E3 2014 is now in the books, and there were a ton of great games shown off during the show. In order to complete our E3 writing experience, we want to share with you, our lovely readers, a few of our favorite things that were shown during the Expo. So here they are, the GAW staff’s E3 2014 favorites. Vanessa aka VRex – CEO I was so happy with E3 this year, it took it back to what it was supposed to be about, the games. Well, mostly, PlayStation strayed a bit with the new console color and TV show but overall a solid line up of games. My favorites of E3 are Battlefield Hardline, I got to get hands on with this title and it was a blast, it looks and sounds like Battlefield but the way in which it has to be played is different. The Halo: Master Chief Collection also looked great, it’s a ton of content for a reasonable price. Being a hardcore Zelda fan I also died with the new Zelda game announcement, it seems to have a lot of potential. Nikki aka This is HXC – COO Considering that nearly every conference had at least one amazing thing, it’s hard for me to choose. But if I had too, I’d have to go with Sony showing off PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne and Xbox One exclusive Halo: Master Chief Collection. Both The Division and The Order: 1886 were also solid, and in the words of my significant other- I want to live in the Snowdrop Engine! Nick C. aka Strife aka ThatNickC – Editor In Chief E3 was actually pretty impressive this year, more so than I thought prior to the event. My favorites were definitely the teaser for Uncharted 4, the gameplay trailer for The Order 1886 (I couldn’t believe it was gameplay!), the new Zelda Wii U announcement (about time), and all of the great stuff we saw from Assassin’s Creed Unity. But, I was more than excited to see Rise of the Tomb Raider. I love how they are re-imagining Lara Croft. We have a lot to look forward to in the next year of gaming! Enrique aka EdgeTroll – Reviews Editor E3 was ok, but most of it was just things we already knew about. My favorite would definitely have to be the Nintendo digital event. Seeing Reggie take on Iwata in a choreographed fight was amazing and it shook the foundations of my face. Plus, it was a clever way to introduce the concept of Amiibo figures. Microsoft and Xbox had some really fun games, same with the other publishers like EA and Ubisoft, but there was just something about Nintendo that made me happy. Oh yea, and lets not forget the Witcher 3. hhnnnggggggg! Eric aka ERock aka bassguitarist48 – News Editor I was impressed by pretty much every conference at E3 this year. In some cases, like Ubisoft, I was pleasantly surprised. Assassin’s Creed, which in my opinion has been starting to become stale, took on an awesome new look and approach to gameplay for the new entry in the series, AC: Unity. The co-op aspect looks like it could be really awesome. It was a tad disappointing we didn’t get to see more of Star Wars: Battlefront, but there were plenty of other games that got me excited during this year’s series of conferences. The Order: 1886 is looking phenomenal. The game looks beautiful and I can’t wait to see more. The Witcher 3 is another one that looks spectacular. I’m a huge Witcher fan going back to the first game. I’ve even read several of the books that the series is based on, so I’m super pumped about this release. And finally, I’d have to say the game that excited me the most was No Man’s Sky. The game looks like it could easily be GOTY material, just wish we could have gotten a better idea on when it will release. Matt Heywood aka Hammer of Buddha – Editor E3 2014 was all about the games, which was a nice change of pace from last year’s event that solely focused on the new gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The Big 3 all presented some great looking titles at this year’s show with The Order: 1886 standing out for the PS4, the Master Chief Collection and the ID@Xbox titles standing out for the Xbox One, and Nintendo’s revelation of a new Zelda game headlining the new game’s revealed for the Wii U. Although, the true winner of E3 2014 has to be WB Interactive Entertainment, which showed off amazing demos for Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X, Shadow of Mordor, and The Witcher 3. 2015 will be an awesome year for gaming, and WBIE’s titles have a great chance to dominate the sales charts based on the reactions its E3 2014 titles received from both fans and media members alike. Alex aka Zero Syndicate – Lead Writer Was it anything to do with Nintendo? If so it was definitely awesome! I’m pretty certain that I won’t be the only one going broke over those Amiibo figures. The Smash Bros. details, the new Zelda, quite honestly Nintendo really hit it out of the park this year! Nick B. aka Avialence – Editorials/Reviews Writer I enjoyed how balanced the show at E3 was this year, plenty of good games scattered across all of the conferences. While I didn’t get the amount of Star Wars that I had hoped to, I was really impressed at what Ubisoft had to bring to the table. I really enjoyed seeing more from The Division during the Microsoft conference, which is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated titles on the lineup of 2015. While I was expecting a new Assassin’s Creed, I wasn’t expecting the massive cooperative gameplay reveal that they focused on. I’m really excited to dive into an open world with my friends, while I still remain skeptical as to how well it will work. It was great to see more from games like The Witcher 3, The Order: 1866, Super Smash Bros, Evolve, etc., but Rainbow Six Siege and the new open world Zelda took the show for me. Allen aka Schizo – Editorials/Reviews Writer E3 was pretty great this year. For me the game that caught my attention the most was Sunset Overdrive. After seeing the game at Microsoft’s conference I immediately pre-ordered it. I am also really excited for Dead Island 2 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The game that surprised me though was Rainbow Six Siege. The multiplayer match that was shown was highly entertaining; it’s hard to believe it was pre alpha. Derrick aka TapperDD – Editorials/Reviews Writer As an enthusiast, and a lover of all things gaming, it’s difficult not to say that my favorite thing from E3 was “EVERYTHING.” Bloodborne surprised me, Metal Gear Solid V rocked me, the indie scene inspired me, and the new Zelda trailer made me weep sweet tears of joy. However, I would have to say that my single favorite experience from E3 was getting hands on with Mortal Kombat X alongside the legendary creator himself, Ed Boon. MKX was more bloody and gruesome than I could have imagined, but it was those priceless moments spent with Ed that made me as giddy as a little school girl. I absolutely loved it! Imagine sitting down to watch Star Wars Episode VII early and then having a one-on-one conversation with J.J. Abrams, and you’ll have an idea about how excited I was. E3 2014 was everything I hoped for and so much more. Jordan aka True Valk – Editorials/Reviews Writer While I was disappointed with the overwhelming trend of too many games moving to 2015 there was still a lot to be happy with this year at E3. Most of the staff got in on the Battlefield Hardline beta and Destiny alpha… both of those experiences are something that is right up my alley. Even if only those two came out this year I would be very happy this fall/winter. Both focus on player interaction and when you look at this E3’s other trend, player cooperation, I am incredibly happy with this direction in gaming from nearly all parties! Its always better with a friend. Caitlin aka ReiMoon535 – News Writer While not too much shown at E3 was a surprise, seeing the progress made me only grow with more and more anticipation for the things I love. Dragon Age: Inquisition made me drag out their predecessors and play them for the thousandth time, hoping it would make the months go by just a little faster. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt made me ache for the masterful storytelling of a perfectly imperfect hero. And From Soft’s Bloodborne made my spine stiffen and toes curl with the joy and pain surely to come. Let the RPG love out! Jessica aka greenstraw3454 – News Writer I really loved Sony’s press conference; so many games were revealed! I’m excited to see more on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Bloodborne. I was pretty stoked to see gameplay for The Order: 1886, too. Nintendo got me smiling with more footage for Super Smash Bros. and, of course, that new open-world Zelda. Ahh! I want that to be out now! And, to be honest, that Splatoon? Kind of looked fun! I was pretty impressed with everyone, for the most part, at E3 this year. Kyle aka Swarley – News Writer Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Rise of the Tomb Raider were definitely my favorite things from E3. No gameplay was shown, but action/adventure wrapped around archeologist types are my absolute favorites. LOVED the Zelda reveal and the new art-style for it. Stuff we saw gameplay for, The Order: 1886, Sunset Overdrive, and Project CARS all looked fantastic. All three console manufacturers had solid showings. Chris aka Nitefyre – News Writer Honestly, every press conference had something very nice and exciting to show. Sony with a new IP coming from From Software, Microsoft and Halo, and Nintendo with a New Zelda and some long awaited information on the new Xenoblade Chronicles X. The games the impressed me the most were definitely The Division and the gameplay of Bloodborne and The Order: 1886 that were shown. It is exciting and refreshing to see games and developers moving into different settings than what we have become used to in the past generation. Blake aka Emergency Blake – Social Media Manager Overall I was pretty happy with this year’s E3. I think Microsoft and Nintendo had great press conferences. The Sony, Ubisoft, and EA pressers were a little meh for me. Right now I’m looking forward to Tales from the Borderlands, Far Cry 4, Cuphead, Hellraid, and Evolve. Alina aka Princess in Pink – Social Media Manager My favorite part of E3 had to be Ubisoft’s showing of Assassin’s Creed: Unity! Between your fellow assassin’s there to help you, seamless building entry, stealth mode, and the sheer size & detail of revolutionary Paris, I really can’t find anything bad to say about ACU. The most disappointing moment for me personally had to be the lack of news from Rockstar. Being a massive Rockstar fan, I was expecting some big “GTAV” sized announcement from them, but unfortunately all we got was that they will be releasing GTA: V on PC and Next-Gen consoles…really? Come on Rockstar! Show us what you got! With so many possibilities why are you recycling last year’s news instead of working on something new? I know so many people dying for a new installment in the Red Dead series. What about a new L.A. Noir, but set in New York City? I would even settle for a new Bully game! I don’t know, maybe I just have high expectations, maybe they are secretly working on something totally new that just wasn’t ready to be shown, either way I walked away disappointed… In conclusion, I left E3 with mixed feelings, excited & disappointed, but still wanting more. Blane aka Hybrid – Brand Manager This year was a fantastic E3. Now that we are out of the “Next Gen” hype phase, it was nice to see a strong showing of games. There was one game that literally made me jump out of my chair with excitement when it was announced. This is a game that has filled with chaos, magick, wizards, and pure insanity. That game is Magicka 2 by Paradox Interactive. Magicka is easily one of my absolute favorite games to come out in the last 5 years. It has one of the craziest spell crafting/casting systems and the entire game parodies pop/sci-fi culture. To see it getting a sequel is something I’m super excited for. One of my other favorite “moments” was laughing at the contrast between the EA and Ubisoft pressers. EA’s conference was much more formal and focused on the “creating memorable interactive entertainment experiences,” while Ubisoft’s much more laid-back and focused on “showing you some F#@$&ing great games”. Orlando aka Command Zer01 – Webmaster My favorite thing about E3 was all the new co operative single player and multiplayer elements that we are seeing in games. From The Division to Destiny, these games that allow you to play with your friends and go on a giant open world adventure together is something to look forward to. But, I’m still sad about Half Life 3 and Homeworld Remastered not being shown at E3.