For Sony to have closed out its pre-E3 press conference with Insomniac's Spider-Man speaks some volume about where they feel the product is at, but we're not so convinced. At E3 we also had a chance to catch a (almost identical) behind closed doors presentation of the game, while also being able to speak with one of the game's key developers about our very concerns. Were they able to right our rocky Spider-Man boat with their answers?
Announced all the way back in 2014, as Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Crytek's latest game sounded a lot like Left 4 Dead. Fast forward to E3 2017 and Hunt: Showdown re-emerged to become one of the sleeper hits of the show. With incredible visuals that evoke a sense of dread similar to Resident Evil 7, and an interesting mechanic that sees five teams of two navigate the world in an attempt to survive and fight all sorts of creatures and each other, this is now a game you should be keeping a close eye on.
Making its debut on the Ubisoft stage at E3, The Crew 2 is set to be a very different racing game to the first one even though it essentially provides the same setting -- an open world U.S.A. Giving players the opportunity to both explore and race with boats and planes in addition to cars is the first giveaway. With the second being a bright and vibrant arcade presentation that reminds us of the Forza Horizon series.
Out June 27 (or the next day depending on the local time difference), Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto is a new story-driven expansion that mixes things up with some third-person shooting. Taking place in a cold climate there's also some snowmobile action too. As the name suggests players will take on the role of Prompto, in what looks to be a new take on the real-time action of Final Fantasy XV.
Currently ranked as the best Australian Overwatch team, Blank Esports has been selected by fans to represent Australia at next month's Overwatch World Cup Group Stage in Sydney. The team, which is currently in Taiwan battling it out to win the first ever Overwatch Pacific Championship, will be going up against Sweden, Italy, and Portugal in Group C.
E3 is usually associated with the big high-profile releases, your AAA titles from some of the biggest developers and publishers in the business. But behind all the glitz and glamour of watching Kratos do his thing in a gorgeously recreated mythical world, smaller and more intimate projects also emerge. And in some cases impress us just the same.
From the team behind the Sniper Elite series and the Nazi Zombies that came later comes Strange Brigade, a third-person co-op shooter set in a fantastical 1930s. One where exotic locations, treasure, and yeah, zombie-type enemies lurk around every corner. The E3 demo focuses heavily on the arcade-style shooting mechanics that look fun, if a little bland.
So, you may want to head on over and snap it up. With the impending release of Call of Duty: WWII now's probably a good time to go back to a place where Medal of Honor games were released fairly regularly.
Like the PS4 Pro before it, the Xbox One line-up will soon fall into two categories. Games that will look a certain way on a standard Xbox One S, and then enhanced for Xbox One X. As the X features a new GPU somewhere in the realm of over 200% increased performance compared to the regular old Xbox One, it's probably worth looking at what games are set to take advantage of that power.
When we reviewed Relic's excellent Dawn of War III we noted that on the multiplayer front it felt like the game needed a few more modes to balance out the single MOBA-like one on offer. And now, with next week's Annihilation update it looks like the game will be getting a classic RTS-style multiplayer mode called just that -- Annihilation.