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E3 2016 | Four Games (and VR) You Must Own

Not in LA because you’re stuck at work? I agree it sucks. Unfortunately, we can’t all be at E3, including myself. But thanks to the innovation of live streaming, we are able to see the reveals of our favorite upcoming video games. I've compiled a list of some of the must own products and games from this years E3 presentations.  We picked five games that we felt stood out from the pack, and are games that will be highly enjoyable to the community at large. With that being said. Take a look!

Forza Horizon 3

Release Date: Sept. 27 (Early Access for Ultimate Edition on Sept. 23
Platform: Xbox One (Exclusive)

Microsoft gave us our first look into the world of Forza Horizon 3. Taking the Horizon Festival to the far-off land of Australia, and boasting a trailer of all in-game footage that shows the full potential of Microsoft’s Xbox One hardware, Forza Horizon also boasts a brand new off-roading mode that will give Deep Silver’s Dirt Rally a run for its money. Forza Horizon Launches on Sept. 27 in the U.S., with early access to the Ultimate Edition on Sept. 23.

Death Stranding

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4 (Exclusive)

A thunderous ovation for Hideo Kojima, followed by a trailer featuring a drying-up ocean, lots of dead whales and Norman Reedus naked and holding a baby might have been the most interesting trailer of E3, but a project we have all been hoping for. With PT being canceled, one can only hope that this game will fill that vast void in our hearts for a Kojima horror/survival game.

Dishonored 2

Release Date: Nov. 11
Platform: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Set 15 years after the events of the original Dishonored title, Emily has finally taken her rightful place as the heir to the throne. Boasting the ability to play as Carno or Emily, and having fully voiced characters, new animations and a gorgeous new setting, Dishonored 2 has already written Game of the Year-candidate into its code. Dishonored 2 is also offering a free copy of Dishonored Definitive Collection, if you digitally pre-order. So, no excuses this time, kids.

Friday the 13th

Release Date: October
Platform: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

This one wasn’t on a conference, probably because it is too brutal for those little kiddies watching, but this is one of the unsung gems of E3. Friday the 13th is an adaptation of Sean Cunningham’s long-running horror series featuring the escapades of the hockey-mask-wearing, machete-wielding psychopath Jason Voorhees. This multiplayer title was recently kickstarted and features the motion capture work of the definitive Jason, Kane Hodder. This title features a 5-vs.-1 mode with the camp councilors versus the monstrous Jason. Jason’s mystical abilities and super-tuned senses are on display in this game, and, from what I can see, will be a sh*t-your-pants good time.

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Playstation VR

Release Date: Oct. 13
Platform: PS4

VR has stolen the show at this year's E3. Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would be coming to VR in 2017, Oculus announced Minecraft support during the Xbox conference and Sony showed off one of the most impressive lines in this newly formed genre during its conference Monday night. This line-up included Batman VR and a new Star Wars Battlefront featuring X-Wing fighters. It’s safe to say that VR is here, and it might be time to jump on the bandwagon, with at least one foot. Don’t worry, I am right there with you.

Did you like our choices for this top five? Make sure to tweet us @ESHNews, and join the conversation! Let us know what your favorite titles and products have been so far and what you’re hoping is shown in the next couple of days.

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A proud native of Boston Ma, Billy Nichols is often referred to as "Boston's Favorite Gamer"​ by his peers and community alike. Arriving on the scene in 2009, Billy has been published by the likes of SFX-360, Analoghype, The Electric Sistahood, and Shifted Productions. He is the Co-Founder Team Limit-Break, and Boston Stack Leader for Military charity Stack-Up.