As the dust of E3 and its Press Conferences settle, there are a number of highs worth celebrating and talking about, or rather raving about, and, perhaps, just as many reasons to face palm and shout “Boo!”
These are our best and worst moments of the E3 Press Conferences.
Microsoft Announces Backwards Compatibility
The announcement that the Xbox One will support Xbox 360 games took us all by surprise, and I instantly regretted selling my games.
Microsoft wanted to open their show with a bang, and choosing the Xbox One’s upcoming backwards compatibility was a stroke of brilliance.
It’s more than just a game changer in the console race. For many of us who still enjoy playing and replaying a number of titles from the previous generation but don’t have the space to hold onto it, it’s fantastic.
Although this feature will take some time to get going, just think, in a year’s time you will be able to play all of your Xbox 360 as well as your Xbox One games on the same console. No fuss. No bother.
Dark Souls 3
We’ve known about Dark Souls 3 for some time now, but it was nice to witness another From Software trailer.
As a huge Souls fan, I shed a tear.
It doesn’t say much, but it looked cool as heck.
PlayStation 4 Media Player Support
Not many people know this because it was not officially announced at their event, but rather, before their Press Conference took place.
According to Sony, the PS4 can now play media files from a USB or over DLNA.
As one of the most requested features of the console, it’s nice to finally have this included in the system.
Activision and PlayStation Team up
For the first time in E3 history, PlayStation will now be Activision’s main concern when it comes to Call of Duty.
This is probably due to all of the support that the publisher received for Destiny.
Regardless, the beta as well as DLC will be hitting PlayStation 4 first, rather than Xbox One. As someone who plays this only on PS4, this made me happy.
Final Fantasy VII’s Remake
Although I think there are better Final Fantasy games out there, the Final Fantasy VII remake announcement, as the most demanded remake of all time, very nearly broke the internet.
We will probably have to wait a few years for this one, but we want it to be perfect, so we’re willing.
Even the leak and subsequent rumour that it was coming couldn’t prepare us for this trailer.
Everyone showed off some great new franchises. Sony had Horizon: Zero Dawn and Dreams; Microsoft had ReCore and Sea of Thieves; and there was more where that came from.
It’s always nice to get a brand new IP to experience. A new setting, gameplay and characters to embrace, love, hate and live through.
Square Enix’s Press Conference
This has to go down as one of the best moments for me. Square Enix really out did themselves this time around with their Press Conference.
Just Cause 3, Kingdom Hearts III, Dues Ex: Mankind Divided and an announcement of a new franchise developed by a brand new Square Enix studio, Tokyo RPG Factory, were just some of the sprinkles found on this delectable Square Enix cake.
It has been a while since Square Enix made such a statement at an E3, and this year they proved that they really are one of the biggest publishers in the world.
Nintendo and their Muppets
We get it, Nintendo love having fun. They’re all about hugs, colour, smiles and joy.
But when you have hundreds of thousands of people watching a stream, the only opportunity for you to show us how serious you are, and you go on about it like a teenager on crystal meth.
It does not send the message that you have our best interests at heart. The Nintendo Direct focuses too much on Amiibo and not enough on the games.
This is Microsoft and the Kinect all over again. Nintendo clearly has no idea how to market. They’re so lucky they know how to make decent titles.
EA Games and their sport
EA Games had a number of adoring fans glued to the screen, fans hoping and waiting for some great announcements to be made.
And yet, as is always the case at their Press Conferences, EA riddled it with FIFA, NBA Live and NHL, and a lot of it.
We wanted to see some Mirror’s Edge, Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC and Star Wars: Battlefront.
We sort of got that, or at least half of that, but in-between every major trailer, or lack thereof, we were tortured by a lengthy sports presentation demonstrating new technologies very few will ever notice.
Those games are going to sell regardless of the new technologies implemented over each iteration. EA should be marketing their more varied titles; the games we aren’t sure about.
One thing was clear as Peter Moore took the stage to give us some news on EA Access, no one could care less.
He stood up on stage and tried to convince us that EA Access was amazing, yet while he waited for an applause, it never happened.
He then told us how excited we should be to play Madden 16, but with around 3 people clapping in the audience, it was pretty clear that we weren’t all that interested.
Even the announcement that Dragon Age: Inquisition would be added to the vault fell flat.
Missing in Action
In spite of a number of games finally being unveiled at this year’s E3, The Last Guardian for example, we couldn’t help but notice a number of missing games and announcements.
It’s hard to forget the number of games we really wanted to see, games we were and still are hoping for.
Beyond Good and Evil 2, a Half-Life sequel, The Legend of Zelda and more. There’s a lot we wanted and didn’t get. Fortunately, time heals all and the pain will wane.
Those are our best and worst moments of E3 anyway, what are yours?
We’re sure you’re going to disagree with one thing or another. What did we get right and wrong?