e3Another E3 has come and gone, and with it a host of new, exciting, weird and down right bad games to talk about for the rest of 2016 and beyond. What did we think of the show? Let’s break it down, shall we…

THE GOOD

RESIDENT EVIL 7

Yes it plays exactly like P.T. – This is a good thing. Let’s be honest, Resident Evil 6 was a hot mess. The series had lost its horror edge and needed a change. I was not expecting a first person perspective, nor the inclusion of ghosts, but I loved the 20 minute demo and am now excited for the future of the franchise. – Mike

I haven’t played the demo but I’ve seen the footage. It does kinda feel like a ‘hey, everyone else is doing it, why not us?’ kind of moment, but I can’t say I’m not intrigued. How it will fit into the already established lore is kinda up in the air right now, this ain’t your Momma’s Resident Evil, but it’s already become a key VR release for Sony (and Capcom, of course). – Mark

DEAD RISING 4

As a big fan of smashing zombies with an assortment of instruments and household objects, I was pleasantly surprised by Dead Rising 4. Its release trailer looks very dark, reminiscent of the previous entry in the series, but I would have preferred the more bright and cartoonish style, just to set itself apart from the pack a little more. – Tim

GOD OF WAR

I was never a big fan of God of War when it first launched, and the sequels that followed didn’t really change my mind. But that trailer, the booming voice of Christopher ‘Teal’c’ Judge, the emotional bond between father and son, the intense action … I think I’ve finally seen the potential of Kratos. As many have said since Sony opened their presentation with the live demo, that 10 minutes showed more character development than an entire trilogy. – Mark

I have not had the chance to play this series before, but with the announcement of a new game based on Norse Mythology, and the changes to the gameplay, it has me very interested in jumping in at the new starting point of the series. – Tim

DAYS GONE

The gameplay trailer, to me, looked like a mix of Valve’s Left 4 Dead and Naughty Dogs The Last of Us. Not much more is known about the game so far, but it has been confirmed to have a weapon modifying system, and your bike is also used as a mobile inventory. Plus they’re not zombies … supposedly, and the river of creatures coming out of that train is certainly intimidating. – Tim

GWENT – THE OFFICIAL GAME

I never managed to finish The Witcher 3. It’s a great game, although completely overwhelming in size. One of my favourite features was the card game Gwent, which at the time I was disappointed over since it didn’t have an online matchmaking mode. It may seem odd to recognise a card game from a trade show packed full of gameplay goodness, but i am incredibly excited for the multiplayer matches that finally lay ahead. – Mike

zelda01THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

All this time, Nintendo has been saying they’d change Zelda, but we never thought they’d change it THIS much. Think about it, we’re getting an open world Skyrim like adventure by Nintendo … and I’m okay with this. There’s still that lingering doubt as to the role of the NX, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Nintendo will deliver their best in-house title since Super Mario Galaxy. – Mark

QUAKE CHAMPIONS

I don’t think anyone expected Bethesda to announce an area style shooter set in the universe of the game that practically invented it. But they did, and Quake Champions it seems to be quite interesting and dark. We’ll have to wait till August of 2016 to find out more at QuakeCon. – Tim

THE BAD

WHERE WERE ALL THE INDIES?

In the past, Sony had highlighted the importance of indie games during their press conference, but this year there was nothing. The major media outlets also turned a blind eye. I am only aware that there was indies at E3 because i follow them on Twitter. Devolver Digital’s booth was in the car park again. Seriously E3, get with the times. – Mike

MassEffectAndromeda1MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA

Electronic Arts failure to show anything really substantial for BioWare’s upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda irked me. What we got was a sort of development diary instead (the same as last year), which was interesting and showed a little bit of gameplay footage and what to expect, but it wasn’t enough for me. – Tim

NINTENDO’S TREEHOUSE

I’m not against the decision to just show off Zelda, that obviously went well, but the Treehouse shows Nintendo put on over the event just didn’t have the same life, the same happy feelings as the pre-existing Nintendo Directs. Of course, it hurts that there’s very little content to talk about until the NX finally becomes a physical being, but it just wasn’t the same this year. – Mark

THE WEIRD

EVERYTHING HIDEO KOJIMA RELATED

Weird trailer? Check. God like entrance? Check. Rapturous applause? Double Check. But am I the only one who thinks it was all just one unusual expo moment wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a Hollywood soap story? No offence to Kojima, obviously the guy has the gaming world wrapped around his pinky right now, but did it really deserve that kind of response? Clearly a big middle finger to Konami, perhaps even Microsoft, but the whole thing stuck out like a sore … pinky? Sure. As for the game itself, Death Stranding has a lot to live up to, but it won’t survive solely on Kojima’s name alone. – Mark

SNOW HORSE

The horse snowboarding game that i never knew i needed. It will certainly be added to my collection of bizarre games like I am Bread and Goat Simulator. – Mike

Holy crap, horses on snowboards! – Mark

FORZA HORIZON 3

Within an instant, the memes engulfed the internet. Whether it was a good idea or not to use Australia for their next game, I can guarantee you that at least one, maybe two old age pensioners … sorry, ‘politicians’ … will consider it an outrage and a bad influence on drivers down under. Think I’m kidding? Enter exhibit A. – Mark

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And that’s another E3 done and dusted. What surprised you, excited you or irked you? What are you most looking forward to or scared to see come to fruition? Let us know in the comments below or come chat to us on Twitter @PlayNicePlayNow

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