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Top 10 Gameplay Trailers of E3 2016

Top 10 Gameplay Trailers of E3 2016 - Article

by Evan Norris , posted on 16 June 2016 / 10,751 Views

Another E3 come and gone. Now it's time for a post-mortem. While the companies present at E3 didn't exactly set the world on fire, they did make some competent, tidy presentations with a scarcity of wince-inducing moments (Just Dance notwithstanding). There were a lot of games, some good, some bad, some ugly. But which looked the best? Which ones had trailers that dropped jaws, blew minds, and sent fans screaming for the ATM?

Because there was some confusion last time, I want to specify that only gameplay trailers are eligible for this list. So no Halo Wars or Death Stranding. Sorry Kojima-sama. Also ineligible are on-stage gameplay demos. So no Forza Horizon 3 or Gears of War 4. Apologies, Mr. Fergusson.

Without further ado, please enjoy this list of the top ten gameplay trailers from E3 2016.


Ever Oasis (3DS)


From Koichi Ishii, creator of the Mana series, comes a brand new RPG for 3DS. Part Rune Factory, part dungeon crawler, Ever Oasis tasks players with foraging materials, building a prosperous economy, recruiting villagers, exploring a dangerous desert, and fighting monsters in real time.


Nier: Automata (PS4)

The sequel to 2010's NierAutomata looks to combine the RPG elements of the original title with the trademark fluid combat of PlatinumGames. Platinum's Takahisa Taura will function as lead designer, while Nier mainstays like Taro Yoko and Keiichi Okabe return to write and compose, respectively. 


Scalebound (XOne, PC) 

While the "junior" team at Platinum works on Nier: Automata, the "senior" team, including Hideki Kamiya, works on Scalebound, an Xbox One and Windows exclusive. A tale of dungeons and dragons, Scalebound looks to feature a robust single player experience and a hectic four-player cooperative mode. 


Tekken 7 (PS4, XOne, PC) 


From executive producer and all-around boss Katsuhiro Harada comes Tekken 7, a game that looks to combine the 2D fighting mechanics of Street Fighter with the 3D arenas of Tekken. Featuring a new story mode and graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4, Tekken 7 looks to be a treat for fighting fans.


Sea of Thieves (XOne, PC) 

The happy surprise of E3 2016, Sea of Thieves shows huge potential. With naval battles, online multiplayer, and all the grog you can drink, Rare's open-world pirate game might raise the British studio to new heights after a handful of middling efforts. The question remains: just how big and interactive is this world?


 Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Guerrilla Games' newest game, Horizon Zero Dawn, holds the honor of being the only game to grace both the 2015 list and the 2016 list. Boasting a meticulously-crafted game world and exciting third-person combat, Horizon could be one of the premiere PS4 exclusives when it arrives in 2017.


Yooka-Laylee (WiiU, PS4, XOne, PC) 

With so many Kickstarter controversies lately, it's refreshing to see a crowdsourced game living up to its potential. Yooka-Laylee, an action platformer developed by ex-Rare designers, appears to rekindle the creative flames of fifth-generation 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64.


Nioh (PS4)

Mixing elements of Dark SoulsNinja Gaiden, and OnimushaNioh is a gaming masochist's dream come true. Set in Japan in 1600, Nioh follows an English samurai who fights mercenaries, bandits, and demons. The combat system, built on a stamina gauge and several fighting stances, looks challenging and rewarding.


Titanfall 2 (PS4, XOne, PC) 

The first Titanfall, an Xbox and PC exclusive, encountered more than a few detractors for its missing single player mode. Well, developer Respawn Entertainment listened. Titanfall 2 will feature a complete single player campaign, along with six new titans and a few new mechanics like the grapple hook.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU, NX)

Since Nintendo made the unusual decision to focus several hours during E3 advertising the newest Zelda title, expectations were high. Nintendo met and exceeded those expectations, showing off the most impressive game at E3. With its giant open world, survival elements, and emergent gameplay, Zelda stole the show.

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Boutros (on 16 June 2016)

I don't care if I get downvoted for this lol but Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare had an amazing gameplay segment. Easily the most impressive Call of Duty game in years. Weird to say but Call of Duty was overlooked this year.

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Veknoid_Outcast Boutros (on 16 June 2016)

I actually agree. I wasn't crazy about the space/ship combat, but ground combat looked pretty cool, especially that anti-gravity grenade and energy shield.

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shikamaru317 Boutros (on 16 June 2016)

I agree 100%. It was funny, I was watching the twitch chat as the trailer played and most people didn't realize it was CoD at first so they actually thought it looked good.

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DemoniOtaku Boutros (on 16 June 2016)

I will not Downvote you because the bravery need nowaday to ay You like any COD related... xD

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FloatingWaffles Boutros (on 16 June 2016)

It did look great. Sadly people are just going to jump on the bandwagon and dislike it immediately just because everyone else is doing that anyway, probably without even watching the gameplay.

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Shadow1980 Boutros (on 16 June 2016)

I too was surprised to see that it was CoD. I thought it was some new space combat game like the various others making names for themselves right now. It actually looked pretty interesting, like they're trying to do some new things in a series that has been largely stuck in the same model set back in 2007. If it gets some good word-of-mouth, I may actually pick up a copy.

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tolu619 Boutros (on 17 June 2016)

I liked what I saw of COD

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Poojipoo Boutros (on 17 June 2016)

No shame there, it had the same affect on me. I haven't normally cared about the series much, but I might have to make an exception here.

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Johnw1104 Boutros (on 17 June 2016)

It was clever not to show that it was Call of Duty until after they'd gotten people interested.

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FloatingWaffles (on 16 June 2016)

I'm surprised God of War 4 wasn't on here, but then again these are just someone elses opinions so oh well.

Glad to see Zelda at #1 though.

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Oh, I barely realized that he said that on-stage demos wouldn't count. Thanks Johnw1104.

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jason1637 (on 16 June 2016)

Titanfall 2 looked dull to me but good list. I would have added Horizon, Gears, and we happy few.

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FloatingWaffles jason1637 (on 16 June 2016)

Oh yeah, We Happy Few looked fantastic. Was one of the highlights of the Microsoft conference.

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Nuvendil (on 16 June 2016)

Best part about this? Unlike some previous years where you struggled to THINK of ten, this year it was tough to get it down to JUST ten. Next 12 months are going to be special

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Keybladewielder (on 16 June 2016)

I agree with #1.

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Johnw1104 (on 16 June 2016)

I think this bears repeating as it seems people aren't spotting it, :"Because there was some confusion last time, I want to specify that only gameplay trailers are eligible for this list. So no Halo Wars or Death Stranding. Sorry Kojima-sama. Also ineligible are on-stage gameplay demos. So no Forza Horizon 3 or Gears of War 4. Apologies, Mr. Fergusson" Basically, just trailers that featured gameplay.

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Johnw1104 (on 16 June 2016)

I actually think the Ever Oasis trailer was fairly poor, as I really wasn't interested but started becoming interested with the later gameplay footage and the revelation of how experienced the people behind it are. I've read others had a similar experience.

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Miyamotoo (on 17 June 2016)

Zelda is very deserved.

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Luke888 (on 16 June 2016)

I would have expected We Happy Few, ReCore and Trials of the Blood Dragon to be here (man was the announcement of TotBD a masterpiece of the E3 history)

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Areym (on 16 June 2016)

Can't say I agree with everything, especially titanfall.

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V-r0cK (on 16 June 2016)

No Gravity Rush 2??? :(

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Keybladewielder V-r0cK (on 16 June 2016)

Why does this comment has downvotes? Gravity Rush 2 looked really amazing and I'd personally put it above some of the games in the list.

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Azzanation (on 17 June 2016)

Zelda definitely deserved number one in my opinion. Great job Nintendo.

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ArchangelMadzz (on 16 June 2016)

How very Japanese of this list

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naruball (on 16 June 2016)

So, where exactly is God of War?

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GOWTLOZ (on 16 June 2016)

God of War should have been in the top 5 atleast, I just don't see how it wasn't better than many or all of the games listed here.

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JustThatGamer (on 16 June 2016)

God of War had the best gameplay demo, why not include on-stage demos in this list? :S

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naruball JustThatGamer (on 16 June 2016)

Lol at the downvotes we are getting. How dare we not praise Zelda to death!!!

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Goodnightmoon JustThatGamer (on 17 June 2016)

Funny that you said that when the most voted comments talk about CoD, GoW and Titanfall2.

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Trunkin JustThatGamer (on 17 June 2016)

You're getting downvotes because you want this trailer list to include gameplay demos so that your favorite game can win. Demos can be on a separate list. It's like complaining that the incredible Halo Wars trailer didn't make the list. It didn't make it because it doesn't belong!

That said, I think Detroit:Become Human should be on this list. They did a great job showcasing how your choices can have a legitimate effect on outcomes -- considering that choice making is like 90% of the gameplay in titles like this, I think it should count. Plus it was just damn entertaining!

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DemoniOtaku (on 16 June 2016)

No Insomniac's Spiderman trailer, nor DETROIT: Become Human? Those two are among the best tree trailers I saw during theE3, Together with NIER: Automata's.

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malistix1985 (on 16 June 2016)

for me, Horizon, God of war then Zelda... God of war isnt listed, should have been

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xl-klaudkil (on 16 June 2016)

Sea of thieves,with those annoying people? Realy? Realy?.. Wauw

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