SA Gamer E3 Awards 2018

To you, E3 2018 might already feel like a lifetime ago, but once the dust settles on the various conferences it’s the time that we as media get access to all the wonderful games that have been announced. With that, we got our hands on some of the best games that’ll launch in the coming months or years and to reward the hard work of the various developers we hand out a few awards. In total there are seven nominees, with just one of the seven being the winner.

2018 was another packed conference with great titles, but there was frankly only one winner:

Nominee: The Last of Us Part Two (PS4)

Naughty Dog did not disappoint with their latest trailer for The Last of Us Part Two. Joel is nowhere to be seen in it, but the focus has shifted to Ellie. What started off as a touching story to her past turns dark very quickly as it moved into the actual gameplay of the game. I literally sat next to a guy playing the section, so what you saw unfolding on-screen is exactly what you’ll get to do in the game when that launches. The facial animations and overall lighting in the game are once again beyond amazing and was an easy decision as a nominee this year. You can find out about a few more details on the game here.

Nominee: Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC, Xbox One)

It was no secret that Ori would once again be another standout moment for Microsoft at the conference, but what caught us off guard a little was a new mechanic in the game that brought so much to an already amazing action platformer. Ori can now dig through sand, which changes everything up from the original game. Combine that with a feathered friend that can help you glide and some of the most amazing music and artwork and it’s easy to see why this game left such a mark on us.

Unfortunately, Microsoft had already packed up by the time we handed the awards out, so this will have to do.

Nominee: Ghost of Tsushima  (PS4)

Until E3 we had not seen a single frame of gameplay, but the theme looked exceptionally interesting. At E3 2018 we finally saw the world of a samurai come to life. Etched deep within the game you’ll get to uncover the wonder that is feudal Japan. Garth got some time to chat with the developers and with that he found out just what love they have for samurai movies and why their love has transferred to the game so well. The detail is immense and is one new IP that should be at the top of your list to own.

Nominee: Forza Horizon 4 (PC, Xbox One)

If you’re thinking that this is another Forza Horizon outing with a mere updated map and some cars you’re sorely mistaken. The seasons change up the game quite dramatically – not just from a visual point of view, but also in terms of gameplay. Where you would once stick around a corner off-road in summer you’ll be sliding around it in winter as you battle to get your tyres to grip in the mud. Believe it or not, but it plays ever smoother than before and could very well become to next racing game the world has seen as soon as they plug it into their online network of friends they have planned. Not a fan of that? You can play it by yourself – it’s a racing game for everyone.

Unfortunately, Microsoft had already packed up by the time we handed the awards out, so this will have to do.

Nominee: Resident Evil 2 Remake (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

It’s hard to believe. I still pinch myself at the thought that this game is real, but 20 years later and it’s as real as it’s ever been. We had some time with the game for 20 minutes and it’s basically the original game wrapped up in modern game mechanics. There is quite a bit that’s changed in terms of the level design too, though it still feels and looks very familiar. Capcom is finally back at creating games we’ve come to know them by since the early 80s and Resident Evil 2 Remake is proof of this. Fans best get ready, because it’s launching as soon as 29 January 2019 and we can’t wait.

Nominee: Dying Light 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Techland came out of nowhere and announced a sequel for the much beloved zombie game, Dying Light 2. Parkour is back and better than ever and Garth spent some time with the developers to learn just where the improvements have been made. The world is going to be much bigger (both in size and vertically) and choices you make in the game could now affect the entire city. Fans of the original have much to be excited about, but if you for whatever reason skipped it then this sequel could be the game you should take a bite out of.

Winner: Cyberpunk 2077 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

When CD Projekt Red dropped in on Phil Spencer’s speech at the end of the Microsoft conference it was the point that marked the big reveal we all had been waiting for – Cyberpunk 2077. Unfortunately, I never got to see the game behind closed doors, but Garth did and he would just not STFU about it. From the thumping music, through to the futuristic theme that set it apart from anything else at the show – it screams quality. If you’re not yet too sure whether this is going to be for you, you best read Garth’s impressions on the game (unless of course, you don’t want to hurt your wallet).

Honourable Mentions

Soul Calibur VI
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Skull & Bones
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Smash Bros. Ultimate
Strange Brigade
Planet Alpha

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