'Duck Season' is equal parts nostalgic and creepy

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'Duck Season' is equal parts nostalgic and creepy

When I was a kid with the original Nintendo Entertainment System, I of course played Duck Hunt. Fast forward 25 years and I did so in virtual reality, live on stage at E3 in front of the entire internet with Duck Season -- a tribute to the classic NES title. What was my high score? And, more importantly, how often did I shoot my hunting companion, an anthropomorphic dog that looks ripped straight out of Five Nights at Freddy's? You'll have to watch the above video to find out.

‘Echo Arena’ is competitive, virtual reality frisbee in zero gravity

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 ‘Echo Arena’ is competitive, virtual reality frisbee in zero gravity

When we saw Lone Echo at Oculus Connect 3 late last year, it solved one of virtual reality's biggest limitations by ignoring humanity's most common form of locomotion: walking. The game takes place entirely in zero gravity, asking players to navigate its virtual world by pushing off of bulkheads like an astronaut, or using hand mounted jets to fly around like Iron Man. It worked shockingly well and easily became one of our favorite games from the show. Intel must have thought so too -- it just made the game's multiplayer component half of its new VR eSports league.

'Super Mario Odyssey' may look bizarre, but it feels just right

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'Super Mario Odyssey' may look bizarre, but it feels just right

There's perhaps no better example of Nintendo's creativity in game design than the Super Mario Bros. franchise. At a glance, the company's mascot seems like an unchanging, static figure. In reality, every game he stars in tweaks the Mario formula ever so slightly -- adding new power-ups in Super Mario Bros. 3, rethinking level design in Super Mario World or the introduction of exploration in Super Mario 64. If the E3 demo of the newest game in the franchise is any indication, our favorite plumber's latest adventure is no different: Super Mario Odyssey is a creative, joyously fun remix on a formula the company has been tweaking for decades.

'Wolfenstein II' starts with a wheelchair, Nazis and a machine gun

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'Wolfenstein II' starts with a wheelchair, Nazis and a machine gun

A little over four months away from launch, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus already feels finished. The game takes place almost immediately after the events of 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order, with protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz waking up from a coma aboard a German U-boat, confined to a wheelchair, his legs lame. The Nazis have long since won the war, and in 1961 they're taking their goal of world domination even further. They're afraid of the game's one-man army hero, too. And really, after 35 years of Wolfenstein, shouldn't they be?

'Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' shouldn't work, but it does

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'Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' shouldn't work, but it does

Ubisoft's Rabbids are almost the antithesis of Nintendo's mascots. Sure, both sets of characters are family friendly and mostly mute, but Rabbids are uglier and lean on slightly more crass, juvenile humor. When I first heard Nintendo and Ubisoft were mixing the two together, I expected the worst -- and yet somehow, the mountain-sized toilet that scrolled past the background in my E3 demo of the game didn't feel out of place. In fact, the enormous commode is emblematic of my time with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Everything about the game feels a little out of place in Mushroom Kingdom, but it somehow works anyway.

'Project Cars 2' takes simulated driving to a whole new level

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'Project Cars 2' takes simulated driving to a whole new level

With the likes of Forza and Gran Turismo getting their share of stage time at the big E3 events, it can be easy to overlook some of the other options. Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars is one of those and the second installment of the franchise is set to arrive September 22nd. The duo is showing off the hyper realistic racing sim here at E3 and it didn't take long to get wrapped up in the tracks of Project Cars 2.

'Shadow of the Colossus' was rebuilt from the ground up for PS4

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'Shadow of the Colossus' was rebuilt from the ground up for PS4

When Sony unveiled a remake Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4, it raised one big question: is it just a glorified remaster, or a true revamp? Thankfully, it's more than just a quick-and-dirty upgrade. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida tells Famitsu that every asset has been remade -- about the only thing left is the core gameplay. There will be an option for a modernized control scheme, but that's about as far as the functional changes go.

'Minecraft' looks like a completely different game in 4K

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'Minecraft' looks like a completely different game in 4K

The best demonstration of the Xbox One X's 4K capabilities comes from an unlikely, blocky source: Minecraft. Behind closed doors at E3 2017, Microsoft showed off a handful of games it upgraded to 4K just for the Xbox One X, including Gears of War 4, but Mojang's cube-based crafting game clearly gets the most drastic upgrade. When the Super Duper Graphics Pack lands in the fall (for free), those blobs of grass will transform into blades. See for yourself:

Humble Bundle sweetens its subscription with games that don't expire

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Humble Bundle sweetens its subscription with games that don't expire

Humble Bundle's monthly subscription is fine if you enjoy getting a surprise mix of big-name and indie games. But what if you'd like access to a more reliable catalog, too? You're set as of this week. The $12 per month service now includes access to the Humble Trove, an always-accessible collection of copy protection-free games. The library includes the full selection of Humble Originals as well as a range of recognizable indies like Trine and Kimmy.