Amiibo, Nostalgia and Sequels Aplenty: E3 2014 Roundup

This week saw the annual E3 convention return in full swing in Los Angeles. People have travelled from all around the world to be the first to hear about what’s new and what the future holds for gaming. Here at Dojit, we’re rounding up the news that has come out so far.

Nintendo Amiibo

Nintendo unveiled their Amiibo figures via a typically understated video. Amiibos are the company’s answer to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but their USP is that they will work across multiple titles, with technology already available with the WiiU.

Tomb Raider

Square Enix announced the inevitable follow up to their rebooted Tomb Raider franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider, with a succinct teaser trailer. The game sees Lara Croft apparently in therapy due to the events of the last game, but still exploring tombs and taking out bad guys. A sequel to experimental spin off title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has been announced too, titled Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.

Crackdown 3

A brand new Crackdown title has been announced by Microsoft. It has been stressed that it isn’t an Xbox One remake of the recent Xbox 360 game, but a fully fledged sequel. A brand new co-op campaign has been promised for fans of the game.

Mario Maker

Nintendo announced a WiiU title, provisionally titled Mario Maker. The game is essentially a classic Mario style platform adventure, but the player can alter levels on the fly using the gamepad’s touchscreen, and possibly even create whole new levels from scratch.

Playstation Now and TV

Sony announced the PS Now and PS TV. PS Now is the company’s answer to backwards compatibility, and will as a service offer a huge range of titles from PS1-PS3 for download to your PS4. The PS TV is the company’s newest handheld console, which will connect to and be compatible with your PS4 and PS4 games.

Grim Fandango

Beloved LucasArts title Grim Fandango has been announced to be getting rerelease courtesy of Sony. Fans of the game are over the moon, but others are wary about what this thirst for nostalgia means for the PS4 and gaming in general.

Just Dance Now

Ubisoft announced Just Dance 2015, the latest in their Just Dance franchise. Also, they announced Just Dance Now, a mobile version of the game that connects to a dedicated website and uses a smartphone much like a Wiimote to track the player’s movements.

Halo 5

New details about Halo 5: Guardians were announced. The character featured in the game’s teaser trailer has been named as Agent Locke, but nothing more has yet been said about him. Ridley Scott is on board to create digital shorts titled Halo Nightfall, which will flesh out his backstory.

Final Fantasy 7 G Bike

Although Final Fantasy fans still won’t be getting the FF7 port they long for, they’ll be able to play a souped up version of one of it’s mini games on their iPhones and Androids. Final Fantasy 7 G Bike plays in the endless runner style popular in mobile games, and offers up a variety of game modes and levels to play.

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