Hello everyone! I sincerely hope you all enjoyed this year’s E3, I know that I sure did! I think it was honestly the best E3 I have ever been witness to. This year tons of new games and console specs were announced for the next generation of gaming, which is looking to be pretty awesome. Before I get into it, I want to reiterate that this is not really a complete re-cap style article, it’s more just what I personally found to be most interesting. Also, I’m going to be talking about the new consoles and my opinions on them, so keep in mind that these are just my opinions and should be regarded as such. Moving on, here’s my thoughts on E3 2013:
There was something special about this years E3, I think most of that was because of the next generation console announcements from earlier this year. Microsoft and Sony both announced their next generation consoles and gave us a little more information at E3 so that we the gamers can make our decisions on what to purchase later on. Microsoft took the stage Monday morning with mostly games, since their initial Xbox One reveal consisted of TV talk and sports games, and they really showed off some neat titles. Titan Fall looks like a neat game, as does Ryse. As was expected Halo 5 was also teased at their press conference along with Dead Rising 3 and Sunset Overdrive. I’ll be honest, the only games I really care about from their line up is Titan Fall and possibly Ryse. I previously had some stake in Quantum Break, another Microsoft exclusive teased at the console reveal, but after finding out that it’s part TV show and part game I lost most of that interest. Halo 5 would normally be interesting to me, but I feel like I have lost my passion for the series as a whole, so it’s not really a big deal.
To me, Microsoft went about this whole announcement business the wrong way. They spent their reveal talking about stuff no one really cared about and built up this suspense for E3, then failed to really deliver anything substantial at their press conference. Sure, there are some cool exclusive and sure it’s all very enticing, but it’s not enough to make me even consider purchasing this system. A short time ago Microsoft shared some console specs with the world, including a rather odd used game policy and more detail to their “always on” connectivity status. People weren’t too happy to learn how much of a hassle it will be to buy or sell used games and to share games with friends on the Xbox One. Also, connecting to the internet once every 24 hours to “check in” is pretty ludicrous. This is all without the lingering thought that the Kinect 2 can be hacked, and since it never turns off and can watch/listen to you at all times a hack threat can be very concerning. Microsoft assures there will be security, additional safety measures, yadda yadda, but in reality a system hack is very real and can cause a ton of problems, most of which are scary. My point being that making us excited for E3 then announcing these specs and a lack luster game line up has disappointed a lot of people, end of story. It’s too bad but it sure seems as if Microsoft has given up on caring about gamers and their fanbase in general.
Sony, on the other hand, wowed fans with their amazing press conference. I mean, maybe I’m being a little bias, but did you all see that? It was so awesome! They started by showing us some new things for games releasing for the PS3 (such as The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, and Rain). After that they announced a really interesting PS4 exclusive game called The Order 1886, they segued into showing more on their previously announced PS4 exclusives (Infamous: Second Son, Knack, Drive Club, and Killzone: Shadowfall). What they showed was mainly just new trailers with cinematics and gameplay. Also announced was a game that fans of the Final Fantasy series have been waiting on for a long time – Final Fantasy Versus XIII (now called Final Fantasy XV). Kingdom Hearts 3 as well as some other neat games were also announced/shown, making the conference a big success at this point. What I liked most is the indie game support that the PS4 will offer. They showed off a handful of indie games at the conference and I thought that was super cool to give the indie companies some much deserved console support. Overall, it was really well done – oh and they also announced that there will be no Sony imposed restrictions on used game sales, purchases, and trading among friends as well as no required internet connection to play games.
Microsoft’s Xbox One was priced at $499 while Sony’s PS4 was priced at $399. The price difference was a big surprise to me as I honestly expected both to be around $500 originally, so it was good to see that the PS4 was such a good price. Battlefield 4, Mirrors Edge 2, and Dragon Age 3 were all announced and shown on the first day of E3 which was awesome. There were also a few other games such as The Division and Mad Max which sparked my interest. Overall, day one of E3 was spectacular. Day two was more of a Nintendo spotlight day. As some of you may have noticed, I have decided to give Nintendo another chance and I found their announcements to be interesting this year. Since I may be purchasing a Wii U at some point down the road the new Super Smash Bro’s and Mario World 3D (or whatever it was called) looked really fun. You should expect to see me report a little more on Nintendo happenings in the future.
Day three was all about trailers, gameplay, and demos. Check out GameTrailers.com for more of those. As I said above, my overall feeling for this years E3 was positive. My disgust for what Microsoft has become was reaffirmed and my love for Sony that was rekindled back in February has grown stronger. I have even come around to Nintendo and have given them another chance to wow me like they did back in the old days. I walked away from E3 with a good feeling, this is a great time to be a gamer and I couldn’t be more happy with what was presented this year.
For a full list of console exclusives and next-gen titles announced, check this link out.
What were your favorite parts of E3 2013 and what is your overall feeling now that it’s all said and done? Be sure to share your thoughts below in the comment box, and thank you for reading all about my E3 impressions and opinions.