The best games of E3 2017

Shadow of the Colossus

Platform: PlayStation 4

If you watched Sony's press conference, this was about when everyone in the auditorium (and watching the stream) gasped simultaneously.

Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most beloved PlayStation 2 adventures, and while it was lightly improved for a PS3 remaster, the PlayStation 4 is getting something better: a lavish remake using all-new assets. It's unclear whether it's using the old code or was built from the ground up for PS4, but in any case, it looks beautiful – and should introduce a whole new generation to this fabulous fantasy quest.

Due: 2018

Kirby

Platform: Nintendo Switch

The pink puff is back in Nintendo's Kirby (working title), which won't hit the convertible console until sometime next year.

From the trailer, it looks largely traditional in approach: it's a side-scrolling platformer, and Kirby still has the ability to suck up enemies and absorb their abilities. However, now Kirby has a strong four-player hook, which ought to work well on the Switch and unlock some new kinds of challenges. Should be a reliable pick for Switch fans.

Due: 2018

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Platforms: TBD

Yes, you read that right: nearly a decade after it was first announced, Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil 2 made a grand reappearance at the company's press conference, and fans are losing their minds.

Billed as both a spiritual successor and prequel to the 2003 original, Beyond Good and Evil 2 dramatically shakes up the look and tone of the original adventure, taking on something of a Luc Besson/The Fifth Element aesthetic.

Ultimately, we don't learn much of anything about the game itself here, which makes sense given that there's also no release target or platforms listed. But at least we know that it's real (again?), and hopefully we won't be waiting another several years for more here.

Due: TBD

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