Best of E3 2018 – Day One: Trailer, Surprise, New IP, Graphics

Over the next five days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of E3 2018 Awards leading up to our Game of Show. Today we present you with the Best Trailer, Surprise, New IP and Graphics.

Cyberpunk 2077

Microsoft had a solid press conference if things would have ended as normal, but just as the curtains were about to close, the final statements were interrupted by CD PROJEKT RED. While we hadn’t heard much from the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 in a while, the nearly two minute trailer gave us the largest peek yet into the dystopian future and all it has to offer. Like Blade Runner with attitude, the world of Night City looks large, inviting and deliciously dangerous and we can’t wait to dive into it.

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Resident Evil 2

It has been quite some time since Capcom’s Yoshiaki Hirabayashi informed the public that they finally got approval to work on a Resident Evil 2 remake, with the now infamous “We Do It!” t-shirt. Nearly three years have passed since then, and everyone has been eagerly awaiting to see what Capcom has had in store. While we had a suspicion that it would be at E3, we didn’t expect it to have such a strong presence. Not only was it revealed during Sony’s Media Showcase, but Capcom had a chilling demo that reminded us how good the game was back in ’98. Capcom still has it when it comes to horror as the over-the-shoulder camera doesn’t detract from the heart-racing scenarios. The best part is that it’s coming a little sooner than we had thought. Given this was the first real reveal of the game, we expected to receive the standard, vague 2019 release window, but instead it’s coming at the beginning of next year. While there were a few surprises throughout the convention, Resident Evil 2 was the best.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

If you’d have told us Activision was going to unveil a new IP at E3, we’d have thought you were crazy. If you’d have told us said IP would be a Japanese game developed by FromSoftware, we would have thought you were a lunatic. Yet that’s exactly what happened during Xbox’s press conference when Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was unveiled. A spiritual successor of sorts to Tenchu, the game is rooted in action adventure and boasts brutal katana combat. While it’s not exactly what you’d expect from the house of Call of Duty and Destiny, we’re excited to delve into a reimagining of 16th-century Japan and take control of a one-armed wolf.

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Ghost of Tsushima

While PlayStation might have only shown off a handful of games at their press conference this year, there’s no doubt that they’re all visually stunning. But most beautiful of all is Ghost of Tsushima, an action-adventure stealth game from Sucker Punch. Featuring a realistic and lush open re-creation of Tsushima Island during the first Mongol Invasion of Japan, there’s nary a pebble that doesn’t look gorgeous. With leafs fluttering to the ground as blood squirts out from the enemy, Ghosts of Tshushima presents a harsh yet alluring world that is hard not to want to dive into.

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