The Black List: E3 2013 Edition
By: Cliff Davenport
Foreword: This article marks the first in what will become a running series for Last Level Press. From E3 to PAX, including retrospectives at the end of each year, I’ll be compiling Mr. Black’s highlights of each year or event, to be collectively dubbed, The Black Lists. Here are my top seven most anticipated games of E3 2013, so sit back, and enjoy!
This may well be the most hastily written article yet published by Last Level Press, but I feel that it’s prudent to sacrifice a bit of polish for the sake of timeliness in this instance. Now, let’s get straight to what you clicked on this title for: the seven games I’m most looking forward to, as highlighted at 2013’s E3 Conference. I honestly couldn’t rank them even if I wanted to right now, as I’m incredibly excited about each of these titles, so I’ll address them in no particular order.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Alright, Ubisoft, you’ve been playing too much Fallout lately. Seriously, that intro?
Replay the intros of Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas, and tell me that isn’t a bold-
Set in a post-
All told, I’m sold already.
Final Fantasy XV (Formerly Final Fantasy XIII Versus)
Finally! Finally, Square-
Now, this is purely speculation, but I’m assuming that last year’s vague mentions
of technical delays and total engine rebuilds, cited as the reasons for Versus’ prolonged
development cycle, are now explained by the game’s re-
XV’s gameplay appears to lean closer to that of Kingdom Hearts than of more classical
entries in the series, and there doesn’t seem to be much word yet regarding how,
or even if, players will control the rest of Noctis’ party. As a fan of Final Fantasy
Mirror’s Edge 2
DICE, you’ve been teasing us for months now, and I’m glad that wasn’t where it ended.
If this trailer is any indication, Mirror’s Edge’s leading lady, Faith, is returning
to the spotlight for Mirror’s Edge 2, and it looks like gamers can expect a prequel
from the sequel, as we’re treated to intermittent cuts of Faith receiving her iconic
tattoos throughout the trailer. I have my doubts about how well this footage represents
With all the tools available to next-
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Need I utter more than the title? I suppose so, but only because you asked so nicely.
CD Projekt RED seem quite content to pat themselves on the back throughout their
E3 trailer, but, I’ll admit, they don’t much seem to be boasting so much as stating
Already, I’m in love with this game’s soundtrack, and given the series’ track record,
I doubt I’ll be at all let down by the final score. The Witcher 3’s transition to
Also, am I the only one who got a seriously Disney vibe from the “..who could only follow his heart” line at 0:37?
Changing gears from medieval fantasy, Ubisoft’s The Crew looks to offer a unique
and ambitious racing experience along the vein of a Need For Speed-
The amount of vehicular customization shown off in the trailer is truly impressive,
delivering as in-
Those of you following our Facebook updates know very well how excited I am for Watch Dogs, and the gameplay demo shown off at E3 has only invested me further in my anticipation for it. Its blatant attack on Doug Walker aside (it’s because of “Ask That Guy,” I’m telling you, Doug), Watch Dogs looks like a gamer’s love letter to those wary of technocratic authority, a theme made all the more poignant by recent news.
Watch Dogs’ gameplay will offer a highly interactive, open-
As demonstrated in the gameplay demo above, Aiden’s ability to hack the personal
information of everyone around him also allows for not only a wide range of choice
with regard to problem-
I’ll be curious to get my hands on Watch Dogs, not only for its impressive-
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Fair Warning: This is the mature, extended cut of this game’s trailer. If you’re sensitive to depictions of violent torture, do not watch this video. You’ve been warned.
I just…wow. Where do I even begin with this one? Okay, you know what, I lied, I
think I may have saved the best for last. Yes, you read that right. There will
be another true, full-
Knuckles white yet? Relax, I lied again. I just couldn’t resist my last chance at that.
No, Raiden’s got a good gig rolling with Metal Gear Rising, and has nothing to do
with Phantom Pain. Rather, Big Boss, now going by the codename, Punished Snake,
will be the primary character of Phantom Pain, and its placement in the Metal Gear
timeline will bring the series full circle, poised as it is to serve as the definitive
prequel to the very roots of the series, the game that started it all, Metal Gear.
Depicting Big Boss’ fight to form his soldier-
Its early development incarnation, Ground Zeroes, was almost barred from release due to fears of its confrontation of social and political taboos negatively affecting sales. Kojima’s never been one to shy away from heavy subject matter though, having tackled complex explorations of war, conspiracy, and nationalism already. Now, noting the strong emphasis placed upon violent interrogations and depictions of child soldiers throughout Phantom Pain’s extended trailer, I suspect I know just how justified such apprehensions may yet be. That said, I deeply applaud Hideo Kojima for not only moving forward with the project, but refusing to water it down for the sake of the bottom line.
And for those wondering as I did after watching the trailer, no, that is not David Hayter reprising the role of Snake. Instead, Kiefer Sutherland will be donning the ol’ bandana, a choice Hideo Kojima explained as representative of his desire for "…a more subdued performance, expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words.”
Lastly, and perhaps most poignantly, just as Metal Gear Solid 4 marked the end of
Solid Snake’s story, Hideo Kojima has stated that Metal Gear Solid V will so mark
the end of the Metal Gear Solid series. It’s bittersweet for me to read that, as
I’ve been a die-
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