Best of E3 2014: Adventure Games

The curtains have closed on another year’s E3, and it’s hard not to walk away being excited for what’s coming soon in the near future (and beyond). If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that a lot of great games are in the works for every platform—so many, in fact, that the team at Walmart GameCenter magazine has decided to pick our favorite titles from E3 2014. Today, we look at our choices for best Adventure/RPG games from the show:

Walmart Dot-Com - Dragon Age Inquisition - Best Adventure 2

Title: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 10.07.2014

BioWare finally delivered the first good look at their upcoming cross-gen conclusion to the Dragon Age series (at least this saga within the Dragon Age universe) at E3, and the game certainly impressed. Most noticeable, of course, are the vast visual improvements Inquisition has made over its predecessors. But it’s all of Inquisition’s gameplay refinements that really impressed. In addition to offering two ways to play—real-time combat and tactically driven pauses in time previously reserved for PC builds—there’s now a higher premium on teamwork, which grants access to a new array of powers that could very well turn the tide in some of Dragon Age’s bigger battles.

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Walmart Dot-Com - Witcher III - Best Adventure

Title: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: CD Projekt RED
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: 02.24.2015

Geralt of Rivia’s bleak-and-bloody trilogy reaches its end in Wild Hunt, and the result is one of the most anticipated action-RPGs on the new generation of consoles. As the third chapter begins, Geralt is done serving the petty whims of kings and queens, and is off on his own personal journey as a monster-slayer, helping various desperate villages along the way. The game’s expansive open world—said to be 35 times the size of The Witcher 2—will help impart Geralt’s role as a Witcher, while the twisting narrative and copious amount of dialogue choices will make every playthrough feel like its own adventure.

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Walmart Dot-Com - Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor - Best Adventure

Title: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Monolith Productions
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 10.07.2014

J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth—the place that’s set the fantasy standard for nearly 80 years now—seems like the perfect backdrop for an open-world action-RPG, so it’s surprising that it’s taken so long to get one. With Shadow of Mordor, it looks like we’ll finally get an expansive adventure worthy of the likes of Aragorn, Legolas, Bilbo, and Boromir. Unlike many other Middle-earth stories, though, this one doesn’t star a wide-eyed, furry-footed Hobbit but a hardened, Wraith-possessed Ranger named Talion who holds one huge grudge against Sauron and his goons. The game’s deep Nemesis system means that enemies Talion’s battled will remember him as well, particularly if he’s previously added to their collection of scars.

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Walmart Dot-Com - Fable Legends - Best Adventure

Title: Fable Legends
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Lionhead Studios
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: TBD.2015

Heroes of Albion are no longer born—now they can be made. Unlike champions of old who could wield skill, will, and strength with ease, however, the modern heroes can only specialize in one of these ancient arts of combat. Additionally, appearances are more customizable than ever before, and the singular combat tree players choose to follow will have many branches, which means that no two characters are exactly alike. A strong emphasis on four-player co-op is also a big draw here, and a fifth player can choose to play as the villain for the first time ever, setting traps and sending out enemies in order to prevent the heroes from completing their respective quests.

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Walmart Dot-Com - Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD - Best Adventure

Title: Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS3
Release Date: 12.02.2014

Kingdom Hearts III is so far off, we didn’t even get a glimpse of it at E3. To help hold fans over until it’s ready, Square Enix will release Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix, which includes Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Birth By Sleep: Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. It’s great that Square Enix is collecting all of these games, originally released across multiple systems, on a single HD console—and sometimes with content never previously released outside of Japan. This collection gives new players an easy way to catch up, while the rest of us receive great new HD versions to whet our appetites for Kingdom Hearts III.