E3 2017 is in the books. Overall, I thought the show was just okay. Not as many megatons as I was hoping for, but there were certainly a number of bright spots for all involved. In no particular order, here are my highlights from this year’s E3. What stood out to you?
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Created by Arc System Works in the same engine that powers Guilty Gear, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is the fighting game of my dreams. After years of 3D fighters, the franchise returns in a 2.5D game that looks just like the anime. Backed by one of the most talented fighting game developers in the business, this one is on pace to be a fighting game to be reckoned with.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
I was a bit apprehensive about this whole crossover proposition when the assets were first revealed. Once we got our eyes on the trailer though, I was all in. I love Mario, the Rabbids are cool, and I love XCOM. A Super Mario XCOM featuring Rabbids sounds like a wonderful fever dream. So far, this game looks great and I’m excited to play this one on my Switch in August.
Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo really blew the doors off with this second Super Mario Odyssey trailer. Introducing the capture mechanic that allows Mario to possess whatever the hat touches, it opens the doors for all sorts of creative possibilities, from changing into a frog, a Goomba, or even a T-Rex. Having got to play this as well further solidified my hype for this marquee release from Nintendo.
Will the real Bioware please stand up? After the dud that was Mass Effect: Andromeda, the “real” Bioware studio shows off what they’ve been working on all along. Anthem appears to be their take on the Destiny formula, and so far it looks great. Hoping Bioware takes their time on this one until they’ve got it just right!
A Way Out
From the makers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes A Way Out, a co-operative action adventure game where two guys work together to break out of jail. Love the concept of this one and am hopeful that it delivers in full.
Cribbing a lot from the Arkham series of Batman games, Spider-Man gets enough touches of its own to make it look more like a game that is true to the character. Between the agile fights and web-swinging, I will keep my fingers crossed that it won’t falter where other superhero licensed games have. So far though, this one looks amazing.