The highlight of any E3 is the trailers and E3 2017 has been no slouch in this department. There are almost too many to keep up with, so we’ve collected the 15 that we feel best represent this year’s show as a whole. Let us know which were your favorites and which ones we missed!
15. Metroid Prime 4
It finally happened. After years of silence and seeming ambivalence from Nintendo towards demand for a new Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 4 was officially confirmed with a teaser trailer that is little more than a title reveal set to eerie background music. Fortunately for Nintendo, that was all it took to make everyone at E3 collectively lose their minds and the fact that it isn’t being developed by Retro Studios or that it isn’t coming out for quite some time do little to take away from the simple truth that Metroid Prime 4 is real. It’s good to have you back, Samus.
Ubisoft’s press conference can pretty much be boiled down to “HOLY S*&% BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2 … and other stuff.” That isn’t to take away from any other games Ubisoft showed off, but seeing a new trailer for a game that was originally announced nearly a decade ago isn’t something that tends to happen much at E3. According to game director Michel Ancel (who understandably got pretty emotional up on stage), the game is a prequel to the original Beyond Good and Evil and set “before the birth of [original protagonist] Jade.” This thing is probably still years away but it looks like Ubi is actually trying to get the game out this time around. Let’s hope they do.
13. Metroid: Samus Returns
Nintendo helped ease what is sure to be a long wait for Metroid Prime 4 with the announcement of another Metroid game, Samus Returns — a side-scroller that is being described as a “reimagining” of the Game Boy game Metroid II. While I don’t understand why Nintendo is only releasing Samus Returns on 3DS (hopefully a Switch version comes down the line), a new Metroid on any platform is a tantalizing prospect. It comes out on Sept. 15 too, so we won’t even have to wait long to get our hands on it!
12. Monster Hunter World
The Monster Hunter games have a dedicated fanbase, but they’ve never really enjoyed mainstream success outside of Japan. With Monster Hunter World, which was unveiled during Sony’s press conference (but will be available on Xbox One and PC as well), Capcom looks like they’re trying to make inroads in the west and judging by what they showed off in the game’s debut trailer, they could very well pull it off.
Monster Hunter World looks much more accessible than previous games in the series, with the ability to play solo or use drop-in, drop-out co-op depending on your play style, which could appeal to Western audiences turned off by the difficulty in prior games. The only real concern I have is that its “early 2018” release window is already crowded with a ton of heavy-hitters, but perhaps PS4 and Xbox One owners will flock to it given that Monster Hunter has yet to appear on either console until now.
One of Sony’s biggest surprises of last year’s E3 was Insomniac’s Spider-Man game. The initial trailer was pretty light on details, but it gave many fans (myself included) hope that we’d finally be seeing a true successor to Treyarch’s Spider-Man 2, which arguably remains the greatest Spider-Man video game ever made. Sony returned this year with an extended walkthrough demo showing off the various gameplay systems Insomniac has been working away on and it’s all very impressive, to say the least. While I’m a bit worried about just how many QTEs will be present in the final game, the Batman:Arkham-inspired combat and return of open world web-swinging has me pretty confident in Insomiac’s creation.
A new side-scrolling platformer starring Yoshi? Sure, why not? In development for Nintendo Switch, Yoshi looks gorgeous and super cute. I also dig the level-flipping mechanic and co-op play is always a welcome sight. It comes out in 2018 and looks like a fine addition to the Switch library.
9. God of War
Sony showed off an extended trailer of their God of War reboot, which blew attendees away at last year’s E3 with its Norse mythology theme and a new, dad-ified version of series protagonist Kratos. The father-son stuff that everyone loved from the original trailer is back in full force here, but what really stood out for me is the stunning creature and world design (the giant sea snake with a beard is a personal favorite).
It’s still so refreshing to see Sony Santa Monica take a franchise that had started to become a parody of itself and turn it into something much more poignant and dramatic, while also retaining the aggressive spirit of the earlier games. I really wish God of War was coming out this year, but I’m glad Sony isn’t rushing it out just to have it out in time for the holidays.
Sony’s presentation lacked much in the way of surprises, but the announcement of a Shadow of the Colossus remaster for PS4 certainly qualifies as one. Orignially released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2005, Shadow of the Colossus is a certified classic at this point and remains an epic experience to this day. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to games of this era in the visuals department, so seeing a game that relies so heavily on visual spectacle get the remaster treatment is a welcome sight. Unfortunately, like pretty much every game Sony showed off at E3, it won’t be out until sometime in 2018.
7. Assassin’s Creed Origins
The worst-kept secret heading into E3 was probably Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, as we’d already known the game’s title and that it took place in ancient Egypt for quite some time. As for the trailer itself, you wouldn’t mistake this for anything other than an Assassin’s Creed game but it looks like the time off between this and 2015’s Syndicate have helped Ubisoft polish things up. Sure, your eagle buddy’s ability to recon and mark targets is just a way to get the drone stuff from Ghost Recon Wildlands in the game but if it means saying goodbye to the mini-map, I’m all for it. The combat looks much more fluid this time out too and overall, it’s hard to say no to a game set in ancient Egypt, a location and time period that is very underutilized in gaming.
As good as the “Amazing Grace” trailer is, the gameplay footage for Far Cry 5 has a dog in it and that’s going to win out every time. All joking aside, Far Cry 5 looks like a blast and the natural evolution of the franchise’s sandbox of destruction game design. And Boomer is a very good boy!
One of the biggest surprises of this year’s E3 has to be Anthem, the new sci-fi shooter developed by Bioware. The game is being touted as EA’s answer to Activision and its Destiny juggernaut, as it’s a loot-based shooter centered around co-op play. While I don’t know if I have time for another Destiny-like experience in my life, Anthem is admittedly very impressive looking and given that it’s not coming out until sometime in 2018, I’ll have plenty of time to get Destiny 2 out of my system before jumping into a deep new RPG.
4. Crackdown 3
Terry Crews makes anything better and the Crackdown 3 trailer shown off during Microsoft’s press briefing is no different. Crews essentially gives an extremely enthusiastic pep talk to new recruits of The Agency, the organization of super soldiers fans of the franchise should be well familiar with by now. As for the actual gameplay, it looks like Crackdown 3 is very multiplayer-focused, which isn’t a bad thing, but to be honest, this didn’t do much for me outside of the Crews bits. Then again, more Crackdown is never a bad thing.
Warner Bros. clearly understands that it’s wasn’t the ranger Talion whom everyone fell in love with in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but rather the outlandish orcs he encountered throughout the game. That explains why the new trailer for that game’s sequel, Shadow of War, is filled with a bunch of sassy orcs uttering long-winded threats. The game as a whole looks even deeper and larger in scope than Shadow of Mordor and I really hope it’s enough to best what Monolith accomplished the first time around.
2. Star Wars Battlefront 2
As a Star Wars fan, I’m not sure if it’s possible to dislike the official gameplay trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2, but as someone who also spent extensive time with DICE’s first Battlefront and walked away relatively disappointed, it’s heartening to see that they’ve thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, into the sequel. The trailer focuses primarily on a Clones vs Droids battle in and around Theed Palace on Naboo, but also highlights a number of different characters and battles from all three movie trilogy eras. Whether or not Battlefront 2 will be a deep enough multiplayer experience to have any sort of staying power is anyone’s guess but so far, this looks like the sequel we have been looking for.
1. Super Mario Odyssey
One of the most talked about trailers to come out of E3 2017 is Nintendo’s lively preview for Super Mario Odyssey, which is such a pure delight I’ve found myself watching it on repeat since Monday (it might have something to do with that theme song being so ridiculously catchy). The trailer builds upon the initial preview Nintendo showed off back in January, with an increased emphasis on Mario’s hat and its ability to possess seemingly anything. Disturbing implications aside, I simply can’t wait to romp around as dinosaur Mario and if this doesn’t end up being a game of the year contender, I’ll be very surprised.