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E3 2018 highlights: the biggest surprises and best games

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At around this time each year, gamers around the world tune into the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, to see new video games for the first time. Here are six highlights from this year's show, including some of the best-kept secrets and biggest surprises. Let's get right into it!

Cyberpunk 2077: perhaps the most exciting game at the show

 

Trailer probably not suitable for under 18s, be careful.

 

The game of the show this year might just be Cyberpunk 2077. This narrative-driven first-person role-playing game looks incredibly deep, joining elements from first-person shooters, Grand Theft Auto and CD Projekt Red's previous award-winning game, The Witcher 3. Given the incredibly stylish trailer (above) and breathless reports from reporters who have seen the game in person, this game definitely looks like one worth following as it ticks closer to its eventual 2019 or 2020 release date. Speaking of which, the sheer technical detail of this game suggests it might be one of the first next-generation console releases... exciting!

Fallout 76: it's like Fallout meets rust

 

Trailer probably not suitable for under 18s, be careful.

 

Bethesda's flagship series, Fallout, is returning... but this time, it's a multiplayer survival game. Fallout 76 is a prequel set in rural West Virginia ca. 2102, where residents of Vault 76 are the first to return to the irradiated wasteland soon after the nuclear war that set in motion the previous games of the series. Players will be able to fight horrors of the wasteland (and each other) across a vast landscape, four times the size of Fallout 4, building intricate bases and even launching nukes at their opponents. With no human NPCs to interact with, the focus will be on cooperative and competitive multiplayer. The game will be released on November 14th, with a beta held sometime before then.

Forza Horizon 4: the racing series comes home

 

Forza Horizon, the open world spin-off of Microsoft's famous racing franchise, is going somewhere new. After debuting in Colorado, moving to central Europe and then off to Australia for the 2016 release, Horizon 4 features the exotic landscapes of... Britain? Yup, Horizon 4 will be set right here in the UK, showcasing the new game's four distinctive seasons. The game will support 72 human or AI players in each shared world, driving any one of 450 licensed vehicles.

Halo Infinite: a beautiful tech showcase

 

Halo is returning... and rather than Halo 6, we're getting Halo Infinite. The new game may be the first next-generation title from 343 Studios, as their trailer for the game shows off an incredibly detailed new engine called Slipspace. While we can see Master Chief and (most likely) Cortana will make their return, the real focus of the trailer is on the living, breathing world the game inhabits. It's still early days for Infinite, but it's hard not to get excited from the visuals alone.

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate: made for the fans

 

The Nintendo Switch has a lot of great games, but there are still a few missing classics. On December 7th, 2018, one of those gaps will be filled with Super Smash Bros: Ultimate. The latest title in the popular fighting game series includes every fighter that was ever included in the series, plus new fighters for 65 characters to choose from in total -- whoa. There are also new stages and of course there's both docked and mobile gameplay on the Switch. Sweet!

Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Grecian fantasy

 

Yup, the rumours were true -- Assassin's Creed is going next to ancient Greece! The game looks to continue the trend of last year's Assassin's Creed Origins, with a greater focus on RPG mechanics like equipment, dialogue options, romance and more intricate combat. Naval warfare, which debuted in Black Flag, also makes a welcome return. The game will be released next year.

Fortnite for Switch: released this week, already 2 million downloads

 

Of course, one game more than any other is in the headlines these days, and yes, it made it to this E3 roundup too. Fortnite, the game that recently announced it has 125 million players, is now available for the Switch and has already been downloaded by more than two million users. The game sits somewhere between the console and mobile versions, and supports cross-play with people using other devices. Annoyingly though, if you've played on PS4 you'll need to use a new account for the Switch, as Sony continues to resist cross-platform multiplayer in all its forms.

Skyrim Very Special Edition for Amazon Alexa: actually real

 

The many ports of Skyrim to various platforms has become something of an in-joke for the gaming community; people have joked about the popular 2011 game coming to toasters, the Super Nintendo and more. Developers Bethesda took this to the next level with their announcement of Skyrim Very Special Edition, which is available... for Alexa. Surprisingly, it's a real (if somewhat simplified) game, where you experience the world of Skyrim with voice controls via an Amazon Echo or the Amazon app on your phone. Kudos to Bethesda for choosing the always hilarious Keegan-Michael Key for their trailer as well.

Conclusion

So there you have it. Which game are you the most excited for? Did I miss one of your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!


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4 Comments
chaperon

Cyberpunk, it'll be bigger than Witcher 

... I'm looking forward to it... In the meantime I'll keep playing Witcher 3

mentor

Thanks for blog although I am not a game fan still made a interesting read.

Cheers

guide

Only play mobile games these days but hopefully some of these titles will appear on mobile platforms on the future. Thanks for the highlights.

enigma

Thanks for the great blog. Some great games coming our way... Really looking forward to the new Halo one though, want to see those visuals! 👍🏽😁📱😊