E3 2014 Best of Show / Microsoft & Sony

Written by Logan Sharp

Oh, E3. Every time it comes around, it makes me feel as if Christmas, my birthday and the 4th of July have all come early. In my honest opinion, yesterday was a fantastic day for gamers. We got glimpses at some incredible new IPs, great indie games as well as seeing some of our old friends return. Out of all the games shown, which one is the best? Here are my picks:

Microsoft E3 Press Conference BoS

Sunset Overdrive

As a casual player of the Ratchet & Clank games from years back, I thoroughly enjoy Insomniac Games and what they create. Sunset Overdrive does not look to disappoint! Combining vibrant visuals with comedy and fast-paced action, it looks like a must-own for the Xbox One. I have to talk a little more about the visuals also before moving on. In a world where games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age Inquisition, Mortal Kombat X and Bloodborne, it’s nice to see a game that is still violent in it’s own right but look beautiful at the same time. You normally don’t see games anymore with a vibrant color palette and it’s refreshing to see a game finally break the mold. And with a trailer that is filled with sass, humor and action, what more could you ask for?

Honorable Mention: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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This one was no surprise to any of us. Thanks to rumors weeks prior, we all knew this was coming. The fact that Halo 1-4 is on one disc, with every single multiplayer map released for those games, is very exciting! Halo 2 is coming remastered as an Anniversary Edition on the disc and, from what we saw, looks incredible. My only gripe is that the other games did not get the same HD treatment. Sure, Halo 4 looked amazing on the Xbox 360 but Halo 3? I definitely want it but not bad enough to buy an Xbox One right now.

Sony E3 Press Conference BoS

 

Uncharted 4

We have been eagerly anticipating this game ever since Uncharted 3 ended. We had all hoped that Uncharted 4 would make it’s debut at this year’s E3 and, sure enough, it showed up with a bang. The game, though a pre-rendered cutscene most likely, looks absolutely beautiful. This game was the perfect ending to a solid conference, and a perfect end to a great day of E3 as well. Though no gameplay was shown, it’s hard to not say that this game stole the show.

Honorable Mention: No Man’s Sky

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For the folks who scoff at indie games: eat your words. No Man’s Sky, developed by a small team of 4-6 people, is a sci-fi exploration game like no other. The game allows you total freedom in exploring space, finding treasures and going toe-to-toe with alien life. It looks very enticing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

What do you think? What were your picks? Let us know in the comments below!

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