We’re halfway through the year, and with that another E3 Convention has just wrapped up in Los Angeles. E3 was a little different this year, with EA opting to hold their own event to highlight their upcoming catalogue of games. Meanwhile, Sony chose to skip the event all together, leaving us with an expansive look at Death Stranding at the end of May, Still, E3 was packed full of some wonderful announcements and reveals. Here are some of my favourites.
Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo-Kazooie is easily one of my favourite games of all time, and it still holds up today. Because of this, every year at E3 I always have the slightest hope that he’ll turn up in some form, and this year he did! While it wasn’t in his own game, I’m glad to see Banjo and Kazooie haven’t been forgotten by Microsoft and video game fans around the world.
Banjo’s reveal for Smash highlights the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo, who have both worked together on enabling cross-play over the past year, and current rumours are suggesting that their partnership will only continue into the future. But I digress, Banjo’s reveal was easily one of my favourite moments of E3, and what I saw of him in-game has left me very excited to get my hands on him when he’s released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate later this year.
Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions
I’m sure a lot of people passed over this announcement when Microsoft showed it during their E3 presser, but I thought it looked great. Out of all 2018 titles, Forza Horizon 4 is easily the one I’ve spent the most time with, and the LEGO Speed Champions has brought me back again.
As you’d probably expect, the expansion puts racers in a brand new area constructed entirely of LEGO. In this area you’re able to do just about everything that’s available to you in the base-game, alongside some brand new additions such as an expansive list of challenges which reward players with blocks to build up their own LEGO base, along with rewarding players with two cars – both of which are constructed by LEGO.
Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions is available now, and I recommend that fans of Forza Horizon 4 should download and check it out.
The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds opened up Microsoft’s press conference this year, and it was a great game to kick the show off with. The Outer Worlds is developed by Obsidian Entertainment, who you probably know as the developers of a number of great games, such as South Park: Stick of Truth, the Wasteland series and of course, Fallout: New Vegas. They were also acquired by Microsoft in the second half of last year, and if the most recent look at The Outer Worlds is any indication, I’m sure Microsoft are very happy to have them.
The Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG that is set in the future. Corporations have colonised alien planets throughout the galaxy. Unfortunately, these corporations aren’t as nice as one would hope, and the player is tasked with finding out what they’re really up to.
The game allows for multiple companions to accompany the player, and it’ll also have a branching storyline that will change depending on the dialogue options that the player chooses. From what I’ve seen, The Outer Worlds looks like it’s going to be what I wanted from Fallout 4, and that has me very excited.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Out of all the games on this list, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is probably the one that caught me by surprise the most. This time around Luigi is lucky enough to spend some time in a snazzy hotel alongside Mario, Peach and his other close friends. But of course, the hotel holds a dark secret and things go south not long after Luigi and his friends arrive.
With an upgraded Poltergust, Luigi has a number of new abilities at his disposal. He’s now able to slam ghosts on the ground to reduce their health, and he can also utilise the new burst ability to propel Luigi off the ground.
Oddly enough, despite being a 2019 title Luigi’s Mansion 3 still hasn’t received a definitive release date. Although if I had to take a guess, it’d make sense for the game to release some time around Halloween.
Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Ori and the Blind Forest was one of my favourite games of 2015, and remains as one of my favourite games of this generation. Ori and the Blind Forest blew everyone away with its stunning visuals and gameplay that was a challenging to work through but a joy to experience.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks like it’s going to provide the same level of quality, while also expanding upon the game with the addition of new movement and combat abilities and the inclusion of boss battles which are bound to give players a hard time.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps releases in early 2020, and just like the other announcements featured on this list, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.