E3 2018: Editors Top 10 Picks

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With E3 2018 coming to a wrap, our editor’s have sat down and discussed their top picks from the week-long expo and have decided to pick what they thought was the best of the best out of all the games at the show. Let’s take a look at their top 10 picks from E3 2018.

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10. Daemon X Machina | 2019 | Switch

Since the departure of FromSoftware’s Armored Core franchise, there’s been a major absence of mech-based titles in recent years. We’ve seen a few come, a few go, but not very many just seem to stick around for very long. That’s the case with any of them it seems these days. With a lot of potential in that market, Daemon X Mechina for the Nintendo Switch has our attention. It’s fast, it’s furious, and it has a lot of mechs that seem inspired by the Armored Core franchise.

Character creation, mech editing, and even gameplay seems completely derived from previously established franchises such as Armored Core, Chromehounds, and even franchises such as Front Mission.

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09. Resident Evil 2 |1.25.2019 | PC, PS4, XB1

Since the re-releases and remasters of the classic Resident Evil titles, fans have been chanting in masses for a remaster of the PlayStation 1 classic Resident Evil 2. During E3 2018, Capcom happily premiered the game during the PlayStation E3 2018 showcase, giving us a look at the newly reimagined title with the RE Engine and even a glimpse at the events that took place in an entirely new light.

The most astonishing part of this games reveal? The complete reveal was running in real time. It was a portion of the game we’ll get to see the launch of next January. So strap on your guns, grab your flashlight and let’s get to revisiting Raccoon City in 2019.

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08. Overkill’s The Walking Dead |11.6.2018 | PC, PS4, XB1

We’ve seen games like this before. They take the setting, the atmosphere, and ideological approaches to what a The Walking Dead game should be. Many times, they hit the right strides. The atmosphere is perfect, the characters are well known and we have an idea that things aren’t going to be easy for the cast of characters we get to meet.

That’s exactly what’s going on in Overkill’s The Walking Dead. Nothing here is easy. Our group of survivors are those who never thought the zombie apocalypse would invade their lives. From Maya, a hospital employee to Grant, a man who has seemingly been mourning his now deceased family. The cast is large, they are unique, and all of them are unlikely survivors in this very title that isn’t your typical games. It’s parts horror, it’s parts survival, but it’s also parts first-person shooter.  You can check out the official E3 2018 trailer above.

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07. ANTHEM| 2.29.2019 | PC, PS4, XB1

Since the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division and Destiny in recent years, online story-driven experiences have become a focal point of the gaming industry. Among them comes the long-desired experience we’ve been hoping for from a BioWare title. Toss in everything that Destiny 2 and Tom Clancy’s The Division did, sprinkle a bit of RPG and shooter goodness into a third-person action-RPG.

While we do know everything that’s going into the game, we don’t know how far this “10 Year” title will go in the terms of a 10 year game. What we do know, quite a few people are interested and BioWare as well as their publisher, EA, are wanting to make this one work by ditching loot boxes altogether. If everything holds up, we may even see free DLC drops over time. This is definitely one to keep your eyes on when we go into the new year.

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06. Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee | 2019 | Switch

Since the launch of the Pokémon franchise, Nintendo has seen mindblowing success with the franchise. For more than 23 years, the series has captivated fans around the world, bringing in new generations with every single game that has launched over the years. 23 years later, and it seems that it’s finally time that we’re going backwards to the Kanton region we’ve known since the orignial games (Blue through Yellow) and even the original anime series many fans would come to know and love.

However, long gone are the days of using your creatures to take out your foes. Rather, these two titiles that are the latest entries in the series are more-so onscreen adaptions of Pokémon GO for Nintendo Switch versus mobile devices. While this does take off the much needed sense of going out, training, and upgrading your Pokémon, this seems like the most reasonable route in order to introduce younger gamers to the franchise and helping them enjoy the games we have for many years. Let’s just hope we do get to see the franchises titular Pokémon duke it out across the Kanto region.

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05. Kingdom Hearts III | 2019 | PS4 & XB1

Since the release of Kingdom Hearts on PlayStation 2, the world has been absolutely captivated by the Disney and Square Enix star studded cast that come together to bring to life an unlikely adventure into an a single action-RPG title. Now, nearly 17 years later, we’re finally gearing up for the third installment, one that could very well see the story come to a close our memorable adventures with Sora, Donald, and Goofy come to an end.

While we certainly hope that isn’t the case, we know this one has everyone on our team reeling with anticipation for its upcoming release. We’re ready to set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl, thaw the lands of the world for Disney and Pixar’s captivating world of “Frozen” with the help of Elsa, Anna, and company.

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04. Cyberpunk 2077 | 2019 | PC, PS4 and XB1

If there’s any one studio that knows how to make us reel with excitement, there’s no doubt that it’s CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the critically acclaimed The Witcher franchise. As a departure from their previous titles, CD Projekt Red is moving onto bigger, more demanding projects as such as the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2020 spiritual successor Cyberpunk 2077, which will see the previously mentioned tabletop title come to life as a first-person RPG.

In the world of Cyberpunk 2077 you’ll get to craft your story through the eyes of your fully customizable character. While we only know a little bit about the game, CD Project Red has remained rather tight-lipped about the game, letting as little information as possible about it out to the press and public. All we know, the title isn’t going exclusively to next gen as CD Project Red had once stated, but instead, it seems like it’ll be getting a multi-generational releas once the next gen consoles hit the market.

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03. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | 2019 | PC, PS4 and XB1

During Sony’s 2017 PlayStation Experience, Dark Souls developer FromSoftware surprised us all with the teaser behind an unknown project dubbed “Shadows Die Twice”, a game many suspected of being a Bloodborne successor. However, during E3 2018 during the Xbox E3 2018 showcase we finally got a reveal for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

It comes out that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice players will see mechanics from franchises such as Tenchu and Dark Souls come together with Samurai-themed action come to life. Our only hope? We get to loot and loot a lot in this upcoming open-world adventure set in what seems to be Feudal Japan.

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02. The Last of Us Part II | 2019 | PS4

If there is any apocalypse that has scared us more than Tom Clancy’s The Division‘s Green Gas pandemic, it’s definitely Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II. In the game, social decay has seemed to get well under way as nature and Cordyceps Brain Infection having taken its tole on 60% of the worlds population once the first signs of infection started.

Move forward several years later and we get to see a world that is darker, grimer, and more hostile than the previous. The last 40% that have survived are doing everything they can in order to stay alive and now, Ellie is caught up in the middle of it, and somewhere, out there, Joel is trying to survive as well as it may seem. Luckily for us, it’s coming and seemingly rather soon.

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01. Fallout 76 | 11.14.2018 | PC, PS4 and XB1

For years, we’ve all been wondering what it would be like to see the earliest stages of the post-war world. One where the bombs had already fallen, the first vault dwellers would emerge and see the world they would once more inhabit. Whatever we were thinking, it’s evident the world would never be the same, ever again.

Humanity hadn’t quite come from hiding, ghouls hadn’t quite had a chance to emerge, and villages, had yet to be populated. It’s only been 25 years since the first bombs had fallen and Fallout 76 is about to give us a chance to see it in an entirely new light. The very first vault has opened, the first survivors are walking about and the world they had imagined is now gone in this MMO-style title. Now, we just wait for our chance to emerge and to take to the world fighting off any who threaten our resources and way of life. We’ll see you on Reclemation Day, survivors.

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