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Another edition of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo wrapped up this week, with nearly 70,000 attendees jamming the cavernous halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center to check out hundreds of upcoming video games.
Normally an industry-only trade event, E3 was open to the general public for the first time this year, with 15,000 three-day passes sold at $ 249 US a pop. Popular games like Super Mario Odyssey and Call of Duty: World War II had massive lines, with some fans waiting more than four hours for a hands-on game demo lasting as little as five minutes. Such is the draw of these digital diversions.
Most years I compile a list of my top five or 10 games of the show, but this year’s E3 had too many worthy titles to whittle down to a mere handful. So, in no particular order, here are my top 17 games of E3 2017.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (PlayStation 4; 2018)
Far Cry 5 (Xbox One, PS4, PC; Feb. 27, 2018)
Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, PC; early 2018)
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Xbox One, PS4, PC; Oct. 10)
This sequel to the excellent Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor adds a ton of new gameplay goodies to the awesome orc-slaying mayhem.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch; late 2018)
Call of Duty: World War II (Xbox One, PS4, PC; Nov. 3)
Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox One, PS4, PC; Nov. 17)
Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One, PS4, PC; Oct. 27)
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch; Aug. 29)
The only thing weirder than Nintendo’s most famous hero meeting Ubisoft’s raving Rabbids is the fact this is a turn-based tactics game. But it really works.
Anthem (Xbox One, PS4, PC; late 2018)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4; Aug. 22)
Uncharted fan favourite Chloe Frazer teams up with Uncharted 4 villain Nadine Ross for a meaty spinoff/sequel that’s just as pretty as its predecessors.
Detroit: Become Human (PS4; TBA)
God of War (PlayStation 4; early 2018)
Having killed every monster and deity in Ancient Greece, an older but no less angry Kratos starts carving his way through Norse mythology. Gloriously.
First announced seven years ago, it might be another seven years before we see this one – that’s how insanely huge, ambitious and amazing it looks.