Every year, we look forward to E3 2017, and the 23rd edition didn’t disappoint. Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox One X — formerly known as “Project Scorpio” — will go on sale in November and best of all, we got to see a selection of some the very best games set to come our way over the coming months and into 2018 (or at least more of them). Here are a few of our favorites — in no particular order of preference.
Predictably, Star Wars Battlefront II was right up there, and in terms of YouTube views the E3 trailer for it was the most popular.
It certainly looks like it should be an improvement on Battlefront I and address some of the faults of its predecessor, although until we can play the whole game, it is difficult to say with certainty.
EA has said all post–release content will be free — including the ability to play as new characters and in new locales — but while that has been welcomed, there will be “micro transactions” to allow players to speed up their progress.
Battlefront II will be released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in November, roughly a month before the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, hits cinemas.
One of the other big games was Super Mario Odyssey and the demo at E3 2017 was very interesting as it revealed that Mario’s hat, Cappy, will revolutionize the way the game is played.
Indeed, it gives the player the ability to take control of other objects and characters in the game. If anyone game will convince people to buy the “new” Switch — then this will be it.
Super Mario Odyssey will be out this October, a couple of weeks before Star Wars Battlefront II.
Another one due out in October and sure to be hit with Xbox gamers is Forza Motorsport 7 — and it should certainly make the most of new the Xbox One X.
Some are already touting it as “one of the most beautiful racing games around“ and a glance at the trailer should be enough to convince you of just that.
Of course, there were other games that stood out for one reason or another from Anthem to A Way Out to Metro Exodus — all due in 2018 for Xbox, PS4, and PC, but away from the big headline releases, there were some other gems, too, and chief amongst them was a new Kirby game.
It has yet to be given a title, though, so for now, it’s just referred to as Kirby. Kirby is a charming game, a traditional side-scrolling platformer where you have to move around sucking up enemies and collecting stars. It has a bit of a retro feel to it — think Super Mario 3D Land —and while it is not quite retro to the extent of going back to fruit machines of the 1990s, it did remind me a bit of some of the early Sonic the Hedgehog games from that sane era. It will be released on the Switch next year. We can’t wait, although before then we have the likes of Star Wars Battlefront II and Super Mario Odyssey to look forward to.