E3 2016.

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When people choose the “winners “of E3 every year they do so on varied criteria, I personally judge it on one, which conference would convince me most to go out and spend my money on a new console. Now I already own a PC, PS4, XOne, Vita, 3DS and Wii U, not to mention a whole slew of older generation machines, so this is little more than a hypothetical conundrum but it’s one I find none the less works and this year there was one clear winner of E3 2016, Sony.
Sony “won” this year’s E3 plain and simply cause they showed off same stunning games, God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 7 and Spider-Man to name a few. Microsoft showed off a number of eye catching titles too, We Happy Few for instance looked wonderful however far too much of what Microsoft showed this year was predictable. Gears of War looked like another Gears of War, Forza Horizon 3 like more Forza meanwhile the likes of Scalebound and Recore failed to really impress unlike say, the Resident Evil 7 or Death Stranding trailers did. As good as they were though Sony’s conference wasn’t faultless, the Crash Bandicoot announcement, while welcome lacked any real substance at all meanwhile the decision to dedicate a sizeable chunk of their conference to VR, something many gamers see as a fad didn’t put a smile on everyone’s face, much in the same way the XBox One S and mysterious Xbox Scorpio announcements failed to. Those eagled eyed among you might by now be wonder why I’ve not mentioned Nintendo’s part in all this and that’s really cause Nintendo didn’t play much of a part in this year’s E3 at all. They did keep their word though, no new big name games, no NX talk, no nothing but a long winded play though of Pokemon and then The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and yes, it was as exciting as that sounds but that’s a bit how E3 2016 felt outside of Sony’s conference, by the numbers.

Best Of Show 3DS…
Ever Oasis
Runners Up…
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Best Of Show PC…
We Happy Few
Runners Up…
Civilization 6
Vampyr

Best Of Show Playstaion 4…
God of War
Runners Up…
Resident Evil 7
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Of Show Playstaion Vita…
Rabi-Ribi
Runners Up…
Pox Nora
Fault Milestone One

Best Of Show Wii U…
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Runners Up…
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Paper Mario Color Splash

Best Of Show XBox One…
We Happy Few
Runners Up…
Cuphead
Battlefield 1

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Sony E3 2015.

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I usually beat around the bush a little with these summaries, you know, I name drop a few games like Hitman, Street Fighter 5, Firewatch and Uncharted 4 before waxing lyrical about how much they impressed me. Heck I might even go on to add to that list how pleasing it was to finally see The Last Guardian in action or just how stunning Guerrilla Games’s Horizon Zero Dawn looked, but I don’t need to do any of that this time around, in this summery I in fact need to mention that Sony announced two of the most wanted games of all time at their press conference, I’m of course referring to Final Fantasy 7 The Remake and Shenmue 3 which in turn delivered in the areas Microsoft and Nintendo simply didn’t, they surprised gamers with games gamers actually want and that’s all you have to do, truly the day was Sony’s.

Sony’s E3 In a Nutshell.

  • Finally a Final Fantasy 7 remake.
  • Finally Shenmue 3.
  • Finally The Last Guardian.
  • Uncharted 4 sure looked stunning
  • Where were all the Vita games?
  • Does anyone really care about Disney Infinity?
  • What the Hell was Dreams?

Sony E3 2015.

Nintendo E3 2015.

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If you read my musings above you’ll already know that Sony “won” this year’s E3 even before Nintendo had taken to their digital stage, that said the big N could still have made a big impact this year even if they couldn’t, realistically, win the show outright if only they had shown something, anything of genuine note
Sadly Nintendo simply didn’t bring that one game of note to this year’s show, in fact they mostly only brought Amiibos, lots of Amiibos and Mario Maker. Sure there was other titles, Star Fox Zero and Xenoblade Chronicles X both looked good, as did Fire Emblem x Shin Megami but that was the problem, the best games on show for Nintendo were games Nintendo revealed over a year ago. Worse though than a lack of new games, a lack of surprises, a Metroid Prime no one asked for or even Animal Crossing Party was the fact that this dull conference accurately portrayed the current state of things at Nintendo,
the 3DS is coming to the end of it’s life, the Wii U is barely clinging to it’s and Nintendo appear to have bet the farm on Amiibos, mobile gaming and a platform we won’t know two licks about until sometime next year.
Nintendo ended this year’s E3 conference claiming the company was “changing”, I live in hope it isn’t changing into what this conference represented, a predictable, forgettable Nintendo.

Nintendo’S E3 In a Nutshell.

Nintendo E3 2015.

Microsoft E3 2015.

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When a man like Microsoft’s Phil Spencer tells you you’re about to see “the best XBox line-up ever” naturally you sit up and listen, sadly by the end of Microsoft’s E3 2015 conference few would have agreed with him that that was what they saw.
What we did see was a company perhaps lacking direction, sure Halo 5, Forza 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider and the star of the show, Gears of War 4 made their appearances, hell even a new Rare MMO dubbed Sea of Thieves was unveiled but it all felt a little underwhelming, a bit, so so. Take for instance the announcement that a 100 or so (initially) Xbox 360 games are to be made compatible with the XOne, great sure but is this really a feature Microsoft should be making a song and dance over? No it’s not, it’s one which should have been included when the console launched, not an E3 announcement nearly two years on. That said a few lukewarm reveals and a lack of surprises weren’t the only things which held this year’s conference back, far too much time was spent talking about holographic this and Windows 10 that also played their roles but the buck must surely stop with Microsoft for phoning this E3 in.

Microsoft’s E3 In a Nutshell.

  • 360 backward compatibility is coming.
  • The Rare Collection looks to be great value.
  • Gears 4 looks great.
  • Far too much talk of Windows 10.
  • Not nearly enough surprise announcements.
  • Gears of War Ultimate Edition only contains Gears 1.
  • No ReCore gameplay.
  • No Scalebound, Crackdown 3 or Phantum Dust.

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Bethesda E3 2015.

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Bethesda joined the ranks of EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix this year by holding an E3 conference all of their own, however with Fallout 4 already out of the bag did the Elder Scrolls creators really have all that much else to show? In short, yes but not a lot. Bethesda’s E3 “Showcase” as the company dubbed it largely consisted of three games; Dishonored 2, Doom and Fallout 4, all highly anticipated titles in their own right sure however far too little of Dishonored 2 was shown to really get the blood pumping and while a lack of footage wasn’t Fallout’s issue the fact that the game had been unveiled last week certainty seemed to have cost the title something in excitement which even a release of November 10th this year couldn’t seem to claw back.
It all than in the end fell on the shoulders of Doom to save Bethesda’s, competent but uninspiring conference and id’s reboot certainty didn’t disappoint, impressing the hall immediately with it’s visuals before the gameplay sunk in and the realization began to hit home that this Doom was going some way to recreating the sense of pace and purpose which defined the series before the game lost sight of what it was in the transition to 3D.
Good to have you back Doom, it has been too far loo long.

Bethesda’s E3 In a Nutshell.

  • Doom looked wonderful.
  • Fallout 4 is out this year.
  • Did we really need an hour long press event for a handful of games?

Bethesda E3 2015.

 

Nintendo Out E3 Plans?

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Last week Nintendo teased the release of a video which, apparently, would reveal fresh details surrounding the Mario factory’s plans for this year’s E3 event, cue rampant speculation among fans who began predicting the video would surely contain everything from a trailer for the new Star Fox game to a glimpse of Metroid Prime 4, well here it is, Nintendo’s Get Ready for E3 2015 trailer. Along with the humour-full but detail less video Nintendo also issued the dates and time for their E3 appearance which again like last year will be a Direct Event.

Nintendo E3 2015.
Sunday, June 14th – Nintendo World Championships 2015.
Tuesday, June 16th – Nintendo Digital Event (9 am PST).
Nintendo Treehouse Live (details TBC).

Nintendo Out E3 Plans