E3 2016 - Best Games Of E3 2016

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 9:30 AM
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With E3 sadly coming to a close soon, it's time for a run down of the Game Debate E3 2016 awards. Choosing from the hundreds upon hundreds of games on offer is no easy task, and this year's showing at E3 was absolutely jam packed with new game reveals, announcements, and some mind-blowing gameplay trailers.

This first set of awards is dedicated to the best games in their field at E3 this year, the ones that stood out from the crowd and represented the best their genre had to offer during the week-long showcase in Los Angeles. From first-person shooters to RPGs, we've got the best of the best. 

E3 2016 - Show Stoppers And Best E3 Moments 2016

E3 2016 - Best In Show Award

Best Action - Dishonored 2


The original Dishonored was always trying to straddle an awkward line between stealth and action, but we saw during a pair of extensive gameplay trailers that Arkane Studios has nailed the balance in Dishonored 2. Whether slaying everyone or making your way through a level without a whisper, there are plenty of varied and unusual options available to you which could well make Dishonored 2 the best action game of 2016.

 

 

 

 

Best Shooter - Battlefield 1


Could it have been anything else? Only EA's other shooter (Titanfall 2) even comes close. Such was the confidence throughout DICE and EA that they thought getting Snoop stoned and playing it on a live stream would be a great way of showing it off. Jamie Foxx looked like he didn't know what a game was. What followed was a solid hour of stunningly gorgeous gameplay that proved what we all knew already - that Battlefield 1 is the shooter to beat this year.

 

 

 

 

Best Racing - Forza Horizon 3


I think we can probably all agree, there's only so many times you can race around a track recreated within a millimeter degree of accuracy before it gets a little bit dull. Forza Horizon 3 shrugs off those restrictions though, letting players explore a massive open-world Australia. Players race all manner of sports cars and off-road vehicles across a map twice the size of that seen in Forza Horizon 2. And the best bit? It's also coming to PC, day and date with the console version.

 

 

 

Best RPG - Tyranny


There aren't many bigger or more reliable names in the world of RPG's than Obsidian right now. Everyone they touch turns to gold, and Tyranny looks no different. Set in a brand new fantasy universe where good and evil clashed in a titanic battle, evil has come out triumphant. Where Tyranny differs from Obsidian's previous Pillars of Eternity though is it has gone full Overlord, allowing the player to be an evil denizen and dominate with a brutal empire.

 

 

 

 

Best Sequel - Dishonored 2


For all that was great about Dishonored, it still had a laundry list of problems. What we've seen so far of Dishonored 2, which was a lot at E3, shows Arkane has tackled these issues head-on, delivering a game which promises to better in every conceivable way. Dishonored 2 will allow you to play as two different characters for the first time, each with unique skills, weaponry, and abilities. 

 

 

 

 

Best Sports - Steep


The votes for best trailer at E3 paints quite a story for Steep. Ubisoft usually cleans up with its big end-of-conference game reveal, but Steep wasn't your typical conference closer. There's no guns in it for starters. Instead, what Ubisoft is bravely attempting here is an entirely new stab at sports games. Based on several extreme sports and set in on huge snow-capped open-world mountaintop, players can compete against one another and set challenges. The usual Ubi open-world staples are all present and correct in Steep as well, with stacks of collectibles and hidden goodies for the most extreme sports lovers. The challenge now is for Ubisoft to drum up interest from an audience primed for all-guns-blazing action.

 

 

 

Best Strategy - Dawn of War III


Dawn of War 3's first gameplay shown at E3 certainly split its audience down the middle. Those after a grittier take on Warhammer 40K may have found themselves disappointed with colorful visuals and cel-shaded battlescapes, but the for the rest of us - LOOK AT THAT MASSIVE DAMN BATTLE. I mean really, what more could you ask for? It's the opposite tack taken to DoW2, which focused on small squads of soldiers, instead bringing it back to pitched battles between towering sci-fi units.

 

 

 

Best Sci-Fi - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Originally stealing the show last year, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was back with a huge in-depth look at its pseudo open-world and RPG systems. It's Deus Ex alright, and Adam Jensen's next cybernetic jaunt looks like it could be the ultimate sci-fi game to kick off the onslaught of great games later this year. 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Indie - Abzu


I still have to idea what the heck is going on in Abzu, but I know I like what I see. From the art director of Journey, Abzu is an aquatic exploration game in which you play as The Diver. It all looks a bit Ecco the Dolphin, and it's up The Diver to learn about the environment and the creatures around you in order to use them to your advantage. A moment please for those gorgeous visuals as well; Abzu truly is one to look forward to later this year.

 

 

 

 

Best New IP - Vampyr


Having hit the big time with Life is Strange, DONTNOD is back with something a little different in Vampyr. In it you play as doctor turned vampire Jonathan Reid, working in the Gothic streets of 1918 London. In true DONTNOD form, the good doctor will have the moral quandary of balancing his thirst for blood with the saving of lives. Vampyr's game system system go a little deeper than Life is Strange however, with leveling up mechanics and action sequences to overcome.

 

 

 

 

Best Multiplayer - Battlefield 1


Fully destructible environments, wholly unique classes, weapons limited by World War One technology. Battlefield 1 ticks every box you'd want for a classic Battlefield titles, with teams of up to 32 players squaring off against one another in explosive brawls. War has never looked better, and in Battlefield 1 has undeniably set itself apart from the pack and created the most visually unique shooter in years. 

 

 

 

 

Best PC Game - Dawn of War III


The PC Gaming Show was a bit of a disappointment, truth be told, but the best bit was without a doubt at beginning, where we got our eager eyes of the first Dawn of War 3 footage. Relic is a strategy developer at the top of its game, and it shows. At one point hundreds of units were on screen as lasers flared across the battlefield and dreadnoughts stomped in. Dawn of War III proved E3's ultimate PC exclusive spectacle. 

And finally a big congratulations to all of our winners, who've served up some fine gaming treats that will hopefully be with us in the next year or two!

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19:47 Jun-16-2016

Also,Battlefield 1 is a huge disappointment for me.Feels even faster paced than bf4&bf3,those were sometimes actually very tactic games.I was hoping for a slower paced game and some more realistic elements(slower tanks,less powerful guns&not that many automatics).I'll stick to bf4 for now.

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10:28 Jun-17-2016

you know this is sort of what I was feeling but I just can't be certain. I watched the trailer and gameplay videos on Youtube and I'm not sure how much of an effect their compression/decompression works and whether their 1080p60 is an accurate representation of how the game runs - or does that setting force the game to

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10:29 Jun-17-2016

look likes its running at 60 fps when its actually not.
Does someone have any knowledge about this .... ?

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19:40 Jun-16-2016

No one loving For Honor here? :( even though is ubisoft and we all know how they can **** up,the game looks great to me,and i already think about buying it :p

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19:09 Jun-16-2016

totally digging the new widescreen look for articles. well done

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14:41 Jun-16-2016

Am I the only one who thinks BF1 doesn't have enough bolt-action rifles? We saw wayyyy to much fully automatic weapons for a WW1 in my opinion.
Don't get me wrong,the game looks awesome and I will definitely be looking forward to it,but it's just a suggestion to make a game more WW1-like

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14:48 Jun-16-2016

Two more things.



  1. US is in base-game,while France,Russia or Serbia are not?!?

  2. Black soldiers in WW1? What the hell? It kinda feels like some guy told DICE ''Hey you know about that racial equality thing? Well you gotta put some blacks in your game. It doesn't matter that there were no blacks in WW1.''
    Those are some rather strange decisions by DICE :P

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10:56 Jun-17-2016

Not sure what you're getting at here, there were thousands and thousands of black soldiers in WW1. Just because they're practically erased from the history books doesn't mean they weren't there.

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13:23 Jun-17-2016
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14:21 Jun-17-2016

I didn't mean that there were no blacks at all,but they were in a massive minority. That is why they got overshadowed by whites.If there were so much blacks they wouldn't have been ignored. And what you are showing me with that link is that there were some blacks. But I'm sure 99% of the soldiers were white. And you show me that 1%
I am not a racist by any means,but like it or not WW1 was a white war (at least in Europe). It's just the truth

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14:32 Jun-17-2016

There were 4 million non-white people in WW1, out of 65 million total combatants. How about not whitewashing history.

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14:45 Jun-17-2016

Could you tell me where did you find those numbers?
Still,if that is true,you get to a number of 6.1% of non-whites. So minus the Asians and others it's going to be around 5% of blacks.And most of them were not fighting in Europe,but for example blacks fought in some battles in Africa,Asians in Asia...

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14:56 Jun-17-2016

Alright, I'm out. I'm still no closer to understanding what's wrong with having a black person in BF1, and why it should bother anyone at all.

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15:36 Jun-17-2016

I think he tries to say that far more Serbians fought in WW1 than blacks did yet BF1 has black and it doesn't have Serbians.

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15:46 Jun-17-2016

It is wrong because it feels more like WW2,since there were actually a lot of blacks fighting. If you are making a WW1 game,then you should give your best to make it as much WW1 alike as possible. Atleast that's my way of thinking.
It doesn't have anything to do with Serbs CaptainESS. What you said is true,but I am not a person to say that since I am a Serb,and everything I say about that topic is probably going to be little bit subjective rather than objective.

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15:47 Jun-17-2016

And it is not just Serbia,but France and Russia. You are making a WW1 game and apparently focus on western front,and you leave out France! Wtf? France was one of the MOST important countries in WW1.

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15:48 Jun-17-2016

Well, actually they should have put Serbians, who will Austro-Hungarian Empire face now? Austria vs Hungary? War itself started between Austro-Hungary and Serbia.

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16:19 Jun-17-2016

About black soldiers in WW1, apparently we got the first black pilot. Black soldiers in WW1 is like female Russian soldiers in WW2, the exist but not so common.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmet_Ali_%C3%87elikten

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18:32 Jun-17-2016

And I absolutely agree on that. But EA doesn't seem to care. Austria-Hungary is apparently going to face Italians somewhere at Alps.
The link doesn't work mate :P

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14:51 Jun-16-2016

One of the things I was hoping was that the pace of the game would be slower to accurately reflect the WW1 era and show that they've actually gone back and away from the modern super fast paced action shooters. Doesn't sit well with me. Looks like WW1, feels like 2050 ...

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14:52 Jun-16-2016

Feels like you're going 1000 mph and not really able to take in any of the atmosphere of the game properly. Sometimes I like the pace to be fast but not the whole time. What if I want to play it but in a chilled out kind of way. I dunno. Maybe i'm just being paranoid

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15:20 Jun-16-2016

That is also a good argument.Knowing that first tanks ever were created in WW1,there is no way they could move that fast. And they feel a little bit OP because there are no rocket launchers

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16:02 Jun-16-2016

Max speed of Mark V was 5mph (8kph), in this game it goes as fast as modern MBTs.

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20:53 Jun-16-2016

Exactly. While I agree that it should move faster than that,because it would've been painfully boring to drive a tank,it shouldn't move faster than 20-25 km/h.

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14:38 Jun-16-2016

Has the format of the website changed ? I notice everything is wider and there's less empty space on the sides. It's as if the website has adjusted to my monitor resolution whereas before it was suited to older CRT monitor resolution of 1280 x 720 or Aspect Ratio 4:3. Btw just to be clear, i'm not complaining. Like it

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12:51 Jun-17-2016

Yeah there's been a redesign of the home page and the news page so far :)

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14:35 Jun-16-2016

Is this based on the results of the GD community votes or is this a personal selection Joffy ?

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12:53 Jun-17-2016

The conference and best trailer awards were from GD community, the rest was pretty much Felix.

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16:25 Jun-17-2016

Damn you FELIX !!!
Jk. Keep up the good work y'all.

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12:32 Jun-16-2016

Couldnt agree more.

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12:13 Jun-16-2016

Most Hated Game - Call of Duty : Infinite Warfare

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14:35 Jun-16-2016

It's hated that much because basically it acumulated all the frustration with previous CoDs that were bad. People have had enough of it

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10:09 Jun-16-2016

Best RPG could of been Horizon Zero Dawn in my opinion

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09:46 Jun-16-2016

Best Teaser: Death Stranding


:)))))

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16:24 Jun-16-2016

Wtf happened in that reveal i still dont know. But it seemed really interesting and its Hideo Kojima, he always does crazy s**t.

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23:07 Jun-16-2016

ikr. that's what makes it so intriguing. :))

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