PAX West was as big a show as it's ever been in 2017. The show took up even more space in downtown Seattle than it has before. Of course, when you're job is to cover games, all that means is that you end up doing a lot of walking.
The show's timing in the late summer is the perfect time to make the show a place to display some of this year's biggest upcoming titles. I got some significant hands-on time with eight of the biggest games planned for late 2017 and early 2018. Here's a rundown of what's coming and how it looks.
The Evil Within 2
Full disclosure here first, horror games are not, generally speaking, my genre of choice. Having said that I can pretty confidently say that if they are yours, you'll be quite happy with The Evil Within 2. The game made my skin crawl and very nearly had me jumping out of my seat at multiple points, and that was just during the demo. The sorts of things I saw just in the opening portion of the game gave me a chill wondering what would come next, and honestly being nervous about what would come next. If you liked the dark and sinister creep fest that was the first game, the sequel will likely be everything you're looking for. Resident Evil may be back to trying to generate real scares, but The Evil Within 2 is a franchise that looks like it's going to try and take the crown.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
The Wolfenstein franchise has had many ups and downs over the years but it appears to be going through something of a resurgence thanks to the recent reboot. I played through the first level of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which sees our hero confined to a wheelchair due to the injuries he has previously received. On the one hand, the wheelchair made things interesting, as it meant that you didn't quite have the mobility you're used to having in an FPS. Having said that, the limitation also made the first level feel a little stiff and slow. It was an FPS, but that's really all it was. There's little doubt that the game will open up as it progresses, but it would have been nice to play something from that part of the game instead, as there was little here to get excited about.