The 11 Best Games At E3 2016 – The Future Blockbusters You Need To Know About

E3 is the videogame industry’s biggest annual expo. Games that are either soon to be released or in development are shown off at its press conferences. This year’s conferences have now come to an end, and many new games were announced – here’s our pick of the eleven you need to know about.

1. Death Stranding

The surreal one: This game’s main character is played by The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, so it’s already got serious acting chops on its side. Then there’s its creator Hideo Kojima, the Japanese creator and designer behind the Metal Gear series, who’s made what looks like an intensely story-based game. Strange phenomena in the trailer include: dead crabs, dead whales, handprints in the beach tar, a disappearing baby and five mysterious floating figures.
Why it’s cool: It looks trippy and innovative, qualities often lacking in big-budget games. And the animation is almost good enough for Reedus to look like the real thing.
Who’s it for? Curious story-lovers.
Platform: TBC.
Release date: TBC.

2. God of War

The one with the best graphics: This series used to be based in Greek mythology, but in this ‘soft reboot’ it’s heading for Norse mythology instead –although it’s still holding onto the term ‘Spartan Rage’. This gameplay trailer shows the series’ hero Kratos with his son Charlie being attacked by monsters, teaching him to hunt and eventually spotting a dragon.
Why it’s cool: The action looks amazingly fluid and the Skyrim-style environments are beautiful. Of all the third-person action games shown off at E3, this one is probably the most aesthetically pleasing.
Who’s it for? Lovers of action and adventure.
Platform: PlayStation 4.
Release date: TBC.

3. Dishonoured 2

The one that gives you goth-assassin superpowers: This one picks up years after the story of the first game. That one cast you as Corvo Attano, the bodyguard framed for murdering the empress in the vaguely Victorian, plague-ridden city of Dunwall. In this game you can play as either him or the empress’ daughter, now Empress herself, Emily Kaldwin.
Why it’s cool: Take your pick: the atmospheric steampunk setting, the zippy stealth action or the fact that getting through the game without killing anyone is both possible and rewarded.
Who’s it for? Sneaky, stealthy types.
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Release date: November 11, 2016.

4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The one that mocks Marvel movies: The gist of this game is simple: it’s basically Captain America: Civil War in the South Park universe. The trailer makes that plain, while dragging Marvel’s release schedule through all the mud it can find.
Why it’s cool: It’ll make you laugh – probably quite a lot.
Who’s it for? Cartman fans.
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Release date: December 6, 2016.

5. Trials of the Blood Dragon

The one that mashes up two existing games: That’s right – 2D platforming motorcycle game Trials and the ridiculously overblown, neon-lit DLC for Far Cry 3, known as Far Cry: Blood Dragon, in which your hero was called Rex Power Colt, who says things like “That’s my kind of blowjob” after he uses a grenade. This was before the Deadpool film too, so…
Why it’s cool: It looks utterly mad. Fans may be disappointed that there isn’t another full Blood Dragon release, but this still looks like a lot of fun. And, it’s already out. As soon as it was surprise-announced at E3 it was available to download.
Who’s it for? People who will get a thrill or a giggle from the totally overblown action.
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Release date: June 13, 2016 – it’s out now.

6. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The one that manipulates your nostalgia: The popularity of this mashup spawned a load of other Lego/nostalgic movie mashup games, like with Indiana Jones and the Harry Potter series. This one is a game version of the latest Star Wars movie, which was released less than a year ago – but the whole Star Wars schtick still taps into everyone’s nostalgia anyway.
Why it’s cool: It’s surprisingly goofy, and anyone can play it. It’s very hard to lose this game.
Who’s it for? Kids, adults, whoever. Star Wars fans, obviously.
Platform: Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
Release date: June 28, 2016.

7. Inside

The one that makes you think: This puzzle platformer comes from the developers of surprise success Limbo, a stark and nightmarish game set in a forest. This one’s set in a warehouse where experiments on dead bodies are happening.
Why it’s cool: It’s bound to be a similarly spellbinding experience. Oh, and the director of the ID program at Xbox, Chris Charla, has said it’s one of the best games he’s ever played.
Who’s it for? People who think games have nothing interesting to say.
Platform: Xbox One, Windows
Release date: June 29, 2016 (Xbox One); July 7, 2016 (Windows).

8. Spider-Man

The one that wants to make Spider-Man games good again: Past Spider-Man games have been plagued by poor controls and repetitive action, but this new version from Sony looks like it gives players far more control, and could top the heights of the current fan favourite, 2004’s Spider-Man 2.
Why it’s cool: You get to be Spider-Man, duh.
Who’s it for? Your inner kid.
Platform: PlayStation 4.
Release date: TBC.

9. Detroit: Become Human

The one with the cyberpunk dystopia setting: This is based on a 2012 concept by French developer Quantic Dream, who made Ellen Page-starring game Beyond: Two Souls. The original concept focused on Kara, a newly constructed android being tested in a factory before gaining human sentience and almost being shut down. The game appears to have multiple android protagonists, who face inhuman treatment and whose actions have wider consequences.
Why it’s cool: It’s high-concept sci-fi that you can almost envisage, and the decision-making process seems to actually have an impact on the game.
Who’s it for?Anyone who likes a good sci-fi movie. This could be like the Ex Machina of the game world.
Platform: PlayStation 4.
Release date: TBC.

10. The Last Guardian

The one that looks like it was written by Murakami: In this game full of wonder and joy you play a little boy who befriends a giant dog-bird thing, who helps you navigate your way through various puzzles.
Why it’s cool: It’s highly imaginative and unusual. Show me another game with a dog-bird friend.
Who’s it for? Those with an active imagination.
Platform: PlayStation 4.
Release date: October 25, 2016.

11. Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The one that the fanboys are upset about: The past few editions of Call of Duty have been set in the 21st century and many of them have had middle-eastern settings. This one takes you into the distant future, and combines aspects of alien-busting game Halo with the big robot-suits Titanfall and Mass Effect’s intragalactic map. It’s still the same game, only it’s not about 21st century politics from a Western perspective. This is a Good Thing.
Why it’s cool: It might make people who play Call of Duty think thoughts. Oh, and it has a zero-gravity mode. Cool, huh?
Who’s it for? First person shooter fans.
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Release date: November 4, 2016.