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The 10 Best E3 Games You Probably Missed

by Matt Miller on Jun 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Last week brought us one of the most lively and entertaining E3 conventions in years, with huge games like Fallout 4, Uncharted 4, Halo 5: Guardians, and Horizon Zero Dawn drawing lots of attention. However, not every game gets the same gigantic marketing push. Here are 10 fascinating titles that may not be the most publicized titles from last week’s show, but still captured our eye.

Unravel

One of EA’s most unusual debuts is a new title from Coldwood Interactive. The word adorable comes up consistently when people discuss this charming platformer, which stars a little yarn creature as it makes its way through a pint-sized world of puzzles and jumping. Check out additional details regarding Yarny’s adventure, including the scoop on the original inspiration for the title. You may also not be surprised to find that Yarny made it onto our list of the Top Two Yarn Characters of E3

Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition

One of our favorite PC games of 2014 is making its way to consoles, and our early impressions are that the Enhanced Edition is exactly the kind of port we want, including split-screen co-op, changes to the skill system, and a bunch of changes to the questlines. Watch the trailer to learn more.

Until Dawn

The B-Movie vibe is in full effect in Sony and Supermassive Games’ horror project, which sees a group of teenagers trying to survive some deadly encounters in the woods. Adventure game mechanics offer choices about how to progress, and early story choices can dramatically change how the end unfolds. Learn more from the trailer and our hands-on impressions

Trackmania Turbo

The popular Trackmania series is making its way to new-gen consoles (as well as PC), and the arcade-style racer looks to deliver a blast of adrenaline. Shipping with over 200 tracks and the ability to create and share endless additional courses, we were excited by the potential for community-driven fun and wild race options. Just take a gander at the premier trailer to see why the newest Trackmania has grabbed our attention.

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The Banner Saga 2

Stoic’s sequel continues to make strides forward, adding in new enemy units that change up the style of combat, as well as new battlefield features like expanded cover. Banner Saga’s beautiful art style also continues to grow and establish itself. The second game in this Norse-inspired title should have an equal draw for both role-playing and strategy enthusiasts. Read more about The Banner Saga 2 as one of several great indie games we saw at the show.

Chasm

While you’re reading about The Banner Saga 2, scroll down in our indie feature to read about Chasm. While inspired by classic Castlevania and Metroid games, Chasm has procedurally generated dungeons so that your playthrough is different each time you dive in. Weapons, equipment, and power-ups are in different locations as well, meaning that your character might have different options at his disposal depending on the flow of exploration. 

Relativity

The first-person puzzle adventure genre is getting another fascinating entry with Relativity. Players navigate an odd geometric world by walking not just on the ground, but also on the walls and ceilings, manipulating objects to progress through each room. While you investigate Relativity in our indie round-up, the same page includes new details on Nuclear Throne, Soma, Salt & Sanctuary, and FutureGrind.

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Transformers: Devastation

Amid the hubbub of other big Activision titles like Destiny: The Taken King and Call of Duty: Black Ops III, it might have been easy to miss the announcement of Platinum’s new game, a surprising Generation 1-inspired Transformers game. Filled with rocking tunes and brightly colored robots, Devastation offers a major hit of nostalgia with a modern action twist. We got an extended hands-on run at the game, along with plenty of details about the crafting and upgrade system.

For Honor

Sure, Ubisoft has returning franchises like Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Ghost Recon: Wildlands, but we’re also intrigued by the introduction of For Honor. The game pits teams of players against one another in massive open battles, and introduces an unusual dueling mechanic focused on switching battle stances and timing your attacks with care. We got our hands on the debut of this new franchise, and while we need to see more before we’re completely sold on the innovative system, it certainly stood out as a promising new IP.

Sword Coast Legends

Great D&D video games used to be commonplace, but quality titles from the original role-playing game franchise have been much harder to find in recent years. That’s why we’re excited about n-Space’s new project. Sword Coast Legends includes a complete crafted campaign, but also features cooperative play and the option for a dungeon master to step in and make their own adventures with ease. Read our hands-on impressions from E3.

What games from E3 do you think think need more attention from last week's convention? Share your picks in the comments below.