Video Games: Have No Fear, E3 Is Here!

The most exciting time of the year for gamers is quickly approaching; the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short. This is arguably the gaming industry’s biggest event, where companies bring out the big guns and wow fans with massive reveals and exciting new projects. When perusing the list of games that have already been confirmed to appear, it is clear that fans are in for an incredible experience.

There are a few compelling indie titles confirmed for appearances, the most notable being “No Man’s Sky,” an adventure game that lets players explore a procedurally generated universe at will. Taking control of a planetary explorer, gamers will be able to interact with the people, creatures and 18 quintillion possible planets that the game holds.

On the sequel front, there is a lot to get excited about. Appearing at the expo are titles like “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” and “Just Cause 3,” both of which are new entries into wildly popular franchises. Fans can also look for big-budget titles such as “Mass Effect 4,” “Assassins Creed: Victory,” “Kingdom Hearts 3,” “Mirrors Edge 2,” “Star Wars Battlefront,” “Borderlands 3” and many others to take the stage at E3.

The Deus Ex games are action RPGs set in the future, and “Mankind Divided” is the follow up to 2011’s excellent “Deus Ex: Human Revolution.” There has been no gameplay footage released for the new entry, so fans will likely see the game in action for the first time at E3.

Meanwhile, the Just Cause series is developed by Avalanche Studios, and it is one of the better action-adventure franchises in the industry. Players take control of Rico Rodriguez, a member of a covert branch of the CIA known as the Agency. Rodriguez has a tendency to cause mayhem, and players will likely get to see some of the new mechanics that Avalanche Studios has added to “Just Cause 3.”

The game has received an upgraded physics system that lets players create awe-inspiring levels of destruction. It also grants users new ways to interact with the environment with upgrades to the grapple and parachute system, as well as the addition of a wingsuit mechanic. “Just Cause 3” is shaping up to be another great entry in the franchise, and one fans should be very excited to see at E3.

On the console-exclusive front things look to be in Microsoft’s favor. The gaming giant is pulling out all the stops, with titles like “Gears of War 4,” “Forza 6,” “Crackdown” and, of course, “Halo 5: Guardians” taking the stage at their presentation.

Sony fans have a lot less to get excited about because the only compelling exclusive that has been announced for E3 is “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”. As a Sony fan myself I hope that the company has more in store for fans that they’re keeping under wraps, such as a new entry into their popular God of War franchise. The company can’t afford to put all of their eggs into the basket of “Uncharted 4,” and they have a lot of exclusive properties they could utilize. If they don’t make use of franchises like Ratchet and Clank and InFamous, it’s hard to see how they will be able to compete with Microsoft in 2015.

Nintendo also deserves some mention here, bringing big titles like “Star Fox for Wii U” and “Yoshi’s Wooly World” to the expo. The Star Fox series is a classic Nintendo staple, a brand as synonymous with the company as Mario or Zelda. “Yoshi’s Wooly World” shares the unique viual style that debuted in 2007’s “Kirby’s Epic Yarn.” The environments of these two appear to be made of fabric with zippers, strings and folded cloths serving as elements for players to interact with.

So far E3 2015 is shaping up to be a huge spectacle for video game fans, with lots of brand new content being debuted. 2015 is looking to be a strong year for the industry and I can’t wait until the expo begins June 16.

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