Over the next six days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of E3 2015 Awards leading up to our Game of Show. Today we present you with the Best of PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PS Vita and 3DS games.
Best PlayStation 4 Game: Horizon: Zero Dawn
Many suspected going into E3 that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would mop the floor with its PS4 brethren. While the game looks to deliver solid action, beautiful graphics and clever banter, it wasn’t enough to compete with Guerrilla Games when they brought Horizon: Zero Dawn onto Sony’s stage. Aloy’s battle against the T-Rex-like robot was intense and the graphics were superb. It’s exciting to see Guerrilla Games tackle a new IP and create something that looks so fresh and new. In a year of so many sequels, it’s nice to see a brand new IP, and one with as much quality as Horizon: Zero Dawn.
|Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End||Street Fighter V||No Man’s Sky||The Last Guardian|
Best Xbox One Game: Halo 5: Guardians
Halo 5: Guardians is one of the most interesting and ambitious Halo games to date. Not only has the team at 343 Studios crafted an interesting story, but they’ve also created a brand new multiplayer mode in Warzone. 343 has actually questioned Master Chief’s allegiance in their upcoming title; something unheard of in previous games. Their version of Master Chief is being put under a microscope revealing more of the mystery soldier to fans. Warzone is a massive 12 v 12 sandbox match where you and your team have to decide on what objectives to take. Will you try and kill a boss leaving your base exposed or bait the other team to him and wipe them out? Strategy is actually becoming a part of a game where it previously just killing the other team. The additions of a well-crafted story and expanded sandbox multiplayer mode is why Halo 5: Guardians is our Xbox One game of E3.
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||Gears of War 4||Cuphead||Forza Motorsport 6|
Best PC Game: XCOM 2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown revived the long-dormant franchise in 2012 and brought with it tons of critical acclaim. While an FPS offshoot hurt things a bit, the XCOM name once again stood for top-shelf strategy gaming. This year, a follow-up to Enemy Unknown was showcased with a dystopian world set up perfectly. Soldiers roamed the streets and all manner of bizarre creatures were showcased. Gameplay was shown off and you can still lead your team, but you’d now take more of an active role in the world. Since your team is wanted, you’ll now be on propaganda posters. Reinforcements can be called in during battles, requiring you to work as efficiently as possible. Taking control of turrets can give you a quick edge, but being in such a highly-visible area makes you an easier target. Unlike Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 will be a PC-only release. It lacks a proper release date, but has been narrowed down to a November release window.
|Master of Orion||Total War: Warhammer||Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward||ANNO 2205|
Best Wii U Game: Super Mario Maker
So it looks like Nintendo wants us to make Mario now. Well so be it, but they’ll have to pay us to do so. Wait, it has amiibo support? Erm, well maybe we could pay $10 for it. It features assets from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U.? Well that’s pretty cool, we suppose they could suck $20 from us in that case. You can play a limitless amount of Mario levels form players around the world? That is an awfully large game in that case. $30 but not a penny more. And uh, you’re saying that it feels exactly like the Mario games it’s attempting to emulate down to the very mechanics? OK, $40 perhaps is reasonable. You can make an endless blend of enemies so hellish that not even the best Mario players can tackle it? Well that sounds like fun too, so maybe $50 is a fair deal. Now wait just this minute, you can play the entire game as a Wii Fit trainer if you want?
…you win this round, Nintendo.
|Xenoblade Chronicles X||Star Fox Zero||Yoshi’s Woolly World||Rodea the Sky Soldier|
Best PlayStation Vita Game: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A developer takes an IP that was immensely popular and builds an entirely new gameplay mechanic around it completely removed from what made its predecessor such a big hit. While it sounds like a recipe for disaster, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is actually good. We’re not talking about a thrown together third-person shooter (yes, you read that right) meant to bilk $10 out of players on the App Store. This is a bonafide beefy experience clocking in at over twenty hours. With tons of in-references, interesting gameplay and some clear inspiration from survival horror games like Silent Hill, Another Episode is shaping up to be another episode of Danganronpa that gamers won’t want to miss.
|Persona: Dancing All Night||Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space||Senran Kagura Estival Versus||Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel|
Best 3DS Game: Fire Emblem Fates
For the first time ever, the Fire Emblem series is splitting up. No, it’s not getting a divorce, but you’ll be forced to choose between Fire Emblem: Fates Birthright and Fire Emblem: Fates: Conquest. Depending on the version, you’ll be seeking for either peace or glory. Fire Emblem: Fates will feature more customization options, new combat systems, unique abilities, amiibo support and more. There are also a few features reappearing from past Fire Emblem games. Fire Emblem: Fates is expanding its reign to North America and we’re happy to have awarded it with Best 3DS Game of E3.
|The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes||Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson||Yo-Kai Watch||Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam|