E3 Swoontown Top 20

Top 20 experiences betwixing my nethers.
  1. 1.
    Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    This was a given, but I'm always surprised by how *much* I'm surprised by Nintendo's ability to capture the kid in me. This game is not only gorgeous, but the amiibo inclusion of Wolf Link as a companion was incentive I didn't need to replay Twilight Princess.
  2. 2.
    Mass Effect: Andromeda
    We haven't seen much, but having contributed to this series in the past myself, I see where they're taking it. It looks gorgeous, and the focus on exploration seems to reestablish this as the Trek to Star Wars'... well... Star Wars.
  3. 3.
    Spider-Man
    I've been waiting 12 years for Marvel to finally be able to do with games what they were planning with their movies (e.g. Quality). Lotta trust and a lot of emotions here.
  4. 4.
    Telltale's Batman
    Telltale's style and story sensibilities border on soulmate material. Nobody was going to be able to follow up Arkham on it's own turf, so exploring the why and how of Bruce/Batman being responsible for the opposition he faces seems like the ultimate intellectual exploration of an iconic character. Hopefully I can save Harvey. But I kinda hope I don't.
  5. 5.
    South Park Fractured But Whole
    The original was nearly a perfect game, and overrode my hurdles and general dislike of turn-based RPGs. The narrative conceits let me in, and I never wanted to let go.
  6. 6.
    Psychonauts Rhombus of Ruin
    I can't think of a universe I'd love to explore more with the power of VR. The distinct style and depth that we've been clamoring to return to for over a decade also benefits from not battling the uncanny valley while we strap our melons with embarrassing gadgets.
  7. 7.
    Skyrim Remastered
    Some people don't see the point. This is my vacation home being renovated. I'm in. Bigtime.
  8. 8.
    Cuphead
    I've mentioned tons of franchises, but Cuphead's unique and amazing recreation of classic animation is breathtaking. Even if I hate the game (I won't), I'll be grinding through this eye feast and taking it all in.
  9. 9.
    God of War
    These have always been excellently crafted experiences... that were crafted for somebody else (not me). I've always loved watching, but this one is the first I can't wait to play.
  10. 10.
    ReCore
    Magical and endearing. This just looks like the kinda short, but memorable experience we'll talk about fondly years from now.
  11. 11.
    For Honor
    The man in charge of this game is basically family to me, but he was making games that excited me long before we met. There are games that set the stage for the way we expect to play everything else afterward, and I have a feeling that the mechanics of this one will be talked about in decades worth of clones and hybrids.
  12. 12.
    The Last Guardian
    Take your time. I won't be heartbroken if it's cancelled again, but I'll be there the moment it's finally unleashed.
  13. 13.
    Mafia 3
    New Orleans crime with solid mechanics and a creative director who isn't afraid to shy away from the racism and struggles of the South through the eyes of a Post-Vietnam African-American veteran. This is going to be as important as it is subversive.
  14. 14.
    Days Gone
    You have my attention. Go on...
  15. 15.
    Batman VR
    This very concept is the analogy I use for what VR shouldn't be, and where not to go. And the whole thing centers around murdering one of my favorite characters. Damn you Rocksteady... I'm listening.
  16. 16.
    Fallout 4 VR
    For S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
  17. 17.
    State of Decay 2
    The first one was rough around every edge imaginable. It's like watching your dream game be cobbled out of whatever your uncle could find in a junk yard. Luckily it made a fuckton of money. Let's hope they spend it wisely.
  18. 18.
    We Happy Few
    This game wants to be Bioshock. I won't stop it from trying. Shoot for the moon, the stars aren't a bad consolation prize.
  19. 19.
    Sea of Thieves
    Boats. I barely ever play co-op games, but the fact that Microsoft finally cut the bolt and chain off the leg of Rare's avatar is something to behold.
  20. 20.
    Gwent
    I hate card games. But I loved Gwent within the context of Witcher 3. I will never love playing this like I did as Geralt, but I'm glad this exists.
  21. 21.
    WHERE THE FUCK IS RED DEAD?!
    Seriously. I don't even need RDR2, or even a remaster. Just give me the goddamn masterpiece as backwards compatible. End this Red Dead Depression.