E3 2013 – CIG’s Top Picks

E3 2013 has finally come to a close. Now that the show is over and all the games have been announced, I’m going to go over what we felt was best of show at E3 2013 and our own personal favourites. There were almost 200 games announced at this E3, with possibly the most quality titles I’ve personally seen at any E3. Without further ado, here are the five games we here at CIG feel have stolen the show.

Best of Show:

Division

The Division absolutely stole the show for me. I went into E3 prepared for some titles, but this wasn’t one of them. I’ve long enjoyed Tom Clancy games, but this is probably the first time I’ve been so excited for one. With The Division, Ubisoft seem to have put a lot of thought into what players want.

Destiny

This is what I’ve been waiting for ever since Bungie left Microsoft and let Halo go. Bungie had once expressed interest in creating an RPG and I’ve long wondered how that would play out. With Destiny, they’ve drawn some parallels with Halo, but taken it into a whole new fantastical universe which completely sells itself apart from their previous love-child.

Titanfall

Very similar to a game called “Gundam: Operation TROY”, Titanfall sees giant mecha join the battlefield to create two distinct levels of play. Unlike Gundam: Operation TROY, Titanfall will be seeing release in western territories and I greatly look forward to seeing if it is amazing as it could be. Titanfall looks like it may take on the style of Chromehounds, wherein players fight for their faction in attempt to control a world map.

Metal Gear Solid V

Hideo Kojima loves to make us wait for the next Zone of the Enders, but we can’t complain when he comes at us with titles like this. Bringing the MGS universe to meet with open-world environments just feels like a natural decision. If, like me, you actually played MGS4 instead of running directly to the mission marker, you’ll remember how large and difficult the maps were to traverse without being caught. MGSV looks set to go far beyond what MGS4 did.

Kingdom Hearts III

Something nobody expected to see. Revealed in a way that initially made it look like they were showing off Kingdom Hearts 1.5 or revealing 2.5, it wasn’t until the title card appeared that it became apparent. A small section of game-play was shown, but the title card alone was enough to make the crowd go wild. This is definitely one of the games to watch from E3 2013.

Jordan’s Top Picks:

Dying Light

Zombies have been done time and time again. Let’s face it they’re very rarely done well in games. They usually end up feeling like you’re not surviving because the best thing to do in them is to confront the zombies. Dying Light seems like it might be the one zombie game that gives you a proper element of escape and that excites me greatly. Sadly there’s no game-play footage yet, so I’m still braced for disappointment.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

When I first heard them mentioning the name for this, I was under the impression it was a shameless cash-in. When I finally saw it in action, I realised it was anything but. Garden Warfare is a Tower Defence, Survival hybrid and looks to be very polished already.

Fantasia: Music Evolved

I’m a huge fan of rhythm games, but there’s rarely a rhythm game that actually excites me. Fantasia: Music Evolved has managed to do that. The idea of throwing in different mixes and how well they seem to be implemented – using the E3 footage as reference – is incredible.

X

Another spiritual successor in the Xeno* series. X is an RPG with mechs. Honestly, that is enough to sell me, but beyond that, it comes from a strong series and doesn’t look like it’s going to drop the ball.

The Crew

I love racing games and usually prefer simulation to arcade, but The Crew just brought forth so many ideas that I liked the sound of. I was torn between this and Drive Club, but given the lack of gameplay for Drive Club, I opted for The Crew. It’ll be interesting to see if this game can pull me closer to the side of arcade racing.

Honourable Mentions:

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Hailing from the mind of Keiji Inafune, one of the main driving forces behind Capcom, a spin-off of the Ninja Gaiden series, following the anti-hero Yaiba. While it is technically a Ninja Gaiden game, it has its own unique art style and some game-play changes. The title looks solid and with Inafune behind it, it’s definitely one to watch.

Merc Elite

Possibly a new step forward for MOBA games, Merc Elite is trying some new things. I’ve been out of the MOBA scene for a few years now, but this game has me somewhat excited to make a return.

Eve VR

Eve is a game I’ve long had a fascination with. Eve VR just further compels my fascination. Using the Oculus Rift hardware, Eve VR puts you in a first-person view of a fighter spaceship from the Eve universe, a concept many of us have long talked about finally put into practice.

Project Spark

This could have been a show stealer, but due to the lack of information on how technically difficult it is to create some of the things shown in the E3 demo, I’m reserving my opinion until later. This one seems like it could do what LittleBig Planet strived to.

Obviously there were many more games at E3 2013 than I have listed here, but I feel these games best represent the quality of the titles seen this year. I’m sure many of you out there will disagree with us, well, let us know what games you liked most from E3 and why in the comments.