Each and every year, E3 is the one gaming event that unites all of the world’s gamers as we share our passion and excitement for all of the new up and coming games. E3 helps promote new game trailers, demos and keeping tabs on all of the latest news in the gaming world. Whether it’s a game you like or not, there is no denying the rush you receive when watching a new trailer, gameplay or teaser for an upcoming game appear on the gigantic screens within each of the Press Conference halls.
E3 2017 has seen a host of announcements come from EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo – so there is a lot to be taken in. From huge surprising reveals that no one expected, to unwanted and even unnecessary games that are simply being milked for all they’re worth. So now that all of the major E3 press conferences are over and the stream of new game announcements have slowed, we can begin to sort through the wreckage.
Now, we understand that watching all of the conferences – which would fare well over five hours – isn’t always possible, so we have collected a list of some of the best and worst games that were announced at this years 2017 E3 convention.
15. Best – Metro Exodus
It should come as no surprise that A4 Games have been working on a sequel for the ever popular Metro series, as each instalment has received critical acclaim by scoring near perfect reviews for every game. So when Microsoft unveiled the trailer – which looked absolutely breathtaking in 4K – fans were beyond excited.
Metro: Exodus is said to be A4 Games most ambitious project yet and will feature some of the largest, most engaging environments seen within the Metro series.
While A4 games haven’t mentioned an official release date for Metro: Exodus, we do know that it will be arriving sometime during 2018. The trailer unfortunately didn’t mention anything regarding Xbox exclusivity, so we can only assume that it will be releasing on PS4 and PC.
14. Worst – Knack 2
Announced during the PlayStation pre-show, it was revealed that Knack 2 will be launching on the PS4 on September 5. But don’t expect too many people to be excited for its upcoming release as many still haven’t forgotten about the sour taste that the original game left.
Knack – the first game in the series – was quite possibly one of the most uninspiring and most laughable titles to ever launch with a new console. Knack 2 seems to be haunted by its predecessor’s reputation as people cannot get over just how terrible the original game was. To top things off, the Knack 2 E3 trailer didn’t give fans the hope they need – as the gameplay was far from perfect.
Sometimes, it is just best to let things go.
13. Best – Anthem
Dubbed the Destiny killer, Anthem is set to be EA’s newest flagship IP that will take the gaming world by storm. Judging from its reveal trailer during the Microsoft press conference – it is safe to say that Anthem may just be the biggest game of 2018. The press conference showcased over 6 minutes of stunning gameplay that puts many other online shooters to shame.
Anthem has been described as an online, shared-world action-RPG where the player is a freelance who lives within the walls of a city that is trying to protect humanity. From customizable exosuits, impressive gun-play and robotic looking enemies – Anthem looks to have everything that you could possibly want from an online cooperative shooter.
Anthem is set to release during Fall of 2018 and will be BioWare’s – the creator of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series – most ambitious project yet.
12. Worst – State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2 was announced during the Microsoft press conference with a rather boring and lacklustre trailer and despite a few minor changes, State of Decay 2 feels much more like a DLC than a completely new instalment to the series. If that wasn’t already bad enough, fans were shocked to hear that the title won’t be releasing until Spring 2018 – which is still over eight months away.
State of Decay 2 has obviously been in the works for quite some time now, so it comes as a shock to many fans that the game is lacking in not only graphics, but also in terms animation. Many have criticized how robotic the players looked in the trailer.
Here’s hoping that the developers have much more planned for the game between now and its release next year.
11. Best – Assassin’s Creed: Origins
After almost an entire year of constant leaks and rumours, Ubisoft finally revealed that the next instalment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise would indeed be heading to rumoured, Ancient Egypt.
After taking a much needed one year break, Assassin’s Creed: Origins seems to be changing the formula up quite a bit as the game is embracing a number of new RPG elements, more open world environments, and a combat system like no other Assassin’s Creed game before. From new weapons, the introduction of shields and the use of hit boxes – so you no longer will be automatically dragged to the enemy when attacking like previous games.
The director of the game, Ashraf Ismail has even promised that we will see tons of amazing and challenging boss fights throughout the game. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is set to release on October 27, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
10. Worst – Starlink: Battle for Atlas
During Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, they announced a new game that is designed to challenge Skylanders in the toys-to-life genre. The game – which is titled Starlink: Battle for Atlas – is a space combat simulator that uses a real-life model spaceship that attaches to the top of your controller.
Trying to follow in the footsteps of Activision’s Skylanders may not be one of Ubisoft’s smartest decisions – just look at what happened to Disney Infinity. And let’s be honest, having a rather large – and hopefully light – model spaceship attached to your controller may not exactly be very practical or even comfortable.
Either way, it’s going to be rather intriguing to see how this plays out for Ubisoft because at this stage, things don’t seem to be looking very good.
9. Best – Evil Within 2
The reveal trailer for The Evil Within 2 was easily one of the scariest trailers of this year’s E3 – we shouldn’t have expected anything less as the series is created by Shinji Mikami, the developer of the cult classic series, Resident Evil. Just like the original game, The Evil Within II will be just as twisted as things are set to pick up again with Detective Sebastian Castellanos, as he has the chance to save his daughter – but not without falling trap to a world of nightmares and horrors.
Judging from what we have seen so far in the reveal trailer, The Evil Within II looks absolutely fantastic not only gameplay wise, but also graphically. The Evil Within II is also set to release on only the most fitting day of the entire year – Friday, October 13 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
8. Worst – Skull & Bones
As Ubisoft unveiled Skull & Bones during their press conference, the audience was left captivated by its intriguing cinematic trailer as many hoped it was the Black Flag spin off that has been desired by players since 2013.
However, it is safe to say that Skull & Bones was easily one of the most disappointing games of E3 as the game played nothing like what was shown in its trailer. Skull & Bones is essentially a PVP, cooperative multiplayer where you and a bunch of friends challenge another team of pirates to find out who can gather the most loot possible. While the gameplay may look boring, the games graphics look absolutely stunning, especially its water.
Skull & Bones is still a long way off as the pirate game is set to release in fall 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
7. Best – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
The rumors were true that a Mario and Rabbids game was in the works as it was announced during the Ubisoft press conference, and that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle would be making its way to the Nintendo Switch on August 29. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a crossover strategy game that many have described as Mario meets X-COM as the gameplay is very similar.
Next time you go to make fun of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle just know that the director of the game – David Soliani – broke down into tears during the conference as he has so much passion for what he and his team have created. Moments like this make us appreciate those that develop video games so much more as they spend years, upon years working hard to produce something that the players will love.
6. Worst – Just Dance 2018
When is Ubisoft going to learn that nobody in their audience – or anyone watching the livestream for that matter – is watching their conference eagerly for their annual ‘surprise’ announcement of the next instalment to the Just Dance franchise. This year’s conference was no different, as Ubisoft announced that Just Dance 2018 will be arriving later this year in October. Just like previous years, the Just Dance reveal came from a live dance number on stage that also featured the singer, Bebe Rexha.
It comes as no surprise that Just Dance 2018 brings nothing new to the table as it is just a simple reformatting of the previous year’s instalment, but with the added bonus of a new track list. It baffles me why people continue to purchase this franchise every year.
Just Dance 2018 is set to release this October across all platforms, including the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360.
5. Best – A Way Out
Possibly one of the most unique games to come out of E3 is A Way Out – a cooperative prison that has to be played with a partner via a split-screen. Throughout the game, the player will take on different roles to help the duo not only escape prison, but to also survive the outside world. A Way Out is developed by the creators of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and is looking to be one of the best games of 2018.
Revealed during EA’s press conference, A Way Out is easily one of EA’s biggest risks ever when it comes to supporting a new IP. A Way Out is a very risky title to support as it must be played in cooperative split-screen with another player – whether it is somebody that you know, or simply a random person from online.
Either way, EA earns major props for helping publish such a risky game.
4. Worst – The Crew 2
When The Crew was first announced at the Ubisoft press conference in 2014, many were taken by surprise as it was the closest thing to a new Need for Speed game. However – just like many Ubisoft titles – the game launched very poorly and was criticized for its rather lackluster gameplay.
However, Ubisoft made it quite clear that they weren’t ready to give up on the series just yet as they announced that The Crew 2 is currently in the works. The Crew 2 – which showcased a rather impressive trailer – will allow players to become the King of all motor-sports. For a series that couldn’t even master the gameplay in the first title, how can they pull off creating a game that is based around several different motor-sports that includes boats, motorbikes and even planes.
There is currently no official release date, but The Crew 2 is set to launch sometime in early 2018.
3. Best – Beyond Good And Evil 2
After being announced in 2008, many fans had since given up hope of ever receiving a sequel to the cult classic, Beyond Good & Evil – a game that was released all the way back in 2003 for the PlayStation 2. So when Ubisoft closed their conference with Beyond Good & Evil 2, you can expect that the internet went into a frenzy as they have finally received the game they have wanted since 2003.
Unlike what fans expected, Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be set in the 24th century and will be a prequel that takes place before the birth of the first games protagonist – Jade. Beyond Good & Evil 2 currently does not have a release date, but given that no gameplay was shown during the reveal trailer we can only assume that the game is still in the very early stages of development.
2. Worst – Final Fantasy 15 – Monster of the Deep
Revealed during the PlayStation press conference, Final Fantasy 15 will be receiving a fishing focused DLC that will make use of the PlayStation VR.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – while the gameplay may seem cool, it is completely unnecessary and will likely only be interesting for no more than an hour- as fishing is only fun for a certain period of time. When you think about it, imagine if the developers spent their time working on DLC that was focused more around story content, playable characters and even a new modes.
Let’s face it though – Final Fantasy is known for doing some pretty weird stuff so a fishing VR game shouldn’t come too much as a surprise. Monster of the Deep is set to launch this September as a PlayStation VR exclusive.
1. Best – Shadow Of The Colossus Remake
The Sony press conference was a little different this year, as while the production and wow factor was there, it was missing the big hitting new games that are often announced each year. But, thankfully – while the game may not be new – Sony did manage to surprise fans when they announced that Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games – the developer behind the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection – will be remaking Shadow of the Colossus from ground up with all new assets.
Shadow of the Colossus has been one of the most loved and appreciated games ever since it launched on the PlayStation 2, all the way back in 2005. The Shadow of the Colossus remake has yet to be given an official release date but we do know that it will launch sometime in 2018.
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