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10 Biggest E3 Announcements That Have Us Excited

E3 2016 has slowly come to a close and lots of information on the latest and greatest that the gaming world has to offer has been announced this year. Not many people get their hands on some E3 2016 tickets and not everyone could tune in and watch the live-stream, so in an attempt to bring you some of the highlights of E3, this is our top 10 E3 2016 announcements.

Note: the following E3 announcements are not ordered or ranked in any way but rather a selection of our 10 favorite E3 confirmed games.

  1. Dishonored 2

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: November 11th, 2016
Pre-order Dishonored 2

After the success of Dishonored, Arkane Studios has turned up the gameplay with Dishonored 2. You are able to play as both Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano, each having separate abilities and takes on the same story, as you try to recover Emily Kaldwin’s thrown after a coup by an otherworldly entity. With new skills and abilities exclusive to Emily (as well as returning abilities from Corvo) and enhanced combat mechanics as well as more non-lethal options for stealth-based players; Dishonored 2 offers plenty of ways to play and things to do in the new land of Karnaca.

  1. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: December 6th, 2016
Pre-order South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Cartman and the South Park gang are back, this time as superheroes! Be the new kid, donning a mantle of your choosing from a variety of superhero options, and embark on a brand new fart filled journey. Will the civil war between South Park’s superheroes end in hilarity? Only time will tell as you gain friends on Coonstagram and try to bring peace back to South Park.

  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Platform: PS4
Release date: February 28th, 2017
Pre-order Horizon: Zero Dawn

1000 years in the future, Horizon: Zero Dawn puts you in the role of Aloy, a woman who is attempting to discover the secrets of the fall of civilization. In a world where robots and mechanized creatures are all that is left of human civilization, Aloy must hunt them to survive, all while attempting to figure out the secrets of what happened to the golden age of humanity. This video game sticks out to me because I have played plenty of post-apocalyptic games, but never games that detail what comes AFTER the post-apocalypse, what the survivors of our race would become and believe in a brand new world free of civilization as we know it.

  1. Days Gone

Platform: PS4
Release date: TBA

Days Gone is an all new IP that seems to be a blend of Sons of Anarchy and The Last of Us. You are put in the role of a man named Deacon St. John, who seems to be more comfortable living a dangerous life on the open road, rather than living in an encampment. Days Gone showcases Zombie-esque enemies in massive hordes, and shows a world ravaged by a pandemic that decimated humanity, killing many; while also turning large amounts into the “Freakers” Zombie-esque creatures that are evolving.

  1. God of War

Platform: PS4
Release date: TBA

The Slayer of the Greek Gods, the Spartan Kratos returns in an all new God of War adventure. Exclusively on the Playstation 4, Kratos will have the opportunity to explore the world of the Norse Gods, years after defeating the entire Greek Pantheon. Kratos will be accompanied on this journey by his son, who will provide assistance in combat, exploration, and puzzle solving. Follow Kratos and his son, exploring a new, strange land while Kratos attempts to atone for his past mistakes and learn to control his rage.

  1. Detroit: Become Human

Platform: PS4
Release date: TBA

Quantic Dream’s latest narrative experience, Detroit: Become Human, is a Neo-Noir thriller set in Detroit, which deals with sentient and non sentient androids, and what it means to truly become human. You will need to collect as much information as possible in order to make decisions that will greatly change the in game narrative. There are multiple playable characters, and some may die depending on player choice, the story rolls on regardless, giving multiple endings and possibilities.

  1. Death Stranding

Platform: PS4, PC
Release date: TBA

Hideo Kojima is back! And it seems he isn’t the only one! Death Stranding is a brand new title from Kojima productions that has serious star power behind it. Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead is the protagonist, and while we don’t know much yet, I am sure that Norman isn’t the only big name this title will have associated with it. After blowing people’s minds with a bizarre trailer at E3, Death Stranding is sure to be the video game that is on everyone’s mind in the months to come.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platform: Nintendo NX, Wii U
Release date: 2017

As a fan of The Legend of Zelda series that felt…let down by Skyward Sword, I can honestly say that with The Breath of the Wild everything that fans love and enjoy about the franchise has returned in spades, while also seeing the series evolve in new, unique ways. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks and feels like an instant classic, with a large open world to explore, brand new game mechanics such as cooking and crafting, and an all new story that seems just as expansive and intense as the world it is set in. There is so much that I could say about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but I would much prefer to let you find out more, the footage shown at E3 gave me a feeling that just can’t be translated into words.

  1. Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Remastered

Platform: PS4
Release date: TBA

Crash Bandicoot is back! The first three games in the popular platformer Crash Bandicoot series are being remastered in HD for the Playstation 4. Join Crash, Coco, and Aku Aku as they attempt to thwart Doctor Neo Cortex in the adventures that made Crash such a beloved figure and Naughty Dog Mascot. Not much is known about the Crash Bandicoot remaster yet, but being a huge Crash fan, I am greatly excited to see what Vicarious Visions does with it. With any luck this could bring hype back to the franchise and maybe lead to a new Crash game in the future.

  1. Scalebound


Platform: PC, Xbox One
Release date: 2017

Scalebound is Platinum Games’ first foray into the Role playing genre, with a brand new Action RPG where you are put in the role of a man named Drew, who has a dragon companion named Thuban. Unlike Platinum Games’ other titles, Scalebound is focusing on the RPG elements more than the combat, hoping to create a fluid experience that still provides great depth to it. Drew and Thuban are bonded together, giving Drew the capability to heal Thuban at will, or even fuse with him into a powerful merged form. The catch to this bond is that if Drew or Thuban die the other dies as well. We don’t know much about Scalebound’s story yet, but with Platinum Games’ track record of great game mechanics; I am greatly excited for Scalebound.

That is by no means all of what E3 2016 had to offer, but it is a great announcement list to get you started and hopefully gets you curious about what is coming to the gaming world in 2016 and 2017.

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