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 Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS, PC, Xbox One and PS4 games.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may just happen to be the biggest Nintendo announcement for a while, but it’s also shaping up to be one of the greatest Zelda titles to date. Of all the other titles fielded with it this year, Breath of the Wild best captures the subtle depth and just plain fun we’ve come to expect from Nintendo over the years. Built on significant recognition of fan feedback and the biggest evolution of 3D Zelda design to date, Breath of the Wild won its place among its contemporaries on much more than name alone.
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls
There’s three things we like at Hardcore Gamer: cute anime girls, Sega consoles and convoluted game names that always have to be copy/pasted when writing about them. Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls checks all three of those boxes. After all, it’s many a Hardcore Gamer writers dream to have their Sega console take the form of a cute anime girl — so this game doesn’t really have to do anything but exist and give us screenshots to, uh, study. But it offers so much more than that. Like cute anime girls from Hyperdimension Neptunia.
|Attack on Titan||The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II||MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death||Akiba’s Beat|
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon is without a doubt the most anticipated in the entire series. With enhanced graphics and character models the world will look bigger and more immersive than ever before. The new species of Pokemon that have been featured are looking exciting as we learn more about them. Sun and Moon will feature tons of upgrades and features to be implemented in order to create an entirely fresh take on the games. There will be plenty of mysteries to solve once players are able to get their hands on Sun and Moon. Getting to explore the Alola region, battle trainers and catch them all is going to be the highlight of the year. We were impressed with what Game Freak and Nintendo provided at E3 and hope to see more in the near future. Sun and Moon marks a new beginning for Pokemon’s historic journey.
|River City: Tokyo Rumble||Corpse Party||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice||Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns|
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
Talk about a strong E3 for PC. Microsoft, EA and Bethesda doubled down on their PC offerings and indie title We Happy Few managed to seriously impress. Let’s be honest though, Sega and Relic Entertainment stole the show with the return of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III, a game many believed dead after THQ’s bankruptcy. Dawn of War III wowed us running on a high-end PC. The legendary strategy franchise is taking full advantage of PCs, giving players vast armies, hulking heroes and three factions to control. Like any good real-time-strategy game, Dawn of War III can only be played on PC and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
|Civilization VI||Battlefield 1||We Happy Few||Dishonored 2|
Born from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio, a studio founded by talent from Metroid Prime developer Retro Studio, ReCore ended up being a breath of fresh air. A nice mix between Mega Man and Metroid Prime, ReCore is a platformer/shoot’em-up hybrid with upgradable companions, combo-focused combat, and an agile player character. Its got a brisk pace, an explorable overworld with multi-tier challenges, and a likeable supporting cast of friendly and deadly robots to boot. With all the ingredients for a fun, rewarding, and challenging game with a high skill ceiling, ReCore stood out most as the Xbox game to keep our eyes on in the months to come.
|Gears of War 4||Dead Rising 4||Sea of Thieves||Forza Horizon 3|
Sony made a lot of fans happy this E3. We got a new God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn still looks gorgeous and Detroit: Become Human looks like a vast improvement over Beyond: Two Souls. There was one game, however, that literally came out of nowhere to impress us: Farpoint. VR is going to be big and Farpoint could be the PS VR’s killer app. A full first-person shooter for VR, Farpoint blew us away in ways that other PS4 games couldn’t. While the game was not as flashy as other PS4 titles, Farpoint’s implementation of the Aim Controller had us utterly lost in its world. Farpoint is not just one of the most exciting things to happen to VR, it was also the best PS4 game Sony had to offer.
|Horizon: Zero Dawn||God of War||The Last Guardian||Detroit: Become Human|