The best games of E3 2017

UPDATED: Don't miss our picks for the hottest games shown this week

For more than 20 years, E3 – or the Electronic Entertainment Expo – has been ground zero for the year's biggest game announcements. And it's going on again right now.

We've been through almost all of the big press conferences at this point, but Nintendo is still ahead, not to mention anything else exciting from third-parties and indies. And we'll be neck-deep in trailers and demos all the while.

But even if you can't be in Los Angeles sampling the next big things in gaming, at least you can follow along at home. We'll be updating this list all week with the brightest and best-looking games from the show, complete with trailers and the critical details you need to get in the know.

Anthem

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

We got a brief tease of Anthem at EA Play on Saturday, but it wasn't until Microsoft's press conference that the wraps really came off of BioWare's latest new franchise. And yeah, we're into it.

Anthem looks like BioWare's response to Destiny, providing a cooperative online experience in a sci-fi/fantasy world, complete with cool exosuits, plenty of gunplay, and probably loads of loot too.

There's still a lot we don't know about the game, but between who's making it and how spectacular it looks, we don't need much convincing. This is one of the most impressive things we've seen so far at E3.

Due: Fall 2018

Spider-Man

Platform: PlayStation 4

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits cinemas next month, finally implanting the wall-crawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but Insomniac's Spider-Man game won't be alongside it.

Unfortunately, we'll be waiting until next year for this standalone experience, but at least the first gameplay trailer at Sony's E3 conference was nothing short of dazzling. We see the webhead using every bit of his abilities in combat, navigating the city, and preventing catastrophes… even while enduring a rather large catastrophe all the while.

Will it play as good as it looks? Well, that remains to be seen. But at least it does look fabulous, so let's hope the rest pans out.

Due: 2018

A Way Out

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

EA didn't announce everything ahead of time: A Way Out is a true E3 surprise, and it's not the usual big-budget fare we expect from the publisher. But we're not selling it short – this game looks incredibly original and deeply captivating.

It's a cooperative prison break game that must be played with a partner with a split-screen interface, whether you're sitting together on the couch or playing online, with each player often taking a different role to help your duo survive either behind bars or out in the open.

It has Uncharted and The Shawshank Redemption vibes and already seems like it'll be one of our favourite games of E3. Also, it's from the director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, one of the most compelling co-op experiences of the last several years, so that's a sure plus.

Due: Early 2018

God of War

Platform: PlayStation 4

Kratos took a few years off of the franchise grind, and the legendary warrior has never looked better than in the God of War reboot.

As we first saw last year, God of War has a new over-the-shoulder perspective, but it also has another new kind of perspective: fatherhood for Kratos, who must protect and teach his son as he battles the usual array of massive monsters with epic fury. We saw a bit more of the game at E3 2017, which still looks super impressive, but sadly it's not coming in 2017.

Due: Early 2018

Far Cry 5

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

We got a solid look at next year's Far Cry 5 when it was announced last month, but at E3, Ubisoft took the wraps off of the gameplay – and it looks plenty exhilarating, of course.

Montana might not sound anywhere near as thrilling as the more exotic locales of past entries, but Far Cry 5's battle against religious American extremists should be packed with exciting action. In this trailer, we get a look at the look at the hired help, which lets you recruit allies (and a dog!) to assist you in your fight against these maniacs. And you can take to the skies in this one, as well.

Due: 27 February 2018

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