E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a marquee event on the game industry’s annual calendar, offering publishers and platform holders a lavish stage for unveiling their latest offerings. Amidst the elaborate sets, bombastic presentations, and resplendent swag it can be difficult to separate hype from reality. Which games will inspire and which will disappoint in the year ahead? On Episode 26 of Vertical Slice Chris and Derek distill the key highlights from this year’s show, and offer their predictions on which upcoming titles will have the substance to back up the sizzle.
- At long last: Metroid: Samus Returns is bringing the 2D heart of the franchise back to the 3DS.
- Metroid Prime 4 is confirmed in development for the Nintendo Switch. The announcement trailer is as minimal as they come, but the return of that iconic, squidgy Metroid sound alone is enough to gladden the hearts of franchise fans everywhere.
- The Super Mario Odyssey official gameplay trailer is a pastiche of the familiar and the new, with motifs ranging from classic Mario to photorealistic dinosaurs.
- Against all odds, the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s announcement trailer actually looks somewhat intriguing. However, Derek remains skeptical that the Rabbids franchise has anything meaningful to offer to the Mario universe.
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is coming to the PS4 this fall, bringing the beloved Level 5/Studio Ghibli collaboration to a much broader audience of gamers.
- Moss, for PlayStation VR, has the kind of evocative announcement trailer that really gets us excited. The game looks to blend gameplay and thematic elements from sources including Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Redwall, and Ori and the Blind Forest, and we think it has great potential.
- The vaunted classic Shadow of the Colossus is coming to the PS4, much to the delight of gamers of all stripes. We still wish we could make friends with the Colossi, however.
- BioWare’s Destiny competitor Anthem received a lot of attention with its flashy announcement trailer, but haven’t we seen this story before? The trailer bears more than a passing similarity to The Division’s now infamous “gameplay” reveal, and calls to mind all the same hazards of over-promising a lush open world experience.
- The makers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons are bringing their innovative gameplay sensibility to a more mature game: A Way Out, published by EA Originals. The idea of a mandatory co-op game is intriguing, but seems as though it could be very challenging to execute.
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