As you might expect, E3 brings with it a shed load of new games and hardware. Everything from niche indie games to AAA titles are vying for attention. Here, though, is the best of the 2019 show curated by our editors.
We’ve been trapsing round the convention center as well as getting behind closed doors looks at various games and bits of hardware in search of the most exciting stuff. Below you’ll see our favourite games followed by the most interesting hardware, which we’ll be updating throughout the show and beyond.
2016’s DOOM reboot was one of the most brutal and bonkers games of this console generation, and sequel DOOM Eternal looks to be all that, but more.
Developer id Software has wisely avoided going back to the drawing board. This is essentially more of the same – sometimes a bad thing, but not when the same is so damn good.
It’s as aggressive as ever, with more options for weapons, mods, and excessively violent ways to murder demons, all the while rewarding players willing to hurl caution to the wind and just keep charging forwards. Hopefully the final game finds the space to play with the formula a little more – not least in the new multiplayer mode announced at the show – but for now we’re very happy to simply go to Hell.
Take Overwatch, make it melee, and chuck everyone on a hoverboard and you have something a little like Bleeding Edge, the new game from Hellblade developer Ninja Theory.
The 4v4 online multiplayer has a roster of ten colourful characters split into three archetypes: Assassin, Support, and Heavy. Each archetype has different strengths, while each individual character has their own unique attacks and specials, meaning there’s actually a lot of diversity to the core gameplay.
We played a simple control point game mode for our demo, but tight balance and frenetic combat made it one of the clear winners of the show so far. It’s hard to say if the game will really be able to escape Overwatch’s shadow when it hits the market, but with a bit more polish to the core mechanics it should be more than good enough to stand (or hoverboard) in its own right.
This isn’t some huge direction change for the franchise but we like the new Escape mode in Gears 5 which we played. This adds a new way of playing co-op which is so much more dynamic than simply standing in one place while mowing down waves of baddies.
Instead you start with almost nothing and there’s not much to pick up either. Every bullet and looted gun is precious and you’ll need to be tactical with your teammates, deciding who gets to pick up ammo and using your ultimate ability at the right time.
Those ultimates might be pretty similar to other games – *cough* Overwatch *cough* – but it’s still a nice addition to the game.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
The first Xbox Elite controller was probably the best gamepad in the world when it came out. Competition from the likes of Scuf, Nacon, and Razer has since closed the gap though, so it’s about time Microsoft came out swinging.
The Elite Series 2 doesn’t have any single giant selling point over the original, but instead it’s got upgrades all over: adjustable thumbstick tension, redesigned grips, a shorter hair trigger setting, more software settings, three customisable profiles, 40-hour battery, USB-C charging, a charging dock in the travel case… we could go on.
There’ll be a small price hike when the controller hits the market in November, but on the strength of what we’ve seen so far, it’ll probably be worth it. Microsoft may just have wrestled back the controller crown.
This new top-of-the-range headset from LucidSound is also a pair of headphones you can take with you anywhere. These are stylish, comfortable and are packed full of features. We particularly like the cooling gel layer on top of the memory foam.
A neat trick is that these have two forms of wireless so you can connect them, for example, to your console and phone simultaneously. The controls on the earcups change depending on what device you’re using.
They also come in a Snoop Dogg edition with the man himself speaking the prompts into your ears.