New Games, New Surprises from E3 2016

"E3 2006," Image by Flickr user Mulling It Over (CC)
“E3 2006,” Image by Flickr user Mulling it Over (CC)

Every year, people who enjoy video games get excited for E3. It’s one if the year’s biggest events in terms of learning about brand new games and updates to ones previously announced. If every video game player could attend E3, they probably would, but the fact is that only a small majority get the chance. However, thanks to the Internet and the magic of livestreams, E3 happenings can easily reach the masses. This year I got to watch more of E3 live than I have in years past, and there was plenty to get excited about. While it was great to see lots of new entries into existing franchises like, among others, The Legend of Zelda, Mass Effect, Injustice, and DisHonored, as well as happy notes on games already promised, like Cuphead, We Happy Few, and Yooka-Laylee, there were also lots of new surprises, or at least they were (mostly) new to me. With that in mind, here’s my rundown of several new titles that may just make it into our game stash some day, some way.

Be advised that some of the trailers below contain strong language and imagery not suitable for all audiences. 

Detroit: Become Human
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
No release date

My experience with games from Quantic Dream only goes as far as Beyond: Two Souls, but that was more than enough for me to finally take notice. In Detroit: Become Human you play as an android in a futuristic but familiar setting. The protagonist, Conner, is a bounty hunter of sorts, and the player is tasked with guiding him through various crime-related scenarios all in an effort to answer the question “what does it mean to be human?” Between the visuals, the game play, and choice being made paramount, Detroit: Become Human looks especially promising.

Developer and Publisher: Supergiant games
2017 release

Sitting in my Steam library right at this very moment are Bastion and Transistor. I have no excuse for not tackling them yet – I just…haven’t. Seeing Supergiant’s new game Pyre made me seriously question my gaming priorities. Though there wasn’t much to see of it, I still couldn’t help but think oooo…pretty! of what I did see. Like its predecessors, Pyre is something isometric, something replete with lore and beauty, and something that could be a blast to play.

Death Stranding
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
No release date

Whatever you may have thought of Sony’s E3 press conference, I’m pretty sure that no one took their eyes off the screen when Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding played. I couldn’t describe what was going on even if I tried, but suffice to say, Norman Reedus (i.e Darryl from The Walking Dead) and a sublimely surreal setting full of more unknowns than knowns are both more than enough for me to get on board. (And maybe it’ll convince me that I should play some of those Metal Gear games, eh?)

Created by David O’Reilly
late 2016 release

Everything is a game about…well…everything!  Looking like some unholy hybrid of procedural generation meets I-don’t-even-know-what, in Everything is seems that you can play as literally anything in the known universe, from cloud of nitrogen gas to a cookie to a giraffe. The game might look simplistic and even nonsensical, but all that’s overshadowed by the levels to which one can explore, from, presumably, the subatomic to the heights of Earth’s atmosphere. Rather amazing, all around.

Agents of Mayhem
Developer: Volition
Publisher: Deep Silver
2017 release

Saints Row IV made me a Deep Silver/Volition convert. Even more so in that I’m trying desperately to play through Saints Row 2 and 3. But I’ll be honest, when I first saw Agents of Mayhem, I was underwhelmed. The footage shown initially made it look like another multiplayer shooter. Only upon a second viewing did I catch that there’s much more to it than that – an original story line, a chance for single players to play as multiple characters (a la GTA V), and plenty of comedic action. Well then, that’s right up my alley!

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
Publisher: Ubisoft
December 2016 release

I know I’m pretty bad at keeping up with game news, but I was downright embarrassed that I didn’t know a new South Park game was due out this year! (Even worse, it was announced last year…yeesh.) I found The Stick of Truth to be nothing less than twisted, turn-based joy, and I can’t wait to continue on with all the ridiculousness.

What were some of your biggest surprises from this year’s E3?


  1. Mr. Panda says:

    Nice choices! South Park’s trailer was one of the funniest game trailer I’d seen in a long time. Death Stranding was confusing, but it’s Kojima, so it’s ok. I was just thrilled to see him on stage.I also actually really liked what I saw of Detroit: Become Human. I knew nothing going in, and came out wanting that game now! That web of possible scenarios was the perfect way to showcase that game.

    My biggest surprise was how impressive The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s showing was. I seriously didn’t think they’d be able to keep my interest for a full day of streaming. But when it was all over, I just wanted more. During an E3 with great games throughout the board, I was pleased that Nintendo didn’t hold out with Zelda!

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    1. cary says:

      I agree — it was great to finally see the latest Zelda game in action! No doubt, you’ll surely see more of that game on this site once it’s released. 🙂 For me, its art style is very appealing, fluid and magical. Very fitting for a new entry into the series.

      I usually don’t get (or remember) to watch much from E3, so having the chance this year to tune in while things were happening was quite awesome. Looks like we’re going to be in for some special treats next year! (And the end of this year.)

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  2. Particlebit says:

    I didn’t catch anything about Everything as I tried to keep up with the coverage. Looks like an interesting little game.

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    1. cary says:

      It’s one of those games that could be really great, if offbeat, or one that could be utterly goofy. Either way, it’s always great to see games that deviate from the norm.


  3. Hatm0nster says:

    Pyre is looking so cool! It’s gonna be great once release day come around. Also, I’m guessing Death Stranding is going to be some sort of psychological horror game. If that concept trailer is anything to go by, then I’m seeing the potential for something that’s really going to try playing with our heads. Oh, and speaking of horror, did you see the trailer for Resident Evil VII? So haunting!

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    1. cary says:

      I did catch RE VII — so intense! Not my kind of game, but I’m sure it’s going to appeal to fans new and old.

      It’s really looking like 2017 is going to be another great year for gaming!


      1. Hatm0nster says:

        I wonder if it’ll be akin to 2007 or 2011. Those have probably been the best release years in recent memory.

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