Staff Picks: The Best @E3 2014


E3 2014 has come and gone, and while the @CripplerJones staff couldn’t make it this year, we still followed every second of it, reporting what we had time to report and sharing our own thoughts on the games that everyone will have played by this time next year.

To wrap up our E3 2014 coverage, we polled the whole team and had everyone write a bit about their favorite games and announcements from this year’s show.

Mike Winans | Contributing Editor | @CripplerJones

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4 was revealed last year, however very little was known about the game, including whether Nathan Drake would be returning after the events of Uncharted 3.

Naughty Dog quelled those fears – as well as knocked our socks off – with an impressive CGI trailer. Naughty Dog claims this is in-engine footage, which I find very hard to believe. Even if this is just a CGI cutscene, it’s some of the most beautiful CGI I’ve ever seen.

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Super Ultra Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha DLC

The ridiculousness of this trailer and Capcom’s own nod at their tendency to add new titles to existing games makes this an easy pick. The add-on itself looks like it’s pretty fun, too.

Watch the Trailer

Final Fantasy Type-0

Final Fantasy Type-0 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One kind of came out of nowhere. Most people were too busy praying for a localization to PSP (or even Vita) to even consider that they would port this title to next-gen consoles. The details are sparse, but I’m psyched for this!

Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0

Richard Schupp | Editor at Large | @CripplerJones

Grim Fandango

First on my list is the revival of the point and click adventure classic, Grim Fandango. An ingenious gem of a game brought to us by the mind of Tim Schafer, Grim Fandango had previously been lost to the annals of out-of-print and outdated PC specifications.

Thanks to Sony, the game will return on both the PS4 and Vita in newly remastered style.

Watch the Announcement

Dark Souls II DLC

Next up is an announcement that happened before E3, but the details weren’t divulged until the event – Dark Souls II DLC. A trilogy of expansions known as “The Lost Crown” will be released starting this summer, beginning with “Crown of the Sunken King” on July 22.

First impressions have been mixed, but so have the reactions by both critics and fans to Dark Souls 2. I, for one, am extremely excited to see some new content for the game. “Crown of the Old Iron King” and “Crown of the Ivory King” will follow on August 26 and September 24, respectively.

Watch the Trailer


Finally, another piece of news brought to us by From Software: The announcement of Bloodborne, a new Sony-exclusive IP.

Last month, some screens were leaked of a From Software-developed game going by the title “Project Beast.” Many people made the connection between the Talisman of Beasts item in Demon’s Souls and speculated a sequel to the game that launched the Souls series.

Instead, Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of both Demon’s Souls and the first Dark Souls, and his team are crafting an entirely new franchise. The initial trailer looks promising and is definitely reminiscent of the Souls games. I can already safely say that this is the game that will have me purchasing a PS4 next year.

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Perry Piekarski | Executive Editor | @CripplerJones

The Legend of Zelda

This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted.

An open-world Zelda game? Who needs to go outside when something so wonderful can exist on your TV screen. I mean, I guess I could always bring the Wii U GamePad with me to the stoop outside my apartment, but then I wouldn’t get to see this game in GLORIOUS HIGH-DEFINITION. I have a nice TV and an even nicer sound system – now I know why.

The trailer is less than 30 seconds long, and I honestly saw this one coming a million miles away, but 2015 can’t come soon enough. There’s a good chance many of the Wii U naysayers will have one by the time this launches.

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Far Cry 4

Before E3, I didn’t care about Far Cry 4. I knew it was a thing, and I knew it was a big thing – I just didn’t realize how awesome it would be. The seven-minute trailer has everything you want in an free-roaming action FPS game: explosions, elephants, explosions caused by elephants. From the apparent sense of humor to the sharp-as-a-tack graphics, I never expected to want it as much as I do now.

It was this or Mirror’s Edge for me, and it came down to elephants – Far Cry 4 has more of them.

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Yoshi’s Woolly World

On Tuesday, my wife and I were in NYC when we made a stop at the Nintendo World Store. While there, I realized something: We already own most of everything they sell.

While we play drastically different games separately, it’s the Nintendo games that we play together. Yoshi’s Woolly World looks like it will be another one of those games. It’s trailer is adorable, and the co-op gameplay looks incredibly tight. I can’t wait to give this game a go. Hopefully it’s as fun to play as it looks.

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