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E3 2017's biggest games, from Anthem to Wolfenstein 2

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E3 2017 is in full swing, and with it comes a flurry of surprising game reveals and fresh gameplay footage. With so many titles vying for your attention, it can be tough knowing what's worth your attention - but wonder no more. We've rounded up the biggest and most promising games being shown at E3 2017, with updates as soon as we hear about any hot new titles. Here are the games you need to keep an eye on, along with all the pertinent info you need to know; be sure to watch all the E3 2017 trailers and check back as E3 week continues! 

Anthem 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: Fall 2018

Anthem is EA and BioWare's answer to Destiny - with just a little bit of Titanfall meets Horizon: Zero Dawn for flavor. In other words, at first blush, all of Anthem's best ideas are cribbed from other, more established games. But even if that ends up being the case (and really, it's hard to judge since we've seen so little of it), who cares? This game looks gorgeous, and its world is fascinating. Destiny was more or less an RPG built by a studio that makes shooters. Anthem looks like a shooter built by a studio that makes RPGs. It'll be interesting to see who stirs the pot better. Sam Prell 

Assassin's Creed Origins 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: October 27, 2017

After a year off, it’s time to jump into the Animus once again. Assassin’s Creed Origins is out in October this year and takes us all the way back to Ancient Egypt where we play as Assassin Bayek. Everything has changed this time around. From the same dev team and creative director as Black Flag, Origins ditches sync towers, overhauls combat, adds more action RPG elements and even has an eagle to let you scout ahead. A seamless Egypt awaits complete with pyramids, sphinxes and a crocodile infested Nile river. Throw in horseback combat and the promise of mummification and Origins is looking like a seriously exciting addition to the Creed. Louise Blain  

A Way Out 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: Early 2018

A Way Out is a new game spearheaded by Josef Fares, whose most recent gig was as the writer and director for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The new project looks to have a lot more edge, focusing on two inmates breaking out of prison. The real kicker in this game is that it requires co-op. You can’t play it alone. That’s a gutsy move, maybe even a foolish one, but Fares’ emphatic presentation on the EA stage sold many players on the vision. The close collaboration and careful planning of working with another person would be needed for a real jailbreak, so it makes sense that the game would demand the same. No matter what, this looks like a tense, riveting story. It’s definitely one of the most original games to come out of E3 so far. Anna Washenko

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: September 15, 2017

This standalone expansion for Dishonored 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider reunites Billie Lurk and her old mentor Daud. Last time we saw them together, Daud was deciding whether to kill her for betraying him or simply exile her from Dunwall. What would bring them back together? Oh, just killing the Outsider, the mysterious entity that gave them (and Corvo and Emily) their powers. It looks like you'll definitely be able to play as Billie - who now has a rad mechanical hand - but we'll see if you can pick up the sword as Daud as well. The DLC for the original Dishonored had some of that game's best missions, so definitely keep an eye on this one. Connor Sheridan

Forza Motorsport 7 

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date: October 3, 2017

We know, we know. How exciting and revolutionary can any game with the number 7 in the title be? You'd think by now that Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios would be running out of things to add or improve on in the Forza Motorsport series. But even on a purely visual level, Forza Motorsport 7 is a wonder to behold. And running on the Xbox One X in 4K? Forget about it. Sure it may not be a surprise, but who cares when a game looks this good? Sam Prell

Need for Speed Payback 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: November 10, 2017

It's everyone wildest arcade racing dreams come true: a fusion of all the character drama from The Fast and the Furious and the mesmerizing slow-mo car crashes of the Burnout series. Need for Speed Payback followed up its reveal trailer with a closer look at the gameplay, which takes clear inspiration from Burnout's takedowns as you eliminate rival vehicles with full-contact driving, mixed with the occasional cinematic moment (like your passenger leaping from the hood of your car to a moving truck to steal a new whip). We'll gladly play Payback if it offers even a fraction of the racing glory we enjoyed in Burnout Paradise. Lucas Sullivan 

Metro Exodus 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC 2018

Admit it, you've never played a Metro game. Well, you should. The Metro series is not only brutally difficult (and if the recent flood of Dark Souls-likes have taught us, it's that people love really freakin' hard games) but gorgeous to boot. They're also extremely well-written and realized, depicting a post-apocalyptic survival tale on par with anything from Naughty Dog that just happens to take place in Russia instead of America. Plus, Metro Exodus has mutated rats and bears. What's not to like? Sam Prell 

Middle-earth: Shadow of War 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: October 10, 2017

You know what more fantasy universes need? Orcs acting as the sassy sidekicks. I never knew I wanted that until watching the demo for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, but now that I’ve seen it, that is the new gold standard to be matched. The follow-up to the excellent Shadow of Mordor also promises to add some much-needed variety in the settings while building on the nemesis system that made the original such a standout. Rather than just dismantling the orc legions all by your lonesome, you can now turn the members of Sauron’s army to help your cause. This just keeps looking better and better. Anna Washenko

Ori and the Will of the Wisps 

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date: TBC

Ori and the Blind Forest was a flagship for Microsoft's ID@Xbox program - a smooth and beautiful sidescrolling metroidvania with challenging platforming, developed by a small studio and unique to Microsoft's console. The original resonated well thanks to its hauntingly beautiful world and minimal story, and we can't wait to see what the team does with what is clearly (clearly!) a bigger animation budget. Just be prepared to get a little misty-eyed while playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Sam Prell 

Sea of Thieves 

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Platform(s): Xbox One, PC

Release date: Early 2018

First, the bad news. We won't get to play Sea of Thieves until early 2018. But now, the good news: it's looking like just the kind of wacky, clever fun you'd want from Rare's first all-new project in years. Microsoft showed off some extensive gameplay for the online swashbuckling game at its press conference and there was a whole lot going on. You could dive into a wreck to retrieve some cannonballs, then fight through NPC monsters to dig up some buried treasure with friends. But this is a pirate game, remember? Other players who aren't on your crew are never far, and they may just try to scoop up your booty over your dead, musket-ball-ridden body. Connor Sheridan

Star Wars Battlefront 2 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: June 16, 2017

The first thing EA said about Star Wars Battlefront 2 at E3 this year? 'We heard your feedback'. Though the first game was easily the most visually authentic and impressive Star Wars game ever created, many players quickly tired of its simplified shooting mechanics and aggressive DLC scheme. Star Wars Battlefront 2 broadens its battlefield with distinct classes and representation from all three film trilogies and it makes all of its DLC maps and heroes free. Feedback addressed! Now we just have to hope it's still as fun to shoot battle droids as it was back in the first Star Wars Battlefront 2. Connor Sheridan 

The Evil Within 2 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: October 13, 2017

Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within might not have lived up to the Resident Evil director's pedigree, but despite the flawed execution, it showed a distinct flair for some seriously spooky (and grotesque) themes surrounding its third-person gameplay. Fortunately, Bethesda's giving the game another chance with The Evil Within 2, which brings back our hero Sebastian as he plunges back into the STEM mind-realm to search for clues related to his deceased daughter Lily. If the gameplay is anything like the disturbing cinematic trailer, this sequel will be keeping you up at night in the best way possible. Lucas Sullivan

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus 

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release date: October 27, 2017

Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of my favorite games of 2014, using its old-school shooter sensibilities to lull me into a sense of security while it blindsided me with a surprisingly human tale of the toll war takes on the people who live through it. If that was where things ended, I would have been happy. But with the sequel - Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, long teased but only just now confirmed - BJ Blazkowicz is back, and he's coming back to 1960s America to take down the Nazis once and for all. If anyone can thread the needle between dual-MP40-wielding pulp action and a serious rumination on man's inhumanity to man, it's the folks over at MachineGames. I'm all in. David Roberts

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