E3 2017 may have been an event with no real super-duper surprises, but I still found myself enjoying it, due to how many games were shown off during the event. Sure, some conferences were absolutely terrible, like EA and Bethesda, but then you had some surprisingly good ones, like Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s conferences were chock full of games and less about everything else no one really cares about. I won’t be going in any order, and will just be listing off my favorite announcements from the show. It was a tough decision to narrow this down to a palatable list length, but I think I did a good job. My honorable mentions go to Anthem, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Riverbond, Metro: Exodus, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Deep Rock Galactic, Spiderman, Skull & Bones, and the Shadow of the Colossus remastering for PlayStation 4. Let’s get started.
A Way Out
Probably the one good reveal shown off at EA’s horrible E3 conference, the newest game from the director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons caught everyone by surprise. I love the idea that you have to play this co-op prison break action adventure game with another player. It’s refreshing and different, which is more than I can say about EA’s entire conference. With a more toned down realistic look, some interesting gameplay aspects, and being forced to play co-op with a friend or family member, A Way Out is definitely something to keep an eye out for.
The Last Night
This was probably one of the most visually interesting games from E3. With its use of 2D sprite characters, 3D pixel graphics, and cyberpunk neon universe, it was easy to stand out among the games being shown off at Microsoft’s E3. Now yes, I am aware of some of the unsavory tweets the creator of the game has posted in the past, but it seems like in recent interviews he has taken a step back and doesn’t fully buy into those beliefs anymore. However, we will have to see what happens, since I’m still rather excited for this cool cyberpunk adventure.
Assassin’s Creed Origin
Outside of the really stupid $800 Collector’s Edition on top of the other varied Editions of this game, I was impressed by what Assassin’s Creed: Origins is bringing to the table after taking a year-long hiatus. I loved that it all takes place in Egypt, and how you are able to use a falcon/hawk to scope out areas, how you will be able to slide down and climb pyramids, use a more refined melee combat system, and will hopefully be ditching all sorts of historically-accurate stuff, since the trailer shows off that at one point, you will be fighting a giant snake. Of course, I do have my concerns with how the real end-product is going to be, since this is Ubisoft, but color me impressed Origin.
The Artful Escape
This was probably one of the bigger surprises to come out of the Microsoft E3 conference. The Artful Escape was a Kickstarter game that arrived on the site last year, got some hype behind it, but no real praise outside of the game’s super vibrant art style. Unfortunately, it didn’t make its funding goal, and kind of went silent for a bit. This is easily one of the indie games to keep an eye out for, with its Yellow Submarine-style visuals and what looks to be rhythm or music-based platforming. Don’t let this one escape your grasp or your view anytime soon.
Super Lucky’s Tale
It was honestly surprising to see a 3D platformer come up in Microsoft’s exclusive library. After years of not really doing much outside of the shooter genre and not giving non-shooter exclusives the time and effort they needed, it’s odd to see them want to publish a game you would normally see on a PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch. It looks like a really tight and well-designed game, with a cute cartoony art style, and some fun gameplay. While it might not be doing much to innovate to truly be unique while platforming, it still looks like an entertaining ride.
The Indie scene did not seem that big in E3 2017, or at the very least, big enough to warrant its own list of smaller games shown off at the event, because of how most of the big companies didn’t show off the smaller projects coming to their consoles. Unruly Heroes, however, looks absolutely fantastic. It reminds me of game made by Vanillaware, with its crazy art style and fast combat. It looks smooth, you can play the game with up to four people at one time, and it just looks amazing in motion. I can’t wait to get my hands on this indie title.
Double Fine Presents definitely got some good buzz and vibes for their upcoming indie game they will be publishing, Ooblets. It’s an odd mixture of a Stardew Valley/Harvest Moon-style game where you grow crops, but then it turns into a turn-based RPG where you fight with your newly grown crops. Not only that, but it has some of the cutest art of any indie game at the event. I think it’s easy to see why Double Fine Presents is publishing this cute, yet ambitious indie game.
Shadow of War
I was glad to realize that Shadow of Mordor, outside of the terrible PR disaster that it brought onto itself, ended up a pretty excellent game. I was a tad surprised and concerned when I heard there was a sequel coming out, but I like where this is going. I enjoy the new additions, like being able to recruit special generals and have their armies fight for you against other armies. It seems like the right direction. Granted, I am curious to see how this goes, storywise, within the overarching universe, but hey, when they give a giant orc-like monster a fun personality, it shows that they are doing something right.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Just like EA, Bethesda had only one real reveal that was worth anything, and that was Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. I loved the original game from 2014, and it looks like the sequel, while dropping the question of how BJ survived the ending of the first game, looks to be doing more of what made that game amazing. It looks fun, looks great, seems to run smoothly, and hopefully, we will get another fantastic Wolfenstein game.
Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle
This was probably one of the most surprisingly delightful games shown off at E3. Who knew Ubisoft and Nintendo could take a concept like Mario and the Rabbids, and make what is essentially a complex, yet more approachable tactical RPG? It might look simplistic, but simplicity can spawn complexity if handled correctly. It looks like a fun game that I could see anyone new and old to strategy games getting into.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
I’m glad we are finally getting release date for this game. I don’t really have much else to say that changed over the time I have been waiting for this game, but it looks like we are in good hands, since it still seems to be building upon what made the first game great, still has a lot of the same witty humor, and the tactical RPG element will be satisfying and deep to play through. I guess I wish this was also coming to the Switch, since I could see this game being a good portable RPG to take on the go.
Stay tuned for part two of the list!