Well, that was a surprising E3 for 2014. The first time ever that a Microsoft press conference made me want to go out and purchase an Xbox just so I can play the Halo Master Chief Collection, Disney’s Fantasia Music Evolved and Crackdown. My wife mimed noose-hanging motions at the mention of this idea. On with my picks of E3 2014.
Microsoft really did a number for the Halo Master Chief Collection, that was a surprise. Including a remastered Halo 2 and the multiplayer maps to go with it, well done there Microsoft.
For the first time ever, the Master Chief’s entire story is on one console. Featuring a re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall (a new digital series), and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. This is the definitive Halo experience, coming November 11, 2014.
No surprise that we get a new Assassin’s Creed game from Ubisoft but the one announcement from them that made me sit up and say, “Yes, I’ll have that thank you very much!”, was Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Such a great idea and a truly beautiful-looking game made this stand out for me.
This is the story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion. In Valiant Hearts: The Great War™, the lives of all these characters are inextricably drawn together over the course of the game. Friendship, love, sacrifice, and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.
Sony really had me with several games they showcased at E3 and it was very hard to choose one from all of them but if I’m backed into a corner and told to pick the best then I’d have to say that No Man’s Sky would be the one I’d be looking forward to just slightly more than the other awesome titles showcased. Sean Murray from Hello Games had this to say on the Sony Europe blog:
It’s a game without limits. If you see a mountain, you can trek there. From that mountain, if you see another planet hanging on the horizon, that’s a real place, with its own ecology. You can get in your ship, fly into space and it’s yours to explore. Not just that, but every star in the sky is just the light of a sun, with its own solar system waiting for you to discover and adventure in.
Electronic Arts, well it is a hard decision to say what I want to pick the most between Dragon Age: Inquisition or the as yet unnamed new Mass Effect game. However, since it was essentially just a teaser for the new Mass Effect game I will go with Dragon Age: Inquisition, and boy is October 7th going to cost me a fortune.
A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow over lands on the brink of chaos. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your allies to restore order as you lead the Inquisition and hunt down the agents of chaos.
I would like to mention something from Nintendo but I have to admit that Nintendo’s digital press conference kind of put me off with their awkward opening. Yes, I know they were highlighting an all new Smash Bros. but it was just a bit to weird and as a consequence I stopped watching the press conference after about fifteen minutes.