Whether it was a reveal of a new game or a deeper dive into a hotly anticipated title, E3 2017 had a lot to love. While not every press conference was necessarily a smash hit in of itself, their was something to love from each conference, affirming why now is one of the best times to be a gamer.
Without further adieu, here are Joe’s favorite games from each major press conference. These are the titles he felt did the best of all the games showcased from those conferences, getting him excited the most.
EA: A Way Out
A Way Out is one of my favorite surprises to come out of E3. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any prison escape games of this caliber, but what intrigues me is that escaping the prison looks like it is only the beginning. Hazelight looks to be crafting a narrative that mixes Naughty Dog with Shawshank Redemption, a combo I never knew I wanted until last week. I’m typically a lone gamer, but A Way Out is pushing me to play with friends and strangers alike and honestly, I appreciate the nudge.
A Way Out’s presentation was also one of the few times during EA’s conference that felt genuine; like they were making games for the sake of achieving a vision and not only making money. The games being produced by EA Originals are starting to take the spotlight from the AAA games and I’m fine with that.
Microsoft: The Last Night
Despite the myriad of controversy surrounding the developer Odd Tales, The Last Night is too unique and aesthetically pleasing not to love. In a 4K dominated conference that featured games that flaunt their realistic graphics, having an artsy 16-bit adventurer run so smoothly and be beautifully animated was mind boggling. It is hard to tell what the gameplay will be like, despite their being a gameplay trailer at the PC show, and I’m curious to see how polished the final product will be, which feels like it’s a ways out.
It sounds like I’m worried about this game, and maybe I am a little, but I think it is more of cautious optimism. I want The Last Night to succeed when it launches because I was so blown away by the trailer. One of the best new games to emerge from E3 2017 for sure!
Bethesda: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Bethesda was one of my least favorite conferences, but it’s hard to deny just how badass Wolfenstein looks. The cast of eccentric revolutionaries, over-the-top violence, and the simple fact that for some reason people have a problem with killing Nazis has made me all the more excited to jump in to The New Colossus and pick up the first title, which I skipped initially, to enjoy the mayhem.
Ubisoft: Far Cry 5
Similar to Wolfenstein, the games that got my blood pumping are the ones that grabbed me the most. Having skipped Far Cry 4, I’m ready to get back into the addictive gameplay loop that is Far Cry in the ole U S of A. Something about the zealot cultists as enemies particularly intrigues me and the addition of co-op has excited both my roommate and I to do a play through come February.
Ubisoft had a strong showing overall, but few of their games felt like they were for me, yet Far Cry 5 hit that sweet spot.
As evidenced by our Screen Critic’s Game of Show, everyone on our staff enjoyed the extended gameplay demo of the newest Spider-Man. Arguably, Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes around and to see him get a high quality game of his own after being relegated to sub-par games for years is an incredible delight. The combat system takes cues from the Batman Arkham games, but adds a certain flare you would expect from Spider-Man.
Everything about the demo shows that developer Insomniac is looking to do right by fans while crafting an enjoyable gameplay experience. My only disappointment is that it won’t be out until 2018 at the earliest.
Nintendo: Super Mario Odyssey
Being a huge Nintendo fanboy, it is hard to deny the excitement I have for Super Mario Odyssey. I don’t even feel like I’m as jazzed about the game as I’ve seen other people from other outlets be, but I’m still unbelievably stoked for Mario to return to his exploration roots. The possession via cap ability seems like a phenomenal innovation to the series that will add plenty of depth and creativity to the already legendary formula of 3D Mario games.
What maybe shocks me the most is that Odyssey will be competing with Breath of the Wild for the best Game of the Year, both of which are on Nintendo’s hot new console. After years of failure with the Wii U, it’s finally great to be a Nintendo fan again.
Those were my favorites, but what did you enjoy from E3? What games are you most excited for in the coming months? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to check out some of our favorite conferences.