E3 2017 has come and gone, but its left us salivating like rabbid dogs awaiting our most anticipated titles. We’ve each selected the game that we are most excited for in our round up which we present to you here.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – Paul
It has been a nice hiatus for the Assassin’s Creed franchise recently and that time has certainly been put towards good things and by good things I am referring to Origins. This time, the story is set during Cleopatra’s ascent to the throne and centres around a new character called Bayek, the last Medjay. The next instalment of Assassin’s Creed is set in Ancient Egypt which has me excited as I feel it’s the perfect setting for an Assassin’s Creed title. I was also extremely pleased to see Assassin’s Creed Origins running in spectacular 4K resolution which was a remarkable improvement over the standard 1080p levels of its predecessors. Also, what interests me aside from a new story and seeing where it all began, is the new gameplay mechanics including using your eagle named Senu to scout ahead as your eyes was a new dynamic that works well with the Assassin’s Creed series. I will certainly be lining up to play Assassin’s Creed Origins when it launches on October 27th 2017.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – Shane
Bethesda had a pretty weak conference this year in my opinion, however they still hold a special place in my heart simply for announcing Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. The trailer shown was enough to bring back fond memories of me absolutely loving Wolfenstein The new Order, a game which was not only great visually but also performed flawlessly and had a story line that kept me wanting more. I honestly cannot wait for this franchise to return and I’m sure many others feel the same way. With main character BJ Blazkowicz also making a return, I’m sure the magic they created in the new order will also continue and please many fans alike.
Anthem – CJ
My personal game of the show for this year’s E3 is Anthem. This game came out of left field and surprised us all. The gameplay shown in the video presented very clean character models and hinted towards the story that lies ahead. Everything ran very smooth and I really liked the animation of the character climbing into the Exosuit and leaping into the beautifully detailed world. I liked how the players have the freedom to choose which path they take which will greatly assist in approaching enemies from various angles. And speaking of players, the ability to drop in/drop out of friends’ games seamlessly is another great feature of this game. Adding to these features, players will have the ability to customise their Exosuits and weaponry to their taste which really makes your characters your own. EA and Bioware are due to release Anthem for PS4 and Xbox One in 2018.
Vampyr – Leon
When I first heard of this titled I have to admit I was pretty dismissive of it. I didn’t like much of the setting or character. Especially the idea of you as the Vampire. I would much rather be exploring the world vampires and The Masquerade. Yet hearing about the environment and ability to explore has definitely made me interested. Not only that, the videos showing the characters and the dialogue system has also shown the potential depth of this game. That the world is going to physically change, that people can appear and disappear based on your choices is only making more interested. While I might praise the last two Deus Ex titles for their mix of exploration, story and interactive world, this could take it up a notch. Even further if they’re underselling just how much can change.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Kyle
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is without a doubt my game of show. Yes, I know I got burnt by last year’s poor offering that was Battlefront 1. But thankfully they have heard our cries (and Star Wars actor John Boyega’s). All future content including maps, heroes etc is going to be free which is fantastic news. This however does not mean that microtransactions won’t be implemented but if what they deliver turns out to be a worthwhile experience I wouldn’t hesitate to drop some money on a series that is near and dear to my heart. They have also completely reworked the hero and weapon pickup feature that I really wasn’t a fan of. They’ve brought it battle points to help players access vehicles and heroes which is great to see, and will keep everybody on their toes. Star Wars Battlefront 2 looks gorgeous and this time around actually looks like a full-on Battlefield during combat. There just looks like there is a lot more going on and feels a lot less empty. The last fantastic addition is a new story to bridge what happened to the empire between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. While I don’t hold high hopes that the story is going to be as long or fleshed out as say Uncharted or Quantum Break, to me more of anything Star Wars is a good thing.
Crackdown 3 – Chris
Crackdown 3, during E3 week, single-handedly finally pushed my stubbornness across the line. What I’m referring to, here, is finally owning an Xbox One. After a slightly underwhelming reveal at a now prehistoric E3 2014, I was honestly quite shocked to see not only a reappearance at this year’s show, but an incredibly impressive new trailer, a refined game (visually speaking), and even a release date. The Crackdown franchise is one that I had so much enjoyment and fun with on the Xbox 360, but was sorely left wanting more after the disappointing Crackdown 2. It’s a franchise that deserves more attention, due to its unique gameplay and the omission of any real structure to the game – it’s the unpredictability and sheer nonsense in Crackdown that brings me back to the original game each year. While my purchase of an Xbox One S as my baptism into the current generation of gaming is currently giving me wonderful experiences of a huge back catalogue and my jealousy towards the Forza series (Sorry, Gran Turismo), Crackdown 3 will surely mark a new sense of gaming euphoria for me upon its release. I’m locked, loaded and ready.
So, how do our choices stack up? Do you agree or disagree with our picks? Let us know in the comments.