could definitely happen. While I enjoyed my time with Grand Theft Auto V, I don’t want this to become the generation of ports and remakes. I hope Rockstar has something more substantial to share.
EXTRA BONUS PICK: Half-Life 3
Which games would you like to see revealed at this year’s E3? Let us know in the comments!