It’s been almost a week since E3 2017 concluded, and despite being more of a mellow affair this year, it did leave some sort of impression, if not then it wouldn’t be considered as the biggest yearly gaming conference. Even though most of my personal wishlist will only be out in 2018, there are certain titles that will excite gamers, and you can look forward to playing them before the year ends.
We took a quick throwback trip to last week’s mega event and compiled a list of the 7 biggest games that are launching this year. Just make sure you start saving up from now to enjoy all of these upcoming exciting titles:
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Ubisoft’s assassins vs templars franchise have covered most of the major European cities, and it now sets its sight on ancient Egypt, which is a fresh environment compared to the urban cities in previous titles. Combat has also been reworked, with a certain depth added into it as your equipment will be segregated into different rarities. And of course, Ubisoft mentioned there will be a deeper focus on adventure and discovery, and fingers crossed it’ll be implemented well in Origins.
Super Mario Odyssey
The Mario series can be borderline weird at times, but Super Mario Odyssey might be the weirdest one yet, as it features a New York-like city with humans all towering above our favorite plumber, among many other settings. It didn’t seem to affect them as well when Mario jumps around and make a nuisance out of himself, complete with a hat that can possess almost anything. And oh, he can even be a T-Rex, which is some sort of an upgrade for Yoshi.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
The war against the Nazi continues in the latest installment of this longstanding franchise, and what a way to hype up the upcoming release with cool-looking trailer, which was described as ‘f***ing bananas’. You can expect all the typical savagery gameplay that is associated with Wolfenstein, and you can definitely look forward to one heck of a ride to defend America.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
If you think Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis system is revolutionary, then the sequel is about to expand it to a whole new level. Enemies can now be recruited into your army, and overtaking an opposition’s castle will require you to stage a large-scale siege, which looks nothing but fun based on the gameplay trailers alone.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
This weird-looking combination was ridiculed before this, until Shigeru Miyamoto and Ubisoft changed our minds with a very convincing gameplay trailer. The platforming sequence seems normal for such a game, but it’s the XCOM-like tactical combat that potentially sets this apart as a more serious title than what it seems.
Star Wars Battlefront II
Battlefront is supposed to be the titular Star Wars game besides the KOTOR series, but the rebooted version was nothing but a disappointment. EA claimed that they heard the community’s complaints, and looking at what they have shown far, I’m inclined to believe that Battlefront II will offer a much better experience. It’s just hard for them to screw it up again, considering the sequel will have a campaign mode, more multiplayer content, and characters from all eras.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Nathan Drake’s story might be over, but we are not ready to give up on the Uncharted universe and Naughty Dog clearly shares the same sentiment as well. You’ll be in control of Chloe, which should provide a slightly different approach to tackling the game’s puzzles and enemies, but with a certain familiarity to past titles.