It's that time of year again, gamers! Excitement is in the air as Bethesda, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, EA, Square Enix and Ubisoft prepare to dazzle us in their never-ending quest to pry all of our hard earned money away from us in exchange for the latest and greatest in the world of video games! If there's anything harder than sorting through the E3 aftermath to piece together a most anticipated games list for the upcoming year, it's narrowing down a list of E3 predictions to only five! While we had a pretty lengthy prediction discussion on our last podcast, I'm sure I'm not the only one who continued to dream up new scenarios and games that we need to have! So, what are my top five moments I think we'll be treated to during this year’s “super bowl of gaming?” Here we gooooo!
EA will announce Battlefield: Bad Company 3
Let's face it, it's time. Bad Company 2 is one of the very few FPS games I found myself engrossed with last-gen. While I've mentioned before that I have concerns with DICE not fully understanding why people love the Bad Company series, I don't doubt they'll still find a way to produce another great entry in the franchise. DICE and EA clearly do aim to please their fans (we'll be seeing that highly demanded second Mirror's Edge game this year for sure), and it's no secret that we want Bad Company 3.
Sony will announce a new Sly Cooper game
With a new Sly Cooper movie inbound next year, it makes perfect sense to announce a new game to go along with it! Those who know me, know that I am a Sucker Punch fanboy thanks to the Sly Cooper series. It's a series that I have enjoyed immensely (even though, much in the same way Benjamin has never played Second Son, I’ve yet to play through Thieves in Time). The series hits on everything I’m looking for in a modern platformer, from the awesome characters to the extremely entertaining storylines. Whether it’s Sanzaru or Sucker Punch returning to the helm, I just want more Sly!
Ryse will make a return!
Ok, so this one is definitely just me being hopeful. Ryse: Son of Rome is an awesome game. Sure, it has its shortcomings, but it's easily one of my favorite titles available on the Xbox One. That said, it's no secret that Crytek wasn't exactly enthused about the title’s sales on the platform, so what better way to remedy that than to bring it to a whole new audience?! I understand this would deeply upset the faithful fanboys of one of these consoles, but people need to understand that great games deserve to be experienced by everyone. Ryse is a graphical masterpiece and a fun ride that all gamers should have the chance to experience. Again, this is probably just wishful thinking from a fan of the game.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will get an early December release date
I know, I know…this conflicts with my claims that this game is going to be delayed until next year, but I'm starting to come around on it. I still think the 360 version will see some Titanfall-esque delays, as Microsoft (and gamers everywhere!) will no doubt want to see Crystal Dynamics’ new masterpiece shine on the new-generation platform it was meant to be on. Stupid drama surrounding exclusivity aside, this could easily be a strong game of the year contender. The Tomb Raider series saw a new lease on life after the stellar 2013 reboot, and fans are expecting an experience of a similar quality with Rise of the Tomb Raider. If this is indeed the case, I hope that I don't repeat the same mistake I made last year with Bayonetta 2 (you know, playing it too late to place it on my “game of the year” list!).
Mafia 3 will be announced at the Microsoft conference with timed content
Mafia 2 is a game that I often refer to as a hidden gem. I felt the story was an absolute thrill, as was exploring the perfectly detailed 1940’s version of Empire Bay that 2K Czech crafted for this outing. The ending was one of those moments that, much like the ending to Darksiders, left me with goosebumps and an overwhelming need to pop in the sequel right then and there. Leaks indicate that should this game finally see the light of day, we'll be continuing Vito's tale as he ascends the ranks of the mafia. 2K and Microsoft seem to have a prospering partnership, as we saw Evolve get free content first on Xbox One, so I'd expect Mafia 3 to continue that trend.
I did have several other predictions that could have potentially been on here, but as of now, I've come across several Twitter leaks that have ruined any foresight I was claiming to have. Leaks surrounding a certain shooter that the Short Pause Guardians can't stop f’n playing (*cough* Destiny *cough*), as well as Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2’s confirmed debut during the Microsoft conference (I’m just going to go ahead and reserve that “game of the year” slot for next year’s list now), put a damper on a few of my pre-E3 prognostications. Regardless of if any of these pan out, I know that we're in for one hell of a show this year as we finally start to really showcase these newer platforms! From Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, to Fallout 4 and Mirror's Edge 2, we're sure to be given dozens of reasons to be happy with our current-gen purchases. Hopefully, those of you who've yet to take the new-gen plunge will finally find a reason to do so as well.
Oh, and is it too late to say we'll finally get a Xenoblade Chronicles X North American release date!?