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The 17 most important video game trailers of E3 2017

Is it time for the obligatory E3 trailer roundup? It is? Right, OK – here’s our obligatory E3 trailer roundup.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy E3 2017 trailer

Is it time for the obligatory E3 trailer roundup? It is? Right, OK – here’s our obligatory E3 trailer roundup.

17. Anthem

Anthem was, well, it was at E3 2017. It looks a bit like a BioWare-flavoured Destiny, to be honest, but it’s interesting to see what they’re moving onto after Mass Effect Andromeda.

16. Destiny 2

Speaking of which, Destiny 2 was also at E3 2017. Next!

15. Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7 wasn’t necessarily the big ticket item here – that would be the whopping specs (and price) of the Xbox One X – but if you’re showing off a 4K console, you’d better have something blooming pretty to show it off. And Forza Motorsport 7 is really blooming pretty.

14. Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty has been tedious for the longest time, and we’ve all been longing for the series to go back to its gritty, real-world roots. Last year we got our wish with, er, Battlefield 1. Seemingly spurred on by EA thoroughly handing their arse to them while Jon Snow was a bit of a bastard in space, Call of Duty: WWII looks like it might just be everything the fanbase has been hoping for.

13. God of War

There’s a lot of chatter online about what’s going on with the new God of War. People are wondering why Kratos is raising a child and not raising all manner of epic hell and violence, but they’re missing the point – get yourself a man who can do both!

12. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

The jury’s out on this one. It’s a big deal because Nintendo are historically precious – understatement of the century – over their IP, and Mario is the jewel in the crown. You have to believe that Nintendo wouldn’t have sanctioned this if they didn’t believe in it, and to be honest, it does look like it could be kind of fun.

But also, it’s got Rabbids in it, which kind of flies in the face of all that stuff I just said about being precious over their IP…

11. Skull and Bones

Yes, there was an Assassin’s Creed Origins vid during the Ubisoft briefing, but we all know the sort-of Assassin’s Creed game that everyone really wants is actually Skull and Bones, the sort-of sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, the least balls of all the Assassin’s Creeds.

10. Monster Hunter World

This looks like the biggest and best Monster Hunter game yet, but in a strange turn of events, it wasn’t the best trailer featuring taming a T-Rex at this year’s E3.

9. Battlefront II

Apparently Battlefront II was the most-viewed video game trailer from E3 2017, according to official YouTube statistics. Which, when you see the game down there at number one, and two, and three, and four, and… it seems absolutely bonkers, doesn’t it? That just shows the power of a familiar franchise in making E3’s nonsense appeal to a wider game-playing audience.

8. Life is Strange: Before the Storm

After the revelation that Ashly Burch won’t be voicing Chloe in Life is Strange: Before the Storm – due to the continued SAG AFTRA strikes – we were more than a little worried about it. We needn’t have been: the game looks fantastic, and thankfully, the strikes haven’t precluded Ashly from coaching her replacement, ensuring that the performance of Chloe is as authentic to the original as possible.

7. Far Cry 5

Again, UbiSoft rocked up with that other open world game, but this one just looks better. You get to buddy up with a dog and take down white supremacist nutbags, which is not only a great concept and a fantastic lane-switch for a game that’s typically been about murdering indigenous folks, but it’s winding up the grottier parts of the internet, which is a bonus.

6. A Way Out

A Way Out, from the developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, has divided opinion somewhat. For one thing, the game can only be played co-operatively, in split screen – no, there isn’t an AI buddy you can team up with, and yes, even if you play online it’s still split screen – which could be seen as limiting its audience, but we think it looks brilliant.

5. Spider-Man

Spider-Man games haven’t always been the best. In fact, like the Spider-Man movies, they’ve often been a heartily generous average, if not out-and-out terrible (the one exception is the web-slinging stuff from the 2002 Spider-Man game, but even that can’t entirely redeem it). The new one looks ace, though, if a little reliant on quick-time events. Read our thoughts on the trailer.

4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

This looks like Naughty Dog took everything that they really got right on Uncharted 4 (which in itself, is lifted wholesale from everything they got right on The Last of Us) and applied it to an exciting new story centred around a brand-new odd couple. Take one of the series’ more interesting characters, Chloe Frazer, and one of the series’ other more interesting characters, Nadine Ross, and mix together for a potent and volatile cocktail. We reckon this is going to be a corker.

3. Super Mario Odyssey

I’m not giving to give you the full spiel on the Super Mario Odyssey trailer – you’ve got eyes, you can see for yourself – but I’m going to draw your attention to a few specific points:

  1. Goomba Tower Mario is brilliant.
  2. The theme song is seriously catchy.
  3. It’s sung by Pauline – yes, Donkey Kong’s Pauline – who is now mayor of New Donk City. And a jazz singer.
  4. The T-Rex is just incredible.
  5. Cheep Cheep Mario is everything.

2. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Yes, while it might have all sorts of Fallout about it, this reveal trailer – combining a mix of thematically appropriate live-action footage, in-game cinematics and actual gameplay – is just amazing. This one has people so excited that people are playing and replaying The New Order and The Old Blood in their droves, to either get caught up or re-acquainted with William “B.J” Blaskowicz and the old enemy..

1. Beyond Good and Evil 2

It’s happening. This is not a drill. It’s really happening! It’s actually Beyond Good and Evil 2!

No, it’s not a gameplay trailer, and it tells us little-to-nothing about the game itself, or what stage it’s at in development, or when it might come out, or… but come on! It’s a cinematic Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer, and it’s absolutely incredible. Goosebumps. Big hairy ones.


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