Our all expenses paid tickets to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in LA seem to have gotten lost in the mail, and that Post Office is going to pay dearly! So we’ve been glued to the internet for the past few days just like everyone else digesting all the new game reveals and announcements. Here are the top ten things we’re most looking forward to in the year (or two) to come…
10. Mighty No. 9
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s successfully kickstarted spiritual successor to his beloved Blue Bomber is coming along swimmingly, now scheduled to finally be released September 15th on every platform and in every way you can think of (way to hit those stretch goals, guys!). Looking like a cross between Mega Man X and Capcom’s 2014 2.5D Strider reboot, with classic “steal your enemies’ powers” mega-gameplay, we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
Speaking of Inafune-san, his Comcept studio is teaming up with former Retro personnel (creators of Metroid Prime) on this Xbox One exclusive. Not much is known about this one so far but the trailer is really well done, revealing a 3rd person action adventure with, again, the Mega Man-esque “turning your opponents abilities against them”, this time by upgrading the glowing core of your companion into bigger and stronger robots.
8. Mad Max
September is going to be tough on the wallet. WB Games strikes again, the company that proved licensed games don’t have to suck, and can in fact be phenomenal with their Batman: Arkham series and last year’s Lord of the Rings romp Shadow of Mordor now brings us to the Wasteland, adding car combat to their amazing pedigree of open world exploration and battles. Extra points for adding more Australian badassery with AC/DC in this lovely, lovely trailer.
7. Yoshi’s Wooly World
Sadly pushed back to October but still looking great, Nintendo’s adorable platformer from the makers of prior masterpieces Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Wario Land: Shake It is sure to be worth the wait, and I know I’m going to wind up with at least one of those Yarn Yoshi Amiibos, I’m just going to have a hell of a time keeping it away from my dog, whose name is, ironically enough, Bowser.
6. Horizon: Zero Dawn
The surprise of the show, the creators of Killzone transport us to a post apocalyptic world filled with technological dinosaurs hunted by human survivors with super satisfying looking Shadow of Mordor-esque bow and arrow mechanics. An excellent looking PS4 exclusive.
5. Mother Russia Bleeds
Another PS4 exclusive, this time a beat-‘em-up from the publisher behind Riot Nerd favorite Hotline Miami, retaining that game’s pixilated ultraviolence, hard hitting techno soundtrack and overall 80’s retro vibe. Highly anticipated.
4. Transformers: Devastation
Coming this fall, Platinum Games, the house that Bayonetta built, is tackling the beloved Generation One iteration of Transformers across all platforms with beautiful cel shaded graphics and their trademark hardcore combo intensive stylish action.
Prepare for the battle, prepare for the war.
3. Street Fighter V
Capcom’s PS4 exclusive flagship fighter reveals two new characters at E3, series mainstay Cammy and oddball british punk rocker Birdie, who seems to have put on some weight since his last appearance in 1998’s Street Fighter Alpha 3 but still remains just as deadly with chain command grabs that can reach all the way across the screen. February 2016 can’t come fast enough.
2. Super Mario Maker
You ever hear those stories about the Warcraft players in Korea who die in front of their computers due to starvation and/or dehydration because they just can’t pull themselves away from the game? That’s gonna be me when this thing comes out in September. Endless, endless, endless fun.
This game’s been a long time coming, and on our radar for a while, and though some were disappointed to hear that it was more of a Mega Man: The Power Battles style boss rush (we sure are talking about Mega Man a lot today…) than a traditional 2D side scrolling platformer, nothing (NOTHING) can dull our foaming at the mouth NEED to play this game. The only bummer is its somewhat nebulous 2016 (or 1936 plus 80 years as the trailer says, haha) release date. We want it NOW!
So that’s our list of the games we’ll be wasting money and time on in the coming months. Honorable mentions go to the 3DS Chibi Robo platformer, Rare Replay (Arcade Battletoads!), Xbox exclusive Narc-style beat-‘em-up Raging Justice, and Xbox One backwards compatibility, whose list seems a little light at the moment, but Alien Hominid, Super Meat Boy and Battleblock Theater are always worth another go-round. Hopefully with Tokyo Game Show and Gamescom on the horizon we get a better look at some anticipated but conspicuous E3 no-shows, like the WiiU Zelda and Platinum’s Xbox exclusive dragon actioner Scalebound.