Best of E3 2016 – Day One: Trailer, Surprise, New IP, Graphics

Over the next five days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of E3 2016 Awards leading up to our Game of Show. Today we present you with the Best Trailer, Surprise, New IP and Shooter.

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Forza Horizon 3

What a wicked game you play to make us feel this way. What a wicked thing to do, to let us dream of you. What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way. What a wicked thing to do, to make us dream of you. And we wanna fall in love (this game is never gonna break our heart). No, we wanna fall in love…with Forza Horizon 3.

Runner-Ups
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Death Stranding Prey Dead Rising 4 South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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Insomniac’s Spider-Man

The Spider-Man license has been the talk of many conversations at both Sony and Marvel. Sony obtained the film rights over fifteen years ago and Marvel has been trying to get it back so the iconic web slinger could be a part of the MCU. Disney has been very protective of their properties over the last couple of years, but considering the undisclosed deal the studios have struck with the Japanese giant corporation, one would expect a video game license would be a part of it. There were rumors that Sucker Punch Productions was working on a Spider-Man game, given their strong track record with fast-paced superhero games, but it actually has gone to Insomniac Games, best known for their work on Sunset Overdrive and Ratchet & Clank. The game was revealed at Sony’s E3 2016 press conference, and despite it being a CG trailer with little information, it came with incredible excitement. Spider-Man couldn’t be in better hands.

Runner-Ups
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Prey Resident Evil 7 Death Stranding Quake Champions

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Agents of Mayhem

Volition has done nothing but Saints Row since the Xbox 360 launched, so it was quite the surprise when it was announced that there next game would not be Saints Row 5. Instead, we have Agents of Mayhem, and it’s awesome. This third-person shooter may take place in the Saints Row universe, but stands out on its own. It has its own unique cast of kooky characters, its own arsenal of crazy weapons and its own crazy antagonist. Agents of Mayhem is able to blend insanity, kookiness and fun into one comedic package.

Runner-Ups
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Days Gone Aragami Farpoint Brut@l

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Battlefield 1

Was there ever any doubt? Dice has been impressing us with the Frostbite 3 engine for years now and they did exactly that once again. Battlefield 1 is a downright stunner, cramming in so much detail into its large, 64-player maps. It’s the little touches that make Battlefield 1 such a good looking game. Buildings crumble and fall apart realistically, terrain is decimated with craters replacing lush grass and weather changing dynamically. Whether you’re playing in bright sunlight or in the fog, Battlefield 1’s graphics will never cease amazing you.

Runner-Ups
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God of War Detroit: Become Human Horizon: Zero Dawn Forza Horizon 3

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