It can be tough to stay on top of EVERYTHING that happens during a show like E3, but every year there are stories that rise above the rest. There was nothing this year that was quite as un-ignorable as last year’s triple-whammy of a Final Fantasy 7 remake, the return of The Last Guardian, and the unlikely resurrection of Shenmue 3, but there were big stories this year nonetheless – not least among them the introduction of two new Xbox consoles from Microsoft.
These are the E3 2016 stories that have generated the most attention, both on the site and on our team.
Project Scorpio Revealed
As we’d reported a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft has been developing a new, more powerful Xbox One model known as Scorpio. The company announced it right at the end of its press conference – and in doing so, it took control of the iterative future of games consoles. We’ll look back on this as the moment things changed in console-world.
Everything About Nintendo’s New Zelda
Technology instead of magic. A world full of things you can climb, break apart or set on fire. A mysteriously dishevelled Hyrule. Different weapons you can scavenge, use and break. It’s Zelda as we’ve never seen it; I didn’t dare to even hope that it would look this promising. Could be a great start for the NX.
FIFA 17 Has a Story Mode
The biggest thing to happen to FIFA since Ultimate Team, and an attempt to communicate some of the human drama of the sport from EA’s FIFA team. The story mode, called The Journey, has been very well received, and rightfully so; EA could theoretically just keep marginally improving its market-leading simulation of football forever, but this is something new.
Skyrim is Getting Remastered
Cool though it will be to see Skyrim – one of the biggest games ever – on current-gen consoles, I still can’t shake the disappointment that it’s not Morrowind.
God of War 4 Revealed
Kratos is now Dad of War, and is now part of the world of Norse mythology, along with his son. I'll tell you one thing nobody expected from a new God of War demo: any kind of moment of emotional resonance. God of War 4 looks like it’s vastly expanding the series’ range, on that front and more.
An Introduction to Hideo Kojima’s new Project
Death Stranding (featuring naked Norman Reedus) is just wonderfully baffling, in the way that only Kojima games really are. It’s so great to have him back, bombast and all, after his bizarre muzzling towards the end of the development of Metal Gear Solid V.
Resident Evil 7 is a VR Game
We’d heard whispers about Resi 7, though never quite enough to be sure – but one thing we’d NOT heard is that it would be a VR game. And that there'd be a demo ready for this very week.
Insomniac’s New Spider-Man
Lord knows how they managed to prise the licence away from Activision, but Insomniac is making a new Spider-Man game – and it’s PS4 exclusive. This was one of those pre-show rumours that seemed too far-fetched to be true, but I was delighted to be proven wrong.
All Xbox Games are now Windows 10 Games, and Vice Versa
Microsoft’s strategy of convergence was unveiled at its press conference: the company doesn’t care where you’re playing its games anymore, only that you’re playing them. Buy a game on Xbox One and you can play it on Windows 10 too, and there will be no divisions across multiplayer. It’s a strategy with risks, but also one with vision.
Prey is Back From the Dead
After years in development hell, Arkane studios’ Prey was finally, finally shown at Bethesda’s press conference. With visual echoes of The Darkness and strong dystopian-sci-fi leanings, it stood out amongst all the week’s new game announcements.
Fallout 4 is Coming to HTC Vive
If you could sum up people’s reactions to VR in general so far in one sentence, it would probably be: yes, but is it any good for proper games? I guess we'll find out next year, when Fallout 4 is released on the HTC Vive. This could be something of a landmark moment for the technology.
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