E3 Day Two Round-up - Sponsored by Argos

Posted on 13 Jun 2017 Posted in  Games & Toys
Day Two of the E3 Announcements

E3 Monday round-up: new Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted adventures, plus one of PS2’s greatest games is headed to PS4

E3, the biggest show on the gaming calendar, is currently taking place in Los Angeles – and it got off to a monster start over the weekend as Microsoft announced new console the Xbox One X. Monday naturally couldn’t offer any similarly stratospheric hardware reveals, but what it did have was exciting new games – particularly at the evening’s Sony conference.

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These are all the key stories to emerge overnight from California’s big show…

The Assassin’s Creed series is headed to ancient Egypt

Last year French publisher Ubisoft shocked the gaming world by refusing to release a fully-fledged Assassin’s Creed game. On the evidence of E3, it’s making up for lost time. Assassin’s Creed Origins introduces new hero Bayek – just as we’d predicted in our preview piece – and takes the series to ancient Egypt. 49 BCE, to be precise. Bayek can explore iconic cities such as Alexandria, with cool weapons at his disposal including deadly arrows and a Khopesh sword. Tasty. Nasty, too.

Origins gives you greater power than ever before, but it isn’t limited to Bayek: you also get to control his winged comrade Senu. Yes, winged: Senu is an eagle. By tapping down on the D-pad, you can switch characters and take to the skies to scout out the surrounding landscape. Senu can even label enemies, so you know exactly who to take down first when switching back to Bayek. Add in new combat and a revamped quest system, and it should be all-change for the better when Assassin’s Creed Origins lands on 27 October.

Life after Drake looks promising for Uncharted

The brilliant Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End delivered a conclusive ending to Nathan Drake’s story arc, so it’s no surprise to learn that he won’t feature at all in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. At least, that’s the party line. The newest entry in the series – which will be available as both DLC for A Thief’s End, or a standalone game – teams up Uncharted 2 heroine Chloe Frazer with Uncharted 4 lass kicker Nadine Ross for more ruin-exploring and puzzle-solving.

New footage includes a scene with the pair talking on a riverboat, with visuals that once more raise the bar for what’s achievable on PS4, plus lots of hanging precariously from ledges together. And, yes, gunplay – Drake may have stepped away but his apple clearly hasn’t fallen far from the Naughty Dog tree. The Santa Monica developer does the best set pieces in gaming, and there should be plenty more to look forward to when Lost Legacy is unearthed on 23 August.

Spidey’s latest reminds the world of Arkham Asylum

Superhero video games have a chequered history, with Spider-Man one of the few to have fared reasonably in console form – his PS2 outings offered a decent mix of web slinging and enemy smashing. Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac is looking to go one step further than ‘decent’, however, in bringing Peter Parker’s alter-ego to PS4. That means, for instance, a crazy battle in the skies as you chase down a helicopter by bouncing off buildings, with Uncharted-style quick-time-events used to give the ensuing battle scene an interactive feel.

Just as promisingly, the combat here looks very much like that found in the Batman: Arkham series, with lots of punchy takedowns and ways to interact with the scenery. Spidey’s new game isn’t tied to a specific film or book, meaning there’s no way to predict where the story will go when this hits is 2018.

FIFA 18 goes back to the future in Ultimate Team

As we reported yesterday, it’s shaping up to be a mammoth year for footy favourite FIFA 18 – but as it turned out, the weekend reveals of improved AI and an Alex Hunter story mode comeback weren’t all publisher EA had up its sleeve. Last night it announced four more playable legends for Ultimate Team mode: Pele, Diego Maradona, Thierry Henry and Lev Yashin.

Until this year legends had been exclusive to Xbox, but now they’re on PS4 and PC too, and have been renamed Icons. Brazilian megastar Ronaldo was the first announced, late last week. As you can see from the screenshot above, all look much like their real-life counterparts did in their prime, and should play that way too – meaning (be warned!) purchasing them will cost millions of in-game coins. FIFA 18 is out on 29 September.

A PS2 classic re-emerges from the Shadows

For the hardcore PlayStation fan, the most exciting reveal of E3 wasn’t technically a new game. Shadow Of The Colossus, considered by many to be the greatest game of the PS2 era, is being remade and brought to PS4 in 2018. It tells the story of a lone traveller called Wander’s battle with sixteen huge giants, known as colossi, each of whom must be taken down using a specific strategy. Breathtakingly beautiful and unlike anything seen before when released in 2006, this HD remake will bring one of history’s greatest games to a new generation.

If that was an unexpected element of Monday’s Sony conference, the latest news on God Of War elicited few surprised faces. But that isn’t a criticism. Ten minutes of gameplay confirmed that we’ll see a more human side to demi-god Kratos in his PS4 debut, in which his defiant son – introduced to the series for the first time – is brave enough to give his father constructive criticism, going so far as to call him weak. As ever, it’s fun combos within bombastic battles that look most tempting, and should guarantee this flies off shelves when it hits in early 2018.

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About Ben Wilson...

Ben has been playing video games since the Amstrad CPC 464+ era, and writing about them for 16 years. He’s the longest-serving editor in Official PlayStation Magazine history, and these days splits his obsessive words across The Guardian, FourFourTwo and GamesRadar+, to name three.

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