As the Los Angeles Convention Centre closes its doors for the final day of E3 2017, it’s time for us to reveal the winners of FANDOM’s Best of E3 2017 Awards. And as you might imagine, it’s been Super Mario Odyssey that’s stolen the show along with games like Far Cry 5 and Call of Duty: WWII.
With E3 regularly feeling like Christmas as it’s so chock-full of gaming goodies to unwrap, it’s actually tricky to narrow down our list of top titles for our Best of E3 2017 Game Awards. But here’s our top 10 games at E3 2017, presented in alphabetical order:
Anthem might not have been playable at E3, but it’s earned a spot on this list for being one of the most exciting new IPs announced at E3 2017. It’s a brand new massive online multiplayer game (or MMO) that could rival the likes of Destiny 2 – another game that was incredibly close to getting on this list.
You play as human ‘Freelancers’ who fight to protect to humanity in exo-suits called Javelins. We love the fact that they let you fly around the stunning, dynamic world just like Iron Man – even underwater – with your buddies in co-op missions. It’s also got a weather system that could bring in huge storms to mix up the gameplay. At the moment it basically looks like a game that could answer the question, ‘What if BioWare made Destiny?’, and that’s a game we can get behind.
Call of Duty: WWII
This year Call of Duty is returning to its World War II roots with the aptly titled Call of Duty: WWII. It’s earned itself an award in our Best of E3 titles because of its epic multiplayer. The game’s new War Mode is absolutely brilliant, with each round seeing teams progress through several different objects, which all help to give its multiplayer a real narrative.
Not only is the new Mode rather epic, it plays and looks fantastic too. It’s a visceral, gritty look at World War II combat, so it’s not for the squeamish, but it has just the right level of realism and fast-paced gameplay.
Days Gone was one of the big PS4 titles to dominate Sony’s E3 press conference, and although it isn’t coming out until next year, it’s already looking like a console-defining game. The gameplay is a pinch of The Last of Us, a smidge of Uncharted and a heavy dollop of Sons of Anarchy. The way the hordes of the infected move as a pack and can be used as a weapon in themselves is seriously impressive and should make for some incredibly intense combat.
Far Cry 5
Ubisoft’s had an incredibly strong E3, showing off titles like Mario + Rabbids: Battle Kingdom, Assassin’s Creed Origins and the highly-anticipated Beyond Good and Evil 2. But for us, it was Far Cry 5 that dominated Ubisoft’s upcoming games library. The latest entry in the series takes us to Montana fighting a violent religious cult which is taking people by force if not by faith.
What we played at E3 cemented Far Cry 5 as one of the games to look out for over the next 12 months. Not only is it the best looking Far Cry ever, the new guns for hire mechanics means you’ve always got a sidekick. It’s ditched radio towers too in favour of a more natural map discovery tool from reading posters, talking to folks and generally exploring. It should be a fantastic adventure.
Forza Motorsport 7
With Microsoft officially unveiling its new 4K HDR console, the Xbox One X, it needed some games for future gamers to play on it. And the most beautiful game we saw is easily Forza Motorsport 7. Turn 10 Studios’ long-running series is back and it’s looking better than ever, with features like dynamic cloud and weather systems capable of wreaking havoc on the tracks. It’s an impressive new entry that is bound to satisfy the racing ravings of fans.
God of War
Kratos is back in a brand new adventure for PS4 and he’s living in the realm of men, trying to work out how to be a good parent. Oh and kick some serious butt together too.
And just like Kratos, this is a game that has evolved beyond what the successful series has always been. The more gameplay we see, the more impressed we are by this upcoming title and just watch the trailer above to see why it’s getting one of our 10 best of E3 awards.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a prequel that might not have Ashley Burch for the voice of Chloe nor is it being made by the original creators Dontnod, but from what we were shown behind closed doors at E3, it’s still going to be an emotionally-charged journey.
The game will be played out across three episodes but will explore the events that took place three years before the original Life is Strange. It’s still got the teen angst, the great dialogue and characters, and plenty of choices to make and we’re excited for a new story from Arcadia Bay.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
When Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was first announced, we’ll admit we were sceptical about the crossover. But having spent around 45 minutes with the game, we’re happy to say that our minds have been totally convinced that it’s actually genius. Blending puzzles solving, adventuring and tactical combat that is basically Super Mario XCOM, this is a game that is a very compelling title for the Switch.
The combat offers much more depth that we originally anticipated, with lots of chains and combos to be eeked out, while the rest of the gameplay delivers hilarious, clever and great looking stories.
Skull and Bones
One of the surprise announcements for E3 2017 was Skull and Bones. This brand new online multiplayer title takes its inspirations from the naval combat in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and it is brilliant fun. Teams work to collect the most loot within a certain time limit by destroying enemy ships, and then escape before the Pirate Hunters take you out. It’s fast-paced, easy to pick up and also, incredibly good-looking.
Super Mario Odyssey
And of course, this wouldn’t be a list of best of E3 2017 games without an appearance from Super Mario Odyssey. Undeniably the most popular game of the show, it’s already earned a heck of a lot of best of E3 awards and will no doubt dominate Game of the Year awards after it’s released in October.
Mario’s upcoming open-world 3D adventure is his most compelling adventure yet. We played the Desert World and Metro Town and it’s incredible just how much there is to do in each one. Brilliantly crafted hub areas, transforming powers and characters full of personality combine with classic Super Mario gameplay in what is definitely going to be the best looking Mario title. And what’s more, there are hat-related motion controls to test out with the Switch too.