The best games of E3 2017

The Last Night

Platforms: PC, Xbox One

One of the most captivating trailers from the Microsoft conference wasn't for a big-budget 3D game, but rather this darling indie gem, The Last Night.

This cyberpunk thriller blends the kind of pixel graphics we've seen in '90s adventure games with loads of modern flourishes, making for an unexpected juxtaposition. But even better than that cool effect is the world itself and the atmosphere, which definitely have a Blade Runner thing going on. And yet it still feels totally original. We're definitely taken with it.

Due: 2018

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

The original Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the most gorgeous games we've ever played, and yet also packs the kind of emotional wallop you wouldn't expect within such beauty.

And now Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks to do much the same on Xbox One and PC. This teaser trailer doesn't really tell us a lot, admittedly, and doesn't include any gameplay. However, the closing shot of the cat-like Ori consoling a tiny owl – as they look as the skeletal remains of much larger owls, frozen in their moment of doom – conjures up some serious feelings. And that music, too! It's a total gut-punch of a teaser.

Ori is one of our favourite Xbox One games, so even if we're seemingly assured to shed some tears along the way, we are totally here for the sequel. Sadly, there's no release target just yet.

Due: TBD

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

We loved XCOM 2, much as we loved XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within before it – so if you're like us, here's some very good news: there's a lot more coming soon.

Firaxis Games is back with the War of the Chosen expansion pack, which will be a significant new chunk of gameplay for the turn-based favourite. It promises an expanded campaign mode, new factions and hero classes, a fresh enemy threat, and quite a bit more. Also, unlike the original XCOM 2 release, War of the Chosen will hit both PC and consoles on the same date.

Due: 29 August

The Crew 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Ubisoft's original The Crew didn't live up to its immense potential, but the open-world racer will have another shot at greatness with next year's sequel – and it's not just about cars anymore.

The Crew 2 will deliver a redesigned open-road version of the United States, but now you can also fly over the terrain in airplanes or zip through waterways on motorboats, which arrive alongside the sports cars and off-road rides from before. And every bit of action, no matter what kind of vehicle you commandeer, all adds up into your unified progression profile.

Due: Early 2018

LawBreakers

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4

It's been more than a year since we last played LawBreakers, the brash new shooter from Gears of War designer Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski. We weren't totally bowled over back then, but after an extra year of development, maybe it'll be well worth the wait.

LawBreakers is a class-based, arena-style shooter, albeit one set in environments in which gravity has gone very wrong, providing some opportunities to use the world to outmaneuver and surprise opponents. The US$30 price point is definitely appealing for this multiplayer-only affair, but can it really pull us away from Overwatch? We'll find out in just two months.

Due: 8 August

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