Five best game announcements of E3 2017

E3 has been jam-packed full of huge game announcements, sneaky reveals, and surprising revelations.

There’s no doubt that gamers are in for a treat with what lies ahead over the course of the next year or so, but looking back at the unveilings, we take a look at the biggest and best announcements from this year’s show.


Anthem

TBC (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Electronic Arts kicked off their presentation with a new game from Mass Effect developers Bioware called Anthem. The game looks like the love-child of Iron Man and Crysis, with a dose of Mass Effect peppered in there.

You play as a Freelancer, equipped with a weapon and jetpack exosuit known as a Javelin, and are tasked with braving the lush yet hostile open-world around a walled city to protect mankind from the threats that lie beyond.

Anthem also features cooperative multiplayer, so you’ll be able to team up in groups of up to four to complete missions together, though we expect you’ll also be able to play most of the game on your own if you prefer.


A Way Out

2018 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

EA’s A Way Out looks to be one of the more unique game announcements to come out of E3. Diverging from the usual onslaught of shooters, racing, and action games, A Way Out is a co-op narrative game that puts players in the shoes of two convicts on the run.

The game is being made by an indie studio who brought us Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, a somewhat underrated adventure title.

There aren’t too many details on the game, but one interesting point is that A Way Out is only playable in cooperative mode, either through couch co-op or online multiplayer — two players must always play as protagonists Vincent and Leo throughout a session.

The coordination makes for some intricate co-op experiences, including using one another’s weight to shimmy up walls or help one another over obstacles.


The Evil Within 2

October 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Bethesda have hopes of giving us new nightmares this year, as they announced The Evil Within 2, a sequel to 2014’s brilliant survival horror revival from the mind of Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.

The Evil Within 2 picks up after the events of the first game, where no one believes the horrors that Detective Sebastian Castellanos experienced. But when Castellanos is given a chance to save his daughter, he must descend once more into the nightmarish world of STEM.

Expect lots of eerie corridors, grotesque monsters and walls that don’t act like walls.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

October 2017 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

The excellent Wolfenstein II: The New Order was one of the best first-person shooters of 2014, and it’s getting a sequel. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus kicks off with a full scale Nazi occupation of the United States, and of course, it’s up to BJ Blazkowicz to murder them all with a variety of classic and science-fiction weapons and machines.

From the initial trailer, The New Colossus is already looking incredibly slick and brutal, and we can’t wait to get our hands on some more alternate-timeline Nazi stomping.


Metro Exodus

2018 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

The Metro series went quiet since the sequel came out back in 2013, but the third game in the franchise is on its way. Rather than scurrying around in linear underground tunnels through post-apocalyptic Moscow, Metro Exodus takes the series to an open-world setting, being described as the “most ambitious project yet”, which will see players venture across a monster-filled Russia.

The reveal trailer showed off a dilapidated setting, makeshift weaponry and giant mutated rat and bear creatures — all elements that will be familiar to fans of the previous two games in the series.


This article was originally published on MenStuff.co.za.

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  • Peter Pan

    Most definitely Wolfenstein and Metro are my top 2 games that I am eager for. Anthem looks good as does Days Gone. And the DLC for Horizon Dawn is on my pick list. Surprisingly, I am not a great CoD fan, but the new setting, harking back to the original CoD, has me keen. I played the original CoD so many times, and it never grew tiring. I loved it! So, this being something of a “spiritual successor” to the original CoD has me very interested. God of War. Kinda, but not terribly so. Middle-earth: Shadow of War I am also looking forward to, as well as the new Assassin’s Creed. I’ve always loved Far Cry, but the American setting has dampened my eagerness. I loved the fact that Far Cry took you to different locations, aside from most other games happening in the US, so going to the US for Far Cry 5 seems somewhat boring. Hopefully the gameplay will make up for the setting. I’m surprised there was no new Sims announced.

  • You must have missed the E3 I was watching.

    There was literally only 1 game that broke the internet.

    Beyond Good and Evil 2.

    Even Anthem falls way short of that announcement.

  • aknit

    Nah. Not everyone cares about that game… everyone I know is mad about Anthem and A Way Out.

    –aknit

  • Most people care though. Anthem is made by Bioware. They pretty much burned all the bridges they had left with their fans after Andromeda and A way out while looking good is confined to the XBox.

    BG&E2 FAR outstrips those games.

  • aknit

    Nah they haven’t. If you think that they you clearly know nothing about the different BioWare teams…

    Also, if burnt bridges is the logic you go by then Ubisoft has been burning bridges for years.

    –aknit

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