hot 50 hot 50 I n its first year open to the public, E3 had no shortage of big games to discover. Nintendo had two buzz-worthy Mario games – the brand-new Super Mario Odyssey and the sur-prising partnership with Ubisoft on Ma rio + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Returning favorite series jumped to new settings, including Assassin’s Creed Origins, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Call of Duty: WWII. Insomniac wowed the crowd with its take on Spider-Man. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Destiny 2 vied for the crown of the most electrifying sci-fi shooter. And it was a big year for pirates; both Sea of Thieves and Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones both looked more than sea-worthy. While other years at E3 have offered more surprises, few years have re-vealed such disciplined presentations and polished demos. We selected entries for this year’s list for the strength of each game as it was presented in playable form, as well as the enthusiasm and buzz those titles generated among the GI staff and show attendees.