17 games from E3 2017 to look out for

The video game industry gathers once a year to show off its latest games at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference.
The video game industry gathers once a year to show off its latest games at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference.PHOTO: ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE ASSOCIATION

LOS ANGELES - The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming convention is considered by many as the video gaming event of the year to look out for. Held in Los Angeles Convention Center from June 13 to 15, this year's show has numerous titles showcased and rolled out.

Here are the 17 games (in alphabetical order) that caught this writer's eye after he pounded the show floors.

A Way Out

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: 2018

In a gaming world full of clones, A Way Out is a unique third-person action-adventure game. It has no single-player mode. The game requires two players to be played either by local or online co-operation. The two of you will control Leo and Vincent.

So, players need to talk to each other about how to approach situations and with each character taking on different roles. As the story unfolds, their progress might not be the same. This means one player might just be watching a cutscene while the other gets to control a character.

It's an ambitious but very interesting premise and I can't wait to see the final product.

Anthem

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: 2018

By the makers of Mass Effect, Anthem is a multi-player open-world third-person role-playing game that seems to be a combination of Destiny and Mass Effect. In the game, players wear exo-suits called Javelins. Each Javelin has its own unique abilities that allow players to fly, swim underwater or carry heavy ammunition for combat.

It will be set in a vast dynamic world that you can explore with non-playable characters (NPCs) you can talk to. Looking at the trailer, the facial expressions of these NPCs look totally awesome and should have been what Mass Effect: Andromeda had.

Assassin's Creed Origins

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: Oct 27, 2017

For Assassin's Creed fans, this iteration brings you back to the origins of the Assassin's Brotherhood as well as the birthplace of the Brotherhood - Egypt.

You are Bayek, whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Brotherhood. You can explore ancient Egypt at your own leisure in an open-world and take on quests along with new combat mechanics.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Platform: Not available

Release Date: Not available

Beyond Good and Evil was an action adventure game released in 2003 to critical acclaim but financially unsuccessful. Although its sequel had a teaser trailer in 2008, it went into development hell. Until now.

Despite its name, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is actually a prequel. So, if you have not played the original, you will not miss anything. While details are still scarce at the moment, the trailer at Ubisoft's E3 press conference showed glimpses of swashbuckling action in a breathtaking world. Stay tuned for more in the future.

Call of Duty: WWII

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: Nov 3, 2017

After all the modern and advanced warfare mumbo-jumbo, the first person shooter Call of Duty franchise is finally back to its World War II (WWII) roots.

You play a young US soldier, Robert Daniels, from Texas. As a citizen soldier, you'll be thrust into the front line of Europe in WWII, from the D-Day beach landings in Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge.

There will also be missions where you play from the perspective of a French Resistance fighter and British soldier. The game seeks to recreate an authentic experience of the most horrific war we have ever known so far.

Days Gone

Platform: PS4

Release Date: Not available

Days Gone takes place in a world set two years after a global pandemic has killed most of humanity. In the process, it also transformed millions into zombie-like creatures known as Freakers.

You play as Deacon, a drifter and bounty hunter who leads a wandering life in this third-person survival action adventure game. With an open world environment, you have to transverse a forsaken land to try to survive using your trusty motorcycle and wits.

Road conditions will change depending on the weather and this influences your ride, while the Freakers are more aggressive at night than daytime. You'll have to learn how to approach each situation differently.

Detroit: Become Human

Platform: PS4

Release Date: Not available

From the makers of thriller adventure games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Detroit: Become Human is a third-person action thriller game that is set in a futuristic version of the titular city. Androids are used as slaves in every aspect of society, but they are now rebelling.

You will play three androids with three different perspectives, but within the same narrative. Your decision as one of the three androids will change the storyline accordingly.

Fifa 18

Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch

Release Date: Sept 29, 2017

Every year, there will a Fifa football game. And this year's version comes with more realistic player motions, more authentic player personalities, varied crossing controls and better dribble handling.

Most importantly, there will be a Nintendo Switch version. So, you can bring the Fifa football simulation experience wherever you go.

Forza Motorsport 7

Platform: Xbox One

Release Date: Oct 3, 2017

Forza Motorsport used to be Xbox's answer to PlayStation's Gran Turismo. But now, Forza Motorsport is proving to be a standard that other racing games aspire to be.

The new Forza Motorsport 7 now comes with 700 cars (including the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS), over 200 different configurations and up to 30 locations for you to race. There is now a fully dynamic weather system that can change during a race.

God of War

Platform: PS4

Release Date: Early 2018

The God of War franchise has spanned 12 years and seven iterations. The upcoming eighth edition is a soft reboot and a new beginning for the main protagonist Kratos.

He now has a son, Atreus, whom he must protect and mentor. Kratos has also lost his signature double-chained blades, and will be using a magical battle axe instead. This also means combat will be different from previous versions. At times, you will be able to control Atreus who can shoot lightning arrows with his bow.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Platform: Switch

Release Date: Aug 29, 2017

Add Nintendo's Mario Brothers, Ubisoft's Raving Rabbids goofballs, then mix it with X-Com-style turn-based tactical gameplay, and you get Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

In addition, you get hilarious hybrid characters like Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Peach and even Rabbid Kong. But you also get the original Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Princess Peach.

You control three characters at one time and engage in turn-based tactical battles against enemies like Rabbid Kong. It might sound ridiculous, but it actually looks ridiculously good.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Platform: PS4

Release Date: 2018

Ask almost anyone at E3 about one game that caught their eye and their reply has a 50 per cent chance of being Marvel's Spider-Man. Shown during the finale of Sony's PlayStation media showcase, this Spider-Man title is unlike any Marvel game in the past - it's almost like Batman Arkham Knight.

Spidey will be able to use his web-slinging abilities to perform parkour stunts and take out enemies. He can also use the environment or objects to his advantage, be it traversing the cityscape or fighting his enemies. It looks like there will be plenty of quick-time events that players might need to handle too.

If the trailer is as good as the game itself, this could be the game of 2018.

Monster Hunter: World

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: Early 2018 (PS4 and Xbox One), To be confirmed (PC)

The long-running Monster Hunter action role-playing game franchise is well known on portable platforms such as the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Portable. But developer Capcom is now bringing the franchise to a bigger stage of modern consoles with Monster Hunter: World.

You still play the role of a hunter with quests to kill or capture monsters. But with the processing power of modern consoles, Monster Hunter: World looks fantastic graphics wise. The game world is also more dynamic and this can be used to your advantage. You can ride the monsters and even pip one monster to fight another.

Skull & Bones

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: 2018

Ship combat was one of the memorable features of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Now, it has become a standalone game as Skull & Bones.

Developed by Ubisoft Singapore, Skull & Bones is an online pirate ship combat game that pits your understanding of sails and wind to manoeuvre your ship, destroy your enemy and enjoy the loot.

Super Mario Odyssey

Platform: Switch

Release Date: Oct 27, 2017

If you think you have enough of Rabbid Mario, you can get your hands on the real Super Mario with this new release. Super Mario Odyssey returns to its platforming roots.

But now, there is an open world that Mario can explore with no timer - coins can be found on stairways, traffic lights can be knocked for coins, and Mario has his trusty cap to fight enemies. But the cap now has a name called Cappy, and it can be used beyond battling enemies, like jumping really high.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Platform: PS4

Release Date: Aug 22, 2017

The Uncharted action adventure series has long been associated mostly with the character Nathan Drake. But its new game, The Lost Legacy, puts fan-favourite character Chloe Frazer as the main protagonist.

She will need the help of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross (who is also one of Drake's antagonists) to get her hands on an ancient Indian artefact known as the Tusk of Ganesh.

Together, they explore the deep mountains of India, while fending off a ruthless warmonger in order to retrieve the revered artefact. It looks like typical Uncharted territory with lock-picks, over-the-top action and combat sequences, except this time, you'll do it with two kick-ass ladies.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: Oct 27, 2017

Set in an alternate reality where the Nazis control the United States, you play as B.J. Blazkowicz in this first person shooter and must muster a revolution against the occupiers in this sequel to the rebooted Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Blazkowicz will need to recruit resistance leaders from iconic locations such as Roswell, New Mexico, a flooded New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. In addition, he gets new weapons like the Laserkraftwerk and Dieselkraftwerk against Nazi soldiers, cyborgs and giant mechs.