E3 2017: Game of the Show

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Last Updated on December 26, 2019 by Danielle

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Final thoughts of E3 2017 and the Game of the Show.

So E3 has officially come to a wrap after six exciting days packed with huge announcements, epic trailers, live gameplay, developer interviews, and engaging panel discussions. We witnessed press conferences from all the major players, including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Electronics Arts, and Bethesda all showcasing some of the best videogames from their immensely talented and creative developers. 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best years in gaming with plenty to look forward to in 2018. We were reminded that games are the best form of entertainment on the planet! They inspire us, ignite the competitive fire within us, transport us to breathtaking dream worlds, immerse us in amazing interactive and visceral experiences, and scaffold our imaginations through rich storytelling. Gaming also unites us together in vibrant communities – forging intense competitive rivalry and lasting friendships. Gaming ushers a sense of excitement, suspense, and exhilaration. But at the end of the day – it’s all about FUN! E3 is all about the games … bring ‘em on! See all of our picks for the best games of E3 2017.

Before E3 began, we revealed the top three stories of E3, from the unveiling of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio to Super Mario Odyssey and the slew of killer AAA games from Sony. Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio, the world’s most powerful console, as Xbox One X, retailing for $499 and slated for release on November 7, 2017. Microsoft debuted several exclusives for the Xbox One X but none really stood out like Forza Motorsport 7. Heavy hitters like Halo 6, Gears of War, and Call of Duty were notably missing in action. Analysts believe the console may be overpriced but Microsoft reportedly is not making a profit on the console and people are questioning who the Xbox One X is really targeted toward. While Sony showed a handful of top-notch titles, there were no real big surprises and their conference was seen as somewhat of a disappointment especially after stellar shows in recent years. Notably missing were The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding, Gran Turismo Sport, Madden 18, FIFA 18, and Call of Duty WWII. We got more of what we expected and not too many surprise moments. Apparently, Sony was holding back for one reason or another and will report more information in the months ahead. Nintendo’s conference spotlighted the highly-anticipated Super Mario Odyssey. Fans from around the world were captivated and thrilled by the new Super Mario Odyssey gameplay trailer and the game was well-received for the most part, dominating social media outlets like YouTube.

So after the biggest gaming entertainment event on the planet has come to an end – what one game stole the show and won that elusive title of Game of the Show? For us at Toy Buzz, the Game of the Show was Super Mario Odyssey. Nintendo featured a trailer that blew fans away and surprised everyone with its new gameplay mechanics and wacky worlds. The game will return to the sandbox-style exploration and discovery gameplay made famous by Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Interestingly, Nintendo was a bit uncertain as to whether they should return to that style of gameplay but fans are simply loving it. The game is bursting with creativity around every corner and the worlds look interesting and diverse as ever. Players will be able to purchase various hats and costumes in the game and you’ll be collecting moon pieces to power your odyssey vehicle. The coolest part is you can take control of enemies and various objects in the game and even use Mario’s hat as a weapon or for collecting things. For instance, Mario can take control of a T-Rex, human beings, Bullet Bill, Koopa, and more. This should make for an interesting gameplay twist and we can’t wait to see all the surprises they have in store for fans of the series. Overall, we came away the most impressed since Nintendo focused on showcasing this marquee title in the best possible light, debuting an awesome teaser trailer and demonstrating a ton of hands-on gameplay via Nintendo Treehouse. Hands-down, it generated the most buzz and excitement for a new Mario game in long time. Super Mario Odyssey will launch in time for the holiday window on October 27, 2017. It’s expected to be one of the hottest videogames for the holidays. Get ready for a fantastic odyssey!

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