The biggest gaming conference in the world is in full swing, and there is no better time to be a gamer. With tons of new games announced, brand new hardware gracing the show floor, and hundreds of new trailers revealed — and I literally mean hundreds — E3 2017 wasn’t short on flair.
But of all the video game trailers revealed this week, which did the DualShockers staff like best? We’ve dug through every moment of gameplay, polled everyone on the team, argued, and made a few concessions, but we were able to create a list of the ten best trailers (gameplay or otherwise) that blew us away this week.
With not a moment to spare, here is DualShockers’ pick for the best trailers and gameplay footage from E3:
10. Far Cry 5
Sure, Far Cry 5 isn’t an entirely new announcement like many of the others on the list, but it is its first year at E3. Without disappointing, developer Ubisoft pulled no punches in showcasing the upcoming FPS, displaying the stunning environment, fast-paced gameplay and the over-the-top action that fans of the Far Cry series have learned to love.
This gameplay footage isn’t the only thing we’ve seen come out of Far Cry 5 during E3. Along with a brand new trailer, the Collector’s Edition of the game was revealed following Ubisoft’s press conference.
Far Cry 5 is set to come to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 27, 2018.
Next on the list is the crown-jewel of both Electronic Arts’ and Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference — Anthem. Developed by BioWare, the trailer is packed with action, verticality and exploration that had everyone “oohing” and “aahing” during Anthem’s gameplay reveal. Our comment section went abuzz, many calling this the lovechild between the Mass Effect and Destiny series.
Anthem was first revealed at the beginning of E3 during EA’s Press Conference (EA Play) with a brief teaser trailer. The game would later go on to end Microsoft’s Press Conference, showing some serious power on the newly-announced Xbox One X. The best announcement may have been the following day — Lead Designer Corey Gaspur Tweeted that you will be able to play the entire game solo, or with friends.
Anthem is currently slated for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, hopefully looking to hit a 2018 release window.
8. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference may not have hit the bar many others were able to acheive, but hot damn does the newly-announced Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus look spectacular. Set in a Nazi-conquered United States, Wolfenstein II seems to have all of the best components that made the original so great: a tight story, humor, solid FPS gameplay and Nazi-slaying antics. Hell, we haven’t even talked about the whole dropping acid bit.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was the big-bang surprise of Bethesda’s press conference, and nary a soul was disappointed. Oh, and in case this game has arouse some interest, the game’s collector’s edition — with action-figure BJ Blazkowicz — has been revealed.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is set to launch on October 27, 2017 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
7. The Last Night
Making the list for indie representation for the show, The Last Night simply looks superb. With a satisfying look mixing a cinemated pixel style in a cyberpunk future, The Last Night stole our hearts. Offering a diverse and complex story, dialogue, and gameplay options, we peg this indie as the one to keep an eye on through 2018.
The Last Night isn’t entirely new, originally being available on Itch.io and recently being revealed in a trailer last February. But that didn’t stop the indie powerhouse from turning heads and getting new interest when it was revealed during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference as Xbox One console exclusive.
The Last Night will launch exclusively on PC, Mac and Xbox One in 2018.
6. Kingdom Hearts III
Yeah, Kingdom Hearts III‘s E3 trailer was stealth-released in the middle of the night. No, it didn’t make any of the Press Conferences or a show floor appearance. But frankly, we don’t care — the latest trailer showing off some orchestral music, Hercules, new fighting mechanics and even a glimpse of story. And if you can’t catch all of the great things we spotted in the trailer, don’t worry — we broke it down for you.
Kingdom Hearts III feels like it was announced forever ago, but we are finally starting to get closer to the series’ monolith conclusion. While we don’t know a launch date, we may see that revealed at the vaguely-mentioned D23 Expo plug — so keep your (Mickey) ears out on July 15, 2017.
Kingdom Hearts III will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
5. Metro Exodus
In one of the bigger surprises of E3, the long-running Metro series has completely blown away many gamers with the reveal of their latest game: Metro Exodus. With a trailer that is as tense as it is stunning, players can see sublime wastelands, horrific monsters and non-stop exploration and gunplay. We would be lying if we said it wasn’t on the short list for our favorite reveal of E3.
Metro Exodus follows after the canon story of Metro Last Light and won’t be sporting any platform-exclusive content. However, let’s not pretend the game didn’t look beautiful on the Xbox One X when displayed at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference.
4. Beyond Good and Evil 2
You know who surprised us the most? Ubisoft, with their exceptionally tightly-packed press conference lined up with hit-after-hit. And the crown jewel of that press conference is no other than Beyond Good and Evil 2. After deceptively teasing that the game would not be at E3 2017, Ubisoft pulled the rug from under us with a great cinematic trailer that goes straight to the heart of how weird Beyond Good and Evil 2 really is.
At the moment, we have no idea what platform or launch dates we should be expecting for this long-awaited sequel. But don’t let that stop you from getting hyped up.
3. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Coming in at the bronze level, Spider-Man ended Sony’s E3 press conference with a dazzling display — but what else can we expect from Spidey? Zipping through the city, taking on enemies, and fluid gameplay sealed the deal on what was one of the best showings in the conference.
Developer Insomniac Games has since let everyone know that Spider-Man was in fact running on a PlayStation 4 Pro, so go-ahead and expect real time results when comparing performance if you have one. And excuse the spoiler to a trailer, but Miles Morales and Mister Negative have never looked better.
Spider Man is currently slated for 2018, exclusively on PlayStation 4.
2. God of War
In a dead-heat for our number one spot, God of War had a fantastic showing at E3 2017 with a breathtaking trailer showing story, gameplay, and the ever-missed god-on-god violence that the series is so famous for. Kratos’ story has never seemed more intriguing or complex, and everyone on the team is champing at the bit to get ahold of this title.
The good thing is we won’t have to wait too long — Sony revealed God of War III is due out Early 2018. Even better, the trailer you see this demo playing on was playing on a standard PlayStation 4.
As I just mentioned, God of War III will be coming out exclusively for PlayStation 4 in Early 2018.
1. Super Mario Odyssey
Last, but certainly not least, Super Mario Odyssey’s trailer takes the top spot for our favorite trailer at E3. While it went neck-and-neck with the best and brightest of other consoles (and it is the only Nintendo trailer gracing the list), it is hard to argue with the fact that Mario possessed a T-Rex, making it wear a hat and mustache.
All joking aside, Super Mario Odyssey‘s trailer showed off verticality and a return-to-form for the Super Mario 3D platformer that unceremoniously stalled at Super Mario Sunshine. If the gameplay translates from the trailer to the actual game, we wouldn’t be surpised if Odyssey is to Mario what Breath of the Wild was to Zelda.
Super Mario Odyssey didn’t stop with just the trailer, showing extensive coverage in a few different environments — frankly, with so many new mechanics to the Mario series it is making it hard to process.
Super Mario Odyssey releases exclusively on Nintendo Switch on October 27, 2017.
You’ve seen our top ten trailers, but what are yours? Did we miss any trailers that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to vote on DualShockers’ E3 2017 Reader’s Choice Award.