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GAF's Best of E3 2015 Awards

benny_a

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This is a barometer of mostly hands-off anticipation months before many of these games release.
Disclaimer: I've tried to come up with the categories before I counted the ballots to reduce my personal bias.

1090 ballots were counted and 151 different games were mentioned.

The scoring goes as follows: (Total mentions / Total points / #1 votes only)


Horizon: Zero Dawn (943 / 2885 / 413) by Guerilla Games
Game of the Show = Highest total points
Passion Award = Top in counting #1 votes only
Universal Appeal = Most frequently appearing game on ballot


Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (777 / 1975 / 91) by Naughty Dog


The Last Guardian (717 / 1702 / 76) by genDesign & Japan Studio


Fallout 4 (575 / 1322 / 90) by Bethesda Game Studios
Final Fantasy VII Remake (499 / 1211 / 97) by Square Enix


Star Wars Battlefront (528 / 1022 / 17) by DICE
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (354 / 776 / 52) by Kojima Productions
No Man's Sky (371 / 609 / 2) by Hello Games
Super Mario Maker (253 / 578 / 37) by Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
Shenmue 3 (269 / 554 / 37) by YSNet


Fallout 4 (575 / 1322 / 90) by Bethesda Game Studios
Out in 2015 = Announced release date of 2015


NieR New Project (204 / 416 / 26) by Platinum Games
Biggest surprise = Game we knew nothing about going into E3


Shenmue 3 (269 / 554 / 37) by YSNet
Funded with Kickstarter is self explanatory


Street Fighter V (181 / 324 / 9) by Capcom


Forza Motorsport 6 (22 / 46 / 4) by Turn 10 Studios


Destiny: The Taken King (22 / 39 / 1) by Bungie

Full results
Code:
Game                                      rank   mentions   points   top spot

Horizon: Zero Dawn                           1        943     2884        413
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End                   2        777     1975         91
The Last Guardian                            3        717     1702         76
Fallout 4                                    4        575     1322         90
Final Fantasy VII Remake                     5        499     1211         97
Star Wars Battlefront                        6        528     1022         17
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain         7        354      776         52
No Man's Sky                                 8        371      609          2
Super Mario Maker                            9        253      578         37
Shenmue 3                                   10        269      554         37
Kingdom Hearts III                          11        286      538         10
Cuphead                                     12        293      518         11
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided                    13        277      515         10
Dark Souls 3                                14        247      469         10
Project NieR                                15        204      416         26
Street Fighter V                            16        181      324          9
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst                     17        180      299          6
Unravel                                     18        192      296          3
DOOM                                        19        144      233          4
For Honor                                   20        133      228          4
Just Cause 3                                21        127      226          6
Star Fox Zero                               22        122      222          4
Ratchet & Clank                             23        113      181          1
Firewatch                                   24        118      175          2
Dreams                                      25        112      172          5
Mass Effect: Andromeda                      26         96      170          4
Rise Of The Tomb Raider                     27        115      165          0
Dishonored 2                                28        101      163          3
Halo 5: Guardians                           29         79      160          9
South Park: Fractured But Whole             30         99      159          2
Hitman                                      31        101      155          1
Ghost Recon: Wildlands                      32         97      155          5
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem            33         79      151          4
Fire Emblem: Fates                          34         73      125          3
Recore                                      35         70      106          2
Sea of Thieves                              36         63       96          1
Star Ocean                                  37         58       87          1
The Division                                38         56       82          0
Xenoblade Chronicles X                      39         43       80          3
Gears of War 4                              40         45       75          2
XCOM 2                                      41         35       74          3
Yoshi's Woolly World                        42         41       64          0
Rare Replay                                 43         32       61          1
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam                    44         27       48          2
Abzû                                        45         31       48          0
Forza Motorsport 6                          46         22       46          4
World Of Final Fantasy                      47         25       39          1
Destiny: The Taken King                     48         22       39          1
Persona 5                                   49         19       33          0
Transformers: Devastation                   50         20       33          1
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water          51         23       32          0
Need For Speed                              52         19       30          0
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes        53         16       29          0
Batman: Arkham Knight                       54         19       29          0
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League              55         19       29          0
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3                   56         18       27          0
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2        57         16       27          1
FAST Racing Neo                             58         14       26          0
Wattam                                      59         15       24          1
Shadow Warrior 2                            60         10       23          1
Trackmania Turbo                            61         11       22          1
Rainbow Six Siege                           62         14       22          0
Anno 2205                                   63         12       18          0
Tearaway Unfolded                           64         10       16          0
Yo-kai Watch                                65         10       16          1
Trails of Cold Steel                        66          9       14          0
Beyond Eyes                                 67         10       14          0
Mad Max                                     68         10       13          0
Eitr                                        69          9       12          1
Metroid Prime Federation Force              70          7       12          1
The Tomorrow Children                       71          8       11          0
Earthbound Beginnings                       72          5       11          0
Rocket League                               73          6       10          1
Rock Band 4                                 74          4       10          0
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016                   75          5       10          0
Yooka-Laylee                                76          8       10          0
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced             77          3        9          1
Persona 4: Dancing All Night                78          7        9          0
Kingdom Come: Deliverance                   79          4        9          0
Mother Russia Bleeds                        80          6        9          0
Pillar's of Eternity: The White March       81          4        9          1
Summer Lesson                               82          5        8          0
Below                                       83          6        7          0
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition              84          5        6          0
Galak-Z                                     85          5        6          0
Until Dawn                                  86          5        6          0
Ashen                                       87          5        6          0
Tacoma                                      88          4        6          0
Assassin's Creed Syndicate                  89          4        6          0
Hellblade                                   90          3        6          1
What Remains of Edith Finch                 91          5        6          0
SOMA                                        92          4        6          0
Mega Man Legacy Collection                  93          2        5          1
Super Smash Bros DLC (Roy/Ryu)              94          4        5          0
Drawn To Death                              95          3        4          0
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture             96          3        4          0
Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes              97          2        4          0
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash                   98          4        4          0
Armikrog                                    99          1        4          1
FIFA 16                                    100          2        3          0
Enter the Gungeon                          101          2        3          0
Elder Scrolls Online (Dark Brotherhood)    102          1        3          0
Final Fantasy XV                           103          1        3          0
Mighty No. 9                               104          1        3          0
Legend of Legacy                           105          1        3          0
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival            106          3        3          0
Xbox One backwards compatibility           107          2        3          0
SWTOR Knights of the Fallen                108          2        3          0
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam                    109          1        3          0
Rain World                                 110          1        3          0
Runbow                                     111          2        3          0
Planet Coaster                             112          2        2          0
Minecraft for HoloLens                     113          2        2          0
Bravely Second                             114          2        2          0
Typoman                                    115          2        2          0
Farming Simulator 15                       116          1        2          0
Oneechanbara Z2 Chaos                      117          1        2          0
Corpse Party: Blood Drive                  118          1        2          0
Killer Instinct PC                         119          1        2          0
King's Quest                               120          1        2          0
Disney Infinity 3.0                        121          1        2          0
American Truck Driver                      122          1        2          0
Rime                                       123          1        1          0
Project Setsuna                            124          1        1          0
Gang Beasts                                125          1        1          0
SUPERHOT                                   126          1        1          0
The Flame in the Flood                     127          1        1          0
Strafe                                     128          1        1          0
Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons F129          1        1          0
Senran Kagura Estival Versus               130          1        1          0
Crossing Souls                             131          1        1          0
Elite: Dangerous                           132          1        1          0
Headmaster                                 133          1        1          0
EVE: Valkyrie                              134          1        1          0
Skylanders: Super Chargers                 135          1        1          0
Edge of Nowhere                            136          1        1          0
Alienation                                 137          1        1          0
Life is Strange                            138          1        1          0
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge               139          1        1          0
Banner Saga 2                              140          1        1          0
Superhypercube                             141          1        1          0
Devil's Third                              142          1        1          0
Project X Zone 2                           143          1        1          0
Relativity                                 144          1        1          0
Dragon Quest Heroes                        145          1        1          0
Pirates                                    146          1        1          0
Playstation Vue A la Carte                 147          1        1          0
Adr1ft                                     148          1        1          0
Harmonix Music VR                          149          1        1          0
Thumper                                    150          1        1          0
The London Heist                           151          1        1          0
Thanks for participating!
 

orthodoxy1095

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Thanks for another great thread Benny! Glad to see Horizon up there! Well deserved.

I'll be honest, I'm actually a bit surprised to see Uncharted that high, but I guess that demo was just a really great showing of the game. I know it certainly wowed me!
 

Yurikerr

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Man, Horizon killed it!

Great choices all around. If i had seen MGS V 40 minutes gameplay video sooner mayber it would have topped my list of games coming this year.

Edit: It's really shocking seeing Halo 5 and Gears 4 so low on the list (29 and 40). Those were games that i was almost certain would break at least top 20.
 
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Damm, Sony just dominating those first places.

Could get my vote in time unfortunately :(
If it´s fine, I´ll still post it here so my work is not lost...

1) The Last Guardian: The most exciting re-reveal I have ever experienced, my feelings were just shattered. Loved ICO and SOTC, and this looks every bit as amazing if not better.

2) MGS V: The one game that could the place of Bloodborne as my GOTY for 2015. Both gameplay and story look absolutely phenomenal.

3) Uncharted 4: The most technically impressive spectacle on the PS4 yet, but what I´m really curious about is the MP, and this time it comes with that 60 fps goodness.

4) Horizon: Guerrilla struck gold with this one, looks like a really promising new IP, audiovisual presentation is top notch as usual.

5) No Man´s Sky: Despite not quite getting the game at first, I feel this is one of those gaming experiences you just can´t miss

6) Dishonored 2: Liked the first one a lot on PS3, need to play it a second time as well, even if we just saw a CGI trailer it was enough yo get me hyped.

7) FFVII Remake: Never played the original, never played any FF games honestly (lol), but that overwhelmingly positive response from the community is something that I just can´t ignore, looking forward to a personal debut on the FF saga

8) Dark Souls III: Bloodborne introduced me this year to the Souls series, and it was truly something incredible. Made even recover my faith in videogames when it was at an all time low, so this was an instant catch on my radar. Gotta get on the previous games first though.

9) Star Wars Battlefront: The only title from EA that interests me, gameplay looks quite solid and hopefully everything will be polished for launch.

10) Ghost Recon Wildlands: The true highlight from Ubisoft conference, that open world looked so nice, but given Ubi´s shameful record I´ll be aproaching this one with caution.
 

El-Suave

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Congratulations Guerrilla Games, finally they get to make a game that seems to be a better fit for the user base than a FPS.
 
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I thought FFVII would be higher on the list... I also do not get the hype for NMS. I will likely buy it day 1, but I don't see why it's in the best of categories. Anyways to each their own.
 

benny_a

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What blows my mind is that a FF7 remake wasn't the biggest surprise this E3.
Surprise is a strange category to define. I've gone with the definition that if you're a GAF enthusiast then anything that is rumored by insiders that haven't been banned is not a surprise.

I'm open to change it though - I've added it last year because Splatoon was such a surprise and Bloodborne didn't count because of the leaks.
Horizon has a similar fate because we had insiders rumoring it and the concept art leaks which seem to be quite faithful to what the game is.
 

SwiftDeath

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Damn Horizon really ran away with it. Can't say I'm too surprised. Reveal was well done. Looked great

I think this was a fantastic E3 in terms of excitement for future games

Nice to see No Man's Sky in the Top 10 after some thought it had lost its luster from last year

Thanks for all the hard work Benny!
 

orthodoxy1095

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Surprise is a strange category to define. I've gone with the definition that if you're a GAF enthusiast then anything that is rumored by insiders that haven't been banned is not a surprise.

I'm open to change it though, but Horizon has a similar fate because we had insiders rumoring it and the concept art leaks which seem to be quite faithful to what the game is.
I think it's fair. I guess it depends on whether you ever believed insiders like Verendus who mentioned it months earlier, or insiders like Wario et al. who mentioned it the day of the conference. Personally, I expected FF7-R to exist someday, but I NEVER thought Nier would get a sequel/followup, let alone be Platinum made, so in many ways it was a bigger surprise.
 

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I AM THE ONE

Shame that Dishonored 2 didn't rank. Also see a lot of good buzz around Horizon; not my cup of tea but good for those who are looking forward to it.
 

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I thought FFVII would be higher on the list... I also do not get the hype for NMS. I will likely buy it day 1, but I don't see why it's in the best of categories. Anyways to each their own.
I think if Square had shown gameplay it would be number #1. Many people in the voting thread, myself included, tried to only pick games that we saw concrete footage of.
 

Mortemis

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NieR 2 is most definitely a bigger surprise. A FFVII remake was bound to happen, we just didn't know if its in the next 10 years.

I fully expected to never get a nier sequel, and to top it off never would've guessed platinum was involved.

Its some crazy shit.
 

SamuraiX-

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Disappointed that Mankind Divided didn't make the Top 10. Guessing most people missed the 25 minute gameplay demo that was released on Thursday.

Really surprised to see Fallout 4 in the Top 5.

Thanks for doing this, benny!
 

Choomp

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Good to see Horizon take it and Metal Gear make it. I think MGS deserved first, but Horizon had an amazing showing so if it was anything else I'd give it to that. Good list however, crazy good show with so many promising games.
 

KraytarJ

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Not surprising at all to see Horizon at #1. It seemed to get a lot of love after the conference. Also interesting to see the top 3 be all PS4 exclusives. Really shows how well Sony did this year.
 

RoKKeR

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Nice job to GG, Horizon looks great.

Don't really understand why Uncharted is so high. Demo was nice but it's Uncharted, didn't really blow me away like Horizon.
 

benny_a

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Nice to see No Man's Sky in the Top 10 after some thought it had lost its luster from last year
If you look at the stats, No Man's Sky definitely lost its luster.

(Total mentions / Total points / #1 votes only)
This year: No Man's Sky (371 / 609 / 2)
Last year: No Man's Sky (721 / 1785 / 113)

While there was a higher participation last year 1269 vs. 1090 it's still quite a downwards trend.

But I just think that is the second year E3 effect. The Division had the same.

Thought this was limited to games though?
In theory it is but it wasn't so much and when I found the second backwards compatibility person then I thought now I also have to add PS Vue.
Drawing lines about excitement is difficult. :p
 

Game4life

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Okay time to admit it guys. How many of you thought any GG game was ever going to top any voting list on NeoGAF?
Zero chance if you asked a few days back. GG receiving this much adulation from the press and from GAF is something I doubt even the studio expected. Wow congrats to GG! Fully deserved. The game looks freaking amazing!
 
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Four of the top five and seven of the top ten were shown at Sony's press conference. Shows why Sony arguably had the greatest press conference ever.