E3 2017: 5 new and exciting things from today’s Microsoft Briefing

Wow. Well, E3 hasn’t even actually started yet and there have already been some pretty impressive reveals. There are already far too many for me to even keep track of alone, so for now I’ll just stick to some personal highlights of today’s Microsoft Briefing.

#5: State of Decay 2 (Xbox and PC)

2013’s State of Decay put a new spin on zombie apocalypse games by being more than just another zombie headshot simulator and focusing more on the act of survival in general through the use of RPG elements and base/community building. State of Decay 2 looks to be offering more of the same, but on a larger, more complex scale.

#4: The Last Night (Xbox and PC)

The Last Night is a game I had heard about a while back that looked very promising, but seemed to have disappeared into development limbo…until now. It seems that The Last Night is still alive and kicking, and getting ready to unleash an amazing looking pixel art cyberpunk action/adventure. Details are still pretty sparse, but what they’ve shown so far sure has a very Flashback feel to it, doesn’t it?

#3: Ashen (Xbox and PC)

Ashen sure looks to be a Dark Souls clone with an interesting low poly art style, and the official description of a dark, sunless world sure seems to support that. Personally, that would still be enough to sell me on it right there, but looking into it further, it seems that Ashen will be setting itself apart by bringing a community building system that encourages cooperation over greedy assassination, and that sounds pretty awesome to me.

#2 Anthem (Xbox, PlayStation, and PC)

The new BioWare IP, Anthem, was teased yesterday, but that sweet, sweet gameplay has finally arrived today. It kind of looks like Mass Effect and Destiny had a child together. A flying alien robot child that explodes a lot. There’s no doubt that this world looks incredible, but…this is an MMO? Hm. I don’t know how I feel about that, having shunned the world of online multiplayer gaming, but if anyone could entice me back in, it’s probably BioWare. We shall see.

#1: Metro: Exodus (Xbox, PlayStation, PC)

Metro: Exodus is a sequel to the post-apocalyptic horror shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Previous games in the Metro series were known for their amazing graphics and atmopshere, and their heavily scripted, and highly linear, single player story campaigns, but it seems that Metro: Exodus is going to up the ante by bringing us an absolutely stunning looking open world. This is the most exciting reveal for me so far, as it seems to combine all my favorite gaming things; sci-fi, horror, first person shooting, AND a massive open world.

And this is only the beginning of what looks to be a very promising E3 week. Stay tuned for highlights of tomorrow’s Sony Briefing and surely a mass of other E3 articles, the likes of which may just blow your most agreeable minds!