This is one of the few E3’s I’ve missed in the last few years and I was bummed to be at home while all the fun was happening. But, after talking to a few people who attended, I was relieved. The consensus is that E3 2019 was different and there was no real punch to our hype levels outside of falling in love with Keanu Reeves again.

I think E3 being different and almost off can be attributed to this being the year before we see a new console cycle. Sony took the event off, EA has a different approach and the conferences that did happen didn’t leave us with anything to really gush about. However, I think there were a few bright spots and even after the dull showing, there were quite a few reveals and trailers that left me giddy.

Deathloop

Arkane showed off their new game during Bethesda’s conference and the trailer piqued my interest instantly. Two characters with opposing ideologies and agendas fighting it out in an attempt to end the cycle and come out on top. Sign me up. I’m all about this. Plus, it’s another first-person shooter from the studio that gave us Dishonored. The level designs for this has some seriously strong potential. Deathloop has all the makings of being something awesome.

GhostWire: Tokyo

So, Bethesda had two games that really got me jazzed. GhostWire looks crazy but also kind of like Bethesda’s mystery game to rival Death Stranding? Of course, we don’t know much about the game other than it’s spooky, but it’s more of an action adventure game and less horror like the previous games from Tango Gameworks. So we’re not expecting intense, what the fuck, horror like in The Evil Within games.

People are unexplainably disappearing in Tokyo and I can only imagine it’s our job to find out why. While also avoiding weird skeletons with umbrellas, spirits, and overall creepy stuff. And, most importantly, when people are disappearing in the trailer, their clothes stay behind. So that means there is a dimension somewhere full of naked people. Social anxiety via the rapture, right?

12 Minutes

I did see some people, myself included, think this was a Hitman game once the apparent bad guy broke into the apartment during the trailer. I mean, bald-headed dude pretending to be someone he’s not? That’s almost always Hitman. But after the jump happened, it clicked for me, I’ve seen this game before and I’m down to get my hands on this thriller.

12 Minutes is a thriller that has you stuck in a time-loop that you’re trying to break. And if you can’t, you’re just going to relive that same horrible 12 minutes of your life where you’re beaten to death. It’s like the movie Groundhog Day with way higher stakes.

Cyberpunk 2077

Man, everything about this game is so cool. I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been said about this game but it just looks like it’s going to be the coolest. CD Project Red is an incredible studio with a great track record and I don’t see any way that this game can be a letdown. And now Keanu Reeves is in the game. It’s just the coolest.

Breath of the Wild Sequel

Even after everything I’ve talked about, nothing has had a lasting impact on me like the Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer did. The trailer wasn’t even much but just knowing we’re on our way to going back into that specific Zelda world and continuing that story has me more excited than anything else.

I don’t think Breath of the Wild is perfect or anything. Hell, it wasn’t even my person Game of the Year in 2017. But, there’s just something that draws me to it. Nintendo took a game that’s pretty empty and somehow made it so interesting to me that I had to explore all of it. I can’t explain it but Breath of the Wild just struck a unique cord with me and I welcome any chance to go back to that world.

Some quick honorable mentions: Doom Eternal, Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout, Halo Infinite, Blair Witch and Animal Crossing New Horizons.

It’s hard to believe my stance of a different and off E3 when a list contains the sequel to 2017’s game of the year and the next game from an extremely decorated studio but I still think it was a down year for E3 as a whole. Not much left me buzzing after the week but the games I listed here are the ones I’m most excited about going into the end of this year and 2020. Video games are cool.

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