This year’s E3 is done and gone, and I am finally almost finished talking about it. But first, I thought it’d be fun to give my opinion on the 10 best game announcements to come out of the E3 press conferences. So, here’s a list going from “worst” to best.
10. Need for Speed Payback
Despite EA being EA, they threw a barrage of pleasantly surprising punches at their conference. Madden 18, FIFA 18, and Battlefront 2 all looked great in their trailers. I could see myself buying all of them,
But the one that caught my attention the most was Need for Speed Payback. The story-heavy trailer for this racing game ushered flashbacks of some of the best car chases from GTA V. The crash cams and transition between cars were especially mind-blowing. It has been a long time since a racing game caught my attention, and now it looks like it’s about time for me to dive back into one.
9. Super Mario Odyssey
I know it must seem odd to see this title so low on this list, but that’s only because I don’t yet have a Nintendo Switch. Still, if there was any game to persuade me into buying one (and there are plenty, to be honest), it would be Super Mario Odyssey.
Odyssey looked great when we first saw it last year, but now that we’ve been shown more gameplay, I am even more stoked. The mind-control hat thing and all the different stages are just crazy enough to get me drooling in anticipation. Trust me, if I had a Switch – and I might in the future – Mario would be much higher on this list. It’s the cat’s pajamas.
8. South Park: The Fractured but Whole
I missed out on the initial release of South Park: The Stick of Truth, and frankly I’m hoping to see it on sale soon. After seeing the E3 trailer on The Fractured but Whole, though, I am almost tempted to skip SoT. FbW looks so much better so far, especially in terms of graphics and story.
The Fractured but Whole (a title I could say all day, by the way) looks so much more like a South Park episode than The Stick of Truth, which is really saying something. In any case, the trailers for South Park: The Fractured but Whole might be the only one on this list to get me to buy two games.
7. Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Like racing games, fighters are not my forte. Each one has such a high barrier to entry that I lose interest quickly after learning each special move. But Dragon Ball Fighter Z has such an intense graphical style that I cannot ignore it. The gameplay videos floating about on YouTube themselves look like the most high-octane action sequences of the anime I’ve ever seen.
The only skepticism I have toward Dragon Ball Fighter Z is that the roster looks like it might be a little small. That said, I’m almost certain that my concern will be assuaged shortly, because a small roster in a Dragon Ball game is nearly unheard of.
6. Sea of Thieves
I’ve always said that the video game scene needs more pirates, especially in this day and age of open-world adventure games and MMO’s. So, imagine my surprise when E3 showed us not one, but two open-world pirate games. Skull and Bones looked good too, but it was the wacky, adventurous style of Sea of Thieves that caught and held my attention. I just hope that there will be plenty to do, because both games looked like they had a lot of empty space between points of interest.
5. Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
There were more than a few shooters featuring gratuitous violence, and I would not mind playing them all. Wolfenstein II barely squeaks past Far Cry 5 and Star Wars: Battlefront 2 on my radar for shooters, though. The alternate-history setting of Nazi-occupied America seems so fresh and interesting. I could not ignore it. Besides, it’s freaking Wolfenstein, one of the most classic titles in video game history. How can I not get excited for that?
Despite the cheesy acting that has been generating flak for the Anthem trailer, that game looks undeniably epic. All they needed to show was the characters flying around like they did to get my curiosity piqued. Then the promise of dungeons and a Borderlands-style gun/loot system sealed the deal. Bioware’s been hit-or-miss since the EA acquisition, so I am somewhat skeptical. Still, that trailer was awesome, and I can’t wait to see more about Anthem.
3. Assassin’s Creed Origins
I haven’t been this genuinely excited for an Assassin’s Creed game since the very first one. Now that they’re finally doing away with that stupid Animus program shit and focusing on the Assassin in Assassin’s Creed, my hype is off the charts. The RPG elements that are being thrown in do seem weird and distinctly un-Assassin’s Creed-y, but I love RPG elements anyway. Plus, the world looks immersive and fun. Looking forward to this one.
2. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
The nemesis system, the interaction with the orcs, and the combat are the defining characteristics of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. To see Monolith taking those features and expanding the hell out of them is like watching your birthday cake grow as you blow out the candles. Then a giant bowl of ice cream popped out of nowhere when they showed the whole domination thing and the sieges. They just took a great game and added one of my biggest kinks into it. My will is just not strong enough to resist the call of such a game.
1. Monster Hunter World
Last but not least – most, in fact – comes Monster Hunter World. Ever since a friend of mine got me into Monster Hunter 4 for the Nintendo 3DS, I’ve been hooked. The whole time I’d been playing that and Generations, I kept thinking about how awesome those games would be on a modern console. Now that it’s going to be, I’m squealing in my chair like an ugly little school girl. I mean, hell, did you see that guy zipping around on that grapple-hook? That shit was intense! Getting to see my heavy bowgun in action in high definition and on an actual tv screen is gonna blow my freaking mind!
Those are, in my humble opinion, the ten best games announced at E3 2017. What did you think? Were these games as awesome to you? Do you have a different list in mind? Maybe you thought E3 sucks. Either way, let me know in the comments.