From June 13th to June 15th, one of the biggest video game conferences of the year, E3, will be broadcasted worldwide. While many hardcore video game fans will be tuning in, anybody who enjoys a certain game series or franchise can get excited with new game reveals, release dates and downloadable content announced at the expo.
While there's a ton of stuff that will be covered, even some things that the public doesn't know about, here's a list of five games to watch for (whether they'll definitely be covered is another story).
1. Metal Gear Survive
Alright, this one's been full of controversy from the get-go. "Metal Gear Solid" side-story in an alternate dimension? With zombies? The franchise can get kind of whacky, but this one is definitely out there. This is reminding me of "Call of Duty" zombies and the zombie game craze.
With an obvious focus on... surviving, "Survive" will focus on cooperative stealth amongst your team of four and defenses. The game's open world, and you'll have to run around and gather resources while fighting off these weirdo zombies in this weirdo world with a new defense system and wound treatment system.
While nobody really knows how the inter-dimensional conflict will be resolved, it's certainly a change from the franchise's previous games. It's slated to come out for PC, PS4 and Xbox.
For fans of "Metal Gear", this could either be really awesome or really terrible. Either way, keep an eye out for it, things could get interesting.
2. God of War
After six games steeped in Greek mythos and main character, Kratos, and his unquenchable rage, the previously announced "God of War", set for PS4, seems to take place in a landscape of Norse myth. This time, Kratos is accompanied by a new character: his son, and there's no doubt in my mind that we will see a previously untapped emotional complexity in our eternally angry god of war.
I'm getting such "The Last of Us" vibes from this and I love it. The original announcement trailer for the game makes me feel it even more, and it looks awesome.
Honestly, after six games, I think the introduction of Kratos's son as a companion is an awesome idea, and I'd love to know more about what is happening in this installment of the series. Is Kratos sick of killing gods? Will Kratos fight Freya and Odin? What's the deal with his son? We need answers!
It isn't confirmed whether "God of War" will appear at E3, but this is definitely a game to watch for.
3. Super Mario Odyssey
Okay, who isn't excited about this one though? After years of jumping around in different, rural kingdoms, Mario is finally taking on the big city, and sticking out like a sore thumb while doing so.
Does he even know what a car is?
The city, hilariously named New Donk City, is based off of a Donkey Kong-themed New York (wow, wonder how that's gonna play out). The game will also feature other locations with different influences. While not a ton is known about "Odyssey", it's definitely going to be playable at E3, and hopefully will have a decent amount of coverage, too.
An open world "Super Mario" in the vein of "Super Mario Sunshine", Mario will explore entirely 3D locations on the Nintendo Switch.
I think my personal favorite part of this game is this:
This boy's got pores! Individual hairs! Mario is thriving! He's hydrated and his skin is clear!
No, but seriously, the amount of effort put into the character models is unbelievable, and the game looks super promising. I'm looking forward to learning more about it.
4. Star Wars Battlefront 2
What is honestly cooler than playing as your favorite "Star Wars" characters and factions? Not much. While the first "Battlefront" on PS4 and Xbox fell flat in the single-player campaign and story (very flat), "Battlefront 2" offers both. The sequel will also cover all "Star Wars" movies, whereas the first only covered the original trilogy.
Playing on Mustafar? Check. General Grievous? Check. Darth Maul? Check. Rey? Check. Kylo Ren? Check. Outer space? Check.
I'm so hyped.
After its announcement at this year's "Star Wars" Celebration in Orlando, Florida, not much else has been revealed about the game. It'll definitely be at E3 though, so keep an eye out.
5. Kingdom Hearts 3
I might be totally biased, but this is the game I'll be constantly checking for during Square Enix's presentation. The third installment in the Playstation series, after spawning numerous spin-offs, has yet to have a release date after it was first announced at E3 in 2013.
Seriously, it's been four years, where is it?
We haven't even seen footage of it since 2015. Not that I'm counting.
The game will finish off the storyline that's been followed in all of the "Kingdom Hearts" games so far, and promises exciting new gameplay and story for fans of the series. Keyblade gun? I'm listening. New transformations for main character Sora? Yup, count me in. The only question now is: where is it?
After announcing that it would be delayed (again), Square Enix has implied that a new trailer will debut at this year's E3. With this game's track record, only time will tell for sure.
Please, Square Enix, heed my humble request, be kind and benevolent and give us a release date at E3. I'll do whatever you want! Please let me play this game and know how the saga ends.
Anyways, whether you're big into gaming or not, E3 has some exciting stuff coming out that's worth paying attention to. Fingers crossed that we all get what we want at this year's E3 (I say, weeping softly as I look at Kingdom Hearts 3).