E3 may have come and gone once again, but there’s plenty to get excited about over the next few months.
No matter what platform you’re on, there’s something for you. Here are five games shown at E3 2017 that should definitely be on your radar.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (27th October 2017)
Wolfenstein: The New Order was a surprise hit when it released all the way back in 2014, providing a great story set in a post-WWII alternate universe, memorable characters and fast and frantic gameplay. Destroying the Nazi menace had never felt so good.
Machine Games are set to bring us a much awaited follow up at the end of this year with The New Colossus. Set in the immediate aftermath of The New Order, we’ll once again be taking control of B.J. Blascowicz as he shoots his way to securing American freedom from the Nazi regime.
More weapons, more characters, more fast paced guns blazing action. You should definitely give Wolfenstein: The New Order a go before The New Colossus hits in October.
Super Mario Odyssey (27th October 2017)
Also releasing on 27th October is Super Mario Odyssey. After the resounding success of Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo are bringing out everyone’s favourite plumber to go for the knock out punch.
This time around, Mario will be going on a globetrotting tour to – once again – save Princess Peach. This time around he’ll be assisted by his hat, which has been taken over by Cappy. Cappy will allow Mario to possess enemies or other objects to use to his advantage such as a Goomba or Bullet Bill.
He can also use Cappy as a weapon, throwing him in circles around him or as a boomerang.
After many missed out on the stellar Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U, Odyssey looks set for success when it launches later this year.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (Late 2017)
It’s been out for quite a while now, but PUBG will finally be coming to console later this year when it releases on the Xbox One.
The basic premise of PUBG is simple. You’re dropped onto an island with 99 other players, the last one alive is the winner. You’ll need to scavenge quickly for weapons and gear before a force field will randomly spawn and force players closer together.
Not only is PUBG is one of the most popular games at the moment with over 4 million copies sold, it’s one of the most viewed games on Twitch on a daily basis. It’s not only intense to play, but also intense to watch as well. Console audiences are in for a treat when it launches at the end of the year.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (29th August 2017)
Arguably one of the bigger surprises to come out of E3 this year, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an amalgamation of Mario, Rabbids and the XCOM style of strategy gameplay. Many were writing it off as a dumb idea before it was even officially announced, but the gameplay ultimately looks deep and interesting.
Characters can combo with each other, allowing them to jump over obstacles and increase their movement range. Each character has a unique ability too, such as Mario being able to go into an XCOM-like overwatch state where he can automatically attack any enemy that moves into his sight.
The game is literally a more happy go lucky XCOM and if you’re looking for something new on the Nintendo Switch then you should absolutely keep an eye on Mario + Rabbids.
Anthem was officially unveiled in the closing moments of the Xbox conference this year, and it looks incredibly ambitious. It’s still a long way out, but BioWare’s new IP looks like it could be everything I was hoping Destiny would have been.
There’s very little to go off of so far, but from the looks of things Anthem is an open world co-op action game where you’re essentially Iron Man. It also has a weapons and loot system somewhat similar to Destiny and The Division.
I remain cautiously optimistic about Anthem, but I’m confident BioWare can pull off the next big thing in gaming just as they did with KotOR and Mass Effect many years ago.
What were your highlights of E3 this year? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below.