E3 2014 - Best Games Of E3 2014

Written by Katie Allen on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 5:26 PM
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With E3 2014 winding up over the next few hours, it's time for our annual set of Game Debate E3 awards. As many of you found when we asked you to pick your personal favourites yesterday, selecting from the vast number of titles on show was pretty tricky; there are just so many great games out there that we can't wait to get our hands on.

Nonetheless, we've looked at what we think were the best games in a number of categories at E3 2014, and selected a number of stand out titles to win the Game Debate's best in show awards. Not only have we looked at stand out titles in various genres, but we've also selected the games we were most impressed with on each gaming platform...

Best RPG - The Witcher 3

 It seems crazy to say in a year with a fair bit of decent RPG fodder on show, but this award was a no-brainer for us. Whilst we remain excited about Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition, CD Projekt RED has never let us down thus far and, judging by what we’ve seen of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt so far, it's not about to start now. The game is still eight months from release and gameplay already shows a huge amount of polish, whilst CDPR have proved they’re not afraid to fly in the face of shareholders and profit margins if it helps them develop a game that they’re proud of. Roll on February 24th.

 

Best Action - Batman: Arkham Knight

The Arkham series has returned to the hands of Rocksteady for this iteration, and from what we’ve seen the veteran Batman studio looks ready to deliver. As well as looking slick, Arkham Knight is packed full of all our favourite Batman villains, including the new, mysterious Arkham Knight himself. Arkham Origins was a little disappointing for many fans last year, but this iteration looks like it could really bring the series back to its former glory.

 

 

Best Shooter - Rainbow Six Siege

When we saw that Rainbow Six had been reinvented as an online-only quickfire-round shooter we heaved a collective sigh. Once we’d seen Ubisoft’s latest in action though that all changed; the jaw-dropping destruction system opens up so many tactical opportunities that we can’t to try out. Ever since we spent hours shooting out all the lights in Goldeneye 64 this level of destruction has been a gaming pipedream, but no more when Rainbow Six Siege arrives next year.

 

 

Best Strategy - Civilization: Beyond Earth

Competition wasn’t exactly tight in this category, with a sad lack of big name strategy titles getting an appearance at this year’s E3. Of the few that turned up Civilization: Beyond Earth was undoubtedly the pick of the bunch. Bringing back fond memories of Alpha Centauri, Civilization: Beyond Earth is far more hostile than anything we’ve experience in Civilization before, tasking you with survival on a harsh alien planet while the variations on units looks fantastic.

 

 

Best Sports - FIFA 15

We’ve waited for a new graphics engine for the FIFA series for what has felt like years. After FIFA 14 made the leap on the next-gen console we were left out in the dark on PC, but at last we’re seeing the beautiful game in a beautiful new engine. The move to fully-realised crowds and far more detailed player models truly bring this one to life, while the new emotional response gameplay looks like it could really dynamically affect play for the 2015 iteration of this franchise.

 

Best Multiplayer/Co-op - Assassin’s Creed Unity

Those who shun the single player experience will have found plenty to suit them at this year’s E3. Not only did we see some exciting new multiplayer titles on stage - including Evolve and Rainbow Six: Siege - but undoubtedly the most talked about co-op and multiplayer experience of the conference was Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s 4 player co-op. Demonstrated in detail in a brilliantly descriptive Ubisoft trailer, the co-op looks like it could add a whole extra dimension to this title. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectations!

 

Best Indie - Ori And The Blind Forest

Whilst the talk of E3 tended to stay largely on the AAA reveals and big console exclusives, we saw both Sony and Microsoft attempting to deliver on their promises to offer a range of indie titles on PSN and XBLA. There were plenty that caught our eye - including Limbo devs second title Inside, Abzu (from the developers of Journey) and PS4 exclusive Entwined. In the end, however, the decision was simple. When an indie dev delivers a stunning trailer and promptly talks about creating a gameplay-driven experience, we sat up and listened. Ori and the Blind Forest hits PC and Xbox One this Autumn, and boy are we keeping our eye on it.

Best Racing - The Crew

We know this has got a huge following at GD and we love the look of it too, offering up huge coast to coast races, a massive single-player campaign and a massively in-depth multiplayer system. It’s not often we get a racing game with a massive and persistent open-world but having seen the information blow-out at E3 2014 we can’t wait to get behind the wheel and speed our way across the good old US of A.

 

 

Best Sequel - Far Cry 4

It felt like it was the year of the sequel at E3, but there was in particular that felt like it had come on in leaps and bounds from its predecessor. Far Cry 3’s idyllic island paradise was fun to rampage in sure, but Far Cry 4’s breathtaking Himalayan mountain looks truly insane. Vertiginous cliff faces, wingsuit mayhem, exploding elephants and breakneck chases along precipitous ledges means Far Cry 4 is going to be tough to be when it launches later this year.

 

 

Best New IP - Evolve

Asymmetric multiplayer is a hot industry buzzword at the moment, but nowhere is the concept demonstrated better than in Evolve. Pitting a team of four hunters against a single player-controlled monster, Evolve takes the teamwork required in Left 4 Dead to the next level. Class specific abilities mean every player needs to pull their weight, while the organic wildlife adds yet another layer of threat to both hunter and hunted. Plus, who doesn’t want to rampage around a jungle as the Goliath, snaffling up unwitting hunters.

 

Best Sony Exclusive - Bloodborne

Undoubtedly the highlight of Sony’s jam-packed E3 press conference, Bloodborne is Dark Souls reimagined. Featuring fast-paced combat, gruesome enemies, and a fully-fledged open-world, this is a tantalising prospect from From Software. Looking darker than any game from the studio that comes before it, Bloodborne is a gothic adventure that is sure to make Sony’s next-gen console stand out from the crowd when it arrives next year.

 

 

Best Xbox Exclusive - Sunset Overdrive

When Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games jumped ship and announced an exclusive for Xbox One, we knew it was going to be batshit crazy. Nothing prepared us for Sunset Overdrive though, a colour-drenched bombastic open-world shooter that’s as much Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater as it is Resistance: Fall of Man. The eye-catching visual style and fast-paced gameplay means Microsoft has a sure-fire hit on its hands come this holiday season.

 

Best Nintendo Exclusive - Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

 

The Legend Of Zelda Wii U version might have been a contender for this award, but the limited amount of air time and the tiny clip we saw suggested to us that that particular title probably won't be hitting our shelves much before 2016. Fortunately, Nintendo had another gorgeous looking bit of fun up their sleeved in the form of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The Toad levels in Super Mario 3D World were one of the highlights of the game, so hearing that Nintendo were releasing a game dedicated to this pure joy was music to our ears.

 

Best PC Game - GTA 5

It’s been a long time coming, but GTA has finally been confirmed for PC and next-gen, and from what we’re seeing, the visual upgrade looks stunning. Without the significant hardware limitations of last-gen tech, Los Santos looks like it will be more engaging than ever, and it’s this above all else that made GTA 5 out most hyped PC title of E3. Credit has to go to Rockstar for this one; it takes an impressive kind of developer to steal the show at E3 without even showing up in person.

 

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16:59 Jun-14-2014

assassins creed unity!!

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08:23 Jun-14-2014

On the other hand, FC4 feels really great and looks like it follows the franchise! Best keep it like that, Ubi!

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02:17 Jun-15-2014

the mad man trend you mean? stop, shoot. stop, shoot. stop, shoot. does those two words sound the same?

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08:40 Jun-18-2014

Yeah, that too, but the gameplay feels the same, with some improvements.

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08:17 Jun-14-2014

The Crew doesn't bring anything new or intersting. I don't look after it anymore...

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03:57 Jun-14-2014

It was a mistake to make GTAV the best PC game, but to be honest i've been waiting and anxiously hoping for something :D.Now i hope its well optz*cough gta4,w.d

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17:03 Jun-13-2014

So that's it,NO SURPRISES at all,all those games which were able to create hypes got the awards.I mean there is literally no competition in their respective categories,yes we all know latest BATMAN is an action game,etc.

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17:05 Jun-13-2014

yes we all know The Crew is the only game in the racing genre,so personally I'm not thrilled seeing these awards cos there was no other competitor in all these categories,I mean at all.

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17:54 Jun-13-2014

Only game in racing genre? What about Forza Horizon 2, Driveclub, Project Cars?

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08:27 Jun-14-2014

Exactly! Only cus' there's the Ubisoft logo, doesn't mean it could at least raise to the GRID Autosport level! +1

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00:13 Jun-13-2014

I still masterbate dreaming about Half Life 3

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23:21 Jun-12-2014

congrats game debaters these titles are simply the best i've got to say that valiant' heart has a touching trailer

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22:07 Jun-12-2014

Go Witcher 3 :)

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19:19 Jun-12-2014

Why did GTA V win best pc game? we still don't even know about its optimization and we all know that rockstar is known for developing poor console to pc ports . In my opinion, witcher 3 should have won this award instead, at least we all know that is going to be optimized, right?

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13:28 Jun-13-2014

if i am not mistaken, this is more about its gameplay, plot, or the storyline than the graphics and optimization based on the console experience. so it get the award based on its awesome experience player get from the last gen console and now since it get ported to pc so naturally that would have earned them the award. Just my opinion

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08:25 Jun-14-2014

Doesn't matter how well optimized is Witcher compared to GTA, as long as the hype for RG's game to appear on PC is infinite times bigger than the one for Witcher, I agree with it winning this prize...

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19:14 Jun-12-2014

The ones I think that won't disappoint are Witcher 3, Batman Arkham knight, and maybe GTA V depending on optimization.
That said Rainbow 6 Siege , The Crew, Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed 4 are also looking good, but after Watch Dogs it has made us all skeptical about the image quality of their final products.

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08:26 Jun-14-2014

Far Cry 4 doesn't look next-gen, I hope they won't downgrade its graphics!

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18:41 Jun-12-2014

Best Nintendo game, seriously? No Zelda? Not even Hyrule Warriors.

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10:06 Jun-13-2014

The thing with Zelda is its showing was practically non-existent, there's no game there to judge the worth. It's so early in development I don't think Nintendo is even quite sure what it'll be yet, and I wouldn't expect it until 2016. Hyrule Warriors is essentially Dynasty Warrriors reskinned, and we're sure it'll be great but it's not bringing much new to the table. Treasure Tracker is based off a neat element in SM3DW that helps it stand out from the crowd and we got some decent gameplay footage.


I think Zelda Wii U will obviously end up the best game eventually, but for now it's just a minute of link on a horse in a field that didn't give much away. Next year will be it's moment to scoop the award no doubt ;)

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18:34 Jun-12-2014

Really looking forward to Batman AK, Far cry and AC this year :)

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18:23 Jun-12-2014

Can't stop laughing after seeing "Best PC Game" gone to GTA 5 :D

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18:18 Jun-12-2014

I think my personal best of all will be Witcher 3 even over gta 5.

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20:55 Jun-13-2014

I'm with you bro!

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18:17 Jun-12-2014

NHL 15 should have been the best sports game. Looks like a massive improvement over 14 and it's finally on nextgen whereas fifa 15 looks like a rehash IMO.

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18:42 Jun-12-2014

True, nice to finally see another NHL player in GD :)

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23:01 Jun-12-2014

Chel players are the hardest to find on the internet. Glad there are som GD All-Stars #TheHeaterBaby #50in'07

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17:56 Jun-12-2014

Where is no mans sky that game looks incredible

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09:38 Jun-13-2014

We gave "most innovative" to No Man's Sky, it's part of this article www.game-debate.com/news/?news=13163&game=Far Cry 4&title=E3 2014 - Show Stoppers And Best E3 Moments 2014

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