Game Informer's Best Of E3 2016 Awards

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This year's E3 had fewer surprises than years past, but it didn't make the show any less enjoyable. We got our first hands-on with exciting sequels and new games, played innovative VR experiences, and discovered unexpected experiences that we didn't even know we wanted. It was as hard to narrow the field and select our favorites, but these are the games that rose to the top and earned Game Informer’s E3 2016 Best in Show Awards.

GOD OF WAR

Where do you go after clearing the pantheon of Greek gods? That’s the question God of War’s Kratos – and Sony – must have been asking themselves. Change is coming to the series, and not only thanks to a new voice actor and the move to Norse mythology. God of War moves the action closer to players with a tighter camera perspective. That makes it even easier to appreciate the newly reimagined combat, which sees the antihero defeating trolls and other beasts with an axe and the help of his son’s bow. Yes, Kratos is a father again. Here’s hoping it works out better for him this time around. For more on the game, head here.

The Sports Desk – The E3 Wrap-Up Edition & Dangerous Golf Afterwords

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The Sports Desk – The E3 Wrap-Up Edition & Dangerous Golf Afterwords

E3 has come and gone, and my colleague Matt Bertz and I had the chance to get our hands on a number of the upcoming sports games (FYI, some like NBA 2K17 weren't there). While there is plenty more info to come about all these titles, the show gave us a good idea of their main features and what to expect going forward. Me, Bertz, and fellow sports fanatic Kim Wallace chat about what we've seen.

Kato: One of the main things I noticed about this year's show was how much depth we're getting with a lot of these games. FIFA is adding The Journey story mode (shown above). Forza Horizon 3 is letting users make their own events. The Golf Club 2 now includes a full career mode and single/multiplayer golf societies. Even series like NHL and F1 that have previously dropped the ball in terms of features are bulking up.

Bertz: Yeah, it's nice to see the sports labels get a little more ambitious after largely playing it safe as they gained their footing on the PS4 and Xbox One. Comparing this generation to previous ones, you can tell the lack of competition has somewhat stifled the creative drive to try new things. It seems most of the development in the past few years has been more focused on refining gameplay and shoring up deficiencies, so new features like The Journey and Steep's build-your-own extreme adventure approach to snow sports were most welcome.

The Vehicles of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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With Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward is looking to reignite the Call of Duty franchise by tackling the final frontier, casting players as a commander leading a desperate war against a brutal army of space fascists. Luckily, players will have a few vehicles to use to their advantage in the fight.

The JackalThe Jackal is one of Infinite Warfare's most eye-catching features as well as one of the more notable additions that sets the game apart from every other entry in the series. "The Jackal is a multi-functioning attack jet that's good for in-atmosphere flight, VTOL flight, and space flight," lead vehicle artist Dan Savage explained to us. During a demo we were shown during our visit to Infinity Ward's offices, we are able to see The Jackal in all three flight forms. Early on in the segment that takes place in Geneva, Reyes is able to call in the Jackal via remote to rain down machine gun fire on enemies and provide support. Later in that same level, Reyes boards the Jackal and breaks through Earth's atmosphere with an armada of ships to take on the enemy in a off-rails space dog fight sequence that wouldn't be out of place in Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica.

Watch 30 Minutes Of New Battlefield 1 Gameplay

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During E3 2016, several Game Informer editors got their hands on DICE's Battlefield 1. Series fan Matt Bertz had a lot of thoughts on what makes this entry different from the rest, and we also spoke to the game's senior producer Aleksander Grøndal about the single-player campaign and what it's like to develop the game. Javy Gwaltney was able to play around in mulitplayer on PC for an extended period of time and capture the footage, so with this feature we wanted to just post the raw gameplay and give viewers a sense of what it's like on the ground in DICE's take on World War 1.

Check out the video below to see what it'll be like to play Battlefield 1 on a PC later this year.

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From Orchestras To DJs, The Standout Game Music Of E3

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Where would games be without music? And by extension, where would E3 be? Tons of melodies were heard both on stage and in trailers during E3’s four day run, and we compiled a list of some of the songs musical vignettes that stood out the most, whether purely for their tunes or because of the prominent creators behind them.

The Orchestral Introduction To God of War 4Sony’s press conference opened with a bang, as a chorus of low rumbling voices paired with a full orchestra of instruments to belt out God of War composer Bear McCreary’s new theme for the latest in the series, God of War 4. 

Along with a collection of male voices, Faroese singer-songwriter Eivør Pálsdóttir played a drum and added rhythmic chanting and beautiful operatic notes to the chorus. Pálsdóttir’s Germanic vocals were a perfect inclusion to the opening, since God of War 4 seems to be tackling Norse mythology this time around. 

The Top 7 Weirdest Moments From E3 2016

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Every year, the major players at the Electronic Entertainment Expo try their best to push their press conferences to the limit, cramming in everything from surprise celebrity guests to live musical performances. These strokes of ambition can sometimes fall flat, and we've assembled the most upsetting moments into one hard-to-watch video.

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Want slightly more coverage of the press conferences from this past week? Check out our two minute supercuts of every presentation at E3 2016.

Touring E3 2016's Silliest Sights

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For the last five years, Game Informer has filmed a video tour during E3 to let fans feel what it's like on the show floor. This year Jeff Cork and Ben Reeves grabbed microphones and headed out in search of the coolest, weirdest, or just dumbest things to show off. While there weren't as many publishers at the show this year, there were still plenty of silly games and people to interact with.

Watch the E3 show floor tour below to see some old friends and industry legends mix things up on the show floor of E3 2016.

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Super Replay – Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon (Part Seven)

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Super Replay – Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon (Part Seven)

A few months ago I emerged as the victor of Game Informer's most recent Super Replay Showdown. My prize? Subjecting my fellow editors and our viewers to the strange and maddening FMV adventure game that is Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. Starring a bumbling private eye who spends his weeks trying to make rent and ends up going on a quest to prevent the end of the world, Under A Killing Moon is a peculiar mishmash of genres, the kind of game that could have only been birthed in the early '90s.

It's pure, undistilled zaniness that has to been seen to be believed. So sit back in your chair and push the Maltese falcon on your desk out of the way of the screen so you can join me, Andrew Reiner, Dan Tack, and Kyle Hilliard as we navigate this twisted, futuristic vision of San Francisco, putting our flimsy detective skills to use while being constantly berated by James Earl Jones.

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Our Biggest Unanswered Questions From E3

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This year we saw a lot of great things at E3, but a few left us wondering just what’s going on in these games. So, we compiled a list of the biggest questions we were left with after our long week of seeing new games.

When will the curtain be pulled back on Mass Effect Andromeda?We expected to see a lot more of Andromeda this year. But, unfortunately for us, EA is still being cagey with what it’s revealing. We got brief glimpses of the game’s new worlds, animations, and even brief looks at gameplay, but we still hardly know anything about it. What are the details surrounding our new protagonist, and what is his or her mission? What’s the overall story of the game and what has brought us to the Andromeda galaxy? What kind of new aliens are we going to be meeting? We were hoping to have some answers this week at E3, but it appears we have to wait just a bit longer.

Take A Look At Nintendo's Impressive Zelda-themed E3 Booth

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Take A Look At Nintendo's Impressive Zelda-themed E3 Booth

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Nintendo devoted its entire booth to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this year. It was the only playable game Nintendo had on the floor and its booth full reflects that. Nintendo passed along some pictures of its booth, but Brian Shea was also on hand to take a few photos of the impressive layout.

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