Best Of The Best
It was a surprising, yet still great year for the RPG genre–and E3 had a number of solid titles on display. Here’s our picks for the most interesting and exciting RPG and strategy titles we saw during the week.
For a deep for a deeper dive at what was announced at this year’s show, take a look at all the news and announcements from each press conference. You can also check out our lists of all the games at E3 coming out in 2017 and 2018!
For our complete coverage, head to GameSpot’s E3 hub for all of our news, videos, and impressions. And be sure to check back often as more stories and videos get published.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a prequel of the long running action-adventure series. It’s set in Eqypt and puts you in control of Bayek, the last Medjay, an Egyptian sheriff tasked with protecting the people from threats local and foreign.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 27.
The sequel to Bungie’s online multiplayer shooter, Destiny 2 sees the Guardians in a rough spot. The Tower has fallen and is under siege from an invasion force, and it’s up to you explore far-flung areas of the solar system to fight back. Plus, it’s set to include a number of updates and new features, and it’s even coming to PC.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: September 6 and October 24 (PC)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – On Nintendo Switch
It’s been six years since the initial release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and it took on a life unlike any other game in the series. The latest version of this open-world first-person fantasy RPG will come to Switch with some Nintendo specific features, shown during the presentation: Link as a playable character! It seemed that you’ll need the Link Amiibo for this, so it’s worth pondering other treats that may lie ahead in terms of Amiibo support. The most captivating part, however, is actually seeing this game run on the Switch console, so we know it’s really a thing that’s coming this year.
Platfrom: Nintendo Switch | Release Date: Q3 2017
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
The upcoming turn-based strategy cross-over game Mario and Rabbids was first revealed at Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference, but we got to see it again during Nintendo’s presentation. It seems to share gameplay similarities to XCOM and retains the colorful, lighthearted nature of the Mario universe.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch | Release Date: August 29
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War once again stars ranger Talion and his wraith companion Celebrimbor as they work to fight against Sauron and his dark army. The game sports a larger and more open world, as well as new loot and gear to uncover.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 10
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Rather than continuing the adventures of the protagonists from the first game, it introduces a completely new cast of characters who must fight against an emerging threat in the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell.
Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: November 10
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Set the day after The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole has the South Park kids caught up in another game of make believe that quickly gets out of hand. Trading out swords and sorcery for capes and utility belts, the kids will explore the town, fight crime, and engage in turn-based battles to decide who gets to lead their new superhero franchise.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 17
Total War: Warhammer II
Creative Assembly’s next strategy game Total War: Warhammer II will is coming this year. The game features four new playable races and a “storming” campaign that publisher Sega says builds up to an “earth-shattering crescendo.” You can read more about the game from E3 here.
Platforms: PC | Release Date: September 28
Vampyr is the next game from Remember Me and Life Is Strange studio Dontnod. It’s an action-RPG vampire game set in flu-ridden 1918 London. A new trailer for the intriguing-looking game was released at E3–watch it here.
Release Date: November 2017
Xenoblade Chronicles II
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Wii-exclusive open world-RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles. It stars a new hero who’s in search for something known as “Elysium.”
Platforms: Nintendo Switch | Release Date: Holiday 2017