Over the next five days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of E3 2017 Awards leading up to our Game of Show. Today we present you with the Best Nintendo Switch, 3DS, PC, Xbox One and PS4 games.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Well, this was a surprise. Going into E3, we thought this category was already won by Super Mario Odyssey, but then Ubisoft went and won our hearts with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Coming out of nowhere, Mario + Rabbids is a unique take on both franchises. Rather than be a platformer or typical RPG, Ubisoft Paris opted to develop a Tactical RPG. After getting lots of hands-on time with the title, we were blown away. Strategic, yet charming, Mario + Rabbids was able to delight us with a tight combat system, charming graphics, and spot-on comedy. This is a game that completely blindsided us with its excellence, charm, and wit, which is why we couldn’t help but name it the best Switch game of E3 2017.
|Super Mario Odyssey||Xenoblade Chronicles 2||Fire Emblem Warriors||Splatoon 2|
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
There are rumors that the 3DS is a dying platform, what with the success of Nintendo’s Switch and the age of the hardware. Somebody forgot to tell Atlus, as they are working on a fresh installment of the superlative Etrian Odyssey series. What they have revealed at E3 demonstrates a reluctance to stray from what made the rest of the series so popular with a quickly building loyal audience. With Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, players will once again traverse an expansive dungeon in first person, methodically mapping it out, discovering secrets, and trying not to get crushed under powerful foes. This is a game that takes advantage of the 3DS’ strengths, while using smart graphical design to bypass the platform’s weaknesses, promising a title that will find a home in many a player’s system for months on end.
|Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology||Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux||Metroid: Samus Returns||Culdcept Revolt|
Pillars of Eternity 2
Creating a worthy follow up to a critically acclaimed title is no small order but the folks over at Obsidian seem to be up to the task with Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. Returning to the world of Eora, players will once again take on the mantle of the Watcher and be able to peer into the soul of another and read their memories and past lives. This direct sequel will feature some familiar characters such as Edér and Aloth while introducing some new features including a dynamic weather system and a customizable boat that will serve as an aquatic mobile stronghold. The intricate party combat system, the living world aspect of NPC behavior, fantastic visuals and what promises to be a memorable plot make this RPG Hardcore Gamer’s choice for Best PC Game of E3.
|Destiny 2||Total War: Warhammer II||The Last Night||SpellForce 3|
Sea of Thieves
It has been two years since Rare announced their ambitious new IP, Sea of Thieves, and while it’s still a ways away from release, its presence at E3 this year was felt. It’s still awkward seeing Microsoft promote numerous YouTubers screaming at the top of their lungs whilst playing Sea of Thieves, but the game speaks for itself. There’s nothing like taking to the open sea while coordinating with your fellow pirates in order to get some sweet, sweet booty. There’s infinite potential that awaits players as Sea of Thieves is offering an adventure like no other, one that could be Xbox One’s defining franchise this generation.
|Forza Motorsport 7||Ori and the Will and the Wisps||Crackdown 3||State of Decay 2|
Insomniac Games has always known how to make fun games, and Spider-Man is no exception. While PS4’s current lineup of Uncharted, God of War, and David Cage games are enough to make anyone excited about the future of the platform, it was Insomniac’s new title that blew us away. Sure, there have been a lot of Spider-Man games in the past, but it’s been over a decade since one has looked as good as Marvel’s Spider-Man. The developer appears to fully understand what makes playing as Spider-Man fun. Slick and fluid combat, tons of web-based gadgets, and a giant city to swing through are exactly what players want from the character, and Insomniac is setting itself up to deliver. On top of this, Insomniac is delivering a gorgeous game. Seeing Marvel’s Spider-Man on a 4K TV running on a PS4 Pro was mesmerizing, and could give the likes of Uncharted and Horizon a run for their money. Marvel’s Spider-Man was the total package at E3 2017, making it our best PS4 game.
|Days Gone||God of War||Uncharted: The Lost Legacy||Detroit: Become Human|