E3 2017 didn’t exactly make my jaw drop with new announcements and unveilings, but that might have more to do with me getting older more than anything else. Microsoft’s Xbox One X, which sounds more like an early Noughties, super-1337 Gamertag than a console, fell a little flat for me, and I’ll go into why in a coming video. But there were a few games that really did get my heart racing: some old, some new, some I already knew of, and some we found out about for the first time.
With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are five of my personal highlights from the E3 2017 pressers…
When it comes to first-person shooters, perhaps only Irrational have come close to delivering the richness in detail with which 4A construct their game worlds. The Metro series stands as one of the very best FPS experiences you can get, and so much of that is down to the phenomenal world building and the moody atmosphere of these games. Exodus looks like it will be another fine entry in the series, and proved to have one of the few trailers that genuinely made my hairs stand on end. I realise that I already look like a man who keeps sticking an appendage into an electrical socket, but this game really got me going.
Boasting an expansive, non-linear open world, it’ll be interesting to see if Exodus can maintain the sense of uneasy, skin-prickling tension for which the series has become renowned. Part of the reason it’s been so effective is largely down to the somewhat linear nature of previous games. 4A have crafted rather precise rollercoasters of horror and action – will the effect be dulled through expansion? I think not. There’s a chance to explore beyond the Metro with this game, and the trailer certainly looks as though 4A are taking the opportunity with every hand available.
Shadow of The Colossus PS4
It’s one of the best games of all time getting an actual, proper remake. I’m not counting the PS3 remaster, which was nice, sure, but only really gave Shadow of the Colossus a spit and a polish. This looks like it’ll be a redone game with brand new assets, taking full advantage of the PS4’s power to deliver a stunning representation of one of the most breathtakingly beautiful games ever made. No, it’s not hyperbole. I have rarely been moved by any slice of art in any medium as I was by this game.
You can read all about how the original made me cry like a baby in this Top Five.
Detroit: Become Human
Man, Beyond was pretty crap. But I liked the ideas behind it, even if most of your choices counted for very little, and the gameplay was…well…there wasn’t any. Heavy Rain was a much better fit for David Cage’s style of adventuring because a whodunnit setup matched perfectly with what was, in essence, a 3D point-and-click adventure. The multiple perspectives helped shape our expectations to great effect.
But what will Detroit: Become Human be like?
The trailer made it very clear that a branching narrative, where choices have real consequences, is at the heart of this game. The whole AI revolution, androids vs. humans angle is right up my street, and I’ve been excited for this project ever since Kara first aired. But can Quantic Dream truly deliver a setup where your actions and decisions have really meaningful effects? I can’t wait to find out.
Spider-Man…Spider-Man…does whatever Batman can! Insomniac brought the house down with this fantastic preview of their upcoming, PS4-exclusive Spidey title. It looks incredible, and I’m already getting nostalgic fuzzy feelings about webslinging my way around NYC like I used to in Spider-Man 2 way back in the day. In many ways, this looked an awful lot like Rocksteady’s Arkham titles, but with wrist jets replacing grappling hooks and so on. That’s no bad thing, though.
Level design will be key, as will keeping those quick-time event sections to a relative minimum, but there’s real promise here. The gameplay shown looked absolutely gorgeous, and the acrobatic fights were amazing, with just the right amount of slo-mo for emphasis.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Arguably the only good thing from Bethesda’s show this year, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is looking absofuckinglutely BONKERS in the best possible way. BJ is back, he’s having twins, the Nazis have occupied America, and there are new and brutal ways to screw up their plans with as many explosions and gory takedowns as possible.
If Duke Nukem ever turned up in The Man In The High Castle, I imagine it’d look a lot like this.
What’s perhaps even more bizarre is that this game appears to have triggered a bunch of actual white supremacists, who’ve been sounding off in the official trailer’s comments section on YouTube. It’s sad and pathetic and a lot of the stuff they’re saying is grossly offensive…but it’s difficult not to stifle a little laugh at massive racists being outraged at a video game where you fight against an army of massive racists.
Who would have thought that Wolfenstein was the poster series for social justice warriors? But then again, that’s exactly who BJ is. He is, quite literally, a social justice warrior. One of the best, in fact.
What were your favourite bits from the E3 2017 press conferences? What’s been your highlight from this year’s show? What games are you most excited for? You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel for videotastic awesomeness. Streaming coming soon to Twitch too!