Author: John Vanderhoef

E3 2014 Impressions: Blockbusters, Indies, and Games from Poland

DA Inquisition

E3 2014 was all about the games for the major platform holders and publishers. However, as good as the blockbuster games for PC and home consoles looked, the show floor was also overflowing with inspiring indie games from all over the world. I spent three days wandering the crowded expo floor and attending demonstrations. Below is a breakdown of some of the most interesting games I had the opportunity to play or see demoed.

Daylight Review

Procedural Constipation

Daylight Review Screenshot

HIGH Effective sound design that leaves players shaking… before sprinting for their lives.

LOW The procedurally-generated levels all look eerily similar.

WTF I had to force myself to play this game because I'm a coward.

Need for Speed Rivals Review

Like Dogs Chasing Cars

Need for Speed Rivals

HIGH Narrowly escaping a pursuing squad of police cars and power drifting into the safety of my hideout with hundreds of sounds of speed points under my belt.

LOW For an open world driving game, there are not nearly enough alternative paths and emergent gameplay moments that use the geography.

WTF The non-ironic gritty and serious tone of the "story."