The Best and the Rest From E3 2014

June 11, 2014 11:24 AM

Xbox’s social marketing manager, Graeme Boyd, got up at the start of 2014’s E3 and promised one thing. Games, games, games! And man, did he deliver. With titles from all the hottest franchises due out over the next year, we have been treated to a host of new and exciting trailers/gameplay demos to get us jumping up and down with anticipation. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to…

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

You will have heard or seen the latest buzz leading up to E3 about Sledgehammer’s latest direction for the ever-popular Call of Duty franchise. If not, the jist is their heading to the future. How far is not quite clear yet but far enough for holographic gun readouts, magic grenades, mechanical suits, futuristic tanks and augmented armour.

From the E3 demo video, it still looks like they’re grounded in the same action-packed in your face military gameplay and hasn’t wholly dedicated itself to space and futuristic alternate universes so don’t worry if you’re not one for the Mass Effects or Titanfalls of the gaming world. Check out GameSpot’s video posted above to judge for yourself. Are you excited? We sure are.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division has been lingering for a while now. The Tom Clancy brand has always been notoriously slow with their title releases. Whilst Rainbow 6: Patriots seems to have dropped from the radar and replaced with Rainbow 6: Siege, their last game was the latest instalment in the Splinter Cell franchise and rewarded us for our patience. Will The Division do the same?

The trailer promises as much with an impressive looking post-apocalyptic New York City. The basic premise seems to be that a small cohort of mercenaries assembles themselves to defend the innocent and retake the city from whatever has left it in this state. So we’re sure to still have all that super realistic tactical gameplay as you stalk your enemy and utilise your guerrilla strengths to regain the advantage. Hurry up Ubisoft!

Rainbow 6: Siege

Whilst we’re on the topic, Ubisoft unveiled their world premier of the new Rainbow 6 Siege gameplay demo. Now unless you’ve been following the progress on the Rainbow 6 franchise relentlessly which, let’s face it, get’s tiresome as release dates get pushed and pushed and pushed, this announcement will have come as somewhat of a surprise to those still waiting for Rainbow 6 Patriots.

So we won’t be expecting Siege anytime soon but it’s damn hard not to want it ASAP given that this gameplay demo seems to have built on everything we know and love about the beloved franchise and improved the realistic tactical teamplay of taking out bad guys whilst still saving the hostages. Check out the trailer but be warned. We’re getting slightly too used to Ubisoft offering things that are too good to be true. But if this is going to happen, it’s up there as one of the most impressive reveals at E3 this year. Check it out for yourselves.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Given the debut title’s success, this is probably one of the most exciting releases on this list. Square Enix have released the most teasing of teaser trailers for the next instalment for our favourite heroine and it looks like, despite being slightly traumatised by her first game exploits, she’s getting straight back on that horse. With bow and arrows in hand, we’re sure to be thrown right back into action as Lara continues her journey to become the eponymous Tomb Raider we all know and love. 2015 can’t come soon enough!

Assassin’s Creed Unity

We’re heading to France! Paris to be precise and we’re amidst the French revolution, obviously not a large stretch from the third game’s American revolution setting but nevertheless this new  instalment is looking rather drool-inducing. The main difference is that it’s going to be a ‘shared experience’ game which basically means single player and multiplayer have been merged into one experience (hence Unity). Co-op makes up about a third of the game with up to four players being able to unite on ‘Brotherhood missions’ which are dotted throughout the single player campaign.

Other than this, it’s all business as usual with improved combat and stealth techniques, new weapons and an interesting cast of characters for us to meet. Most importantly, it’s out damn soon. October 28th! Mark your calendars!

Forza Horizon 2

This Xbox exclusive racer is coming to us on September 30th and is looking hot. They’ve taken the simulation and visual engine from Forza Motorsport 5 and let it loose on an open world that looks and feels more exciting. It encourages you to explore and experiment to find the quickest route possible, emphasising the difference between Motorsport and Horizon. One is about competition and precision while the other is about fun. Whichever your preference, one thing is for sure. It promises hotter cars, more tracks and a social gaming experience that is compatible with your existing Forza 5 profile. Exciting stuff!

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Another franchise got a scintillatingly teasing expo in the form of the new Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer revealed at E3 this year. There’s plenty of diverse fantasy landscapes and mystical creatures to sink your teeth into, not to mention dragons of course.  Check out the trailer for yourself !

Evolve

From the geniuses that spawned the original Left 4 Dead comes this futuristic team shooter called Evolve. The basic premise seems to be that you work as part of a diverse team of futuristic military personal to take down the monster. But the twist here is that you can also BE the monster if you so choose. Xbox will be getting exclusive DLC when this game hits the shelves in October.

Fable Legends

If you’ve been missing the land of Albion, don’t worry because it’s due back this autumn with the franchise’s latest adventure that looks like it’s going to be following the trend of games this year by looking after the multiplayer aspect but still keep it’s highly stylised visuals. The game has no official release date yet so watch this space.

 

Of course, these are just the cherry pickings from what was a very exciting E3 this year. There were of course a lot of other games revealed that should get you hyped for the next year or so. Which trailers are you most excited about? Which ones should have been mentioned on this list of the hottest up and coming games? Let us know in the comments section below!

Click here for Part 2 of the E3 2014 overview.

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