E3 Round-up 2017
A look at all the biggest news and reveals from E3 2017.
Day 1 | June 10th | EA – Electronic Arts
There were 8 big reveals from EA’s E3 press conference, lets check them out below…
Night maps were announced along with a brand new DLC expansion pack are coming soon to Battlefield 1. A revolution is coming – The In the name of the Tsar expansion pack, will allow us to play as a brand new faction, The Russian Army, including the Womans battalion of death. We will also get x8 brand new multiplayer maps (including snow terrain), new vehicles, weapons plus a whole lot more.
Get your vodka filled war flasks at the ready troops and expect massive nocturnal winter battles from World War I this September. The x2 night maps will also be released later this month in June, so stay tuned for them.
Release: September 29th 2017 (PS4, Switch, Xbox1, PC)
I personally stopped playing Fifa after Fifa 15, however Fifa 18 is looking absolutely stunning with it’s brand new stadium atmospheres, ultra player realism and new gameplay mechanics.
EA is introducing a brand new animation engine, Real player motion technology which will deliver fluid player motions and ultra realistic player movements. In addition to the new animation engine, the dribbling and shooting mechanics are being overhauled – creating a much more realistic football experience.
New positioning system, allowing you to strategise and select different support levels at the press of a button.
Improved through balls, corners and set pieces capturing all the high intensity of the action on the pitch. We were informed that the crowds of fans will also react in different ways, if you score a goal, fans will run down two rows of seats in all new crowd physics. Not only that but you can also run up to fans in the stadium and celebrate with them near the pitch when you net a scortcher. All this creating the most realistic football experience to date.
THE JOURNEY: SEASON 2 (Hunter Returns)
The Journey, which debut’d in Fifa 17 when they introduced DICE’s frostbite engine to the Fifa franchise, follows the story and career path of an upcoming amateur football player (Alex Hunter) hoping to make his dreams of playing for a big football club a reality. The Journey Season 2 sees a continuation of Alex Hunters career path and its looking very special indeed.
Fifa 18 – Nintendo Switch
We were lucky enough to hear some details on the Nintendo Switch version of Fifa 18 and to be honest, I wasn’t dissapointed. EA really managed to surprise me with this one, as I thought the Switch version may have been a watered down version of the console and PC version, but thats simply not the case. Ok, so the Switch version won’t include the ”The Journey” mode, or the frostbite engine but don’t let that throw you off.
The Switch version will include: Fifa Ultimate Team, Icons mode, online play, exhibition and from what it sounds like, a co-op seasons mode (which is playable across 2 Switch consoles). It will also run at 1080p in docked mode, and 720p in handheld mode and you’ll be able to play this with the Pro controller and the two joy-cons (P1 and P2 if your playing in tabletop mode)
You can pre-order the Nintendo Switch version (including other platforms) via Amazon UK right here
Need for Speed: Payback
Release Date: November 10th 2017
You can pre-order / buy Need for Speed Payback from Amazon UK using the links below:
I’ve not played a need for speed game since Need for Speed Underground 2 on the PS2, infact thats a lie, I played NFS: Carbon and NFS: shift but none of these satisfied me as much as NFSU2 did. That being said, seeing Need for Speed: Payback for the first time…it kinda reminds me of the Fast & Furious franchise, and thats not a bad thing at all, as we all love Fast & Furious. Need for Speed: Payback is bringing a brand new narrative to the table where your crew is out on a revenge mission to take down a notorious cartel. The game will introduce brand new experiences including; highway heists, epic car battles and jaw dropping explosive action.
You’ll get to play as 3 different characters, each with their own different play-styles. A tonne more customisation options ensures you’ll be able to modify your car to however you please. And not only that, theres also a new ”relic” car feature in the game, where you ll be able to find old rusty cars hidden around the map and transform them from scrap, to stock to the ultimate supercar.
From what I saw in the highway heist video below, the Burnout style takedowns, car damage and action looks absolutely superb, check it out:
A Way Out – This game was the winner of EA’s conference for me.
Release Date: Early 2018
A way out is an emotional, story-driven, 2-player online (or couch) co-op game that follows 2 inmates, Vincent and Leo, as they embark on a journey full of deceit, violence and brotherhood in an attempt to break out of Prison and keep their hopes of freedom alive. Distracting guards whilst your friend goes into an off-bound part of the prison to steal a key, or deliberately starting a fight so the guards get distracted so you two can proceed with your escape plan is what is going to make this game an absolute joy to play.
The game will also have instances were player 1 (who lets say is playing vincent) will have a cutscene showing on their screen, but at the same time player 2 will be in-game trying to complete some objective or what have you. I thought this was a nice touch and something I hadn’t seen in a game before.
Check out the gameplay trailer below, it looks like its going to be a lot of fun:
Bioware – ANTHEM
Bioware’s game, ANTHEM, which was teased to be released sometime is 2018, looks like a mix of Destiny, Horizon Zero Dawn with Ironman type suits thrown into the mix. We only saw a short 30 second teaser of it, but plenty more details of this new IP will be shown at the Microsoft E3 stream which is on at 10pm UK time tonight, so don’t miss it.
NBA LIVE 18
I’ve only ever played the NBA JAM games but the creators of NBA 18 have stated they’ve completely overhauled gameplay, with brand new left-and-right-stick movement controls for pure precision across the court.
Theres going to be a FREE demo released in August that will include solo, co-op and multiplayer modes, with your progress in multiplayer carrying over to the full game when its finally released.
The also teased “THE ONE” game mode which sees you starting off as an amateur street basketball player riseing through the ranks to become top of your game, all with different choices to make that will lead you down different career paths as you progress.
EA Play to Give
EA announced they donated $1M to x3 charitys in a bid to get everyone to come together, play games and ultimately fight poverty. They also announced that Origin access (PC) + EA access (Xbox 1) free for one week starting now. Theres also free EA games to try out on PS4 via the PSN store.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Release Date – November 2017
EA claimed they addressed all the fan feedback and added in new features, such as a single player story mode – something fans (including myself) really wanted to see in the first game. Alas, Battlefront 2 will have its stand alone single player experience for us all to enjoy !
Second thing to mention = NO SEASON PASS ! Thats right, EA will be releasing all additional content FREE OF CHARGE. EA will also be giving away Finn and phasma characters as free content on day 1.
Story mode: A brand new and authentic, untold story that bridges the gap between the Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Not only is there a story mode, but the games is much bigger than the previous game – housing x3 the amount of content than the first, covering all 3 eras. Also included is couch co-op (yes couch co-op split screen), more planets, vehicles and heroes to use in multiplayer mode, alongside a deeper customisation and character progression system.
New to multiplayer you have a new class system, different weapons and customisable special abilities. The gunplay and weapons have totally been re-done for more fluid and satisfying gun battles.
Battlepoints will also feature in Battlefront 2- this in game currency system (not to be confused with in-app purchases) will allow you to unlock new heroes, weapons and vehicles in game.
We were also treated to the World Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II Multiplayer Gameplay video, check it out below:
Star Wars battlefront 2 will release this November on PC, Xbox 1 and PS4.
Madden 18 – Long Shot
EA announced we will see the first ever story mode coming to the Madden Franchise. It’s been 4 years in the making and is an interactive movie football story, based on a rags to riches story that you can play through.
This new story mode will really make you feel your in the NFL world, with real authentic NFL experiences throughout.
I’ve never actually bought a madden game, but I may just take a dive (no pun intended) with this one when its released.
Day 2 | June 11th | Microsoft
Microsoft’s conference started straight away with Phil Spencer introducing Xbox Scorpio, now officially called, Xbox One X – The most powerful console and smallest Xbox console ever made.
Expect a worldwide release on November 7th 2017. You can pre-order / buy the Xbox One X here from Amazon UK
Xbox 1 games and existing accessories will work on Xbox One X. Xbox One games will load faster and look better on the Xbox One X.
Forza Motorsport 7
Release Date October 3rd 2017 (Windows 10, Xbox One)
Pre-Order / Buy forza 7 from Amazon UK here
Forza started off by announcing their 6 year partnership with Porsche.
As a result of this new partnership, the new 2018 Porsche GT2 RS was revealed to the public for the first time at E3 on the Xbox stage, it looked absolutely stunning.
Forza 7 runs at a native 4k resolution with a solid 60fps, with super high resolution assets, creating an intense feel and ultra realistic driving experience. Check out the trailer below:
Metro – Exodus
The first game we saw a glimpse of was metro Exodus. If you had a good enough PC to run the other Metro titles and your a fan of the franchise, your not going to want to miss this one, check out the trailer below:
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Release Date: 29th October 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Brand New assassins Creed game set in ancient Egypt. 300 years of history is at the tip of your fingers. Story of one man, Bayeck, the last majai, protector of his community who struggles against dark forces that plague ancient Egypt.
Expect added RPG elements to gameplay mechanics and a whole ancient civilisation to explore. check out the trailer below:
Player Unknown’s Battleground
The massively popular PC title Player unknown’s battlegrounds is coming (console) exclusively to Xbox One with Xbox One X (4K and HDR) upgrades.
State of Decay 2
Pre-Order / buy State of Decay 2 from Amazon UK here
If like myself your a massive zombie movie / game fan and you’ve been playing a lot of State of Decay, State of Decay 2 in 5 words is quite simply, going to blow you away. Its your typical zombie survival action game, but this time WITH CO-OP play and loads more.
I really dont need to go into details about this one, check out the trailer below:
Unifying Minecraft & 4k texture pack
This summer, millions of minecraft players will be able to play together no matter what device they are on. Mobile, windows 10 PC and consoles can all craft and play together.
There will be a free 4K update in fall 2017 called the Super Duper Graphics pack.
Original XBOX – backwards compatibility
Expanding their backwards compatibility catalogue, you will soon be able to play original Xbox games on the Xbox One. OG Xbox games will not only look better on the Xbox One but they will also play better too !
Bioware’s New IP – ANTHEM
EA promised we’d see more of ATHEM in Microsoft’s livestream and heres what we were shown (it looks amazing):
Pre-Order / buy Crackdown 3 from Amazon UK right here
I’ll save the best till last, we saw an awesome trailer showing the beauty of Crackdown 3, it’s been a long time waiting but its gonna be worth it. Will pick this up on Day 1.
Day 3 | June 12th | Bethesda, PC Gaming Show and Ubisoft
Ok, so no Elder Scroll announcements (apart from the Switch version of Skyrim – which has amiibo support for a link costume in game), and also no Starfield announcement either (oh well). The main reveals from Bethesda at E3 this year were, “Evil within 2″, “Wolfenstein 2”, “Fallout VR” and “Doom VR”.
Evil Within 2
Release Date: Friday the 13th of October 2017
Pre-order Evil within 2 from Amazon UK right here
Bethesda revealed a sequel to the epic survival horror game Evil within, created by Resdient Evil’s Shinki Mikami, which is due for release on Friday the 13th of October 2017. Can’t think of a more appropriate release date if I’m honest. The story in Evil within 2 follows the same protagonist from the first, Sebastian Castellanos, who finds himself back in a demonic, nightmarish world searching for his lost daughter.
Lets not forget the absolutely insane gameplay trailer for the game either, check it out:
Release Date: October 2017
Similarly to the first instalment of the game, the game is set in an alternate reality where the Mazi’s claimed victory in World War II. “Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers, cyborgs, and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter,” Bethesda said in an official announcement.
Fans of the series (who live in the US), will also have a chance to pre-order a special edition that will include a 60/70’s esc action figure of Terror-Billy.
Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR (Virtual Fucking Reality perhaps?)
Release Date: October 2017
With very little VR releases (so far) hitting the E3 stage, Bethesda finally put that to rest by revealing DOOM VFR and more Fallout 4 VR.
Both games are set to release exclusively (I think- only because Bethesda owner, Zenimax won a $500M lawcase against Oculus ealirier this year) for the HTC Vive on PC and it also releases on the PS4 VR headset in October 2017, so watch this space.
Ubisoft kicked off their conference with a bang with Shigeru Miyamoto coming out onto the Ubisoft stage to announce the collaboration between the Rabbids world and Super Mario.
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Release Date: August 29th 2017
Finally, we can talk about Mario and Rabbids Kingdom battle. A game thats been 3 years in the making. Its a tactical adventure, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Check out the gameplay trailer below:
Rabbids have been teleported into the mushroom kingdom which is causing chaos. Mario heroes and rabbids will form a dream team to inevitably save the mushroom kingdom.
Turn-based, tactical adventure game that involves battling rabbids who have turned bad. Mix and match attack options, strategies and so on. Any fan of strategic turn based games will love this title. As you progress you can unlock more tactical options, use different types of heroes, weapons in order to save the mushroom kingdom from evil.
The Crew 2
Release Date – Early 2018
The crew 2 is basically the crew on steroids.
Not only will there be a massive open world with cars and off road vehicles, we will now see other motorised vehicles introduced such as speedboats, planes, helicopters, motorbikes and more.
Skull and Bones
Release Date: Fall 2018
A great looking pirate game, that claims to be the best pirate experience ever made. Explosive marine ship battles with online play.
5V5 Loot hunt game mode trailer and game breakdown:
Release Date: February 27th 2018
The game we’ve all been waiting to see more of from Ubisoft – FarCry5.
Montana has been taken over by a horrific cult, survival is only achieved by raising absolute hell…
One of the greatest features in Farcry 5, is co-op play. A first in the franchise, you can now play through the entirety of Farcry 5 in co-op mode from start to finish.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Release Date: 2018
15 years after the first beyond good and evil, we finally get to play Beyond good and evil 2 – it looks superb.
Day 4 | June 13th | Sony and Nintendo
Without sounding like Mr. Negative here, I can’t help but feel a tad underwhelmed by Sony’s conference. Here some of the highlights from the show though,
Monster Hunter Worlds
Release Date: Early 2018
Whilst this title was revealed during the Sony conference, the games also releasing at the same time on Xbox One and PC platforms.
Monster Hunter worlds will support online play with up to x3 other hunters. The game will use the franchise’s signature gameplay mechanics where hunters must craft weapons and armour, take on quests in order to slay massive monsters out in the wild.
Gran Turismo Sport
Release Date: September 6th
Before the Sony conference began, Thrustmaster revealed their brand new eSport wheel, the T-GT. The T-GT is what Thrustmaster said is their most luxurious steering wheel to date. Made from luxurious leather material and designed to be 100% accurate – with its T-40VE brushless motor that offers fast-response and precise feedback. Not only that, but theres also T-DFB (depth feedback) – allowing greater under/oversteer feedback and tyre slippage feedback too.
The wheel isn’t cheap though, Thrustmaster stated it will cost £699.99 in the UK ! Must admit though, it does look sexy…
So onto Gran Turismo, I’ve been a fan of the series since it was first released on the PS1. I spent countless hours with my university flatmates playing GT3 and GT4, I missed 5 (as I didn’t have a PS3), then I bought and played through 6 to death along with my Dad trying to get gold medals in every race, so I will be picking up GT: Sport whens its finally released later this year. I’ll finally use my Thrustmaster T150 steering wheel i got in a pricing error deal (for £40), thats been lying on my top shelf (still sealed) collecting dust for the past 8-9 months.
So Gran Turismo Sport, I’m liking the fact they’ve included VR support for it and I’ll definitely be plying it with my Dad and my mates when they come over.
Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite
Starting from today (June 13th) you can demo the Marvel Vs Capcom demo on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles which will allow players to get a sneak preview of the games story mode.
On top of this, 8 new characters were added to the games roster, 4 from the Marvel universe and 4 from Capcom’s – the characters added were as follows ; Thanos, Dr. Strange, Gamora and Nova & Dante, Zero, Spencer and Arthur from Capcom.
Capcom stated the games story mode will be a “thrilling cinematic experience” that will see both universes join forces to take out the evil Ultron Sigma. They also stated they will call on the help of Thanos to prevent Ultron Sigma from putting an end to all biological life. Check out the story mode trailer below:
God of War
Release Date: Early 2018
Not a lot I need to say about God of War, its God of War. Greek god mythology, huge combos, explosive action and huge scale boss battles – its going to be a very good game indeed.
Check it out:
Destiny 2 (PS exclusive content)
Destiny 2’s release date has now been moved from the 8th of September to the 6th of September on all platforms (PS4, Xbox One and PC). The game’s beta will begin on PS4 on July 18 at 6pm UK time, while those who preordered Destiny 2 on Xbox One can begin playing the beta on July 19 at 6pm UK time. The beta will then open to all PS4 and Xbox One players on July 21 at 6pm UK time and will end on July 23 at 5am UK time. The PC beta will begin sometime in August, with specific details to be released in the future.
Destiny 2 on PlayStation 4 will have:
- Lake of Shadows: an exclusive strike
- City Apex: an exclusive ship
- Weapon Borealis: an exclusive exotic weapon
- Retribution: an exclusive PVP map
Destiny players on PS4 have enjoyed exclusive content in the past, but these drops have been timed exclusives, eventually becoming available on Xbox One. The above will be available exclusively on PS4 until at least Fall 2018.
Insomniac Games Spiderman game, will be released in 2018, and will feature Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales as well as Peter Parker.
We were shown an extended gameplay trailer that showed us a host of Spiderman’s abilities, takedowns and humour, take a look…
Nintendo Direct / Treehouse Live
Full scale Pokemon RPG
No gameplay footage was shown, obviously due to it being “in the works” currently, but it was announced that they are working on a “full scale pokemon rpg for Nintendo Switch”. Release date is ETA: “over a year and a bit away”. Great news for Pokemon fans though !.
Super Mario Odyssey
Release Date: October 27th 2017
Nintendo showed us their upcoming Nintendo Switch Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey, which will be released officially on the 27th of October this year ! I’ve already pre-ordered this when it went up on Amazon months ago, so its a day 1 purchase for me. The gameplay trailer we say showed off Mario’s new ability (his magic hat) and all the things it can do. It appears you’ll be able to use Mario’s hat to throw at enemies and take over the enemies body and take over vehicles and humans too.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Release Date: Fall 2017 (Japan)
“Heroes from across the Fire Emblem universe collide!
Clash with legions of soldiers and fierce monsters as Marth, Xander, Corrin, and other Fire Emblem heroes unleashing over-the-top-powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. Take direct control of known and original Fire Emblem characters, issue them strategic commands in the midst of battle, pair up heroes to unleash stunning attacks, and more. Unlock new playable heroes, each with their own unique moves, special attacks, weapon types, and voiced dialogue in this large-scale action game from the Hyrule Warriors team.
- Play and experience a new kingdom with original characters colliding with heroes from across the Fire Emblem universe.
- Battle as fan-favorite Fire Emblem heroes, like Chrom, Corrin, Ryoma, Marth, Xander and more, each with unique moves, special attacks, weapon types, and voiced dialogue.
- Pair up two hero characters as a single unit that can unleash devastating combos and even switch between these heroes mid-attack.
- With the classic weapons triangle, tactically choose and switch between Fire Emblem heroes to gain the advantage in combat against countless enemies.”
Metroid Prime 4
No release date, no gameplay footage, no mention of the story or anything else apart form a very brief reveal trailer that showed us the number 4 and then the Metroid title. Still, at least we know a Metroid Prime title is in development for the Nintendo Switch.
Xenoblade Chronicles II
Release Date: Holiday 2017
I’m still to play through the Wii U version of Xenoblade (played 40 hours of the 3DS version), but we finally got a glimpse of some in game footage. All this bundled with the fact its going to be releasing THIS YEAR, is great news for Xenoblade fans worldwide. Check out the gameplay trailer below (and check out the environments!):
Release Date: 2018
A full Kirby game is coming to Switch, and its looks great fun. I’ll play this with my nieces who absolutely love the Kirby Franchise. Check out the gameplay trailer below:
And thats a wrap folks ! E3 is (almost) over – at the time of writing this anyway. What were you favourite announcements from the event ? Who suprised you ? Which developers / events let you down ? Let me know in the comments below.
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