Sorry RGV.

I’m a little late on the whole E3, which just so happened to take place last week.  But for all you gamers out there who just weren’t able to keep up with all the news, here’s a handy little recap of some of the winners and big changes coming our way in 2017.

For starters, both Sony and Microsoft offered attendees a glimpse into their “new” hardware.  Though neither company is completely scrapping this generation of machines, both are working on enhancing their current consoles to 4K gaming and video.

While Sony is definitely revving up for their PlayStation VR upgrade, Microsoft is essentially building a cousin to their Xbox One, in what is currently dubbed, Project Scorpio.  The system is aiming to completely change the VR gaming experience by offering six teraflops of graphical performance.  That’s five times more powerful than the Xbox One.

Talk about a VR paradise.

Now to the most important thing – the games! Drumroll please…

Nintendo gave its failing Wii U a much needed adrenaline boost by showcasing a new game from none other than the legendary Zelda.  Yup.  You read that right ladies and gents.  A new Zelda game.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” looks like another classic from genius game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.  Perhaps the most startling revelation (or departure) in this entry is that our now decades-old hero, Link, will finally be able to jump and climb.  This change alone means the fantasy-world of Hyrule has just gained a new dimension of exploration and mystery.

But that’s not all.  Link won’t just be climbing and exploring a new world, he’ll also be cooking, crafting, and doing a variety of things as of yet unseen in a Zelda game.  Plus, instead of the expected dungeons, gamers will now search shrines – over 100 of them.

The graphics are as expected – spectacular.

Zelda definitely held it down at E3 and was undoubtedly the game of show.

But that’s not to say there weren’t any other big names making a splash.  Kratos made an amazing appearance in a reboot of the God of War series – this time in a Norse-mythology setting.  Featuring an open-world setting, an aged (and seemingly subdued) Kratos with a Viking-beard (think hipster), but with the same’ol testosterone driven game play, this bad boy looks like another tour de force.

Sony continued pulling out the big guns by premiering Resident Evil 7. And from the looks of the gameplay trailer it’s going to be terrifying.  Adding to the scare-a-thon is the fact that the game will also be a full PS VR experience – if you should so choose.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of jump-out-of-my-seat moments when playing the previous installments.  And now I get to experience this in full VR.  Why not?  Look for this to be out in January 2017.

A few more notable mentions include a great looking Spider-Man game being developed by Insomniac Games. There was also an underwhelming trailer for The Last Guardian, which has been in development for 7 years now.

EA is still going strong with Titanfall 2, Fifa ‘17, and are bringing you another Star Wars game – Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Developer Bethesda announced a remastered edition of Elder Scroll Skyrim, which should consume a couple hundred hours from your life.

Now there was supposedly over 500 games showcased at the event, but these are more of the recognizable ones that made announcements.  But overall, I’d say 2017 is shaping up to be another amazing year for all you gamers out there.

Let me know which games to try in the comments below.

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