The best games of E3 2017

Kingdom Hearts III

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

We got a nice look at Kingdom Hearts III two years ago at E3 2015, but there's still no end in sight: we don't know when this long-awaited sequel will finally come out.

But at least we've got something new to look at right here. This new Hercules-centric trailer shows off the beauty of the latest Disney-meets-Final Fantasy mash-up, with some spectacular-looking combat and impressive scale, not to mention some teases at the storyline.

And we'll get more soon, too: Disney's annual D23 Expo is in July, and they're promising another trailer with a brand new world reveal. After the recent PS4 ports of the past games, it's really about time for Square Enix to wrap this one up. Fingers crossed, at least.

Due: TBD

Metroid: Samus Returns

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

What's this? A Nintendo 3DS game?! And a 2D Metroid, at that?

Miracles do happen in 2017, apparently, as Nintendo announced Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS. It's a remake of the old Metroid II from Game Boy done up in modern visuals and apparently with some new mechanics in play. Much as we'd rather play this on Switch, fans of the sci-fi favourite surely won't pass up the first 2D entry in more than a decade – even if it is a remake.

Due: 15 September

Detroit: Become Human

Platform: PlayStation 4

Quantic Dream is known for cinematic, affecting adventures (see Heavy Rain in particular), and Detroit: Become Human pairs that approach with a very cool sci-fi setting and scenario.

You'll take control of multiple playable androids in the game amidst a robotic uprising, in which the subservient machines start fighting back against their human oppressors. It's all about making choices in each scenario, which can dramatically affect the course of the story ahead.

We're excited for this one, although given how uneven the studio's Beyond: Two Souls was, we remain a bit cautious with our optimism. And with no release date set at E3, we'd say it's likely that Detroit won't ship this year.

Due: TBD

Days Gone

Platform: PlayStation 4

Sony's new original franchise, which can't help but look very The Last of Us-ish, got another big spotlight at the press conference thanks to an extended gameplay demo.

As biker gang member Deacon St. John, you'll battle to survive amidst a zombie uprising, with loads of the so-called Freakers filling the screen at once at times. Dynamic systems allow for stronger or weaker foes based on the time or day or weather, and the Pacific Northwest forest environment is intriguing.

Unfortunately, with no release date mentioned, we're guessing this one is definitely out of 2017, and may well be intended for later in 2018.

Due: TBD