This was an E3 where dreams came true.
The Last Guardian, a game that had completely fallen off the face of the gaming world for the last five years, leading many to believe that the game simply was never going to see the light of day, finally made its reemergence with a 2016 release window.
The Final Fantasy 7 Remake was announced! A game that fans have spent 10 years clamoring for; ever since E3 2005 when Sony showed off a tech demo that revealed what Midgard could look like using PS3 technology.
Then you have Shenmue 3's kickstarter, backwards compatibility with the Xbox One, a new IP from Rare that doesn't involve the Kinect... Even the most cynical of us have to admit that this year's E3, at the very least from an announcement standpoint, was one of the best in years.
But when thinking about my favorite games of the show, it's important to me to only select games that I actually got hands-on time with. Hands-off trailers and presentations can be tricky, and I've been burnt by dishonest demonstrations before. So this is why you won't see any Fallout 4, Dark Souls 3, The Last Guardian, Horizon, or Kingdom Hearts 3 on my list. Simply because I didn't have the opportunity to play them.
With that being said, here are my five favorite games from E3 2015.
Having played both Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero: Live now, it was a tough choice deciding which one to put on this list. For the first time ever, both the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises are trying to do something substantially different from each other, and that's actually really exciting. As a single player who loves how satisfying it was to work my way up from medium difficulty all the way up to expert, way back when the first Guitar Hero came out, I'm excited to be able to do it all again with Guitar Hero: Live's new guitar controller.
But when it comes to rhythm games, I'm a gamer who values fun over all else, and there's just no matching the fun to be had when playing Rock Band 4 with a group of people who are able to really get into it. The freestyle guitar solos really do a great job of giving players the opportunity to live that fantasy of being guitar shredding rock god, by removing the precision required to get through a tough solo and allowing the player to focus on expressing themselves however they want.
Harmonix also deserves a tip of the hat for making all previous downloadable content transferable, as well as making old instruments compatible with the new hardware.