E3 2021 has come and gone, leaving behind a bunch of awesome-looking games.
Without a doubt, the winners of this year are Microsoft and Nintendo. They had the best presentations with the best games. Keep that in mind as we go through the Top 10 E3 Moments.
10. Advance Wars 1+2 Re-boot Camp
Advance Wars pic.twitter.com/LZR17RWnIZ
— Wario64 (@Wario64) June 15, 2021
I am so happy to see Advance Wars make a comeback. 13 years passed since the last entry in the series, and this time, we’re getting a full top-to-down remake of the first two games with a new anime-inspired art style.
The remakes look like they’ll retain the deep strategy gameplay that the games are known for. I hope this is a sign for new entries in this criminally underrated series.
9. Psychonauts 2
So many minds! Trippy brains in jars! Hospitals transformed into casinos. There's plenty to explore in Psychonauts 2, and each world has new twist. pic.twitter.com/9I5i0F1qow
— Double Fine (@DoubleFine) June 13, 2021
This is a bit of a niche entry but fans have been eagerly awaiting this game. The original Psychonauts released all the way back on the original Xbox and is a classic for the system. It was a 3D platformer about jumping into people’s minds and had inventive levels based on the psyche of a certain character.
With the sequel, that inventive and psychedelic gameplay has come back, but now, bumped up to next-gen. The game releases on August 25.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY GAME announced, coming in October pic.twitter.com/fN4CKXzT5e
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) June 13, 2021
Admittedly, the Square Enix presentation fell flat, but the one saving grace is the new Guardians of the Galaxy game.
The witty banter from the Marvel movies is present and accompanying it is fast-paced gameplay in gorgeous locales. Players take on the role of Star Lord who teams up with the rest of the Guardians to take on the galaxy’s worst and weirdest.
7. Rainbow Six: Extraction
RAINBOW SIX: EXTRACTION IS A STANDALONE TITLE.
❌ NOT a Siege DLC
❌ NOT a Siege in-game event
❌ SIEGE is NOT required
✅ Cooperative NOT competitive pic.twitter.com/nxIPs4Xeqd
— Zen (@zenpharaoh) June 7, 2021
Previously known as Rainbow Six: Quarantine, the newly renamed Rainbow Six: Extraction is taking the series into a new co-op experience.
Taking clear inspiration from Call of Duty Zombies, the new entry has players fighting off a horde of aliens that look and act like zombies. The aliens come in different shapes and sizes. They each have unique powers too so it’s also similar to Left 4 Dead.
6. Kazuya in Smash
Love how there's a Tekken Project opening reference in the Kazuya trailer. Smash really doesn't miss anything! pic.twitter.com/oNUirLb8oK
— Fighting-Games Daily (@FGC_Daily) June 15, 2021
The newest character for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is here in the form of Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken series. The game continues bringing in fighting characters from some of Japan’s most acclaimed titles.
Kazuya brings in his classic move pool as well as the ability to turn into Devil Kazuya. No release date has been given but it shouldn’t be too far off now.
5. Battlefield 2042
Who else saw that Battlefield 2042 trailer? pic.twitter.com/vK0vGMPcmK
— Tf2OutofContext (@TF2OutofContext) June 14, 2021
Battlefield 2042 wasn’t announced at E3, but we did get our first look at the gameplay. We got to see new futuristic guns, giant maps that can support up to 128 players at once, and destructive weather.
As shown in that trailer, if you’re fighting on a desert map, you will have to contend with sandstorms coming in and affecting the match. A tornado may appear suddenly and players will have to escape it somehow. All in all, an awesome-looking game.
4. Metroid Dread
One hit from an E.M.M.I. and it’s all over…#MetroidDread provides plenty of challenge for series fans, but frequent checkpoints help you get right back in the action.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 15, 2021
It has been almost 20 years since fans have had an original 2D Metroid game, but it’s finally here as Metroid Dread. In this return to form, Samus explores a derelict space station while trying to avoid the station’s guards.
The gameplay keeps the classic “Metroidvania” action while introducing new moves like turning invisible and some kind of concussion blast. The game comes out on October 8 of this year.
Nintendo also made sure to mention that Metroid Prime 4 is still under production.
3. Breath of the Wild 2
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) June 15, 2021
Zelda fans rejoice as we finally got a gameplay trailer for Breath of the Wild 2. In this new trailer, we see Link skydiving, indicating some inspiration from Skyward Sword. We got to see new weapons, new enemies, and new abilities– including going through solid matter. Players will be able to take to the sky in 2022.
2. Halo Infinite Multiplayer
— Joseph Staten (@joestaten) June 13, 2021
We didn’t get much of an update on the campaign but fans saw a ton of Halo Infinite Multiplayer. It looks fantastic. The multiplayer is keeping the usual fast-paced gameplay of Halo Multiplayer while also changing up the formula a bit.
This includes new weapons, new vehicles such as the new Hornet-like plane, and new gadgets like the grappling hook and a reflector that bounces plasma grenades back.
1. Elden Ring
— IGN (@IGN) June 14, 2021
By far, the best game at E3 was Elden Ring. There was a lot of hype surrounding Elden Ring and Bandai Namco did not disappoint.
The game turns the Soulborne style up by 11. Everything looks so bombastic, and the swordplay impactful and epic. Above all else, I’m most excited about the story and world-building by Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin.
Which moments stood out to you?