E3 2019 is over. Now it’s time to look back and get excited about all the hot new video games we’ve been promised. However, many of those games are months or even years away. The downside of hype is that takes a lot of patience. And if you only watched the show instead of going yourself, you didn’t even get to play any preview demos to tide yourself over.
Fortunately, while everyone is anticipating upcoming games, a great new E3 trend is publishers secretly releasing new games during the show itself. That way everyone has something to play right now instead of just budgeting for future pre-orders. Here are some E3 2019 video games you can play today.
Cadence of Hyrule
Nintendo’s next two big Zelda games are the Link’s Awakening remake and the full-on sequel to Breath of the Wild. However, right now you can play Cadence of Hyrule, the surprise mash-up between Zelda and indie rhythm roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Story Creator
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is already stuffed to the gills with secrets to uncover, weapons to master, and ancient Greek lands to explore. However, with this new free update you can now create your own horny adventures for Kassandra and Alexios… but really Kassandra.
Contra Anniversary Collection
Finally the whole world knows about Konami’s new Contra game, a 3D isometric take on the classic shooter called Contra Rogue Corps. But if you’re looking for something more proven and available now, check out this collection of vintage Contra hits.
Collection of Mana
The first two Mana games, Final Fantasy Adventure and Secret of Mana, are classic action-RPGs worth buying on their own. But this collection also includes Trials of Mana, the third game never before released in America. Plays this before the full-on Trials of Mana remake.
While other press conferences have bigger announcements, indie publisher Devolver Digital packs its shows with by far the most lore. And now they’ve released a collection of “bootleg” PC versions of their biggest hits like Hotline Miami, Ape Out, and Enter the Gungeon.
Considering how beloved the arcade sports game is, it’s kind of shocking more games haven’t ripped off Rocket League. But if you’re tired of cars playing soccer, maybe check out Ubisoft’s colorful free-to-play roller derby game instead?
Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary
The wait between Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3 has been brutal. But while you wait for the next true installment in Gearbox’s loot shooter, you can play this bonus piece of DLC for Borderlands 2 that serves as a prologue for the next chapter.
Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions
Forza 8 is going to have to wait until next year, probably on Project Scarlett. But forget realistic racing games. Right now you can get this wacky DLC for Forza Horizon 4 that lets you drive as cars made of Lego blocks. Everything is awesome!
State of Decay 2: Heartland
Sony skipped this year’s E3 so we didn’t learn anything new about Last of Us Part 2. So I’m sure Microsoft is very happy for you to know there’s a big expansion for their zombie game, State of Decay 2, available right now.
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