10 best games of E3 2013

E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the biggest event on the gaming calendar. Guy Cocker sorts the wheat from the chaff...


E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the biggest date on the gaming calendar. This year, over 48,000 people attended the event at the Los Angeles Convention Centre to see hundreds of new games. Game developers hope that an appearance at E3 will kickstart excitement over their upcoming offerings, but with hundreds of games battling it out, which are the ones you need to pay attention to? Well, we’ve done the hard work for you… 



Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Release: Q1 2014

A couple of years ago, two of the leaders of Infinity Ward, the studio behind the phenomenally successful Call of Duty franchise, were dumped by publisher Activision. Shortly afterwards, they took a lot of the senior staff and set up shop as Respawn Entertainment, and were quickly signed up by arch-rival publisher Electronic Arts. Respawn has been quiet ever since – until this week when it showed off Titanfall. It appears to play much like Call of Duty, but the key differences are that it’s set in the future, features mechs, and parkour-style combat. It’s not particularly novel in terms of concept, but it’s the game everyone was talking about at E3, and crucially for Microsoft who had an otherwise poor show, it’s an Xbox One exclusive.


Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Release: TBA 2014

Destiny was already one of the most anticipated games of E3 before the event even started, as it’s the new game from the makers of the phenomenally successful Halo franchise. This is developer Bungie’s first original franchise in over 12 years, and since the first Halo pretty much established console shooters, online multiplayer, and the Xbox itself, anticipation is high. Destiny did not disappoint – it looks absolutely stunning, boasts a beautiful artistic style, and looks set to blur the lines between single and multiplayer gameplay. Think the combat of Halo with the levelling mechanics of Borderlands and you’ll be some way to imagining the sci-fi world of Destiny.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Release: TBA 2014

The Witcher series has been quietly building in popularity over the last few years, and The Witcher III looks set to take the series to a truly big audience. While many games at E3 suffered from the fact that they’re being developed across current generation and next generation hardware (so Xbox 360 and Xbox One), The Witcher III is a truly next-gen title, and looks absolutely stunning for it – one of the game’s islands is as big as the entire world in The Witcher II. The Witcher’s brand of fantasy with a sexy/violent twist should make it popular with the Game of Thrones crowd.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Release: 2014

Publisher Ubisoft has a reputation for exciting, experimental games – its gritty ctioner Watch Dogs was many people’s favourite title at last year’s E3. The Division is a similarly exciting prospect – an open world, multiplayer action game set in a world where society has crumbled following the spread of an infectious disease. You play as a part of “The Division”, who are attempting to rebuild society using whatever means they can. It looks stunning, supports massive online multiplayer battles, and even allows your friends to control support drones using a tablet computer.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Release: TBA

Few series get the gaming geek crowd of E3 going quite like Metal Gear Solid, which is probably why Microsoft opened its conference with brand new footage of the game. We’re not massive fans of previous games’ extended cutscenes (some lasting an hour), but The Phantom Pain looks to be heading in a grown up direction, with themes such as child soldiers, blood diamonds and Afghanistan all on show. Thankfully, it also looks incredibly fun, with horseback riding and tank battles mixed in to the usual stealth and espionage, and Kiefer Sutherland on voicing duties this time around.

Super Mario 3D World

Platforms: Wii U

Release: December 2013

While it was generally felt that Nintendo had a weak E3 this year in the face of stiff competition from next-gen consoles, one visit to its booth confirmed that the Japanese developer had a host of high quality games on offer. Mario Kart 8 was a big change for the series, while Super Smash Bros will be absolutely huge when it launches next year. Our favourite title, though, was Super Mario 3D World, which is the first time a 3D Mario game has been playable in multiplayer. Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad are all on offer, and each character has its own abilities, such as Luigi’s higher jump ability. The best feature, though, was the Cat Bell power-up, which allows your character to don a cat suit and scale walls in an unbelievably adorable manner.

Dying Light

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Release: TBA 2014

File this particular pick under “high risk”, because while we loved the look of this new zombie shooter at E3, it comes from the makers of the decidedly average Dead Island series. It has an interesting premise though – the main character is actually infected, and the parkour-style navigation make it great fun to just run around the world. It also mixes bouts of insane action with more thoughtful stealth gameplay, as the zombies become much more dangerous at night. Finally, it looks absolutely stunning on next-gen consoles.


Platforms: PC (Oculus Rift Headset)

Release: TBA (Possibly never)

One of our favourite games of E3 may never actually see the light of day, as it’s a tech demo for the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. It’s a space-based multiplayer dogfighting game, made by CCP Games, the Icelandic developers of the phenomenally successful and long running Eve series. The game is incredibly simple, and the Oculus display is actually pretty low-res, but being able to tilt your head and look around a virtual reality spaceship was nothing short of phenomenal – like being in the Holodeck of the Starship Enterprise. It was only a five minute demo, but we could have played it on a loop for hours.


Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Release: September 2013

FIFA is the biggest sports series in the world, released annually to a market of hungry football fans and selling over a million copies in the UK in 48 hours on release last year. And rightly so – it’s the best football game on the market, even though the innovations have started to slow down of late. This is why we’re so excited about the version we played on Xbox One – it looks gorgeous, with proper crowd animation, realistic jostling between players, and vastly improved player likenesses. It also plays a better game as well, slightly slower than last year, but much more rewarding as a result.

The Crew

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC

Release: TBA 2014


There was no shortage of racing games at E3 this year – Drive Club, Forza Motorsport 5, Need for Speed Rivals, even Mad Max was pretty driving-focussed. The one to beat, though, is Ubisoft’s The Crew, which is a mix between an open-world racer and a massively multiplayer online game. You can race across much of the American landscape, including New York and Colorado, just taking in the scenery or inviting your friends to compete in races.