For many, E3 means watching the usual big press conferences and then going on with their lives, but actually, there’s a nearly week-long show where smaller, lesser known titles try and get discovered by the masses. You already know that games like Dying Light, Last of Us 2, and Fallout 76 look great, but what about the little guys? Here are some of the best games shown at this year’s E3 that you probably missed and even better, weren’t even aware existed.
Platform: Windows PC
Official Description: Maneater is a Single-Player Action RPG, set in the unforgiving waters of the Gulf Coast. Fight to survive in the open ocean, with danger lurking at every depth. Your only tools are your wits, your jaws, and an uncanny ability to evolve as you feed. Anything and everything is on the menu… kill or be killed.
Release Date: coming soon…
Platforms: none listed
Description: Players will control a female character named Sable traveling a vast landscape on her jetpack all in the name of exploring a mysterious world. IGN’s article on the game describes it as a cross between Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and Journey. If that’s not enough to get you excited, I’m not sure what would be.
Release Date: Still in early development
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Official Description: Ooblets is an upcoming farming, creature collection, and town life game where you have dance-offs instead of battles!
Release Date: 2018
Platforms: Windows PC
Description: Players take the roles of engineers that have been sent into space to work on a mysterious project. Once they arrive on their planet, their job is to build gigantic factories across the planet’s surface. PC Gamer described it as a cross between “Ark, Subnautica, and Factorio.”
Release Date: Alpha, coming soon.
My Friend Pedro
Platforms: Windows PC and Switch
Description: My Friend Pedro is about shooting as many people as possible, all while looking as cool as possible in the process. The trailer above showcases some of the most fun sidescrolling gameplay you’ll see all year. Just going off the trailer, the game looks like a cross between Hot Line Miami and Bound.
Release Date: Early 2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC
Official Description: Wargroove is a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players, in which each player takes control of an army and its commander unit to wage war on their enemies! Wargroove is extremely easy to pick up, with accessibility at the forefront of its design, and very difficult to master, with deep gameplay mechanics that complement strategic play!
Release Date: Late 2018
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, IOS, and Android
Description: Players take control of a cab driver in Paris during the outbreak of a string of murders. One of the connections that all of the victims share is that they used the taxi company that you work for. Now when you’re picking up patrons you find yourself not only acting out your job as a cab driver but now you’re playing the part of a detective picking up customers and hoping you’ll ask the right questions to get the clues you need to stop the killer.
Release Date: TBA
Two Point Hospital
Platform: Windows PC
Description: The unofficial sequel to Theme Hospital, Two Point Hospital puts players in the role of creating and managing a hospital.
Release Date: 2018
Platform: Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux
Official Description: Desert Child is a Racing RPG set in a dusty world where your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles. It’s the rags-to-riches story of a broke-ass young racer who fights through gangsters, bounty hunters, and pancake cravings to enter the Grand Prix and get off Earth before it E-X-P-L-O-D-E-S (metaphorically). The player begins their story on a ruined Earth, with just a few days to get enough money to get to Mars. From there, you’ll win races, customize your bike, and earn fans, but at the same time, you’ll have to work jobs, cook dinner, and pay rent. Nothing’s free in Desert Child.
Release Date: Q3, 2018