The Xbox One might be flashy and the Playstation 4 might be sleek, but amid all this hardware news, you could be forgiven for losing sight of what’s really important about video gaming: the games.
Here’s one way to solve that. Draw the curtains, sit back, and get ready for a taste of what you’ll be playing this holiday season...and beyond.
Halo 5 (Xbox One)
Though this Halo trailer debuted to much cheering during Microsoft’s press conference, it poses more questions than it answers. Is that really series lead Master Chief in that rather bohemian poncho? What’s that great big thing coming out of the sand? What’s this game even called, anyway? While we don’t know any of those things for sure, we do know that it’s an Xbox One exclusive, and it’ll be out next year. Whatever it is.
Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PS4)
If you were following the development of Square Enix’s troubled Final Fantasy Versus XIII, this game might look a little familiar. It should, at any rate: it’s the same game, but inexplicably with a different name. And if keeping up with the ins and outs of the convoluted Final Fantasy series is already enough to have your head spinning, we suggest you just enjoy the gorgeous trailer.
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
For years young and old gamers have all thrilled to the antics of Mario and chums in the Mario Kart series, but until now their high-jinks have stayed mostly...grounded. That’s not the case with Mario Kart 8, which’ll see the diminutive plumber and his fleet of hangers-on taking to the skies in hovercrafts, hang-gliders, and what appears to be some sort of magnet-kart.
Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
What do you do after creating one of modern gaming’s most influential shooters? That was the question facing Halo studio Bungie after they parted ways with publisher Microsoft in 2007 -- and here’s the answer. A “shared-world shooter,” it’ll be coming to multiple platforms next year.
Titanfall (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
And in contrast, here’s what the team behind the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have been up to since leaving Activision. Multiplayer shooter Titanfall blends both on-foot and mech combat. Look for it landing on a console near you next spring.
Battlefield 4 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
The Battlefield series is going bigger and better in 2013: the fourth game in the series will support up to 64 players on some platforms, and bring back the popular “commander view” that’ll help them keep the action under control. It’ll release this fall on multiple consoles and the PC.
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Gee, Mario games are great and all, but I really wish I could be a cat,” this is totally the game for you. Think of it as the Wii U’s version of Super Mario 3D Land, but with multiplayer. And cat suits.
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4)
Though we’ve known about this Playstation 4 exclusive since its debut at the console’s unveiling in February, E3 attendees got a better look at some of the sci-fi gadgets it’ll offer players at its launch later this year.
Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)
Mario. Mega Man. Bowser. Link. Donkey Kong. Fox McCloud. Pikachu. This stalwart of the Nintendo stable has been a fan favorite for almost fifteen years -- and now it’s coming to both the Wii U and the 3DS.
The Order: 1886 (PS4)
Just one of many Playstation 4 exclusives unveiled at Sony’s press conference this week, The Order: 1886 is a steampunk-themed, anachronism-packed action game set in 19th-century London.
Star Wars Battlefront (Platforms TBA)
Kicking off what’s expected to be a series of “core” Star Wars games stemming from a new Disney/EA partnership, this brief teaser will give you the merest taste of what to expect from Star Wars Battlefront. It’s in development at DICE, the studio responsible for the Battlefield games.
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
Insomniac Games is most famous for its work on Sony platforms (including the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance series), but its next game will be an Xbox One exclusive. Here’s a glimpse of its riotous, stylized combat.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
“Open world” is the buzzword for the newest Metal Gear Solid game, which’ll be sneaking its way to multiple platforms at a yet-to-be-announced future date. This brand-new trailer will give you a taste of its action...not to mention an earful of Snake’s new voice actor, Kiefer Sutherland.
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