The Ultimate E3 2015 Pre-order Guide

No Man’s Sky
This game simply seems too good to be true. From the team that brought you Joe Danger is a game that promises you an infinite universe. Countless, whole worlds that may never be discovered by anyone who plays it, with space warfare and hyperdrive. If it is actually anywhere near as good as the hype for it, you’ll want to grab a physical copy of the PS4 version right now.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda
The Mass Effect trilogy met an end that satisfied absolutely everyone who completed it, but the world was still demanding another taste of the series. EA and BioWare are pulling together a whole new series, this time taking N7 officers to a whole new dimension. Will this one make everyone happy for a change? You’ll jut have to wait and see.

 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Trey Parker and Matt Stone were plenty adamant that they didn’t enjoy making their own South Park video game, so I figured Stick of Truth would be a wonderful standalone title. Instead, a sequel is already in the works, and this time Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman trade out their wizard robes for their super-identities. And yes, that does mean that Mint Berry Crunch is part of the game. No word on when the cheekily titled game will be here, but whenever that is isn’t soon enough.

Tom Clancy’s The Division
For the THIRD E3 in a row, Tom Clancy’s The Division has been shown once more. And while the open world shooter still looks fun and has an interesting concept, I can’t be the only one feeling a little fatigued seeing this game take the stage again this year. On the plus side, the game is actually playable on the E3 showfloor, and there’s actually a release window of March next year. If you’re still pumped for the game but forgot to pre-order it all those year’s before, now’s the perfect time.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Gold Edition)
Did you feel burned by Assassin’s Creed: Unity? Many did, so Syndicate might be the make or break point for Ubi’s long running series. This trip to Dickensian England feels like a refreshing take, and the gameplay-free trailer looked pretty alright. I mean, who doesn’t like beating up Englishmen is dirty bars? If you’re still ready for more time-travelin’ stabbin’, put your money where your mouth is and pre-order it now.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Jump Jesus on a red gutter pipe, it feels like forever and a day that I’ve been waiting for a new Mirror’s Edge. I know the original is only seven years old, but the brain-boilingly imaginative combination of an FPS with a parkour platformer is one of the most original games of the PS3/360 era. It also wasn’t the blockbuster seller it should’ve been, making this successor seem unlikely for far too long. Now subtitled Catalyst, DICE’s next game seems to be reinvention or prequel or something in-between, taking Faith to new heights with the promise of new gameplay enhancements and style. To me that reads as “mutliplayer and more guns,” but as long as I can get a No Guns Achievement once more in my first playthrough, I’m not too worried about what’s new in the starkly colorful world of tomorrow.

Star Wars Battlefront
Speaking of long-awaited follow-ups from EA and DICE, here’s Star Wars Battlefront, the reboot of the sprawling shooter set in a galaxy far, far away. Early shots of the game have looked gorgeous, including a Moon of Endor battle complete with AT-ATs and Darth Vader, as well as the requisite Hoth stage. Timed for just before the release of The Force Awakens, who knows how it will incorporate this new age of Star Wars lore into its canon. So long as you can shoot Stormtrooper in the face, I’m happy.
Pre-order the Deluxe version to unlock 5 in-game items: DL-44 blaster, Ion Grenade, Ion Torpedo, Ion Shock, Victory. You’ll also get the Battle of Jakku map, which is connected to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
The evolution continues in the wacky war between the undead and vegetation in the sequel to the surprisingly fun shooter in the Plants Vs. Zombie series. And don’t fret PlayStation fans. Even though the original was a timed Xbox exclusive and the sequel premiered at Microsoft, the game appears to be simultaneously launching on PS4 and PC as well.

 

Dark Souls III
Try to act surprised about this one and pretend you didn’t hear about it last week. The series that pushed gamers out of their comfort zones is back to kick your ass again in a whole new entry that got revealed at Microsoft’s press conference. But don’t worry PlayStation owners – you can pre-order it on PS4 as well.

 

7 thoughts on “The Ultimate E3 2015 Pre-order Guide

  1. Looking forward to Doom the most even thou its most likely to disappointment me. But what if its actually good? Hope as a pre order bonus they include a floppy shareware disk of the orignal, I would so proudly display that on my man/nerd shelf!

    1. Let me try to put your worries at rest, then. It’s 100% authentic Doomage. How could that fail way other than commercially? There’s no reloading barring the super shotgun, there’s no regenerating health, old ammo systems for every gun, Machine Games is all but confirmed to be overseeing work on it, there’s no loadouts, stats or elaborate modes in multiplayer, sprinting is a toggled function and you will be guaranteed to have a million orgasms at once while playing it. Does this sound like a complete revival of old-school shooters? It should, and for that you should be nothing short of falling off your seat.

      1. Besides the birth of Sylvester Stallone, this is the happiest moment of my life! “Yo Adrian, ID did it!”

  2. Of this list, my top three most on-watch games are Doom, Street Fighter V, and Metal Gear Solid V. That’s two fives out of three… and I guess you could count the new Doom as a five if you count Doom 64 as its own separate entity, which I do. But anyway, as a longtime Doom fan, I was skeptical about how this new Doom could turn out since Doom 3 was a bit lukewarm in its reception (though I liked it in its own way, and Resurrection of Evil was even better). The footage of the new Doom seems promising so far, and it may do for the series what The New Order did for Wolfenstein.

    I’m a fighter junkie, so SFV is a given, even though Mortal Kombat 9/X and King of Fighters XIII did beat out SFIV and its many incarnations for being my favorite fighter. I still did like SFIV a lot, but it was a bit conservative in its design. SFV already looks to be more interesting and closer to the Alpha series in its build, and they have the potential to make the roster more varied as well. I heard a rumor that Ryu may be the only shoto in the game, so that would be interesting to have an SF game without Ken for once.

    MGSV, I don’t feel the need to say much about, except it may be a bit sad to play. The game itself looks incredibly grim and the weight behind Kojima’s departure is going to make it a bit of a painful swan song, but it also seems like a hell of a note to end the series on, particularly after the disappointment of MGS4 (yeah, I said it).

    My runner-up prize goes to Mad Max, which I don’t know what to expect much from, but if it’s basically playable open-world Fury Road, I’m sold.

  3. I’m pumped about Fallout 4, and so far it’s the only game announced for this year that I’m super excited for. I am curious if there is anything else is in the Pip Boy Edition besides the game and the phone bases pip-boy. I’m still hoping Nintendo announces a new Star Fox game for this fall, since Zelda got pushed back to 2016 like everyone knew would happen I’m hoping for a little love from them this year. A new F-Zero would also not go unnoticed..

  4. I dislike FPS games and you really have to go out of the way to make me like them. But that Doom footage looks so bad ass. And Dishonored? The ONE FPS that I really like? Yeah, part two has me hard already.

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