The games we need to see at E3 2017

Matt Sayer 11 June 2017

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From Egyptian assassins to Imperial heroes, here's what we're looking forward to most at E3 2017.

Between the unveiling of Project Scorpio, a playable demo of Super Mario Odyssey and the admission of the general public for the first time ever, this year's E3 is shaping up to be something special. As we here at finder have been preparing to bring you all the news, announcements, and dank press-conference memes from the biggest video game expo on the planet, we've been thinking over the games that most need to make an appearance. Whether they've been MIA for far too long or we just want to know more about them, here are the games we absolutely need to see at E3 2017.

Crackdown 3

It's hard to believe nearly two years have passed since we last glimpsed the tantalising destruction of Crackdown 3 at Gamescom 2015. We can only hope developer Reagent Games has used that time wisely, retooling the game's ground-breaking physics engine to no longer rely on the cloud-based computing solution the studio originally pitched. That idea was neat and all, but it would mean Crackdown 3's fully-destructible city would only be available in its online multiplayer modes, with the single-player campaign downgraded to a simplified level of destruction. If that's still the case, it'll temper our excitement for Crackdown 3 dramatically. We don't want our destructive dreams riding on the stability of Aussie Internet.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Apart from the name, we know next to nothing about Lara Croft's next tomb-raiding adventure, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited for what it holds in store. Both 2013's Tomb Raider reboot and its follow-up Rise of the Tomb Raider were fantastic, full of tense firefights, spectacular platforming and creative environmental puzzles. Our only concern is the rumour that Crystal Dynamics, the developer of the previous Tomb Raider games, won't be helming development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. According to Kotaku, the team at Eidos Montreal has taken over the reins this time. Eidos Montreal was responsible for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a game we had plenty of good things to say about in our review, so we're not too worried, but we do have to wonder why Square Enix would take Crystal Dynamics off the franchise given the studio's past success. Hopefully, we'll find out more at E3.

Spider-Man PS4 (working title)

We've only seen a few brief snippets of what may or may not be actual gameplay, and yet we could hardly be more keen for Insomniac Games' take on the web-slinging Spider-Man. Spidey is the perfect fit for Insomniac's brand of wise-cracking wackiness, sharing the same endearing tone as the developer's excellent Ratchet and Clank games and the tragically underappreciated Sunset Overdrive. We've been yearning for a good Spider-Man game ever since Spider-Man 2 on the original Xbox and PS2, and if any studio is up to the task, it's Insomniac.

Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (working title)

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Image courtesy of Gamespot

No official confirmation yet, but a sequel to MachineGames' hauntingly brutal Wolfenstein: The New Order seems all but certain following Bethesda's sneaky hint at last year's E3. The New Order surprised us with an unexpectedly emotional tale of war, oppression and loss in an alternate timeline where Nazi Germany had won WWII, and we're eager to see where MachineGames is going to take the series next.

Star Wars Battlefront II

A full-blown single-player campaign! That's really all we needed to hear when EA announced Star Wars Battlefront II back at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year. Sure, the multiplayer action of the first Battlefront was top-notch—we wouldn't have expected anything different from the developer of the Battlefield games—but it's been far too long since we've had a quality Star Wars story to play through. With Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams and former IGN editor Mitch Dyer penning the campaign, we're cautiously optimistic that Battlefront II could be the blaster-slinging Star Wars adventure we've been looking for. No Jedi mind tricks, honest!

UPDATE: We saw a little more of Star Wars Battlefront II at the EA PLAY event.

Assassin's Creed: Origins (rumoured title)

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When you think about it, Assassin's Creed in Egypt is kind of a no-brainer. Climbing in and up half-finished pyramids and galloping across sand dunes on saliva-hocking camels sounds pretty rad to us, so we're going to be watching Ubisoft's inevitable press-conference announcement of Assassin's Creed: Origins with Eagle Vision activated. Last year's break from the series left us feeling refreshed, and now we're ready to pull up our hoods and unsheathe our wrist blades for another round of Templar assassination. Here's hoping the extra year did Ubisoft just as much good. A repeat of Unity's disastrous launch could put the kibosh on the series altogether.

Need for Speed: Payback

Is it bad that we're legitimately excited about the ability to pause in Ghost Games' upcoming Need for Speed: Payback? Okay, excited might be pushing it, but we are glad that the next entry in the rubber-burning racing series is stripping out the always-online requirement of its predecessor. A flaky Internet connection shouldn't prevent you from doing doughies and pulling mad drifts against the CPU, and thankfully Ghost Games has realised that this time around. And judging by the way the reveal trailer above embraces the Hollywood action of The Fast and the Furious, the studio seems to have learned a thing or two from Forza Horizon 3's over-the-top spectacle. Honestly, we couldn't be happier about that.

UPDATE: We saw a little more of Need For Speed Payback at the EA PLAY event.

Super Mario Odyssey

Bowser in a pimp suit. What else do we need to say?

Really, though, we're keen to see how Super Mario Odyssey fares once the public gets their hands on it. How will the game take advantage of all the unique features of the Switch hardware? What will it bring back from the classic Mario games we know and love? Can it somehow surpass the brilliance of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? One thing's for sure: we can't wait to find out.

Far Cry 5

What little we know of Far Cry 5 already has us deeply intrigued. The recently released trailer hints at a game prepared to tackle heavy themes of white supremacy, rural militarism and religious cults in the American state of Montana. Coupled with Ubisoft's talent for crafting rich open worlds that support multiple play styles, Far Cry 5 has the ability to confront a broader audience than ever with the morality of their own actions. For that, it's high on our list of must-see games at this year's E3.

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