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E3 2017: Highlights and Best Bits

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With over 68,000 attendees, E3 remains to be the world’s biggest video game trade show. The recently-concluded event did not disappoint with an overwhelming ensemble of features, including exclusive peeks at gameplays and interviews with the biggest names in video game development.

Couldn’t keep up with the list of awesome new games to watch out for? We got you covered!

 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Series: Uncharted
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: Action-adventure
Release Date: August 22, 2017

No Nathan Drake in this standalone expansion to the Uncharted series. Uncharted 2’s Chloe Frazer and Uncharted 4’s Nadine Ross are in charge and onto the Tusk of Ganesh, an artifact hidden in the mountains of India.

If you’re new to the series, Uncharted is often compared to Tomb Raider for its treasure-centric and action-adventure nature, played from a third-person perspective.

 

Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle

Developers: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan
Publisher: Ubisoft
Engine: Snowdrop
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Turn-based tactics
Release Date: August 29, 2017 (Worldwide)

Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi team up with Rabbids heroes to explore a new world twisted by the mischievous Rabbids. Kingdom Battle is a bubbly, modern combat adventure that’s sure to excite true Super Mario fans.

 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Engine: LithTech
Series: Middle-Earth
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG, Action-adventure
Release Date: October 10, 2017

Following 2014’s Shadow of Mordor is another videogame set in middle-earth. In Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power as the war for Mordor begins. The open-world RPG attempts to create a unique gameplay experience with environments and characters shaped by your actions and decisions in the game.

 

The Evil Within 2

Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Series: The Evil Within
Release Date: October 13, 2017

Would you enter a shape-shifting world of nightmares for someone you hold dear? In Evil Within 2, Detective Sebastian Castellanos employs weapons, traps and stealth skills to power over supernatural adversities to rescue his daughter.

 

Super Mario Odyssey

Developers: Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development
Publisher: Nintendo
Series: Mario Series
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Platform Game
Release Date: October 27, 2017

Oh, the lengths that Mario goes through to save his beloved Princess Peach! In this colorful and clever instalment of the series, Mario’s apparently cursed hat allows him to possess living and non-living creatures, including taxis and a T-rex!

 

Wolfenstein 2

Developer: MachineGames
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: October 27, 2017

The mission: liberate 1961 US from the Nazis! The New Colossus is sillier and extra creative in its alternate history Nazi America with fire-breathing robot dogs and wheelchair-bound shooter segments!

 

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Developers: Motive Studios, EA DICE, Criterion Software
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Engine: Frostbite
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: November 17, 2017

Immerse in the battle for the city of Theed! Battlefront 2 features cameos of Darth Maul, Yoda, and even Rey and Kylo Ren!

 

Hidden Agenda

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: Action-adventure
Release: 2017

Play homicide detective Becky Marnie and district attorney Felicity Graves in this crime thriller of a video game. Designed as a party game, Hidden Agenda uses the PlayLink feature to allow players of up to 5 to vote on each character decision that would shape the progress and result of the narrative.

 

Vampyr

Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Engine: Unreal Engine
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG
Release Date: 2017

Step into the conflicted shoes of Dr. Jonathan Reid who vows to find a cure to 1918 London’s flu while fighting off the urge to kill for blood as a newly-turned vampire.

 

Far Cry 5

Developers: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Engine: Far Cry
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: First-person shooter, Action-adventure
Release Date: February 27, 2018

Your mission in Far Cry 5 is to take down Eden’s Gate which is a violent cult that has taken over Hope County, Montana. The trigger-happy in-game trailer features a co-op

 

God of War

Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Series: God of War
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: Action-adventure
Release: 2018

The new God of War features the new Kratos, now a man outside the shadow of the gods, as he ventures into the brutal Norse wilds with his son.

 

Days Gone

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Engine: Unreal Engine
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genres: Action-adventure, survival horror
Release Date: 2018

Days Gone made up for the absence of The Last of Us 2 in E3 2017. As seen in its in-game trailer, the survival horror is set in an open-world environment where there would be multiple ways to complete objectives.

 

Marvel’s Spider-man

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Genre: Action-adventure
Release Date: 2018

The fun and impressive in-game trailer for spidey’s new video game seems to take inspiration from Rocksteady’s Arkham series, with action and fight scenes relying heavily on the timing of button presses.

 

A Way Out

Developer: Hazelight Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Engine: Unreal Engine
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action-adventure
Release Date: 2018

A game of trust and companionship, A Way Out is an online co-op experience. It’s a two-player story with the initial objective of two prisoners working together to break out of prison.

 

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Developers: Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier
Engine: LyN
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One & 360
Genre: Action-adventure
Release Date: Unannounced

Prequel to 2003’s game of the same name and after over a decade of waiting, we’re finally given a peek into the journey to System 3. The general first reaction? Graphics from the first game are worlds apart!

Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be a single-player experience, as well as a cooperative online game.

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