Best Games Of E3 2013
E3 is done! We’ve gone through gallons of coffee, what is probably a deadly amount of paracetamol and managed to complete Street Pass. We also saw a lot of games between the three of us who went. These are our picks for the best titles of E3 2013.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Chosen By: Samuel Roberts, Editor, gamesTM
Runners-Up: Need For Speed: Rivals, Infamous: Second Son, Thief
Pretty much what I hoped a next-gen fantasy RPG would look like, The Witcher 3’s massive world had a staggering level of detail in the behind-closed-doors demo shown at E3. I witnessed the narrative possibilities embedded within this multi-regional environment, as well as the scale of some of the creatures waiting for you out there – The Witcher is already well-regarded as a series, but I think this entry will see the franchise balloon into something Skyrim-sized, as it looks to set the standard in an extremely popular genre. I can’t wait to be in that world, and I doubt anyone could see that demo without being impressed.
Chosen By: Dan Howdle, Editor, X360
Runners-Up: Forza Motorsport 5, Destiny, TitanFall
Hands-down: Tom Clancy’s The Division. For me it wasn’t just that this was easily the prettiest game shown (read: next-genniest), it was also the best example of a developer thinking up new ways to use the tools available. It’s brimming with new ideas, from the tablet-controlled UAVs to the MMO-style dynamic events. It’s almost impossible to believe that anything that looks this good can also do so much, but there it is, all happening right in front of us. Everything from concept, to innovation, to style, to musical score is appealing to me. Nail. Head. Hit. Shame it’s not out until the end of next year. I may have to freeze myself in the meantime.
Chosen By: Ryan King, Editor, NowGamer
Runners-Up: Dark Souls II, Batman: Arkham Origins, Tearaway
I feel like the token hipster, not choosing any next-gen titles, but it’s more a reflection of the quality of the current gen titles I saw. As someone who loved the original, Payday 2 was an easy choice as my game of E3 – the leap from Payday to the sequel might be the biggest I have seen in any sequel. It’s staggering how much content has been added, not just in terms of volume but game mechanics – skill trees, stealth emphasis, customisable weapons and so on. Most importantly, it preserves the same manic chaos of the original that’s still unique in the multiplayer shooter arena. It doesn’t have the visual muscle of the other games on offer at E3 but in terms of raw co-op fun, there was little else that could match it.