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.
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!