E3 is finally over and we can't quite believe it. What a week.
This year has been so busy that some of the most exciting updates could easily have passed you by.
Fortunately for you, we've snatched them up one by one and assembled them into one list to end all lists. So here's the week, as it happened, from A to Z (minus a few letters here and there):
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (PC / PS4 / Xbox One)
We're still not sure about the audio accompaniment for the new Assassin's Creed Syndicate trailer but ignoring the question of musical taste there was lots for us to feast our eyes upon. Trailers galore! Check out the E3 trailer (above), the gameplay trailer, and the Evie Frye trailer. New bits of information:
- The PS4 version will receive exclusive DLC
- Release is set for 23rd October
- Featured cockney accents may be slightly less abysmal than expected (not in any way guaranteed)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One/PS4/PC) - Updated
With the exception of excruciatingly awful boss fights we gave Human Revolution a big thumbs up. The E3 peeks into Mankind Divided don't lead us to believe the formula will change a great deal, but that's okay, it wasn't broken in the first place.
- Jensen has some neat augmentations up his sleeve including a mounted arm gun and a obsidian defence screen called the Titan Shield
- Events take place two years after Human Revolution and all is not well with augmented citizens. They're being ghettoised, subjegated, and sometimes killed outright
- The terrific Icarus Drop ability makes a return along with Icarus Dash, allowing Jensen to cover short distances with great speed
- Jensen still wears sunglasses at night because in the future that's all the rage
Dishonored 2 (PC / PS4 / Xbox One) - Updated
Dishonored was unarguably brilliant and we're mighty glad that Bethesda has confirmed the development of a sequel. On Sunday night they treated us to a trailer and a few choice details:
- You'll be able to choose between Corvo, the first game's protagonist, and Emily Kaldwin, the first game's damsel in distress, as the player character.
- Emily is all grown up and has some terrifying-looking powers of her own to rival that of her former bodyguard (including stretchy obsidian hands of death).
- The location has changed, Dishonored 2 takes place in the coastal city of Karnaca where evil machinations once again threaten the crown.
Fallout 4 (Xbox One/PS4/PC) - Updated
On Sunday night we were treated to a show that has us chomping at the radioactive bit for the next instalment of our favourte apocalypse simulator. What we know so far:
- Events take place before those of Fallout 3, and you can even strut your stuff topside before all the inconveniently deadly nuclear bombs go off
- Unlike games 1-3 your player character will be voiced this time around
- The VATS system is returning in all its bloodied slo-mo glory
- Players can create abodes or even whole settlements using a new Minecraft-esque construction utility
- The special edition will feature a real-life Pip-Boy 3000 that can be strapped to your wrist and runs by connecting to a smartphone. Be still our beating hearts
FIFA 2016 (PS4 / Xbox One)
Where would EA be without its behemoth of a football franchise? There was plenty to find out about the latest iteration of the digital version of the beautiful game* at EA's press conference this year:
- Women! You either are one, or you probably know one. Regardless, you can now play as a female for the first time in FIFA history. How it's taken EA this long to grasp the dual gendered nature of our species we're unsure, but we're glad it's finally here
- A new trainer mode to help newbs get a grasp of how to play the game well
- The new bribary mechanic will add an extra sizzle to difficult tournaments by allowing players to buy off referees and fix matches in exchange for small amounts of real world cash
One of those is not true. You guessed it. Of COURSE they didn't include women's football. You silly things.
*Game may no longer be beautiful; blame Sepp Blatter and chums
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) - Updated
Oh tears of joy, how easily you flow! Our favourite and the most iconic of the Final Fantasy games is coming back with a brand spanking new remake for latest gen consoles. We knew that the last 18 years of praying would finally bear fruit.
Rather than bringing you information, as is our job as journalist types, all we can provide are more questions.
What is meant by 'remake'? Will the plot remain intact or will there be narrative adjustments? Will [REDACTED] still die horribly at the hands of [REDACTED]? Is Tifa still going to strut around in an unsuitably chilly vest? Is the combat staying old school or will FFVII join the FFXV mechanics revolution? Bah, we give up.