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Games to Watch from E3 2016

Dean Evans Technology Writer Twitter

Battlefield 1, No Man’s Sky and Quake Champions are some of the best games at E3 2016, and they’re sure to make a splash with serious and casual gamers alike.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the annual glitzy Los Angeles-based showcase of the biggest, boldest and best-looking video games. Last year, attendees were wowed by Fallout 4, Doom and Halo 5. At E3 2016, a slew of new games were revealed.

Battlefield 1

The undoubted highlight of EA’s press conference, the newest Battlefield transports the franchise back to World War 1 in a spectacular fashion. Players witness huge rhomboid-shaped tanks, swooping biplanes, huge Zeppelin-style airships, armored trains, motorcycles, artillery bombardments, breathless trench warfare and astonishing destructible environments.

A game like this pushes PC performance as the characters run, gun, fly, drive and even gallop through bomb-blasted villages and across hot desert sands, where cover is sorely limited.

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.

While EA revealed few details and gameplay secrets, there are a few things players can expect. This next chapter in the Mass Effect series is set in the Andromeda galaxy, will feature 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.

This game is slated for 2017, leaving plenty of time to mod and overclock PCs.

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 or a Mirelurk Queenin in VR.

A new VR-ready backpack could bring even more excitement to the game.

Visceral’s Star Wars Game

At E3 2016, attendees enjoyed little more than a teasing glimpse of a war-torn desert settlement, a water vaporator, Imperial flags draped over a shattered archway and 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.

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Gears of War 4

Although Gears of War 4 made an appearance 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. Players can buy the game once and get access to both console and Windows 10 versions.

Quake Champions

Twenty years on from the launch of Quake, id Software used E3 2016 to showcase a trailer for a surprise follow-up: Quake Champions. Maybe it’s not such a surprise considering that Doom 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.

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