The best games of E3 2016
E3 is under way, and LA's convention halls are fit to bursting point with awesome new games.
We're on site, controllers in hand to bring you hands-on first impressions with as many upcoming titles as possible, but let's be honest - you just want the trailers, right?
We've got all the best ones right here, so you don't have to sit through hours of presentations just to get to the good stuff. Head on down for our highlights from the show.
We'll be updating this page with more games as we get them, but right now, make sure to check out all things EA and Bethesda, with Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony all to follow in the next few hours
The new Zelda takes our Breath away
Nintendo’s had a quiet E3 overall, but we have had our first proper look at the next Legend of Zelda instalment (due out on both the Wii U and new NX console next year). And our impression of Breath of the Wild is that it’s going to be something truly special – a cel-shaded open world adventure that changes up the Zelda formula without dispelling its spirit.
Wanna know more? Read our full hands-on preview here.
Forza Horizon 3 takes us down under
Relocating its tarmac-tearing action to Australia, Forza Horizon 3 looks absolutely jaw-dropping and promises once again to set the bar for console racing simulations. This time, it's putting as much emphasis on off-road action as the asphalt-based stuff. It's out very soon too, hitting the Xbox One on 27 September of this year.
Sea of Thieves looks like a Rare treat
For our money, Sea of Thieves was the most exciting gameplay reveal at Microsoft’s event, with the trailer giving us our first real taste of the cartoony multiplayer pirate action we can expect from Rare’s upcoming title. It looks, in one word, FUN. Hoist the mainbrace, ye lubbers, and consider our swashes well and truly buckled.
Take down the cartel in Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands isn’t out until March 2017, but the new info we’ve gleaned from E3 suggests it’s going to be a typically gun-heavy Tom Clancy title that prioritises teamwork as you and a small group of elite special forces operatives take on a Bolivian drug cartel across a giant open-world.
Days Gone is a brutal biker epic
Watch the above trailer and you’ll probably notice the many similarities Days Gone shares with another PlayStation exclusive, The Last of Us: a gruff protagonist struggling with loss, a destroyed America in the grip of some kind of zombie outbreak, a mournful acoustic guitar soundtrack, more than a bit of the old ultra-violence.
But there are key differences, one being that Days Gone is a true open world game rather than a tightly-controlled narrative experience. Another is that combat tends to be against dozens of infected rather than a small group. We’ve seen it up close and personal in a behind closed doors session, and it’s got bags of potential.
South Park makes a hero of all of us
After the success of The Stick of Truth, we’ve got a new South Park RPG on the way. Boasting the same true-to-the-show art style and a plot that centres around Cartman’s quest to make billions of dollars from a series of superhero movies, The Fractured But Whole is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on 6 December 2016, and it’s bringing a whole heap of off-colour LOLs with it.
God of War looks divine
Is it a reboot? A prequel? A reimagining? Whatever’s the story behind Sony’s upcoming God of War title, if the in-game footage that kicked off the company’s event was anything to go by, it’s going to be one of the best-looking titles of this generation so far.
And look! Kratos – like every other man in 2016 – has a beard now. Presumably there’s going to be a side-quest in which he sidelines his day job slaying monsters by making latte art as a barista. We can’t wait.
Hunt robots in Horizon: Zero Dawn
Hunting robot dinosaur monsters in a primitive, far-future Earth? That really does it for us, and Horizon: Zero Dawn has it in spades. And now, with Guerilla Games' new tranche of in-game action, we know that it has... wait for it... dialogue wheels too. Consider us wheel-y stoked. It’ll be out on 28 February 2017, exclusive to PlayStation 4.
Finally: a date with The Last Guardian!
It was originally supposed to come out on the PS3 in 2011, and there’ve been times we feared the whole thing would never make it out of development hell – but finally, The Last Guardian has a release date: 25 October 2016, on the PS4.
Yes, you’ll be playing the spiritual sequel to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus before the year is out, and it’s looking quite spectacular.
Kojima and Reedus are at it again in Death Stranding
If Konami’s vicious canning of Silent Hills left you mourning the prospects of a Hideo Kojima/Norman Reedus off The Walking Dead collab, it’s time to punch the air, because at Sony's event Kojima showed off the first teaser for his upcoming game – and it’s got Norman Reedus in it. Naked. On a beach. With a disappearing baby. Surrounded by dead fish and whales. The game is called Death Stranding and we have no idea what it’s about. But we’re intrigued.
Resident Evil VII drags you into a VR hellhole
The Resident Evil series turned 20 this year, and it's been on a few ups and downs quality-wise over the decades - but its next incarnation may just be the scariest yet. Because, folks, it's gone VR. Yep, Sony showed off Resident Evil VII: Biohazard as a PlayStation VR title (it's coming to PC and Xbox One too, though), meaning, for the first time, you'll be taking on the viral-infected hordes as if you were actually there. We pity your underpants, survival horror fans. It's out 24 January 2017.
Dishonored 2 is beautiful and brutal in equal measure
We've known about Dishonored 2 for a year now, and the trailer leaked early, and yet the moment it appeared on screens during the press conference the crowd still went wild.
In fairness, the vast screen conveyed the beauty and scale of the game far better than a YouTube stream can. The slightly cartoonish aesthetic of the last game remains, but vastly more detail makes the world feel more alive and real, and the lighting effects can create scenes of real beauty.
You can play as Corvo from the first game, or don the mask of a now grown-up Emily Baldwin, who has a unique set of abilities that open up different ways to play. Whichever character you choose, though, there's going to be lots of violence - the trailer above is packed with brutal takedowns.
Prey is back and channelling a Dead Space vibe
Oh, Morgan - it looks as though you're in a spot of bother. Groundhog Day + nasty aliens? Rather you than me, to be honest.
With seemingly very little in common with the 2006 game of the same name, the new Prey is appears to be a reimagining rather than a sequel, and it looks to be all the better for it, with the disorienting ceiling-running and American Indian influences replaced with full-on sci-fi and aliens that bring to mind nano tech swarms and Venom's symbiote suit. The action in the trailer also immediately brings to mind Dead Space, and that's a very good thing.
It's not playable at E3 unfortunately, but we're still mighty excited for Prey.
Prepare for Titanfall
How do you make giant fighting robots that little bit cooler? Give them a bloomin' great lightning sword, for a start. Bolt on about six rocket launchers, and then we'll talk.
Titanfall 2 is hitting up Xbox One, PC, and (for the first time) PS4 on October 28, with a full singleplayer campaign as well as the familiar multiplayer mahem. It looks pretty bombastic from the reveal trailer, switching the action between on- and off-world conflicts.
Expect new Titans, new weapons, and a whole host of larger, more hostile environments to cause mechanised carnage in online, too. Move over Call of Duty?
We've already had a play, so make sure to read our hands-on review right here.
FIFA 17 kicks off
The big news with the new FIFA isn't that the gameplay has been massively tweaked but rather that it has a whole new single-player mode.
The Journey sees you take control of a young hopeful, completing missions such as coming off the bench to score a goal and navigating tricky questions from the gentlemen and ladies of the press.
Of course the gameplay has also been refined, with big players now having much more strength and teammates showing more intelligence (so not lifelike at all then). Set-pieces have also been entirely overhauled.
You can check out our full hands-on with the new game below, and also read our 6 Things You Need to Know About FIFA 17 article here.
Battlefield 1 goes over the top
Over the top of the trenches, that is. DICE has turned to World War 1, rather than follow the crowd with another sci-fi shooter - and we couldn't be happier.
The gameplay trailer looks incredible, with fast-paced multiplayer matches filled with vehicles, wide open arenas and aerial dogfighting. There's more than a little bit borrowed from Star Wars: Battlefront too, with a much cleaner UI than older BF games.
It's the colossal airships and zeppelins that impressed us the most, though. Bring one down and it'll destroy any buildings it crashes into, leaving rubble and mangled metal for you to fight around for the rest of the match.
We're going hands-on with the multiplayer very shortly, but in the meantime, make sure to check out why we were so impressed with the gameplay trailer at the link below.