From the plethora of RPG games that we all saw on the showfloor at E3 this year, only a few caught our attention and came on top. When it comes to picking our best of E3 2013, we look for certain things such as how the game was presented, what innovation did they did to engage the viewers and more. From appointments that we do and hands-on the showfloor, it is tough to award a game that stole the show for a certain genre. In RPGs, only three were considered as showstoppers for this year’s big event.
BEST RPG of E3 2013- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 has been one of the most anticipated RPGs ever and will hit next-generation consoles and the PC in early 2014. The hype and excitement can be felt at the showfloor and going through the 45 minute presentation behind closed doors, everyone left with a smile on their face as they look forward for the game’s release in 2014.
As a sequel to the award winning The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on the PC and Xbox 360, The Witcher 3 will once again innovate the RPG genre. Improving big time on the visual aspects and upgrading its gameplay style to its open-world gameplay, the game showed a lot of potential. The narrative that we saw conveys a once again exemplary cast with a well thought storyline that will surely captivate anyone playing the game. Through the presentation, we saw that the world that Geralt will go through is more livelier than its predecessor and improvements on the aesthetics clearly showed the power of next-generation games.
In terms of its gameplay, the switch to open-world gameplay opens up a lot of things that players can do. Sure, open-world RPGs have been done in the past but the take the Witcher 3 wants to tackle is an entirely different. Combining the good story elements the series is known for, they are able to open up quests that will help shape the overall storyline and clearly, that’s what CD Projekt showed in the presentation. Overall, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is the RPG every fan of the genre should look forward to as it totally redefines the next generation of RPGs.
RUNNER UP: Dark Souls II
Going on its third attempt to the Souls series, Namco Bandai and From Software showed this year Dark Souls II, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Dark Souls that was released several years ago. At first glance, we all thought that Dark Souls II was just going to be another sequel with the same engine running and just offering new enemies and areas. Fortunately, we were surprised as soon as we saw the game demoed in front of us. The first thing that everyone noticed is how solid the animations and visuals are. This time in Dark Souls II, the game is getting an all new engine that will fix stiff animations to make it more solid and flawless. In our experience, it was smooth, especially during the boss fights; the blend of lightening that struck the area and the combination of dark and light are visually appealing.
Aside from its visuals, another improvement that we all can expect in Dark Souls II is its difficulty level. Being the game known for as the “hardest of all time”, From Software isn’t making the sequel any easier. In fact, the experience we had with Dark Souls II gave us a headache due to the intense difficulty being implemented in the game. Without ditching the one thing they’re known for and improving the overall aesthetics, this makes Dark Souls II our runner up for our Best RPG of 2013 award.
HONORABLE MENTION: Lords of the Fallen
One of the RPGs that showed somewhat of a promise is City Interactive’s Lord of the Fallen. With the increase of popularity in the RPG genre, we saw that almost every new RPG game released are derived from many successful titles. In the case of Lords of the Fallen, you will clearly see that. The demo that they presented to us gave a lot of nostalgia due to its similarities to other franchises that we all played in the past. It’s not a bad thing as City Interactive successfully refined it to make it better. Being original is out of the question but in terms of how they refined the popular things from games like Dark Souls and Darksiders, it makes the game something look forward to when it comes out next year.