10 Best Games During E3 2017 – Ranked by VGFAQ.com
E3 is my favorite holiday. I look forward to it every year, and this year — like most years — it didn’t disappoint. Sure, the presentations were cringey and lackluster. (They always are. Public speaking and pasty nerds don’t mix.) But the games were sparkling when the repartee wasn’t. We’re excited for many of the games we saw at E3 this year, but here are our top ten.
10. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
It’s been a long time since we got excited about an Assassin’s Creed game — five years, in fact. But as soon as we saw a black assassin wall riding down the face of an Egyptian pyramid, we felt that spark that drew us to the series in the first place. Assassin’s Creed: Origins seems ready to take the series back to its roots, and that’s something we think is truly exciting.
9. Insurgency: Sandstorm
It’s not often you see a trailer for an FPS that heavily features a woman — very less a Middle Eastern woman, the way Insurgency: Sandstorm does. Indie developer New World Interactive has partnered with Focus Home Interactive to build on its original cult classic, and hopes to bring new storylines and multiplayer capability to the Insurgency series.
There’s no question that Devolver Digital won the presentation game with their funny, witty dressing down of E3 at large. But their trailer for RUINER — a cyberpunk action shooter with an electrifying, kinetic sense of game play — was equally eye-catching. We’re excited for the music, the mayhem, and the multitude of weapons RUINER promises, as well as the dark and fraught story it has hiding in the shadows.
Although Nintendo announced two expansions for newest Zelda installment Breath of the Wild, it was the indie-born Tunic that seemed to carry the oldschool Zelda legacy at its heart. Starring an adorable sword-wielding fox, the up-and-coming action title channels both Fez and A Link to the Past, while bringing a delightful attitude and visual charm all its own.
6. The Occupation
The Occupation may be the oddest duck up on this list, but the political thriller hooked us with its announcement trailer. Set in the 1980’s, The Occupation stars you as a whistleblowing journalist in the aftermath of a devastating terrorist attack, tasked with making decisions that change the face of a nation — all in real time.
With no new Animal Crossing to look forward to — at least for the time being — Ooblets charmed us with its sweet, marshmallow cutesiness. Previously announced at GDC, earlier this year, the new gameplay trailer features a highly customizable protagonist, and a garden full of Pokemon-like Ooblets that can be nurtured, grown, and assembled in one of the most adorable games ever created.
4. Beyond Good & Evil 2
The hype machine is already going at full force for Beyond Good & Evil 2, which has kept fans waiting for a sequel for almost 15 years. But the cinematic trailer seems to suggest that the new game will have been worth the wait. With stunning visuals, excellent voice acting, and 15 years of love and anticipation behind it, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is shaping up to be the game fans always wanted. (Now, if only we’d gotten an actual release date…)
3. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The Lost Legacy is giving us life — starring two of the most memorable and exciting women characters the Uncharted franchise has ever seen, The Lost Legacy offers one last good romp through our favorite adventure series to date. Gameplay appears to be the standard Uncharted fare we’ve come to love, this time with two women we’re excited to know more about.
After bungling their release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, it’s fair to say no one was expecting such a showing from Bioware — but ANTHEM has us tingling with excitement in a way Destiny and Titanfall never did. With a lush, wide open world to explore, a rich lore we can’t wait to dig into, and the promise of customizable player classes and mechs, ANTHEM has reanimated the Bioware fan in all of us. The E3 gameplay trailer also answers the age old question: where did all of Andromeda’s facial animations run off to?
1. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
It isn’t just the alt-right’s reaction to Wolfenstein that makes us want it — but it certainly doesn’t hurt. The outcry by neonazis over a game where you get to brutally murder soldiers in a nazi regime just makes axing one in the face feel that much sweeter. We can’t wait for Wolfenstein to make our gaming console yet another machine that kills fascists. Nothing could feel better, or more timely.