WeView: E3 2013 – The Games

We’re doing something a little bit different for WeView this week. Now that the press conferences are over, we’d like to hear what you thought of them – did MicroSoft dazzle you with their new Xbox One titles, did EA surprise you with those sequels, did Ubisoft pull another Watch Dogs and what about Sony – did they manage to surprise you with the game announcements? How about Nintendo, could any of these games finally sell you a Wii U? Or did any disappoint you? Whatever the case, we’d like to hear.

Now, we don’t want you writing about everything from every conference, so try to stick to a few games in total. We’re wanting to purely stick to games here, though, otherwise it’ll all be about the PS4’s lack of DRM and low price (great though, isn’t it?)! Just pick whichever game you like (or dislike), it’s really up to you. We’ll then round up your thoughts into a verdict article later in the week!

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For example, I absolutely loved the look of Insomniac’s new game, Sunset Overdrive. It was a real surprise seeing them step on stage at a Microsoft conference – no doubt disappointing a lot of Sony fans – and revealing a genuinely fresh and fun looking new IP. It looks like it could be a really fun third-person shooter, with guns to rival Ratchet and Clank and some brilliant fast-paced parkour gameplay. To sum it up, it seemed like pure fun and just on the right side of being absolutely mental.

As for EA, the real surprise for me wasn’t the new Mirror’s Edge game but instead the new Plants vs. Zombies game, Garden Warfare – I seem to be sticking to what looked like most fun here – and the arcadey, horde-style gameplay really drew me in. This looks like it should be an absolute blast with friends. Oh, and Peggle 2!

There was no question on the game of Ubisoft’s show – and perhaps the game of the show overall: The Division. This looked like an absolutely brilliant persistently online survival/shooter/RPG with some brilliant AR elements thrown in. The squad-based gameplay seemed to work very well and I’ll be picking it up for my PS4 as soon as it releases.

Sony showed off some brilliance with Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and The Order but my real love lies with the indie games they spent some time going over. Transistor, in particular, is looking fantastic – SuperGiant’s previous title, Bastion, is an incredibly well made indie game and I’ve been waiting to see what they did next.

Nintendo always have a special place in my heart and the new Super Smash Brothers games for 3DS and Wii U were very exciting to me. I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing Brawl with friends and I can’t wait to play it on the go on my 3DS and in HD on my Wii U when it releases next year. I’m not enamoured with the new characters – Animal Crossing’s Villager and Mega Man – but I really can’t wait to find out more about this game.

Over to you now – you can decide your own format of your comment, which I’ll no doubt pick apart for the round-up. There’s no ratings this week, don’t worry – just blabber on about the games you’re looking forward to.

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32 Comments

  1. The Division looked cool, does Tom Clancy have anything to do with the games bearing his name anymore?

    i’m excited to hear TES online will be coming to PS4, because my oft mentioned elderly pc just wouldn’t be able to handle it.

    Project Spark looks very interesting, just a shame it’s exclusive to the x1.

    still, we’ll finally be seeing a Trials game on Playstation, hopefully they’ll be bringing the editing tool with it.

    one of the big games for me has to be Dragon Age 3, the next gen engine, the open world, Morrigan’s return, can’t wait.

  2. The mission playthrough of watchdogs was absolutely stunning. I also enjoyed the destiny gameplay, that game looks class and its co-op too. The last section where other teams of players dropped in made it look like an MMO, very promising and visually striking title. Exciting times ahead for PS4.

  3. Honestly, I think The Division is what Watch_Dogs was last year. Totally unexpected and it looks amazing. I didn’t think Ubisoft would show another showstopper before the first one even came out.
    I also reeeaaally liked the Destiny gameplay. This looks like a mix between Halo and Borderlands. Titanfall has nothing on it in my opinion (I don’t get the Titanfall craze at all…).
    Of course Final Fantasy XV was as epic as I hoped it would be.
    I didn’t really dig The Crew and I had higher hopes for Dragon Age 3.
    Infamous looked great, Rayman Legends will be amazing and I’m really interested in Transistor. The Witcher 3 was also great but was there any doubt about it? :P

  4. A lot of good looking games were shown, but I can’t say I felt ‘must buy PS4 at launch’ at any point. I liked the look of The Division, can’t wait to play Titanfall (when the exclusivity is up of course), and I always fancied Don’t Starve so glad to see that’s coming. Killzone had a disappointing showing, and Destiny could be great but the demo didn’t wow me. The biggest disappointment of all was not seeing the new Housemarque game. Given they revealed they were working on it a few weeks ago, I thought an E3 appearance was certain (unless I completely missed the coverage).

    The fact is everything I want at the moment is PS3, that is, Saints Row IV, Diablo III and Dark Souls II.

  5. I would have loved to have seen a RTS appear for PS4, but in it’s absence and In no particular order the following appealed to me; Killzone Shadowfall, The Order 1886, Destiny, Watch Dogs, BF4, The Division. Like many others here I’m craving more news on Star Wars Battlefront and I can I ask the guys at E3 to ask for more on Deep Down also please.

  6. The Crew hit home with me, I love arcade racers and this looked like the most ambitious and fun one I’ve seen in ages. Mirrors Edge 2 looked great, as did Destiny and Second Son. I also have a crush on PvZ Garden Warfare, but until it gets a Playstation release, it’s off limits.

    Nintendos stuff looked cool, but they failed at making the Wii U a must buy this year as most of the games aren’t out until next year.

    In the end though, it was The Division and perhaps MGS 5 that really impressed the most. And a very honorable mention to FF XVersus whose gameplay trailer looks awesome!

  7. The Division looks amazing, and alongside Drive Club, Killzone: Shadowfall and The Order will make me a very happy PS4 owner.

    For my Wii U (which I still love) I’m massively looking forward to pretty much every title they showed though in particular Mario Kart 8, X and Super Smash Bros will be must buys when they release.

  8. There are quite a few games I really want after watching the E3 presentation. For a start the new Star Wars Battlefront. The thought of DICE making that has got me salivating. Then of course Battlefield 4. Loved 3 and still play it, so 4 is a no brainer for me. Then there was Fifa 14. Recently got back into Fifa this year and the new game looks great. Then of course there is what Ubisoft showed off. WatchDogs looks awesome. The Crew is one of the games I’m most excited about. The thought of an open world racing game where I can explore all of the USA with my friends is almost to much to cope with. Almost my dream racing game there. The Division also looked fantastic. Can’t wait to hear more about that. Also the obvious exclusive PS4 titles that are coming look great as well. Like Killzone and DriveClub.

    Got to say I’m really gutted that I’m probably going to have to miss out on Forza 5 as I can’t justify getting an Xbox One.

    Ubisoft really had the best E3 show for me, with Sony in close second. Their games line-up was just fantastic and that reveal of The Division at the end just stole the show.

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