E3 2015 is now over, and what an E3 it was. With both Microsoft and Sony hitting it out of the park, a slew of new game announcements and a selection of jaw-dropping surprises, it’s easy to argue the case for this being the best E3 ever.
With so many games to take in, it is therefore difficult to narrow down our favorites, but let’s give it a shot, shall we? The following games all burst onto our radars with gusto, ensuring that we’re going to have a selection of fantastic new releases to play into 2016 and beyond. It should be noted that this list only features games that had gameplay footage featured at the event, as even though cinematic trailers can certainly be exciting (see the Final Fantasy VII remake’s announcement as evidence of this), they aren’t exactly an accurate representation of what the finished product may be.
Check out the list below, and if you feel like we’ve missed out on your favorite game, then check out our honorable mentions list beneath the gallery and feel free to tell us why we’re wrong in the comments section below:
Gears 4 – After the underwhelming Gears of War: Judgement spin-off we’re honestly a little burned out on the series, making the Gears 4 announcement not as exciting as some of the Xbox One’s other future releases. We’re prepared to be surprised, though, and look forward to seeing what new developers The Coalition do with Epic Games’ iconic series.
Ratchet and Clank – The weapon-wielding, platforming duo’s debut on the PS4 is a strong contender for one of the best-looking games at this year’s E3, with it looking like something created in the Pixar studios (which stands to reason given that it’s a tie-in for the upcoming film of the same name), but the series’ inconsistent history kept it out of the top ten.
Halo 5: Guardians – One of the biggest releases of this year showed off its 4-player co-op gameplay to open Microsoft’s press conference, along with announcing a brand new PvP mode called Warzone, which will boast a level cap of 24 players. We’re still looking forward to it, but we remain skeptical given 343 Industries’ handling of the fundamentally broken The Master Chief Collection.
Forza Motorsport 6 – Given that Forza Horizon 2 is one of the very best games the Xbox One has to offer, in any other year this would have made it into our top 10 with ease, but the sheer wealth of games this year forced it into our honorable mentions category.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – The announcement of a new The Legend of Zelda game is always exciting, and with A Link Between Worlds being a highlight among the 3DS’ stellar library of games, this is certainly a must-buy. But as was the case with Forza, there were just too many games for it to make an appearance in our top 10.
No Man’s Sky – The highlight of E3 2014, No Man’s Sky‘s appearance during Sony’s press conference honestly worried us a little bit. Yes, it’s massive beyond comprehension, but with the on-stage demo plopping the player in a particularly unremarkable planet to explore, we’re concerned that we could find ourselves faced with this problem more often than not.
XCOM 2 – XCOM fans, of which there are many, will have looked the gameplay footage of the now PC-exclusive being unveiled at E3 2015, but again there were too many great looking games for it make its way into our list.
Paul Tamburro is the UK, Tech & Gadgets and Gaming Editor for CraveOnline. When he isn't busy reporting upon all the latest developments in the tech and gaming industries, he spends his spare time surrounding himself in the latest technology and video games, and enforcing his opinions on everything from Apple to Nintendo onto other people. It's fortunate that this is his job, really.