The annual E3 conference, at which online game builders hype their new merchandise for the subsequent couple years, wrapped up this week in Los Angeles and provided little in the best way of innovation or shock. It did provide up plenty of sequels, remakes, zombies and — within the case of the PlayStation four improve of 1998’s “Resident Evil 2” — a remake of a zombie sequel. Why are there so many zombie video games?!
Most of the video games on show have a built-in viewers; I’d have purchased “Kingdom Hearts III” and “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” whether or not Square Enix confirmed new footage at E3 or not. (They did. They look fabulous.) Five different video games stand out from the a whole bunch of trailers we noticed this week. They are:
• “The Last of Us II” (PlayStation four) — Sony’s betting the farm on this one, presenting its first trailer to tech journos with a live performance by its Oscar-winning composer, Gustavo Santaolalla (“Brokeback Mountain”). That trailer opens with protagonist Ellie sharing a young, passionate kiss with one other girl … then cuts to her stabbing some dude within the throat. This post-apocalyptic sequel guarantees extra of the gameplay model that developer Naughty Dog gave us in its predecessor and “Uncharted four: A Thief’s End” — duck and canopy, shoot shoot shoot, rinse and repeat — however with extra gore and brutality. The visuals are undeniably wonderful; the large questions are if the gameplay goes past burying a claw hammer in any individual’s face, and if one other story concerning the survivors of a zombie plague may be involving. (Also: When is it popping out? Sony is not saying simply but.)
• “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (Nintendo Switch) — In an age of secrecy and spoiler warnings and hype trains that stretch for years, Nintendo vomited forth seemingly every thing about this newest installment of their beloved platform preventing sport in a 25-minute video: Every character that is ever been in a “Smash Bros.” sport is coming again! Here are all the degrees you’ll be able to play! Here are their ending strikes! Here are two new characters you have at all times wished (Daisy, from the “Super Mario” sequence, and “Metroid’s” demonic dragon Ridley)! And it is coming this December!
• “Anthem” (Xbox One, PlayStation four) — EA’s new sci-fi exploration sport arrives in February with visuals that immediately bring James Cameron’s “Avatar” to thoughts. A soldier in a robotic swimsuit stomps and flies by way of a lush forest stuffed with alien creatures and creepy caves, and may seemingly select to affix missions with different on-line gamers anyplace on the map. It seems wonderful — and I hope it has a greater launch than EA’s final massive sci-fi title, “Star Wars: Battlefront II.” Last yr’s most-hyped sport needed to scrap its loot field system simply earlier than launch when it turned clear that the gamers with the deepest pockets would dominate these unwilling to commit greater than $59.99 to a multiplayer shooter.
• “Control” (PlayStation four) — We do not know a lot about this sport previous its two-minute announcement trailer, however what a trailer: A gunwielding hero throws objects round like a Jedi whereas operating round a “Blade Runner”-esque cityscape that expands and swirls like one thing out of “Doctor Strange.” Let’s hope the gameplay is as awe-inspiring because the visuals.
• “Death Stranding” (PlayStation four) — After we’re “handled” to what appears to be a digital camera shifting down a beginning canal to peek at a creepy child, the extended trailer for the brand new providing from “Metal Gear Solid” creator Hideo Kojima reveals off its motion-captured forged of Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Lea Seydoux (“Spectre”) and Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”) in what seems to be an open-world stealth/exploration sport. Reedus is seen traversing mountains, lakes and waterfalls in an atmosphere harking back to the not-quite-earthly terrain in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant.” Seydoux pops an area maggot in her mouth and chews with delight. I do not know what the heck is going on on this sport, however I do know I wish to play it.
• Sean Stangland is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor who continues to be obsessive about “Overwatch.” Follow him on Twitter at @SeanStanglandDH.