It’s time for Gameondaily’s 1st annual Best of E3 Awards.
Microsoft’s was wall to wall games but with little personality, whereas Sony spent too much time breaking up their conference of great titles by talking about TV and PSNow. Nintendo shone with an impressive batch of 1st party titles including the very tasty looking Zelda title for Wii U. EA on the other hand had a fairly poor showing with too many concept vids, it may have faired better if Battlefield Hardline hadn’t leaked days before the show. Ubisoft had another strong showing as they have done over the past few years. With Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, The Division, The Crew and the surprising emergence of Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft proved they are a growing powerhouse of a publisher and developer. It also benefited from having a funny host and a very laid back, casually presented conference.
Winner – Ubisoft
Phil Spencer did alright but thanks to the “games games games” there wasn’t time for hosting. Andrew House always comes across as a corporate figure trying really hard to mingle in with the ‘cool kids’ and I don’t even remember the EA host. Aisha Tyler hands down. It’s so refreshing to have someone hosting who is funny, emotional, actually interested in games and doesn’t hold back from swearing.
Winner – Aisha Tyler
Thanks to this show being leakier than the Titanic there were very little surprises. We could have given it to Rainbow Six Seige but to be fair we were expecting Rainbow Six in one form or another. For us it has to be the remastering of Grim Fandango. With Lucasarts being purchased by Disney we thought these classics would never see the light of day again but thankfully that’s not the case. I was literally preparing an article on game series that need to return (coming soon) and Grim Fandango was on that list. You see kids – dreams can come true. [Ed- kids probably dont even know what Grim Fandango is ]
Winner – Grim Fandango Remastered
If we were to go by trailer visuals then undoubtedly Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would win hands down. We’ve been assured that the trailer was all in game visuals and not pre-rendered but unfortunately we can’t just give it to a trailer. So who should win? Well for us it does fall down to two contenders, Batman Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Batman Arkham Knight finally seems like it’ll be able to depict Gotham the way Rocksteady have been intending and the character models look sublime. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the other hand stuns with its jump into the open world and if the rest of the game looks half as good as the demo then we’re in for a real treat. MGS V scrapes this one and takes home the award.
Winner – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Best Fan Service
Little Big Planet 3 allowing levels created from the first two games to be playable through number 3 is pretty cool but nothing comes close to Microsoft and its awesome announcement of The Master Chief Collection. Even though we had all known about it a month before hand, we didn’t know was the scale of what would be included, Halo 1-4, Halo 2 fully re-mastered and 100 multi-player maps. It’s one hell of a package for Halo fans and is sure to be a huge seller on the Xbox One.
Winner – The Master Chief Collection
When Conker strolled across the screen during the end of the Project Spark video our eyes lit up with excitement and the N64 child in me sprang to life but it was all a big slap in the face as it was revealed Conker would be available in Project Spark. My heart, along with many other fans of Rare’s sank as hopes for a sequel to Conker’s Bad Fur Day died for another year at least.
Winner – Conker’s Porject Spark Cameo
Best First Person Shooter Title
There were several titles that could have had their mitts on this award. Borderlands The Pre-Sequel showed it was as bonkers as ever. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare looks impressive and then there is Evolve which looks awesome. Though if we’re honest, there was only ever going to be one winner of this award. Destiny has continued to impress ever since it was shown off last year and is one of the highly anticipated titles of 2014. The thing is, Destiny is more than just a standard FPS, it melds in RPG and MMO elements and throws you into a vast sandbox with a whole universe to explore. Destiny may just be 2014’s Game of the Year.
Winner – Destiny
There are three major titles that could win this award and it really is quite close. Driveclub has come a long way since its announcement at last year’s show and quite rightly thanks to its delay. Forza Horizon 2 looks stunning and we’re glad to see that the Forza series is finally getting a dynamic weather system and a day/night cycle. We’re confident that Horizon 2 will be an absolute gem for the Xbox One. The Crew however, wins it for us. It is a hugely ambitious title from Ubisoft; allowing you to have the entire United States as your playground (albeit a slightly modified version of it). With its two hour treks across country and seamless multi-player and no load times, The Crew is shaping up to be a racing game fan’s dream.
Winner – The Crew
Best RPG Title
Dragon Age Inquisition and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt really are the only two that can lay claim to this award. Dragon Age Inquisition does look like it will improve over its predecessors but it does not have a patch on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is bringing to the table. With it’s truly open world environment and exceptional visuals, CD Projekt RED’s brillant RPG series looks set to be an early contender for Game of the Year in 2015. It’s just a bloody shame that we have to wait until February thanks to the delay.
Winner – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Action Title
There are several titles that could have taken this award home as there were a slew of games that impressed in this category; Lords of the Fallen with its heavily action orientated RPG, Assassin’s Creed Unity with its four player co-op or the intriguing looking Bloodborne. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain did look painstakingly good but for us Batman Arkham Knight swooped down and stealthily sneaked this award away. It is great to see the guys from Rocksteady back at the helm and boy have they kept themselves busy creating the definitive Batman title. With all the new gameplay features and it being ‘eye-wateringly gorgeous’, Batman Arkham Knight will be one of the biggest games of 2015.
Winner – Batman Arkham Knight
Best Multiplayer Title
With Battlefield Hardline feeling a little underwhelming, there was really only ever going to be one winner. Rainbow Six Siege returned with a bang. Rainbow Six: Siege takes over from cancelled game, Patriots and from judging from the gameplay footage, we’re more than happy with the move. Siege takes the gameplay back to the roots of the classic Rainbow Six Games whilst adding fully destructible enviroments allowing to you to take the enemy by any means possible. The graphics look remarkable and from what we have seen, it looks like there will be a great deal of freedom of choice on how to approach hostage situations. Hopefully the single player will be revealed at Gamescom.
Winner – Rainbow Six Siege
Honourable mention: Splatoon
Game of the Show
Where do we begin? Batman Arkham Knight was absolutely stunning, Rainbow Six Siege both surprised and pleased, Assassin’s Creed Unity looks like the evolution creed fans have been craving for and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt suitably impressed. However, one game left such a lasting impression and its scope and scale really leaves us astounded. That game is No Man’s Sky. A game which, if someone had explained the concept to us before we set our eyes on it, and were told that it was made by a mere handful of indie developers, we would never have believed it would exist, at least in the form that it does right now. From procedurally generated worlds, seamless transitions from sea to land to space and the sheer majesty of the game, we are left in awe at what Hello Games have managed to create and this is game proves sheer importance and value of indie developers in gaming today. Absolutely incredible. Let’s just hope that No Man’s Sky can live up to its expectations.
What’s the one thing you want to see next year?
Rare rising from the ashes in their old form, they have such a wealth of great titles from the N64 era. A Conker’s Bad Fur Day sequel, Jet Force Gemini remake, Banjo Kazooie 3 and of course Perfect Dark 2; there is just so much potential here. Imagine a Perfect Dark that played like the original but had the visuals of Killzone Shadowfall. Now that Kinect 2.0 is no longer a major focus hopefully Rare will be allowed to return to being the amazing developer they once were. E3 2015 could be Rare’s revival.
Do you agree with our choices? Who do you think should take the prizes? Let us know.