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The Best and Worst of E3 2017

So there we have it, E3 2017 is done for and we’ve got a whole host of new games to look forward to over the next 12 months. But with everything that was announced, what stood out the most and which titles really didn’t need to wait until E3.

This year’s show was spread across four days beginning with EA which was followed by Microsoft and Bethesda, then Ubisoft, and Sony. Finally the showcases were rounded off by Nintendo. But who “won” the show?

According to a poll we threw out on Twitter, Nintendo stole the show, followed by Sony. But what about individual games? Here’s a round up of what we think were the best and worst parts of E3 2017:

Best: Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft)

One of the more surprising titles to come out of Ubisoft’s convention was of course their (questionably late) dip into the “toys to life” genre with Starlink: Battle for Atlas. This game reminded us a lot of No Man’s Sky if it actually kept any of its promises, mixed with LEGO Dimensions.

This game has players exploring space and battling enemies in ships that they can build in real life, hot-swapping components on the fly to get an edge in battle.

Worst: Floggin’ that Skyrim Horse (Bethesda)

On Day 2 of E3 2017 Bethesda expected those of us outside of the Pacific time-zone to stay up past bed time to watch them announce… Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch (SURPRISE!). At five-fucking-am most of us fell out of bed to watch what could have been considered probably the most disappointing showcase from the entire weekend.

If that wasn’t enough, Sony’s 2 AM presentation also had Skyrim VR for PS VR. Joy.

Best: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)

Let’s face it, this was probably one of the best unsurprising announcements at E3 2017. Sure, we pretty much knew about the game before the initial announcement, but that didn’t stop us all watching, mouths agape, as Yves Guillemot introduced Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto onto the stage.

From here it could only get better as we’re introduced to the game’s trailer as well as some highlighted gameplay from the game.

Worst: Sea of Thieves post-Ubisoft Event (Microsoft)

Sea of Thieves isn’t necessarily one of the worst games to come out of E3 2017, but after Ubisoft announced Skull & Bones, (basically a standalone repackaged version of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s naval battles), Sea of Thieves looked a little bit shit.

Rather than Rare’s sea-fairing multiplayer exploration game being the maritime darling we’ve all been waiting for, Skull & Bones might be the next big pirate game.

Best: Shadow of Colossus Remake (Sony)

During Sony’s presentation which consisted mostly of an hour-long sizzle-reel of trailers, one title in particular got a lot of us hot under the collar and that was the Shadow of Colossus Remake.

Shadow of the Colossus was a pretty big hit back in 2005/2006 but now, over ten years later, it’s starting to look a little dated. In comes Sony however reminding us all that remasters/remakes are still cool, with Shadow of the Colossus.

Worst: Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft)

Upon hearing that Ubisoft would be taking an extra year to work on the next instalment in the Assassins Creed franchise, we were excited by the opportunity to finally fix the core issues which have plagued it since the very first game. Watching an extended game play demo, it was abundantly clear that despite a new setting, protagonist and graphical upgrade, Origins is very much just another Assassins Creed game.

One moment in the demo showed the player trying to climb through a window only to launch the character directly off of the building. Assassins Creed fans will be well versed in this janky control scheme by now and it’s quite simply remarkable that the same basic movement problems still hinder the experience 10 years on. The visuals, while on the face of it seem impressive, with Egypt looking pretty good throughout, the same basic facial animations still look weird as all hell and the imperfections are only amplified by the added power of the Xbox One X. We’ll have to wait and see if Assassins Creed Origins is the fresh start the series sorely needs, but if these first impressions are anything to go by, things aren’t looking promising.

Best: Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco)

During Microsoft’s briefing Bandai Namco announced Dragon Ball FighterZ a 2D fighting game set in the Dragon Ball Z universe. To make things even better, the game is currently in development by Arc System Works, the developers behind the BlazBlue and Guilty Gear franchises.

This game looks to be an incredibly promising fighting game, one which Dragon Ball fans have been begging for, for a long time.

Worst: Monsters of the Deep: Final Fantasy 15 (Square Enix)

Announced during Sony’s PS VR sizzle reel, Monsters of the Deep: Final Fantasy 15 has been described by our very own Jake Green as a “fishing with the boys sim”, and I couldn’t have put it better myself.

This game essentially has players fishing for various monsters from the Final Fantasy 15 universe along side the four main characters, in virtual reality. I mean, what more could you want?

Best: Metroid Samus Returns (Nintendo)

This came as a surprise to many as Nintendo announced the existence of this game after its live E3 broadcast.

Metroid Samus Returns is coming to Nintendo 3DS and is a reimagining of 1991 Gameboy game Metroid II: Return of Samus, but it’ll have new controls, visuals, and gameplay. Lovely.

Worst: Sony’s Lack of Cross-network Support

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During Microsoft’s event they revealed that Minecraft will be getting cross-network play on all platforms, well, all platforms but PlayStation 4. Then Nintendo announced that Rocket League is coming to Nintendo Switch, again with cross-network play on all platforms, but PlayStation 4.

This of course left fans pretty unhappy, then Sony’s comment on the situation then just made players even more pissed. The take-away from this is that Sony has no plans to allow cross-network play any time soon.