All of the anticipation leading up to E3 2015, which began June 16th, made the two-day event held in the Los Angeles Convention Center go even faster, and it was over before we knew it. However, it left gaming fans with a great taste in their mouths, as they drooled over the best of the best in upcoming video games.
Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo were all there with some amazing games – as well as some surprising letdowns. All in all, the top games of the show were those with the best graphics, original ideas, and overall entertainment. Here are what we think are the 10 best games of E3 2015.
1. Mad Max
The film Mad Max: Fury Road, which was a shot of adrenaline in and of itself, is a difficult experience to beat, but Avalanche Studios’ game, Mad Max, was up to the challenge. The game has the same setting as the movie, but with separate stories and fantastic graphics that make it fresh and entertaining.
2. Dishonored 2
Dishonored 2, fit for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, was among the most anticipated sequels at the conference. The protagonist remained the same, but his trainee is now grown up and ready to add her own unique skillset to the game.
3. Super Mario Maker
Despite a surprisingly bland selection of games from Nintendo this year, Super Mario Maker has a promising premise. This version of the classic, fun-filled game allows you to create your own 2D levels.
4. Fallout 4
Bethesda’s Fallout series has been one of the most popular franchises on the market, and the newest installment didn’t disappoint. Players can enjoy the thrill of trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world by customizing their own characters, exploring the endless world, and building settlements and weapons from the surrounding junk.
5. Halo 5: Guardians
What’s an E3 conference without Halo? The newest installment in the series is the most exciting yet, particularly since it now has a larger selection of characters from which to choose.
6. The Last Guardian
The only negative thing we can say about this PS4 game is that it might not quite live up to the incredibly high expectations of its biggest fans. The things that make this game so great are the graphics, set design, and overall fascinating storyline.
7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft is back in a sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider series. This new game is more about living in survival mode. It’s about going on adventures in dark and dangerous tombs. There’s enough action to keep your heart pumping, and enough exploratory options to keep it interesting.
8. Horizon: Zero Dawn
The setting of this brand new Guerilla Games title is a time long after humankind has been wiped out and regrown into something new. It’s post-apocalyptic, with overgrown cities, giant robots roaming the Earth, and what look like beautiful graphics!
9. Beyond Eyes
Beyond Eyes is among the most fascinating games that made it to the conference. The premise involves a 10-year-old girl looking for a missing cat. Doesn’t sound too exciting, right? But there’s a catch: she’s blind. This captivating game lets you explore the world with this little girl, navigating only by touch and smell. The graphics are visually captivating, and the game is a brand new experience we’ve never seen before.
10. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
For a thrilling game of espionage and adventure, join the cast of Metal Gear Solid V. Your mission is to sneak through outposts looking for intelligence. But don’t worry: if you get caught, you have the option to fight, and you just might get away!
Most of the games presented at the tradeshow will be hitting stores early next year.