After what many thoughts was a lacklustre showing at last year’s E3, Microsoft had to pull out all of the stops for E3 2018. Luckily, it seems Microsoft was up to the challenge as they not only announced the return of some much-loved franchises but revealed information on some of the most highly anticipated games of 2018 and 2019. It was a trailer filled conference which impressed many Microsoft fans.
Battletoads – The Toads Are Back In Town
What year is this? That’s the question on everyone’s minds when Microsoft announced that a new Battletoads game will be releasing in 2019. The Battletoads made their first appearance in a game back in 1991 on the NES and was a notoriously difficult beat-em-up. It seems players will once again be bashing bad guys as one of the three toads, Rash, Zitz and Pimple.
While Microsoft didn’t reveal much, except for a teaser trailer, we do know that the game will be a three-player couch co-op beat em up and will use 2.5D graphics using hand-drawn art.
Many expected the announcement as Microsoft had renewed the Battletoads trademark back in 2014. Seeing Microsoft boss Phil Spencer wearing a Battletoads shirt during a presentation all but confirmed to many that there would be an announcement one of these days.
Crackdown 3 – Terry Crews Saves The Day
We weren’t expecting to see anything Crackdown 3 related at this year’s E3, especially since the game was delayed last week to 2019. Boy, were we wrong. And while we still didn’t see much from the game, we did get an awesome action-packed trailer featuring everyone’s favourite muscle covered ass-kicker Mr Terry Crews. Although the trailer does show off some destructive gameplay, it’s clear that Crews steals the show as he blows stuff up and shouts a lot (and we mean a lot).
Our excitement for the game might have died down a bit but the thought of saving the world next to Terry Crews has gotten us all psyched for Crackdown 3 again.
Devil May Cry V – As Smooth And Stylish As Ever
This was an announcement that many knew would be made at E3. After many rumours that a new Devil May Cry game was in development, Director Hideaki Itsuno finally confirmed this at the Microsoft E3 2018 conference. Set to release next year Devil May Cry V looks just as fast-paced and stylish as we could have hoped. A new trailer showcased some of the game’s combat. According to Itsuno, Devil May Cry V feels and plays better than any action game Capcom has previously created.
Regarding the game’s narrative, we know that the forces of hell are once again invading and it’s up to three demon hunters to help stop this tide of evil. Each of the three hunters will have their own unique playstyle allowing players to choose the one that compliments their way of playing.
Dying Light 2 – Run!
When Dying Light first appeared, it was able to combine parkour and zombie slaying into one (mostly) smooth package. Well, it seems we’ll once again get a chance to go on a zombie killing spree while traversing the environment in creative ways as Dying Light 2 was revealed at the Microsoft E3 conference.
This time around though it won’t be all about running and killing as your actions now have lasting consequences. A gameplay demo illustrated how your decisions and actions can affect the game world and how your missions pan out.
The game once again takes place in a grim world, a modern dark ages if you will where your fellow humans are just as dangerous as the zombies lurking in the shadows.
Fallout 76 – Return To The Wasteland
A game that has perplexed and excited fans all at once is Fallout 76. Many were concerned that developer Bethesda would drop their narrative-driven approach to Fallout games for a more multiplayer focused experience. Well, it seems Bethesda is setting out to combine the best of both of these experiences into one complete package with Fallout 76.
You play as one of the first people to leave Vault 76 as you venture into the wasteland. Bethesda also confirmed that the game’s world will be 4 times the size of Fallout 4‘s and is the biggest one yet. While Bethesda didn’t reveal much about the game beyond this, they did eventually lift the veil at their own press conference.
Gears of War 5 – A Trio Of Gears
Microsoft surprised many by not only announcing Gears of War 5 but two other vastly different games set in the Gears of War universe.
Of course, the first game of the trio that was revealed was Gears of War 5, of which we were shown a trailer featuring the gruff man himself Marcus Fenix. While Marcus is still present in the game it appears as if players will take control of the female lead Kait. We get some glimpses of new weapons and enemies.
Along with the Gears of War 5, announcement two other Gears games were announced. Surprisingly, one is a PC game called Gears Tactics, which as the name suggests takes a more turn-based approach to combat. This doesn’t mean that the game will not include some action-packed moments as players will still be taking on hordes of enemies and bosses.
The last game is called Gears POP! and is described as a mobile Gears experience with a Funko POP twist. Basically, it sets out to combine everything you love about Gears and Funko POP figures into one action-packed mobile game. It might not be the game fans wanted but it interesting to see Microsoft expanding the Gears universe to include new genres and platforms.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Finally!
Since it’s announcement, fans have bee scouring the internet for more information on CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated game, Cyberpunk 2077. Finally, after waiting for what seems like aeons, we finally got a new trailer and more information about this mysterious game.
While the beautiful trailer might have been on the short side, developer CD Projekt Red stated that there will be hundreds of compelling stories to be found in the game world. The developer also stressed that the game will be a true RPG and not a multiplayer shooter, probably referring to the fact that these have become very popular in recent years and that everyone has been jumping on the bandwagon.
Personally, I think that CD Projekt Red has perfected the art of showing us just enough to keep us happy yet wanting more.
Halo Infinite – The Legend Returns
Microsoft caught many off-guard when it announced a new entry into the Halo series called Halo Infinite. Billed as Master Chief’s greatest adventure, there wasn’t much revealed beyond a trailer showcasing some environments and confirming Master Chief’s return. It’s been nearly three years since the last Halo game was released and fans have been anxiously awaiting another game in the series. Unfortunately, it would seem like the game’s release is still some time away as Microsoft didn’t even announce a release window yet.
We don’t mind waiting as long as the game turns out to be worth it.
Forza Horizon 4 – Would You Like A Cup Of Tea?
Microsoft has revealed that the next Forza Horizon game will be set in Great Britain. Forza Horizon 4 will allow players to explore Great Britain as they are faced with dynamic weather and even changing seasons. A trailer for the game showed off some of the environments players will be exploring such as a frozen tundra, rain-soaked village and a muddy field. Motorcycles and going off road seems to play a much larger role in the next instalment.
Along with the trailer, Microsoft also revealed that the game would be releasing in October 2018, which is just around the corner.
Just Cause 4 – Crazy As Always
Following a myriad of rumours that a new Just Cause game was being developed, it was revealed at the Microsoft E3 conference that this was indeed the case. Showing off some of the game’s over-the-top-action, a new trailer sees protagonist Rico Rodriguez facing off against the Black Hand, a powerful private army in the fictional South American country of Solis. As can be expected the trailer is filled with explosions, stunts and even a tornado.
Just Cause 4 is set to be just as crazy as we had hoped and will release in December 2018 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Kingdom Hearts III – So Many Disney Characters
After revealing that Kingdom Hearts III would be released in January 2019, we got to see more of the highly anticipated game during Microsoft’s E3 conference. The new trailer features Elsa and the characters from Frozen (more Olaf!), Toy Story, and Wreck-It-Ralph. The game looks gorgeous, the combat smooth, and we can’t wait to team up with our favourite Disney characters.
All we know is that January 2019 can’t come fast enough.
Metro Exodus – There Are No Vaults In This Wasteland
4A Games showed off their upcoming game Metro Exodus during the Microsoft E3 conference as a new trailer explained what it takes to survive and of course what you’ll need to need to protect yourself with (hint: loads of customizable weapons). As with the previous Metro games, Metro Exodus will once again have a heavy focus on narrative, although this doesn’t mean that you won’t get to kill stuff as there are still more than enough mutants to fill with precious lead.
The game is set for release in February 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – From Software Is Back!
One of the bigger surprises from Microsoft’s E3 conference is the announcement of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a game being developed by From Software, the studio behind the Dark Souls series. Set for release in 2019, the game will have brutal combat and beautiful visuals, as can be expected from a From Software game. The game explores a more Asian-inspired setting and looks to be just as unforgiving as the Dark Souls series. Are you up for some more rewarding punishment?