One of our favorite events each year is the Electronic Entertainment Expo, when the biggest names in video games converge on Los Angeles to give a look at upcoming video games, and produce some of the coolest booths and marketing activations anywhere.
This year, E3 was fully open to the public for the first time in years, and it was quite an exciting event. Gaming fans from all over flocked to the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA, as well as satellite events like Electronic Arts’ EA Play in Hollywood and Bethesda’s Bethesdaland press conference. It was a great week of chances to play awesome games and get a sense of what the future holds for the industry.
We saw a lot of awesome things during our week at E3, but there were some things that just stood out from the crowd. Here’s the list of our favorite games from E3 this year.
The return of “Star Wars: Battlefront” is looking better than its predecessor in every way. The thing that makes the games cool, though, is back — taking part in massive “Star Wars” battles complete with the weapons, ships and heroes everyone loves.
A Way Out
One of the surprising entries from EA Play was “A Way Out,” a two-player game that tells the stories of two men breaking out of prison. The game looks to have some really interesting cooperative gameplay mechanics to go with an emotional two-perspective story.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
The return to Mordor in this Tolkien spin-off is looking extremely exciting. In a game where you build an army by dominating the minds of evil orcs and turning them to your side, the best thing that “Shadow of War” can add is more personality. It seems like all those orcs are going to be very fun to fight, befriend, and take revenge on.
Quite possibly the cutest game at E3 2017 was “Moss,” a virtual reality title for the Playstation in which you control a mouse named Quill. You also play yourself as a character in the game, using motion controls to help Quill solve puzzles.
Shadow of the Colossus
This classic about fighting enormous giant creatures is getting a gorgeous-looking remake, and we can’t wait to play it again.
Sea of Thieves
“Sea of Thieves” is looking like the funniest gaming experience we’ve seen in a while. Teaming up with other players to run a pirate ship is an experience fraught with hijinks and hilarious disasters, from the looks of the latest trailers.
We’ve had our eyes on “Tacoma” for a while. The space station setting looks like a great place for the story-heavy follow up to “Gone Home,” one of the most fascinating games of the last few years.
Mixing new multiplayer ideas with some devilish, “Dark Souls”-like difficulty, we’re excited to see what “Ashen” brings to the gaming conversation.
Madden 18: Longshot
We’re totally fascinated by a version of EA’s long-running “Madden” franchise that includes a sports movie-like drama story as well. Plus, it’s got Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, so hopes are extremely high.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
The weirdest crossover game of the show goes to Nintendo and Ubisoft mixing “Mario” with the “Raving Rabbids” franchise. But by all accounts, this is going to be a hilarious take on both brands, so we’re definitely interested.
Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo’s upcoming “Mario” for its new Switch console got plenty of Game of the Show awards, mostly because it looks delightful and inventive. With Mario using his cap to become everything from Koopa Troopas to Goombas to dinosaurs, there looks to be no shortage of inventive gameplay. After the amazing hit that was “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” we can’t wait to see what Nintendo comes up with.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Ubisoft’s entry into the “toys to life” genre of video games, in which players buy physical toys and then are able to use them in the digital world of a video game, certainly seems inventive. Focusing on spaceships, you don’t just buy new vehicles to take into the game, you can swap out parts on the fly in the middle of playing. That seems great — but honestly, they had us at “spaceships.”
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Uber-violent though it is, Machinegames’ “Wolfenstein: The New Order” was a fun melding of old-school and new-school first-person shooter gameplay. But we got lost in the alternative history of the last game that saw a Nazi victory in World War II, and all the potential repercussions. This time, the fight comes to the US from Europe, and has a lot of potential to be interesting both from a fiction standpoint and from a shooting-lots-of-bad-guys angle.
Evil Within 2
There was no shortage of creepy horror vibes and disgusting, terrifying monsters in the first installment of “The Evil Within.” As horror fans, we’re hoping for more of the same in the sequel. It’s already looking extremely twisted from this reveal trailer.