The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the annual glitzy Los Angeles-based showcase of the biggest, boldest and best-looking video games. Last year, we were wowed by Fallout 4, Doom and Halo 5. At E3 2016, these are the best new games you should upgrade your PC for.
The undoubted highlight of EA’s press conference, the newest Battlefield transports the franchise back to World War 1 in spectacular fashion. Witness huge rhomboid-shaped tanks, swooping biplanes, huge Zeppelin-style airships, armoured trains, motorcycles, artillery bombardments, breathless trench warfare and astonishing destructible environments.
You’re going to want the fastest PC you can get to give you the smoothest gameplay experience as you run, gun, fly, drive and even gallop through bomb-blasted villages and across hot desert sands, where cover is sorely limited. If anything, the full game looks even better than what you’ll see in the trailer below.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Only a few games are more eagerly awaited than Mass Effect: Andromeda. Bioware games don’t just push the boundaries of storytelling, they push processing technology to its limits. Playing a Mass Effect title is like stepping into a J.J. Abrams Star Trek flick, and the latest Mass Effect trailer shows off the game’s beautiful planetary vistas and gorgeous cinematics.
That said, we’re still short on details and gameplay. What we do know is that this next chapter in the Mass Effect series is set in the Andromeda galaxy, will features wild alien landscapes, allow greater freedom of movement, plus include all the best bits from the previous games — exploration, biotic-powered combat, Mako driving and romance. The game isn’t due until 2017, so there’s plenty of time to make sure you have a PC than will be able to run it.
Fallout 4 VR
While Fallout 4 was announced at E3 2015, Bethesda Softworks used this year’s press conference to reveal that the game will re-release with HTC Vive VR support in 2017.
The post-apocalyptic RPG is already an immersive experience when played on a high-end PC, even more so with the addition of graphics mods that improve the lighting, water and upgrade the textures from HD to 4K. But imagine fighting a Legendary Deathclaw in VR. Or a Mirelurk Queen? This could be the perfect game for one of those VR-ready backpacks…
Visceral’s Star Wars game
We would have liked more info on this one. What we got instead was a teasing glimpse of a war-torn desert settlement, a water vaporator, Imperial flags draped over a shattered archway, a Star Destroyer hanging in the sky. With a sequel to Star Wars: Battlefront on the release schedule for next year, this mysterious (and terrific-looking) game isn’t out until 2018.
Gears of War 4
Although we first clapped our eyes on Gears of War 4 at last year’s show, Microsoft showed off a slice of the bleak single-player campaign at E3 2016. The run/gun/lurk-behind-cover gameplay feels familiar but looks slicker and more intense, with all-new weapons, moves and cheesy blockbuster one-liners.
This new Gears will embrace HDR, while digital editions of the game will support the new Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which allows you to buy the game once and get access to both console and Windows 10 versions.
Twenty years on from the launch of Quake, id Software used E3 2016 to showcase a trailer for a surprise follow-up: Quake Champions. Or maybe it’s not such a surprise. Considering that Doom has recently enjoyed a 21st century makeover, a revamped, high-performance, framerate unlocked, multiplayer-only Quake is a perfect fit for today’s speedy gaming rigs and the growing eSports industry.
Sea of Thieves
There’s was an undercurrent of cooperative gaming at E3 2016, from Ghost Recon: Wildlands to Star Trek: Bridge Crew (see below). Rare’s Sea of Thieves offers something a little different too — a lush multiplayer world of pirates, galleons and buried treasure. Yes, you can play it alone. But you won’t last long against pirate players working together in crews.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Upgrade to a VR-ready system and step onto the bridge of a Star Trek vessel in Ubisoft’s Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Designed as a multiplayer virtual reality experience for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, players will take a role on the command deck of the USS Aegis (helm, tactical officer, engineer, etc) and must work together to explore the final frontier.
Forza Horizon 3
Just like last year’s show, E3 2016 had a strong focus on open world gaming. Forza Horizon 3 goes down under to Australia with all new cars (Lamborghini Centenario, Ariel Nomad, B.J. Baldwin’s Trophy Truck), all-new locations (the Outback and Victoria’s famous Twelve Apostles) and some of the fastest 3D racing around. Play Anywhere support, HDR visuals and four-player campaign co-op, only a beefy PC will do.
That’s not all E3 2016 had to offer. With the likes of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,
Watch Dogs 2 and Final Fantasy XV there are plenty of reasons to upgrade to a faster processor and an next-gen graphics card.
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