Best Games of E3 2016
Our annual awards highlight the best games of this year's E3
It's that time of the year again - we went, we saw, and we had a great time at E3. The 2016 edition of the big show in LA was an interesting one, as console makers begin to tease their future hardware, VR is trying to take over, and major publishers are looking to impress gamers with both their sequels and new IPs. Here we are then, with a brief list of the best and most promising games that we got a chance to see at E3 2016. Remember that these are the few that made the cut - there are plenty of other games that we enjoyed! Visit our E3 Previews section to catch up on all the coverage from this year's show.
Battlefield 1 seems to mark an exciting new chapter for the long running franchise. Multiplayer has always been at the heart of the series, and based on what the developers at DICE promise and the demo I played, that certainly still seems to the case. From the notably varied gameplay, impressive destruction tech, to good weapon and class balance, everything seems to be going right so far.
Read: Battlefield 1 Preview
When: October 21, 2016
The game feels well-polished, where game elements are kept simple and easy to grasp, allowing you to focus on destroying enemies or choosing a more tactical path. Characters are nicely realized, battles are more sweeping and epic, and the levels should provide you with enough interesting objectives to keep you busy while you follow the exploits of Gabriel and his Blood Ravens.
Read: Dawn of War III Preview
Based on what we've seen from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at last E3 (when it also won our Best of E3 award) and this year, it is shaping up to be a very promising follow up to a game that was already excellent to begin with. Mankind Divided retains most of the qualities that made its predecessor so enjoyable, from strong player choice to enjoyable combat and flexible stealth.
Read: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Preview
When: August 23, 2016
Our time with For Honor at E3 was a thrilling, visceral gaming experience, and the fluidity in battle, coupled with the technical possibilities when facing off with an opponent, made for an extremely satisfying game.
Read: For Honor Preview
When: February 14, 2017
Forza Horizon 3 is aiming to make large steps forward for the series, by adding plenty of vehicle and driving variety, as well as tons of customization, while maintaining a strong set of social features, beautiful graphics and tight controls.
Read: Forza Horizon 3 Preview
When: September 27, 2016
We're now into the new era of open worlds such as The Division, Watch Dogs, and now Wildlands. These worlds offer plenty of interesting gameplay, tight controls and involving mechanics, and less collect-a-thons. We had an absolutely great time seeing and, more importantly, a great time playing Ghost Recon Wildlands at E3 2016.
Read: Ghost Recon Wildlands Preview
When: March 7, 2017
From its great technical and artistic design, to the satisfying combat and expected, but well executed, RPG elements, and most importantly a unique setting. This could be the game to beat for the best PlayStation 4 has to offer next year. Our hands-on time with the game helped solidify hope that Guerrilla Games are crafting a really enjoyable and high quality title, and we are looking forward to seeing more of it.
Read: Horizon Zero Dawn Preview
When: February 28, 2017
PES 2017 really does feel like a bit of a game changer. It’s like a sleek sports car—handling, bursts of speed, adaptation—it’s all solid and natural. While there’s no release date yet set, I’m definitely looking forward to heading out onto the pitch sometime this year.
Read: PES 2017 Preview
When: Q4 2016
Thanks for reading! We can't wait to see what E3 2017 may bring!