With this year’s E3 presentations in the books, I can honestly say that this is definitely one of the best in recent memory. The presentations were a blast to watch and the games we saw are sure to give us all hours and hours of enjoyment. The yearly question is which of the big three came out on top with the best presentation. Let’s jump in and give it a go.
3 – Nintendo
Although I have no stake in Nintendo’s games, I was excited to see what could come of them this year. I knew that there wouldn’t be any sign of the NX or the new Legend of Zelda game, but I was still pumped to see what is to come for Big N.
I won’t say that I was disappointed, but I can’t say I enjoyed the conference either. It was cool to see more of Mario Maker and the Star Fox Zero, but games like the new Metroid and Animal Crossing titles just do absolutely nothing for me.
I know a lot of people didn’t like the continued Amiibo talk, but in a world where Amiibo dominate the internet, shopping lists, and many gamers’ minds, Nintendo HAD to spend a significant amount of time talking about their toys to life model.
2 – Microsoft / Xbox
When I’ve see Microsoft present these past two years, I always get a huge smile on my face. They finally seem to understand their consumer and are tailoring that experience to fit them perfectly.
MS came out swinging with the announcement of backwards compatibility and the Elite controller. This shows that they do care about player concerns and also are wrking to address them.
We also got a smorgasbord of games coming this year including Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Gears Remaster, and other titles. They also focused more on indie titles than in the past, looking more at games like Cuphead (which looks fantastic) and other smaller budget games coming to the platform through id@xbox.
HoloLens also wowed the crowd when it showed off it’s Minecraft capability and it looked completely bad ass. It really looked futuristic and personally I cannot wait to see what the future holds for it.
Microsoft really showed a lot of improvement here. They made the biggest ANNOUNCEMENT at E3 with backwards compatibility, but what Sony brought to the table just edged it out.
1 – Sony / PlayStation
Wow. That’s what many gamers said after Sony’s conference. The first 40 or so minutes was literally perfect and we saw games that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
The Last Guardian, the Final Fantasy VII remake, the Shenmue III Kickstarter, and Uncharted were all shown off at the conference and the crowd went wild during all four of them.
Let’s also not discount a game that I fell in love with, Horizon Zero Dawn. This post-apocalyptic hunting game is beautiful and the female protagonist looks like she can kick some serious ass. I am beyond excited for this game and can’t wait to see what Guerrilla can do the third person market.
I’ll admit that my jaw dropped during each of the announcements. I have to be honest though, during the talk about Vue, things did a bit dry, but it could be interesting if it pans out and Sony really backs it.
I also enjoyed the showing of smaller titles like Firewatch and No Man’s Sky, although I really wanted to hear more about Rime.
All in all this was a beautiful E3. I enjoy all of the Big 3’s conferences and I give them all a big thank you for bringing us previews of amazing games that I can’t wait to play. I love this time of year, but I’ll love the moments I have with these great titles even more.
How did you rank this year’s E3? let us know in the comments below! Everyones’ tastes are different and we can’t wait to hear about yours.