Another E3 has come and gone. So now is is the time to decide who won? Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all brought their games this year but only one can stand victorious.
And the winner is Nintendo. Well it had to be really didn’t it? While Microsoft is still boasting about the future potential of it’s super popular Kinect hardware, Sony shows off everything the Playstation Vita (Previously named NGP) will offer, Nintendo seemed to be holding the best hand with the reveal of it’s brand new console, the Wii U.
The Microsoft Press Conference was show with two half’s. It began with live demos of some of the platforms biggest titles. These included Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon: Future Solider, Gears Of War and Forza 3. It’s an impressive line-up of games, although it failed to astonish simply because it didn’t show much new. All of these games had been seen previously so acted as more as an update rather a reveal. While hardcore gamers may have been put off by the constant mentioning of Kinect inclusion, the quality of the titles on display was undeniable. With much of this line-up also going to be available on the Playstaion 3 it was instantly apparent that Microsoft didn’t have as impressive a lineup as previous years.
The second half of Microsoft’s press conference saw attention turned to Kinect. With a combination game announcements and tech demos Microsoft displayed what’s new with Kinect. These demonstrations were similar to what we saw last years event. Fake families and friends playing a variety of party games with big grins and scripted dialogue. The games on display were impressive but nothing new. They showed clever and creative new ways of using Kinects technology. But while this will keep Kinect owners pleased to see that their purchase will be supported, these largely simple and casual games would be unlikely to convert fans of buttons to the Xbox’s wireless controller. The dramatic reveal of Halo 4 that ended the conference managed to leave a nice aftertaste. So while Microsoft’s press conference was by no means a flop, it didn’t manage to climb above our third place position.
After a slightly awkward address of the Playstation Network outage, Sony’s press conference got going. The conference started with a bang, impressive showing of the Sony exclusive ‘Uncharted: Drakes Deception’ set the bar high for everything else that followed. This stage demo was followed by an extensive look at another big Sony exclusive ‘Resistance 3’. ‘Uncharted 3’ was a hard act to follow but still managed to demonstrate the scale and tight gameplay of this soon to be released shooter. After these big exclusives Sony’s attention turned to it’s new Motion Controller, ‘The Playstation Move’.
A few solid titles were put on display but were easily forgotten when a new trailer of “Bioshock:Infinite” was shown. The next big announcement came in the form of the reveal of new name for the NGP. This was more of a confirmation as this name was leaked before E3. The Playstation Vita continued to dominate the rest of Sony’s conference. A series of announcements and game demos for playstations upcoming platform (including the reveal of the consoles pricing) ended out Sony’s conference. The playstation Vita helped to place Sony ahead of Microsoft but it was still not enough to take the number 1 spot.
Nintendo started off big with a live orchestra playing a commemorative song to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Zelda. To start with Nintendo put all it’s focus on it’s most recent handheld the 3DS. A few upcoming game announcements (largely ones that involve a certain famous plumber) and game trailers followed. But now came the time most people were waiting, the reveal of Nintendo’s new console. After the official announcement a video showcases the Wii U’s controller’s features was played. Although much about Wii U was leaked before E3 it was reassuring to see speculated details confirmed.
Unsurprisingly the Wii U dominated the rest of the conference. While most of the focus on placed on the consoles controller a reveal of an impressive line-up of third party games and a beautiful looking tech demo helped to show the power of this new console. An obvious lack of anything to do with the original Wii didn’t darken this will presented and content filled conference. The inclusion of Nintendos next generation console elevated Nintendo able it’s competitors and helped it to become this years winner of E3.
Check out the video bellow to see our countdown with footage from all three conferences.
Thanks to IGN for the coverage.