DigThatBox.com Picks The Best of E3 2015

Submitted By: DigThatBox.com Staff

Text By: E. Thomas

June 18th, 2015

As E3 2015 draws to a close we take the time to review the best products of the show. Video game fans agree that E3 2015 is one of the best shows in E3 history. Each day there was a new megaton surprise . The event floor was packed with amazing new games, exciting new hardware and tons of cool gadgets. With so many strong contenders this year it was extremely difficult for us to choose just one winner from each category. Here is our review of E3 2015. These games and products are the best of the best, and at the end of this article you will find out who really won E3 2015.

Best Game By Platform: Consoles

Editor's Note: A game must be exclusive to a single platform in order to be considered the best game for a specific platform. A game must also have a playable demo, extensive gameplay footage, or a demo that is played by a presenter during an on stage event. Teaser trailers do not qualify.

Nintendo Wii U:

  1. Super Mario Maker (Video)
  2. Star Fox Zero
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles X
  4. Yoshi's Wooly World
  5. Mario Tennis Ultra Smash

PlayStation 4:

  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn (Video)
  2. The Last Guardian
  3. Uncharted 4
  4. Drawn to Death
  5. No Man's Sky

Xbox One:

  1. Halo 5: Gaurdians  (Video)
  2. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  3. Gears 4
  4. Cuphead
  5. Forza 6

Best Game By Platform: PC

  1. Adr1ft (Video) - *Editor's Note: Although not PC exclusive, the best version of this game is played with a PC VR device.
  2. Abzu
  3. Sword Coast Legends
  4. Shadow Warrior 2
  5. Soma

Best Game By Platform: Portables & Mobile Gaming

Mobile: Android & iOS

  1. Fallout Shelter (Video)
  2. Minions Paradise
  3. Ghostbubsters Puzzle Fighter
  4. Seigefall
  5. FIFA Mobile

Nintendo 3DS:

  1. Fire Emblem Fates (Video)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  3. Mario & Luigi Paper Jam
  4. Bravely Second: End Layer
  5. Chibi Robo: Zip Lash

PlayStation Vita:

  1. Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Video)
  2. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
  3. Mighty Number 9

Best Game By Genre: Console & PC

Best Indie Game:

  1. Cuphead (Video)
  2. Beyond Eyes
  3. Firewatch
  4. Tacoma
  5. Pixel Ripped

Best Action Game:

  1. Just Cause 3 (Video)
  2. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  3. Mad Max
  4. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
  5. Shadow Wars 2

Best Kids & Family Game:

  1. Disney Infinity 3.0 (Video)
  2. Skylanders Super Chargers
  3. Yoshi's Wooly World
  4. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
  5. Just Dance 2016

Best Fighting Game:

  1. Street Fighter V (Video)
  2. Skull Girls: Second Encore
  3. Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Best (FPS) First Person Shooter Game:

  1. Star Wars Battlefront (Video)
  2. Halo 5: Guardians
  3. Doom
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  5. Destiny: The Taken King

Best Horror Game:

  1. Soma (Video)
  2. Devastated Dreams
  3. Resicent Evil 0
  4. Doom
  5. ENKI

Best Multiplayer Game:

  1. For Honor (Video)
  2. Halo V: Guardians
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  5. Destiny: The Taken King

Best Music Game:

  1. Guitar Hero Live (Video)
  2. Rockband 4
  3. Just Dance 2015

Best Platform Game:

  1. Super Mario Maker (Video)
  2. Cuphead
  3. Yoshi's Wooly World
  4. Unraveled
  5. Chibi Robo: Zip Lash

Best Puzzle Game:

  1. Unravel (Video)
  2. King's Quest
  3. Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter

Best Racing Game:

  1. Forza 6 (Video)
  2. Need for Speed
  3. Project Cars

Best Retro Revival Game:

  1. Super Mario Maker (Video)
  2. Cuphead
  3. Rare Replay
  4. King's Quest

Best RPG (Role Playing Game):

  1. Fallout 4 (Video)
  2. Kingdom Hearts 3
  3. Xenoblade Chronicles X
  4. Kingdom Come Deliverance
  5. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Best Sports Game:

  1. FIFA 16 (Video)
  2. NHL 16
  3. WWE 2K15
  4. Rory Mcllroy PGA Tour

Best Visuals:

  1. Cuphead (Video)
  2. Beyond Eyes
  3. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  4. Abzu
  5. Drawn to Death

Game of the Show:

  1. Fallout 4 (Video)
  2. Star Wars Battlefront
  3. Super Mario Maker 
  4. Just Cause 3
  5. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  6. Cuphead
  7. Halo V: Guardians
  8. Adr1ft
  9. The Last Guardian
  10. Abzu
  11. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  12. Gigantic

Best Gadget:

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Xbox One Elite Controller

After a rough start with the launch of the Xbox One, a revitalized Xbox division has aggressively courted the hardcore gaming community. Whether it's through acquiring blockbuster exclusives or by creating the strongest online gaming network, Microsoft has proven their dedication to the core gaming community. The company takes that dedication one step further with the release of the Xbox One Elite Controller. Having sampled this controller first hand we can easily say that it is clearly the best controller ever made. The new device features replaceable analog sticks, giving you a choice between concave and convex tops. It also has two different D-Pads, one of which is perfectly suited for fighting games, and the other is the classic "plus style" that we all know and love. On the bottom side of the controller players can use 4 optional paddles, which attach to the underside of the device. These paddles can be mapped to replace any controller button or trigger. But the real game changer is the depth slider for the triggers. This allows you to control the depth of your triggers, giving you a distinct advantage in certain games. Use the full depth setting for racing games like Forza. Set the depth setting to shallow and you'll be able to fire much more quickly in your favorite shooting game, giving you a definite advantage over other players.

Best Retro Gaming Product:

8Bitdo SNES30 Bluetooth Super Nintendo Controller

8Bitdo is a small company with a very unusual name. They came out of nowhere and stole the best retro gaming product of the show. Their SNES30 Bluetoorh controller has been available for a few months. However now the company has created an adapter for the classic Super Nintendo and Super Famicom console, which allows this awesome controller to be used with your classic Nintendo hardware. After a lengthy testing session with the controller we can easily say that it's fast, responsive and appears to have very little input lag. It also boasts an impressive 20 hours of battery life. We should also mention that the company has controllers and adapter for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System. So whether you're a fan of 8-Bit or 16-Bit Nintendo, this company has you covered with the best wireless controllers for either system.

Best Gaming Hardware:

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Microsoft Hololens

When Hololens was first announced earlier this year we could tell that it had tremendous potential as a gaming device. Well this year our dreams were realized as we watched the Minecraft Hololens demonstration at E3. Microsoft also held a private demo using Halo 5. The augmented reality hardware is a total game changer, bringing new ideas and new innovation to popular games. This device will become even more amazing when we finally see games created exclusively for Hololens. It expands gaming beyond the confines of your TV set or computer monitor, bringing the gaming experience into your living space. The new augmented reality visor certainly has a bright future. We  cant wait to see more of it in the coming months.

Best of Show: Runner Up:

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Bethesda Game Studios held their first E3 press conference this year, and as such they had a lot to prove coming into the show. Tickets to their press event in Hollywood sold out very quickly, and fans waited in line for hours to get the best seats. Well the legendary game studio came to the plate swinging and delivered some of the biggest hits of E3 2015. The highly anticipated Fallout 4 was easily one of the most talked about games of the show. The return of the classic Doom franchise was also a big surprise. And their new mobile game, Fallout Shelter has already become an unexpected hit. The games of Bethesda were so important they were even featured in the press events held by other companies such as Microsoft. After the show their deluxe "Fallout 4: Pip Boy Edition" sold out in a matter of minutes. It's clear that Bethesda had a very good showing. Their catalog of games is very strong, and are certain to be big sellers this holiday season and beyond.

Best of Show: Best of E3 2015

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Saying that Microsoft absolutely crushed it at E3 2015 is a major understatement. Microsoft easily won this year by playing both sides of the fence. They catered to both PC and Xbox gamers. This is a tactic that simply cannot be matched by their competitors who work only on dedicated consoles and handheld game systems. On the console side the company delivered the best lineup of exclusive games in Xbox history. Never before have we heard the words "Xbox One exclusive" so many times during a press event. The company had a large and diverse library of games covering every possible genre, from blockbuster hits to the coolest indie games. The vast majority of their titles will be available this calendar year. That's a major plus when it comes to winning E3. This show isn't just about the promise of distant future games, it's also about delivering games that will drive sales throughout the rest of the current year and beyond.

Xbox One will soon be able to play Xbox 360 games. Although this feature should have been available at launch, it's still a serious win for the company. The announcement of this service will definitely get those millions of gamers still playing their Xbox 360 to move up to the Xbox One. Microsoft also won a serious public relations coup with this announcement. While their competitors plan to charge gamers to play their favorite legacy games using a monthly fee based subscription service, Microsoft will let gamers play the games they already own for free.

Microsoft also had some of the best gaming accessories including Hololens and a unique partnership with Oculus Rift. Having both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality hardware truly gives them a major advantage over other companies. Oculus Rift will come bundled with the Xbox One controller. This is a very high profile move that will bring a tremendous amount of prestige to the Xbox brand. Meanwhile Hololens and Minecraft have proven to be an incredible combination.

We expect big things from this company this year. Don't be suprised if the Xbox One is the leading console this Holiday Season, the most important sales period of the year. One thing is for certain, after a rough start this console is finally showing it's real potential. The Xbox One is the comeback kid and it's easily the console to own this year. And if you're a PC gamer the company will deliver some of the best games, incredible Augmented Reality with Hololens, and the best controller on the market. No matter which side you prefer, you're a winner.

Editor's Note: Why We Didn't Pick Sony

We feel it's important to explain why we did not pick Sony as the winner of E3, as a service to their fans. We want full transparency when it comes to our decision making process. Sony definitely had an amazing show, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. However when one looks more closely there seems to have been a lot of smoke and mirrors at their E3 presentation. While games like Final Fantasy VII and Shenmue 3 certainly were megaton announcements, they are also both titles that will be available on other platforms. In fact, the big news when it comes to Final Fantasy VII is not that it was announced, but rather that it's not a PlayStation exclusive. That's the real megaton. The same goes for Shenmue 3, which is only getting a physical release on PC.

Although we were overjoyed to finally see The Last Guardian, that's a game we originally saw 7 years ago. We worry that if they were confident with this game when it was first announced it would have been released years ago. Sony also spent a lot of time talking about TV services, something that was utterly rejected by gamers and their own fans when Microsoft did the same thing at E3 2013. While new titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn look amazing, they were few and far between. And while a game like Uncharted 4 is worth buying a PS4 just to play, it is not game of the show material and it's not coming out this year. You can't win E3 when your best games are multplatform titles, or titles that will not release for several years.

BONUS: Best Freebie

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This year we partnered with the Video Game History Museum to distribute our collectible arcade tokens to fans at the show. The turnout was amazing! We were able to distribute over 1000 tokens in just three days! The Arcade Token give-away gets bigger and better with each passing year! These tokens are a celebration of video game culture and they are made exclusively for the E3 Expo. We had a tremendously fun time handing out these coins to our fellow attendees. People always tell us this is a great way to promote our site, however we do it just because we like making people happy. We graciously thank you all for making this give away such a tremendous success!