The best games of E3 2013

There were a lot of new games teased and demoed at E3 this year. Here are some of the best.

It has been a full time job for the past few days sorting through all the games teased and demoed at E3 this year. I'm assuming that you already have a full time job, so I decided to do the work for you and pick out some of the most interesting titles for your enjoyment.


I'll start with games that we only have teaser trailers for and work my way towards titles that are playable on the show floor and that will be in our hands soon(ish).


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Star Wars Battlefront

This is a classic tease. All we really know so far is that EA is publishing and DICE is developing, using the same Frostbite 3 engine that Battlefield 4 is using. It's safe to assume the game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. It's also safe to assume it won't be on the Wii U. PS3 and Xbox 360 are wildcard platforms. Given the brief tease we'll probably see more about Star Wars Battlefront at E3 2014.

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Mad Max

The Mad Max IP has been resting for far too long, but it returns in 2014 with a movie (Mad Max: Fury Road) and a new game (not based on the movie, just to be clear) from Warner Brothers. If you're a fan, you'll get a kick out of this trailer. The developer is Avalanche Studios, who did the Just Cause games, so I'm hoping for the same kind of 'emergent gameplay' we saw in those games. It's headed to Xbox One & 360, PS4, PS3 and PC.

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The Order

What happens when King Arthur's Knights hang around until Victorian Era London in order to use advanced weapons to fight off what appear to be werewolves? Oh, and then you layer on a steampunk aesthetic over the whole thing? You get The Order: 1886 exclusively for the PS4. I'm surprised they didn't figure out a way to sneak in some ninjas or something. Anyway The Order is being developed by ReadyAtDawn, a developer best known for doing Playstation Portable titles. It'll be interesting to see how they do on the big(ger) screen.

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Project Spark

Project Spark isn't just a game, it's a game building system. I couldn't help but think it was Microsoft's answer to the Playstation 3's Little Big Planet games, but Project Spark seems to take things even further. You can create a game from within the game, share it out, or just share out chunks. For instance you can program an enemy behavior and just share out that 'personality' for other creators to use. This one looks really intriguing. It's coming to Xbox One and Windows 8.

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X

Nintendo didn't hold its traditional press conference, choosing instead to go with another Nintendo Direct video to reach out to consumers. For the most part they showed expected (and I'm sure, welcome to the Nintendo faithful) franchises and games we'd hoped to be playing by now. The one game that really stood out to me was Monolith Soft's X, (presumably a working title) an apparent sequel to the Wii's Xenoblade Chronicles. Players will explore an open world in mechs and on foot. This one is a Wii U exclusive.

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Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix's Final Fantasy Versus XIII has re-emerged from the shadows bearing a new name: Final Fantasy XV and is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. There's a typically inscrutable and bombastic cinematic trailer making the rounds but I'm opting to share one that focuses on combat. As you can see, FF XV hides its RPG-ness quite well (if it's still in there at all) opting for a very action-oriented style of combat. It'll be interesting to see how long time fans of the series take to that change.

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Sunset Overdrive

During the Microsoft press conference we saw plenty of 'serious' games. Sunset Overdrive wasn't one of them. Instead here we have cartoon violence in a brightly colored, over-the-top, mutant-infested world. Developer Insomniac is best known for their crazy weapons, and we see a glimpse of that aesthetic in this trailer (check out the gun that shoots vinyl records). Insomniac used to develop exclusively for the Playstation platform. Their last title Fuse came out for both Xbox and PS3, but Sunset Overdrive is an Xbox One exclusive.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Every year we get a new Call of Duty game and every year the developers try to push the boundaries a bit more. This video covers a section of the game that you spend underwater, suffering from eardrum shattering sonar pings and using guns that can effectively fire underwater, so I guess we're sometime in the near future at this point. This year's version has a canine companion in it as well, but I guess dogs don't do well in scuba gear. Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming to Xbox One & 360, PS3, PS4 and PC.

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Tom Clancy's 'The Division'

Ubisoft shared this 7 minute game play session for the upcoming MMO The Division and I so want to believe! I want to believe the voice chat is this clear, the game really looks this good and the world is this well modeled. I also want to believe I could get a group of friends together to play with me. This is one of several games we've seen this week that let mobile users join in the fun to help out, though we never see what the game looks like from their perspective. The Division is headed to PS4 and Xbox One.

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Watch Dogs

Ubisoft originally unveiled Watch Dogs at E3 2012 but all we really got was a tease of a near future city where digital info is everywhere and anything can be hacked. This year there was a new trailer as well as this gameplay video which, I think, gives a much better idea of how the game will actually play. It seems like one of those titles that gives you a bunch of tools and let's you figure out how best to use them in order to accomplish your goals. Watch Dogs is coming to Xbox One & 360, PS3, PS4 and Wii U.

 

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TitanFall

I'm not a huge fan of contemporary military shooters so I've never paid a lot of attention to the Infinity Ward's Call of Duty games. Now ex-Infinity War co-founder Vince Zampella's Respawn Entertainment has headed to the distant future with TitanFall, a game that mixes soldiers with jetpacks and giant robots in an over-the-top multiplayer explosion-fest. Suddenly I'm a fan of Respawn. This is another gameplay video that gives a good feel for what the final game will be like. TitanFall is headed to Xbox One and 360 and the PC.

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Destiny

Bungie's first post-Halo game was featured prominently at the end of Sony's Press Conference. Here's a 12 minute gameplay video that showcases how the game transitions from traditional MP (a couple of friends grouped up) into a more 'massive' game as the team stumbles on a Public Event and are joined by other Fireteams to take on a boss creature. The game feels like a combination of Halo's shooting action with Borderlands RPG-style looting system. Destiny is coming to Xbox One & 360, PS4 adn PS3.

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Bonus Video: The Dark Sorcerer

This isn't a game, it's a tech demo from Quantic Dreams, the team behind Heavy Rain and the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls. The purpose of it is to show how game developers can show real emotion via realistic facial expressions on next gen hardware. But I'm just including it because it's fun. Remember, this is all CGI; no actual actors appear in this video!