Note: While I was able to see a lot of the major games at E3, I’m only one person. I wasn’t able to see EVERYTHING. I’m not able to include anything I didn’t see at the show.
Additional Note: The Xbox One and PS4 did not qualify for the list due to the limited information about both systems. The recent Xbox One DRM announcement proves that these consoles could still drastically change in the months leading to the holiday season.
10. Fantasia Music Evolved
Leave it to Harmonix to bring fresh ideas to the music/rhythm genre. With Harmonix partnering with Disney to bring their own vision of the animated classic, “Fantasia: Music Evolved” is a big get for the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Harmonix’s following is as big as their ideas.
9. The Crew
The developers at Ivory Tower are making strides in reinventing the typical driving game experience. “The Crew” was described to me by one of its developers as “World of Carcraft.” You’ll be able to drive around the entire country from coast to coast, which will take about an hour and a half of load-free driving. Like most MMOs, this game looks best when played with a big group of friends.
8. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
“Garden Warfare” was a genuine surprise from the show. I surely wasn’t expecting a PvZ game that wasn’t tower defense. Pop Cap Games is putting the competitive shooter spin on their beloved franchise, with deathmatch and horde-esque modes. “Garden Warfare” runs on the beautiful Frostbite 3 engine and will be available on the Xbox 360, Xbox 360, and PC.
7. Killer Instinct
At long last “Killer Instinct” is coming back. The reboot looks to have fast-paced, rushdown combat with an emphasis on combos. Trying out a “Legue of Legends” business model, the game will be free to play for the Xbox One. Accessing additional characters will cost a fee. “Killer Instinct” will be an Xbox One launch title.
6. Hyperkin RetroN 5
The RetroN 5 is the best thing to happen to the retro gaming community, possibly ever. This new console will be capable of playing NES, SNES, Genesis, MegaDrive, Famicom, GBA, and GameBoy Color cartridges. It comes with a Bluetooth controller, but also supports the original NES, SNES, and Genesis controllers. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the desired price tag is less than $100. The RetroN 5 is set to release later this summer.
5. Batman: Arkham Origins
I’ll admit I was worried about “Arkham Origins” since Rocksteady Games isn’t attached to it. But from what I’ve seen, Warner Bros. Montreal is more than up to the task of continuing the stellar track record of this series. The combat, movement, and style matches what we’ve seen in the previous games. It’s a prequel that takes place during Batman’s second year of crime fighting. I’m looking forward to learning more about the story.
4. South Park: The Stick of Truth
We’re still waiting for a South Park game that does the series justice, and we might finally be getting it. Obsidian Games is experienced when it comes to making deep RPGs, and “Stick of Truth” looks like it’s going to be just that combined with the hilarious nature of the show.
It looks like Respawn Entertainment already has a huge hit on their hands. “Titanfall” could be the next “Call of Duty” for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. And who doesn’t love mechs? The gameplay of this first-person shooter looks fast and fluid, whether you’re in a mech or on foot. I can’t wait to see more in the coming months.
2. Project Spark
Picture LittleBigPlanet. Now shoot it full of steroids and drop the price tag to zero. The result: “Project Spark.” “Project Spark” is a blank canvas that can be molded to create endless possibilities. The experience will be as great as the community allows it to be. Developers have been tinkering with it and have created all kinds of neat ideas including a 30-minute “Miami Vice” parody.
Bungie’s “Destiny” is as impressive as it is ambitious. The “Halo” creators are aiming to fully bridge the gap between MMO and FPS. What was shown looked like they may actually pull it off. The shooting mechanics looks as tight and polished as any “Halo” game. If they can pull off the MMO side of the equation, this may very well turn into an enormous time sink.
Honorable mention: Saints Row 4, Skylanders Swap Force, Mad Max, Disney Infinity, Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Dying Light
So there you have it; my top ten picks from E3 2013. What didn’t make the list? What were the best things that you saw?