E3 2016 Highlights: The Aftermath

E3 2016 Highlights: The Aftermath

It's a great time to be a gamer

A.J. Maciejewski

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E3 has already come and gone for the year so now's the time to recap what went down. There were a lot of games and new technology unveiled but hopefully this list will be enough to whet your appetite for what's to come.

God of War (PlayStation 4) screenshot
Kratos and his son spending quality time together

Kratos grows an impressive beard

After sitting through the painfully long but cool orchestral introduction during Sony's press conference, God of War for PlayStation 4 was shown for the first time. Watching the gameplay of Kratos and his son taking down a giant mythical beast was awe-inspiring. This new installment seems to trade in the classic Devil May Cry formula for a more open third-person action setup which is definitely intriguing.

Really, Microsoft? More consoles already?

As someone who owns an Xbox One, I don't really want to buy another one. However, the new smaller Xbox One S with 4K video capabilities and "Project Scorpio" that allows games to be played in VR and 4K look pretty cool. I probably won't buy them but by the time Scorpio comes out, maybe my current Xbox One will be toast. If so, then Microsoft can have more of my money.

Dead Rising 4 screenshot
The worst part of the zombie apocalypse by far is the traffic

The Dead keep Rising

Dead Rising 3 was one of the first games that I've ever reviewed. I absolutely loved the over-the-top gameplay and Dead Rising 4 looks even crazier. Whether it's exclusive to Xbox One or not, I'm going to pick up a copy as soon as possible to see what sort of insane weapon combinations the developers have thought up since the last game.

Virtual Reality becomes a... reality

Let's face it; the only thing that matters about gaming is the games. Up until recently, I couldn't care less about VR but I'm interested now that a few incredible-looking games have been announced. Probably the most impressive so far is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. I stopped following the series after it strayed from its atmospheric roots yet this sequel looks terrifying in the best way. I don't know if I'll be able to play it using a VR headset without changing my pants every few minutes but I'll try.

Detroit: Become Human screenshot
Updating your android means something completely different in the future

A Quantic Dream come true

Ever since Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) came out, I've been a big fan of Quantic Dream. Heavy Rain was simply awesome and Beyond: Two Souls was strange but ultimately very cool. Detroit: Become Human follows a couple of androids (played by Valorie Curry and Bryan Dechart) who must make decisions to create the best outcomes possible. The question of "what does it mean to be human?" appears to be a central point which should provide a valuable backdrop for an exciting and thought provoking plot.

Hideo Kojima is one strange dude

After a great deal of difficulties with Konami, Hideo Kojima is now working on a new game with his team that's known as Death Stranding (exclusively for PlayStation 4). The trailer is truly one of the weirdest things that I've ever seen with a naked Norman Reedus holding a baby on a beach while mysterious handprints appear all around. After seeing the five figures looming overhead at the end of it, all I could think was, "I don't know what the heck I just watched but this game is going to be awesome!"

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild screenshot
Link readies his sword to slay a fiery goblin

Best of show: Link's world finally evolves

To be honest, I haven't been excited about the Zelda series for a long time. Sure, every game delivers pure awesomeness but the formula has been getting somewhat stale ever since Ocarina of Time came out. However, I was blown away when I watched actual gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The massively open world concept is a huge departure for the series. Not only that, Link can jump at will! Now, the only things Mario has that Link doesn't is a pair of overalls and awful mushroom breath.

Gameplay video for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 25:16

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