Even when E3 is underwhelming, it still gets players excited. This year’s all-digital show is certainly quieter than previous years, but it has given us a much clearer picture of what we’ll be playing in 2021 and beyond.
Much of that came from Microsoft, which dominated the 4-day event with a 90-minute stream. The company has produced its strongest case for Xbox Series X and Game Pass with games like Starfield and Redfall. However, not to be outdone, Nintendo has prepared for one of the strongest performances ever. The game includes Metroid Dread and Wario Ware: Together Together! are the surprises that really captivated Switch owners. What are the show’s best games overall? These are our favorites from the hit and miss four-day event.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 – Game of the Show
With Elden Ring debuted at the Summer Game Fest before E3 started, the runway was clear for Nintendo to leave players in awe of Zelda. We expect, or at least hope, to see sequel of Breath of the Wild At the exhibition. Sure enough, Nintendo saved it one last time by launching a brand new game trailer. Even though the game doesn’t come out this year, it still looks great and is surprising.
The big change this time is that the game will mainly revolve around the sky, like Legend of the heavenly sword zelda. The trailer shows Link falling through the air and standing on a structure taller than Hyrule. It’s a clever way to expand Breath of the Wild’s massive map without simply turning it into a dark world. The result is stunning, as we see some dramatic lighting effects that seem to really make the Hyrule even more beautiful. With a glimpse of new abilities and enemies, there’s a lot to dig into in the clip, making it well worth the wait two years on from the game’s first trailer.
This year, we’ve seen a lot of teaser trailers that don’t tell us too much. Starfield is something of a bummer with a vague release date trailer that doesn’t provide much of a reason to get excited. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Redfall. Latest title from Arkane, the studio behind humiliation, features a stylish reveal trailer that teases vampires, psychic powers, and group shooting.
Out of all the “teaser” games shown this year, Redfall was one of the few that got it right. The trailer doesn’t present any gameplay, but it does give players a good feel for what to expect. It’s similar to E3 2019’s Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo launch, this has attracted gamers in terms of tone alone. Redfall brought back that same energy with a comedic trailer that signaled an innovative mix of traditional shooting and the kind of special abilities that Arkane does best. We’ll see what the actual gameplay looks like, but this clip definitely does the job.
In a year where there are too many leaks or presumptions, Metroid Dread was a real shock. Not only has Nintendo been silent about the series for years, but it hasn’t released a new original 2D Metroid title in nearly two decades. So imagine the fans’ shock when it revealed a Metroid Fusion The sequel will come out this fall.
It’s safe to say that Metroid Dread looks like a worthy successor that stays true to the original games while bringing fresh ideas to the table. It also borrows some mechanics from the Nintendo 3DS’ Metroid: Samus Returns title, like counterattack and full-directional aiming. The art direction is particularly excellent here, with a creepy sci-fi setting filled with killer robots that constantly stalk Samus. The Metroidvania genre has evolved significantly in the two decades since Metroid Fusion, and it looks like Nintendo is finally gearing up to reclaim its own crown.
Riders Republic first debuted at Ubisoft Forward last year and didn’t get the biggest reception. Some were intrigued by its social sports premise, but it was overshadowed by larger games like Far Cry 6. As it was delayed indefinitely, it looks like the title might already be in its raw form. This year’s E3 is seen as a comeback for the title, roaming the red carpet with renewed confidence. Ubisoft’s instincts were right; it looks surprisingly great.
The The new trailer gave players a closer look at how it works, and it looks even weirder than expected. We got a glimpse of the chaotic 64-player races, ice cream carts with bikes, and characters flying through canyons with jet packs. With players appreciating unique multiplayer experiences like never before, Riders Republic really looks special. It brings together dozens of wild ideas to create the ultimate extreme sports game. This goes from curious to “can’t miss” very quickly.
Forza Horizon 5
Forza is usually the joker at E3. It always shows up at Microsoft conferences and often reminds users to take a break for a snack. That is not the case this year. Forza Horizon 5 looks really cool and it could just be the racing game that converts naysayers into fans. That’s largely because it’ll be available day one through Game Pass, so it’s hard to miss. It’s a running theme through Microsoft programming in general, providing some really compelling reasons to sign up.
About the game itself, it looks like a total explosion. The game is set in Mexico and features some predictably stunning visuals that will take full advantage of the Xbox Series X. With a full campaign and plenty of multiplayer modes, there’s going to be a lot of reason. justified to experience its vibrant languages when the game launches. November 9th While Forza has always been a huge hit for certain gamers, this really looks like the version that will appeal to skeptics and bring it into a genuine conversation. of year.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
When Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been heavily rumored for the show, it’s still a bit of a surprise. Although we know it exists, we don’t really know what it looks like. Is it another live service multiplayer game like Marvel’s Avengers? Square Enix did not withhold any details with about 20 minutes of information about the game. That was enough to pique our interest and then some.
The game is much different from what players might expect and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a narrative-driven single-player experience where players just directly control Star-Lord and give commands to their teammates. That makes some Smart team dynamics, forcing players to think carefully about when to deploy their squad. It looks like a superhero version of Mass Effect, and it’s a perfect fit for the franchise. Throw yourself in some ’80s tunes and plenty of satire and you’ve got all the ingredients to make a hit.
Halo Infinite It’s a rather strange case. Although it appeared at Microsoft’s conference, it was strange that it was not the focus of the show. Forza Horizon 5 have a greater attention and Starfield get the coveted opening spot. In fact, Halo didn’t even have a release date during the show, raising concerns that it might not show up for the 2021 holiday season. It looks like Microsoft is bracing for the possibility of a delay. other postponement.
So why is it on this list? It received the most innovative award. E3 is Microsoft’s chance to get players excited about the title again after a weak gameplay reveal last year led to its indefinite delay. It is mainly distributed by placing a This time with a lot of emphasis on the multiplayer feature. The game will feature free-to-play multiplayer, which looks like it will correct the mistakes of previous entries by taking inspiration from more classic Halo games. That really sets the stage for the possibility of a return to shooter dominance, something Halo hasn’t had in a decade. When Battlefield 2042 looks like this year’s beat shooter, E3 was crowned success Halo Infinitenarrative and we look forward to seeing the end result.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
Although we didn’t learn too much about it, A Plague Tale: Requiem gave us just enough to rejoice. The first game in the series, A Plague Tale: Innocence, is a hidden gem with strong storytelling and lots of rats. A cinematic trailer for its sequel signals that both of those strong points are coming back and ahead.
Sometimes the best part of E3 is its pleasant surprises, and this falls into that category. We know we’ll see Starfield and Forza Horizon 5, but A Plague Tale: Requiem is one of many games that came out on the left and got us excited about Xbox and Game Pass. It’s not just a Halo Infinite box.