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Thursday Night Gaming – E3

As you may have guessed from my previous posts, or possibly even just from the coolest parts of the internet, this week saw gaming’s annual pilgrimage to LA for the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short.

Working for a Games retailer and being a massive geek myself, this is one of the most exciting times of the year. Whilst I am not one of the lucky few who get to attend the event, the wonders of the internet mean that I was able to watch the live streams of the various press conferences, hence my 4am bed time on Monday.

This year’s event  was the biggest in a pretty long time, due to both of the major platform holders bringing their new hardware to the show and giving us the first real glimpse into what they can do and what games we might expect from them.

XBOX ONE

On any other year Microsoft would have scored a home run with their presentation. Opening the show with a trailer for the usually Sony centric Metal Gear Solid and a cameo from Hideo Kojima was a real surprise and lead to internet rumours of MGS exclusivity although these where quickly cleared up in the hours to come.

That was followed with a brand new design for the XBOX 360, released instantly and looking like a miniature XBOX ONE, some upgrades to XBOX Live and a show of support for existing customers bringing World of Tanks, Max the Curse of Brotherhood and Dark Souls 2 to the 360.

From here on in it was XBOX One all the way, with trailers for Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, Sunset Overdrive, Forza 5, (the ridiculously and supposedly real time) Quantum Break, (personal favourite) Project Spark, Dead Rising 3 , Battlefield 4, Halo 5, and the Titan Fall taking centre stage with a majority being exclusives.

Throw in a release window and a price point and job done Winning, any other year anyways…..

SONY

Unfortunately for Microsoft some bad PR and some confusing policies teed SONY up.

 They didn’t even do anything spectacular with the games, sure Knack looks kinda fun, Killzone and Infamous Second Son will be as awesome as the previous ones have been but other than that it was a lot of Indie titles, awesome indie titles all the same but unfortunately the only indie title that is ever going to have the power to shift consoles is Minecraft.

That said they did have a bunch of exclusive content for many of the 3rd party titles such as Batman, Watchdogs and of course the first look at upcoming Bungie epic, Destiny.

But it wasn’t with the Games that SONY planned on winning this E3, a sleek looking Console, a cheaper price point and no DRM, left Jack Trenton with a full 60 seconds of applause and an instant you tube hit.

Thankfully whilst the two platform holders were concerned with PR, the 3rd parties had no such problems and where focused solely on the games.

EA wowed with an outstanding display of both single and multiplayer for Battlefield 4, as well as footage from the usual mainstays of FIFA, Madden & Need for speed. To top it all off they rolled out some fan service in the form of Mirrors Edge 2 and Star wars Battlefront 3, to be fair for me they did everything short of announcing a new Timesplitters – lets hope they are saving that one for next year!

But for the second year running as far as I’m concerned Ubisoft where the real winners, showing off some expected titles such as Assassins Creed: Black Flag, Rayman Legends and the “Game of the year any year that GTA V wasn’t coming out” Watchdogs, but also surprising us all with The Crew and “Game I’m most looking forward to after GTA and Watchdogs” The Division.

If you didn’t manage to watch the events or haven’t yet seen the various trailers I suggest you give them a look, I’ll leave a selection of my favorites below.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. June 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Ahhh E3! I think my partner’s brother John does things there. I think he commentates. I believe he is known as Total Biscuit? Or possibly the Cynical Brit? He was in one of the shots of the news coverage last year so I watched it and was amazed at the scale of this convention! I don’t play games so don’t understand a lot of it but I was blown away :O

    • June 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      wow I have watched a lot of his videos! used to watch his WOW videos all the time! Small world!

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