E3 2016 Staff Picks

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Another E3 has come and gone, and with it comes the things we are ac­tu­al­ly ex­cit­ed for be­yond the noise typ­i­cal of the event. This year was a tad off pat­tern, though. John goes into it more in his ed­i­to­r­i­al on the sub­ject, but this year half of what would have been typ­i­cal E3 fod­der was leaked be­fore hand, or just plain shown at a con­fer­ence be­fore the show it­self start­ed. This year’s event was also marked by an in­creased pres­ence of non-media ex­hibitors, which is some­thing our Killer Tofu should be pleased by as he men­tioned this very thing last year as a way to im­prove E3 for the consumer.

E3 is cer­tain­ly not go­ing away, but I do have to agree with John when he says that the role of E3 is chang­ing. And not en­tire­ly in bad ways. Conferences were tighter and more to the point for the most part, and every­one is thank­ful for that. Though when watch­ing the Gaming Illuminaughty’s pod­cast on the show, I no­ticed they brought up a great point — among many oth­ers in the dis­cus­sion. It’s that al­low­ing more con­sumers in is fine, but per­haps there should be a me­dia only day so those in the games press that DO work can do their job with­out suf­fer­ing Disneyworld style lines to demo games. I’m all for this.

So what games that were shown at E3 are we ac­tu­al­ly ex­cit­ed for this year? As a note: when I asked our con­trib­u­tors this, I al­lowed games that were al­ready known of be­fore E3. If we could only choose games that were only an­nounced at this year’s E3 our lists would be very short and similar.

The two stand­outs hap­pen to be We Happy Few, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. I’m per­son­al­ly wait­ing to see more of Breath of the Wild, but I can ab­solute­ly see why our con­trib­u­tors are re­al­ly ex­cit­ed for it. When it comes to We Happy Few… lord, what can I say? If what you’ve seen so far doesn’t in­ter­est you in this ti­tle, then the game is just not for you. Nothing I can say will change that.

Another one a lot of us are ex­cit­ed for, though just didn’t make the top three of many folks men­tions was Tekken 7. The fact that it’s com­ing to PC is hype. Tekken 7 is go­ing to be a hit so long as they don’t mess up the PC port. Long live Harada.


Another ti­tle a lot of us RPG marks are look­ing for­ward to is I am Setsuna. A game lit­er­al­ly made by all-stars of the RPG genre, I am Setsuna is right up our al­leys. I just per­son­al­ly hope that the hype be­hind the devs can trans­late to a great mod­ern game. Right now, I think games like Mighty No. 9 has left a bad taste in peo­ples mouths when it comes to de­vel­op­er star pow­er be­hind a throw­back of a game. Please Tokyo RPG Factory, make this much bet­ter than nothing.

There is also a lot of ex­cite­ment about Kojima’s new ti­tle Death Stranding (also known as Norman Reedus and the Amazing Fetus), but per­son­al­ly I need to see more be­fore I make any de­fin­i­tive state­ments on the game. I am sure Kojima is go­ing to come out with a great ti­tle here, but the teas­er trail­er was just that — a teaser. 

Overall there was a lot of fun stuff on dis­play at this year’s E3, with a lot that was shown be­ing re­leased this year. It’s cer­tain­ly not go­ing to be a bor­ing next cou­ple of years for gaming.

For some more de­tailed talk about E3 2016, lis­ten to our episode of SuperNerd LIVE on the event and conferences:


Here are the top three se­lec­tions from our con­trib­u­tors, post­ed verbatim.



Fallout Shelter PC 
Warhammer 40k Inquisitor
We Happy Few


Zelda: Breath of the Wild
God of War 4
Death Stranding


Attack on Titan (EEEEEE)
Final Fantasy 12: Zodiac age 
Tekken 7

Killer Tofu:

We Happy Few 
Kojima’s thing that I can’t re­mem­ber the name of 
LoZ: Breath of the Wild.


We Happy Few 
For Honor
LoZ: Breath of the Wild


Agents of Mayhem 
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Civilization VI

Josh Bray:

We Happy Few
I am Setsuna
Forza Horizon 3


We Happy Few
Gravity Rush 2
Horizon: Zero Dawn


God of War 4
Insomniac Spiderman
Norman Reedus’ ass


There is only Tekken 7


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Josh has worked in IT for over 15 years. Graduated Broadcasting school in 2012 with a fo­cus on A/V pro­duc­tion. Amateur pho­tog­ra­ph­er with a pas­sion to make things work… by any means nec­es­sary. Editor-in-Chief and do-er of tech things at SuperNerdLand

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