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Best Games of E3

With E3 wrapping up tomorrow, except a week and several days ago, we here at Broken Analog thought it a good idea to decide what was the best of the best from the convention.

Best Action Game: Batman Arkham Origins

Batman AO is the prequel to Batman Arkham Asylum and is the third in the Arkham series. This game is a prequel, but features the same combat system which is a big plus. It’s got new gadgets though so it’s possible that we voted for this game because it presented the most intriguing mystery: How come Batman doesn’t use those gadgets in later games?

Best Adventure: Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 is the sequel to Pikmin 2 and the third game in the Pikmin games. This game is all about using slave labor to steal resources from a planet and kill anything that gets in your way. Some of you might be confused why we chose this as our best “adventure” game when it’s labeled as a “real time strategy”. Well labels are for squares and we feel that the focus is more on solving puzzling situations with limited resources.

Best MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

The original XIV was released to general failure, with most people choosing to remain the years-older MMO, XI. But the new reboot, A Realm Reborn, is improved in every way. I personally voted for it because Black Mage.

Best Multiplayer: Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is the direct sequel to Battlefield 3 and the 13th in the Battlefield series. There are several small enhancements, but the biggest plus is that it brings back the semi RTS mechanic that was featured in 2142. Some of you might be wondering why we went with a first person shooter game, and I would love to tell you, but our recon has just signaled that he was able to slip some C4 into your pocket.

Best Music: BandFuse: Rock Legends

BandFuse is a tune matching game akin to Rockband or Guitar Hero except that you use real instruments instead of undersized plastic replicas. We basically had three choices: BandFuse, another matching game that used real controllers and that WiiU flail-you-arms-to-music game. We decided to vote for this game because it uses real controllers AND had all the songs unlocked from the start, which is better for a plug and play experience.

Best Platformer: OddWorld: New ‘n’ Tasty

New and Tasty is the remake of the classic Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey from the Playstation 1. They basically took the old game and made it look and perform better. For those who are worried, it won’t be remastered, they’re actually rebuilding the game from scratch. We chose this game because it’s got a strong reputation for being deeper than just jumping through the air and landing on things and/or monsters.

Best Racing: Need for Speed: Rivals

Rivals is not a direct sequel or prequel to anything and is the 20th game in the Need for Speed franchise. Racing games have always seemed like mini games packaged as full games, but Ghost Games has really done a lot to make this game compelling. We specifically chose this game for the neat concept of single-player and multiplayer blending together rather congruently.

Best RPG: Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 is the direct sequel to Witcher 2 and is the third game in the Witcher franchise. I can’t tell you how weird it is to have those numbers match up these days. The Witcher 2 had already improved on the Witcher and now they’re adding even more improvements. We chose this game because we all enjoy the more mature rpg over, say, teenager-driven jrpgs.

Best shooter: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

XCOM Declassified is an over-the-shoulder shooter based on XCOM concepts. We chose this because of XCOM. It’s going to be the best shooter because of XCOM. XCOM. XCOM!

Best Sports: FIFA 14

Fifa 14 is a sports game focusing on soccer. We had a choice between this, the sports game focusing on basketball, and the sports game focusing on football. All of these sports games are like playing the graphical version of Fantasy Football, but for, y’know, whatever sports that specific game covers. We decided to go for the one that covered the World’s favorite sport.

Best Strategy: Company of Heroes 2

CoH 2 is the direct sequel to Company of Heroes. It focuses more on the Eastern Front of WW2. This has been a long-awaited game since the original became so successful. We chose this game because of the faith we have based on the quality seen so far.

Best Tech: Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is a head-mounted vr goggles thing. It brings us another step closer to the holodeck. It will work in tandem with other, motion-capturing, hardware to give you a more immersive experience. We chose to support this one because they promised to advance the field of virtual reality by not giving us massive headaches.

Best Mobile: Plants vs Zombies 2

PvZ2 is the sequel to Plants vs Zombies. It’s a tower defense game that features plants and/or zombies. This new game is an improvement on what was already one of the best tower defense games in recent history. We chose it because they’ve added a bunch of new interactivity to the battles. Plus, y’know, Plants vs Zombies.

Best Multiplatform: Watch Dogs

Watchdogs is a new IP featuring over-the-shoulder action gameplay interspersed with cell phone hacking. It will remind you of playing game like grand theft auto but more with the speed of the new Batman games. We chose this game because we really wanted to recognize it but without it stepping on the toes of our other favorite games.

Best 3DS: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds is the direct sequel to Nintendo’s old A Link to the Past and is maybe the 50-somethingth game in the Zelda franchise. It adds some unique puzzles by letting link turn into paper. We chose because of the stunning depth not usually seen in a handheld game. Also it runs at 60 fps with the 3D on.

Best Vita: Tearaway

Tearaway is a third-person adventure game about delivering messages. The game seems to be designed to effectively use all of the Vita’s features. On top of that, it’s got some really interesting set-pieces and character designs. We chose this game, frankly, because it’s the more intriguing of the PsP games.

Best PC: Total War: Rome II

Rome 2 is the direct sequel to Rome: Total War and is the 8th game in the Total War series. Return to Rome and tbs everyone’s brains out. You can play as one of the multitude of classic city-states that loved to kill each other off in real life. We chose this game because turn-based strategy games deserve some love too.

Best Wii U: Wonderful 101

Wonderful 101, formerly known as Project P-100, is a mass-hero action game. You basically control a hero who gathers others to him and get’s better abilities to defend an area until the waves run out. It will probably be best known for being bright, colorful and full of movement. We chose this game because it’s a perfect example of the kind of wacky good we expect from Nintendo.

Best PS4: Infamous: Second Son

Second Son is the direct sequel to Infamous 2 and is the third game in the Infamous franchise. This game focuses on children of the last game’s protagonist and/or villain. The gameplay is very similar to the first two games but with whole new settings. We chose this game because we like fun, and the Infamous games have always been a lot of fun.

Best Xbox One: Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising 3 is the direct something to Dead Rising 2… or maybe 1… and is the third game in the dead rising 2. It feature a lot of the play styles of Dead Rising 2 but with a massive game world in which vehicle use is an important aspect of exploration. We chose this game because duct-taping a chainsaw to an over-sized mallet is still too cool to ignore.

Best in Show: The Evil Within

We checked the teeth, graded course performance and felt the ribs for healthy diets; we’ve decided that the horror game wins. With the shiny coat of modern graphics and the good breeding of classic survival horror, The Evil Within proves that a strong mix is the best way to win. We each had our own picks for what our favorite was, though, so I guess the best way to win was actually having the random number generator love you more.

Well, that’s it for this year’s E3. Now all we have to do is wait for the games to actually be released.
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