E3 2017 has passed and we have had more than a week to dwell on what we have seen. We’ve pondered upon what we are looking forward to, what we are disappointed with, and with what we just can’t help ourselves but to ask, WHY?
E3 had gone pretty well with the presentations being what they were, presentations. More games, less talk; the formula was perfect. And the result? Trailers and gameplay galore. Goosebumps have risen, jaws were dropped, and tears were shed. For this list, there won’t be any repeaters, such as Call of Duty, Madden, etc., nothing against them, but how game changing are they? Honestly. In my opinion (and with some help from Gamespot’s and Gametrailers YouTube channel), here are the best of the best of E3 (in no particular order):
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars: Battlefront was a great game even though it lacked story and a single-player mode. Battlefront II is here to mend those mistakes with a story following an Imperial soldier that will go through thirty years from the original trilogy to the new one. The game’s multiplayer will span through all 3 trilogies including heroes like Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey, and Kylo Ren. I’m the most excited for this game cause it looks like EA has listened to it’s community and is finally making the Battlefront we want.
Need for Speed: Payback
Since 2005’s Most Wanted, Need for Speed really hasn’t done it for me, even with the newest Hot Pursuit. The only one was the Run which was a linear racing experience where you have to drive from coast to coast across America. The story was awesome. With Payback you have a Fast and Furious type of story and Burnout-style takedowns. I’m still a bit hesitant because of the open-world factor and not being linear but this might work out.
A Way Out
Probably the most unique game ever shown. A Way Out is made by the developers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons where it can be played in co-op mode with one player taking either role. The crazies thing is that you’ll both have your own screen and during one player’s cutscene, the other player will already be in-game. It’s hard to explain but when you look at the footage, it’ll become pretty clear.
Did you play Mass Effect: Andromeda? Did you fell it lacked something? Maybe some effort from the developers? Wanna know where all of that went? Anthem. A shooter game where you fly mech suits called Javelins exploring a world outside of the sanctuary where only a wall stands between humanity’s extinction. You can even team up with a squad with different Javelins. As much as this might be a copy of something else (*cough* Destiny *cough*), the game looks amazing.
Imagine a side-scroller Contra-like shooter with old-school Disney animation, like the tugboat cartoon with a certain mouse. That’s what you’re getting with Cuphead. There’s nothing much to say about this game except it stands out among ever other platformer seen so far.
There’s nothing better than being a supercop with enhanced powers that takes down gangs. That’s what Crackdown is about, you roam the city protecting it the only way you know how, by destroying it. The crackdown series has always been fun and the progression system helps you become more and more powerful. I’m very excited to play this game especially since it will be the first on PC.
Dragon ball Fighter Z (FighterZ?)
If I had a list for the best of the best, and I also put them in order, this would be on top. From all the games shown at E3, this stole the show. We’ve had many Dragon Ball fighting games in the past but they’ve mostly been 3D, and the 2D ones have been handheld(Supersonic Warriors and Butoden). So far no game has beaten Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku for the GBA until now. Arc Systems is behind the wheel for the development for this game. Using mechanics from games like Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, this combination works very well since their games have an anime-like quality to them. They have made the 2D fighters for the Dragon Ball games, and now they will be releasing this on all platforms. With the 3v3 tag mechanic, they will be in direct competition with Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite. My only question, Marvel VS Capcom: Who?
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
One year later after the events of The New Order, B.J. Blaskowicz wakes up to see his in time for the second American Revolution, his new motivation? His unborn children. Now know as Terror Billy, B.J. needs to join up with the resistance to take back America. The previous game was fun and I expect the same for this one.
The Evil Within II
Evil Within is back with a new protagonist. Your goal? Finding your daughter who you thought was dead. The game is pretty straight forward, we just need to see what kind of horror is going to be brought to the table and will it be scarier than Resident Evil 7 or Outlast 2?
Now if you haven’t played the Metro series then this is the part where I tell you to play it and then talk to me when you have got some culture. So all the Metro games are FPS adventures with a linear story. The setting takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, taking on monsters & other hostile humans, and equipping you with makeshift weapons and items. The games are always great and this time, from the trailer, we might go open world.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
15 years! It has taken us 15 years to finally get to this moment. The sequel (well prequel storywise) to Beyond Good & Evil has finally been announced and this time it’s here to stay. Trailer is just CGI starry a lovable ape named Knox stealing from a pig. The item in question is a map to something, probably treasure. I’m excited for this especially with “Space Monkey Program” that is probably a beta or gives some insight into the game.
Far Cry 5
After Far Cry goes to two international fictional locations and this time it comes home to America. You’re a sheriff’s deputy send into this fictional town in Montana to take down a cult of people who are apocalypse preppers. My question is why the FBI or CIA aren’t involved, or have the military just roll in. I’m sure the game will answer that question but til then we get a taste of gameplay where you use for-hire mercenaries to take down the cult. I’m excited to partner up with Boomer the dog to have him fetch me their guns.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
If you don’t see the joke in the title, I pity your niavety. The Stick of Truth was a great RPG that was true to the series thanks to Matt Stone and Trey Parker guiding the developers. This time we’re back again as the New Kid but this time instead of the fantasy setting, we’re now doing the superhero thing.
South Park Phone Destroyer
You like the South Park game? You wanna play it on the go? Here’e the mobile version.
Shadow of the Colossus
Okay so if you haven’t played this, then you have missed one of the most essential video games, here’s your chance, if you have a PS4. The game was beautiful and with this update, it’s gotten even better. The object of the game is simple, find the Collosi and kill them. The game is open world but the only restriction is that you have to take them down in order. There are not other monsters just the Collosi. You have a grip mechanic that you can enhance by finding lizards with glowing tails.
Monster Hunter World
I was hoping this would be Deep Down, the game Capcom teased a long time ago that seemed like a mix of Dragon’s Dogma and Dark Souls. I was mislead but not disappointed. Monster Hunter World shows a gameplay of tracking down a T-Rex that just kept evolving until it came down to a 1v1 battle between two monsters. I never played Monster Hunter World but I hope this will be a good first step into it.
God of War
Kratos is back but all the Gods are dead! So now what? This time we’re taking a step into Norse Mythology. Gone are the signature blades Kratos was chained to and replaced with a magical Axe of unknown Origin. Now he must teach his son to survive while taking on new monsters and Gods. The difference between the old games and this is that the entire game has been built from the ground-up and doesn’t have the same isometric-ish perspective the previous games had.
Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can! Yeah he’s back but this time Insomniac has taken the reigns in development. Oh yeah, the guys who made the Ratchet & Clank series, got goosebumps yet? What sets this apart from the others is that the traversing portion of the game includes parkour. The story seems to be original which will depict a much older Spider-Man in college taking on a new group of enemies. The gameplay looks amazing with some QTEs(quick time events) thrown in.
Tired of Zombies? Well too bad! This is another take on the post-apocalyptic/horror/zombie genre. Plays similar to the Last of Us but with an open world where you use your motorcycle to get around. Not only are there human zombies but the animals have been zombified as well. The zombies play a role in helping out the protagonist, they can be used to create distractions or scare off a gang of hostiles. The zombies also run in large groups and they run fast, similar to the ones in the World War Z movie but toned down and more realistic. Despite being an exclusive to PS4, this game has huge potential to be a GOTY winner.
Super Mario Odyssey
This is a long time coming for Mario to have a game to call his own similar to Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. This is another where he is on a solo adventure(sort of). In Super Mario Odyssey, his hat plays a major role in the as it has been possessed by a “hat ghost” named Cappy. Mario can use Cappy to attack enemies, traverse hard-to-reach areas, and possess anything, even a Tank.
Now this, this is the newest Kirby without the gimmicks, no robots, rainbows, or yarns. Yeah the gimmicks were fun but now I think it’s time we go back to the basics, sucking up enemies and stealing their powers. Okay well we do have a gimmick this time but it doesn’t change the gameplay too much. Now as Kirby you can get up to 3 enemies on your side which mean we are gonna have a 4-player co-op mode with each other player taking on different roles.
Metroid Prime 4
Out of left field comes the announcement of the next game in the Metroid Prime series. No gameplay, screenshots, or even concept art was shown. All we received was a smaller teaser with the title. Knowing the previous games this will also be a FPS that will be coming to the Switch.
Metroid: Samus Returns
One Metroid wasn’t enough for you? Well you’re in for a treat, especially if you love the classics. This is simply a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the 3DS. If you’ve played Metroid II before then you’ll want this, if you haven’t then you SHOULD play this.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
As long as we are on the topic of Metroid, let’s talk about this Metroidvania style game. Starting off as a Kickstarter project, this game is heavily inspired from Castlevania. This game includes elements like leveling up, a variety of weapons and items, and crafting. This game is going to have David Hayter (Solid Snake) and Robbie Belgrade (the voice of Alucard in Castelvania). If doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know if you’re human.
This is an interesting take on the horror/vampire genre. You play as a vampire doctor (a doctor turned into a vampire, not a vampire specialist, trust me I wondered that too). A third-person action/adventure with RPG elements where you level up by either killing people or through investigation. You can beat the game without killing anyone but you’ll be limited on how much you can level up.
Untitled Pokemon Game
No screenshots, concept art, teasers for this one. But it will be a new Pokemon RPG made by Game Freak.
Tunic is an simple , isometric game where you play as a fox with a sword and shield. Whether or not you get equipment or can level up is not made clear. All that is shown is a fox fighting enemies with the dodge-rolling style of Dark Souls. This games seem straight-forward, as time passes, we’ll have to see what other elements this game has in store. I have high hopes and hope you do as well.
Age of Empires – Definitive Edition
Age of Empires is back with updated graphics, higher resolutions, and even further zoom levels so you can see more of your units. This was one of the first RTS games I have ever played and it’s never been boring. You get stuck in campaign and can’t take on anyone use a cheat code to summon a rocket car, load them up on boats and wreak havoc.
From Klei, the makers of Don’t Starve, comes a new IP that has the art style of the Shank series, with an open-world element. You play as a mercenary who recruits other mercenaries by convincing them. The trailer seems to show what looks to be a speech system, turn-based action, and if one of your buddies gets tossed in jail, you have the choice of bribing and bailing them out. I’ve played most of Klei’s games including Don’t Starve, Shank 1 & 2, and Mark of the Ninja, and each one has it’s own unique gameplay elements and has never been boring. So knowing Klei is making this one has me pretty excited.
Ever played Advanced Wars , Fire Emblem or any tactics-style game? Did you love it? Well you’re gonna love this. This new RPG game that is heavily influenced by Advanced Wars includes the nostalgic elements of the aforementioned game with a renaissance fantasy setting.
What do you get when you combine Shadow of the Colossus, Shadow of Mordor, Mirror’s Edge, Spider-Man, Attack on Titan, and Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance? You get this. Extinction has you playing as the last Sentinal and humanity’s last line of defense from giant Orcs, like Godzilla-sized Orcs! You run around jumping, double-jumping, wall running, air dashing your way to these Orcs to take them out. The fighting is pretty unique as you have you have to go around dismembering their limbs and building enough power to chop their heads off. This is probably one of the most unique games that might seem repetitive but each Ogre will be more challenging than the last with different armor and different way to cut them down. And you think you can probably take one hit and live, well you’re WRONG!!! One hit and your dead fool! You better get clever.
The Last Night
A new side-scroller with a cyberpunk theme, like Shadowrun or Blade Runner. The game looks amazing with it’s pixel graphics like Hotline Miami or Home. Story? My guess you’re framed and on the run the basic elements for a cyberpunk story.
The End is Nigh
From the creator of the Binding of Isaac comes his newest IP, The End is Nigh. The game is a platformer similar to Super Meatboy but at a slower pace. You are a lonely survivor looking for parts to create a friend.
Last but not the least, the only VR game that I am excited about. You can play it without VR but I believe VR will make this an even better experience. The gameplay is simple, you have control over time, if you move then your enemies move; you stop, then your enemies, bullets, and all objects stop. This game gives you a chance to make decisions based on your situation. Bullet coming toward your face? Dodge or shoot it with your gun. No gun? Throw objects. You can punch and catch guns out of the air. Be the badass you want to be!