E3 2017 may be over, but the hype has only really just begun. Here, you’ll find highlights of the biggest announcements and game launches, as well as all our top picks from the show, hands-on reviews and trailers for some of the biggest new titles.
E3 2017 went down between June 13-15 in Los Angeles (with press conferences in the days leading up to the main show), and was where all the big guns announced their exciting new games that will be launching in the busy holiday season and beyond.
Now that E3 2017 has come to an end, let’s take a look back at the show and analyse all the biggest news.
Related: Xbox One X games round-up
E3 Games Hands-on Articles
Here’s a list of hands-on articles for the games we played at E3 2017:
- PES 2018
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti
- Strange Brigade
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
- Crackdown 3
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Star Wars Battlefront 2
- Need For Speed: Payback
- Fifa 18
- Far Cry 5
- Destiny 2
- The Crew 2
Best Of E3 2017: Our final picks
There were so many great announcements at E3 2017 that picking favourites feels nearly impossible. That said, we’ve managed to single out a few key highlights from the show that we reckon really stole the limelight.
Best game at E3 2017
Mario Odyssey’s absence from the Nintendo’s Switch’s launch line-up was a sticking point for many buyers and annoying for early adopters. But this E3 Nintendo proved the game will be worth the wait. Mario Odyssey was a blow-out success on the showroom floor that drew huge crowds and was a highlight for the TrustedReviews team. Offering classic Mario platforming coupled with open-world exploration and Mario’s inherent charm, Odyssey may well end up being 2017’s game of the year, if our hands-on is anything to go by.
Honourable mention: Ni No Kuni 2
Ni No Kuni: The White Witch is one of the best JRPGs ever created and, from what we’ve seen, its sequel, Revenant Kingdom, will be no different. Made by a dream team of ex-Studio Ghible staff, the game oozes charm and features a reworked real-time combat system that looks set to fix the one issue we had with the original game: its slightly by-the-numbers battles. Were it not for Mario Odyssey this would be TrustedReviews’ pick for the best game of E3 2017.
Best new IP at E3 2017
Anthem is the first new IP from legendary RPG studio Bioware in close to a decade, and boy does it look cool. Set in a strange alien world, where humanity has been driven to the brink of extinction and lives behind a walled city, Anthem puts you in the role of a ‘Freelancer’ – a group of fighters who protect the wall and scout the strange jungle world in giant suits of powered armour.
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Gameplay details remain vague, but Anthem’s premise oozes promise and the obvious similarities to the epic Attack On Titan series left every member of team Trusted salivating to learn more about it.
Honourable mention: DragonBall Fighter Z
Fighting headlines may currently be all about Marvel vs Capcom 3, but this E3 Bandai Namco unveiled a new IP that may we become the game of choice for hardcore brawler fans.
Built by the Guilty Gear series’ developer Arc System Works, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is a straight-up 2D brawler set in the iconic manga universe that promises to offer players epic 3-vs-3 team battles.
Best indie game at E3 2017
The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti
The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a ‘medicinal herb’ user’s dream. Featuring psychedelic landscapes, epic light guitar battles and a soundtrack that sounds like it was composed by the Wild Stallions, it’s one of the most interesting side-scrolling platforms to grace E3’s halls this year.
Honourable mention: Tacoma
Set in the future, Tacoma puts you in the shoes of contractor Amy Ferrier as she searches for ‘sensitive data’ on the spooky Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma, which was mysteriously evacuated after an unknown incident. In the sea of platformers and shooters dominating Microsoft’s Xbox One X launch the game was a welcome breath of fresh air.
Best press conference at E3 2017
Ubisoft absolutely nailed their press conference this year. It had everything from the incredible Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, an appearance from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and an emotional reveal of Beyond Good & Evil 2. While there wasn’t crazy staging or anything that stood out from a technical standpoint, the variety of games and straightforward presentation cut through the non-stop talking from EA, ‘Bethesdaland’ schtick and almost smug technical superiority of Microsoft.
Biggest surprise at E3 2017
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario + Rabbids: In the weeks leading up to E3, it became clear that a crossover of Mario and the annoying Rabbids would be appearing at the show. So, in that regard, the announcement was expected. But gameplay and humour-wise, it was bang on and better than anybody could imagine. If it wasn’t for Mario Odyssey, Kingdom Battle would probably have snatched our Best Game nomination.
Honourable mention: Metroid Prime 4
After almost a decade since the last instalment, we’d almost given up hope of ever seeing Metroid Prime 4. And now we finally know it’s coming. Nintendo may have only released a single image, but it’s more than enough to prepare us for Samus Aran’s next adventure.
Notable absentee at E3 2017
Read Dead 2
Given the game was delayed a few weeks before the show, the lack of any game footage at E3 probably isn’t a surprise. Publisher Rockstar is all about controlling its message, and if the game isn’t ready to show then it won’t show anything at all. It was disappointing, sure, but nobody should be surprised.
Honourable mention: Death Stranding
Hideo Kojima’s bonkers-looking game made its debut at E3 2016, so we were expecting a much bigger reveal this year. There’s no reason to panic about it, since Kojima was at the show and even went on stage to be interviewed about his creation.
E3 2017 game reveals and announcements
EA opened this year’s show with a solid selection of games. The crown jewel was undoubtedly Anthem, the all-new IP from BioWare. Taking place in a mysterious, post-apocalyptic world, this upcoming RPG looks to be something special. A full gameplay reveal is coming during Microsoft’s E3 briefing tomorrow.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 also received an extensive new gameplay trailer, alongside confirmation that all post-launch content will be absolutely free. FIFA 18 and Madden NFL 18 filled the yearly sporting quota, each receiving new trailers and gameplay details on The Journey and Longshot story modes. Plus, Need for Speed: Payback got a gameplay trailer.
Indie darlings also received plenty of attention with A Way Out finally being revealed. Developed by the minds behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, this adventure can only be played with two players either on the same couch or online. It looks fantastic, and a nice change of pace from EA’s usual catalogue of titles. You can find all the juicy news and trailers on our EA Play page.
Microsoft finally revealed the Xbox One X, which had previously been codenamed Xbox Scorpio. The console boasts a sleek grey design; in fact, Microsoft says it’s the smallest Xbox ever.
Players can expect a 6-teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172GHz that’s capable of handling 4K-resolution gaming. It’s set to launch globally on November 7, 2017, with Microsoft confirming that 42 games would available for the console – 22 of which will be exclusive.
Bethesda wrapped up Sunday with its presentation. In a short-but-insane whistlestop tour, the wraps were finally taken off The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. These two highly anticipated games will be coming out this year – which was a bit of a surprise, but welcome news nonetheless.
Elsewhere, we were shown the Doom VFR VR game and Fallout 4 VR, neither of which have release dates. DLC for Dishonored 2 was also unveiled along with Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch.
Ubisoft had a brilliant showing this year, with its biggest announcement being the long-awaited reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2. We also saw a trailer of The Crew 2 and an additional peek at Assassin’s Creed Origins. Other titles shown off include South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Transference and pirate multiplayer game Skull and Bones.
Sony put on a pretty impressive display this year, although it didn’t quite have the ‘wow’ factor of 2016. God of War, Detroit: Become Human and Days Gone all received new gameplay demos and loose release windows. Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man stole the show with a visually stunning performance. Our personal favourite announcement has to be Bluepoint Games’ Shadow of the Colossus remake. Oh, and Monster Hunter is finally coming to PS4!
Read our Sony E3 live blog for all the announcements and trailers as they happened.
Nintendo showed a strong hand this year, revealing two new DLC packs for Breath of the Wild, as well as a new game called Super Mario Odyssey that’s set for release in October. Nintendo also confirmed that Game Freak is working on a proper Pokemon RPG for the Switch, and revealed that we’d also see a cross-platform Rocket League port on the handheld console this holiday season too.
Read on for in-depth highlights from the biggest press conferences.
Microsoft at E3 2017
Project Scorpio breaks cover
As expected, Microsoft finally lifted the lid on its long-awaited 4K console: the Xbox One X. We’d already been given a glimpse of the console’s powerful spec sheet – albeit under the codename Xbox Scorpio – beforehand, but E3 hosted the proper debut. The console will launch worldwide on November 7, 2017 for £449 in the UK and $499 in the USA.
Check it out:
The console features a 6-teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172GHz, as well as 12GB of GDDR5 memory. The console is capable of outputting true 4K-resolution gaming – that’s 8 million pixels – as well as offering support for High Dynamic Range content and premium Dolby Atmos sound.
Like the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X also functions as a 4K UHD Blu-ray player. But it gets better: backwards compatibility means you’ll be able to play all existing Xbox One games on the Xbox One X.
The console features a processor built on a highly efficient 16nm manufacturing process, boasting an incredible seven billion transistors. Microsoft has also integrated a liquid-cooled vapour chamber into the Xbox One X design to keep the console from running hot during 4K gaming.
During E3, Microsoft announced 42 games for the Xbox One X, including 22 games with console exclusivity. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, described the Xbox One X as “the most powerful console ever made”, and promised that Forza Motorsport 7 would be available on the console, running in true 4K at 60 frames per second.
One of the other launch games is Assassin’s Creed Origins, which sees the franchise head to Ancient Egypt for the first time ever. The story will tell the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, and will run in 4K on the Xbox One X.
Then there’s Minecraft 4K, which is just like normal Minecraft, but you won’t see any of those blocky pixels on your…blocks. Check out the trailer below:
Games confirmed for the Xbox One X by Microsoft at E3 2017 include:
- Metro Exodus
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Deep Space Galactic
- PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- State of Decay 2
- The Darwin Project
- Minecraft 4K
- Dragonball Fighter Z
- Black Desert
- The Last Night
- The Artful Escape
- Sea of Thieves
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Crackdown 3
- Osiris New Dawn
- Raiders of the Broken Planet
- Unruly Heroes
- Path of Exile
- Surviving Mars
- Fable Fortune
- Robocraft Infinity
- Dunk Lords
- Minion Masters: Forced To Duel
- Dark and Light
- Strange Brigade
- Hello Neighbour
- Conan Exiles
- Life Is Strange: Before The Storm
- Middle Earth: Shadow of War
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Better still, if you already own certain titles on Xbox, you’ll be able to get free 4K upgrades – including Gears of War 4, Forza 3, Halo Wars 2 and Minecraft.
You can watch the full Microsoft E3 2017 press event here:
Sony at E3 2017
As you can see above, Sony had a decent showing at E3 2017. The company didn’t spring many huge surprises, but it did at least show off some pretty spectacular trailers for a whole host of games. You can re-watch the live stream below:
Games featured include:
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Spider-Man gameplay trailer
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
- Detroit: Become Human gameplay/cinematic trailer
- Destiny 2 cinematic trailer
- Strange Brigade
- The Inpatient (VR)
- Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC
- Bravo Team (VR)
- God of War gameplay trailer
- Days Gone gameplay
- Monster Hunter World
- Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
- Call of Duty WWII
- Skyrim VR
- Monster of the Deep (Final Fantasy)
Nintendo at E3 2017
Nintendo had a pretty strong showing at this year’s E3 conference, highlighting a wide roster of new games for the recently launched Nintendo Switch handheld console.
But before we dive into that, check out the Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017 video below:
So what’s new? Well Nintendo’s next big hitter looks to be Super Mario Odyssey, which was revealed to have a release date of October 27. There was also announcement that the critically acclaimed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting two new DLC packs as part of the existing Expansion Pass. The first is called The Master Trials and will arrive on June 30, followed by The Champion’s Ballad in the holiday season.
But there were also plenty of other announcements to chew over too:
- Metroid Prime 4 in development
- Pokemon RPG for Switch being developed by Game Freak
- Rocket League coming to Switch (holiday season)
- Metroid coming to 3DS
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coming holiday season
- New Yoshi game
- New Kirby game
- Seven new Amiibo (4x Zelda, 3x Super Mario Odyssey)
Who put on the best show at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo? Let us know what you think in the comments.