E3 2016: All Aboard the Hype Train – 16 of the best games at E3

It’s that time of year again, get ready to strap on your hype hats as we see our most anticipated game titles revealed at E3 2016. Here are 16 of the best games.

1. Mass Effect Andromeda 

Although this trailer was very short and still more of a ‘teaser’ trailer, it did show you more of a glimpse into this new galaxy we will be exploring, as well some nifty characters. We can confirm that our beloved Shepard character is gone for good, paving the way for a new human protagonist named ‘Ryder’. I for one cannot wait to explore Andromeda, but it will have to wait for next year.

Developer: Bioware
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: 2017

2. Battlefield 1

The new battlefield title made its gameplay debut at E3 this year and showed off its new World War One setting further. This new title in the franchise features WW1 weaponry that players can utilise along with tanks and airships.

Developer: EA Dice
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 21, 2016

3. Quake Champions

Quake was rumoured to be making a comeback, now we can finally put these rumours to rest as they become reality. ‘Quake Champions’ got it’s reveal at Bethesda’s E3 conference this year, while details are vague, we have been promised that more will be revealed soon.

Developer: id Software
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA

4. Skyrim Remastered 

Skyrim fans have been asking for a remastered edition for a while and it seems that Bethesda has finally delivered. What’s particularly cool to note is that if you’ve purchased all the DLC or bought Skyrim’s legendary edition on steam, you’ll get a free upgrade to the remastered edition. Thank you, Bethesda!

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 28, 2016

5. Dishonored 2

We got our very first look at some Dishonoured 2 gameplay that introduces new mechanics. Corvo Attano, the protagonist from the first game, makes a reappearance. Players are given the choice to play as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo himself.

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 11, 2016

6. Gears of war 4
We got a pretty meaty trailer for the upcoming Gears of War 4 at Microsoft’s press conference. Gameplay looks to be much of the same as the previous instalments with an addition of new weapons. What’s also worth mentioning is Microsoft’s cross play initiative. When you buy Gears of War 4 and other titles for that matter, on either Xbox One or Windows 10, you’ll be able to play that game on either device. Pretty cool huh?
Developer: The Coalition
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 11, 2016

7. We Happy Few
This game featured in the ‘indie’ developer segment of Microsoft’s press conference and it intrigued me greatly. It had a very dystopian atmosphere that was reminiscent to that of Bioshock. I can’t wait to see what this game is all about.
Developer: Compulsion Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: July 26, 2016 – Early Access Release

8. Gwent – The Witcher Card Game
I for one was overjoyed at this announcement. We’ve asked and we’ve pestered, and now CD Projekt RED have heard our prayers and delivered. The Gwent card game that was featured in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, will now be an online card game, pitting you against other players. A closed beta will run in September although an initial release date has yet to be set. You can check out some raw gameplay of Gwent below!

Developer: CD Projekt RED
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA

9. Scalebound

This is the ‘How to Train your Dragon’ entry into E3. Scale Bound showed us some cute and Bad-Ass gameplay of the protagonist character slaying an epic beast with the help of his dragon. All while listening to some sick beats.

Developer: Platinum Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: 2017

10. South Park Fractured But Whole

Inappropriate humour and antics are back in an all-new South Park game. The same characters from the first South Park game ‘Stick of Truth’ make a reappearance but the theme is vastly different. Instead of parodying a fantasy role-playing game, Fractured But Whole delves into the world of super heroes, super villains and super powers.

Developer: Ubisoft San Fransisco, South Park Digital Studios
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: December 6, 2016

11. For Honor
We got more of a theatrical gameplay trailer at Ubisoft’s press conference for ‘For Honor’ this year. The game features multiplayer and a unique tactical combat system.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: February 14, 2017

12. Watch Dogs 2
Ubisoft previewed some Watch Dogs 2 gameplay footage and a lot of us were pleasantly surprised. The game seems to be correcting a lot of the faults that plagued the first Watch Dogs instalment. Set in the fresh new city of San Fransisco, along with a new dynamic character, Watch Dogs 2 actually looks alright.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 15, 2016

13. God of War 4

This was probably one of the best trailers we got to see at this years E3. Sony showed off the heavily rumoured new God of War game and it was magical. The trailer features Kratos and introduces his son along with some gameplay footage. The game looks to be set in a different environment as we see a departure from the Greek mythology narrative featured in the previous instalments. This God of War will delve into the world of Norse Mythology, that is heavily drawn upon in the trailer.

Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4
Release Date: TBA

14.The Last Guardian

This game has been in the works for an exceptionally long time, we finally got to see a brief yet informative trailer that finally revealed a release date for the game this October. You can’t take it back Sony!

Developer: genDesign, SIE Japan Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4
Release Date: October 25, 2016

15.Horizon Zero Dawn 

Horizon Zero Dawn revealed some exciting new gameplay footage. We got to see more of its beautiful environment, mech creatures and gameplay mechanics. The game seemingly blends prehistoric elements with technology. If Jurassic Park and Transformers had a baby, this would be the offspring. I for one, am very excited for this game, 2017 can’t get here soon enough.

Developer: Guerrilla Games
Platforms: Playstation 4
Release Date: 2017

 16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo dedicated their E3 segment to showing us some highly anticipated Zelda gameplay. Breath of the wild hosts many new changes to previous Zelda titles with an array of new weapons, crafting, combat mechanics and its vast open world landscape.
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Platforms: Wii U, NX
Release Date: 2017

There you have it, 16 of the best games that featured at E3 2016, in my opinion. I’m definitely not going to get much done this October.

What were some of your favourite announcements? Let me know in the comments.


6 thoughts on “E3 2016: All Aboard the Hype Train – 16 of the best games at E3

  1. I agree with most of this list, though I’ve been burned by Watchdogs and am not interested in The Last Guardian. One game not mentioned that I am looking forward to is Sea of Thieves.

    If done right, this game can be lots of fun with friends. I just need more info on progression and customization long with combat outside the ship.If they can hit all the right notes on this one, we may have a huge sleeper hit here.

    Other than that, I need more Mass Effect News, and it seems we won’t see this game again until next E3.


    1. Yeah I agree with Watch Dogs but they seem to want to try to correct what was wrong with the first one, so hopefully they do. Sea of Thieves does look really fun if you had a good group of people to play it with, and yeah Mass Effect needs to hurry up and come out already


  2. I’m just playing through Ico for the first time, so looking forward to The Last Guardian!

    There were a few interesting ones out there in addition to the ones you mentioned – Telltale’s Batman game, ReCore. All very exciting. Great article!


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