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Here’s Some Games I’d Like to See at E3 2015



With the Electronics Entertainment Expo right around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to cover some promising prospects that may be seen at the show. A lot of impressive titles will certainly be there, but this list will focus primarily on topics of self-indulgence, games I am looking forward to most that many others may not be. For the record, games on this list are confirmed to be in development but not necessarily confirmed to have an appearance at the show.

Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 isn’t the biggest game to be announced in the past several months, but it may be the most significant here. As a gamer that reached 100% competition on Just Cause 2, (yes, 100%) this is a very big deal indeed. This level of dedication to a game of that magnitude may seem to stray on the side of obsessive compulsive, but Just Cause 2 provided an experience unlike anything this gamer had seen before. What makes Just Cause 2 the king of sandbox games is two-fold. Firstly, it was fun, sheer anarchic fun.

The game didn’t waste its effort explaining the logic of strapping soldiers to flying propane tanks or surfing cars off flaming bridges, it just let you do it. Secondly, the game’s map was one of the largest and most varied in the entire history of gaming, giving a scope of explorative incentive that was almost unprecedented.  It is normally inadvisable for a game’s sequel to be simply “bigger and more of it”, but, in this case, that is all that is being asked for.

Dishonored 2

Dishonored was one of the rare titles that felt like a mash-up of several good ideas for multiple other games. Instead of feeling like a copy, however, it executed these ideas in a way that managed to create an identity all its own. That said, there were some factors that would benefit greatly from a reimagining, like the slightly restrictive environments, and to that end we have Dishonored 2. The world of Dishonored was creatively molded and continuation is welcome, but it is in the gameplay where the evolution can truly shine. The inventive selection and dynamic of gadgets, weapons, and magical abilities gave way to all kinds of vindictive methods of dispatching enemies, and one can only imagine what they’ll think up next.

Dragons Dogma MMO

Finally the last cult-hit sequel for this list, Dragon’s Dogma. This game, like Dishonored, was a title that was had an amazingly ambitious design with even greater sequel potential. Dragon’s Dogma was a game that had it all, visceral action, epic boss fights, an expansive open-world, but it was missing one key feature. Despite all the spectacular action, there was no one to share it with. Put another way, the game lacked any direct multiplayer functionality. This seemed like a no-brainer for the sequel, but what was not expected was an announcement of a Dragon’s Dogma MMO. A better alternative could not have been imagined.


Now that the newest consoles seem to be catching their stride and developers have evidently become more comfortable with the technology, this E3 has the potential to be the best one in years. A handful of new conferences also means that some publishers are confident enough in their games to not require a console to hold up their show, a bold statement. There will be something for all at this years E3, but for the titles mentioned above, I am holding out most hope.


Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in July 2019



Three Single Player Games (July 2019) - Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood

July, the middle of winter down here in Australia. Even in the bizarre New South Wales climate, the biting cold makes for a great excuse to stay inside and play games. 

Weirdly for single players, quite a few prestige games this month include additional co-op modes. With acclaimed designers behind them, such games will hopefully avoid the pitfalls of accommodating multiple players, as too many games have done in the past.

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

At first blush, Sea of Solitude looks like yet another story of a young adult struggling with questions of identity and mental health while exploring a beautiful but harsh fantasy world.

Actually, that’s what it is. ‘Quirky, life affirming indie adventure’ is a whole cottage industry these days, but the fact that such games are now more prevalent should never dismay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a masterpiece of refined design and storytelling, and Sea of Solitude appears be something similar—this time dealing with a fantastical vision of depression that turns ordinary people into literal monsters.

Players take charge of Kay, who has sought out the eponymous Sea—or rather, a flooded city based on Berlin—in the hope that there is a cure for monstrosity. However, despite its name, she is not the only person in the Sea. Avoiding the other monsters of the Sea seems to be a major part of the gameplay. These tense encounters are likely to provide rhythm and variety to the adventure and keep it from being a just walking simulator. (Not that being a walking simulator is inherently a problem.)

Although published by EA Originals, one would do well to remember that EA the company does not actually profit off the Originals that they publish. With a focused story and themes that still are not often explored in bigger games, Sea of Solitude should be of great interest to single player fans in a month otherwise dominated by multiplayer titles.


Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Almost certainly the biggest single player release of the month, and tied with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as another massive Switch exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be exactly what single players need right now.

Lately the Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in both its popular profile and sales success, buoyed by a hunger for both deep anime RPGs and polished tactics games. Three Houses seems to have doubled down on exciting trends and features in both genres: particularly a Persona/Harry Potter inspired magic school setting and an even deeper tactical battle system that ditches the rock-paper-scissors for more nuanced character progression options. As with many Japanese RPGs, the story is also a major focus and hinges upon a time-jump.

The early part casts the player as a teacher at the Officer’s Academy, situated in the center of the game world and attended by students from the three most powerful nations. Five years later, the second and likely larger part concerns the drama between the player’s teacher and their former students, whose nations are now locked in a massive three-way conflict.

As is to be expected for a series finally coming back to consoles after a long time on the 3DS, Three Houses is a massive technical leap over its predecessors. The game boasts better realised battlefields, more detailed armies, and a slick animated style that appears much more consistent compared with the three or four different art styles on the 3DS.

With such improvements, as well as the overall pedigree of the Fire Emblem brand, Three Houses should have no trouble satisfying single player fans looking for a meaty middle-of-the-year RPG.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The recent Wolfenstein revival series is such a remarkable achievement in traditional shooter design and great, if goofy, sci-fi worldbuilding that the co-op focus of this latest instalment is somewhat disappointing.

Yes, as with F.E.A.R. 3 and Dead Space 3, following a well-received second chapter the Wolfenstein series now pivots to a co-operative focused chapter. Though the game is not a mandatory multiplayer experience, combat encounters and puzzles have been redesigned to accommodate the two player mode, giving single players an AI-controlled partner and bullet sponge enemies.

However, all hope is not lost for Wolfenstein: why else would it be the third game on the list? The narrative has been pushed forward in time, as B.J.’s twin daughters are now in their adolescence, now giving players a glimpse at the 1980s of Wolfenstein‘s skewed universe. Additionally, the level design itself is more freeform thanks to development assistance from Arkane, the developers of the Dishonored series.

Will Wolfenstein: Youngblood successfully deliver more of the series’s goofy charm and crazy alternate reality? Almost certainly. On the other hand, will the game be as fun to play alone as in multiplayer? That remains to be seen. Last month’s E3 demo that raised such concerns was naturally only a snapshot of a game in development, so MachineGames and Arkane have had plenty of time to resolve these potential downsides to a co-op focused game.

Those are our three big single player games to look out for this month. Other interesting titles coming soon include Stranger Things 3 on July 4 and Attack on Titan 2 on July 5, both games hitting Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

On July 12 we will see the sequel to an almost-fantastic Minecraft-like RPG spinoff, Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as the Switch port of “anime Monster Hunter”, God Eater 3

The week after, July 19 brings us Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and at an undetermined time during the month Klei Entertainment’s anticipated survival-sim Oxygen Not Included will finally leave early access on PC.

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