So this year’s E3 event is over with and all-in-all, it was quite a stacked show, it was by no means perfect, but overall it pretty much had everything you’d want from the event. It was a good show in particular for Sony and Microsoft in terms of games being shown, along with some other strong showings. In-fact, it was that much of an enjoyable show for me personally, that I’ve really had to be ruthless as to what I cut from this article. So with that said, these are my personal favourite gaming moments from E3 2018. However with so many moments missing from my list and this being subjective, sound out your favourites across our social media channels.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Back in December of last year at the PlayStation Experience, a new game by From Software was teased, that showed a blood-drenched, bone device with a Japanese scroll in the background. Many had speculated that if this wasn’t a new Bloodborne; it could very well be a new Tenchu. However as it turns out, this wasn’t a new Bloodborne or Tenchu, it was in-fact a brand new IP called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
A sure to be hard as nails, action-adventure title with RPG elements, set in an alternate and ancient world of Sengoku Japan in the late 1500’s. Developed by From Software and published Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2019.
Gears of War 5
We all pretty much expected a new Gears of War to be announced at the Microsoft conference, especially as there were rumours that three new games would be announced (which ended up being true). However, let’s set aside the strategy game (Gears Tactics) and that Funko Pop one (yes, really) and concentrate on the main entry into the series that is Gears of War 5.
From the opening moments of the Gears 5 footage, we pretty much learned that Kait will take centre stage in the story, especially after the revolution during Gear 4’s conclusion. Perhaps as a result of that ending and the fact that a death of a close person to Kait revealed early on in the trailer, there seems to be friction within the Gears camp, especially between JD Fenix and Kait. Gears of War 5 could very well be the most human driven story yet in the series and it looked extra stunning in 4K running at 60fps. Gears of War 5 is set to release in 2019 and will be an Xbox Game Pass launch title.
Dying Light 2
For many, the announcement of the apocalyptic zombie slayer Dying Light 2 stole the show. Not only did we get to see some of the parkour and melee combat that the first game was known for, but we also learned that the sequel will feature multiple choice dialogue with certain NPC’s, which can not only dramatically reflect on how the in-game characters perceive you, but your choices can also dramatically shape the in-game world as a whole.
Dying Light 2 is set to release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2019, and has already set itself as one next year’s most anticipated games.
After years of waiting, we finally got to see some gameplay footage of CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 and it looked stunning. Set in Night City, California in the year 2077, corporations such as MegaCorps rule the world and look down in those struggling on the streets from their high-rise skyscrapers. In a world full of poverty, drugs and gang life, each day is a struggle to survive.
However, you play as V, a cyberpunk that is set on bringing down the corporations that poison his or her streets with the help of the tech-savvy netrunners, a cyber-enhanced hacker group that will aid your cause to save your world. Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG that will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. At this time we currently have not release date.
Ok, we may have not gotten a whole lot of details on Halo Infinite, but its presence alone was enough to excite me and fellow fans alike. Once again developed by 343 Industries, Halo Infinite is already in development as we speak and while the footage we saw at E3 didn’t feature any gameplay, it at least gave us a taste of what to expect with its new Slipspace Engine.
Described as a “new Halo experience centred on the Master Chief that continues the current storyline”, this has got many of us speculating as to where the series is heading. Will it put an end to the traditional singleplayer campaign? Will the game no longer be in first-person? Will it be an open-world RPG? Either way, we’re excited to learn more about Halo Infinite, which given that we saw no actual gameplay or release window, it could very well end up being a next gen title.
Finally hell we be brought to Earth in the follow-up to the fantastic reboot of the Doom series from 2016. While we were only greeted with a rendered cut-scene trailer and not a lot of information to go by, other than Doom Eternal will be set on earth, this is looking to be the game that id Software wanted with the cancelled Doom 4, which was also to be set on Earth.
While we have no release date as of yet, there will be a gameplay reveal at QuakeCon later this year in August, where hopefully, we’ll get a release date too.
The Elder Scrolls 6
Here’s another game that didn’t reveal any gameplay, but its presence alone with just a mere announcement trailer was enough to put fans of the Elder Scrolls series into a frenzy. Again we don’t know any real official details as of yet, such as where the game will be set or when it will release, other than the rumour that it might be set in High Rock (you can read up on that theory here). We don’t know when or what we’ll learn next on The Elder Scroll VI, but perhaps be prepared for it to be a next gen title also.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Sadly despite it being announced at last year’s E3 event, we never got to see or learn anymore on Metroid 4. However, we did get to see a whole lot of gameplay for the next Super Smash Bros. title, entitled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and its “ultimate” in every sense of the word as it will feature every single character seen in every Super Smash release ever, since the N64 original! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate even, includes the much requested return of Solid Snake from the GameCube’s Metal Gear Solid remake; Twin Snakes. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll even be some new character additions too, not to mention new and returning battle stages. Sadly though, they’ll be no Waluigi (at least not for release). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release this year for Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
During the Ubisoft show, it seems that Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will right many of the wrongs that the first game encountered (pre-updates and patches). Set in Washington D.C, the sequel looks set to have a meaningful storyline, a more rewarding loot system, an improved end-game and customisation features, and it will now feature 8-person raids.
Although, arguably the biggest piece of news to come out of this reveal is that all story expansions for The Division 2 will be free, so no player will be left behind in terms of story content. Obviously cosmetic DLC will be paid for, which is fair enough, but having story expansions free to all was a great move by Ubisoft in my book. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 15th, 2019.
The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us Part 2 gameplay reveal begins with Ellie and her love interest, in which we see Ellie battling with the ruthless person that she has become, as a result of this cruel world. This was a brilliant moment to cut away into a segment where Ellie is being hunted by a group of bandits.
Not only did the gameplay look visually stunning and brutal, but we also got to see improved enemy AI, with the bandits searching for Ellie more thoroughly, before she was discovered hiding under a car. Then of course, Ellie kicked some ass, surely making this group of bandits seriously question their recent life choices. We currently have no release date for The Last of Us Part 2, but hopefully it will release next year for PS4.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
My god we waited a long time to see some gameplay for the Resident Evil 2 remake, but it was well worth the wait. During the announcement trailer and the gameplay videos that followed, we saw the new version of rookie cop, Leon S. Kennedy on his fist day on the job at the Raccoon City Police Department and to say his first day was a testing one, is putting it lightly. Raccoon City is plagued with a zombie virus, infecting just about all the population, turning them into flesh-eating monsters and horrible mutations.
The graphics were fantastic and the lighting effect looked stunning running on the RE Engine, the zombies were created to detail we’ve never seen before in the series, the game now sports an over-the-shoulder camera (Resident Evil 4 style) and it looks like many of the locations have been moved around, as well as adding some new areas into the game. For me, the original Resident Evil remake on the GameCube had everything a remake should have, an updated version of the game you love, while bringing something new to the table and this Resident Evil 2 remake certainly fits that bill, and I can’t wait to be scared out of my wits once more! The Resident Evil 2 remake will release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 25th, 2019.
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is a PS4 exclusive from developers Sucker Punch, which is an open-world action-adventure set in feudal Japan during the late 13th century, where you play as samurai, Jin. The gameplay demo looked to have all the ingredients you’d want for such a game. Tense combat for which timing and precision will be key, an absolutely breathtaking world, a meaningful and gripping story with betrayal and a badass lead character.
Ghost of Tsushima was quite possibly Sony’s show stealer during the event and it seems fans can’t get enough. At this time we currently have no release date for the title, but hopefully it will release sometime next year for PS4.
At last we got to see some new gameplay footage of Hideo Kojima’s first game since his messy divorce from Konami, Death Stranding which stars The Walking Dead’s Normal Reedus as the lead. Even though we got to see some very visually impressive gameplay running on the PS4 Pro, I still don’t have a clue what’s going on.
The gameplay featured more babies, weird edible bugs, two strange ladies and those creepy ass, invisible, hanging ghost monster things (or whatever the hell they are). After watching the latest gameplay, I’m more confused about Death Stranding then I ever was, but despite this, I want the game, I want it now dammit! Sadly however, we still have no release date for Death Stranding. Fingers crossed though for a 2019 release.
The more we see of PS4 exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man, the better it keeps getting. In the gameplay demo shown, Spidey was located in a prison facility known as The Raft and all hell had broken the loose as the inmates were running riot. Unfortunately for Spidey, not only does this prison house some of the worst criminal scum, but it is also where they keep many of the world’s most deadliest super-villains, such as Rhino, Electro, Scorpion and Vulture, and they’re all gunning for Spider-Man.
The combat looked so sweet, influenced from the likes of the Batman Arkham series and that web-slinging mechanic looks smooth and therapeutic. The Spider-Man franchise hasn’t had the best of times of the current gen console, but thankfully Marvel’s Spider-Man from Sucker Punch looks to break free from that web of mediocrity. Marvel’s Spider-Man will release this year for PS4 on September 7th.