React: What Was the Best Game of E3 2015? We Analyze It

The press conferences have ended. The booths are being deconstructed. Thousands of people are catching their flight out of LAX, worn by four days of little sleep and blaring high-resolution displays.

E3 draws to a close just as the press embark on a bigger task: declaring a ‘winner’.

Fanboys will argue that their respective console, game or publisher was the champion, putting all others to shame.

We’ve looked to social to declare a winner.


What was talked about the most?

Across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums, blogs and news articles, E3 topics were mentioned well over one million times. Games took the lion’s share of the online conversation.

Shenmue 3 – the sequel that’s been hiding for a decade – was the most popular game of the week.

This was followed closely by the announcement of a Final Fantasy VII remake. Even though the game is almost a decade old, it captured the nostalgia of thousands of gamers.

What game was the most loved?

Even though some games didn’t get a lot of buzz, we can analyze the sentiment around them to find out what people thought was good.

The winners are:

  • Forza 6: 95% positive
  • Super Mario Maker: 87.1% positive
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 88.6% positive
  • Star Wars Battlefront: 82.9% positive
  • Doom: 81.7% positive

Surprisingly, the games with the high level of buzz tended to be the most argued about online.

While many people talked about the nostalgia-factories Shenmue 3 and Final Fantasy VII, they had some of the lowest sentiment scores of the show.
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What about right now?

Buzz doesn’t stay around forever.

Below, you’ll find a chart that updates in real-time based on how many online mentions each game gets.

Falling behind? Make some of those Tweets yourself.