The world's biggest gaming show, E3 2018, has been running for the last week and Pocket-lint has been here from the start.
Some of the biggest games have already been announced. And we've been on top of the action as it happened.
Here then we round up our favourite games that have been unveiled at E3 2018.
What games have been announced already at E3 2018?
All the major publishers and manufacturers held their press events prior to the show opening its doors and announced a stack of games. Here are the highlights from each publisher that held a major E3 press event.
Bethesda at E3 2018
Bethesda's bold and brashy affair was an excellent showcase of some great games coming soon and a couple of teases of what to expect in the future.
Rage 2 is a big title for the company - so much so Andrew WK took to the stage to thrash out the theme song from its trailer. It will be massively open world and, because Avalanche Games is co-developing, it looks a lot like a first-person shooter version of Mad Max. That's no bad thing.
Doom 2 - or Doom Eternal, as it is to be called - was teased, and an off-shoot Wolfenstein game, Youngblood, will be coming next year putting you in the shoes of BJ Blazkowic's twin daughters in a warped 1980s.
However, the undoubted star of the event was Fallout 76, a massive prequel to the Fallout games that is not only an epic adventure for a single-player, like Bethesda's others in the series, but dozens of real-life people will be playing in the same game world as yourself. You can team with them, kill them, build bases with them, even nuke them. We cannot wait.
Finally, Bethesda Softworks also teased Starfield - a space-faring RPG that we expect to see more of at next year's E3 - and The Elder Scrolls IV. It was simple a vista image and the logo, but when that Skyrim music started our spines began to tingle. In the meantime, we'll happily make do with The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a free-to-play mobile game coming this fall for iOS and Android.
EA at E3 2018
Electronic Arts (or EA, as it is more commonly known as these days) held its EA Play event on the Saturday before the show and announced or showed gameplay footage of several key titles.
Battlefield V is its biggest game this year, with Bioware's Anthem to follow next. Both had been announced previously, with Anthem being one of the biggest buzzes at E3 2017. However, new gameplay and info emerged and they are both looking rather tasty indeed.
There are, of course, new additions to EA Sports' line-up, with Madden NFL 19, NBA Live 19 and FIFA 19, with the latter finally getting the Champions League licence - lifted from rival PES.
Perhaps EA's biggest surprise though came in the form of a new Command & Conquer game: Command & Conquer Rivals. It's a free-to-play mobile game and while it won't sate the appetite of hardcore C&C fans, it looks like a decent play for portable platforms.
A new Star Wars game was also teased but we don't know anything about it bar its name and the developer at present. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is being developed by Titanfall studio Respawn and it's coming Christmas 2019.
Nintendo at E3 2018
Nintendo's event was streamed online only, as part of its usual Direct presentations. At least that meant we got a mighty swathe of game announcements. Here are some of our favourites.
Even though Nintendo previously said all the games shown during its E3 presentation would be coming out in 2018, the first on the list, Daemon X Machina, is actually scheduled for 2019.
Everything else is 2018 though, with a refresher on Pokemon: Let's Go! Pikachu and Eevee editions, even though we saw them announced a month ago. The best news though is that the Poke Ball+ accessory will come with an exclusive Mew for the games.
The Switch will be getting its own Mario party game in the form of Super Mario Party, to be released on 5 October, while Fire Emblem Three Houses looks rather neat.
We were much more excited, however, to get full confirmation of the release of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch and the fact that it will be available to download for free from today, Tuesday 12 June.
Overcooked 2 also looks great - we loved the first one. And it's great that FIFA 19 was confirmed for a 25 September Switch release. Let's hope it's more like the other console versions this time around.
We already knew about Wolfenstein II and Monster Hunter Generations, but they appeared in a blink-and-you'll-miss-them montage during the presentation. As did Megaman 11.
The biggest game of the Direct video though was undoubtedly Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Nintendo spent an inordinate amount of time on it during the stream, with many character reveals, including Metroid's Ridley. There was also news that the Nintendo GameCube controllers will work with the Switch version. The game is coming out on 7 December.
PlayStation at E3 2018
The PlayStation media showcase was a very different affair this year to those in the recent past. For a start, it began in a mock church and progressed to a smaller, seated area than is the norm. The one thing that was similar, however, is that the games were superb.
It didn't take long for The Last of Us II to make an appearance. An elongated gameplay trailer was presented and did nothing to curb our enthusiasm for what is likely to be, for us, the game of 2019. We still don't have an official release date, but it is likely to come earlier next year than later.
Next up was Ghost of Tsushima and by Jimminy it's looking tasty. We would love to get a feel of the combat system ourselves, but have a lot of faith in developer Sucker Punch to deliver a top grade game.
Remedy, the developer behind Alan Wake and the Xbox exclusive Quantum Break seems to have thrown its hat in with PlayStation this time around. Control looks very similar to Quantum Break in many aspects, but intriguing enough for us to want to find out more.
Resident Evil 2 might be a remake of the original but looks to be an almost all-new game. We doubt it'll be fixed camera for starters. And the graphics have been rebuilt from the ground-up we think.
Yep, we don't know what Trover Saves the World is about either, but it is from the creator of Rick & Morty, so is likely to be a massively popular title.
Kingdom Hearts 3 has appeared many times in other press events this E3, so there was little else to glean at the PlayStation event. However, we do now know that Pirates of the Caribbean is part of the new game.
Kojima's Death Stranding had a new outing, with actual gameplay footage, but apart from the incredible rendering of The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, we still don't actually know what you'll have to to do in the final game.
Finally, the show was turned over to Spider-Man at the very end. The action is looking amazing, with combat being fluent and general play, seemingly, owing much to the Arkham series. That's no bad thing in our book.
Square Enix at E3 2018
Square Enix's press conference wasn't a physical event. Like Nintendo, it chose to host an online-only presentation of its E3 line-up. But that doesn't make it any less exciting to fans of JRPGs, Tomb Raider and the like.
Indeed, Lara Croft kicked off proceedings, with some gameplay footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. You didn't get to see much, but the combat system does look like it's been overhauled.
There was some news on Final Fantasy XIV Online, including an amazing hook up with Monster Hunter for Final Fantasy XIV X Monster Hunter World, which is coming "summer 2018" so is imminent.
We found out a little more on The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a game set in the same game world as Life is Strange. We were also told that some of the characters in this free to play chapter - available 26 June - will be in Life is Strange 2, so you have to "explore everywhere".
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age looks great, and we're excited about all-new IP Babylon's Fall - from the creator of Bayonetta. It's a 2019 game and we don't know an awful lot about it yet.
Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch was finally confirmed and we git to see more on Just Cause 4, including an explanation on enemy AI. Avalanche promises that Rico's foes will be much more intelligent in battles this time around.
Another interesting new IP was next up, The Quiet Man, about a deaf martial artist it seems. And, of course, the show ended with more Kingdom Hearts 3, including its release date of 29 January 2019.
Ubisoft at E3 2018
In quite simply the weirdest opening of a games press conference ever, a dancing bear and cast of circus-looking freaks took to the stage to highlight Just Dance 2019. Then things got seriously good...
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is shaping up to be one of the best-looking games we've ever seen. And although we didn't get to see much gameplay (only some early alpha code) the CGI effects are incredible. And we love the idea that everyone can get involved with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's company HitRecord hosting a hub for content creators to submit ideas to be included in the final game. Nice.
We're also pretty stoked (at least, that's the phrase we'd expect Trials players to use) for Trials Rising - a new multiplayer game in the franchise that's set in iconic locations around the world. It is coming in February next year although a beta will be available later in 2018.
The Division 2 was first shown during the Xbox event on Sunday (see below), but we found out more about the game during Ubisoft's own showcase. This time it is set in Washington, but does seem familiar to the first online multiplayer shoot-em-up. This time though you can specialise your characters for greater play diversity. And raids are coming to the game, so you can team up with seven other players. But, perhaps the biggest news was that the game will be released in three DLC episodes and they will be completely free to download. It'll be out on 15 March 2019.
Nintendo fans will be pleased that a new Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle chapter is coming in the form of Donkey Kong Adventure. It'll be available from 26 June.
And considering how much we enjoyed our pre-alpha gameplay session with Skull & Bones at last year's E3, we loved the more advanced footage shown at this event. It's a shared world experience but in a more realistic, serious tone than Sea of Thieves.
Another celebrity partnership, this time with Elijah Wood's company Spectrevision, has resulted in Transference for VR and traditional platforms. It's essentially a horror escape game set in a "corrupted mind" and will be available this fall.
Ubisoft's first toys to life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, is close to release - coming this October - and we got to see more on how the customisable starships clip to controllers and interact with the game. Plus, a big surprise was the announcement that Star Fox will be in the game too. He'll be limited to the Nintendo Switch version.
For Honor is getting new DLC, with a new castle siege mode - Breach - and Chinese characters to play as from October. The Crew 2 is even closer to release, and you can jump into a free open beta from 21 June.
And finally, Assassin's Creed Odyssey looks frickin' amazing. Origins was a huge leap forward for the series, but Odyssey takes things so much further. Greek mythology has always been of particular interest so this could be something great. It's more an RPG, with two different characters to choose from the start - male or female for the first time. We cannot wait.
Xbox at E3 2018
Not only did Xbox boss Phil Spencer reveal that the next Xbox console is now in development, he hosted an event packed to the gills with amazing new games. There were 52 games shown in total, here are a select few of our highlights.
The event started with Halo Infinite and a glimpse of Master Chief that sent the crowd into a frenzy right from the beginning. We don't much about the game right now, but it was a great way to kick off the show.
We also got a good look at cinematics for the latest in the Gears of War series: Gears 5. You get to play at Kate this time, not JD or Marcus Fenix. There are a couple of other Gears games coming too, Gears Pop, in partnership with toy company Funko, and Gears Tactics - XCOM in the Gears universe essentially.
Another major surprise came in the form of Dark Souls' developer, FromSoftware. It is creating an all-new IP with Activision: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As expected from the studio, there are lots of boss battles and fast-paced combat.
Forza Horizon 4 looks utterly stunning, with different seasons affecting the play and the racing action being set, this time, in Great Britain. We heartedly approve.
Sequels continued aplenty, with Ubisoft's The Division 2 first being shown at the Xbox event. Capcom's Devil May Cry 5 looks great, as does Dying Light 2 - the follow-up to a particular fave of ours. And, finally, Crackdown 3 looks like it really will see the light of day at last.
But Microsoft debatably left the best to last and it was, strangely, not one of its own studio titles. Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red promises to do for sci-fi what The Witcher 3 did for fantasy. Huzzah!
What is E3 and what are the opening times?
E3 is a three-day expo for games, with many of the world's biggest publishers and console manufacturers showing the titles that will be coming out later in 2018 and beyond. Some games are announced for the very first time during the show, and many are available to go hands-on with.
It is being held in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center from today, Tuesday 12 June to Thursday 14.
This year, entrance passes are split into two categories: one for public, another for industry attendees. The latter includes press. That's because industry attendees can enter the show early on the first two days to conduct business before the public arrives.
E3 2018 opening times
- Tuesday 12 June: 11am - 7pm PDT (industry), 2pm - 7pm PDT (public)
- Wednesday 13 June: 9am - 7pm PDT (industry), 12pm - 7pm PDT (public)
- Thursday 14 June: 9am - 6pm PDT (industry & public)
The major press conferences are usually held from the weekend prior to the show and most often off site. They have now all finished for this year but the show itself is underway.