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Top 5 Games Announced at E3 2014

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Now that we are a few weeks removed from E3, we are able to look back with a clear view on the good and bad of E3. There were a lot of games announced at this year’s conferences, and many of them were memorable. Here are the top 5 games announced at E3. For this list, games that had been previously announced, games that did not have a true trailer, or games that were not given a name were not included – Sorry, Uncharted 4, Legend of Zelda, and Mass Effect!

#5 – LittleBigPlanet 3

The LittleBigPlanet series and its main character, Sackboy, have been staples to the PlayStation ecosystem since the original game launched on the PS3 back in 2008. The third console installment will, for the first time, feature new characters – named Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop. These 3 paired with Sackboy will solve puzzles together in the lighthearted world that LittleBigPlanet offers, but if you still want to play by yourself,  you can still do that too. LBP3 is being developed by Sumo Digital with coordination with Media Molecule, and is going to make its debut on PS4 and PS3 this November.

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#4 – Scalebound

Scalebound was announced at the Xbox press conference as an Xbox One exclusive developed by Platinum Games. The game’s creative director, Hideki Kamiya, said that the game will revolve around dragons and that it will be the game he has wanted to create since he was a child. As always with Platinum Games, Scalebound will be an action game, and it will push the action genre “to new heights”. The reveal trailer showed an epic battle between dragons, and hopefully we will be able to fight dragons in the full game. Currently, there is no release date or window for Scalebound.

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#3 – Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft has had a big reveal at the end of their press conference for the past few years, and this year’s reveal was Rainbow Six: Siege. The reveal showed a multiplayer match between two 5-player teams trying to capture a hostage. Siege looked to have many strategic elements to its gameplay. However, since we are Only Single Player, we were happy to find out that Siege will also have a single player campaign that they will show “very soon”. Rainbow Six: Siege will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015.

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#2 – Crackdown

One franchise that Xbox owners have been clamoring for on Xbox One since its announcement is Crackdown, but aside from a logo at the reveal event, there was no news on a new Crackdown game, until now. The games was finally revealed as a reboot at E3 this year and featured a CGI trailer. The game is being developed using Unreal Engine 4.. It can be played alone or with friends, and there will also be an entirely new competitive mode. The power of the cloud will be used here to power the destruction of the city in Crackdown, and it will release exclusively on Xbox One.

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#1 – Bloodborne

Sony has been dormant with the Demon’s Souls IP since its launch in 2009, and many people were asking for a sequel. Now, From Software and game director Hidetaka Miyazaki are creating a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, called Bloodborne. Just like the Souls series, it is an action RPG that will be just as terrifying and unforgiving. In the game, you travel through the city of Yharnam after an illness has spread through the city, and you must find ways to survive. Bloodborne will be the first time that guns will be included in the series, and will take a faster approach to gameplay. Miyazaki has said that it is like the Tower of Latria level in Demon’s Souls made as a full game. Bloodborne will release exclusively on PlayStation 4 in early 2015.

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There were many exciting new games revealed at E3 2014, and we couldn’t cover all of them in this list. Let us know which games you are excited for from E3 in the comments section below. Also, for everything on single player games, follow OnlySP on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Loves to play all types of games, especially single player games. There are few games Matt won’t play. While he is new to the games journalism industry, he loves to write, talk and play games. He loves to share his opinions with the world through his editorials and reviews. He is PlayStation focused, writing reviews and news about the PS4, PS3, PS Vita and everything else PlayStation. Matt is currently a student based in the United States

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Hands Off Impressions | E3 2014 Preview

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Having not played any games in the series, walking into the dim room which housed CD Projekt Red’s latest Witcher game, Wild Hunt, was a bit overwhelming for me. The devs were all a little tipsy, as they were handing out beers to each journo walking in. It was the last showing of the game on the last day of E3. We were all tired, excited, and ready to go home. This mixture of feelings accentuated my light interest in the game before me as I settled into my seat and the devs began the presentation.

Sure enough, Wild Hunt acts exactly like I expected, which is what I saw during the previous day’s press conferences. All I knew about the series was that you were a white haired dude named Geralt who killed monsters, everyone hated you, but women still liked it when you looked at their boobs. I didn’t learn much more than that from the presentation.

Geralt delivered a griffin head to some fat guy in a bar and the dude told Geralt where Geralt’s lady friend was last seen. Our gruff hero then fast traveled to a swamp and rescued a fairy boy named Johnny’s voice from some harpies. The fairy boy really should’ve left his voice in that nest, yeesh. But then he brought Geralt to an old lady who then brought him to a tapestry with a bunch of half naked ladies on it. Geralt, carefully concealing his boner, gets a message from the quilt: Go to the other swamp village and show this big honkin’ dagger to the chief. He knows what’s up.

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At around this point I started to lose track of who was dealing with what. But Geralt eventually rode up to a cave, killed a werewolf, then stabbed a tree in its disgusting spiky heart. CD Projekt Red told the audience that the player could choose whether to kill the tree or disobey the quilt ladies. It turns out the tapestry girls are actually really gross (and really cool looking) witches that tell you that your black haired buddy was taken in by them. Geralt looks a little worried, showing emotion for the first time the whole demo. It then promptly ends.

I don’t have a frame of reference for the game, of course, but overall the demo seemed fun. The combat was exciting, as you’re able to use your surroundings to your advantage. At one point, swamp gas was ignited by Geralt’s flame power to dispose of an enemy. It seemed like you were the master of your domain while in combat, and I think that fits well in the characterization of Geralt. He’s a fighter first, and socialization isn’t his strong suit. If he can’t get something by killing a monster, he won’t get it. It still confuses me how he gets laid so often, though. There were a LOT of prostitutes in the demo but I doubt that’s who he sleeps with. Magic? Dragons? Other high fantasy tropes? Who knows.

But overall The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seems like a fun game. It had a vast world, great creature design, and fluid combat. That’s about all I’d need to have at least a little fun in a video game. Also, before you ask, I didn’t drink any booze. Gotta keep my wits about me, just like Geralt. Except I’m hunting games, not warlocks or whatever.

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