This year’s E3 show has come to an end. John takes a look at some of the film and comic titles heading your way.
This week saw the announcement of new games from the big hitters of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and other software publishers at the E3 show. What is the E3 show? It’s an acronym for the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Started in the mid 90’s, the show allows software and hardware companies to demonstrate and announce their latest products. Unlike other trade shows, E3 is closed to the general public and you must have a professional connection to gaming journalism to obtain access.
As you already know, I’m a film nut, my twitter handle is @UKFilmNerd for goodness sake, so I love games based upon films, comics and television. So in this editorial, these are the games I’m concentrating on.
But enough of the history, what games do we have coming in the months to come!
Sony unveiled several big games this year with many designed to work with their upcoming virtual reality headset, known as the PlayStation VR, which is due for release in October.
The first announcement that got me salivating was for Batman: Arkham VR. This game will allow you to be the Batman. Unfortunately, this teaser trailer shows no game footage but lucky journalists were allowed to play the game behind closed doors.
Telltale Games, the software company that releases their games in episodes, brought along their new Batman game but alas it was also shown behind closed doors. A handful of screenshots were released to the press that at least gives us a glimpse of the game’s graphical style.
The game will reportedly be a 50/50 mix of being Bruce or Batman. Some situations will ask you to choose which persona to play as, in able to tackle certain situations. As well as combat, there will be a large focus on detective work as well. The game is set not long after Bruce has taken up the guise of the Batman and you will help shape his future.
Another VR game that has my significant other now pushing for me to buy a PlayStation 4 and VR headset, is Star Trek: Bridge Crew. This VR-based game from Ubisoft allows several players to join over the internet and work as a team to fly a starship.
The video shows Star Trek actors Levar Burton, Jeri Ryan, and Karl Urban trying out the game for the first time.
Sony showcased another one of their properties with a brand new Spider-Man game. Written by Insomniac Games, the guys behind the Spyro and Ratchet & Clank series of games, this new version sees Spider-Man, in a fancy new suit, web-slinging his way through a beautiful next generation environment. But who will be the main villain of this game, we’ll have to wait and see!
It wasn’t just Marvel who made a gaming appearance at E3, DC Comics are back with a sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us with the imaginatively titled Injustice 2! Once again you can play as your favourite DC Comics superheroes as they try and beat the crap out of each other!
Electronic Arts continue to expand and develop their successful Star Wars: Battlefront series with the announcement of new levels based upon Lando Calrissian’s Cloud City floating high above the planet of Bespin.
Star Wars: Battlefront will also feature VR support with the reveal of Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing VR.
Electronic Arts also teased new Star Wars games that are still very early in development with some not being released until 2018! This video is a behind the scenes glimpse of these games curerntly in production, with very short clips of actual gameplay footage buried within.
Finally, where would we be if there was a Star Wars film without a LEGO game attached? Here is LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Friday the 13th, a slasher horror film from 1980 that has spawned eleven sequels, receives a new game that allows you to play as the scared college kids and as the killer himself, Jason Vorhees. This is Friday the 13th: The Game.
On a much lighter note, Eric Cartman is determined to turn Coon and Friends into the biggest superhero franchise of all time. Obviously taking a fun poke at Marvel’s business practices, this new game is entitled South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Attack On Titan makes the jump from anime to computer screen in this first trailer. Not only can you play as the humans, but also as Eren in Titan form as well. Looks a lot better than the live action film as well! (Review)
Finally, an honourable mention must go to this Xbox One and Windows exclusive game, Cuphead. The game is obviously inspired by the cartoons of the 1930’s and it looks simply beautiful. I know it’s not a TV or Movie franchise, but I think it’s too good to ignore!
I hope you enjoyed this film and comic gaming round-up of E3 2016. Was there anything I missed out? What were your favourite reveals at the show? Let us know via the comments box below, Twitter or Facebook!