Top 10 Trailers of E3 2015 - ArticleEvan Norris , posted on 18 June 2015 / 12,952 Views
E3 2015 has come and gone. Many of the industry's giants gave press conferences and presentations. Some were great (here's looking at you, Sony). Some were not-so-great (hang your muppet head in shame, Nintendo). But taken together, they represented a celebration of the combined creative energy of the video game industry and all of the great games still to come.
Speaking of great games, or at least great-looking games, there were many. Here's a look at what were, in my opinion, the ten best games of E3. Enjoy!
10. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo EAD)
It wasn't the Zelda game fans wanted to see, but Tri Force Heroes looks to be a fun adventure in its own right. Based on the visual style of A Link Between Worlds, the game is a spiritual successor to Four Swords Adventures, in which four players could explore Hyrule as a team. This time it's a three-person affair, which can be played with a single player (with two toy assistants) or online with up to three players.
Players can stack on top of each other to create a totem pole in order to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. They can also customize their hero with a range of outfits that grant special abilities.
9. Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
From the creators of Killzone comes Horizon: Zero Dawn, a third person action game in which advanced machines rule over mankind. The heroine of the game is Aloy, an outcast, who has learned how to track, hunt, and destroy the mechanical beasts.
Players will need to use stealth and agility to take down enemies, and must learn each monster's attack pattern and weak points in order to land a killing blow. Horizon: Zero Dawn arrives on PS4 in 2016.
8. Typoman (Brainseed Factory)
The best game Nintendo showed at E3 wasn't a Zelda game or a Metroid game, or even a Mario game. It was a relatively unknown puzzle platformer called Typoman. Part Limbo, part Scribblenauts, Typoman is a foreboding 2D platform game focused on the power of words.
By manipulating words in game - for example adding a "d" to "rain" to create "drain" - the hero can outmaneuver obstacles and enemies. Typoman, a Wii U exclusive, will launch in Q3 of this year.
7. Unravel (Coldwood)
From the small Swedish studio Coldwood comes Unravel, a charming physics-based platformer. In Unravel, players control Yarny, a creature made of yarn who can use his own body to explore and avoid hazards. "The game is centered on a little character accomplishing big things," said creator Martin Sahlin at E3. Unravel is currently in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
6. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog)
Fans of Uncharted already saw a sneak peak of Uncharted 4 at the inaugural PlayStation Event in December, but at this year's E3 the game was bigger and better than ever.
Based on the original trailer, we know that the game will feature the same scripted platforming segments and large action set pieces that made the series famous. After this week's E3, we also know that the game will feature lots of destructible terrain and environments, new combat moves, and a larger, more open world. Uncharted 4 is due out in spring 2016.
5. Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Bethesda returns to one of its hallmark franchises with Fallout 4, the latest in the long-running post-apocalyptic RPG series. Fallout 4 promises to provide players with hours of open-world entertainment, plus some features new to the series.
The VATS targeting/queuing system returns with "enhanced control"; dialogue sequences have become less rigid; and the game features a crafting and customization system far beyond anything seen in the series so far. "Player freedom remains our absolute number one goal," said Studio Director Todd Howard. Mission accomplished, Mr. Howard.
4. Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
Drawn in the style of 1930s Max Fleischer cartoons and inspired by run-and-gun games like Contra, Cuphead is something of an anomaly. It's refreshing, quirky, and totally unlike other games on the market today.
As Cuphead, players will fight a series of boss battles to repay a debt to the devil. Along the way players can explore an RPG-style world map with secret areas. When it's time for a boss fight, a second player can join in. Cuphead is the first game by Studio MDHR, staffed by brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. It will be available on PC and Xbox One next year.
3. The Last Guardian (Team Ico)
It took a long time, but finally fans can look forward to an actual release window for The Last Guardian, which has languished in development purgatory for eight years. Sony re-introduced the game at the beginning of its E3 conference with a gameplay trailer that showed off the interaction between the game's main characters, a giant bird-dog-griffon creature and a young boy. Players can move the boy and issue commands to Trico in order to navigate the gorgeously animated game world. The Last Guardian is directed by Fumito Ueda, whose previous works include Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
2. Street Fighter V (Capcom)
Developed exclusively for PS4 and Windows PC, Street Fighter V should breathe new life into a series that has been treading water with expansions for the last few years. So far six characters have been confirmed by Capcom, including two this week: fan favorite Cammy and Birdie, who hasn't been playable since Street Fighter Alpha 3.
All characters will come equipped with a unique V-Skill and V-Trigger, two mechanics unique to Street Fighter V. The game will arrive in Q1 2016. Capcom is offering a beta program for North American customers who pre-order.
1. Star Wars Battlefront (EA DICE)
Electronic Arts may be an unpopular company in some corners of the video gaming community, but the publisher scored a big hit with Star Wars Battlefront this week. Following a lengthy look at multiplayer, which recreated the battle on Hoth in rich, visceral detail, EA provided a sneak peek at the game's survival missions. In these missions, players will take on wave after wave of increasingly difficult Imperial forces - solo or with friends online.
Star Wars Battlefront even offers split-screen co-op for two players locally, a rare feature in 2015. The game is scheduled for release in November for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.