E3 is the place where gaming’s most powerful publishers and developers get together to show off their biggest titles. While the focus is decidedly on the giants of gaming, E3 is also a place where smaller developers spotlight their creations.
While preparing my E3 coverage, I always make sure to schedule appointments for games and studios that may not get as much attention as the big dogs. Below are some of the coolest games I played at E3 which deserve more attention.
The Talos Principle is one of the best puzzle games I’ve had the pleasure of playing. When I heard it was getting the VR treatment, I had to check it out. While I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a proponent of VR, I felt that this title would lend itself well to that interface. I was both right and wrong.
For the demo, I used an HTC Vive headset. This is the most expensive VR headset in the market for a reason: it feels extremely comfortable, and its graphics were far beyond those of the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Because of that, I was able to adjust to playing The Talos Principle with the full 360 field of view. Instead of a traditional controller, I was given two HTC Vive controllers to use. The controllers themselves were responsive, but they were a bit odd to use.
Because of the different interface, I wasn’t able to play the game as easily as I did on PS4. Not only did I have mind-bending puzzles to contend with, but I also had to fight against the controls. But when I managed to overcome these hurdles, I found The Talos Principle VR to be an enjoyable, and somewhat chill experience. A release date is TBD.
I got to check out Indivisible a couple of years ago around the time the first demo was released. This game is notable because all of the main characters and many of the smaller enemies are hand-drawn. This is made by the same team who gave us Skullgirls which explains why it looks so great. For me, Indivisible feels like a spiritual successor to Guardian…