The best games of E3 2018

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo – that's E3 for short – is the world's biggest gaming show, and each year's event shows us all the huge games we'll be playing in the future.

And it's happening right now. Game publishers are announcing their lineups over the next few days with stunning trailers and dazzling reveals, and we'll be following every step of it along the way by sharing trailers, first details, and impressions as well.

Eager to see which games we'll be lusting after later this year and beyond? Here's a look at all of the biggest E3 announcements so far. EA and Microsoft already kicked off the E3 barrage, but we'll be updating this list daily throughout the week to bring in more and more must-see trailers from all publishers.

ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

There will be no extended break for Ubisoft's historical action series this time around: Assassin's Creed Odyssey arrives this October following last year's strong Origins, and it winds back the clock to Ancient Greece in the 5th century BCE.

Odyssey looks to bring in more choice in the narrative, letting you make dialogue decisions along the way to shape the storyline – and even dabble in romance. And with the Spear of Leonidas, you'll also gain some wild supernatural skills along the way. The game also brings back the great naval action from Black Flag, and hopefully feels as fresh and essential as that past series gem.

Due: 5 October

SPIDER-MAN

Platform: PlayStation 4

We've been fooled by the franchise before, but after this latest gameplay demo – and the strong hands-on impressions that followed from press – we might be looking at the best Spider-Man game in ages.

No surprise it's from Insomniac Games, makers of Ratchet & Clank and the raucous, under-appreciated open-world gem Sunset Overdrive. Their take on the wall-crawler has the kind of joyous city swinging we expect from the character, but also fluid and fun-looking brawling, albeit with a clear Batman: Arkham influence. Early trailers made it look maybe too cinematic, suggesting more watching than playing. But the gameplay looks like the real deal now.

Due: 7 September

DEATH STRANDING

Platform: PlayStation 4

What exactly is Death Stranding? Even after an eight-minute trailer containing the first glimpse of gameplay, we aren't entirely sure. But it's the latest creation from Metal Gear mad scientist Hideo Kojima, so obviously our interest is piqued.

Here we see Sam, portrayed by Norman Reedus, carrying hilariously large stacks of containers across an unforgiving environment, scanning his surroundings, and encountering terrifying invisible creatures and hanging spirits (maybe?) that eventually overpower him. Kojima seems to be aiming for a meditation on life and death here, with a star-studded cast of actors and slick presentation, but we still have little sense of the feel and flow of the game.

In any case, we're still 100% onboard for this strange odyssey, which still probably isn't releasing anytime soon, we're afraid.

Due: TBA

THE LAST OF US II

Platform: PlayStation 4

Fans have been eagerly awaiting a full reveal of The Last of Us II since the first tease a year and a half ago, and here it is – and in true Naughty Dog fashion, it's a stunner.

We start with a beautiful moment for heroine Ellie at a dance, but quickly flash into the gruesome present, in which she uses her considerable survival skills to eliminate threats, stealthily explore the jungle, and narrowly evade death time and again. We're no closer to a release date for this one (surely 2019), but The Last of Us II looks every bit as compelling as the original, our pick for the greatest PlayStation game of all time.

Due: TBA

SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Just how "ultimate" is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch? It has every single character from every previous Smash game, from obvious picks like Mario and Link to guest fighters like Sonic, Pac-Man, and Solid Snake. Oh, and new additions like the Splatoon Inklings and Metroid's oversized Ridley. That's more than 60 fighters in total.

By and large, Ultimate feels like a culmination of everything to date: it packs in everything fans love about the cross-franchise brawler and doesn't meddle with the formula too much. It even supports GameCube controllers to appease the die-hards. What's not to love here?

Due: 7 December

HALO: INFINITE

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Halo 5: Guardians was a definite down moment for the Halofranchise, and following all of the issues with The Master Chief Collection, the series doesn't seem quite as pristine as it used to be. But Microsoft hopes to revive its fortunes with Halo Infinite.

Developed by 343 Industries with the new Slipstream Engine, Halo Infinite puts Master Chief back at the forefront of the franchise where he belongs, and it looks like this particular Halo structure has some fresh wildlife – and no doubt conflict too.

Unfortunately, we don't know when to expect Halo Infinite, but it's coming to both Xbox One and PC this time around. We're hopeful that it'll make the FPS franchise feel fresh again.

Due: TBA

ANTHEM

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Electronic Arts' Anthem was one of the biggest debuts at last year's E3, but following a delay into 2019, EA really took the wraps off at its EA Play show on Saturday. And sure enough, Anthem still looks pretty awesome.

Anthem still seems like EA's take on Destiny to some extent, as an online-centric, cooperative sci-fi shooter, but we learned a lot more about the game this week. BioWare's game drops you into a treacherous environment in a Javelin mech suit as you take the role of a Freelancer, a warrior tasked with protecting mankind from some freaky-looking beasts.

It looks super slick, and the aerial mech action should help lend it a different tone than Destiny despite some similarities. Anthem might be 2019's first must-play smash if BioWare follows through on its potential.

Due: 22 February 2019

CYBERPUNK 2077

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 has been on the horizon for years now, and following the studio's incredible The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, they're finally ready to properly reveal their next open-world opus.

As the trailer shows, Cyberpunk 2077 showcases a bold and vibrant futuristic society marked by robots, poverty, and intense violence. Sounds like you'll be able to create your own character and live out an adventure in this intriguing setting, but sadly there's no release date at this point. We'd guess sometime in 2019, but it's definitely got our attention whenever it decides to ship.

Due: TBA

FORZA HORIZON 4

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Forza Horizon has become a biennial open-world racing treat, and Forza Horizon 4 will take us to some potentially familiar terrain – that's because it's set in and around London.

When on-road or off, Forza Horizon 4 should span a wide array of environments, and as the first trailer shows, the current season in the game can dramatically affect the way that roads and paths look and feel. Horizon 4 promises historic locations and "more choice and customisation" than past entries, along with 450+ cars and a new Route Creator feature. And as expected, it's coming out later this year.

Due: 2 October 2018

POKÉMON: LET'S GO

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Pokémon is finally coming to Nintendo Switch, and… well, this isn't the traditional handheld-style adventure that we know and love. Instead, it's a new game co-developed with Pokémon Go maker Niantic and inspired by the mobile sensation.

Pokémon: Let's Go looks like a streamlined take on the classic experience, including a world map and creature collection but simplifying the capture process, with a ball-tossing mechanic similar to what's seen in Pokémon Go. In any case, it's sure to be a sensation, especially with separate Pikachu and Eeveeeditions available when Let's Go hits Switch in November.

Due: 16 November

GEARS 5

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Gears 5 looks wild, based this first trailer. Gears of War 4 felt like more of the same – which wasn't a bad thing, but also not terribly surprising. But with a new heroine with some wild visions of alien creatures, this Gears seems potentially more horrific than ever.

Microsoft calls it the "biggest, most beautiful" world in the franchise, which bodes well given the brown-heavy settings of past games, and with the usual array of co-op options as well as 4K/HDR/60fps support on Xbox One and PC, it ought to be a stunner. But not until sometime next year, it seems.

Due: 2019

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