The end of E3 2019 is finally upon us, and though the end is bittersweet, it’s also the perfect time to look back and reflect on every excellent game that was available to explore on the show floor. From RPGs to first-person shooters and everything in between, this year’s show proved that there’s a ridiculous amount of new games on the horizon for just about every type of gamer.
Though the naysayers may wish it, E3 as a show is far from dead—you need only look at the massive crowds of eager gaming fans lining up as the show begins each day. With another iteration of the annual show in the books, it’s time to run down my top 10 games of the show. While many of them are familiar names, you may find you’ve discovered a new adventure you have to pursue.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The holy grail of E3 2019 was Final Fantasy VII Remake. I had a feeling it would end up being my choice for Best of Show far before I ever descended upon the Square Enix booth, but my expectations were absolutely blown away as soon as I picked up the controller. Final Fantasy VII Remake is an exciting amalgam of updated mechanics, gorgeous graphics, a remixed soundtrack, and an expanded story that both veterans and newcomers will undoubtedly fall in love with nearly immediately.
This quick slice of gameplay proved that Square has one thing in mind when it comes to bringing back Final Fantasy to the forefront of everyone’s minds, and that’s quality. It’s going to be a long wait for March 3, 2020.
My time with the third core entry in the Borderlands series was short, but totally sweet. It’s a rush of adrenaline to jump in and start zipping through, guns blazing, as you fight off Psychos and other bloodthirsty enemies. After a brief presentation I got a chance to play as Moze, the Gunner, whose explosive firepower took my breath away. Her seemingly unlimited weapons and arms cut through the Psychos’ defenses like a knife through butter, and made short work of every enemy who dared run toward me, screaming and waving around their weapons. Luckily, Moze’s abilities were able to ensure I was only ever down for the count briefly, then got right back up on the horse and mowed down the bad guys.
It was buttery smooth, rife with plenty of opportunities to tear through my enemies, and well worth the wait for when it debuts later this year. This is Borderlands at its best in every single way, and it’s only going to get better from here.