Get ready folks, the doors of the E3 2018 gaming convention are about to open, and unleash a mighty tide of video game trailers. If you're not going — good luck to those who aim to survive the crowded show floor— we're collecting all the best video game trailers, so you don't miss out. You know, the ones that have you looking for a pre-order button. We'll keep this updated throughout the show, so come back for the latest and greatest.
Every. Single. Smash Bros. Character: that's the promise of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest incarnation of the fighting game franchise, that's coming to the Switch. Also, Inkling from Splatoon and Ridley from Metroid are showing up, and the Great Plateau Tower from Breath of the Wild is a new stage. Also, hardcore players will be happy to hear that every environment in the game now has a Battlefield counterpart. Don't expect to have all of those characters at the start of the game, though, as you'll need to smash the competition to unlock some (though Masahiro Sakurai, the game's director, says that process won't take long).
Expected: December 7 on the Switch.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of E3 so far has been Bethesda finally announcing Starfield, a brand new sci-fi role-playing franchise that's been rumored to be in the works for years. No details or gameplay yet, but expect the same massive scope of a Fallout or Elder Scrolls game -- just in space.
At E3, Sony may have pulled off a miracle with the trailer for The Last of Us Part II (also called The Last of Us 2) jumping over already-high expectations. Not only is Ellie all grown up, but the photo-realism of our protagonist — both in cutscenes and gameplay — was jaw-droppingly clear. It seems that Ellie and Joel have found some sort of community to live in, but they still need to go out on patrols to keep things safe. Enemy AI shown off in the trailer appeared to be pretty clever, with foes communicating to better hunt our hero down in a room.
Expected: TBA on PS4.
Until now, the Spider-Man PS4 game coming this fall was depending on the good will generated by Spider-Man: Homecoming. But now, that we've we've seen our favorite neighborhood webslinger fight familiar old foes — including Electro, Rhino and Scorpio— we're on board. The fighting action shown off in this trailer, where Spidey looks to stop a jailbreak at the RAFT prison facility, features Parker using his surroundings as weapons, shooting webs to pick up giant objects and slamming them onto his opponents.
Expected: September 7 on PS4.
Tired of all the sequels? Ghost of Tsushima is a new IP, set in Feudal Japan that features amazingly gorgeous scenery and gruesome battles. It's a PS4 exclusive, and coming from Sucker Punch, the developer behind Infamous. In this gameplay trailer, we see a mix of stealthy sneaking and almost chess-like swordplay.
Expected: TBA on the PS4.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey takes the popular franchise to ancient Greece, and it looks even more beautiful than ever before. The trailer shows off hand-to-hand combat, alongside water-logged battles of boats crashing into each other. Most of the footage appears to be from cinematic scenes, though one shot of underwater swimming suggested that this title's gameplay will be just as awe-inspiring.
Expected: October 5 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
On the rings of a planet, between a series of mountain ranges, we see a vessel where little seems to be going well. Yes, the porcine chef is in a good mood, but the weary medic tells him over the intercom that most of the crew is sick from the chef's space chili. It all seems reminiscent of the best space opera movies, until a giant gust of winter heads their way and you start thinking of Game of Thrones, but on a bigger scale. In the coolest moment, a pilot exits her plane, an armor generates over her skin, and she jumps towards the rest of the crew, whose ship has been boarded by a blade-wielding woman name Jade, the protagonist of the original Beyond Good & Evil game.