5 Games At E3 2018 That Will Transform Gaming’s Landscape This Year (SLIDESHOW)

Video gamers around the world can’t wait to see what new games will get announced at next week’s E3 2018 (Electronic Entertainment Expo).  This is the annual event where the largest video games studios premiere their new titles.  The stakes are high for those studios: sales of many of the top games are likely to be in the area of $100 million+ each.  

While there are always big surprises at E3, gaming insiders already know many of the top new titles across all types of games, from sports (FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K) to first-person shooters (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V), to fighting games (Super Smash Bros., Splatoon 2) and action-adventure (Metro: Exodus, Fallout 76).   These are the most anticipated titles that will premiere next week:

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2       

            Following in the footsteps of its beloved predecessor of the same name, Red Dead Redemption 2, produced by legendary video game company Rockstar Studios, promises to be an immediate contender for 2018’s Game of the Year upon its release in the fall. Given that the first game was the most expensive game to date, it’s expected that the production value here will also be sky-high. Based on what has been shown off so far, it seems that consumer’s expectations will be met. The game is supposed to act as a prequel, so it’ll still be set in the Wild West and it should tell us about the origin of John Marsden, the first game’s protagonist.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding        

            Of all the games that will be shown off at E3 2018, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding will likely be the strangest. While the game is highly anticipated (Kojima is arguably the single most beloved video game designer ever thanks to the Metal Gear Solid series), fans have an innumerable amount of questions. A full 8-minute-long teaser trailer was released, months ago, but it’s left fans just as stumped as they were when it was first announced. It will star Norman Reedus, but the trailer leaves more questions rather than answers, showcasing things like characters being pulled around by an invisible force and a fully-grown baby inside of the main protagonist’s body. Needless to say, whatever we learn at E3 will help tremendously in giving fans a sense of what the story of the game will be.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077         

            One of the most beloved movies of the 1980s was Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford. Now imagine a game that has the same kind of universe as the movie. That is what Cyberpunk 2077 promises to be. It’ll be set in a world where corporations rule society after the fall of governments, it will be the player’s job to navigate the world. Famous Polish game studio CD Projekt Red, whose previous game The Witcher 3 grossed $250 million over a few months, promises to astound fans with what’s sure to be their latest masterpiece.

Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros.    

            People love party games, and few are more beloved than Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl. So much so that its popularity hasn’t waned in the 10+ years since its release. With that in mind, and also considering that the game revolutionized the fighting game genre at the time, it’s no mystery why fans would love a new edition. Thankfully, Nintendo has decided to heed their fans’ requests, following the massive success of the first game, which has made nearly $28 million across three platforms, and create a new and improved version of the game, titled Super Smash Bros., for its newest console, the Nintendo Switch. It’s widely expected that the actual game won’t be all that different from its predecessor, though a plethora of new characters are expected to be added to the game. Simply put, if this game is even half as good as Brawl was, this title will fly off the shelves upon its release.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76       

            We finish the list with a game that will be the latest installment of one of the franchises most synonymous with gaming immortality: The Fallout series. Over the years, the franchise has pulled in a staggering amount of money. For instance, the latest installment, Fallout 4, grossed $750 million within 24 hours of the game’s release, an all-time record in itself. Needless to say, anyone who cares about video games will throw money at vendors in order to get their hands on the newest edition. The series has always been about portraying a post-nuclear fallout stricken United States and has done so with a gripping story that has caused many gamers to lose track of time while playing for hours on end. Besides finding out that the game will be set in either Virginia or West Virginia, we don’t know anything at all about the new game (the first teaser trailer was only released yesterday), but it has been promised that we will discover more at E3. So, for now, gamers around the world can only hold their breath and wait to find out what new adventure in the American wasteland Bethesda Studios has cooked up this time.

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