The lights are on
Since the former Call of Duty developers at Respawn lost all their tech during the messy divorce with Activision, the team had to start from scratch by heavily modifying Valve's Source engine and jumping from a modern military setting to science fiction. That makes Titanfall's debut at E3 all the more impressive. With no previous tech base to pull from and facing stiff competition from heavily iterated franchises like Battlefield 4, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Call of Duty, Respawn still took away top honors thanks to Titanfall's fluid aiming and mobility and inventive approach to blending single- and multiplayer.
The beautiful game lives up to its name on next-generation consoles. Playable behind closed doors despite being several months away from release on two brand-new consoles, FIFA 14 was the darling of the sports games at E3. Crowds feel more alive than any other sports sim to date, and thanks to many tweaks under the hood, the fidelity of control has been improved in relation to passing, shooting, heading, and defending. If FIFA 14 is any indication, EA Sports is poised to erase its tarnished reputation when it comes to transitioning to new consoles.
TOTAL WAR: ROME II
Creative Assembly is taking a two-pronged approach to improving its already stellar Total War series. To better assist players in managing their sprawling empires, Rome II streamlines troop recruitment, city-state management, diplomacy, and trade without sacrificing the depth for which the series is known. To improve the cinematic feel of the large-scale real-time strategy battles, the developer allows you to zoom the camera right into the fray to make you feel like you are standing shoulder to shoulder with your infantry as they violently clash with the enemy. Judging from our time with the game at E3, these tactics are working in tandem to make Rome II the must-play strategy game of 2013.
OCULUS RIFT HD
The eyes of the gaming world were focused squarely on new consoles this
year, but those that donned the Oculus Rift HD headset had another impressive
piece of hardware to rave about. The
amazing 1080p prototype unit showcased Unreal Engine 4, but even the standard-def Eve dogfighting demo
wowed those that played it. We wouldn't be surprised to see many VR skeptics become believers
when Oculus VR eventually releases a consumer version of the hardware.
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Wow. GI sure does love that Titanfall.
This has been one wild ride for E3 and the entire gaming world.
Must've been a Dudebro making this list... How could Final Fantasy XV, MGS V, or The Division not make this list?
I'm really surprised Destiny didn't get anything. It looked great to me. Was it not as good as I think it was or did GI just not get to see enough of it to be able to judge?
NFS Rivals for best racing game and not mariokart8? Really? Why is everyone so impressed about titanfall? It looked good but not amazing. I really liked the new Mario games and Pikmin 3. I also liked X and garden warfare.
I need Titanfall to fill my ever growing desire to own a gundam.
Titanfall as Best in Show? Seriously? Is someone paying GI to say good things about this game? Seriously, I haven't heard anyone else praise it as highly and it doesn't even look that incredible to me. Just like a more colorful CoD (which isn't surprising, given its background). For me, Watch_dogs gets Best in Show. I can't think of a more impressive looking game. Even though I'm a long-time AC fan, AC4 is taking a back-seat to Ubisoft's better decision.
I'm liking Arkham Origins
Walking Dead definitely deserves its spot. Good pick.
I don't agree with half of this. NFS Rivals is not the best racing game, I'd definitely give it to The Crew. Watchdogs should have been up there for a genre too. And way too much Titanfall up there.
no assassin's creed IV?!?!?!?!?
haha yea right...
Honestly? I couldn't care less about Titanfall. Give me The Division any day of the week.
where the hell is watch dogs?
Best multiplayer for me would have to be Battlefield 4, along with best multiplatform, because in my opinion 2 platforms (Titanfall) isn't MULTI. Best new shooter would be Titanfall for me though