The Best Games of E3 2016

By Tom Pritchard on at

This week was one of the biggest week's in the gaming calendar: E3. That time when all the game companies, big and small, show off the games they're preparing for the future. There are a lot of game to choose from, but here are the games that you should be paying attention to.

We're only focusing on stuff you'll be able to get your hands on this year, though. If you want to check out the big games coming next year and beyond, make sure to check out our round-up of the trailers presented at the conference.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

This is my personal game of the show, mainly because all the footage had me laughing so much I started choking. For a comedy game, that's a good sign. Unlike the fantasy realm of The Stick of Truth, this game focuses on the kids playing superheroes. The only problem is they want to create a billion-dollar, multi-phase franchise and can't decide on how to do it. Leading to civil war. [Pre-order it here]

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The original trailer may have had a bit of backlash from fans, but Activision's showcase at E3 really knocked it out of the park. Hell, you couldn't even tell it was a Call of Duty game until the very last second. I honestly thought it was a new EVE game. Call of Duty heads to space, and Jon Snow is the bad guy. Looks like it could be the kick some people need to return to the franchise. [Pre-order it here]

Battlefield 1

Lots of combat games have transitioned beyond both classic warfare and the modern era, but not Battlefield. It's heading back to the First World War, or at least a version of it. Clunky tanks, grenades on sticks, trenches, tin-can helmets, Zeppelins, and the landscapes of Belgium. [Pre-order it here]

Dead Rising 4

Frank West is back, in a special festive instalment of the zombie-whacking franchise. We don't know much about the plot, other than the fact Frank has to deal with a brand new zombie outbreak with a variety of improvised weaponry. So business as usual. [Pre-order it here]

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs is back, and this time you take on the role of a hacker working for an Anonymous-style activist group, fighting back against corporate corruption and the Orwellian surveillance system ctOS 2.0. Expect much of the same gamplay as the original game, plus plenty of stealth-based tactics. [Pre-order it here]


The next instalment in EA's annual football game is a little bit different, since this year's game has a bonafide story mode where you take control of an up and coming player on his way to the top. [Pre-order it here]

Gears of War 4

Set 25 years after the defeat of the Locust and Lambent threats at the end of Gears 3, the new game focuses on JD - son of the original trilogy's protagonist Marcus Fenix. The original threats may be gone, but there are still plenty of dangers on the planet. Windstorms, the military government, and a brand new monster threat. [Pre-order it here]

Dishonored 2

Corvo is back, this time as a grizzled old man protecting his daughter Emily, the empress, from would-be assassins and usurpers. Obviously he isn't doing that great a a job since Emily is removed from power, and the two of them have to fight to return things to the natural order. The difference this time is that you can also choose to play as Corvo or Emily, and each of them has their own unique play style. [Pre-order it here]

Skylanders Imaginators

Crash Bandicoot is coming back, and he's hitting the next game in the Skylanders series first. Nuff said. [Pre-order it here]

The Last Guardian

We had no idea what was going on with Team Ico's latest offering for many years, until last year's E3. Now we know there are no more delays in sight, and the game will be out by the end of the year. Presented as flashbacks, you take on the role of a small boy who has been kidnapped and attempting to escape with the help of a griffin/cat/bird things called Trico - solving puzzles along the way. [Pre-order it here]

Skyrim: Special Edition

We're going to have to wait a while for a sixth Elder Scrolls game, so to tide us over Bethesda is re-releasing Skyrim with a current-gen update. It's only for PS4 and Xbox One, but it'll have a nice hefty update to the graphics as well as mod support. [Pre-order it here]

Titanfall 2

The mech-based shooter is back, this time coming with a full-scale single-player campaign and massive improvements to the multiplayer. Think of the original Titanfall as a proof of concept, and this as what that concept truly has to offer. [Pre-order it here]