IGN’s E3 Hopes and Dreams
From The Last Guardian to Mass Effect 4, these are the games we’re most hyped to see at E3 2014.
By IGN Staff
E3 is nearly upon as, and our excitement levels are dangerously high. All of us here at IGN are counting down the days until the big press conferences, unexpected reveals, and mind-blowing demos. But while the entire week of E3 is loaded with hundreds of games, there’s still that one special thing that each of us are looking forward to. Here are the games we hope to see at E3 2014.
Once you’ve read our list, head over to our big community poll and let us know what game YOU’RE most excited about.
Rainbow 6: Patriots
Rainbow 6 Patriots went dark so long ago I think I’ve lost a bit of interest in what it was trying to accomplish — but we know there’s something going on with that series at Ubisoft. A mostly new team is working on Rainbow 6: Something, and I’d love to see how the years of shooter evolution since the original Patriots announcement has influenced Ubisoft’s tactical shooter series. Maybe involve Ubisoft Toronto — the Splinter Cell Blacklist guys worked on Vegas, nailed it, and moved on to do great things with Splinter Cell. Let’s see them return to and reinvigorate a series that’s gone ghost. – Mitch Dyer
Pokemon Snap 2
More than anything I want updates on Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III release windows, but in terms of slightly more out there ideas I’m keen to see Nintendo announce Pokemon Snap 2. Out of all of Nintendo’s titles it seems inexplicable this one never got a follow-up, and surely there’s never been a better time to remedy this? Just imagine, you could use the GamePad as a view finder, possibly work in some cool AR stuff. The Wii U is the perfect platform for such a game, and it’d really bolster the console’s future line-up. We know we’re due to see the new Zelda, but announcing another triple-A title like this alongside it could really help Nintendo out. Of course, if Blizzard wanted to spill the beans on the revamped Project Titan at the show, that’d be just fine too. – Luke Karmali
The Last Guardian
I know I’m a dork, but I just want more details about The Last Guardian to come out of E3. It’s not on hiatus, the PlayStation 4 has been out for almost a year and needs more awesome games, and there really couldn’t be a better time. I, like so many others, have been waiting for this game for over six years now and I’m not going to back down. This year, during Sony’s press conference, a winged, chicken-legged creature is going to make an appearance alongside a holiday 2015 release date and there will be much rejoicing. I can feel it. – Leah B. Jackson
Give Vita Some Love
There’s no doubt that Sony is going to focus heavily on PlayStation 4 at its E3 presser – which is great – but I hope the company carves out some time for PlayStation Vita, too. The fact is, Vita is showing small signs of life, especially in Japan but also in the west on the back of the ‘Slim’ model’s release, and while it will never set the world on fire, there are definitely people out there interested in it. Vita totes the highest attach rate of any gaming hardware on the market right now – by a mile – so give Vita owners more games to play. Infamous, God of War, and Syphon Filter are three series that haven’t yet migrated to the new handheld, and my gut tells me one or more are in the works by Sony’s trusted stable of second party studios. Vita is a great companion to PS4, but don’t let it become only that. – Colin Moriarty
EA’s Star Wars Games
Of all the teases at last year’s E3, the one that stuck with me was EA’s short CG snippet from what we’re referring to as Battlefront 3. The first two massive, Star Wars team-based shooters remain some of my favorite multiplayer games of all time, and the idea of the series making a comeback on PS4 and Xbox One is incredible. While I’d be willing to bet we get a deeper glimpse at the game during this year’s EA conference, my fingers are crossed for a tease or two for EA’s other Star Wars games. The only one we know exists for sure is Visceral’s game, now being led by Amy Henning. Getting the smallest taste of that game, or (I’m really dreaming here), Bioware announcing a true, non-MMO followup to Knights of the Old Republic would pretty much make my E3/year/life. – Marty Sliva
Mewtwo in Smash Bros.
I hope the greatest Pokemon ever returns to Smash Bros – Mewtwo! It just felt wrong to get a third space animal in Brawl yet we couldn’t have two humanoid Pokemon in Mewtwo and Lucario, so now is the time to make right by bringing back everyone’s favorite Frieza-lookalike. Mewtwo ain’t no Pichu, he’s #150 son, with Psychic-type moves that make you faint and two, count ‘em two, Mega Evolutions, just like Charizard, who is now flying solo in the game, so it’s only fair – no – it’s only right. #BringBackMewtwo – Joshua Yehl
No Man’s Sky
Like many others, I felt the best part of the VGX awards was the announcement of the game No Man’s Sky. The visuals, music, and gameplay all look amazing, but the studio developing the game has had a few setbacks (notably a flood that wrecked the Hello Games studio). I would LOVE to see more information on this game, especially something potentially playable. – Bob Fekete
Something New and Amazing
My biggest hope for this E3 and every E3 is a new property that will blow me away. We’ve had our new consoles for some time now and what I believe the audience wants is something that harnesses the power of either. The Kinect included with Xbox One has mostly been used to turn my console on, off, or to pause Netflix when I tell it to, but much more should be happening with this required peripheral. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t have a required camera, but we still haven’t seen that one game released for the platform that makes everyone “need” to have it. Insomniac came close with Infamous: Second Son, but PS4 owners still don’t have their Titanfall. I’d love to see games come out for both platforms that impress us and gets our gaming excitement levels to their peak. Remember when Watch Dogs was revealed? Or the first time you saw Grand Theft Auto 4 on the next-gen platforms of that time? We need exclusives on each platform that elicit those same feelings and we need them this E3. – Destin Legarie
I only want one game announcement from Nintendo at E3 2014: Metroid. Where is Metroid? As someone familiar with Nintendo games since the early days of the NES, Metroid has always held a special place in my heart. I couldn’t help but feel completely invested in its labyrinth sci-fi setting. I spent hours searching rooms for secrets and power-ups, and don’t even get me started talking about the intense boss fights. In most of its incarnations (even the subpar Other M) Metroid has managed the difficult feat of offering a new take on another classic Nintendo series. I’ve been patiently awaiting the next Metroid game with quiet anticipation. Please don’t let me down Nintendo. – Jose Otero
New Legacy of Kain
I said it last year and I’ll say it again, I hope there is some hint at a new Legacy of Kain video game at this year’s E3. I am fully aware there is a Legacy of Kain third-person shooter in development. That doesn’t count. I want to properly go back into the world of Nosgoth and play as Kain or Raziel again. With this new interest storytelling, now is the perfect time for Square Enix to release a new entry to the franchise that continues the story of those characters. The story that spanned over 4 different games was epic and beautiful. This generation of gamers deserve to experience that again in HD. I’ll even take an HD collection for now. – Eriq Martin
Infamous on Vita
All I want for E3 is Infamous on Vita — and not just because I’m an Infamous fanboy. Third parties aren’t making console-sized games for the Vita. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff we are getting, but I could go for a more sizable experience. I think the world of Infamous would be a great fit. Being able to scale buildings, zap foes, and collect blast shards would make train rides to work fly by. On top of that, as much as I loved Second Son, I miss Cole MacGrath and the comic book lore of the first two games. The Vita version could fill in time between Infamous and Infamous 2, tell another conduit’s tale, or just be a collection of the first two games. As long as I’m a superhero on the go, I’m set.
Also, announce a new Patapon. – Greg Miller
New Nintendo Console
My dream would be that Nintendo releases a new console that’s as powerful as a PS4 and replaces the Wii U outright. Anyone who has a Wii U would get a big discount and just pay the difference of price. The system would be backwards compatible so all Wii and Wii U games would work on it and powerful enough (and easy enough to develop for) to port all third party titles. The console would be bundled with an updated pro controller (with analog triggers and rumble), and all Wii and Wii U controllers would work with it including the GamePad. – Vasilis Siskos
More Mass Effect, Please
I’m happy to report that a lot of games on my E3 wishlist are already present and accounted for (Dragon Age, Borderlands, The Witcher 3, etc.), so at this point I just want Bioware to formally announce the next Mass Effect game. Although Commander Shepard’s story is finished, the Mass Effect universe still has a lot to offer in terms of lore, characters, and exploration. Here’s hoping Bioware announces something new about the franchise soon! – Meghan Sullivan
I couple of weeks ago I’d have said that my E3 hope was a release of Suikoden II on PSN. Recent events indicate that sublime miracle shall soon come to pass, so I’ll move on to wishing for concrete future-proofing announcements from Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. Digital content is the order of the day, and as someone who enjoys returning to old games a decade later, I’d like to see my purchases guaranteed between platform generations. A demonstration showing how my digital Vita library will forever be protected by PlayStation would cheer the fanboy nodules of my heart. Unlikely, I know, but a boy can dream. – Jared Petty
So that’s just a taste of the games we’d love to see at this year’s E3. What are you most hyped for? What reveal would make your year? Let us know!
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