E3 2017 Wednesday Recap

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E3 2017 Wednesday Recap

Though the major press conferences for this year are done, that doesn't mean that our coverage of games at the show is over. Today was the second day of the show floor being open and we had a wealth of previews and hands-on time with a number of hotly anticipated games go live. You can find them, as well as news, interviews, and footage down below including what we know about The Life Is Strange prequel, a discussion with Insomniac Games about Spider-Man, an info dump on Wolfenstein II, and more.

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We Count Down The Top Three Skyrims From E3 2017

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We Count Down The Top Three Skyrims From E3 2017

The Skyrims were out in full force at this year's E3, and Senior Editor Jeff Cork is here with the definitive ranking of every Skyrim on display.

Try not to "take an arrow to the knee" as you view the clip below. Or you'll be saying "Fus roh ahhhh" as in like a scream of pain. Thank you Game Informer for hiring me.

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Seen At E3 2017

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Seen At E3 2017

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo is full of fun things to look at and 2017 is no different. Here are some pictures.

Standing underneath this is probably fine.

This is actually from Microsoft's pre-show event. I played Crackdown 3. It was fun.

Kazunori Yamauchi On The Competition & How GT Sport Can Change The World

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Kazunori Yamauchi On The Competition & How GT Sport Can Change The World

Developer Polyphony Digital just announced that GT Sport is coming out this fall, and we had a chance to chat with creator Kazunori Yamauchi on a few subjects.

How did the recent closed beta go, and what did you learn from it? The closed beta was really a test for us to find out things we couldn't find out on our own. It really picks up on the most stressful parts of the game, really. We did learn a lot, and we did get a lot of feedback from the community that gave us new ideas of things that we need to work on that will be implemented into the game. The feedback we got from the community was that they were really having fun playing it, so that was a really good surprise.

Has your philosophy of racing video games changed through all the different platforms, technology advances, and competition through the years? 
When I see all the different competitor titles out there now, it sort of reminds me of the things I had in mind when I was thinking about the game in my younger years. So I understand what they're thinking and what their motives are. But I think for me now, after making the game, driving all the different circuits around the world, and actually participating in the races, my focus is to really offer only something I can give as a gift to the players and community.

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. 

The Artful EscapeDeveloper: Beethoven & Dinosaur
Release: TBA
Platform: Xbox One, PC

Samus Looks And Feels Great On 3DS

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Samus Looks And Feels Great On 3DS

Arguably the biggest surprise of E3 2017 was the announcement, finally, of a new 2D Metroid game. And not only was it announced, but it isn't too far away. Metroid Prime 4 exists in the ambiguous future of, "beyond 2017," but we will be able to play Metroid: Samus Returns on September 15.

For my hands on time with the game, I got to play the game's opening. It wasn't an isolated demo created for E3 as far as I know, as they let me play through the game's opening and quite literally had take the 3DS out of my hand in order to prevent me from progressing any further.

A few stills open the game's story, which benefit from the stereoscopic 3D. The game's producer (and director of Super Metroid) Yoshio Sakamoto says the game's story is unchanged from the original Metroid II released on Game Boy in 1991. After outlining her destination, Samus lands on the planet and departs from her ship. The game feels fantastic. Holding down the left trigger plants Samus' feet so she can aim in any direction and the X button performs a melee attack that can counter enemy attacks. The prompts to counter are clearly broadcasted with audio and visual cues, and though I missed the first few prompts, it did not take long to block and blast nearly every enemy that I attacked.

E3 2017 Tuesday Recap

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E3 2017 Tuesday Recap

Today was the final day of the major E3 briefings, with Nintendo's spotlight capping off a long weekend of news, reveals, trailers, demos, and games. Some we won't see for over a year, others are right around the corner. Here's everything you need to catch up on all the news that happened today, from trailers to major announcements.

The Nintendo showcase had some expected titles, like Super Mario Odyssey, new content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and other fan favorites like Kirby and Yoshi.

But there were also a few major surprises. Perhaps the biggest is that the next core Pokemon game is in development, and it's for the Switch. That's a huge deal. Or maybe the biggest surprise that Metroid Prime 4 is in development. Both of these titles are likely quite far off - we'll probably end up seeing them at another E3 before they're available - but it's still nice to know they're in the works. After the showcase, Nintendo also revealed that the developers behind Castlevania: Lords of Shadow are remaking Metroid II for the 3DS. So we have a 2D Metroid on the way too!

Five Ways Far Cry 5 Differentiates Itself From Its Predecessors

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Five Ways Far Cry 5 Differentiates Itself From Its Predecessors

Though settings change, new villians challenge your mortality, and Ubisoft continues to introduce new innovations, over the past several entries Ubisoft Montreal has settled into a predictable (and fun) rhthym with the main Far Cry entries. You climb a radio tower to reveal locations, take down a series of enemy outposts, and hunt animals to gather raw materials for crafting in between story missions. With Far Cry 5, the developers hope to shake up the foundation of this game loop by making some fundamental changes. Here are five alterations we noticed during our hands-on sessions with the game at E3. 

No More Fictional Locations (Kind Of)Outside of the mutant-filled first entry, the Far Cry series has genrally clung closely to realism, yet never taken the plunge with a real setting. Far Cry 2 introduced a fictional failed African state, Far Cry 3's Southeast Asian Rook Islands aren't real, and Far Cry 4 introduced the Napalese fascimile Kryat. With the fifth entry, Ubisoft decided it was time to abandon that approach and embrace the real U.S. state of Montana. Ubisoft is still taking liberties by creating its own region of the state (called Hope County), but writer Drew Holmes says "I think if you say you're going to go to America and then you make up your own state, it sort of pulls back on that believability."

The Funniest Tweets Of E3 2017

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The Funniest Tweets Of E3 2017

The publisher conferences of E3 2017 have come to a close and they've left us with a lot of games to mull over. God of War, Spider-Man, Anthem, Wolfenstein, Skull & Bones, a new  Metroid Prime! Just a lot of heavy-hitting announcements, which, of course, create reactions.

Here are some of the funniest ones we've seen on everyone's favorite website: Twitter dot com.

*president of microsoft watching mario x rabbids reveal* get halo and jackbox party pack on the phone. we're making a fighting game

Watch The Full E3 2017 Nintendo Spotlight

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Watch The Full E3 2017 Nintendo Spotlight

The only thing we were sure we would see going into Nintendo's Spotlight presentation was Super Mario Odyssey, and anything beyond that would have been a pleasant surprise. Thankfully, Nintendo delivered pleasant surprise after pleasant surprise with announcements of Metroid Prime 4, Rocket League, a new core Pokemon and many other games coming to Nintendo Switch.

You can find our stream from the show below with commentary before, during and after from Game Informer's Jeff Cork and Javy Gwaltney. The presentation starts at 17:10.

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