3 2017 has started slowly. Technically it doesn’t actually start until tomorrow, but already we’ve had conferences from EA, Bethesda and today we were provided a glimpse into the future of PC gaming thanks to the PC Gamer conference.
While there was whole myriad of games announced, here’s a breakdown of some of the announced games that really stood out.
BattleTech, the classic tabletop game is coming to PC. As you would expect it’s a modern tactical RTS that allows you to take control of a mercenary organisation. However the thing that really stood out to me, much like many of the games in this list is the graphical style of the game. BattleTech has stuck to it’s roots and almost looks like a tabletop game.
Introduced by one of the games creators Felix Kramer, Tunic is an adorable action adventure game featuring an isometric world and the cutest fox imaginable.
While the game has likely taken inspiration from similar games of the genre, Tunic has a very distinctive art style with beautiful lighting and animations and a similar combat system to that of the Zelda series.
The Last Night
If I had a select a single stand out game from E3, it’s The Last Night.
This story driven adventure game tells of a young idealist in a world where robots have become ‘more human than human’, leaving their creators behind.
With its Blade Runner style aesthetic, the cyberpunk game uses a combination of modern lighting, weather and weapon effects with some of the best pixel art and animation I’ve seen in a game, hands down.
While it feels as if virtual reality is still trying to find it’s legs it’s clear from this E3 that many of the big publishers are throwing their weight behind the technology.
Lone Echo is a beautiful story driven space adventure game that allows the player to navigate around space by using their own hands via motion controllers.
The game also comes with a standalone multiplayer game, Echo Arena. The five a side arena sports game will also be available for free for all Oculus Rift owners.
Introduced by it’s plain speaking creator Cliff Bleszinski, Law Breakers is an extremely fast paced twitch shooter.
Similar to games such as Overwatch the game is a classed based FPS, however watching the trailer I got more of an “Unreal Tournament” vibe thanks to it’s low gravity maps and art style.
Middle of Earth: Shadow of War
Following on from it’s hugely successful predecessor Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War gives us more of the same, with the addition of allowing us to build an army to fight at our sides.
The story continues on from where it left off, following protagonist Talion on his journey for vengeance against Sauron.
Age of Empires - the classic RTS has been remastered, including it’s sound track with a brand new orchestral recording. We've been told to expect an further announcement regarding this franchise at Gamescom 2017.
Player Unknowns Battlegrounds - Everyone seems to be playing this game right now, despite it being in early access. However Player Unknown himself was showing off some upcoming features, such as two new maps, new weather effects and most importantly dynamic climbing and vaulting!
Griftlands - From the creators of Don’t Starve, Klei Games are this time bringing us an RPG to explore with a similar art style to it’s predecessor.