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E3 2015 Best of Show Roundup

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Jun 17, 2015 1:06:18 PM

So far, this year’s E3 has been full of exciting news from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Large publishers like EA, Bethesda and Square Enix brought major video game announcements with the return of games like Fallout, Mirror’s Edge and Final Fantasy. Below is our roundup of the best video game announcements so far at E3.

Fallout

Perhaps the most buzzworthy news to come out of E3 this year is Bethesda’s return of Fallout. Fallout 4 is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this fall on November 10.

The game appears to be a huge improvement over its predecessor, featuring a larger open-world environment running on Bethesda’s Creation engine (finally, a departure from the very outdated Gamebryo engine!).

Fallout 4 will feature more customization and player choice than ever - from advanced character sculpting, to crafting, to console mods. You even get to command a dog, and it takes place in a meticulously designed, post-apocalyptic Boston.

The best part? Fallout 4 starts before the apocalypse - creating a nice backstory for Fallout franchise diehards. In the mean time, F2P game Fallout Shelter is available on iOS to tide you over.

Mirror’s Edge

Popular parkour platformer Mirror’s Edge is making a return to next-gen consoles and PC, with a reboot called Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Hopefully sometime next year, gamers will be able to re-live the experience in higher-definition and with an improved story.

The entire game will be open-world and without loading times. Watch the trailer below:

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy VII is inarguably the most popular game in the franchise, and a remake has been rumored for many years now. Finally, Square Enix is bringing the game back to life in high definition thanks to a new trailer revealed earlier this week.

The remake appears to darker and more realistic than the original, although it’s hard to tell what gameplay will be like. For now, check out the teaser trailer below.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian is the highly-anticipated spiritual successor to the PS2’s Shadow of the Colossus -  a Japanese mythological adventure game. Unfortunately, The Last Guardian has had a tough development life since its inception in 2007, with an originally planned release of 2011 for the PS3.

Good news is that The Last Guardian is mostly completely, and finally coming to the PS4 in 2016. While the game looks great, graphically it doesn’t look much different from its previous 2009 appearance. Read more information about the announcement here.

Minecraft on Hololens

Earlier this year we wrote about Microsoft’s Hololens, an augmented reality headset that lets you play Minecraft in the real world. Microsoft demoed the Hololens again this week at E3, and it looks amazing. No details yet on when consumers will be able to have their own Minecraft AR experience, but for now you can watch the demo below.

Rise of the Indies

No Man’s Sky and Firewatch are two indie games you should be keeping an eye out for later this year / early next year.

No Man’s Sky is a massive open-world sci-fi game where players can explore an infinite amount of planets and galaxies, thanks to its procedurally generated engine. You can fly ships, land on planets, explore all of the odd dinosaur-looking creatures, and engage in first-person combat. Its development team has been pretty tight-lipped since its announcement, but an initial PS4 release is finally coming soon.

Firewatch is another exploration game, but set in the Wyoming wilderness. It appears to feature a more linear storyline than No Man’s Sky, where the player takes the role of a volunteer fire lookout officer in 1988. Developer Campo Santo has created a beautiful, The Long Dark-esque environment and the story looks interesting so far. Check out a quick gameplay trailer below:

Did we miss any highlights from E3 2015? Share them below in the comments.

 

Topics: Fallout 4,, Minecraft, Mirror Edge, Final Fantasy, Hololens,

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