As E3 2017 draws to a close, we can slowly begin to climb down from the mountain of games that were announced over the past week. And while much of the spotlight was on Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, PC games still shone through the crowd to show that they will continue to have a growing presence at gaming's most famous show.
Without further ado, here are some of the best PC games that showed up at this year's E3.
Following their May tech test, Bethesda have revealed that everyone's favorite Nazi-killing soldier BJ Blazkowicz will be added to the games closed beta. He can wield dual wield any of the game's weapons at the same time, meaning that you can obliterate enemies with two railguns at the same time after rocket jumping across the map. Three new maps have also been announced, and for those wanting to try them out, you can still sign up for the closed beta here.
Total War: Warhammer 2
The most epic fantasy strategy game released recently is already getting a sequel, as four entirely new races compete for a massive vortex in the New World of Warhammer Fantasy. High Elves, Dark Elves and Lizardmen are already confirmed, with a fourth, potentially cheesy race yet to be revealed. Plus, if you own the first Total War: Warhammer, a new mode that combines the maps of those two games will be released shortly after release, which will allow you to play as any of the races and factions from the first game.
Personally, I can't wait to journey to the New World with the awe inspiring power of Brettonian nights, and I already feel a Errantry War coming along. Though judging by the Sun Dragon absolutely wrecking a Carnosaur in the gameplay trailer, I'll have my work cut out for me.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
XCOM 2 is one of the best strategy games released in the past few years, and the prospect of a large scale expansion that reworks gameplay and adds factions is extremely enticing. One new enemy type, the Chosen, will continue to grow over the course of the game and reappear unless you can manage to stop them for good by pairing up with one of the new resistance factions. Mission modifiers, new abilities, new enemies and new story content are just some of the many additions to an already expansive base game, and we can't wait to see how it plays when War of the Chosen launches at the end of August.
Tunic is a perfectly adorable Legend of Zelda inspired game that stars a fox exploring a large world, slaying creatures and discovering ruins along the way. Though there have been plenty of games that have used this as inspiration before, the gorgeous art style of Tunic helps to make it stand out from the crowd. Originally called Secret Legend, Tunic has been in development for several years, but the new name change and tentative 2018 release date has us excited for an actual release.
Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has not been quiet since leaving Epic Games in 2012, founding Boss Key Productions and slowly working on their debut title LawBreakers. A multiplayer shooter, Lawbreakers is a fast-paced game that features two teams battling for victory using different gravity-defying classes armed to the teeth with futuristic weaponry. As someone who has played a few matches, Lawbreakers is a tight, well-structured game that is a blast to play, with natural and exciting plays happening throughout the map. It's coming out Aug. 8, though you can still sign up for the beta in advance of the release here.
Ooblets is a game that mixes the farming of Harvest Moon with the creature collecting of Pokémon, and it might just be the cutest game ever shown at E3. You plant crops and upgrade your farm, collect the titular Ooblets and battle them against other ooblets, and also live an awesome life in a small town by making friends and exploring. You also have wicked dances, which does a lot to further the charm for this game that may as well be pure joy distilled into a video game.
If you're not sold on the concept, watch the trailer, because it is so cute I don't think anyone can come away from it not liking Ooblets.
As someone who played far too many hours of Advance Wars growing up, Wargroove is the game that I have been waiting for for the better part of a decade. Trading guns and tanks for medieval fantasy, Wargroove is a strategy game that features 4-player local and online multiplayer, alongside a branching campaign and an editor to create your own maps. It's set to come out sometime in 2017, and judging by the way it looks now, it could be a strong contender for the most surprising game of the year.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.