Over the next five days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of E3 2018 Awards leading up to our Game of Show. Today we present you with the Best Fighter, Adventure Game, Action Game, Shooter and RPG.
The fighting genre started off 2018 by hitting it hard and E3 gave no signs of showing mercy anytime soon. Competition was stiff, but Soulcalibur VI quickly slashed it all to ribbons. The latest entry will be a retelling of the story of Soul Calibur and Soul Edge from earlier installments but offering a different perspective by centering the main story on Kilik. Gameplay elements from earlier games such as the 8-way run system will also be returning, as one of the goals is to combine some of the best gameplay elements of each Soulcalibur to make this best game possible. Plus having Geralt of Rivia filling the obligatory role of guest character doesn’t hurt this game’s appeal at all.
|My Hero One’s Justice||Dead or Alive 6||Jump Force||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
Hitman was one of the critical darlings of the aughts, launching with one of the first 3D stealth games before following it up with a superb trilogy of titles. After taking a five year break, the series returned with Absolution, which although another solid entry, led to the series being rebooted in 2016 with the self-titled Hitman. That game proved to be just what series needed and now IO Interactive is following it up with a sequel. Featuring robust and alive locations like a racecourse in Miami, Hitman 2 introduces new features and brings back old ones such as the briefcase to accommodate larger weapons. Thankfully ditching the episodic format of its predecessor, Hitman 2 looks to once again cement the series as a go-to stealth experience.
|Tunic||Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit||Beyond Good and Evil 2||We Happy Few|
CD Projekt Red has spent the past decade honing their craft in The Witcher series, and they’re ready to unleash everything they’ve learned to develop the ultimate RPG experience. Cyberpunk 2077 gives players creative control to customize and play the game they want. From the suite of customization options for V to the multilayer approach of mission design, Cyberpunk allows players to approach how they want to play. While some may be disappointed that the game does take place from a first-person perspective, the gameplay still injects plenty of player choice to keep combat thoughtful and interesting. CD Projekt Red have proven once again they know how to make a good RPG with Cyberpunk 2077.
|Kingdom Hearts III||Dragon Quest XI||Code Vein||Assassin’s Creed Odyssey|
Resident Evil 2
Capcom had one heck of a show at E3 this year, announcing not only Devil May Cry 5, but revealing and demoing Resident Evil 2 Remake. It was announced nearly three years ago, but finally we get to see it in all its glory, and we were not disappointed. Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield are back and better than ever as Capcom has reconstructed the entirety of Resident Evil 2 in their RE Engine with absolutely beautiful graphics, compelling over-the-shoulder gameplay and tense scenarios. The developers are looking to do right by the original, while putting their own spin on things, hopefully similar to what they did with Resident Evil Remake for Gamecube. The demo we got to play left a huge mark on us, pumping us up for its release at the beginning of next year.
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Battlefield V||Metro Exodus||Just Cause 4|
Ghost of Tsushima
A far cry from their previous projects, Sucker Punch Productions foray into melee-heavy action titles was quite a success at the show this year. With katana in hand, samurai Jin deftly cut down the opposing Mongols. Blood splattered to the floor as a few more Mongols attempted to take down Tsushima’s last samurai. They all fell. Pulling inspiration from classic Japanese cinema such as Yojimbo, Sucker Punch has crafted a combat system that produces slick action when fighting multiple foes, and tense, emotional action when partaking in 1v1 battles. Ghost of Tsushima managed to both excite us, and keep us on the edge of our seats the whole playthrough, making it the best action game of E3.
|Spider-Man||The Last of Us Part II||Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||Shadow of the Tomb Raider|