We all have a special place for games close to heart, here I’ll be listing 5 games that I’d enjoy seeing teased at E3 2018 but they most likely won’t be. *cries*
(Major spoilers below)
5 years have passed since the lunatic Trevor, fraudster Michael and relatively sane Franklin blew our minds and forever became part of gaming royalty. The superb GTA V continued to elevate the brand to new heights, wowing audiences across the globe with its gripping story mode and delivering a pretty incredible online experience. (Which rockstar still support intensely today).
It’s also the first GTA since the PS2 era not to feature single-player DLC/ story updates. With Rockstar choosing to focus all their resources on the online mode (as it’s more profitable). Sadly the single player content has been lacking and I find myself craving some more GTA. With no imminent annoucement looking likely, it could well be 6/7 or even 8 years may pass before the follow up releases. (I feel your pain fellow gamers).
Next on my list is 2K’s awe-inspiring first-person shooter Bioshock. Much like GTA it’s been a loooong 5 years for the series. The last game Bioshock Infinite was a visually beautiful creation, that focused on a battle between elite founders fighting to maintain white privileges and a lower class, underground, rebel kind of association that were rioting. It took heavy influence from the 1893 Columbia Exposition and was a top class game, winning many awards.
A few months back a few sites had picked up on an unconfirmed title known under the code “Bioshock Parkside”. Make of this what you will, but I’m more than down for a new Bioshock. The gaming world needs triple-A titles to help grow the industry further and Bioshock is a franchise that (as history has shown) is brimming with quality, delivering impressive gameplay and a narrative that you actually feel sad to conclude!
Rocksteady created a beast when they unleashed Batman Arkham Asylum in 2009, undeniably creating the best superhero gaming series of all time. The most recent edition of 2015’s Arkham Knight ended with Batman faking his own death and Bruce Wayne initiating the knight-fall protocol. I would bet that Rocksteady won’t be pursuing more bat shenanigans in the Arkham world, but the critical success the games received and the fact it’s centred around a popular superhero who has featured heavily in recent years on the big screen, (no more than four times in 2/3 years) makes me firmly believe the bat will return sooner rather than later.
I’m going to throw an absolute curveball out there, and say Rocksteady could make a game centred around the Joker and other villains of Gotham, whether that’s in a separate story to Batman or jointly. Perhaps giving the player a choice to pick a side, and follow numerous narratives, including opportunities for betrayals, kidnappings, heists, and taking on Batman and some members of the Justice League. Whilst throwing in co-op story gameplay elements and online battle royale like showdowns. The opportunities to expand on the mystique of Batman and the dark, gloomy playground of Gotham is vast.
Max Payne 4
SIX YEARS have flown by since a washed up Max Payne drunk himself silly, busted asses, and uncovered the truth in Brazil’s corrupt, and treacherous Sao Paulo. Stretching from superclubs to football stadiums, and the back streets of Sao Paulo. This was my game of the year in 2012, and ever since, I’ve been crying out to hear what the status is regarding the IP.
The gap between Max Payne 2 and 3 was 8 years. It’s already been 6, so it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of reality to believe that a 4th title could be in works, or may soon be in the works. Little has been said about this franchise. Meaning Max may well be left sipping sangrias in Bahia for a while longer (I’m sure Max is happy with that), but this explosive third-person shooter, which featured slow-mo bullet time, a plethora of special effects and some impressive gameplay mechanics are just too damn good to be left to rest for much longer! Utilise this brand Rockstar it’s bloody awesome!!
Elder Scrolls 6
Lastly, on my list, we have the RPG juggernaut that is The Elder Scrolls franchise. The last console, fully fledged offline experience in the universe of Tamriel was 2011’s game of the year Skyrim.
Since then we’ve had a number of Skyrim re-releases and the elder scrolls online. Back in 2016/2017 Pete Hines (employer of Bethesda at the time) shot down rumours of development only affirming that the game will be in development at some stage down the line but not any time soon, as the team were focusing on future releases of Skyrim and other Triple-A releases.
If I was to hazard a guess at where the next game will take place, then I’d say take your pick from the following regions. Summerset Isle, Valenwood, Elsweyr, and Black Marsh, home of the High Elves, Wood Elves, Khajiit, and Argonians, respectively. A significant swath of these southern Tamrielic lands makes up a good chunk of the nationalistic Aldmeri Dominion, a union of elvenkind bent on ruling over everyone else just because their ears aren’t pointy enough.
Should TES6 take place after Skyrim’s Nord uprising and civil unrest, its setting is sure to be a political hotbed as the Dominion extends its reach across old kingdoms and ancient borders.
The demand for a new Elder Scrolls title appears to increase more as each year passes, Bethesda is playing this very coyly. It seems astonishing to think that we may not see elder scrolls 6 on this current generation of consoles. (Some may say it’s Bethesda’s loss, as it would be a huge profit maker for them).
Perhaps you have a wishlist you’d like to see unveiled at E3 this year. Feel free to drop me a comment in the box below.