E3 2013 has officially ended. That means us, as loyal gamers, can reflect on the amazing announcements and news that came out of the biggest gaming show of the year. Throughout the past week we have seen countless games, some we know about and others we were just introduced to.
Which of these games stuck out to you the most? Which game do you feel "won" E3 and showed up every other title on display? Why do they deserve that honor? Let's start a conversation and see which game truly embodies the future, our hopes and our dreams for the industry.
I'd like to introduce you to my choice and then it's your turn.
Watch_Dogs is launching this holiday season and is looking as strong as ever. Luckily for us, Ubisoft did not rest on its laurels, and this year followed up that showing with a game that was arguably even more impressive. That game is an open world, multiplayer, RPG/Third-person shooter called Tom Clancy's The Division.
This introduction alone sets this game apart from many others. It is a very real, and very scary, potential threat. We can wrap our head around this possibility, and that makes The Division that much more compelling.
As we gain control of our character, it's immediately evident that the game is all about presentation. The HUD is very unobtrusive and feels like an extension of the player. Also, the game is BEAUTIFUL and will truly show the power of the next generation. Not only are the graphics impressive, but there are so many little details that you may not even notice. Such as, when the player moves along a cop car with an open door, he subtly closes the door and continues along. These help sell this world as a believable one and keeps you constantly immersed and engaged.
Looks aside, on first glance you may classify The Division as a third-person shooter. While you wouldn't be entirely wrong, this game is first and foremost an RPG. You have different skills and items that you can upgrade and spend points on. You gain experience from everything that you do and progress your character in typical RPG fashion. Yet, the shooting and the weapons at your disposal look to be a lot of fun. One example was a seeker mine, that you rolled towards an enemy and it would then find them on its own and explode.
The reason that The Division is my favorite game of E3 is for all of the above and so much more. If you haven't seen the gameplay demo, you just need to take a few minutes of your life and welcome your eyes to the Division. They claim that this isn't a MMORPG, but it sure feels like one. All that means is that when this game comes out, tentatively sometime in 2014, you can expect to be playing for a very, very long time.
I haven't even mentioned the tablet integration, where if you aren't at your console, you can jump on your iPad and control a drone and help out your friends. Another great concept is bringing up the map, which happens to be a hologram appearing around you, or the pip-boy-esque menu/inventory/skill screens that always keeps you immersed in what is happening.
This game just feels like the next generation of gaming. It feels like something we've never seen before and something we can lose countless hours into with our friends. It feels like a believable world and threat that will keep it very grounded. In all honesty, it just feels like my favorite game of E3.
Adam Bankhurst is one of the co-hosts of The Gamer’s Advocate. Send him all your thoughts or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him @adambankhurst