Recap: E3 Hype

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If you’re a gamer, then chances are you know all about the E3 Expo, and have been following all the announcements that have been made.

Jayde Baguley

But, it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with all the news, so here is a run-down of what the major announcements at E3 have been and what about it has people talking!

Crash Bandicoot Remasters

First up, we have my personal favourite, the Crash Bandicoot Series (1,2 and Warped), are being remastered for PlayStation 4. Originally released in 1996, Crash Bandicoot (developed by Naughty Dog), has sold 6.8 million units worldwide, which makes it one of the best-selling PlayStation video games of all time. Following this, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Warped sold 5.17 million units and 5.7 million units worldwide respectively.

Watch the E3 announcement below and let us know what you think:

VR Launch Date

Another major focus of this year’s E3 was the announcement of a release date for PlayStations VR unit and a list of about 50 playable games on its release date of October 13.

Check out a few of the major trailers here:

Batman Arkham VR-

The trailer doesn’t give the audience much to go off, however, it does have enough mystery to draw in any new fans to the Batman Series, and keep old Batman fans happy.

Final Fantasy XV VR-

I think it’s fair to say that Square Enix have not disappointed with this trailer, the visuals look amazing and the gameplay looks engaging.

Resident Evil 7-

Sufficiently creepy, this instalment of the Resident Evil franchise is due for release on the 27th of January, 2017. The whole game is playable in VR and is one of the bigger announcements for VR.

God of War 4

Are you a fan of mythology? Violent video games? Then God of War is for you. It’s been a long 6 years since the release of God of War 3, and fans are expectedly holding out for the release for the next game in the series. The trailer features Kratos, sporting an impressive beard, and his son and demonstrates some of the gameplay we can expect. Despite a great trailer, Sony haven’t given any specific details for a release date just yet. Here’s to hoping 2017 is the year!

 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remaster

Not one to be left out of the mix, Bethesda had lots of announcements (although not quite the ones die hard fans of the Elder Scrolls Series were looking for) to make.

But console players rejoice, as the hugely popular Skyrim is being remastered and released for PS4 and Xbox One.

For PC users, the new special edition will include more customisation options, and owners of Skyrim and it’s DLC will receive a free upgrade to the new special edition.

This seems to make up for the lack of information surrounding the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls VI, and in the meantime, Elder Scrolls fans can also try out the new free-to-play digital card game: Elder Scrolls: Legends.

Xbox One S

Last up we have perhaps one of the most underwhelming (compared to the PlayStation) announcements of the expo, the upcoming release of the Xbox One S.

The features of the Xbox One S include a slimmer design, will come in white, and feature a 4K Ultra HD video support and HDR. While these features sound impressive, none of these features actually improve your gameplay experience and Xbox console players will be spending the money to upgrade frame rates and resolution.

Despite this, Xbox also hinted at a new console planned for release sometime in 2017, which according to Microsoft, will be ‘the most powerful games console ever built’.

Dubbed Project Scorpio, this is where the real excitement lies in Xbox’s future.

 

While this isn’t all of the big and wonderful announcements that were pumped out of E3, it’s certainly enough to get even casual gamers like myself hyped for the releases coming to 2017.

To find out more about E3, and pre-ordering games, catch up with Kiara Hayward here.

And for a more in-depth recap of the expo, catch up with this article by The Escapist to find out more about all your favourite franchises and developers:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/17106-E3-Summary-Microsoft-EA-Sony-Ubisoft-Bethesda