Best of E3 2015 – Day Five: Action, RPG, Shooter, Racing

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 Action Game, Racing Game, RPG and Shooter.

Best Action Game: Horizon: Zero Dawn

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Much like with the PS4 category, we expected to hand Best Action game over to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. That is until we saw Horizon: Zero Dawn. Guerrilla Games absolutely blew us away with it’s gorgeous game and fast-paced action. Aloy’s battle with the mechanical T-Rex was a fantastic piece of action, and was not a scripted event. Watching her dodge about, land arrow after arrow, and even utilize the T-Rex’s own weaponry against it made this the most action-packed demo of E3 2015.

Runner-Ups
Uncharted4-E32015-NomineeGhostRecon-E32015-NomineeForHonor-E32015-NomineeTombRaider-E32015-Nominee
Uncharted 4Ghost Recon: WildlandsFor HonorRise of the Tomb Raider

Best RPG: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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The RPG category this year is a bit lacking in both competition and originality. While there were a couple standout titles, it was Deus Ex: Mankind Divided that stood out on top of everything else. This is the sequel to 2011’s Human Revolution where players take control of Adam Jensen once more as he looks to bring down the Illuminati. Eidos Montreal is doing everything in their power to ensure that the game is fully balanced this time around, having combat being reworked to be more fun, while at the same time ensuring the stealth mechanics are the best in the genre. It wouldn’t be an RPG without choices and a leveling mechanic, and they are coming back in a new way, with brand new abilities and branching paths to be explored. While still roughly a year away from release, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is shaping up to be yet another showcase title under the Square Enix banner.

Runner-Ups
Fallout4-E32015-NomineeDisgaea-E32015-NomineeDarkSoulsIII-E32015-NomineeLegendofHeroes-E32015-Nominee
Fallout 4Disgaea 5: Alliance of VengeanceDark Souls IIILegend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Best Racing Game: Need for Speed

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Ah, Need for Speed, how we’ve missed you. If there’s a series that’s seen its ups and down, it’s this one, but Ghost Games (which was basically Criteron) injected the game with some much needed adrenaline in 2013 with the fantastic Ghosts. Sadly EA chose to forgo an entry in the series the next year, but now they’re back alongside Ghost with a Need for Speed reboot. Thankfully, however, the game clearly isn’t far removed from Ghosts in terms of gameplay, but incorporates some of the most-loved content from the Underground series as well as new intriguing features that could make this the start of an exciting new era for the franchise.

Runner-Ups
Forza6-E32015-NomineeSkylanders-E32015-NomineeDistance-E32015-NomineeTrackmania-E32015-Nominee
Forza Motorsport 6Skylanders: SuperchargersDistanceTrackmania Turbo

Best Shooter: Battleborn

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If there’s one game that took us by surprise it was Battleborn. Gearbox is well known for their over-the-top, comedic shooters, and Battleborn is just that. With over twenty-five unique characters to play as, five player cooperative play and a surprisingly deep mid-match leveling system, Battleborn impressed us greatly. It’s all about variety in Battleborn as each character feels different one another. There are characters that fight from a distance, those who are more up close and personal, and even those who strive on supporting others. It certainly helps that each individual has their own set of abilities that aids them in their diversity, allowing the game to seemingly be replayed over and over again. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered before its winter release, but what we saw at E3 this year was nothing short of exciting.

Runner-Ups
Halo5-E32015-NomineeBlackOpsIII-E32015-NomineeBattlefront-E32015-NomineeRainbowSixSiege-E32015-Nominee
Halo 5: GuardiansCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIStar Wars: BattlefrontRainbow Six: Siege

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