The doors to the LA Convention Center have officially closed and another E3 has been put in the books. As we reflect on what was one of the most intriguing E3’s in recent memory, we honor the games that got us excited, that made us say “wow” with our Cinelinx Best of E3 Award! Last year YOU picked The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as our inaugural winner. Who will win it in Year 2? See below and cast your vote!
“Strange Brigade is a four player co-op or single player action, puzzle, and hoard game. In a way, it reminds me of a less-narrative-based Uncharted game. Definitely a blast to play.” - Eric
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Speaking of Uncharted, it looks like Naughty Dog has done it again with The Lost Legacy. They managed to make to side-characters and make them the stars in their own incredible adventure. The latest gameplay trailer blew everyone away at the Sony Press Conference.
Call of Duty: WWII
Another year, another Call of Duty game, but this isn’t just any Call of Duty game. WWII takes the Call of Duty brand back to its roots. The result is a gameplay experience that looks and feels impeccable.
God of War
More story. Check. More gameplay. Check. More Lore. Check. This game will continue to be a perennial nominee for Best of E3 until it comes out and becomes a contender for Game of the Year.
Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo spent their entire E3 trying to update the Mario brand and it appears they’ve done it with this next solo Mario game. We knew Mario would be transporting to different worlds but we couldn’t possibly have known body possession would be included. Every trailer and the demo at E3 has shown us that this will be the next great game on the Nintendo Switch.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
As previously stated, Nintendo is updating Mario and for this game they went to Ubisoft for help. Initial reactions were hesitant when this game was first announced, but after seeing it at E3, this game is no joke. They actually made a Strategy game for Mario! How cool is that?
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Do you remember playing those classic side-scroller adventure games like the Castlevania series? Good news! Koji Igarashi the long-time producer of those games is back with a new 3D side-scroller that invokes everything you loved about the Castlevania series and finds a way to make them better. Plus, it’ll be yet another Nintendo Switch title.
The Last Night
This little Blade Runner-esque thing made waves at E3 and premiered a trailer at the Microsoft press conference. It ascended to popularity on aesthetics alone -- which got it on this list too.
Insomniac Games’ Spiderman
Insomniac makes fun games with innovative systems. With fluid animations and simplicity as its supplements this one looks to be their sleekest, most satisfying, open world games, and it happens to star Spidey. It captures his slippery spidey motions
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II is on the toplist because it’s quality is so solid and certain. It looks not to reinvent its core mechanics as they were so astute and refined to begin with. Instead it aims to complement that foundation with a deserving story & colorful characters that’ll steer it new directions.
“Moss is the best hands on experience I’ve had with a VR game. It’s core mechanics are slippery smooth, and every element has been fully realized to best suit its story of quirk, cute, and whimsy.” -Aaron
Monster Hunter World
“I need this. Monster Hunter’s complex mechanics have always needed the technical prowess to properly flex them. Now it has it. It looks great.” - Aaron
Ni No Kuni 2
The original Ni No Kuni was a critical sensation with a bit of a Pokemon creature collector mechanic to it -- it was also gorgeously rendered with the help of Studio Ghibli. Now it’s dropped the creature collecting and the staggered combat for something real-time. Also, it looks prettier than ever on the PS4.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball’s gone 2D, they’ve dropped the iffy simplistic 3D combat system the franchise had settled into for something much more complex. With an emphasis in 3 team battles, you’re forced to master more than a single fighter, and your timing with its Z-Switch, Z-Assist, mechanics.
Shadow of the Colossus
Finally! Japan Studios remade Shadow of the Colossus for PS4! SOTC was ahead of its time when it came out 12 years ago (2005) and now we get to experience the game how it was meant to be felt, on a more powerful engine.
Skull and Bones
“Beyond Good and Evil 2 was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but this was the end-all-be-all for me at #UBIE3. Inspired by Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, gamers will be able to take to the high seas and be the pirate they’ve always dreamt of being. The gameplay looked great, the cinematics looked amazing, and the fact that the Kraken has been unleashed has me so down for this game!” - Matt
Sea of Thieves
Rare’s comedic pirate epic may have competition with Skull and Bones, but it’s stood on its own as the best Xbox Exclusive title shown at Microsoft’s press conference. Before it seemed like a light-hearted fun pirate game. After seeing the latest gameplay trailer we now know that there is far more danger and adventure that previously thought of. This should be what Microsoft puts all its chips behind.
Electronic Arts has been sneakily working on an answer to Bungie’s Destiny. Their answer is Anthem. A game that allows gamers to customize their own suits, put a party together, and explore the massive, mysterious landscape. The early showings of it looked fantastic, but a story would take it to the next level. It is Bioware so that's likely what we're getting.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
“After hearing that EA is including a story, giving us a free season pass, and demoing it at EA Play, I can safely say that I’m back on board the Star Wars: Battlefront hype train. Many were burned after Battlefront I but II is showing that they’ve listened to their fans and made a better game. Playing 20v20 and using their new point system to become Boba Fett and Darth Maul had me hooked for what’s to come in November.” - Matt.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
It appears taking some time off from delivering an Assassin's Creed game has benefitted Ubisoft. Origins take the AC franchise back to its roots and tells the story of the first brotherhood. The new mechanics and the mythology of Egypt finally have us excited for an Assassin's Creed game again.
One of the best things about Days Gone at E3 is the fact that we don't just get trailers for this game, we get actual gameplay. E3 2017 was no different. In this gameplay trailer, we got a good look at the unique ways you can handle situations and an insane-looking Zombie Bear!
There you have it, our nominees for Best of E3 2017! We've named them, now YOU vote for them! Use the poll below to cast your vote and give your favorite game of E3 2017 the recognition it deserves! Results of the poll will be revealed next week.
- VIDEO GAMES
- STRANGE BRIGADE
- UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY
- CALL OF DUTY: WWII
- God of War
- SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY
- MARIO + RABBIDS
- BLOODSTAINED: RITUAL OF THE NIGHT
- THE LAST NIGHT
- INSOMNIAC GAMES
- WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS
- MONSTER HUNTER WORLD
- NI NO KUNI II
- DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ
- Shadow of the Colossus
- SKULL AND BONES
- SEA OF THIEVES
- ASSASSINS CREED ORIGINS
- STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2