Nathan Irvine24 Jun 2018 AT 01:22 PM

Top 10 New Games From E3 2018

And not a single Call of Duty, FIFA or Assassin’s Creed in sight…
Nathan Irvine24 Jun 2018 AT 01:22 PM
Ghost of Tsushima
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Ghost of Tsushima
Anthem
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Anthem
Death Stranding
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Death Stranding
Control
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Control

Every year E3 rolls around the gaming world stops to coo over exciting new trailers for the latest Assassin’s Creed, FIFA or Call of Duty. But the renowned expo also gives fresh video games the chance to shine. Read on to discover more about the games that will obliterate your free time...

Skull & Bones

E3 Games: Skull & Bones

Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
ETA: 2019
Other than Sea of Thieves, there hasn’t been a decent pirate game to shiver our collective timbers since Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Now though, it looks like Ubisoft has another excellent highs seas hit on its hands. Placing you in the plundering boots of a customisable captain, you can either explore the Indian Ocean on your own, or team up with another four-player controlled pirates. The latest E3 trailer showcases a Portuguese warship, and the final game will let you set sail on sloops-of-war, brigantines, and frigates. Brace yourselves, me hearties, this looks ace.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

E3- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Activision
Developer: FromSoftware
ETA: Q1 2019
Look past the silly name that sounds like a rejected Bond title, and there’s plenty of reason to be super pumped about this upcoming hack ‘n’ slasher. Developed by the studio behind the legendary Dark Souls series, Sekiro takes the close-range combat of those infamously brutal games and transports it to 16th century Japan. As the titular warrior Sekiro, you must use your hero’s prosthetic arm, grappling hook, katanas, and ninja throwing stars to dish out death and destruction.
Sekiro’s skirmishes already look powerlifter-strong. Animation is methodical and muscular, while the variety of paranormal beasties that have been shown – including a big-boned, ghoulish ninja that spits acidic vomit – honours From’s legacy of creating imaginative monsters. Knowing From’s track record, this should be amazing.

Cyberpunk 2077

E3 2018 - Cyberpunk 2077

Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: CD Projekt
Developer: CD Projekt Red
ETA: TBC
CD Projekt’s latest life-swallowing action-RPG resurfaced at E3, with the Witcher studio wowing those lucky enough to view its behind-closed-doors screening. Like Geralt’s last adventure in the excellent The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world where you’ll explore a dystopian California metropolis of Night City, not some beardy fantasy realm.
Played in first-person, the game places emphasis on both acrobatic gun battles and customisation. As merc for hire V, you’re free to choose your hero’s look, gender, and clothing, but most exciting, their cyber prosthetics. Visit the Ripperdoc, and you can, say, swap out V’s eyes to increase shooting accuracy. Anyone else getting icky memories of that scene from Minority Report? With the city broken down into six distinct districts, stat categories to master – spanning the likes of reflex, tech ability, and even coolness – and sci-fi cars to cruise around in, Cyberpunk 2077 looks set to be a classic.

Anthem

E3 - Anthem

Format: PC, PS4, Xbox  
Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare      
ETA: Feb 22, 2019
Seeing as Mass Effect: Andromeda was about as popular as being rocketed to the surface of the sun with only a xenomorph for company, it’s understandable BioWare is hoping Anthem wins back the many fans left cold by the studio’s last title. This online action-RPG sees you teaming up with three other players, as your squad of sci-fi soldiers use ‘javelins’ (essentially Iron Man-aping exosuits) to kill alien evil-doers. These suits are fully customizable, and can be tinkered by adding different weapons and abilities. The sweltering jungles that make up much of Anthem’s world already look gorgeous, and shooting seems supremely sturdy. If BioWare keep adding more content after the game launches, you could be looking at the next Destiny.

Control

2018 E3: Control

Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Remedy
ETA: 2019
Remedy’s latest action-adventure certainly isn’t your average third-person shooter. Controlling the head of a covert New York agency, you can levitate, break out telekinetic abilities to hurl objects at corrupt agents, and wield the Director’s Pistol – an absurdly cool gun that can shapeshift.
The slow-mo acrobatic gunfights Remedy made its name with in Max Payne look set to return in Control, and the shooter’s debut E3 trailer features a scene where hero Jesse Faden turns several pillars into Swiss cheese during a battle, ala The Matrix. The game’s twisting, thoroughly subversive environment looks to be the real star, though.

Ghost of Tsushima

Upcoming Video Games - Ghost of Tsushima

Format: PS4
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Sucker Punch
ETA: TBC
Meet PS4’s next killer app. Placing you in the stabby shoes of a samurai during the 17th century Mongolian Invasion of Japan, this gorgeous open-world adventure focuses on breathtaking scenery, and some of the most brutal sword skirmishes you’ll ever see.
Sucker Punch says a trio of gameplay pillars hold Ghost of Tsushima together: ‘mud, blood, and steel’. During the game’s stunning 4K reveal at E3, all three were evident as hero Jin slices and dices Mongol warriors during a violent encounter in a swamp, offing his enemies with startling grace and efficiency. Thanks to some seriously clever tech, blood splatters over armour dynamically, while combat seems to combine the precision of Dark Souls with the reactive counters of Assassin’s Creed. Want.

Session

Session Video Game

Format: PC, Xbox One
Publisher: Crea-ture Studios
Developer: Crea-ture Studios
ETA: July, 2019
Well, we all held our breath in anticipation that this would be Skate 4, but it seems that dream is permanently dead. However, Session, which uses the same twin-stick controls of EA’s old skater is keeping our kick-flipping dreams alive. It started as a Kickstarter campaign, but is seemingly in line to be picked up by a publisher soon. Whatever happens, we can’t wait to give it a go. Please be good.

Death Stranding

Playstation 4 - Death Stranding

Format: PS4    
Publisher: Sony
Developer: Kojima Productions  
ETA: 2020
Babies hiding down throats! Invisible smoke monsters! Norman Reedus moping around an alien take on Iceland! Yup, Death Stranding is the most beautifully bizarre triple-A game in years. Now free of both Konami and his masterful Metal Gear series, legendary game director Hideo Kojima is back with this mysterious open-world adventure.
Death Stranding snuck out from cover to show off its first proper gameplay reveal at E3, and it’s immediately clear Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Decima engine is being put to sumptuous use. The game already looks incredible, and much of this early in-game footage shows off a bewitching alien landscape, as Reedus’ Sam Bridges ferries around corpses. While much of the core gameplay remains a mystery, it looks like a lot of Death Stranding involves climbing around lonely landscapes, patching up Sam’s wounds, and occasionally creeping past smoke creatures. So Metal Gear meets Ico, then. Koj’s latest should be a sneak sensation.

Tetris Effect

Coming to PlayStation - Tetris Effect

Format: PSVR
Publisher: Enhance
Developer: Resonair
ETA: Q3, 2018
Forget the classic puzzler that ruined your fingers back on Gameboy: this is an entirely new breed of Tetris. From the mind of Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi, this dreamy virtual reality puzzler sees you lining up blocks of Tetrominos as the world gradually shapeshifts around you, from underwater realms to golden Mayan temples. Tetris Effect looks like the next must-have title for PlayStation VR.

Sea of Solitude

Video Games - Sea of Solitude

Format: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: EA
Developer: Jo-Mei
ETA: Q1 2019
Never say EA doesn’t put out the odd, interesting indie. Following on from the success of co-op caper A Way Out, the latest EA Originals title is a platformer/puzzle hybrid, with you cast as a young girl called Kay. Sea of Solitude predictably takes place in a rather wet world; one where humans turn into monsters when they get too lonely. No, really. Anyhoo, the game boasts a gorgeous, Journey-esque art style, and this could be 2019’s indie breakout smash.

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