E3 2016 for me was a bit of a let down. I have attended the expo every year since 2001 (except for 2007) and I have seen E3 change for the better and worse many times over. This year the actual expo was lackluster with a few major companies not even in attendance. What I was blown away by this year were the press conferences where the actual games took center stage without a ton of rhetoric or a bunch of business men trying to convince us they were giving us the latest innovations. In the end it’s all about the games right? A lot of big games were announced this year and some long awaited games finally received release dates. So in no particular order, here is a list of my favorite PlayStation games at E3 2016.
God of War
Knowing something is coming and being prepared for it are two very different things. While I was expecting to hear some God of War news at E3 this year, I don’t think anyone was prepared for the gameplay video Sony lead their press conference with as the video above illustrates.
While after watching the trailer for Death Stranding at least 100 times, I still have no clue what is going on. I still find myself very excited to see what the future holds for this game when actual gameplay is revealed and let’s face it, it’s great to see “A Hideo Kojima Game” above a game’s title again.
2K Games pulled out all the stops when it came to their upcoming open world crime epic: Mafia 3. From recreating the scenery of New Orleans complete with live music to serving free Jambalaya and Gator Bites (yes Gator Bites) 2K certainly knows how to promote a game. The gameplay demo (shown above) quickly turned Mafia 3 into my most anticipated purchase of 2016.
Detroit: Become Human
Quantic Dream, the studio behind hits like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain are at it again this time with the power of the PS4 behind them. As the trailer shows player choice is more important than ever in Detroit: Become Human and here is hoping the game turns out to be better than Beyond: Two Souls.
Horizion: Zero Dawn
Horizion gets cool points just for not being another Killzone game. Beyond that the game looks phenomenal and every single time Guerrilla shows this game they show something new and cool that make it’s 2017 release that more unbearable.
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
I will admit, I had no idea that I was looking at a trailer for a new Resident Evil game until the end of it when the title popped up. This is a good thing because we are simultaneously witnessing the developers do something completely new with the franchise while returning to the horror of the older titles. Oh and the final game will be fully compatible with PlayStation VR.
Farpoint is being designed for PlayStation VR and is on example of how the platform can be used to create complete gameplay experiences instead of just gimmicky party games. In Farpoint you survive a crash landing on a hostile planet and have to discover what happened to the rest of your team while trying to stay alive. The game will make use of the all-new PS VR Aim Controller shown below.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Say what you want about Call of Duty’s new shift to interplanetary war. Infinite Warfare makes the list because the developers are finally attempting to do something new with the franchise. In fact the direction they took with the game is so new that many of those that were in attendance at PlayStation’s press conference did not even know what game they were looking at when the gameplay trailer was shown.
Originally announced 10 years ago, Nioh will finally be available later this year on the PS4. Nioh instantly gets compared to Dark Souls due to it’s difficulty and similar game structure but it’s sub-weapons, gorgeous special attacks and feudal Japanese setting sets it apart from the rest. Nioh has a great blend of Samurai action and the supernatural that instantly got my attention at this year’s expo.
Bethesda’s big game for 2016 Dishonored 2 takes everything that made the original great and adds so much more. Being able to tag all the enemies in a room and watching as the attack you perform on one of them happens to them all is very satisfying indeed.