The Best Indie Games Of E3 2017

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The Best Indie Games Of E3 2017

The independent game scene has exploded in recent years, with hundreds of amazing titles to discover and appreciate. Lots of prospective releases make their way to E3 to try and stand out in the crowd, and we’re keeping our eyes open throughout the show for our favorites. We’ll be updating this story with new entries as soon as we have a chance to jot down impressions, so check back daily for additional entries. 

Games are listed alphabetically. 

Aegis DefendersDeveloper: Guts Department
Release: 2017
Platform: PS4, PC

Replay – James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

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Replay – James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

Want to see some sweet-ass explosions? How about a shark patrolling a submarine? Still not interested in watching? Perhaps hearing three guys hum the bond theme for 40 minutes will do it for you? This episode of Replay explores all of these wonderful things, and also dives deep into Electronic Arts' James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire, which originally released on November 13 2001 for PlayStation 2.

To much surprise for our dumb, little show, we actually make great progress in the game and are able to show off a variety of its gameplay variations, including two different driving sequences. In our second segment a beloved cartoon character has never looked worse. This is seriously one of the worst games we've ever played on Replay. You're going to love it.

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Intern Doug’s Bold Post-E3 2017 Predictions

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Intern Doug’s Bold Post-E3 2017 Predictions

Now that E3 is wrapping up, it’s time to dissect all of the news and make predictions about the show’s most exciting titles. Throughout E3 I’ve been keeping track of the important details that went under the radar, and after a long night of connecting the dots in a cool book I found at the local bookstore, I’ve come up with some initially surprising but well-reasoned predictions about this year’s hottest games.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleThese Crossovers Are Gonna Be a Thing From Now On.

The news of a Metroid II remake from Nintendo was exciting because it seemed like they could be testing the waters for a brand-new 2D Metroid. Unfortunately, that’s just wishful thinking. Instead, this lays the groundwork for the next crossover game featuring The Legend of Zelda and Lego. Now before you assume that I just selected a random Nintendo franchise and another popular kid-friendly one, I have evidence. On a recent podcast we talked about the Metroid II remake and among our guests we had the director of Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 and the director of XCOM 2 (the game from which Mario + Rabbids took its gameplay). Coincidence? I think not.

The Top 15 Giant Monsters Of E3 2017

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The Top 15 Giant Monsters Of E3 2017

Are you a fan of charging behemoths and last-second cuts to towering beasts? If so, this E3 was for you! Here's a round-up of all the giant monsters we'll be gazing up at in awe in the years to come.

My measuring tape isn't nearly long enough to size up all of these hulking goliaths, so I'm presenting them here in no particular order – because really if you're this huge, you're already a winner. That said, I did save the biggest monster of E3 for last – and I think you'll completely agree my assessment when you see it. Now enough with the preamble – on to the monsters!

Giant Colossi (Shadow of the Colossus)Colossi cast a big shadow, and so does Team Ico's masterful adventure game from the PS2 era. Thanks to the newly announced remake, the titular titans look more imposing than ever! I must admit I never played Shadow of the Colossus, so I can't wait for a third chance to befriend these gigantic creatures. I hope it turns out to be just as heartwarming as The Last Guardian!

All The News You May Have Missed From Nintendo's Treehouse Live Stream

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All The News You May Have Missed From Nintendo's Treehouse Live Stream

Nintendo's E3 Treehouse Live streams always provide some great demos and even game announcements not included in the company's recorded keynote presentation. But even for the hardcore Nintendo fans, there can be an overwhelming amount of content to sift through.

That's why we waded through the 20+ hours of Treehouse Live footage to handpick the most important reveals and demos so you didn't have to. These are the most significant nuggets of Nintendo information from its E3 livestream, in no particular order.

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The Best Trailers Of E3 2017

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The Best Trailers Of E3 2017

Every year we look forward to E3 and the collection of trailers that hand out tickets to the hype train. We ride this train throughout the development period until it takes us to paradise station, or crashes off a bridge and explodes with all of us inside… Let’s not worry about that, and instead focus on the incredible trailers that really get us excited about the potential of what is to come.

This list does not reflect how good or bad a game will be, but rather is based strictly on the merit of the trailer itself. The list also does not include demos.

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E3 2017 – Highlights And The Complete Recap

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E3 2017 – Highlights And The Complete Recap

Much of E3's appeal is centered around surprises. What games will be announced? Will we see any exciting new hardware? Will someone catastrophically melt down on stage? Although there are a lot of uncertainties going into the show, you can count on one thing when it's over: There's a lot of coverage to sift through. Fortunately, we're here to help. We've compiled every E3-related story we've posted over the past several days into one massive recap, and also provided some solid starting points for those who are easily intimidated by massive lists.

There were hundreds of games to see at the show, but not everything was worth your time. If you're looking for an easy way to sort through the noise, we've got a few roundups to browse through. Our list of the Five Most Promising New IPs is a great place to start, as well as our list of the best indie games and a look at what's new in VR.

Super Mario Odyssey was one of the show's highlights, and it was a near-constant presence on Nintendo's Treehouse Live stream. You can check out our hands-on impressions on the game here, and also get answers to some of our admittedly silly questions about the game in our video interview with Shigeru Miyamoto. And if you're in the mood for more silliness, take a look at our video that counts down the Top Three Skyrims from E3 2017.

Lightning Reactions To E3 2017's Biggest Reveals And Revelations

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Lightning Reactions To E3 2017's Biggest Reveals And Revelations

In the wake of E3's hard hitting press conferences, briefings, showcases, and spotlights, three GI editors sit down to discuss what worked for them and what didn't in this special video feature.

Each editor is only allowed time for a quick statement and then must give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down to determine what games take away the top honors for this initial impression frenzy. The verdict is decided by a two-thirds or unanimous vote.

Note that all the editors involved didn't get a chance to touch any of these games and are basing their instant analysis on streamed presentations, trailers, and demo footage, so this is far from a critical analysis - just a fun rundown of some of E3's biggest beats! Come vote along and join in on the fun!

We Ask Yoshinori Ono 30 Years' Worth Of Street Fighter Questions

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We Ask Yoshinori Ono 30 Years' Worth Of Street Fighter Questions

With Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary being this year, we began thinking about the questions that have bothered us ever since we first began playing Street Fighter. Luckily, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono was at this year’s E3, so we decided to pin him down and get him to answer the most important questions in the Street Fighter universe.

Game Informer: In Street Fighter V, Ken has a very different outfit from his regular clothing. But in Street Fighter III, he has his regular gi. So what happened? Did he just not like that look?

Yoshinori Ono: This entire time Ken’s been in a hurry to change his clothes. It’s pretty smelly.

Bandai Namco On Why A 2D Fighting Game Was the Right Choice For Dragon Ball

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Bandai Namco On Why A 2D Fighting Game Was the Right Choice For Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball FighterZ was one of the biggest surprises of this year's E3. With its gorgeously detailed renderings of classic Dragon Ball characters like Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza, its ferociously cluttered combat, and high-octane anime midfight scenes, it shocked many at Microsoft's E3 conference.

To learn more about what why Bandai Namco teamed up with Arc System Works for the game, why 2D was the right call, and how the game will address the issue of retreading the same characters and storylines from previous games, we caught up with producer Tomoko Hiroki.

Game Informer: When did you start talking with Arc System Works about creating a fighting game?