The best games of E3 2017

Metro Exodus

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC

The previous Metro games – Metro 2033 and Last Light – were cult favourites that never quite hit the mainstream, but after a big spotlight in the Microsoft presser, Metro Exodus might be the game that breaks through.

Metro Exodus continues the first-person adventure in a post-apocalyptic Moscow filled with gnarly-looking creatures, apparently, but now does so in an open world – and a ridiculously beautiful open world, at that. The claustrophobic tunnels and large outdoor spaces should provide an interesting contrast as this series expands in scale, but we won't see the results until next year.

But hey, if you missed the first two games, that's a good thing: now you have time to catch up with the current-gen Metro Redux remaster bundle.

Due: 2018

Sea of Thieves

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

When we played Sea of Thieves at E3 last year, we loved it – and we figured it would be out right now. But Rare is still plugging away at the co-op pirate quest, and so we have another chance to love it at E3.

Based on what we saw at Microsoft's briefing, there's little reason to doubt that we'll be pleased with another demo this time around. This open-ended, anything-goes sim lets you team up with pals for rambunctious battles, exploration, and other odd shenanigans, and it's the most interesting thing that Rare has touched in ages. Unfortunately, it's not due out until early 2018 at this point.

Due: Early 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Platform: Xbox One

The biggest game on PC right now is coming to Xbox One later this year, and it'll be a console exclusive for Microsoft's devices.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a mouthful, but the game itself is absolutely enrapturing. It's essentially the game interpretation of Battle Royale, with 100 players hunting each other down to be the last one standing – and the map area shrinks over time, meaning you can't just hide out the whole time. It's tense, thrilling stuff, and now you'll be able to play it on your TV later this year. A big update is coming with the console release, too.

Due: TBD

Yoshi

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Not only does Kirby get a fresh starring role in 2018, but so too does Mario's dino-pal in the eponymous Yoshi (working title).

The trailer shows a very LittleBigPlanet­-like experience, not only in terms of look – with a papier-mâché inspired, handcrafted-looking environment – but also in the co-op platforming and puzzle-solving challenges. You'll be able to flip the world around to see challenges from a different angle, too, and despite the LBP influence, Yoshi looks far too adorable to ignore.

Due: 2018

Skull and Bones

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Are you one of those Assassin's Creed fans who still think they should have stuck with the pirate's life after 2013's sharp Black Flag? Well, here's the next best thing.

Skull and Bones is Ubisoft's attempt to recapture the magic of sailing the open seas and battling rival ships, albeit without the baggage of the Assassin's Creed brand. It's a multiplayer-centric experience including a 5v5 Loot Hunt mode, and you'll sail all around the Indian Ocean in search of treasure and excitement.

It's an interesting contrast with Rare's Sea of Thieves on Xbox One and PC, which is certainly a lot looser and sillier with its own pirate sim.

Due: Fall 2018

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