(Article originally published on Juice.com.sg)
The biggest gaming convention in the world, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, just happened. 2017’s showing was full of surprises and most importantly, full of games to look forward to in the next few months and even beyond 2017.
Here are our picks of top game reveals and highlights that will make you wish that you can play these goshdarn titles right now:
10.Bioware’s New Game (Finally)
This new action RPG is called Anthem, and it features a brand new alien world with world-altering occurrences, exo-suits called Javelins that shoots out homing missiles and giant laser beams, and lots of quests featuring epic loot. Despite the hate Bioware is getting right now via Mass Effect fans, this franchise looks incredibly promising if because you get to fulfill your Iron Man-esque power fantasies in a strange new world.
The big question here is whether Bioware’s storytelling chops will pull through in this new franchise. Or at the very least, we hope that the sacrifices the company made with the lackluster Mass Effect: Andromeda was worth it for this IP.
9.Assassin’s Creed Origins, Skulls & Bones
We’re going to cheat a little here because these two games are fully made in Ubisoft Singapore, so props to Southeast Asian game development going triple-A and beyond. The former is the next entry in the open-world stealth action adventure title that is set in ancient Egypt, filled with crocodiles, pyramids, and giant snakes hidden in said pyramids. You also have an eagle companion who is literally your eyes; he/she can scout ahead, tag targets, and find hiding spots for you.
The latter is a multiplayer pirate ship simulator where you search for treasure to win while combating rival pirate groups and even pirate hunters. Players will get access to different types of ships like the giant Bruisers and the long-ranged Marksmen. True, it may look like a stripped-down non-single player version of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but Ubisoft SG has lots of time to add a lot more modes, ship types, and extra nuances like giant krakens and whales raining on your treasure-hunting parade.
Trivia: You may recognize Skull & Bones’ creative director Justin Farren from this StarHub incident video where he helped a staff member out from a barbaric customer.
EDIT: Thanks to our hero, Justin A. Farren, for standing up against such acts. (C'mon, clap for him, guys) Story told from Justin A. Farren: Dispute began when Chinese man abuses Starhub Service Staff, and Justin decided to intervene to stop the dispute. From there on, everything else is as seen in the video. Video credits to Cross Brown
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8.Monster Hunter World (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The biggest Japanese four-player action RPG title featuring giant monsters is finally coming home to home consoles. After having a long stint on Nintendo’s past consoles and portables, Capcom is now sharing the love on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Expect a lot of the title’s namesake: monster hunting, trap-laying, and world-traversing.
7.Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Hi Mordor, we’ve missed you. Players can revisit an older and darker version of The Lord of The Rings’ universe as they play supernatural ranger Talion who can kill orcs with his sword and sharpshooting skills, as well as brainwash enemy orcs to his cause. The game’s killer mechanic is the Nemesis System where you can make rivals against enemy orcs and giants who will keep on pursuing you throughout the game unless you take down their regime.
6.Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
If you’re itching for some run-and-gun first-person shooter action, you cannot go wrong with this sequel to the acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Order. Players step into the shoes of supersoldier B.J Blazkowicz to fight off the Nazis who more or less are dominating the entire world with their robots and high-tech weaponry.
Plus, you get to ride a robot flamethrowing dog while dual-wielding chainguns and giant shotguns.
5.God Of War (PS4)
The former bloodthirsty Kratos now has a son he needs to train up to take on the new world he inhabits, which is a Norse mythology-influenced universe filled with frost giants, dwarves, and giant world-eating serpents. The same over-the-top combat is still prevalent, but now you have his son who assists him with bow-and-arrow-firing duties. Imagine Lone Wolf & Cub, but the ‘cub’ can still bite.
According to producer Corey Barlog, the game will be a bit more story-driven and will even ditch the series’ (in)famous Quick Time Events.
4.Lawbreakers (PC, PS4)
Former Epic Games head honcho Cliff Bleszinski started his own company called Boss Key Productions to launch this frenetic team-based first-person shooter later in August. Since he’s the lead behind epic shooters like the Unreal Tournament and Gears of War series, it’s no surprise that what we’ve seen and played so far is a rezzed-up competitive shooter with different styles of aggressive play. It’ll even go as far as to show games like Overwatch a thing or two about skill-based shooting.
3.The Latest Spider-Man Game From Insomniac Games
If you loved the old open-world Spider-Man games back on the PlayStation 2, you’ll be pleased to know that this latest reveal from PlayStation hits all the right notes. Web-shooting and wall-crawling action? Check! Acrobatic Spider-Man with spider-senses slow-down tingling? Check! Bad guys like The Kingpin and Mr. Negative popping up for the wallcrawler to fight? Double check! Look forward to a lot more superheroics next year.
2.Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
You can’t go wrong with the original video game mascot’s latest, as this game takes you to different countries and using his new friend Cappy (who is a cap) to possess living beings. Goombas, Koopa Troopers, cars, and even T-Rexes; nothing is spared from the possessing powers of Cappy.
Oh, and you still traverse through madcap platforming segments set in a skyline with skyscrapers, desert palaces and pyramids, and lord knows what other national landmarks the game has in store.
1.After 15 Long Years, Beyond Good & Evil Will Get A Sequel
Ubisoft’s final reveal at its press conference was one for old-school gaming fans; the company has confirmed that it is working on the sequel to its cult classic adventure title Beyond Good & Evil. According to creator Michel Ancel, the game is at “day zero of development” but it will turn out into an action adventure open world game involving spaceships and Hindu mythology-influenced references. At least if the Krishna-influenced buildings are of any indication.