The 12 Most Hyped Games from E3 2017
What if I told you, that in the span of 4 days, we learned that Mario can now transform into a massive T-Rex, Kratos from God of War will befriend a colossal snake-creature, Sony’s Spider-Man game might actually be better than the upcoming movie, and the 14 year wait for a Beyond Good and Evil sequel (well, prequel) was finally quelled? You’d either make an attempt to snap me out of a perceived acid-trip, or realize it’s time for E3, the biggest gaming news expo of the year.
Earlier this month, the Electronic Entertainment Expo descended on the entertainment-starved masses occupying the LA Convention Center, and along with it’s ominous presence comes a bevy of new game reveals. Not everything to come out of E3 is newsworthy or even interesting, but we managed to pool together a list of some of the hottest games announced. Scroll-on to ride the hype-train into the polygonal abyss, and make sure to bring enough XP to buy an absorbent cloth for that sweat-drenched brow.
Super Mario Odyssey
This might be the craziest game on the list… and it’s a Mario game. Imagine and open-world where Mario can posses (through his new anthropomorphic hat, Cappy) seemingly anything, from taxis and electrical current — so you can travel along power lines — to the iconic goombas and even a life-size T-rex. Odyssey may be one of the biggest, most complex, and most difficult Mario games Nintendo has ever made.
Watch the video above for on-site reporter Jho Estrada’s thoughts on Destiny 2.
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
If a AAA Walking Dead game existed, it feels like this would be it. Albeit the zombies in Days Gone are a much faster and seemingly harder to kill, the tone and characters could have been pulled straight from the graphic novels which spawned a new generation of zombie media. The new footage shows hordes of 30 to 40 zombies that mob you in dynamic ways and at anxiety-inducing speeds. Players will have to maneuver those survival settings, with more intense human encounters. Oh, and motorcycles. Don’t forget the motorcycles.
Star Child VR
Watch the video above for Jho’s thoughts on Star Child VR.
God of War
Kratos is back, and this time he’s accompanied by his assumed son, Atreus. The footage shown is a welcome return to the franchise’s signature hack-and-slash gameplay, along with some beautiful cinematics showcasing the new Norse mythology story. The trailer ends with Kratos and Atreus meeting a giant sea serpent that could very well be Jörmungandr, one of Loki’s three children and an instrumental player in the bringing about of Ragnarök, Norse mythology’s apocalyptic event. This might be the best game to come out of E3 2017.
Spidey is having a revival of hype that hasn’t been seen since the his big-screen debut more than 15 years ago. While Homecoming promises a return to Spider-Man’s roots, this new game thrusts us into the world of Insomniac Games, complete with quirky weapons and protagonists with unique talents for zipping through colorful worlds. Sony gave us a new gameplay trailer, which is full of goofy humor, acrobatics, and breakneck combat. Unrelated to the upcoming film and current comics, it promises a new standalone story for the web-slinger. BTW, that’s definitely Miles Morales at the end of the trailer. You can fanboy-ugly-cry, I won’t judge.
Call of Duty: WW II
Watch the video above for Jho’s thoughts on Call of Duty: WW II.
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Beyond Good and Evil 2
I think I’ll let Ubisoft handle this one:
“Journey to System 3, for the prequel to one of Ubisoft’s most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe. “
This game is on the hype-level of Half-Life 3, insomuch that no one ever thought it would happen. And yet, here it is. Chocked full of gangster pigs, a monkey with a cybernetic hand and a human companion racing through a futuristic cityscape, BGAE2 has indeed re-entered the hype-train of our emotions.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Not even 2 minutes into this trailer, we were yelling about how it looked so much like Man in the High Castle – with more robots and gore of course. Bethesda pulled out a big surprise for it’s final unveil, in the form of Wolfenstein.
The New Colossus follows the excellent 2014 game Wolfenstein: The New Order and its 2015 prequel Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, and it’s set in the same alternate universe in which Nazis won World War 2. This time, though, the year is 1961, and protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz is back in the US to help the American resistance.
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, and PC
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Watch the video above for Jho’s thoughts on Mario +Rabbids.
This game is clearly EA’s answers to Destiny, but honestly no one’s going to be making those comparisons when they get their hands on it. Anthem not only looks gorgeous, the gameplay reveal showed off some impressive mechanics using jetpacks that I seriously can’t wait to play with.
Anthem, players will act as exosuit-wearing “freelancers” exploring a sci-fi open-world. In addition to enemies in the wild, players will also have to be wary of dynamic weather events called “shaper storms.” This game is a ways off, but looks well-worth the wait.
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
Watch the video above for Jho’s thoughts on Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4