Top 10 Gameplay Trailers of E3 2016 - ArticleEvan Norris , posted on 16 June 2016 / 10,751 Views
Another E3 come and gone. Now it's time for a post-mortem. While the companies present at E3 didn't exactly set the world on fire, they did make some competent, tidy presentations with a scarcity of wince-inducing moments (Just Dance notwithstanding). There were a lot of games, some good, some bad, some ugly. But which looked the best? Which ones had trailers that dropped jaws, blew minds, and sent fans screaming for the ATM?
Because there was some confusion last time, I want to specify that only gameplay trailers are eligible for this list. So no Halo Wars or Death Stranding. Sorry Kojima-sama. Also ineligible are on-stage gameplay demos. So no Forza Horizon 3 or Gears of War 4. Apologies, Mr. Fergusson.
Without further ado, please enjoy this list of the top ten gameplay trailers from E3 2016.
Ever Oasis (3DS)
From Koichi Ishii, creator of the Mana series, comes a brand new RPG for 3DS. Part Rune Factory, part dungeon crawler, Ever Oasis tasks players with foraging materials, building a prosperous economy, recruiting villagers, exploring a dangerous desert, and fighting monsters in real time.
Nier: Automata (PS4)
The sequel to 2010's Nier, Automata looks to combine the RPG elements of the original title with the trademark fluid combat of PlatinumGames. Platinum's Takahisa Taura will function as lead designer, while Nier mainstays like Taro Yoko and Keiichi Okabe return to write and compose, respectively.
Scalebound (XOne, PC)
While the "junior" team at Platinum works on Nier: Automata, the "senior" team, including Hideki Kamiya, works on Scalebound, an Xbox One and Windows exclusive. A tale of dungeons and dragons, Scalebound looks to feature a robust single player experience and a hectic four-player cooperative mode.
Tekken 7 (PS4, XOne, PC)
From executive producer and all-around boss Katsuhiro Harada comes Tekken 7, a game that looks to combine the 2D fighting mechanics of Street Fighter with the 3D arenas of Tekken. Featuring a new story mode and graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4, Tekken 7 looks to be a treat for fighting fans.
Sea of Thieves (XOne, PC)
The happy surprise of E3 2016, Sea of Thieves shows huge potential. With naval battles, online multiplayer, and all the grog you can drink, Rare's open-world pirate game might raise the British studio to new heights after a handful of middling efforts. The question remains: just how big and interactive is this world?
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Guerrilla Games' newest game, Horizon Zero Dawn, holds the honor of being the only game to grace both the 2015 list and the 2016 list. Boasting a meticulously-crafted game world and exciting third-person combat, Horizon could be one of the premiere PS4 exclusives when it arrives in 2017.
Yooka-Laylee (WiiU, PS4, XOne, PC)
With so many Kickstarter controversies lately, it's refreshing to see a crowdsourced game living up to its potential. Yooka-Laylee, an action platformer developed by ex-Rare designers, appears to rekindle the creative flames of fifth-generation 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64.
Mixing elements of Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden, and Onimusha, Nioh is a gaming masochist's dream come true. Set in Japan in 1600, Nioh follows an English samurai who fights mercenaries, bandits, and demons. The combat system, built on a stamina gauge and several fighting stances, looks challenging and rewarding.
Titanfall 2 (PS4, XOne, PC)
The first Titanfall, an Xbox and PC exclusive, encountered more than a few detractors for its missing single player mode. Well, developer Respawn Entertainment listened. Titanfall 2 will feature a complete single player campaign, along with six new titans and a few new mechanics like the grapple hook.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU, NX)
Since Nintendo made the unusual decision to focus several hours during E3 advertising the newest Zelda title, expectations were high. Nintendo met and exceeded those expectations, showing off the most impressive game at E3. With its giant open world, survival elements, and emergent gameplay, Zelda stole the show.