If I were to describe last year’s E3 for Sony, I’d compare it to the big reveal scene in Jurassic Park. The audience is rumbling along in a jeep through lush grassland, with Sony playing the role of an excited Richard Attenborough. Suddenly, the audience gets a look at something they long thought to be extinct; actual gameplay of The Last Guardian-osaurus. Then Sony, smug bastards they are, casually let slip they’ve got a remake of Final Fantasy 7-saurus Rex in the works. Finally, the camera pans out to a herd of Shenmue 3-asaura drinking from a nearby lagoon. There was a winner last year, and it was Sony. This year the audience went in knowing there was no possible way they could match that show, but boy did Sony still try.
Microsoft finds itself behind the eightball this year. The Xbox One hasn’t struck much of a chord with customers, and uptake on Windows 10 and MS’ new Universal Windows Platform hasn’t been as strong as expected, with many gamers sticking with the incumbent Steam. It’s not even that Microsoft had a bad E3 last year, it’s just that it was completely overshadowed. MS needed to knock this E3 out of the park and win people back. Did they? Kiiiinda.
Not content to be stuck between pressers for Microsoft and Sony, Electronic Arts were desperate to head off proceedings this year, kicking off E3 with its #EAPlay event. Read the rest of this entry
With Fallout 4 already out the door and wowing people, Bethesda had to pull something out of the hat this E3, and it did so almost immediately. Read the rest of this entry
And here we go again. Another E3 is upon us, with the industry’s heavyweights gathering before the show floor opens to lay their cards on the table. Starting tomorrow we’ll get to see what Electronic Arts and Bethesda will bring to the table in the following year, with Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony and a repeat of last year’s PC Gaming Show to follow it up the day after. Here’s what I expect from the big guns. Read the rest of this entry