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E3 2016: Top 10 games we need to see at the event

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This year has already provided us with a good number of awesome games and that’s pretty impressive given that we’re only in May and we haven’t even seen half of what 2016 has to offer. What’s even better is that E3 2016 is approaching fast, which means that we’re bound to hear about a bunch of other great titles in a little over a month from now. Since patience isn’t necessarily our strong suit, we figured that we should just start getting hyped now for the upcoming event and what better way to do that than to talk a bit about the games we would really love to see on stage?While most of these titles have already been announced, we either don’t have enough info about them or we would just like to see some more (or any, in some cases) gameplay in order to satisfy our curiosity. So without further ado, you can find out top 10 games we would love to see at E3 2016 down below.

10.Titanfall 2

Kicking off our top 10 is Titanfall 2, the sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s highly successful mech-piloting FPS released back in 2014. The game was confirmed earlier this year by Respawn CEO Vince Zampella who said that we can expect to get our hands on it sometime between late 2016 and early 2017 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The release window is definitely pretty broad but Zampella says that Titanfall 2 is only halfway done at this point so it’s unclear how much longer we’ll have to wait until it’s done. The CEO also mentioned that Respawn hasn’t decided on a name just yet, however, it seems almost certain that its title will simply be Titanfall 2. Interestingly enough, the game will apparently have a companion TV show that’s scheduled to air right when the game launches, though it’s unclear if the show is already in development or not. While a TV series to accompany the game might be interesting, we’re more excited about the fact that Titanfall 2 will apparently have an actual single-player campaign this time around.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: Mainly some gameplay footage featuring any possible new mechanics. The show might also be interesting to see if it somehow ties in with the game like we saw in Quantum Break and especially if it features lots of giant mechs.

9.ReCore

ReCore was announced last year at E3 during Microsoft’s press conference and for a while there it seemed like this could turn out be one of the most interesting Xbox One exclusives of 2016. While a large part of that statement is still true, it was revealed earlier this year that ReCore will also be available on Windows 10, which may or may not be a great idea depending on how the port is handled. Presumably because of the port, among other factors, the game has been delayed a bit, however, it should still debut sometime during the second half of 2016. Judging by its announcement trailer, ReCore is set in a post-apocalyptic world of sorts and will feature a female protagonist who can use several weapons (including a grappling hook) and is joined in her adventures by various robotic companions. The whole gist of the game is that the player can remove the cores from robotic enemies and insert them into dormant robots to active and turn them into allies. Naturally, there are lots of details we’re still missing at this point but the main concept is very interesting nevertheless.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: Any kind of storyline details and an exact release date would be great. Aside from that, we’d really like to see some actual gameplay footage that shows what else we can do in ReCore besides tinkering with robots.

8.For Honor

Ubisoft disappointed us on several occasions these last few years but it seems like they might be able to redeem themselves with For Honor, a medieval hack and slash in the vein of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Mount & Blade, to some extent. The game is a multiplayer-focused experience where players can choose to play as a Knight, Viking, or Samurai and battle it out across various game modes. Think of it as an arena shooter like DOOM, but with swords and crossbows instead of rocket launchers. Even though Mount & Blade has been around for a while, the medieval hack and slash is still a bit of a niche genre right now, however, we think that it has the ability to gain mass appeal very fast if the folks over at Ubisoft play their cards right with For Honor. The company has already announced that we can expect to hear a “ton of new information” at its E3 2016 press conference so all we have to do now is just sit tight and wait. For Honor will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: While For Honor seems to be mainly focused on the multiplayer, Ubisoft said that we can also expect a singleplayer campaign and we would definitely love to learn more about that. A release date and details about a possible Beta phase for the multiplayer would be great, too.

7.Scalebound

Whenever Platinum Games announces a new title people have a tendency to pay attention, especially if said title happens to involve dragons and dubstep. Scalebound was first announced at E3 2014 as an Xbox One exclusive and its trailer alone was enough to convince a lot of people that this is going to be a must-play once it comes out. The game was originally meant to launch later this year before being delayed to 2017 in order to make sure that it’s a good as people hope it will be. Last month during GDC Executive Director Atsushi Inaba revealed that Scalebound will merge action and RPG elements and that we can expect our dragon companion to start off as a hatchling and grow throughout the game along with human protagonist Drew, which sounds very awesome indeed. The delay is a bit unfortunate but Platinum genuinely seems to want to make Scalebound as good as possible and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: We actually know quite a bit about Scalebound given that it was announced almost two years ago, however, there’s a particular aspect that we don’t have too many details about and that’s the four-player co-op mode, so hopefully Platinum will talk more about this at the event.

6.God of War 4

This is the only title on our top 10 list that hasn’t actually been confirmed but there is a bit of evidence to suggest that God of War 4 might be in the works as we speak. Word on the street is that the next installment will be very different from the original trilogy as it will move away from Greek mythology and tackle the Norse gods. What we have to go on at this point is a bunch of leaked artwork showing various environments inspired by Norse mythology and even Kratos himself, this time with a beard and Viking-style axe. Aside from that, sources claim that the still unannounced PS4K console will feature God of War 4 as one of its launch titles, which would be a smart move indeed given that many PS4 owners are pretty pissed at Sony about the alleged new console and the only way the company might be able to calm its fans would be to announce some really great launch titles. Like God of War 4, for example.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: Literally any sort of evidence suggesting that God of War 4 is actually in development or even pre-production.

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5.Dishonored 2

Bethesda announced just a couple of days ago that Dishonored 2 is set to arrive on November 11 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. More details came shortly after thanks to Game Informer magazine who managed to secure an exclusive story for their latest issue, as well as an interview with the developers over at Arkane Studios. We’ve learned some very interesting things from that interview, including the fact that we’ll be able to play the full game as either Corvo or Emily, which means that we’ll probably have to play Dishonored 2 at least a couple of times in order to get the full experience since each protagonist has unique abilities and reacts differently to the story. We also learned that Arkane plans to be an innovator much like Dark Souls developer From Software in the sense that the studio isn’t afraid to challenge any well-established industry trends with its games if it means creating something fun and original. Finally, it would seem that we can forget about Dishonored 2 ever featuring a co-op mode, however, there’s a slight possibility that we might see modding support at some point.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: We already know quite a bit about Dishonored 2 but we would be happy to see some gameplay footage showcasing the new environments, abilities, and enemies.

4.Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 3

The third installment in the Dawn of War series was finally confirmed earlier this month and we’re just dying to see where Relic Entertainment plans to go with this one. Thus far, we know that we can expect three campaign races from the get-go – Space Marines, Orks, and, Eldar – and that the game will feature elements from both its predecessors. According to the exclusive coverage by PC Gamer, base building and large battles between armies are making a comeback in Dawn of War 3, however, the game will also feature upgradeable hero units like we saw in Dawn of War 2. These elite units will come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from Blood Raven heroes like Gabriel Angelos to towering mechs like the Imperial Knight or the Elder Wraithlord we saw in the announcement trailer. Interestingly enough, Relic took inspiration from Dota 2 when it comes to the multiplayer in the sense that Dawn of War 3 will feature a hero selection phase before battles where players get to pick and counter-pick the elite units that would be most suitable against their opponents.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: The new animations and large-scale battles would be particularly interesting to see, but any kind of gameplay footage would do the trick. It would also be nice to hear that Relic is planning to add a few more races further down the road because the Warhammer 40K universe has so much to offer in that department and it would be a shame to limit Dawn of War 3 to only three races.

3.Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is a very exciting new action RPG by Killzone developer Guerilla Games. The upcoming PS4 exclusive was revealed at E3 2015 and has since gathered a lot of popularity thanks in no small part to its impressive visuals and unusual setting. While post-apocalyptic settings aren’t exactly uncommon in video games, Horizon Zero Dawn takes it one step further by immersing the player in a world where robots rule the land and humanity has reverted to a semi-primal state. These aren’t your usual robots, though, as most of them look like futuristic dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes and you get to hunt them with a bow and arrow. Aside from the bow, main protagonist Aloy will have a wide array of other weapons at her disposal such as traps, explosives, and melee weapons. Some of the gameplay elements are being described as being a mix between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim where you have to use stealth and agility to take down the enemies as you explore the open-world and then scrap what you can in order to craft new items which are necessary to your survival. Horizon: Zero Dawn is scheduled to launch sometime later this year, however, rumor has it that Guerilla is looking to push the game back into early 2017.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: More details regarding the game world before the actual events of Horizon: Zero Dawn. Specifically, we’re interested to hear more about how humanity was driven close to extinction and how the robotic dinosaur came to be in the first place.

2.Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red’s latest game has been in development for quite a while, being initially announced four years ago, and yet we still know so little about it. What we do know is that Cyberpunk 2077 will be an action RPG set in dystopian futuristic world and that CD Projekt has very big plans regarding this project. In fact, the company recently stated that Cyberpunk 2077 will be more ambitious than the Witcher 3 on every front, a pretty bold statement considering that the Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the best RPGs of all time. Last month we learned that the company is currently still developing the tools needed to create the game, which means that Cyberpunk 2077 is probably a few years from launch at this point. The good news is that the developers are putting the finishing touches on the second Witcher 3 expansion pack, Blood and Wine, and given that they haven’t announced any other games recently, one can only imagine that CD Projekt RED will start focusing solely on Cyberpunk 2077 once the expansion is out. The good folks over at CD Projekt RED sure like to take their time when it comes to game development, but they haven’t disappointed us yet so we’re confident that Cyberpunk 2077 will turn out to be an awesome game. Let’s just hope it doesn’t actually come out in 2077.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: Pretty much anything related to the game, no matter how little. We realize that there’s not a whole lot of content to show at this time but even a couple of screenshots or a bit of artwork would make us very happy.

1.Mass Effect Andromeda

There’s Mass Effect Andromeda and then there’s everything else as far as we’re concerned. While we’re very excited about a lot of games this year, the sequel to the Mass Effect trilogy has been on our wish lists for several years now. The fact that Bioware is continuously teasing us with scraps of new information every few months hasn’t been helpful either, but at least piecing together all those scraps did give us a relatively good idea about what to expect from the new installment. Mass Effect Andromeda is marketed as the most ambitious ME title so far and will focus a lot on exploration, much like ME1, but on a much larger scale. We don’t know who the protagonist is this time around, however, we do know that he or she will have more abilities and tools at their disposal, including the Mako. Bioware made a pretty big deal about the Mako’s return last year at E3 and emphasized the fact that the vehicle has been vastly improved since we last used it. Unfortunately, we still don’t know much about the actual story or its protagonist and I kinda wish that Bioware would talk more about those aspects and less about the Mako. But maybe this year. Mass Effect Andromeda was initially meant to launch in late 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One before being pushed back to Q1 2017.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: Aside from some details regarding the story and protagonist, what we would really love to see are some of the new races and companions. We’re also looking forward to a nice launch trailer similar to the one we had for Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect Andromeda already has a trailer but it’s kinda boring to be honest and doesn’t show anything particularly exciting.

Bonus Round: The Elder Scrolls 6

This is a bit of a stretch – which is why it wasn’t included in the actual top 10 – but an Elder Scrolls 6 announcement would really make out day. Bethesda’s traditional development cycle (4-5 years) when it comes to TES titles would suggest that we might hear about the game this year given that it’s already been four-and-a-half years since Skyrim. Having said that, we know that the company is currently busy with Fallout 4 so news about The Elder Scrolls 6 seems a bit unlikely at this point, though not necessarily impossible. Like most video game developers, Bethesda assigns different teams to different games so it’s not too far-fetched to think the TES guys have been doing their own thing while the Fallout team was developing Fallout 4. The company does have three other games coming out this year, however, Bethesda only acts as a publisher in the case of all three and doesn’t have anything official in development for 2016 except for Far Harbor along with more DLC and possibly Battlecry. Last year Bethesda stole the show at E3 with Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, DOOM, Battlecry and more. If Elder Scrolls 6 gets announced at E3 2016 most of the other attending companies can probably just go home because everybody will be talking about Bethesda’s kill-streak at the event, but if not, I guess we can wait a bit more and still give praise to the company because it has been making a lot of exciting announcements lately.

What we’re hoping to see at E3 2016: Todd Howard announcing The Elder Scrolls 6 and then bragging about how he also announced Fallout 4 one year earlier on the same stage, thus compelling the crowd to bask in his almighty glory and dethroning Gabe Newell as our new lord and savior.

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