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E3 2017 is over. The dust has finally settled. Now that we have had time to take in all the information and form a decent opinion on the games showcased, we are finally ready to present to you our Best of Show top 10. Maybe you’ll agree, maybe you’ll have a completely different opinion on the games we like and love. Just let us know what you think about our chart and maybe our GamesCom 2017 top 10 will look a bit different.
In general, it was a decent E3 this year. We might have seen less of the titles we wanted to see, more than enough of the titles we wished didn’t exist and were even surprised to see titles we didn’t even knew existed. All and all we now know that there are still more than enough enjoyable games scheduled to release on home console this year and maybe even a few sleeper hits we didn’t see coming. Next year. Well, next year will be even better if we have to trust the release schedules. Obviously.
1. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle [Switch]
While the big guys Sony and Microsoft tried to out-perform their rival, Ubisoft delivered probably their best show in years. No Aisha was Kudo number one, and then they announced some really nice fresh IP’s like Skull & Bones and Starlink. Hell, at the end of the show they even showed a teaser for the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil 2. But the real surprise was a game nobody was waiting for to happen: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Yves Guillemot took the E3 2017 stage and put on an awkward performance with no other than Mr. Miyamoto himself.
The Ubisoft mascots team up with Mario and his friends in this turn-based-strategy game, in order to defeat all the Raving Rabbids and save the world. Mario + Rabbids roam the stages and confront their enemies in a mode that just is Xcom, and that is a really good move by Ubisoft Paris and Milan studios. Everybody carries a gun or weapon of choice and can make one move per turn. So you’ll want to get behind cover and shoot from the perfect spot.
The characters in your team each have different weapons they carry, and special abilities with a cooldown timer. The combat starts off relatively easy, but soon you’ll be introduced to complex Xcom tactics and use your alley as a trampoline to move twice as far.
Although Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle sounds like the biggest mistake in the gaming industry this year, personally I think it’s the best we were shown at E3 2017. You can buy the game from August 29th 2017 and it also comes as Limited Edition alongside some nice statues of those crazy Rabbids.
2. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [PS4, PC]
We were huge fans of the first Ni no Kuni game on Playstation 3 and were kinda hoping for a remastered version on Playstation 4 to be announced during the show. Well, there’s always hope for next year. Even though Bandai failed to announce a much wanted remaster at E3 2017, they did show us some more of the game’s sequel.
During the show, a new trailer was released and Sony even showcased a 9-minute gameplay video and interview for the game after the media briefing. Below you will find both the latest Kingsbond trailer and the gameplay video, followed by some information from Bandai Namco about the game. Are you looking forward to this new Ni No Kuni adventure? To become a rightful leader and develop his kingdom, Evan will first have to forge a Kingsbond with a unique creature called the Kingmaker. Watch the new Kingsbond trailer below:
Story and Gameplay
In the world of Ni No Kuni II, players enter the Kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, where cats, mice, and humans once lived in harmony. After a treacherous coup, Evan, the young boy king of Ding Dong Dell is forced to flee his kingdom. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom recounts the story of this deposed king and his journey to build his own kingdom and unite the entire world. Supporting Evan on his adventure will be friends he meets along his journey including Roland, a visitor from another world, and Tani, the daughter of the leader of sky pirates.
Players will encounter even more characters to join Evan throughout his quest including natural phenomena known as Higgledies. The Higgledies will provide invaluable support during battles including offensive and defensive buffs, increasing special attack power for Evan and his friends, and assist in attacking enemies. Join Evan on his quest as he fights powerful monsters, face perilous dungeons, and rises to once again become a king.
Check out brand new gameplay, including combat, from Playstation’s after show below:
The game launches on PlayStation 4 and PC on November 10th 2017 and hopefully, Bandai Namco will announce an awesome Collector’s Edition or White PS4 Pro console (like with PS3) as well.
3. Monster Hunter World [PS4, PC, Xbox One]
Monster Hunter: World is considered a main game in the Monster Hunter series, according to the game’s producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and co-director Yuya Tokuda. Tokuda and co-director Kaname Fujioka were also directors for Monster Hunter 4 and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Development of World started about three years prior to the E3 2017 reveal, following a year of brainstorming on what the next main game in the series would be. Capcom re-evaluated where they wanted to take the series (since is exists for over a decade), and realized that with the hardware capabilities of the new consoles, they could realize a different vision compared to the handheld or WiiU versions.
Tsujimoto said that past games typically had arcane rules, and the zoned area structure made each zone feel isolated and wanted to change that approach. They have also wanted to implement living worlds and ecosystems, with complex artificial intelligence interactions between monsters and the environment but have been limited in the past by handheld gaming hardware. The team determined that they would pursue highly-detailed worlds that felt realistic, eliminating the disconnected zoned-map approach. This created a “ripple effect” of changes in gameplay; for example, elimination of loading screens meant players could not use the tactic of jumping to a different zone to heal in safety and thus allowed players to drink healing potions while walking. Tokuda noted that with these changes, the pace of the game also became quicker.
Designed for the West.
Fujioka responded to some criticism of the Western-driven changes to the game, that they were not trying to make the game easier just to drive sales. “We’re not taking things that people in the west hate and fixing them to make Western players buy it. People sometimes make that assumption, or they’ve got that fear, but that’s not the case at all.” He continued “The new gameplay has to mesh with the new concept or else it would just be a mess.” Tsujimoto also said that as they have been working on the series for more than a decade, they are aware of what fans expect of a Monster Hunter title, saying “we want Monster Hunter fans to feel like this is a Monster Hunter game through and through when they play it”.
The subtitle World alludes to many facets of the game’s design changes from past Monster Hunter games: it reflects that the game will have a worldwide simultaneous release, that it will be playing on worldwide servers rather than segmented by region, that the maps are no longer connected zones but wide-open worlds, and that these maps represent living worlds. Capcom opted not to use a numerical title, such Monster Hunter 5, as that would give the impression that players needed to have completed other titles in the series to play this one.
With connected areas of the map, more accessible combat system and 4-player online play this Monster Hunter title seems to have all the right ingredients to do well not only in Asia but worldwide. Striking a monster with my friends could become the best PS4 experience I’ll have next year. I do hope they can implement some awesome matchmaking system, so we can make new hunter friends all over the globe. And maybe a photo mode to snap a selfie with your catch 😉 We’ll just have to wait and see because there will probably be a lot more Monster Hunter World at PSX in December!
4. The Last Night [PC, Xbox One]
The soul of a cinematic platformer and the heart of a sci-fi thriller, The Last Night is set in a post-cyberpunk world with a deep, vibrant vision of the future. This visually striking game just is the best indie title of E3 2017 for us.
The Last Night is what we call post-cyberpunk – it’s not the kind of dystopia the genre is famous for, rather it depicts an alternate direction for society. One where the fight for survival doesn’t mean food and water, but a purpose for living. Human labor and creativity have been rendered obsolete by AI, so people are now defining themselves by what they consume, not what they create.
Charlie is a lower-class citizen who can’t interface with the systems and augmentations of the world around him, due to an accident during his childhood. He’s a citizen of the thriving metropolis and yet he’ll never be a part of it. Then, a chance encounter offers him the chance to be part of something else and take matters into his own hands.
5. Spider-Man [PS4]
Starring one of the world’s most iconic Super Heroes, Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game. From traversing with parkour and unique environmental interactions to new combat and cinematic blockbuster set pieces, it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before.
Sony Interactive Entertainment, Insomniac Games, and Marvel have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man adventure. This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met before, or seen in a movie. This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rests upon his shoulders.
6. YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana [PS4]
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a Japanese action role-playing game developed and published by the Nihon Falcom Corporation and the eighth installment in the Ys video game series. It was released in Japan in July 2016 for the Sony PlayStation Vita and for the PlayStation 4 on May 25, 2017.
On February 17, 2017, a worldwide release was announced for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows set for fall 2017; however, rather than being published by long-time partners Xseed Games, Ys VIII will be published by NIS America.
7. Uncharted: Lost Legacy [PS4]
Watch the all-new story trailer for UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy—a new adventure from acclaimed developer Naughty Dog coming August 22 to the PlayStation 4. In order to find an ancient Indian artifact, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross must venture deep into the Western Ghats mountains, discover the lost cities of the Hoysala Empire, and face the ruthless warmonger Asav.
8. Dragonball Fighter Z [PS4, PC, Xbox ONE]
Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC early 2018. Developed by Arc System Works, get ready for 3VS3 2D fighting and the best graphics yet. Look forward to a Closed BETA on Xbox One and PS4 before the end of the summer and stay tuned because more info will be coming soon.
9. A Way Out [PS4, PC, Xbox ONE]
A Way Out offers something for everyone – may it be lean back or intense gameplay moments, action, adventure, exploration, puzzles, chase, stealth. Discover More: http://x.ea.com/33015
The narrative keeps you on your toes, offering a fresh, unique and compelling experience throughout. Get a unique look into the character’s personal lives and their driving motivations through their interaction with others as strong cinematic moments tie the plot together and propel the characters forward through their journey.
10. Code Vein [PS4, PC, Xbox ONE]
Code Vein is coming to PS4, XB1 and PC in 2018. In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.