The Best Trailers of E3

It wouldn’t be E3 without some good trailers and this year we saw some that were absolutely jaw-dropping. From expected big name titles like Cyberpunk 2077 to surprising smaller titles like Sable, these were the best trailers from the show.

Sea of Solitude

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Last year, Electronic Arts introduced us to A Way Out via their EA Originals program, a program where EA assists smaller sized independent studios with their development efforts. This year, the EA Originals program and developer Jo-Mei Games brings us Sea of Solitude. Sea of Solitude is a game that focuses on how loneliness effects each of us and has the power to turn us into monsters.

Control

PS4/Xbox One/PC

During the PlayStation press conference, Sony surprised the audience with a trailer for Remedy Entertainment’s newest game Control. Control seems to build upon the time-bending game mechanics seen in the studio’s last game Quantum Beak.

Cyberpunk 2077

PS4/Xbox One/PC

CD Projekt Red has been extremely tight-lipped about Cyberpunk 2077. So tight-lipped that we’ve only received tidbits of information here and there since the game was announced. In fact, we haven’t seen a new trailer for the game since 2013. That lengthy stint of radio silence for such a highly anticipated title – and the striking visuals – may explain why Cyberpunk‘s newest trailer was all anyone could talk about at E3 this year.

Sable

Xbox One/PC

Revealed during the Microsoft press conference, Sable is a stylish, desert-filled open world made by indie developer Shedworks. The game is about a young girl named Sable who sets out on a pilgrimage to meet new people and cultures. Legend of Zelda fans may be happy to hear that Sable was influenced by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

PS4/Xbox One/PC

Back in December, From Software gave us an extremely brief teaser that showed us a strange, bony object with a bloody spool of thread in the middle. Many people believed this was a teaser for Bloodborne 2. However, after Sunday, we all learned it was actually shot from a brand new action adventure title named Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

The Sinking City

PS4/Xbox One/PC

The creepy and mysterious The Sinking City is a Lovecraftian horror game that takes place in the flooded city of Oakmont, Massachusetts. You play as an investigator trying to get to the bottom of what’s causing this disaster. The Sinking City comes out for PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One on March 21, 2019.

Ghost of Tsushima

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Ghost of Tsushima may very well be the most beautiful looking game at the show this year. However, this game didn’t impress simply because it was pretty. The intriguing stealth mechanics and unique combat system also managed to catch the eye of many viewers. This will be one of those games that may convince people to get off of the fence and buy a PS4 Pro.

Session

Xbox One/PC

Skate fans had high hopes that there would be a Skate 4 announcement at E3 this year. While these fans didn’t get the Skate 4 confirmation they were looking for, Sessions could be the next best thing. Sessions will be an exclusive for the Xbox One and is scheduled to launch in 2019. Early access is slated for later this year.

The Last of Us Part II

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It could be fair to say that The Last of Us Part II was the most anticipated game going into E3 and the nearly 12-minutes of gameplay presented during Sony’s press conference did not disappoint. Given what was shown, it seems that Naughty Dog has managed to improve upon the already engaging combat from the first game. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a release date.

Tunic

Xbox One/PC

Among the indies shown during Microsoft’s press conference was an interesting-looking isometric adventure game called Tunic. Although noticeably Zelda-like in appearance, the game still manages to maintain it’s own charming mystique. You can expect to see this title sometime later this year.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

PS4/Xbox One/PC

Honestly, this trailer was so well done that it should be turned into a full-length movie. While there wasn’t any actual gameplay to be seen, the trailer did confirm that both Jade and Payj will be back in this sequel. This reveal left some people understandably confused as we were told last year that BG&E2 is supposed to be a prequel to the events of the original game.

Transference

PS4/Xbox One/PC/VR

Announced back in 2017, Transference is a psychological thriller from the minds at SpectreVision and Ubisoft Montreal. The game is centered around the Hayes family and a failed experiment where the father attempted to upload his wife, son, and his own consciousness to the cloud. This first-person narrative mystery can be played traditionally on consoles or in VR for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or PSVR.

Devil May Cry 5

PS4/Xbox One/PC

Capcom revealed the newest entry to the main Devil May Cry series in the only way it knows how, with flashy and over-the-top action. According to the game’s director,  Hideaki Itsuno, Devil May Cry 5 is not a reboot or spinoff, it will be a direct sequel and will take place seven years after the events of DMC 4.

Gears 5

Xbox One/PC

Gears 5 is the next installment in the Gears of War franchise and will be focused on protagonist Kait Diaz. The most notable thing about this trailer was the variety and look of different locations within the game. The trailer showed off some new jungle and arctic environments that were full of color, a departure from the ever-present grey tones of previous games.

Spider-Man

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Sony ended its press conference with an impressive looking gameplay trailer of Spider-Man. What was shown during the trailer was nothing short of thrilling. Seeing Spider-Man swinging, punching, and thwiping his way through all forms of danger looks incredibly fun. The only bad thing about this trailer is that it makes it so much harder to wait for its September 7th release date.

 

 

 

 

11 Addictive Mobile Games You Need to Play

Are you on the go and need some great games to keep you busy? Here are a few mobile games that you should put on your phone right now.

Her Story

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The problem with interactive movie games is that most of the time they just don’t work. They’re usually either boring, poorly made, or have terrible acting. However, this is exactly what makes Her Story something of a rarity. It’s an interactive movie game that doesn’t just work; it works well.

Her Story is a murder mystery where you take on the role of a police investigator (presumably). As the investigator assigned to this case, you must sort through and review interview footage of a woman named Hannah. Hannah is not only the victim’s wife, she’s also a possible suspect. It’s up to you to piece together the subtle clues in the videos and find out the truth.

Lara Croft GO

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How do you turn a game franchise like Tomb Raider into a turn-based puzzle game? Developer Square Enix Montreal figured out a way. Lara Croft GO simplifies the action-adventure game without sacrificing the key essentials that make Tomb Raider what it is. The result is a very clever and challenging experience that genuinely feels rewarding.

Similar to the first game in the GO series (Hitman GO), you move the protagonist one space at a time. Every space you move allows each enemy or booby trap on the board to move as well. This makes it necessary to come up with a strategy that will allow Lara to avoid obstacles and get safely to the goal. If you dig this game, then you might want to give Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO a try as well.

Adventures of Poco Eco – Lost Sounds

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Adventures of Poco Eco – Lost Sounds is one of the most visually appealing games available in any app store. Its unique art design and bold color palette have some comparing it visually to the critically acclaimed game Monument Valley.

In this game, you help the curious explorer Poco Eco on his search to find his tribe’s lost sounds. To assist Poco Eco on his mission and restore the sounds of his tribe, you must complete 12 different levels that include clever 3D puzzles. The world of Lost Sounds is built around a mixture of electronic music and design, which creates a relaxing atmosphere.

Prune

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Want to play a game that will help you relax in the process? Prune might be just the kind of game you’re looking for. This beautiful puzzle game about growing and trimming trees will put you into a zen-like state of mind.

As far as gameplay is concerned, it’s pretty straightforward. You need to help a tree grow to its full height so it can sprout flowers. As the tree grows, you’ll have to prune any branches that are hindering its growth. When the branches hit the sunlight, flowers will begin to bloom. You need a certain number of flowers to bloom in order to complete the level.

Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play simulation game based on the Fallout universe. Players must create a vault, fill it with post-nuclear survivors, expand their underground bunker, and manage the ensuing chaos. It didn’t take long before Fallout fanatics found themselves hopelessly addicted to this mobile game.

Downwell

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As Jessica Jones would say, it’s not flying, “it’s more like guided falling.”

Downwell is an ’80s arcade-style, vertical scrolling shooter where you play as a young curious boy who one day decides that he wants to explore the depths of a mysterious well. You are armed with gunboots to protect yourself from the dangerous monsters that live within the well.

As you fall and shoot monsters, you’ll also need to collect gems. These gems will allow you to purchase power-ups. It’s a pretty simple but adrenaline-pumping game.

Alto’s Adventure

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Endless runners have been a staple among mobile games ever since the App Store was launched in 2008. However, Alto’s Adventure stands out from the rest because of its stunning visual presentation. The ever-changing scenery combined with the day/night cycles cause the environment to evolve and transform beautifully. You’ll be feeling the need to take screenshots of the artistic backgrounds constantly.

Neko Atsume

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Not all games have to be about shooting stuff or brain-melting puzzles. Neko Atsume is a simple game in which you try to attract as many cats as you can to your backyard. This bizarrely entertaining game essentially lets you become the crazy cat person you always wished you could be.

The premise of the game is to make your backyard as inviting as possible. To do this you must collect cat toys and lay out snacks for your soon-to-be friends. The game is free, so there is no reason not to start collecting all those adorable cats.

LIMBO

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Eerie is the perfect word to describe LIMBO. LIMBO first came out for the Xbox 360 in 2010 and has since made its way to the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, PC, Android, and iOS.

The story follows a boy who finds himself in a scary, dangerous world. He must traverse this perilous, noir world to find his lost sister. The haunting atmosphere is persistent throughout the game and is one of the things that make it special.

Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys

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If you watch Rick and Morty on Adult Swim then Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys is a must-have. The game is basically a parody of Pokémon packed full of Rick and Morty references and jokes. Underneath all the jokes, however, is a real game that provides a good amount of entertainment.

Similar to Pokémon, your goal is to become the best trainer around. You’ll need to travel through the multiverse, collecting alternate reality versions of Morty to battle against other Ricks standing in your way. It is free on iOS and Android, so give it a shot.

Monument Valley

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Monument Valley is one of the best mobile games out there right now. Its Escheresque puzzles and fascinating art style make it unusual and uncommon.

Each level in the game centers around different 3D puzzles. You’ll need to shift and contort each puzzle like a Rubik’s Cube to get the protagonist to her desired location. Every level completed will reveal bits of the game’s story.

This game’s only downfall is that it’s a little short, completing in only 10 levels. However, it’s still totally worth the cost.

The Most Anticipated Games of 2018

It goes without saying that 2017 was a remarkable year for games. In fact, some argue that it may even be one the greatest years of gaming, period. Although last year was jam-packed with hits, 2018 may have the potential to be even better. Here are some games you can look forward to in 2018.

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Crackdown 3

After a few delays, Crackdown 3 was scheduled to be the must-have exclusive Microsoft needed to help sell its Xbox One X at launch, but all of that changed when its release window was pushed back into 2018. The game is said to be extremely ambitious and “pushes the technological envelope with immersive true 4K gameplay.” Will Crackdown 3’s open-world, action adventure gameplay be enough to get people interested in the Xbox One again? Only time will tell.

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Yoshi 

Mario’s hungry dinosaur buddy, Yoshi, is making a comeback in 2018. In this new adventure for the Nintendo Switch, you’ll be guiding Yoshi through a cardboard cutout diorama-like world – a new art style for the franchise – that can switch between foreground and background perspectives. Nintendo believes this perspective shifting feature will add a brand new twist to traditional side-scrolling gameplay. The game has yet to be given an official name, but for right now, Nintendo is simply calling the game “Yoshi.”

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God of War

After a long successful career of killing Greek gods, Kratos has decided to take his god killing talents to the realm of Norse mythology. This time around, however, Kratos is no longer the rage-filled murder machine he once was. In a departure from the previous games in the franchise, this new entry will introduce us to a more mature, fatherly Kratos who possesses a greater degree of emotional depth. In addition to location and personality changes, the tone of the story is expected to be darker while combat will be more intimate but just as brutal.

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Spider-Man

There have been plenty of Spider-Man games, but sadly, not near enough good ones. Hopefully, Insomniac Games will be able to buck that trend with their new Spider-Man game, which will be an exclusive for the PlayStation 4. Each trailer since its reveal at E3 2016 has looked promising, placing an emphasis on improvisation, unique environmental interactions, and other intriguing mechanics. It’s probably safe to say that many Spidey fans are eagerly waiting for this new web-slinging adventure.

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Blood & Truth

Blood & Truth is an exciting new action first-person shooter for the PSVR. From the same team that brought us The London Heist, Blood & Truth is a game that’s inspired by action movies like John Wick. Complete with a full story, big set pieces, and realistic movement, London Studio wants this to be the must-have VR game people have been waiting for.

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Vampyr

Dontnod Entertainment is best known for its narrative-driven Life is Strange series. However, many people forget that the studio’s first game was a sci-fi action adventure game called Remember Me. So it’s unsurprising that many people were surprised when Dontnod announced that its next game would be an action role-playing game called Vampyr. In Vampyr, you step into the shoes of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a Victorian-era surgeon and researcher, who has recently been turned into a vampire. By picking and choosing your victims, you’ll help shape the fate of London’s future.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

At this point, it seems like Rockstar Games has mastered the Spaghetti Western genre. Red Dead Redemption 2 welcomes us back to the Wild West as players take on the role of an outlaw by the name of Arthur Morgan. Arthur Morgan is a part of the Dutch van der Linde gang, the gang John Marston (protagonist from Red Dead Redemption) tried to escape from. Despite its title, RDR2 will be a prequel to the previous game in the series.

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Cyberpunk 2077

Announced back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 is an open world RPG under development by CD Projekt Red. The game temporarily took a back seat to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but now has the studio’s full focus as they go full steam ahead with its development. Aside from a few developer diaries and various statements, CD Projekt Red has kept mum on the project for the most part. What we do know, however, is that this title will supposedly be the studio’s most ambitious game to date. That’s pretty impressive considering CD Projekt Red’s pedigree.

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Firewall Zero Hour

If you took the strategic and quick-thinking gameplay of Rainbow Six Siege, then put it in virtual reality, you’d essentially have Firewall Zero Hour. Although details about the game were scarce after its reveal at PlayStation Experience last December, this 4v4 VR tactical FPS looks like it could be a promising addition to the PSVR line up.

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Detroit: Become Human

Any game with David Cage at the helm is going to garner attention, and Detroit: Become Human has been no exception. Developed by Quantic Dream, Detroit: Become Human has stirred up early excitement with its compelling choose-your-own narrative gameplay set in the city of Detroit in the near future. Through the divergent lives of three androids, you’ll discover what it means to be human from the outside perspective of a machine.

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Anthem

Bioware’s A-team has been hard at work on their next big hit, an online action RPG that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Destiny. Not much is known about the title yet, but there was a lot of excitement surrounding the reveal trailer last year. After the whole loot box fiasco with Star Wars Battlefront 2, hype for Anthem has cooled down a bit to a cautious optimism as many gamers have some lost trust in Electronic Arts. This game looks promising, so hopefully, it won’t be bogged down with the same microtransaction problems that plagued Battlefront 2.

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Transference

If you’re into psychological thrillers and own – or plan to own – a VR headset, this may be just the experience you’ve been waiting for. Made by Ubisoft and SpectreVision (founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller), Transference lets players dive into the corrupted memories of a fractured family in order to discover a concealed truth. The game is described as a dark, thrilling mystery that contains multiple branching narrative paths which are determined by the choices you make.

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Octopath Traveler  

Nintendo has been on a roll lately with titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Snipperclips, and more. They’ll look to continue that success with a new game called Project Octopath Traveler. This unique looking JRPG will feature eight different playable characters that will each have their own branching paths and distinct stories. To achieve the game’s striking art style, the developers used a mix of CG, pixel art, and what they call “HD-2D” visuals. Like many of the games on this list, we’re still waiting on a firm release date.

May 2018 Releases

May Game Releases

Super Mega Baseball 2 Xbox One/PS4/PC 5/1/18
Hive: Altenum Wars PS4 5/1/18
Pirate Flight VR PSVR 5/1/18
Guns of Icarus Alliance PS4 5/1/18
Through the Woods Xbox One 5/2/18
10-Yard Fight Switch 5/2/18
Coffee Crisis PC 5/2/18
ACA NeoGeo Stakes Winner Switch 5/2/18
Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles Xbox One 5/2/18
Nihilumbra Switch 5/3/18
Professional Construction – The Simulation Switch 5/3/18
Timberman VS Switch 5/3/18
Deiland PS4 5/3/18
Juicy Realm PC 5/3/18
Judgment PC 5/3/18
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia PC 5/3/18
Perfect Angle Switch 5/3/18
Venture Kid PC 5/3/18
Cast of the Seven Godsends – Redux Switch 5/3/18
Don’t Die, Mr. Robot! DX Switch 5/3/18
City of Brass PS4/Xbox One 5/4/18
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch 5/4/18
Drive on Moscow Xbox One 5/4/18
The Last Deadend PC 5/5/18
Disgaea 5 Complete PC 5/7/18
Raging Justice PC/Xbox One/PS4 5/8/18
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire PC/Mac 5/8/18
Destiny 2 – Warmind Expansion PC/PS4/Xbox One 5/8/18
Conan Exiles Xbox One/PC/PS4 5/8/18
Megadimension Neptunia VIIR PS4 5/8/18
AO International Tennis PS4/Xbox One/PC 5/8/18
Tacoma PS4 5/8/18
Stein’s;Gate 0 PC 5/8/18
Through the Woods PS4 5/8/18
Subaeria Xbox One/PS4/PC 5/9/18
Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers 3DS 5/10/18
Super Chariot Switch 5/10/18
Immortal Redneck Switch 5/10/18
Suicide Guy Switch 5/10/18
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Switch 5/10/18
Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition Switch 5/10/18
Laser League PS4 5/10/18
Robothorium: Tactical Revolution PC 5/10/18
Garage Switch 5/10/18
Wild West Online PC 5/10/18
Hyper Sentinel PS4/Xbox One/PC 5/11/18
Sudden Strike 4 Xbox One 5/11/18
Wizard of Legend PC/Xbox One/PS4/Switch 5/15/18
Dragon’s Crown Pro PS4 5/15/18
Forgotten Anne PS4/Xbox One/PC 5/15/18
GoNNER PS4 5/15/18
Battle Chasers: Nightwar Switch 5/15/18
Death Road to Canada PS4/Xbox One/Switch 5/15/18
Shin Megumi Tensei: Strange Journey 3DS 5/15/18
 Horizon Chase Turbo  PS4/PC 5/15/18
 

The Top 9 Games from E3 2017

Another year, another E3 down in the books. This year’s event was jammed packed with games as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and the others hit us with trailer after trailer. Although the common consensus was that overall the conferences were somewhat underwhelming, there were still a lot of titles that managed to stand out from the crowd. Here are my favorite games from E3 2017.

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Anthem

While Bioware Montreal took over the development of Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware Edmonton focused their attention on creating a brand new IP. That brand new IP is a shared-world action RPG called Anthem, which was revealed during EA’s press conference. It wasn’t until Microsoft’s conference, however, that we finally got some real details and saw some gameplay.

In Anthem, you are a freelancer who has an arsenal of exosuits called Javelins. Using your Javelin, you’ll explore (either alone or with up to three friends) a large futuristic open world, brimming with wonder and peril. Based off of first impressions, many have described the game as Destiny, but with a Bioware narrative.

Will Anthem be a more story driven version of Destiny? We’ll have to see when it comes out. However, what really stood out to me was the vibrant, lush environments and the way you traverse seamlessly through these areas. The way the player switches at ease from flying, to diving, to dashing around the world looked really fun. Expect to see Anthem out for PS4, PC, and Xbox One in Fall 2018.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2

One of the biggest surprises of E3 2017 was the reveal of a brand new trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2. If you’re like me, you have been begging Ubisoft to make this sequel ever since they showed the first trailer, which was revealed all the way back in 2008. Yeah, it has really been that long. With time comes change, and it looks like Beyond Good & Evil 2 is no exception.

Instead of continuing the adventures of Jade and Pey’j, BG&E2 will be a prequel that’s set a few generations before the first game. At the moment, it’s hard to say what kind of game BG&E2 will be, but we know it will ambitious. The revival of BG&E2 is exciting, but keep in mind, this was just another pre-rendered trailer. Unfortunately, we probably won’t see this game anytime soon.

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Super Mario Odyssey

With Mario’s new ability to possess everything around him, traveling to real world-like destinations, and dinosaurs, Super Mario Odyssey is shaping up to be one of the weirdest additions to the series yet. I mean, the trailers have even taught us that Mario isn’t human! Regardless, after watching the new trailer and demo Nintendo brought to E3, I have a good feeling that it may also end up being one of the most creative.

According to the positive feedback from the demo, it sounds like this game could become a contender for game of the year. We’ll be able to get our hands on Super Mario Odyssey on Oct. 27, 2017.

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Detroit: Become Human

We got a taste of Detroit: Become Human last year, but this year, we have new details and a brand new trailer that sheds light on the overarching story. The game takes place about 20 years into the future. Although advancements in technology have made androids nearly indistinguishable from humans, they are still treated as mere objects. This problematic dynamic between humans and androids has caused “deviant” androids to start an uprising.

In this game, you control three characters: Kara, Connor, and the newly introduced Markus. All three are androids and they will all have their own distinct storylines that will run parallel to each other over a four day period. Throughout the game, you’ll make decisions that will influence the story and may also impact the other characters.

The thing that I love about this game is the importance they put on decisions. Each decision forces you to think critically and can have real consequences in the future. This is probably the reason why the demo for this game resonated with me as much as it did. Also, the amount of detail put into each character and the environments they inhabit is incredible.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Nathan Drake’s days of treasure hunting may be over, but Chloe is just getting started. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a 10-hour long spin-off starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. The two will embark on an adventure to retrieve an ancient Indian artifact all while trying to avoid a ruthless warmonger who wants it for himself.

This will be the first Uncharted game to feature someone else other than the wise-cracking Nathan Drake. Since Chloe and Nadine take themselves a little more seriously than Drake, it’s expected that the tone of this game will be slightly different from the other games. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will come out on August 22, 2017, for $40.

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The Last Night

I stumbled across this indie game last year and was blown away by its art style. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to stay up-to-date on the development of The Last Night. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the announcement trailer during Microsoft’s conference. Some people have begun comparing this cyberpunk sidescroller to something like Blade Runner. The Last Night will be available on Xbox One and PC in 2018.

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Spider-Man

We finally got some gameplay footage of Insomniac’s Spider-Man game and it looks amazing. Although the end of the trailer felt a bit like a QTE-fest, overall I liked what I saw. From what was shown, it looks like the player will have plenty of options on how to dispatch enemies. For example, you can either fight up close, set up traps, or use the environment to your advantage.

I also like that Insomniac chose to use Mr. Negative as a villain instead of a more well-known villain. It’s become painfully obvious to me that both superhero movies and games tend to focus on a small select group of that hero’s rogue gallery. Usually, the most popular villains that everyone already knows, e.g. Doctor Octopus or Green Goblin. So it’s nice to see other villains enter the spotlight every once and awhile. Spider-Man is PlayStation exclusive and will release sometime next year.

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A Way Out

If it wasn’t for the Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer, this game would’ve been my biggest surprise of the show. Revealed during the EA press conference, A Way Out is a split-screen, co-op action-adventure game from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The game focuses on the story of two convicts and their escape from prison.

What I found interesting about this game is that both characters can be in different places, doing their own thing, while their stories are told simultaneously. For example, player one could initiate a cutscene where they talk to a prison guard. While that player watches a cutscene, the other player can use that opportunity as a distraction and do things without the guard noticing.

What I saw of the game reminded me of something I’d expect to see from Naughty Dog, so I have high hopes for this title.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Going into E3, we knew Ubisoft was going to announce a Mario and Rabbids crossover title. However, nobody knew what kind of game the title would be. We all had our suspicions, but no one expected to be told that the new game would be a turn-based tactical RPG.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle puts both companies mascots into a fun and colorful XCOM-like quest where Mario and the others must team up with Rabbids Heros in order to take back the kingdom from the mischievous Rabbids. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be a Switch exclusive and will be available on August 29, 2017.

Honorable mentions:

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Yoshi Switch, Observer, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Ninja Theory Announces Release Date for Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

On Monday, developer Ninja Theory teased us with news that an announcement would be coming today. As it turns out, that announcement was a definitive release date for their upcoming game, Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice.

Announced back in 2014, Hellblade is an action game that focuses on the journey and mental state of its protagonist, Senua. Senua is a Celtic warrior who suffers from psychosis. Alone, she must embark on a very personal journey through a hellish landscape created by her own psychotic manifestations.

According to Ninja Theory, their goal with Hellblade was to bring the mid-sized game back by creating an independently developed game with AAA polish. Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice is scheduled for release on August 8th, 2017. You can get the game for $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 on Steam, GOG, and PlayStation 4.

Leaked Screenshots Reveal Plans for Life is Strange Prequel

According to some leaked screenshots, it seems like we could be in store for a Life is Strange prequel in the near future.

The original Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, was widely considered a surprise hit in 2015. The game followed the adventures of Max Caulfield, a high school senior who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time. While the original game focused mainly on Max and her relationship with Chloe, it appears that this prequel will instead focus on Chloe and her relationship with Rachel.

The screenshots were found in this gallery that was anonymously uploaded to Imgur. There are nine images altogether, eight screenshots and one piece of branded concept art. You’ll also notice in the screenshots that this is a Chloe who has yet to dye her hair fully blue.

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If you remember, Dontnod took to Twitter no too long ago to celebrate Life is Strange selling over 3 million copies and to announce that they would be working on a second Life is Strange game. However, this prequel is not the game they were talking about. This prequel will actually be in the hands of the Denver studio, Deck Nine Games.

Previously known as Idol Minds, this development studio is best known for making games like Cool Boarders 3, Rally Cross 2, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. Two days ago, the team announced that they will be rebranding as Deck Nine to signify their shift toward more narrative-focused games.

Dontnod Entertainment Announces A New Life is Strange Game

If you liked the 2015 surprise hit, Life is Strange, then I have some good news for you.

Today, the developers at Dontnod Entertainment took some time off from working on their upcoming game Vampyr to acknowledge and celebrate Life is Strange selling over 3 million copies. In the tweet below, the devs express their appreciation for their many fans. However, it’s the end of the video that’s interesting.

Near the end of the video, the devs mention that there will be a Life is Strange 2. They also revealed that the new game has been in development since the original game received a boxed version – which happened last year. Unfortunately, they never mentioned a release date for Life is Strange 2.

It’s hard to believe that the next game in the series would be a continuation of the first game since the ending seemed to be pretty conclusive. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Life is Strange 2 featured an entirely new cast of characters.

What do you think? Would you be down for a brand new adventure in the Life is Strange Universe, but with different characters?

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