EB’s Top 5 (ish) Games From E3 2013 – Next-gen Titles Shine

E3 2013

Our coverage of E3 2013 (over 50 unique posts) is slowly coming to an end, so it’s time for some “Best of” lists to help recap a few of the more interesting things seen and heard at this year’s show. E3 2013 was all about the next generation of gaming, both Sony and MS showed off their new consoles and the games that will be made available for them, and each system had noteworthy titles to show off. Nintendo even managed to excite the crowd with its offering of 1st-party titles for the Wii U, so the Big 3 of gaming each had a strong showing of new video games to play or view.

A few titles in particular stood out though, so without a further adieu here are the most intriguing games seen on the show floor at E3 2013.

*Click on the headers for more in-depth impressions of each title listed

5. Mario Kart 8 and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Tie)

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Nintendo’s booth offered all sort of new and exciting first-party games to play and see, but Mario Kart 8 and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure were the most impressive. Mario Kart 8 looks amazing in 1080p at 60 fps, and its gameplay feels tighter than ever. The eighth entry of Nintendo’s popular racing game has all the potential in the world to be the best in the series, which is why it made this list. This is a game that could help drive Wii U sales, so don’t miss out on the fun when it releases later this year.

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure on the other hand is one of the most unique gameplay experiences encountered at E3. Its use of imagination is out of this world, and the inclusion of the DC Universe cast makes it more than just a cute game that allows you to write out words to create in-game objects. Casual gamers and comic book fans alike will surely appreciate this innovative title, which is releasing for the Wii U and the 3DS.

4. Killzone: Shadow Fall and Dead Rising 3 (Tie)

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The Killzone franchise is hands down one of Sony’s greatest exclusive series, and the 4th entry set to release for the PS4 could easily be its best. A playable demo was on hand at Sony’s E3 booth, which featured the new, more open ended mission structure of Shadow Fall. The game looked and played beautifully, and the introduction of the OWL is a nice change up to the Killzone formula. This personal drone definitely offers all sorts of new gameplay options, and its use of the PS4 controller’s touchpad is a great example of how the new hardware can change up the experience.

Microsoft’s Dead Rising 3 exclusive was a surprise hit at the show, and based on the gameplay demo shown off it definitely deserves the attention of gamers. This now open world zombie-slaughter-fest looked fantastic running on the Xbox One, and its level of violence borders on disturbing. Everything from the weapon crafting, to the increased focus on vehicle use looked extremely entertaining, and mowing through hordes of the undead has never looked like so much fun. Its use of SmartGlass also changes up the traditional Dead Rising formula, so this is a Xbox One title worth keeping on your radar.

3. Plants versus Zombies: Garden Warfare

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PopCap did an amazing job keeping this surprising title under wraps until its debut at E3, and what a debut it was. Everything from the tongue-in-cheek humor parodying other huge video game franchises (COD anyone?), to the slapstick class-based gameplay seems like a blast to experience. The creators of this series have managed to build upon the success of their tower defense mega-hit in PvZ, and the new third-person shooter style gameplay seems like a great fit for the franchise.

Garden Warfare will undoubtedly provide some awesome gaming moments with your friends when it hits the Xbox One and 360 in 2014. It will also make its way to PC, but other platforms haven’t been announced yet. This new take on the Plants versus Zombies formula could be another reason to adopt the Xbox One, because it’s that damn awesome looking.

2. Destiny

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Most gamers and media members expected Bungie’s new IP to be great, and after seeing it in action for the first time at E3 there’s no doubt that it will be. Bungie has crafted another exciting science fiction universe that features some cool MMO aspects that haven’t been entirely present in the console space. The world of Destiny is massive, and makes for a great digital playground to explore with friends. This game is one of the more social-centric hardcore oriented titles to hit consoles in quite sometime, so it’ll be interesting to see how far gamers take their journeys when it releases for current-gen, and next-gen consoles. Unfortunately, at this time there are no plans to bring it to PC.

If you love Bungie’s previous franchises, the sci-fi genre, and MMOish FPS gameplay, then you should definitely plan on creating a Guardian and carving his/her path through Destiny’s expansive world when it gets released.

1. Titanfall

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Titanfall is the brainchild of Respawn Entertainment, which is the studio that is heavily made up of former Infinity Ward employees that first created the Call of Duty franchise. This science fiction based shooter is a glorious looking next-gen title that will surely drive some additional sales of the Xbox One console, because for now, the game is only slated for Microsoft’s game machines (360) and PCs.

This game is not Call of Duty in space either. The implementation of Titan-based gameplay (think mechs) definitely sets Titanfall apart from the stupidly popular COD franchises. The multiplayer demo shown at E3 featured intense gameplay that mixed in traditional FPS multiplayer aspects with the new focus on Titan gameplay, which provided for a very exciting match to even watch (demo wasn’t playable). The visuals are definitely next-gen, and the on-screen action looks to be shaping up nicely.

The thought of riding on the back of a teammate’s Titan, or using my own to rip another gamer out of his Titan’s cockpit has stuck with me since seeing the demo. There are similarities to COD, but Titanfall is definitely a unique enough spin on the FPS formula to warrant a purchase when it gets released sometime during the spring of 2014. It is hands down the game that intrigued me the most while at E3, so that’s the reason it took the number one spot on this list.

Final Thoughts

E3 2013 showcased all sorts of new next-gen games and hardware, but once the dubstep music and neon lights faded away, a few particular titles stuck out as best in show candidates. The list above reflects the video games that were the most interesting to me, so feel free to add your own two cents to the discussion by leaving a comment below.

If Microsoft can dig out of their PR hole (made some progress yesterday) they stand to provide the best launch window of exclusive titles. Dead Rising 3, PvZ: GW, and Titanfall are all exclusives for now, and if the finished products look as solid as their demos did, there’s no doubt that the Xbox One will be the console to own to play the best lineup of next-gen games first.

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