E3 2014 is now two weeks in the past, so now that the dust has settled it’s time to break down the best video games shown off at the show. The 15 games listed below all managed to wow myself, or gamers in general who were in attendance at the show, and each of them are definitely worth following up on until their release dates. We can only hope that they’ll ultimately end up being fantastic, fun to play experiences, but for now these titles are definitely a step above the competition.
To be eligible for this list the actual game had to have a playable demo on the E3 show floor, or at least a guided theater presentation, so the darling of the show, No Man’s Sky won’t be found. The VR-based games shown won’t be on this list either since most of them are just tech demos at this point and not actual games.
Without further adieu I present to you Entertainment Buddha’s top fifteen games from E3 2014!
15. Mario Maker (Wii U)
Nintendo may not have held an official press conference, but the game maker did offer up some impressive looking games to play at E3 2014. One in particular is Mario Maker, which is essentially a 2D level editor for the Super Mario Bros. franchise that lets gamers create their own SMB levels using the Wii U GamePad. It’s essentially a game design tool for SMB super fans and burgeoning game designers that allows for the creation of old school looking 2D platforming levels, as well as HD infused designs that resemble the more modern SMB games for the Wii U. Creative types will surely enjoy this game as well as Nintendo super fans.
Mario Maker is set to release during the first half of 2015.
14. Splatoon (Wii U)
Splatoon is easily one of the more unique multiplayer games shown off at E3 2014, which is surprising considering that it’s a Nintendo exclusive. Nintendo isn’t really known for offering fantastic online multiplayer offerings, so it was refreshing to see the company take a chance on a game like Splatoon. The use of colored paint to set up defensive or offensive maneuvers will offer tons of strategy and tactics, and the fact that your character can morph between a human and a squid is insanely unique. The Wii U isn’t really known as a multiplayer gaming destination, but that may change once Splatoon releases.
Splatoon is set to release during the first half of 2015.
13. Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
Insomniac Games’ Sunset Overdrive was a major presence at E3 2014 thanks to all of the marketing items littered throughout the expo hall floor. It should also be mentioned that it’s one of the more uniquely styled games coming out in 2014. The over-the-top action mixed with a zany narrative that features a mega-corporation’s energy drink turning humans into mutants helps to set this third person shooter apart from the crowd. The use of out-of-this-world parkour and wire grinding also helps the gameplay of Sunset Overdrive stand out from the pack. If you love ridiculous firepower and a game that doesn’t take itself seriously, then you surely appreciate Insomniac’s efforts in Sunset Overdrive.
Sunset Overdrive is set to release on October 28, 2014. Check out our hands-off preview.
12. The Evil Within (Multiplatform)
Shinji Mikami’s latest survival horror title is set to be one of his most demented gameplay affairs to date. The game may not employ tank controls, but the lack of ammo and other supplies will keep you on edge and looking for new ways to kill demons throughout the entire experience. The visuals are very cinematic and so is the gameplay, and there are plenty of jacked up scenes to experience and evilness to encounter. This game definitely packs an atmospheric feel that will surely make horror fans happy, so it could potentially make for a great pre-Halloween gaming experience this fall. If you don’t get squeamish watching people rip their own heads apart to eat their brains, then this is a perfect game for your gore-centric mind.
The Evil Within is set to release on October 21, 2014. Check out our hands-on preview.
11. Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One/PC)
This beautiful looking platformed isn’t just a charming looking game. In fact, while in a closed door meeting at E3 the game’s developers stressed that Ori is all about controls and gameplay first, and then cute visuals second. Ori and the Blind Forest is a challenging platformer that promises to punish you like a Souls title and reward you for your dedication to the cause. The narrative hasn’t been discussed at this point, but the tale looks to be an emotional one. Fans of Metroidvania style games should definitely put this title on their to-do lists.
Ori and the Blind Forest is set to release during the fall of 2014.