After the Best Games of E3 2018 earlier today, it's now the turn of highlighting the biggest moments of E3. The show stoppers. The things that made us go wow. This selection of awards recognises our need to be entertained. To throw out a press release is not enough. We want our socks blown off by the best of E3, the biggest event in the gaming calendar.
Not only do these awards take a look at the best of the eight (8!) press conferences taking place this year, but we've also picked out the visual behemoth that promises to have us hurrying to upgrade our graphics cards and scrabbling over system requirements, as well as the game reveal which really took us by surprise. The gaming innovations, and which of the gaming dons can hold its head high as the best publisher this year.
Lastly, the results of the vote are in, as we reveal the Game Debate community's Best Conference of E3 2018. Congratulations to all of the winners, and read on to find out which publishers and games scooped up the remaining awards.
Best Conference - Microsoft Xbox
I'm going to repeat much of what I said during the vote for this award, but it goes without saying that Microsoft delivered an E3 conference that felt as if it had more announcements and trailers than the rest of the conferences put together. It was just bang, bang, bang, an absolute salvo of reveals, exclusives, new trailers, and the nuclear bomb at the end that was the Cyberpunk 2077 reveal. One for the ages, and possibly the greatest conference Microsoft has ever hosted at E3.
Best Graphics - Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 looks like the sort of game designed to make your graphics card sit in a corner and cower at its own wimpiness. We've seen linear games look jaw-dropping, but Cyberpunk 2077 brings this quality of visuals to a game that features a huge open-world with no loading screens, hundreds of buildings to enter, and thousands of rooms. It's a big budget RPG on a scale the likes of which we've never seen before, impressive both in its quality and its quantity.
Best Innovation - Just Cause 4
To be honest, E3 isn't the best place to go looking for innovation in gaming. All the big publishers are usually preoccupied with safe bets and sequels, just as we see with Hollywood blockbusters. Just Cause 4 is about as safe a bet as you can get, but what we're really interested in is the technology behind. The Apex Engine. Specifically, the insane draw distances, the unparalleled destruction, and physics-based aerodynamics models that buffets the player and objects around based on actual dynamic weather effects like wind. Swoon.
Best Publisher - Ubisoft
Ubisoft may not have had the strongest conference, but there are few publishers out there that can match the strength, depth, and breadth of Ubisoft's output. They've got something for just everyone coming up over the next 12 to 18 months, covering the racing fix with The Crew 2, delivering a sequel to Assassin's Creed Origins, going all-in on ship combat with Skull & Bones, providing yet more content for Siege and For Honor, and teeing up a grand space epic with Beyond Good & Evil 2. It took us a good few days to forgive the lack of Splinter Cell, but we've every faith it's coming some day.
Best Reveal - Devil May Cry 5
E3 2018 was a little light on surprises, no thanks to Walmart Canada, but Capcom delivered the goods with Devil May Cry 5. There have been rumours for absolutely yonks now, but it was good to see DMC5 finally out in the open. Hideaki Itsuno came onstage during the Xbox conference to make the announcement, dropping a stylish ass trailer packed with cinematic set-pieces and actual gameplay for us to wrap our eyes around. Devil May Cry 5 looks fantastically slick, now the waiting game until Spring 2019 begins.
Best Trailer - Beyond Good & Evil 2
We've got no idea what the heck the game is, and it doesn't sound as if it's anywhere near finished, but boy does Ubisoft know how to craft a fine cinematic trailer. It was basically an epic space opera crammed into four minutes, packed full of grandiose interstellar sights, gigantic spaceships, and a foul-mouthed pig. And that ending with Jade.... you've got us hooked already, Ubisoft.
Congratulations to all the winners, and we look forward to playing all these fantastic looking games over the next year or two!