E3 anticipates a year to look forward to

THOMAS MARAIS

If the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is anything to go by, then 2016 looks to be quite the year for gaming. From industry giant Ubisoft we have a preview for Watch Dogs 2, the sequel to the popular yet flawed Watch Dogs. Watch Dogs 2 promises the same high tech hacking action, with a brand-new protagonist and many upgrades to the game. Character action specialists Platinum Games brought a bunch of new information about their dragon riding game Scalebound, showing gameplay that had the Expo abuzz for hours afterward. Sony showed off a gameplay preview of their console exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn, and journalists got to shoot a robot T-Rex in the face while others watched in palpable excitement.

Meanwhile Nintendo brought a breath of fresh air to their Legend of Zelda series by showing some details for the latest instalment in the venerable series. Breath of the Wild is sure to scratch that open world itch for many, as it allows the player to venture to any part of the map from the get-go. From the team over at Respawn Entertainment we got our first look at Titanfall 2, the sequel to the Xbox-exclusive multiplayer first person shooter. The game will include a single player mode, which was lacking from the original and was widely considered to be the leading cause for its lack of commercial success.

Skyrim developers Bethesda unveiled gameplay for Dishonoured 2, Arkane Studio’s second game in the stealth action series. According to developer Harvey Smith, this game promises to have a “sublime tension to it” and continues the story of dishonoured imperial consort, Corvo Attano.

The long-delayed Last Guardian may finally be coming to systems this October, exciting many frustrated fans of Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, the games which Last Guardian is a spiritual successor to.

All in all, this year looks like a good year for those lovely procrastination engines we call video games, and this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of game announcements.

 

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