For lovers of video games E3 is unlike anything else. For those watching online coverage it’s a peek into the industry that we all love so dearly and for those in attendance it’s a chance to get your hand on some of the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. We here at MXDWN got to play a pretty wide range of games, everything from upcoming AAA titles, to smaller games from indie developers. Although it was hard to narrow it down since we all got to play some pretty outstanding games, some were bound to stand out to us more than others. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the best 5 demos the MXDWN Games crew got to sample at E3 2016.
This indie game developed by Berzerk Studio was one of the stand outs from this year’ E3 IndieCade. This game is essentially a bullet hell, that take away the player’s ability to shoot obstacles. The player(s) have to dodge projectiles and use limited burst of invincibility via dashing to avid obstacles that move to the beat of the music playing in the background of the level. Just Beats and Shapes with a four player party game vibe, fun visuals, a decent amount of difficulty, and interesting gameplay this is definitely one of the standout indie games we got to play at E3.
This side scrolling puzzle game proved to be one of the more interesting games the crew was able to check out at E3. This micromanagement game centers around a humanoid box collecting fuel, hitting a variety of switches to devise ways to keep the engine on the box’s vehicle running. Even though the game was an alpha build, it stood out because of its interesting setting, visuals, and most importantly gameplay.
The upcoming North American release of the latest installment in Dragon Quest changed up the genre for the beloved JRPG. This game combined the open world sandbox elements of the uber popular Minecraft with the world and beautiful designs and art of master artist Akira Toriyama into a wonderful package that is set to be released October 11th of this year.
This sequel to the successful survival horror game promises to provide a good amount of scares in a new setting, the not-so-pleasant Arizona desert. Any search with a minimal amount of effort into the horror genre of any platform’s market place will be full of these kinds of survival horror games. The genre has really taken off and in many ways been oversaturated in recent years. Outlast sets itself apart by relying on its atmosphere and using its jump scares as elements of the storytelling versus having a jump scare for the sake of having a jump scare. This sequel seems to be in line with that mentality. The Outlast 2 demo not only left us scared but also anticipating this game’s Q3 release.
The newest installment of the beloved fighting game franchise holds a lot of promise for both fans of the series and those who love fighting games in general. The edition of various new mechanics, the end to the Mishimi Blood Saga, and the huge roster that even includes Akuma from Street Fighter are all reasons to be hyped up about Tekken 7’s early 2017 release. The gameplay itself was a blast to experience, with a learning curve that allows players of any level enjoy themselves, whether you know Tekken as the game whose protagonist has male patterned baldness or you know what “f, n, df +2” means, Tekken 7 has a character for you and is worth a try.