E3 2018 was ripe with stunning games. From new announcements to event stalwarts, the show, as ever, catered to a broad audience. Whittling the immense number of games down to a handful of Best of E3 nominees was no mean feat, but a few titles stood out from the crowd.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Announced at E3 2017 and re-revealed during Microsoft’s conference this year, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an easy stand-out. In an event overstuffed with action and bombast, Moon Studios’s sophomore effort was a breath of fresh air, taking the whimsical atmosphere, smooth gameplay, and evocative audio of the team’s previous project and raising them to a new level of excellence. The game is scheduled for release on PC and Xbox One sometime in 2019.
Mega Man 11
After almost ten years without a new fully-fledged game, the Blue Bomber is coming back later this year. Mega Man 11 couples old-school action-platformer gameplay with a cel-shaded aesthetic that brings the classic character into the modern age. With retro in vogue and The Mighty No. 9 flopping, the time could hardly be more right for the return of one of gaming’s true icons. Mega Man 11 launches on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One on October 2, 2018.
Resident Evil 2
Although the Resident Evil 2 remake was announced in 2015, details have heretofore been scarce. However, the new showing of the title was stunning. The 1998 classic has been rebuilt from the ground-up in the RE Engine (which also powered Resident Evil VII and the upcoming Devil May Cry 5), allowing for market-leading graphics and overhauled modernised gameplay. The project will be available beginning January 25, 2019.
A list of the best games from E3 2018 could hardly dream to be complete with Cyberpunk 2077. The project has been accumulating hype since it 2012 announcement, and CD Projekt RED’s first demo successfully met six years of anticipation. With an incredibly detailed world, stunning graphics, and the promise of slick gameplay, the title is shaping up to outclass even the stunning The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk 2077 is currently without a release window.
Avalanche Studios is bringing its madcap approach to open-world design to id Software’s unmatched first-person shooter expertise for this sequel, and the pairing is one for the ages. Gamers may be confused at Bethesda Softworks’s decision to bring back one of its least-loved IPs, but anyone looking for an FPS unhampered by seriousness is likely to find a gem in Rage 2. The title is slated for launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the first half of 2019.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Adapted from the Mutant series of role-playing board games, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden couples XCOM-influence combat gameplay with a novel setting and real-time exploration. Although not an original IP, the game is shaping up as one of the most novel—and engaging—projects scheduled for release in 2018. Though currently without a set date, the title will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Sega’s stunning watercolour strategy series is set to return later this year, and it is looking brilliant. For the first time in the saga, the action moves away from Gallia, placing players in control of a squad from the Atlantic Federation. With a new soldier class, an entirely new set of characters, and bigger battlefields than ever before, Valkyria Chronicles 4 promises to expand on all the things that made the original games so widely loved when it launches later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.
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