The E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo is happening right now in Los Angeles, and gamers were able to feast their eyes on the newest gameplay trailers, demos, and announcements direct from heavyweight game companies themselves. But in the flood of announcements, it is all too easy to miss out on even the biggest titles. Never fear, because Young Post has used this excuse/opportunity to run a comb through all the gaming news; here are the biggest games and some hidden gems you may have missed at E3 2018.
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
This is the game real Nintendo-heads have been waiting for since launch. Gaming commentators have expressed worry that the Nintendo Switch wouldn’t be able to live up to the high expectations set during its debut year, which saw welcome returns to form such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as revamped console stalwarts like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate proves that the company is serious about building on the strong foundation they laid last year, reclaiming its reputation for making fresh and endlessly-replayable titles.
2. Fortnite on Switch
The battle royale-style juggernaut that’s dethroning even established genre leader PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds surprisingly dropped on the Nintendo Switch earlier this week. Bringing a unique blend of team-based shooter mechanics married with resource-management and spontaneous structure building, you can now get your Fortnite fix on the Switch. One hiccup is Sony’s refusal to allow crossplay between PS4 players, meaning you can’t show off those cool skins you’ve already collected, but we expect fan backlash to force Sony into fixing this soon. So go on, bring that shovel to a gunfight, and work together to grab that elusive Victory Royale!
2. Kingdom Hearts 3
The Kingdom Hearts series has received deserved attention for being a dream collaboration between pop culture titan Disney and legendary Japanese game developer Square Enix, but the latest instalment in the series hasn’t seen a release date since it was first officially announced at E3 2013 (and this itself coming after rumours from 2006). After multiple delays, the release date was finally announced right before this year’s E3; the Japanese market will get its hands on the game on January 25, 2019 while the rest of the world will have to wait until the 29th.
4. Elder Scrolls 6
How many hours have you collectively sunk into the Elder Scrolls series? If you’re anything like us, way more than you care to admit. Well, prepare to dive back into the beautiful world of Tamriel, as Bethesda has confirmed the sixth instalment is in development. But that’s basically all we know at this point from the all-too-brief trailer, so expect more news in the latter half of 2018.
5. Ghost of Tsushima
Sucker Punch Productions (of Infamous...fame) is setting their next title in 13th century feudal Japan, where you’ll play Jin, a samurai fighting to hold off the Mongol invasion with swordsmanship and great fashion sense. The gameplay shown off at E3 features a visceral combat system based on timing and parries, but looks accessible enough to the more casual gamers. A piece of bonus news is that the full Japanese audio track will be available, so you can play through the game with English subtitles and still experience the great original voice acting.
6. Death Stranding
This bizarre game concept from the brilliant mind of Hideo Kojima will have you explore a vast wasteland in a cool-looking protective suit, with a baby in suspended animation in his backpack. Yes, you read that right. A baby in stasis. In a backpack. As weird as it sounds, the graphics look amazing, and the man who brought us Metal Gear can do no wrong, right?
One of the highlights of E3 came from Dragon Age and Mass Effect developers BioWare, who showed off their Destiny-killer Anthem. The game features player characters called “Freelancers” who don different mech suits called “Javelins” to explore a post-apocalyptic open world environment with up to four other players. Anthem, surprisingly for a BioWare game, will not feature romantic relationships with other characters, but devs say you will still be able to “form relationships”. So if you’re planning on buying it to woo your way into NPCs’ hearts, you’re probably better off playing another game.
8. Mario Party
A new Mario Party game is finally in the works, and boy are we excited. It’s time to use the Joy-Con controllers and all of their cool sensors and gyroscopes to their full potential, as you slap, roll, shoot, flip and steer your way through awesome mini-games to victory. The trailer shows two Nintendo Switches used in creative ways (for example in 2-vs-2 games) so you better start making friends with other gamers who also have a Switch!
9. Fallout 76
Though one of the main appeals of the Fallout series is the relaxing solitude of spending some time in the apocalyptic wastelands of the world, Bethesda Softworks has once again defied the status quo and announced an online multiplayer action game, Fallout 76. Set 25 years after nuclear war has devastated civilization, the game will see player characters interacting with each other in an open world supposedly four times the size of the one in Fallout 4, along with base building and forming squads with your friends. If none of what you just read piques your interest, devs also promise the ability to nuke your friends’ painstakingly created settlements. Over and over again.