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DigThatBox.com Picks The Best of E3 2017

Submitted By: DigThatBox.com Staff

Text By: E. Thomas

June 18th, 2017

As E3 2017 draws to a close we take the time to review the best products of the show. Video game fans agree that E3 2017 is one of the best shows in E3 history. Each day there was a new megaton surprise. The event floor was packed with amazing new games, exciting new hardware and tons of cool gadgets. With so many strong contenders this year it was extremely difficult for us to choose just one winner from each category. Here is our review of E3 2017. These games and products are the best of the best, and at the end of this article you will find out who really won E3 2017.

Best Game By Platform: Consoles

Editor's Note: To be considered for an award a game must have a playable demo, extensive gameplay footage, or a demo that is played by a presenter during a private demo or an on stage event. Teaser trailers do not qualify.

Nintendo Switch:

  1. Super Mario Odyseey (Video)
  2. Splatooon 2
  3. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  4. Pokken Tournament DX
  5. ARMS

PlayStation 4:

  1. Marvel's Spider-Man (Video)
  2. Day's Gone
  3. God of War
  4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  5. Destiny 2

Xbox One:

  1. Sea of Thieves  (Video)
  2. Forza 7
  3. Crackdown 3
  4. Super Lucky's Tale
  5. Cuphead

Nintendo 3DS:

  1. Metroid: Return of Samus (Video)
  2. Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga + Bowser's Minions
  3. Ever Oasis
  4. Miitopia
  5. Sushi Striker

Best Game By Platform: PC

  1. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Video
  2. Metro: Exodus
  3. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  4. Law Breakers
  5. Ylandis

Best Game By Genre: Console & PC

Best Indie Game:

  1. The Last Night (Video)
  2. Matterfall
  3. Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  4. Aegis Defenders
  5. A Case of Distrust

Best Action Game:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey (Video)
  2. Crackdown 3
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man
  4. Days Gone
  5. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Best Kids & Family Game:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey (Video)
  2. ARMS
  3. Super Lucky's Tale
  4. Minecraft 2017
  5. Moss

Best Fighting Game:

  1. Dragon Ball Fighter Z (Video)
  2. Marvel VS Capcom Infinite
  3. Pokken Tournament DX
  4. ARMS
  5. Absolver

Best (FPS) First Person Shooter Game:

  1. Splatoon 2 (Video)
  2. Star Wars Battlefront II
  3. Wolfenstein II
  4. Destiny 2
  5. Metro: Exodus

Best Horror Game:

  1. State of Decay 2 (Video)
  2. Days Gone
  3. The Evil Within 2
  4. The Inpatient

Best Multiplayer Game:

  1. Sea of Thieves (Video)
  2. Crackdown 3
  3. Star Wars Battlefront II

Best Virtual Reality Game:

  1. Moss (Video)
  2. Doom VFR
  3. Stifled
  4. Echo Arena
  5. Skyrim VR

Best Platform Game:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey (Video)
  2. Super Lucky's Tale
  3. Cuphead

Best Racing Game:

  1. Forza 7 (Video)
  2. Need for Speed: Payback
  3. Rocket League (Switch)
  4. Project Cars 2
  5. F1 2017

Best RPG (Role Playing Game):

  1. Xenoblade Chronicles II (Video)
  2. Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga + Bowser's Minions
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch Edition)
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. Ever Oasis

Best Sports Game:

  1. FIFA 18 (Video)
  2. Madden 18
  3. ARMS

Best Visuals:

  1. Marvel's Spider-Man (Video)
  2. The Last Night
  3. Cuphead
  4. Moss
  5. Stifled

Game of the Show:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey (Video)
  2. Sea of Thieves
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man
  4. Splatooon 2
  5. Days Gone
  6. State of Decay 2
  7. Wolfenstein II
  8. Cuphead
  9. The Last Night
  10. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  12. Crackdown 3

Best Gadget:

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DreamGEAR Data East Mini Arcade Cabinets

For many years the folks at dreamGEAR have been making miniuature desktop arcade games. Their popular "My Arcade" product line has seen many revisions. These portable arcade machines are usually filled with dozens of 8-bit style video games, reminiscent of what you might have seen on the NES. The games themselves were usually clones of pre-existing titles, and a great many of them are fun, but most are nothing to write home about. Now the company has finally scored an exclusive license with Data East. Some of the most popular games in the Data East catalog will now be made into mini arcade units! This includes such legendary titles as Bad Dude, Burger Time and Karate Champ. And that's not all the exciting news. The new products will come in two sizes, the smaller single game versions (shown above) and giant 12" style arcade cabinets. There will even be a larger deluxe model that includes 30 amazing Data East video games! Best of all the prices are very reasonable, ranging from $30 to $60. You can expect the entire product line to roll out this fall.

Best Retro Gaming Product:

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Hyperkin Retron 77 - HDMI Compatible Next Gen Atari 2600

Hyperkin shocked the world by unveiling a brand new Atari 2600 console in 2017. The product is dubbed the "Retron 77." The product has many impressive features including HDMI output, 4x3 and 16x9 modes, and support for all your favorite classic controllers and accessories. I actually spoke with the developer of this console. He's a new engineer who just joined the company a year ago. He personally convinced the management to let him make this product. You can tell it's his baby. His passion and enthusiasm for the Atari 2600 gives me great hope for this device. The Retron 77 is due out this fall with an estimated price tag of just $40.

Best Gaming Hardware:

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Microsoft Xbox One X

When Microsoft first launched the original Xbox One console they stumbled pretty hard out of the gate. The system was underpowered and was unfortunately saddled with an additional product no one wanted, mainly the Xbox Kinect Camera. Since that time the company has been humbled, and clearly, Microsoft has learned from their mistakes. They have also been listening to gamers. The Xbox One X is the results of their admirable recovery efforts. This incredible console is far beyond anything else on the market. The Xbox One X is more than 40% more powerful than any other console on the market. It's robust graphical power rivals even many high end PCs. It will also play every game in the Xbox One library, along with an impressive catalog of Xbox 360 titles. Microsoft even promises that original Xbox titles are coming soon. A great number of Xbox One games will even receive free visual updates, giving them a stunning new face-lift that's sure to please even the most discerning graphical snobs. As always the system is supported by the best online gaming network on Earth, Xbox LIVE. It will come with a slightly improved version of the extremely popular Xbox One controller, a device that has been hailed by many as the best gaming controller on the market. You get all of this at the very affordable price of $499. That's an amazing deal for a truly outstanding product. The Xbox One X will launch in North America on November 7th.

Best of Show: Runner Up:

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Nintendo had one of the strongest showings at E3. The little company from Kyoto, Japan took on the industry giants, and quite frankly, in many cases put them to shame. Their latest flagship title Super Mario Odyssey was the biggest draw at the show. It took home many awards from dozens of media outlets. It topped the "best of" lists in many different catagories, from best platform game, best action title, best family game and best of show. However Mario wasn't the only game in town. Nintendo unveiled a host of fan favorites and exciting new titles. The company had something for everyone. We even saw the return of the popular Metroid franchise in not one, but two new games. They also promised to support their popular 3DS line well into 2018 and beyond. One thing I have learned from my decades in the gaming industry, never, ever count out Nintendo. The company is going strong. Their new console the Nintendo Switch is a massive succcess. Meanwhile the Nintendo 3DS is currently the most popular gaming device on the market. The company clearly has a very bright future.

Best of Show: Best of E3 2017

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Winner of E3 2017: Microsoft

Microsoft kicked off E3 2017 with one of the best presentations in the history of the company. During their yearly E3 Media Briefing they unveiled one amazing game after another, culminating with the long awaited reveal of the new Xbox One X console. Microsoft has clearly been paying very close attention to the gaming community. The Xbox One product line is going strong. Fans now have two options to choose from, with the affordable Xbox One S at a mere $249, or the super powered, high end Xbox One X, still reasonably priced at $499. However our industry isn't just about the hardware, it's also about the games, and Microsoft had a ton of them. The company proved they're more than just Halo and Gears of War. Many new titles joined the ranks this year, including the highly promising Sea of Thieves and the adorable platforming title Super Lucky's Tale. A popular fan favorite made a return with Crackdown 3. Meanwhile the highly praised Forza series returned for its most impressive installment to date. The company continues to support cross platform game compatability between the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, a move of sheer genius that has created the largest gaming eco system on Earth. Microsoft even partnered with their rival Nintendo for cross platform online game play in the incredibly popular Minecraft series.

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Over all Microsoft showcased more than 40 new titles at the show, 22 of which were platform exclusive. That's more content than their two biggest rivals combined. They're even planning to bring original Xbox games to the Xbox One. This is something I personally had wished for several years ago, and now it's becoming a reality. They're uniting the Xbox brand under one roof. Never before have I seen the company have such an impressive showing at E3. It's very clear that Xbox One will be the best place to play, now, and for many years in the future.  With an incredible roster of games, the best online gaming network and three generations of Xbox titles under one roof, Microsoft has positioned the Xbox One as the best value in gaming. They have clearly won E3 2017 hands down.