Under the Radar Games from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)

BY DEAN MOSES

Wow! That sure went fast. Another E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) has come and gone. While this event was not quite as exciting as years prior, there still was some breakout moments. We saw actor Keanu Reeves take to the stage at Microsoft’s panel to promote his appearance in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. We were also treated to the shocking revelation that Zelda Breath of the Wild will be getting a direct sequel, not to mention Nintendo showcased gameplay footage of Luigi’s Mansion 3. All in all, we as gamers have a lot to look forward to, so much so in fact that a few games may have flew under your radar completely thanks to all the excitement. In an effort to spread love to the games that did not—for whatever reason—receive the publicity they deserve, we have put together a list of titles to keep an eye on, the games you may have missed at E3.


The Blair Witch Project

Coincidentally, one of the biggest hyped horror films of the 1990s is having a game based on its found-footage premise that flew right by many of us at this year’s E3. Developed by the team that brought us Layers of Fear, this first-person adventure puts you in control of a lone police officer—you guessed it—exploring a dense forest. Equipped with a video camera like in the original motion picture, it is clear we will be using this electronic device to film strange goings on in the foliage like wooden symbols hanging from tree branches. There is also a unique gameplay mechanic in the form of your pet dog who aids with puzzle solving, and hey, it also helps to have some company when you are in a creepy forest.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

I can still remember it clearly; I must have been 11 or 12 years old. I was reading the official Xbox magazine—the original Xbox—and discovered a game called BC which promised to put you in control of a tribe of prehistoric people. To fight extinct animals and evolve my very own clan, boy this sounded epic. I waited and waited, only to discover that this game would eventually be cancelled for unknown reasons. However, now after all these years I find myself feeling extremely nostalgic thanks to the announcement of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. From the minds behind Prince of Persia and Assassins Creed, this title places you in control of a group of early primates. You can play as an adult, elder, or adolescent, all with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. There is said to be a skill tree which upgrades your hairy heroes depending on how you play. The concept of playing through your very own form of evolution looks to be a fresh take on gaming, let’s just hope it doesn’t go extinct like BC.

Planet Zoo

Keeping with the animal theme, Planet Zoo is set to let you create your very own zoo. Sure, there have been plenty of games of this ilk in the past; however, where this title sets itself apart is in both the visuals and artistic customization. The vast variety of animals to have housed in your zoo not only looks gorgeous, they will also act extremely lifelike. Furthermore, the gameplay itself hinges on the player’s imagination. For instance, you don’t just place an object, such a climbing frame or watering hole in your park, you create it from scratch, threading it together for your virtual pets or zoo attendees to then interact with. There seems to be a fine, but fun line here between park and animal management.


So, there we have it, three thrilling game you may have missed at this year’s E3. Whether you want to explore haunted woods, roam a landscape unmarred by humans, or simply care for some animals, there is something for everyone.