The Best of E3

By Dean Moses

Twenty or even ten years ago gaming was thought of as an acquired taste, an odd media that sat on the fringe of other entertainment mediums. However, today video games are one of the most profitable hobbies.

According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, 67 percent of Americans now partake in the virtual fun. In an attempt to accommodate this ever-growing trend, an annual event called E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) houses all major console and video game developers under one roof. These men and women show off what is to come in the world of gaming over the year, much like an auto show or Comic Con.

The Spring Creek Sun scoured all of what the event had to offer and has compiled a list of the top five games presented at E3, so you don’t have to wade through the junk.

IMG_3693Star Wars Battlefront, Xbox One and PS4

The much beloved Star Wars Battlefront series has been absent from the last generation of gaming systems, but thankfully developer Dice and publisher Electronic Arts (EA) are bringing it back to current consoles. Just in case you thought this may be too good to be true, a gameplay demo was shown on a gigantic screen in front of a jam packed crowd. The video package showed players taking part in large-scale battles from the Star Wars movies where they fired laser rifles, flew starships, drove AT-AT walkers and even played as characters, such as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Whether you are a retuning fan of this game series or this is the first time you are reading about it, it’s one to watch out for.

IMG_3689Uncharted 4, PS4 

Uncharted is quite possibly the most beloved franchise for PlayStation players. The series follows Nathan Drake, a cocky Indiana Jones figure who travels all over the world in search of ancient relics while getting himself into a whole heap of trouble in the process. Much to the delight of onlookers, the newest iteration was shown off at E3. Sporting some of the most impressive graphics seen to date, the presentation showed the protagonist pushing his way through a highly populated and incredible detailed market place before he engaged in fist fights and capped it all off by entering a spectacular, high-speed car chase as the sun began to set.

IMG_3690Halo 5 Guardians, Xbox One 

Halo 5: Guardians, one of the most famous and successful first person shooters of all time also made its way to E3. Microsoft only had to say the word, “Halo,” and they received cheers and applause, however, when they presented its glossy new visuals and original weapons like the Plasma Caster, fans’ jaws really dropped. A stunning skirmish was shown as the game was being played in front of an excited crowd . The demonstration concluded with a montage of game highlights showing close quarters combat and fast paced multiplayer action.

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Yoshi’s Woolly World, Wii U

This cute and cuddly, family friendly platforming game sees the classic Mario Brothers’ character, Yoshi, now made of wool. This new style takes a game franchise that is already colorful and charming and makes it that much more endearing. Yoshi’s Woolly World seems to be in good hands since Takashi Tezuka, the man who brought us the original Yoshi’s Island, is supervising the game. E3 showed Yoshi eating his foes and turning them into balls of wool that he could then use as projectiles. The game’s landscapes are also made of wool and looked as bright and as imaginative as ever. Furthermore, the game promises to include 2-player co-op when it is released.

IMG_3691Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, PS4 and Xbox One

Metal Gear Solid is unlike many other video games. In most virtual adventures you have to tackle your adversaries head on. In this game the objective is to sneak by them. Over the 16 plus years since the original was released, Metal Gear Solid has received praise for both its unique gameplay style and its story, which main focus is anti-war. The newest version will be the first to have an open world and feature an in game clock, so day will turn to night before your very eyes. Another new addition will be the ability to ride realistic horses and drive vehicles. The E3 demo showed gamers having the ability to play alongside a pet dog that can even ride with you in cars. In addition to all of this, actor Kiefer Sutherland (24, The Lost Boys) will be providing his voice to the game as protagonist Solid Snake.