E3 2015 - Show Stoppers And Best E3 Moments 2015

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 5:35 PM

After the Best Games of E3 2015 earlier, our attention turns to the show stoppers and the best moments from E3 this week. This selection of awards from here at Game Debate recognises the entertainment value of E3, the hype and the excitement surrounding the biggest event in the gaming calendar. 

Not only do these awards take a look at the best of the record-breaking eight press conferences taking place this year, but we also celebrate the graphical titan that has our PCs shivering at the knees. At the game reveal which surprised us the most. The gaming innovations, the best hardware, and which can confidently stroll out as best publisher this year. Last but not least, the results of the vote are in, as we reveal the Game Debate community's Best Trailer of E3 2015. Congratulations to all of the winners, and read on to find out who and what scooped up the awards.

Best Conference - Sony

There’s no denying Bethesda had the biggest and best game with Fallout 4, but we don’t think it can take the crown for best conference. That mantle has to go to Sony, who narrowly pipped Microsoft with the sheer shock of some of its reveals. The triumvirate of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shenmue 3 and The Last Guardian was a real shock and awe approach, ably backed up by a great smattering of third-party titles. Bethesda squeezed in at third, following by Ubisoft and the PC Gaming Show, but it was the Nintendo and EA conferences that proved the most disappointing, despite a few quality titles on display.

 

Best Graphics - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

One of the best things about E3 is that each and every year, without fail, it gets a little easier on the eyes. E3 2015 was no exception, delivering up some truly sumptuous visuals, but none more so than Square Enix and Eidos Montreal’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. We had an inkling from the early screenshots that we would be dealing with quite a looker, but Eidos Montreal’s cyberpunk role-playing action game blew us away.

The lighting looks absolutely out of this world, as does the environmental detail, with Eidos Montreal packing every scene with incidental detail and clutter, bringing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to life like no other.

Best Hardware - HoloLens

E3 was fairly light on hardware this year, but what it wasn’t light on was virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. Every week it feels like someone else is announcing a VR headset, but no one is really doing head-mounted displays like Microsoft with the HoloLens. The brief demonstration of Minecraft we saw during the Xbox conference no doubt set game developer’s minds ablaze with the possibilities. Rather than strapping a headset on and shutting yourself out from the world, Microsoft’s HoloLens brings the virtual world into yours, and for that it should be applauded.

 

Best Innovation - Dreams

So innovative we still don’t know what the heck it even is, Media Molecule’s Dreams is one of the craziest games we’ve ever seen make it into an E3 press conference. In Dreams players are able to create absolutely anything they want, painting and animating the world with their controller, crafting bizarre dreamscapes to share with others through a vast dream-verse. The eery trailer we saw would perhaps more accurately be called Nightmares rather than Dreams, but there’s no denying that we’re fascinated to see how this experimental project from MM turns out.

 

Best Publisher - Bethesda

This one was a tricky one. Plenty of publishers had some fantastic showings this year at E3, but it was Bethesda that edged out Square Enix and impressed the most. Just a few years ago Bethesda was ‘the Elder Scrolls company’. Now it’s that and so much more. The acquisition of Id has meant a game like DOOM joining its roster, while showings for Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, BattleCry and Fallout Shelter showed immense diversity in its catalogue. Most of all this is a recognition that Bethesda stepped up to the big time, taking on and beating the big boys with a show-owning press conference to kick things off. Off the strength of E3 2015, the future’s bright for Bethesda.

 

Best Reveal - Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

By now it’s become almost standard practice that Ubisoft delivers a show-stopping reveal at the end of its press conference, and it’s done once again and then some with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. The Ghost Recon series has been dormant since Future Soldier, but Wildlands brings it back with a bang. Ghost Recon is once more a third-person shooter, this time letting players take control of a four-man squad, heading into a vast open-world with stacks of secret operations to perform. Provided Ubisoft can avoid the side-content and collectible drudgery of Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands should be an absolute belter.

Best Trailer - Fallout 4

Hitman nearly had it, but the result of our community vote for best trailer at E3 2015 went straight to Fallout 4. Bethesda basically announced the game of the show before E3 had even kicked off properly, and its lengthy gameplay demonstration of Fallout 4 left us reeling with the sheer possibilities of it all. As if Fallout wasn't deep enough, Bethesda is adding an absolutely incredibly and practical crafting system, as well as a Minecraft-esque town-building mode for the creative minded. The incredible thing was, for all that Bethesda showed us here, this didn't even begin to touch on the deep stories and involving quests which are going to populate Fallout 4's world and getting us playing for hours and hours. Minds collectively blown.

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05:31 Jun-19-2015

i may try Deus Ex: Mankind Divided :)

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21:40 Jun-18-2015

hey guys would a GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition be enough for me to run all these games on high?

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22:13 Jun-18-2015

On high settings yes but you will have low fps and you won't be able to play on 4k. Real question is for how many years you want to live with the same graphics card :D

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22:21 Jun-18-2015

Probably not all. You have a chance for Fallout 4 with 60 FPS since a lot of people have been complaining about the graphics sigh.

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23:55 Jun-18-2015

Not since the last trailer bro ;)

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23:49 Jun-18-2015

I think you can, just get a framelimiter, and you should be able to play them on locked 30fps on high or atleast medium-high.

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07:09 Jun-19-2015

Depends. And i think you don't want to buy higher resolution i mean to 1920x1080. If you have gtx 960 with your resolution i think it's completely fine to go for gtx 960 and if you don't care much about fps and 4k res.

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07:10 Jun-19-2015

When i was buying this pc i waited at least 2-3 moths to see if gtx 760 will be enough for me to max the games in 2014 but i was wrong but whatever. Now i'm waiting for the new nvidia vid cards. If you don't care for fps then 960 is fine.

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07:13 Jun-19-2015

And the other way is to wait for the new games in E3 to release and see benchmarks or just buy it now if you have the money. Also 9** series supports dx 12. Sorry for the long write :D

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21:31 Jun-18-2015

Best hardware should have gone to AMD with the FURY X

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21:20 Jun-18-2015

Microsoft- Halo 5, Forza 6, Gears of War 4, Tomb Raider, Holo-lens, backwards compatibility, mods
Sony- a remake and two new exclusives
I don't own a console so I'm not some fanboy but I figure the writer of this article must be a big fan of some of the content Sony revealed because I don't understand why they had the best conference
Bethsda and EA were better than both IMO

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19:27 Jun-18-2015

Can't argue with that. Especially the conference. Sony just blew everyone away from the first second with the Last Guardian to FF7 to Shenmue 3 to Horizon.

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18:46 Jun-18-2015

Best Conference - Sony? I am not Sony hater(I own P2 and P3) but Sony didn't show anything that would be something realy big. And for FF7 remake. It's just a remake nothing new. (Sorry for bad English).

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19:10 Jun-18-2015

The Last Guardian, FF7 Remake, Shenmue 3? Some pretty big games there. And the fact that they have exclusive DLC rights to CoD now emphasises that.

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19:52 Jun-18-2015

Mircrosoft had the best conference. Free Fallout 3 modding for Fallout 4, backwards compatibility, rare replay, forza 6, fable legend minecraft holo table thing (do not know its real name), Tomb Raider, Gears of War, new elite controller.??

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18:06 Jun-18-2015

I've been blind to everything else other than Fallout 4. I'll have to watch some of the other E3 trailers and conferences but to me at least Fallout 4 will almost certainly be the best game of E3. Bethesda's Fallout presentation was great but the trailer was done to perfection it captured the mood of post apocalypse America and had enough teasers of what we can expect at release

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17:45 Jun-18-2015

I still remember when I saw the FF7 teaser I went through 4 stages



  1. What is this?

  2. Heard the song so another FF7 movie?

  3. WTF is this, it can't be

  4. Holy crap its happening

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18:02 Jun-18-2015

^^This.

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20:26 Jun-18-2015

Good, Good!! we got to see Aeris die again, only this time in 1080p 60fps

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22:54 Jun-18-2015

I doubt it for consoles, but who knows

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10:00 Jun-19-2015

Nah we gotta see how Tifa looks in remake 8)

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