As E3 2019 comes to a close I felt it was time to do a breakdown of 10 of the most promising games featured at the trade show. There was a myriad of impressive titles unveiled for the first time or further expanded that had people excited. However, there were 10 specific titles that did everything right to catch my attention.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
RELEASE DATE: 04.16.2020
Coming in at number 1 is CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077. This is a title you’re likely to see on just about everyone’s list and for good reason. When John Wick’s Keanu Reeve took to the stage during Microsoft’s Xbox conference to hype people up for the project he was met with nothing short of thunderous applause. During their time at E3, CD Projekt Red gave us more details surrounding the game and its lively world of Night City than we have ever had before. It is definitely a futuristic RPG that has the potential to usurp The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the very title that put the Polish developer on the map.
2. Watch Dogs Legion
RELEASE DATE: 03.6.2020
Regardless of someone’s personal views on Ubisoft I feel like it is still acceptable to at least give them credit for their ambitions with Watch Dogs Legion. In Watch Dogs Legion, players will be able to take control of any NPC that they come across, each with their own unique skill sets, dialogue, personalities, and animations. They aren’t just randomly generated like in most AAA titles which is the one detail about this title that has caught my eye and I am enthusiastically waiting for launch day now. Even as someone who isn’t really big on the Watch Dogs franchise I hope that they can pull this off.
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
RELEASE DATE: 11.15.2019
During Electronic Arts’ EA Play event Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order developer Respawn Entertainment was able to show off some footage for their upcoming entry into the Star Wars franchise. From what we saw the game is a perfect mix between Dark Souls and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which is the kind of balance I would hope for in a single player title based on this IP. Yes, it is a title published by one of the most questionable publishers in the industry, but it is developed by a respected team that have produced some notable hits over the years. After the success of Apex Legends, which seemingly had no interference from EA I say that Fallen Order deserves a chance and has all of the potential to be one of the greatest Star Wars games out there. Not that the bar is that high to begin with, though.
4. Marvel’s The Avengers
RELEASE DATE: 05.15.2020
While the superhero title didn’t exactly attract the positive attention it deserved during the reveal I still maintain that it has potential to be the Marvel ensemble game that fans deserve. With no micro transactions, new characters being added consistently post-launch, and 4-player co-op it is clear that Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal do have an idea as to what they’re doing. Why wouldn’t they? After all they are the developers who gave us the celebrated Tomb Raider series.
5. Gods & Monsters
RELEASE DATE: 02.25.2020
After their success with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft’s Quebec studio is set to revisit Greek mythology with Gods & Monsters. As someone who has clocked in countless hours in Odyssey I think it is hard to deny that the studio definitely has an appreciation and understanding of Greek mythology when those were the parts I enjoyed most about it. Add in the Breath of the Wild art style and you have a title that has all of the potential to be something truly special.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
While we don’t really have a release date I already like what we’re seeing and hearing from Arkane Studios’ Deathloop. Based on the presentation it would seem that the game may involve time-travel of some kind as two assassins fight for survival on the island of Black Reef. There’s already been teases that the game will allow you a myriad of opportunities to tailor the game to your playstyle. This is something that Arkane did exceptionally well with the Dishonored series, which means that they possibly have another hit on their hands
7. The Outer Worlds
RELEASE DATE: 10.25.2019
When The Outer Worlds was first announced I was instantly excited because I felt that it had all of the potential to be every thing that Fallout 4 wasn’t. Of course, that shouldn’t be a surprise since the game is being developed by Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment, who put that franchise on the map. It’s a perfect mixture of science fiction and western action where players find themselves cast aside on a forgotten frontier on a lawless planet in which they’re in control and not in control. Now it isn’t just your typical shooter though and doesn’t just rely on action which arguably was the biggest problem I had with Fallout 4. There was no player agency in which you could resolve a problem in a multitude of ways besides just killing someone. Like a traditional Obsidian developed RPG you do have to do some talking that goes beyond just using your guns. To survive, you have to pick locks, lie, persuade, and intimidate your way to the top. It all depends on how you choose to experience The Outer Worlds.
8. Wolfenstein: Youngblood
RELEASE DATE: 07.26.2019
Despite the recently announced optional micro transactions Youngblood still looks and sounds like an appealing game. In Wolfenstein: Youngblood, you are playing as the daughters of B.J. Blazcowicz, the protagonist from the last few entries in the series who are on the hunt for their father in 1980s Paris. It’s an interesting choice of setting and a change of pace for the 38 year old franchise that has only had us in the role of a single male protagonist. The added benefit of Youngblood is that it has 4-player co-op, which will certainly give gamers a chance to unite for their favorite pasttime: killing Nazis. What is not to lik?
9. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
RELEASE DATE: 10.04.2019
As someone who was grossly disappointed by the initial poor performance of 2017’s Ghost Recon Wildlands I hold firm that Ubisoft Paris has a chance to redeem themselves. When they announced Breakpoint last month there was one thing that gave me hope about it. They touted what sounds like a more comprehensive plan for post-launch content, which was mostly absent from Wildlands in the months leading up to its launch. There’s also a certain receptiveness to feedback from the community that wasn’t there for Wildlands until late into the game’s life cycle. When fans complained about Breakpoint not having AI teammates like in the previous game Ubisoft announced during their E3 conference that they would be adding them back in sometime after launch. With that in mind I feel like it is difficult to not be confident that the studio won’t be ready to fix and deal with some of their game’s newest features should they not work out the way they’re hoping.
10. Luigi’s Mansion 3
RELEASE DATE: TBA
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a laughably scary game that looks like it will be fun for the whole family. In this third installment to the popular series, Mario’s less popular brother Luigi has to contend with a whole onslaught of things that go bump in the night from goblins to ghosts as he navigates through a haunted hotel. The gameplay footage we got at Nintendo’s E3 press conference shows that the company still has a solid grasp of crafting levels of otherworldly proportions that will be as difficult as they are charming.
Well, those are some of the top 10 titles that were showcased at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo that have some of the most potential. Are there some titles here you agree with? Are there some you don’t?
What do you think of this list? What games from E3 2019 are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!