E3 remains the biggest show of the year despite the fact that it’s no longer the one place to go to go for video game news. Still, developers across the world manage to converge on this one event every year in order to remind gamers everywhere just why they love gaming so much. More often than not, that reminder comes in the form of some shocking or incredible game announcement.
E3 2018 was no different. While some of the biggest reveals of the show were leaked ahead of schedule, that didn’t stop the biggest game studios in the world from blowing us away with reveals and showcases of some games that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Of course, it’s sometimes hard to know which announcements were just noise and which ones are the ones that you absolutely must see. After all, there are just too many games revealed every year to possibly keep up with. That’s why we’re here to help. Of all the E3 2018 stories we’ve covered this reveal season, these are the games and announcements that you absolutely must know:
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The best reveal of EA’s conference was the mere mention of the name of Respawn’s much-anticipated Star Wars game. Jedi: Fallen Order‘s story will occur between the events of Episode III and IV. It follows a Jedi who managed to escape the Order 66 death squads and must survive in an increasingly hostile world. We can’t wait to hear more.
Dying Light 2
We wouldn’t have been too excited about the idea of a Dying Light sequel in the weeks leading up to E3 2018, but the reveal of this game showcased a sequel that is so much more than we ever thought we’d see from this series. Not only does Dying Light 2‘s action look even better than what we saw in the original game, but this sequel’s story is being written by RPG legend, Chris Avellone.
Microsoft Acquires Ninja Theory
While Microsoft also acquired PlayGround Games and Undead Labs, its biggest “get” was Ninja Theory. The studio behind Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting developers in gaming. Whatever the studio makes next will now be exclusive to Microsoft consoles and devices. We can’t wait to see what it is.
Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer
Our first real look at Cyberpunk 2077 showcased a world that is a little more playful and even cartoony than we were expecting. Yet, there is something undeniably compelling about the world that CD Projekt Red has crafted. It’s full of life, wonder, and mystery. All-told, this could very well prove to be a game that lives up to the immense hype.
Devil May Cry 5 Premiere
It’s been over 10 years since Capcom has released a mainline Devil May Cry game. While some of us loved Ninja Theory’s take on the franchise, the series’ most ardent fans will no doubt welcome Capcom’s return to the series. Will the studio be able to add another classic title to one of the most celebrated action franchises ever?
Gears of War 5
Gears of War is a few years removed from its prime at this point, but Gears of War 4 showed that there is still room for the series to grow. Gears of War 5 looks to follow-up on the promise of the previous game by telling a more heartfelt story that focuses on Kate Diaz as she leads a squad of soldiers on a personal mission. It could prove to be the best Gears yet.
There’s a new Halo game brewing over at Microsoft. We can tell you that much for sure. However, there’s still quite a bit of speculation regarding what Halo Infinite is and how it will fit into the franchise’s timeline as it currently stands. We can also tell you that Halo Infinite will be something very different and might just give us a glimpse into the future of the franchise.
For years, fans of developer Rare have been asking, “Why don’t they just make another Battletoads?” It has been quite some time since the famous developer has given us a new Battletoads title, and this new three-player co-op game revives the cult classic franchise. Those looking for classic 8-bit style action will surely want to keep an eye on this one.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
FromSoftware moves beyond the considerable shadow of the Dark Souls series in order to provide a new kind of action experience. This strange samurai game plays off some of the same trademark trends of Dark Souls – including the impact of death – while delivering a fascinating new universe that touches upon Dark Souls‘ subtle themes of horror.
We thought that we might be treated to the reveal of a new Doom game at E3 2018, but we certainly weren’t expecting it to come in the form of Doom Eternal. Doom covers some of the same ground we saw in the infamous Doom II: Hell on Earth, but it’s the Eternal part of the title that has us wondering what changes this game has in store.
We also didn’t expect a new Wolfenstein game so close to the release of Wolfenstein II, but Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn’t the kind of Wolfenstein game anyone could have anticipated. This co-op shooter follows the adventures of B.J. Blazkowicz’s daughters as they shoot their way through an alternate version of the ’80s.
Opinions are divided on Bethesda’s full reveal of Fallout 76, but nobody denies there’s something intriguing about this game. For the first time, a Fallout video game is going multiplayer. Yes, Fallout 76 will let you explore the wasteland with your friends and maybe even launch a nuclear weapon or two along the way.
We’ve heard rumblings about Starfield for years now, but we were beginning to wonder if Bethesda would actually reveal its fabled sci-fi project. Details are thin at this time, but many are already dreaming of a Bethesda sci-fi RPG in the grand tradition of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls games. This next-gen title is already reason enough to buy a new console.
The Elder Scrolls VI
Count us among the shocked. Nobody could have predicted that Bethesda was going to name drop its most-anticipated title at E3 2018. Yet, the studio broke tradition by naming a game that likely won’t be released for many years to come. Even still, we’ve got some theories about what the next Elder Scrolls game will be and why you should be very excited about it.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
While it’s easy to write-off the Assassin’s Creed franchise due to how stagnant the series has been over the years, Assassin’s Creed Origins really did revive our interest in the potential of the series. Now, Odyssey continues the good work of that game by taking us to ancient Greece and expanding the storytelling style and potential of the series.
The Last of Us Part II Trailer
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us elevated the bar by which all video game narratives are judged. The game’s incredible storytelling, legendary characters, and fascinating stealth gameplay are all present in this gameplay trailer for The Last of Us Part II. Now, it’s just a question of whether or not Naughty Dog can raise the bar yet again.
Ghost of Tsushima Trailer
As much as we love developer Sucker Punch, we weren’t sure what to expect from Ghost of Tsushima before E3 2018. Could this studio deliver the kind of samurai epic we’ve always wanted? Well, the game’s first trailer suggests that Sucker Punch is well on its way to making one of the best samurai games ever. Keep an eye out for this one.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
After years of hearing about how Capcom was working on this high-anticipated remake, we finally got our first look at this reimagined version of Resident Evil 2. The game’s first trailer showcased a stunning take on the classic horror game that just might end up being the remake that we’ve been waiting all of these years for.
We would never have guessed that we would be talking about a new Nioh game so close to the release of the first title, but here we are. Given that Nioh is one of the absolute best Souls-like titles out there, we can’t wait to see what developer Team Ninja does with this sequel now that it’s got the foundation in place.
Super Mario Party
Maybe Nintendo just got tired of counting so high, but we think that the fact there isn’t a number in this Mario Party‘s title indicates that Nintendo also feels that it’s time to approach this franchise from a new direction. Super Mario Party‘s minigames aim to take advantage of the Switch’s capabilities in order to offer the best Mario Party experience yet.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
We were already excited about the idea of Super Smash Bros. on Switch, but the full reveal of this game left us absolutely buzzing. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t just another Smash Bros. game; it’s essentially the ultimate collection of Super Smash Bros. titles released so far. Every Smash Bros. character in franchise history will return in this epic fighting game.