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Feature: The E3 Announcements That Have Us Wishing for Time Machines

This year’s E3 may not have had all the wonder and spectacle of previous years, yet we still got a decent amount of announcements, re-reveals, beefy trailers and even a few release dates chucked in for good measure.

We’re still reeling from the exhaustive press conferences (our poor little fingers!) but internal discussions at Pure PlayStation HQ have been ongoing as we all chime in with what we think were the best parts of this year’s E3 showcases.

Chris Harding

1. Let me just put it out there: I’m a big fan of Knack and I can’t wait for Knack 2. There, I said it. I don’t care who knows it. I’ll be there day one with my cash ready, you better believe it. Granted, the first game kicked my arse and frustrated me more than I thought a cute and colourful platformer could, but Knack 2 promises to go a little easier on players in round two. Long live Knack!

2. Supermassive Games has been really busy behind closed doors. There were a few new announcements from the software house during Sony’s E3 presser but the one that got my interest was Bravo Team for PSVR. Bravo Team will let players use the PSVR Aim controller and go through the campaign in co-op with a mate online. What’s not to like there? I invested a good deal of money in the PSVR Aim controller, so any game that announces support for it gets a tick in my book. There’s no release date yet, though, but if I happened to know it and, conveniently, happened to have a time machine to hand, you can bet your bum I’d be whirring forward to Bravo Team’s release date.

3. I wasn’t all that impressed by The Crew on PS4. The game was huge but the gameplay was lacking. The Crew 2 looks like the polar opposite of its predecessor with fancy next-gen graphics not being held back by the PS3/Xbox 360; new ways to race with planes, cars and boats; and the promise of a fun-fuelled ride. My body is ready. Just need to go and buy a racing wheel…

Jason Frye

1. Sony Bend’s Days Gone could end up being a generic ripoff of The Last of Us, but I am holding out hope for it to be a dark horse title that takes us by surprise. Sony Bend has a lot to prove with its first PS4 game, and the loneliness of riding a motorcycle through a hostile area, fighting zombies and humans, could be a great story too. It has the potential, and my fingers are crossed that the execution follows.

2. The return of the Wolfenstein franchise could have been a paint by numbers, bland game meant to cash in on the name and reputation of a past success. Instead, it was an action extravaganza set in a world where the Nazis had won with some great surprises, including the iconic robo-dogs. I really look forward to jumping back into that world with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and using more ammunition than anyone should ever be able to carry to tear those freedom destroying monsters a new one. The game revels in violence and encourages me to shoot anything that moves. Yes, please.

3. For me, Insomniac’s Spider-Man was the best game that Sony showed during its entire E3 press conference, and it wisely held this to the end. Yes, there were quick time events, but there were so many options for where to climb and environmental objects that could be used as weapons. If this game is half as good as it looked during that demo, Sony has a huge hit on its hands.

Stuart McLean

1. Assassin’s Creed Origins is my one to watch. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, although the games have yet to recapture the magic of the Ezio trilogy (but I will admit Black Flag came close). Ancient Egypt is a new locale, and exploring and looking for secrets is always half the fun. All the talk of revamped controls and combat is all the same hype we’ve heard before so I will reserve judgement until I sit with my controller in hand and play it for myself, but colour me interested to see what they do next.

2. A Way Out kind of came from no where, didn’t it? On paper the whole concept sounds amazing – couch co-op yourself out of prison? The whole pitch looked perfect, and the game looked like an extended version of the prison escape chapter in Uncharted 4, which is in no way a bad thing. If it lives up to the promises made, this game could easily come out as the winner of E3 2017 (well, in my humble opinion anyway…)

Jeremy Peterson

1. I’ve played all of Bethesda’s Fallout games, but I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’ve never played any of the 226 versions Skyrim. With Skyrim VR, that is about to change in a big way. As Chris already mentioned, this game is going to highlight the desperate need for a revamping of the Move controllers to allow analog sticks, but I’m not going to dwell on that here. Anyone who has ever shot a virtual bow and arrow (or actual bow, for that matter) will tell you that your arms getting pretty damn tired, so I’ll probably be using the DualShock 4 and enjoying full locomotion anyway. Either way, I’m excited to get lost in the giant virtual world of Skyrim.

2. The two big ports [Cheekily sneaking in two entries here, eh? – Ed] from the PC virtual reality platforms: SuperHot VR and Raw Data. Both of these highly acclaimed shooters are finally making their way to the PlayStation VR headset and I couldn’t be happier. With the addition of Arizona Sunshine, it’s becoming clear that most, if not all of the great VR titles from the other “Big Two” will eventually find their way to my eyeballs via our little headset that could.

3. Moss looks like a VR platformer with tons of heart, a cute mouse as a protagonist, and gameplay that invokes thoughts of Zelda and VR’s own Robot Rescue. Hell yes. I’m going out on a limb and guessing no jumping spiders, which is cool with me. Did I mention that mouse is freaking adorable?

There you have it, the games that we’re most looking forward to from this year’s E3 showing. PSVR’s big presence by way of game announcements has gotten most of us hot under the collar, while Spider-Man is getting us ready to shoot our webs as soon as possible.

What stood out to you? What games would make you skip forward in time and miss Christmas, The Killers’ new album, and Easter for? Shout all about it down in the comments section below.

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