With E3 drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on this year’s show. When it comes right down to it, E3 2017 was chock-full of major game reveals. There were a bunch of titles that made a huge splash when they were showcased on stage. Some left a bigger impression than others, though. So, with that in mind, we thought we’d list our picks for the top ten biggest games showcased at E3.
A bit of a disclaimer; this list doesn’t necessarily imply that we aren’t excited about games that didn’t make our cut. Arguments can be made for many of those, and we’d like to hear from you about that. Also, we aren’t trying to say that all of the games we list will be good when they launch. This is simply a list of awesome titles that made us geek out the most when they were unveiled—in the heat of the moment, as it were. So without further ado, here’s the top 10 games that excited us the most at E3 2017.
- Skull and Bones:
It was tough to decide between Skull and Bones and Sea of Thieves, especially with so many other impressive titles being announced. At the end of the day, we love the idea of being totally immersed in the life of a Pirate at sea, and Ubisoft’s tendency toward the more visceral aspects of such an existence tip the scale in their favor.
- Beyond Good and Evil 2:
Not counting the behind the closed doors stuff that some folks were allowed to see, we only got a cinematic trailer for the follow-up to the 2003 cult hit. That was all it took to make this list, however. The reveal gave us some serious The Fifth Element vibes; plus talking apes and pig-men.
- Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
This game was somewhat of a shock for us. Bethesda had dropped a few hints that a follow-up to The New Order was in the works, but it wasn’t even on our minds going into their show. The humor, gunplay, and visuals all left us thoroughly impressed, and now it’s one of our most anticipated games.
- Far Cry 5:
Apart from possibly the best implementation of a dog in a video game to date, we didn’t really learn much more about Far Cry 5 than we already knew going into E3. That doesn’t mean that what was shown didn’t leave us reeling. February can’t come soon enough.
- Days Gone:
We were shown a fair amount of Days Gone at last year’s event, but this time around, Sony really focused on highlighting the moment to moment gameplay and what sort of man Deacon St. John (portrayed by Sam Witwer) is. Sons of Anarchy meets The Last of Us? Sold.
We finally got to meet the third and final playable character for the upcoming PlayStation exclusive, and Markus seems the most charismatic of the bunch. The visuals alone could be enough to get us interested, but it’s the emphasis on choice and consequence that really has us pumped for Detroit.
- God of War:
What we saw this year only further emphasized how awesome we think this new take on the wrathful Spartan’s next outing is going to be. The focus on Kratos’ relationship with his son and the revised combat mechanics combined with the game’s impressive visuals has us more amped than ever to return to the long-running series.
The friendly neighborhood web-slinger has never looked better in a video game. The inventive use of his webs to create traps or interact with the environment during combat is a step up from the mechanics of previous Spidey titles. Pair that with the impressive and cinematic moment to moment gameplay, then sprinkle on a healthy dose of witty banter, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Anthem was the biggest surprise to come out of E3 for us. Flying through the air with your pals in exo-suits, then dive-bombing the water, only to discover that you are now effectively a torpedo, then surfacing to blow stuff up with missile volleys and mortar strikes? Need we say more? It also didn’t hurt that it was one of the most visually stunning games we’ve seen to date (and that’s a high bar lately).
- Assassin’s Creed Origins:
We know what you’re thinking. How can Assassin’s Creed, a series that’s been running almost annually for 10 years, be the most exciting thing to come out of E3? We have two words for you: Ancient. Egypt. The world that Ubisoft has created for Origins is a marvel to behold. Beyond that, nearly every system in the long-running series has been refined, replaced, or reworked into something that essentially redefines the franchise. Taking a year off from their annual release schedule seems to have done the trick, and now, we can’t wait to get our hands on the game.
So, that’s it; the ten games we were most excited by from their presentations on stage. We know that you’re not going to agree with us. That’s why we want to hear your opinions. Which games did we miss that belong on this list? Which games should be removed? Why? Let us know in the comments below.