Let’s face it folks, apart from the games one of the big questions we all ask ourselves after every E3 (we all do it) is asking who won E3 between the “big five” who hold pre-show press events. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo all brought their big guns to the show this year and each had something special to show their fans making the decision as to who won the show harder than ever. But we here at 3GEM love a challenge so here are our takes on to who won E3.
Let’s start with the first company to make it’s presentation at E3, Microsoft. They opened the show in style with extended looks at games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive, each of which looks absolutely gorgeous on the Xbox One. They also showcased a LOT about upcoming Halo projects which are sure to go over big with fans of the series. All in all though while I applaud Microsoft’s focus on games at this year’s E3, I can’t say that anything really blew me away as most of the games shown were either already announced or relatively easy to predict.
EA did it’s best at E3. It’s best to try to put me to sleep. While games like The Sims 4 and NHL 15 were quite impressive almost everything else from their show was something we knew was in development. Where were the secrets? The surprises? Why tease a new Mass Effect game if you have nothing to show for it? But the worst offense of all? No new Star Wars games. Seriously you cancel 1313, you cancel that Darth Maul game and all you have to show us is some (pretty) artwork from Battlefront 3? For shame.
Ubisoft’s press conference was probably one of the more entertaining ones of the year, mostly in part for the hosting chops of Aisha Tyler. They also had a fair bit of incredible games to show from Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Tom Clancy’s The Division and The Crew. But for every game that wowed us we had to sit through titles like Just Dance 2015 and Shape Up which don’t get me wrong, look very fun but really slow down the flow of your event.
Sony brought the pain at this year’s E3… if you’re a Microsoft fan. Nearly every game they showed that is set to release on multiple platforms will have some sort of exclusive content on Sony consoles. The one that hurts the most though is the highly anticipated Destiny which is getting a special bundle with a white PS4 console. Apart from third party games Sony also delivered on it’s own franchises with games like Little Big Planet 3 and Uncharted 4: A Thieve’s End. If theirs one thing we can fault Sony on though is spending way too much time talking about TV content. Oh and where are the Vita games Sony?!
Never ones to go with the flow, Nintendo opted out of having a single large press conference instead showing a pre-recorded Digital Event early today. During this (hilarious) video we saw many new games from Nintendo such as Yoshi’s Wooly World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Splatoon and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Of course the big announcement of the show was our first look at the new Legend of Zelda for the Wii U featuring an absolutely gorgeous art style. Nintendo’s E3 showing is actually unique in that it’s still actually happening. Just moments earlier we got the announcement that Pac-Man was joining Smash Bros. and a new 3DS game is being shown tomorrow. All in all a pretty solid (but safe) E3 showing from Nintendo.
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