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Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of E3 2018

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E3 is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. There are currently 50 officially confirmed games that will be on show at E3, with a few rumoured games adding to the excitement. We are again attending the event, so stay tuned for lots of exciting news coming your way from 12 - 14 June.

We wanted to share our excitement with you, so below are our top ten most anticipated games for 2018's Electronic Entertainment Expo. 

If you want to see these games in action then take a look at our video below. 

1. Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red first teased us with a Cyberpunk 2077 announcement six years ago in May 2012. The months later we saw that mind-blowing trailer, and then things basically went silent. There have been rumours, and bits of news dropped between Witcher 3 announcements; all coming together to paint a vision of a video game that sounds like an impossibility. Bigger and more ambitious than any game CDPR has ever made, it will be true to the cyberpunk theme (more than high-tech and low life), and will even feature things like "brain dance" original music, a popular theme in the cyberpunk genre. 

CD Projekt Red hasn't officially confirmed that Cyberpunk will be at E3, but according to rumours, it will be playable. CD Projekt Red is also on the confirmed participating companies list on the official E3 2018 website. I think it is safe to assume that the game will be at E3 in some form or another, and we'll be right there to catch all the news.

Cyberpunk 2077 isn't just my most anticipated game of E3 2018, next to last year's Hellblade, it is the game I am most excited to play this decade. I love the genre, I have a lot of respect for CDPR and Mike Pondsmith, and if any developer can pull this off, it is this team. Many times cyberpunk genre is only displayed with that "fighting to overthrow big tech corporation" theme, but I believe we'll see something truer to the real cyberpunk genre with Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk is about cybernetics, the anti-hero, moral ambiguity, the underbelly of humanity, a nihilistic view on life. It has a specific sound; a gritty and beaten look; a certain vibe – typically one of desperation and a particular feeling about how life is perceived. It’s about tech that replaces organic, about being 'other' and how to survive in chaos. Beating the system, surviving dystopia and navigating through the digital spider web of the Mega Corporation, these are the central themes of the cyberpunk ideology. Themes we saw in the original Blade Runner and Johnny Mnemonic movies.

These are my hopes for Cyberpunk 2077, and we'll hopefully know after E3 if CDPR will deliver a hardcore cyberpunk experience, or if they're aiming for a sugar-coated version.

2. Beyond Good and Evil 2

Another "most ambitious open world game to date" this time by Ubisoft. I haven't played the first game, and as a newcomer, I am fascinated by the promise of its big world, quirky characters, and dark themes like the hybrid slave trade.

I love what the Content Director, Gabrielle Shrager, said about the characters, that they are "the heart and soul"of the game, and that there will be a strong focus on role-playing mechanics and player freedom. All these elements are what I love most in video games. Give me a fantastical open world, with interesting characters, layered themes, and space to explore in my own ship with a crew that I selected. Everything about Beyond Good and Evil 2 sounds just perfect. I hope it will be one of those experiences that so captivates me that it feels like I am traveling without moving.

What we've seen so far of the different locations, gameplay footage, vehicles, crew and ships, promises another cult classic for current-gen platforms.

3. Battlefield V Multiplayer

At first, I was very conflicted about my third choice, as I am terribly curious to see more about Frogwares' The Sinking City, but after the Battlefield V controversy, I just had to go with the promised multiplayer reveal. EA DICE will showcase it during EA Play and we'll also see more during the different press conferences at E3.

I've always preferred Battlefield games over say Call of Duty titles because of its more authentic multiplayer experience. Battlefield 1 just added another layer of enjoyment with War Stories, but the heart of the franchise has always been its multiplayer experience. Now that EA DICE decided to change things up by introducing a deep customization feature that allows players to build what they call The Company - a set of soldiers, weapons, and vehicles that you can dress up any way you want to.

As I've explained before, things like warpaint did exist in World War II, but it wasn't a thing and hardly a focus for any squad except America's "Filthy Thirteen." I can understand why Battlefield players are upset over this (even more than what they are over the female soldiers), because who wants to play at World War II with squads of Braveheart soldiers all around you? Not to imagine what some tanks will look like!

It could be the thing that makes or breaks Battlefield, and I am hoping EA DICE has some aces to show during the multiplayer reveal that will outshine the memory of these customized soldiers.

4. Death Stranding

(Numbers 4-6 by Wessel Minnie)

Hideo Kojima is a maestro of game development. There, I said it, and even though some might find him arrogant or don’t think the Metal Gear franchise is all that good, I am definitely not one of those people.

The PlayStation exclusive, Death Stranding, is a game shrouded in mystery as we know very little about it apart from some teaser trailers and hints from Kojima. If you look at what we know so far, including that Kojima is at the helm, the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen is the antagonist, Norman Reedus plays a role in the game and that the game uses the mind-blowing Decima engine, Death Stranding isn’t just one of my picks for the most anticipated titles of E3 2018, but my top pick by far.

I predict that at E3 this year, Death Stranding will steal the show, and one of the only things people will still be talking about when the dust settles over E3 2018 will be Kojima’s next masterpiece.

5. Call of Cthulhu

In 2006, I had one of the most terrifying and immersive experiences ever with Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Over a decade later, there is no doubt that Call of Cthulhu will be back with a vengeance, spreading insanity and despair in the upcoming RPG-investigation game in the Cthulhu mythos.

Cyanide Studio’s Call of Cthulhu is prime set to dive deep into madness, showing us a glimpse of the terrible horrors, old gods and more in H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic universe. Both the E3 2016 and E3 2017 trailers sent shivers running down my spine, so those who love horror games as much as I do are definitely in for a treat at this year’s E3, where we will hopefully get a release date and some fantastically creepy gameplay footage.

6. Fallout 76

Last week, Bethesda kind of jumped the gun and announced the next entry into their acclaimed Fallout franchise, but it might not have been what fans were hoping for, such as New Vegas 2 or a new main entry in the franchise.

Instead, Bethesda is calling this one Fallout 76 and at the moment, we don’t know much about the game. There are some rumours that it could be an online survival title and the teaser trailer did suggest some interesting information about the game’s location and timeline.
Even though we know very little about Fallout 76, we know it will be at E3 and for me, it is one of the most intriguing games right now. The game could blow the minds of fans, or we could see fans up in arms as it is not what they might have wanted.

Either way, the hype and excitement surrounding Fallout 76 are without question.

7. Kingdom Hearts III

(numbers 7-9 by Marco Cocomello)

I often find it hard to believe that Kingdom Hearts III is actually a thing. It has been over a decade since Kingdom Hearts II with various spin-offs and prequels filling in the story gaps. Square Enix has shown off the game quite a lot since its 2015 reveal and E3 2018 could host a solid release date for the game. It would be one of the best announcements I could witness at the show as I have waited years to see the conclusion of the Sora saga. 

So far the game is looking great with a Big Hero 6, Monsters Inc. and a Toy Story world being showcased. It will also feature a fast-paced combat system and of course a story that will leave us all confused while loving every moment of the game. Kingdom Hearts is more than just a video game series to me, it is an experience that I grew up playing and it holds a special place in my heart.

8. Spider-Man

When you get one of your favourite video game studios, Insomniac Games working on a superhero video game you have to be excited about it. Not only is it looking awesome with its Arkham-like approach to combat and exploration but it is a PS4 exclusive and we know Sony has been killing it with them in the past few years. Spider-Man could be the new series we all obsess over and it could spawn its own Game of the Year trilogy if it is anything like the Batman Arkham series. 

9. The Last of Us Part 2

To be honest, I did not enjoy the first Last of Us game, well not at first anyway. Only after my first playthrough when I played it again on PS4 did it infect me like one of those crazy mushroom creatures. You have to appreciate Naughty Dog's commitment to characters, story and gameplay in the first game as they achieved something impossible. The Last of Us Part II is no doubt going to elevate it all and deliver a superb story with new characters and of course exhilarating survival features. 

10. Any Xbox One Exclusive

There has to be one.

Marco says he doesn't care what Xbox announce, I have him on record saying; "Even if they release a Viva Pinata game I will be happy." I differ, I want something spectacular, and not more Crackdown 3 news, I want a game that will be to the Xbox One what Robin is to Batman. It has to be a showcase for the Xbox One X - that kind of speculator is what I want. No, not more "Xbox One X enhanced" games, or multiplatform games. We want the real McCoy.

For those of you who plan on watching the Press Conferences live, check out our full list of where and when to watch every E3 Press Conference in South African time. 

What are your most anticipated E3 2018 games? Drop us a comment below, we might just pay special attention to those choices when we're at E3 later this month.

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