For people gaming since the NES was new, Rare has been core to their gaming experience, so seeing this collection announced caved in the heads of nostalgic goofs like us. After tasking Rare with shepherding Kinect, Rare seems to be back to its roots with its old logo to go with a repackaging of 30 of its most famous games. Perfect Dark, Banjo, Pro Am, Battletoads and more, all in one set. Come on, you know you needs this in your Xbone.
Now this was definitely an unexpected treat. Keiji Inafune of Mega Man fame (and Yaiba infamy) is producing an intriguing exclusive for the Xbox One that stars a resourceful young lady and a malleable young robot. Even more impressive is that the game is being worked on by many of the folks behind Metroid Prime. No, not Retro Studios, but many of the core developers of Prime who split off to form their own studio. I’ll be watching this closely, but consider it already pre-ordered.
Gears of War – Ultimate Edition
Just as the Halo rerelease warmed up that franchise’s new dev team, so too is The Coalition reworking the first game in the series to prep fans for Gears 4. This version of the original Gears is the prettiest it has ever looked, and reportedly contains some of the content that was exclusive to the PC version. And the multiplayer beta will go live any minute now, so you can give it a shot before you pre-order it.
Halo 5: Guardians
After the absolute clusterfuckathon that was The Master Chief Collection, 343 needs to earn back a lot of good will with the first original Halo for Xbox One. Microsoft showed a good chunk of it a pre-E3 event and word-of-mouth has been strong, including positive talk about the multiplayer stuff. With trip-ups like the last remakes and the under-watched original video series, Halo needs a homerun this time, or the series could be facing a fall from grace it can’t recover from.
If you really hate having money, there’s also a $250 Limited Collector’s Edition
I can really get into the way Bethesda Softworks announces its games. Unlike the usual years-long build of CG teasers, multiple delays, and pre-order bonus ads, they just wait to the point that you assume a game will never come out, then drop a massive trailer on you when you least expect it. It did wonders for Skyrim, and it’s damn sure doing the trick with Fallout 4. After word of a Boston-based sequel for years, Bethesda has finally unleashed the game upon the world with a lengthy trailer, and a ton of details on customizable characters, new interface, and other fixes, along with a November 10 release date. And if you want to go all out there’s the Pip-Boy Special Edition with a life-sized wristmounted smartphone holder to make a Pip-Boy of your very own.
Dishonored went from an ambitious tribute to FPS adventure games of old to one of the most popular original games of the 360/PS3 generation. A sequel had to be coming, and now it has finally been confirmed. Set 15 years after the first game, Dishonored 2 brings back both Corvo and Emily as playable characters in a complex world of violence and politics. The sequel is a ways off, but if you missed out on it the first time around, you can check out the first game in August when the Dishonored Definitive Edition heads to the PS4 and Xbox One.
A new Doom game feels like it’s been in the works since the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, but it’s only been the better part of a decade. Once referred to as Doom 4, rumors suggests this game has seen a number of false starts, including losing some direction when Doom co-creator John Carmack left the company. Started with a teaser trailer shown a few weeks ago, Doom was shown in all its gory glory during Bethesda’s incredibly stacked E3 press event. It’s full of new features and options, but the hardcore shooting and exploding skulls are right where you expect them.
Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection 1 TB Bundle
This redesigned console was likely going to be a big part of Microsoft’s Monday presentation, but an early leak has made it available for pre-order now. Anyone who has tried to install more than a dozen disc-based games onto an Xbone can tell you, the system could definitely use the added internal storage. Additionally, this package comes with The Master Chief Collection, which might actually work these many months later. Alongside the heavily patched Halo rereleases is the brand new controller, which you can get separately, and is coming to stores with a Windows 10 compatible wireless adapter for playing on PC. If you’ve been waiting for a better offer to follow MS into new-gen, this could be the right package, or perhaps you’ll want the older 500GB Xbox One, especially if it gets a price drop to the magical $299?
Ratchet & Clank Remaster
Unlike Sony stablemate Naughty Dog, Insomniac never really let go of its PS2 platformer franchise when it moved on to the next console. Ratchet & Clank kept chugging along with good to great games on PS3, but now that the series is headed to PS4, it’s back to basics. Recently shown ahead of E3, this new-gen version of the original Ratchet & Clank is more than an average remaster. The graphics have been thoroughly tweaked, as have a number of gameplay elements. This is meant to get audiences new and old for the Sci-Fi duo’s upcoming feature film, and based on early screens and footage, it looks to do the trick.
Pre-order the game to unlock The Bouncer, one of the most beloved weapons in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack
After hosting quality all-ages games for just about every film and comics franchise known to man, LEGO is taking the very obvious and eagerly anticipated step into toys to life games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity. And getting the brick people involved makes even more sense, because they were toys DECADES before they appeared in a game. The first sets of characters are really nuts too, bringing together such disparate groups as The Simpsons, Batman, Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Scooby Doo, PORTAL, Wizard of Oz, and the stars of the hilarious LEGO Movie. It’s sounds like a fantastic package for kids and adults alike, and a real wallet-killer for unfortunate parents.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
This might be Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear game, but it also looks like on of his best. Some extensive previews of the game came out ahead of E3, talking up the gorgeous graphics, the unpredictable storytelling, and open world gameplay that is giving the espionage adventure a whole new lease on life. This game has been teased for so long that it feels like the end of an era, not only for Kojima and publisher Konami, but for gaming as a whole. Here’s to a glorious, overly dramatic death that’s worthy of Snake!
Pre-order to receive the Day 1 Edition bonus. It includes a physical map + DLC content such as: Adam-ska Special Handgun, Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver), Wetland Cardboard box, Fatigues outfit (Blue Urban Snake Costume) • Metal Gear Online XP boost
Street Fighter V
There were approximately 7,000 versions of Street Fighter IV since its debut in 2008, so it’s high time for a new iteration in the king of fighters series – whoops, not, ya know King of Fighters, but… Eh, whatever. Anyway, Capcom’s top franchise is now exclusive to the PS4 and PC, which is a real big deal for Sony, and a pain in the butt for Xbox One owners. What will MS fans miss out on? The new V-Gauge adds 3 new techniques (V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers) to deepen the combat. Plus the animation in battle is much more detailed and specialized this time around. You might want to get some new fightsticks to prepare.
Pre-order on PlayStation 4 to get special access to the online beta
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
It’s a damn shame you won’t be getting Uncharted 4 this year, though you can count on it getting a featured spot at Sony’s press conference. But that doesn’t mean you’ll go Drake-less. Leaked a little early on the PlayStation Blog, these new-gen remasters of the original Uncharted trilogy should tide over fans. The PS3 versions still look incredible, so it’s hard to imagine just how good the Indiana Jones-esque campaigns will look on PS4s. Additionally, Sony’s fall is looking a little slim right now, so unless Media Molecule is working on LittleBigPlanet 5: Jumping Finally Isn’t Shit, The Nathan Drake Collection is going to be one of the holidays biggest exclusives.
Pre-order for early access to the Uncharted 4 beta, as well as The Nathan Drake Pack, which includes: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune Drake skin, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Drake Skin, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Drake Skin, Wetsuit Drake Skin, Nepal Drake Skin, Golden AK-47, and Golden 92FS.
True story: I had this game demoed to me at E3 2013, and when I saw it I thought it was cool, but figured there was no way that concurrent Mad Max film would actually be finished by the time the game came out. Cut to now, and Mad Max: Fury Road has destroyed my brain and shown me the error of underestimating George Miller. The world is primed for a Mad Max game as intense, brutal, and jaw-droppingly fast as Fury Road. Is this that game? Pre-E3 coverage has looked good, and Warner Games should give us all a closer look at it during the show.
Pre-order and receive The “Ripper” in-game item. It packs a powerful V8 engine and upgraded exhaust which makes it lightning fast right out of the gate.
Firaxis took the dormant XCOM series, seeing it reforged as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, one of the best games of 2012. I personally put over 100 hours into the game and its expansion, so I’m excited as hell to see the series get a proper sequel. But sorry console owners, because XCOM 2 is going to be a PC exclusive. Revealed a couple weeks before E3, this takes place in a world where humanity lost, the aliens took over, and XCOM is a small group of freedom fighters trying to save what’s left of Earth. The game will have tons of new features, but I don’t really care. I just want the pleasure of landing a headshot on one of the greys. Now, to build my first gaming PC. Just how hard can it be?
As the days go on, stay tuned for more pre-order updates on all the new games coming out of E3, and your first stop for getting all the biggest games of the fall via Laser Time!