The best games from E3 2017

The an­nual Elec­tronic En­ter­tain­ment Expo is the place for news on the hottest up­com­ing games.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­tar.com.my at the PlaySta­tion ex­hibit at E3 in Los

THE Elec­tronic En­ter­tain­ment Expo (E3) held an­nu­ally in Los An­ge­les is prob­a­bly the best place to get a look at block­buster gam­ing ti­tles com­ing our way in the near fu­ture.

The an­nounce­ments from the ex­hi­bi­tion floor were a mix of blast-from-the-past ti­tles such as the 4K re­mas­ter of Age Of Em­pires, two Metroid ti­tles, Shadow Of The Colos­sus HD re­make, and newer of­fer­ings like deep sea pi­rate ad­ven­tures, open world RPGs and many more to light up your cu­rios­ity.

With a whole plethora of games com­ing out, here are our five favourite ti­tles.

Mon­ster Hunter World

The Mon­ster Hunter se­ries by Cap­com never quite made it in the West de­spite its tremen­dous pop­u­lar­ity in Ja­pan, where each re­lease eas­ily sells mil­lions of copies.

The an­nounce­ment of a brand new open­world game, Mon­ster Hunter World, is huge for fans around the world as the se­ries is fi­nally mak­ing a re­turn to the PlaySta­tion af­ter years of ab­sence fol­low­ing its 2011 tran­si­tion to the Nin­tendo plat­form.

The game will be a de­par­ture from the reg­u­lar main Hunter se­ries with the new open world con­cept where play­ers will be able to take ad­van­tage of their sur­round­ing ecosys­tem and roam freely with­out hav­ing to travel from one sec­tion of the map to the other while hunt­ing.

For those who have yet to view the trailer, the graph­ics is eas­ily on par with many AAA ti­tles in re­cent years, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the hard­ware fire­power of PS4, Xbox One and PC in­stead of the portable Nin­tendo 3DS.

On the down­side, the com­pany has not given away too many de­tails on the mon­sters that will ap­pear in the new re­lease be­sides the new Tyran­nosaurus-like mon­ster and the good ol’ fly­ing wyvern Ratha­los.

An­them

If you are a fan of the pop­u­lar Mass Ef­fect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: The Old Repub­lic games, you might want to keep an eye on An­them, the next game by BioWare.

While not much in­for­ma­tion was di­vulged in the trailer, play­ers can ex­pect an open­world third-per­son shooter in a postapoc­a­lyp­tic set­ting where they will be able to ex­plore lush forests, ravines, and un­der­wa­ter scenes with re­al­is­tic weather ef­fects along the way.

An­them seems to be a mul­ti­player co-op game for four play­ers, un­like the Mass Ef­fect and Dragon Age ti­tles. Ex­pect more de­tails to come in the fol­low­ing months as the game’s devel­op­ment kicks into higher gear.

The game is ex­pected to launch in fall (around Septem­ber 2018) on PlaySta­tion 4, Xbox One and PC.

As­sas­sin’s Creed: Ori­gins

The As­sas­sin’s Creed se­ries has been one of the most pop­u­lar ti­tles in re­cent years, blend­ing sci-fi tech­nol­ogy and his­tor­i­cal time­line set­tings to of­fer an im­mer­sive third-per­son ad­ven­ture.

First launched in 2007, the se­ries has spanned a his­tor­i­cal pe­riod rang­ing from the Cru­sades, Re­nais­sance, the golden age of piracy, French Rev­o­lu­tion all the way to the Vic­to­rian era.

This time around, Ori­gins will go all the way back to the past to an­cient Egypt.

Be­ing an As­sas­sin’s Creed game, ex­pect tons of action in the form of sneak­ing around, high body counts, and lurk­ing in the shad­ows to com­plete your goals.

Un­like many other ti­tles that are a year or two away, fans might be able to get their hands on the game soon as the re­lease date has been set to Oct 27.

God Of War

Another pop­u­lar long-run­ning se­ries that makes a re­turn is God Of War, slated for 2018.

How­ever, this time around the se­ries will shift its fo­cus from Greek mythol­ogy as the hero Kratos will be ex­plor­ing a Nordic fantasy world in­stead.

As usual, gamers can ex­pect plenty of vi­o­lence, im­mer­sive com­bat ac­tions and tons of myth­i­cal mon­sters to deal with along the way.

How­ever, PC and Xbox users are out of luck – the game is a PS4 ex­clu­sive.

Metro Ex­o­dus

Post-apoc­a­lyp­tic themed games have proven to be pretty pop­u­lar in re­cent years with the likes of The Last Of Us, the Fall­out fran­chise and Hori­zon Zero Dawn net­ting gen­er­ally glow­ing re­views.

The Metro se­ries, based on the writ­ings of Rus­sian au­thor Dmitry Glukhovsky, is another that gamers might want to have a look at.

Metro: Ex­o­dus will fea­ture the same bleak, dark set­tings from the first two games, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, but gamers will be able to ex­plore a non-lin­ear open-world this time around.

The game will be com­ing some­time in 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

A player fac­ing down a mon­ster from Mon­ster Hunter World An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. — AFP

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