Every year, world’s biggest and best video game developers and publishers gather in Los Angeles to tease fans, and give a glimpse of what the future of gaming will look like, with reveals, new trailers, hands-on demos and more.
This year’s E3 did not disappoint with some amazing games with huge potential up for show and some great hardware as well. With all the news that’s coming out from and after E3, here’s our pick of some of the best games and products to look out for.
There’s a whole lot of buzz around the Spider-Man franchise right now – especially with Tom Holland’s web crawler finally swinging his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it looks like the PS4 exclusive is definitely heading in the right direction. Unlike the movies though (finally), this is a more experienced Peter Parker and not one still trying to find his feet.
The graphics and spider-dynamics (my term for all things Spider-Man related) look spot on from the swinging to the way he moves. What seems to look like slick CGI in the trailer, is apparently actual gameplay capture which is definitely a cut above previous games.
Things are looking good for everyone’s favourite webhead. Spider-Man is scheduled for a 2018 release on the PS4.
2. Assassin’s Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins brings us back to where it all began, Ancient Egypt. Playing as Bayek, a protector of Egypt whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, players will plunge into a living, systemic open world, and discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and – engraved in long-lost hieroglyphics – the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
Ubisoft have also revealed the “Bayek Protector of Egypt” figurine from the Ubicollectibles collection. The figurine shows Bayek with his complete outfit including a shield, a bow and the iconic hidden blade, with his eagle Senu, both targeting their next prey.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be available at the launch of the Xbox One X and on October 27, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
3. A Way Out
EA and Josef Fares are looking to change the co-op landscape. A Way Out is a co-op game that revolves around Vincent and Leo – “two men who don’t know each other but who will have to learn to work together no matter the situation. They need to find a way to break out of prison and continue on together beyond the prison walls.”
While the premise is that of a jail break, what’s truly interesting is that there is no option for solo play. A Way Out is purely co-op. You can find a friend online, but it’s really tailored for two mates to be seated side-by-side on a couch. And since it’s always played in split screen, here’s the reason to buy that big screen TV you’ve been putting off.
A Way Out will be available early 2018 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
4. Skull and Bones
Ubisoft’s been extremely busy this E3 – making up for the quiet year they had last year. A couple of reasons why Skull and Bones made it to the list. 1) Building on their experience working on ‘Black Flag’, this is the first AAA game from the studio to be totally produced from its Singapore office…. 2) Pirates!
Be the ultimate scourge of the Indian ocean as you team up with four other pirates to rule the seas in 5 v 5 multiplayer action. 5 different classes of ships will take up the traditional roles of Tank, Range, DPS and the like as you maneuver, and outmaneuver, your vessel across the seas sinking the enemy and gathering loot.
However, it’s still not clear what payment model will Ubisoft decide on for their latest IP.
Skull and Bones is set to launch Fall 2018 on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC.
Moving away from the games themselves, here’s a little bit of hardware. Last year we we reintroduced to the PlayStation 4 Pro. This year, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Xbox One X in all its glory.
Previously called “Project Scorpio”, the Xbox One X is “the world’s most powerful console” to create and play games on, putting the greatest graphic fidelity in the hands of the world’s best game creators to create true 4K games.
Under the hood, the Xbox One X has 40% more power than any other console, and will allow gamers to experience immersive true 4K gaming when paired with a 4K display as well as Dolby Atmos and HDR support.
The Xbox One X will be available later in 2017.
Honourable Mention – Beyond Good and Evil 2
Yup, Ubisoft’s been real busy. Beyond Good and Evil 2, a standalone game that will have little to do with the original, might just be one of the most ambitious projects ever embarked uopn and threatens to break the mold. Definitely one of the best trailers and reveals this E3.
“We know fans’ expectations for Beyond Good & Evil2 are enormous, which is why we first wanted to make sure we had a concept and technology that would astonish players. I’m incredibly thankful to Ubisoft and to the fans for giving us the time and the trust to get it right,” said Michel Ancel, Creative Director. “We’re creating a sci-fi space opera, a game where players fight for freedom alongside unforgettable characters and explore a stunning and vast solar system, all while capturing the spirit of Beyond Good & Evil.”
However, there really is nothing much more than that. We do know that the scope is expansive – an open-world action adventure with RPG elements, but no release date scheduled just yet. It’s one of those that looks really good, and we hope it works out, but till then, it makes for a good trailer.
What was your E3 favourite this year? Let us know in the comments below.