Louise’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games from E3 2017

June 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Reviews & Features, E3 2017

With E3 now done and dusted, it’s that time when people decide what they are most looking forward out of all the announcements. So, here is my Top 10 Most Anticipated Games from E3 2017.

10. Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Life is Strange pretty much tied up all loose ends, though it seems there must be more of a story to tell, presented in this upcoming prequel, which revolves around Chloe and her friend Rachel, who disappeared in the original game. I’m guessing any supernatural elements will have been omitted from this short, 3 episode prequel, with the focus being on moral choices as opposed to alternative timelines. With Chloe being such a charismatic character, hopefully Before the Storm will still be just as intriguing.

9. The Inpatient

A prequel to Until Dawn set in the 60’s, the story takes place at Blackwood Sanatorium, and will be for PSVR. Taking a vastly different direction to Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and going down the psychological horror route, you taking on the role of the inpatient of the title who has come down with a rather nasty case of cliched amnesia, and who wants to reclaim their memories. The game is listed high up because of that amnesia, which could possibly point to a rather generic plot, but with the game set in the Sanatorium, hopefully the story will also delve more into its lore and how those wendigos from Until Dawn came about.

8. Moss

This cute game for PSVR sees you accompanied by a little mouse called Quill, with dungeon-crawling and puzzle-solving being the aim of the game. Not much else is known about Moss, especially in regards to story – at the start you are reading what can only be a fairy tale book which you are absorbed into – though perhaps it will be a game in which you are simply introduced to your mousey companion, and then it’s on with the journey of reaching the end of said book. Moss is heavily inspired by the Zelda games, though here the emphasis has been placed on puzzle solving rather than combat, even though there is still some combat at certain points. As it is a title for PSVR, I am intrigued to see how the game works from a third person perspective, especially as you control Quill.

7. Sonic Mania

As a Sonic fan who has lost faith in the franchise, I am eager to see how Sonic Mania has been dealt with, and by a developer who is also a fan of the blue blur, and not Sonic Team themselves. Announced well before E3 (though counting it here as it was still shown at E3), Sonic Mania is a classic 2D Sonic game and sees the return of many iconic levels, given a new breath of life with modern gaming technology. Upon seeing footage of the levels though, my first thought is that there is a lot going on, perhaps too much. The original Sonic games were short and simple, though here it seems you can be blasted all over the place, with so much happening on-screen. To me, it does feel unfocused and overly crammed with visuals, though it’s still at number 7 because I am nonetheless eager to see how it plays for myself.

6. Super Lucky’s Tale

A cute platformer with a lot of charm and a main character that reminded me of Sonic’s best friend, Tails, Super Lucky’s Tale plays like a traditional platformer, complete with puzzles and quirky characters. Originally for VR, it’s good to see a non-VR version being brought to console, and also that there is still a market for these kinds of traditional platformers. With Mario ruling the roost, Sonic in dire need of a break or retirement, and Crash making his way back onto the scene, we need more new platforming heroes to take hold of the torch.

5. Transference

Probably one of the more mysterious of games revealed, is TransferenceTransference seems to have taken some inspiration from the likes of Quantum Break, being part game, part film (though its never truly confirmed if there is any actual live-action sections, or whether that was only for the trailer). For PSVR, Transference takes place in a future where your brains can be digitally uploaded. You’ll be entering the mind of an obsessive man, whose ‘impossible puzzle-like maze of a home’ you’ll be exploring and whose family you’ll also meet along the way. The game also has a branching narrative, meaning the choices you make will affect where the story goes.

4. Vampyr

More footage was shown off this year of bloodthirsty game, Vampyr. A moral-driven game, it sees you controlling Johnathan E. Reid, a doctor-cum-vampire who has to deal with his new condition that can have far-reaching effects. You can choose to take lives or kill no one, though in doing so this will affect your ability to become stronger. You can change anyone into a vampire, though doing this can have disastrous results on the London district, where the game takes place, in 1918. Reid has a plethora of abilities thanks to his vampire nature, and can also wield weapons against the many enemies – other vampires and hunters – who inhabit the world. A game dripping with choices and with four possible endings, Vampyr has a refreshing concept that I am looking forward to seeing even more of.

3. Detroit: Becoming Human

I kept thinking of the TV show Humans as I watched the trailer for this game. A moral-driven game with a branching story in which your choices matter, androids have awoken and are now running amok, demanding to be treated as humans. The game revolves around three newly awoken androids – Kara, Connor and Markus – focusing on three different story arcs, and as you play, your choices seals the fate of the main characters, who can either survive or perish.

2. The Last Night

It seems social commentary games are quite popular this year, and The Last Night is no different. The trailer is certainly a visual treat with an excellent soundtrack, and reminded me almost of Streets of Rage. Here though the story takes place in a dystopian future, where everything is managed by machinery and humans are coping with the opposite of the ‘all work, no play makes Jack a dull boy’ proverb. Charlie is the main character though not much else is known about his story. There are shootouts and escapes in flying taxi’s, though not much is known about the story itself. The gameplay style used is also vague, though it could most likely be either be a platformer, stealth or point and click adventure. No matter what, it is certainly a game I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for.

1. A Way Out

The most anticipated game for me because it neither focuses on the future or the past, but the present, and two brothers working together as their story unfolds. What is most intriguing about this game is the fact that it encourages local two player co-op gaming, whereby each brother, and therefore each player, is part of their own narrative whilst also working together. A Way Out is a puzzle game and I am intrigued to see how such a traditional way of playing multiplayer has been incorporated into puzzle-solving, something I’m surprised hasn’t been done before now. Usually in multiplayer mode, players have the freedom to go off on their own exploring or are in a contained environment working towards a common goal, and the game can usually also be played in single player, though here you have two characters whose stories differ despite them being in the same environment, and it is a requirement that two players take part.