Best Strategy Game

XCOM 2: WAR OF THE CHOSEN

As if XCOM 2's strategy wasn’t deep enough, Firaxis has added a host of new mechanics and systems to an already robust strategy experience. A new enemy type, called The Chosen, will hunt players throughout the campaign and slowly adapt to their strategy after each encounter. Another new enemy, called the Spectre, can sneak through the battlefield and create dark copies of XCOM soldiers. Thankfully, players can also bolster their ranks with a few new soldier classes. For example, the Skirmishers are half-alien hybrids that have turned against the alien overlords. If that’s not enough, War of the Chosen is adding new environments, mission objectives, and character customization options to create an incredibly robust experience that will feel fresh even to those who have put hundreds of hours into the base game. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 29. For more on this exciting expansion, head here. You can also listen to our interview with XCOM 2's Jake Solomon here.

Best Tech

XBOX ONE X

We’d like to see Microsoft make a stronger case for why Xbox One owners should upgrade to this new hardware, but the tech giant has made a beautiful new piece of hardware. Microsoft utilized a 2.3GHz custom octacore processor and an AMD GPU with 12GB GDDR5 RAM and 6 Teraflops of performance to develop the most powerful console on the market. Impressively, the Xbox One X  is also Microsoft’s smallest hardware unit to date. The system’s specs allow it to run the Xbox One's current library of games with faster load times, improved anisotropic filtering, 4K output, and supersampling. Hopefully, we get to see how Microsoft’s software lineup will further take advantage of this powerful hardware punch before the system’s release on November 7. For more on the Xbox One X, head here.

Best Multiplatform Game

DESTINY 2

Destiny’s first foray onto PC looks incredibly promising. This version (which uses Blizzard’s Battle.net platform as its backbone) looks and feels fantastic on a high-end machine. Playing Destiny at 60 frames-per-second makes it feel like a different game, the menus are snappier, and high-precision weapons like Hand Cannons gain new life when you can snap your cursor over targets instantly. On all versions, vistas are more expansive, and the reworking of zones to make them more populated makes Destiny’s world feel like more of a real place instead of something you read about in the Grimoire. All of this leaves us excited to play Destiny 2, regardless of which platform we end up playing on.

Best VR Exclusive

THE INPATIENT

VR continued to have a presence at E3 this year, and we came away most impressed with Supermassive's The Inpatient. Billed as a psychological thriller and prequel to Until Dawn, The Inpatient is set many years prior to the first game. You play as a man with amnesia who wakes up in a mental asylum, which is the same sanitarium that you explore in Until Dawn. In the short demo we played, we were interrogated by a sinister doctor while strapped to a chair, experienced unsettling flashbacks, and jumped out of our skin when a jump scare occurred in a dreamscape section. The Inpatient uses similar mechanics to Until Dawn, using both scares and decision-making to immerse the player. It's a concept that we found works well, and we're excited to see more.

Best 3DS Exclusive

METROID: SAMUS RETURNS

Every E3, we hope for a new 2D Metroid game, and it never happens. That’s why fans’ jaws dropped when Nintendo made this surprise announcement during its E3 livestream. Metroid: Samus Returns is a 3DS remake of Metroid II, which originally released on Game Boy in 1991. This reimagined adventure retains the same story and flow, but developer MercurySteam (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow) is adding a modern spin. That includes mechanics like a melee counter move, plus Amiibo functionality. The action looks and feels great, and we can’t wait to suit up for more.