A number of kick-ass female characters in leading roles also entered the fray.
The official announcement of Fallout 4 at Bethesda’s first Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference on June 14, 2015 fuelled the hype in California.
But other game developers were determined not to let Pipboy steal the limelight at the biggest gaming trade show in Los Angeles Convention Center.
Besides an exciting line-up of game titles to expect in 2015 and 2016, virtual reality (VR) also took centre stage at E3.
Sony showcased Project Morpheus, a VR headset equipped with a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display and 120fps output. Rival Microsoft brought out HoloLens, an augmented reality (AR) headset that blends reality with VR.
Oculus Rift is another major contender in VR that promises to deliver a stunning 2160 x 1200 pixels at 90fps. So, get ready for a futuristic ride in the first VR game, Loading Human, coming in 2016.
A number of kick-ass female characters in leading and supporting roles also entered the fray – Evie Frye in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Emily in Dishonored 2 and Rae in Beyond Eyes to name but a few.
But for most gamers, the real stars of E3 will always be the big titles announced by developers and showcased by almost 200 exhibitors.
DESIblitz has compiled a selection of video game release dates to look out for in 2015 and 2016. Check them out!
- Jul 14 ~ Godzilla (PS4, PS3)
- TBA ~ Corpse Party: Blood Drive, King’s Quest, Onechanbara Z2: Chaos, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson
- Aug 4 ~ Rare Replay (Xbox One)
- Aug 25 ~ Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)
- TBA ~ One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
- Sept 1 ~ Mad Max (PS4, Xbox One, PC), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
- Sept 11 ~ Super Mario Maker for North America (Wii U)
- Sept 15 ~ Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360), Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One), Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 for North America (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
- Sept 17 ~ Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 for Europe (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
- Sept 22 ~ Blood Bowl 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Sept 27 ~ Lego Dimensions (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U)
- Sept 29 ~ NBA 2K16 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC), NBA Live 16 (PS4, Xbox One), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
- TBA ~ Civilization: Beyond Earth expansion pack (Rising Tide), Disney Infinity 3.0, FIFA 16, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4, Tales of Zestiria, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes, Transformers: Devastation
- Oct 13 ~ Rainbow Six Siege (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Oct 20 ~ Guitar Hero Live (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, iOS), Just Dance 2016 (PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Wii)
- Oct 23 ~ Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Oct 27 ~ Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One), WWE 2K16 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
- TBA ~ Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion (Knights of the Fallen Empire)
- Nov 3 ~ Anno 2205 (PC), Need for Speed (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Nov 6 ~ Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
- Nov 10 ~ Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC), Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
- Nov 17 ~ Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC), The Crew expansion pack (Wild Run, for PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Nov 27 ~ Trackmania Turbo (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- TBA ~ XCOM 2
- Dec 1 ~ Just Cause 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Dec 8 ~ Hitman (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- TBA ~ Battleborn, Fable Legends, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Sea of Thieves, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, Star Fox Zero
- February 23 ~ Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- March 8 ~ The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- March TBA ~ Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4), Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
- TBA ~ Doom, Dishonored 2, ReCore, Dark Souls III, Gears of War 4, Mass Effect: Andromeda, For Honor, Ghost Recon Wildlands, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, World of Final Fantasy, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- December ~ Shenmue 3 (PS4, PC)
- TBA ~ Vampyr
Sony and Microsoft also revealed updates for their consoles. While PS4 players will get first dibs on all future Call of Duty content, Xbox One users will get 1TB capacity, backward compatibility and a new wireless and customisable controller, called ‘Elite’.
We look forward to all the remarkable titles coming to consoles and mobiles and virtual reality finally taking off!