Overall E3 Review
MS- Where were the exclusive games for the core? 90% of the games for the core were 3rd party titles that are also coming to PS3 and now Wii U.
Sony- Use your time more wisely. The flow of the show was probably the best it’s ever been since Sony always has to have 2+ hours per show. But presenters need to get to the point more quickly and get things shows so we can see everything. There too much time spent on the Resistance 3 bundles (Move Bundle, and 3DTV bundle which should have been a 32” for a no brainer sell like with the PSV). Those could have been cut down to simple announcements with a quick picture of them. That could have made time for The Last Guardian, Twisted Metal, Journey, Payday: The Heist. Four good games that didn’t get any kind of attention.
Nintendo- The 3DS and Wii U had good showings, but where does that leave Wii and DS. Answer DEAD. That’s a huge mistake seeing how they are the only things still here left for Nintendo fans to play since 3DS sales haven’t shot through the roof just yet. There could have at least been something shown for the DS, and the Wii has been given a few bones and Zelda to die with. The 3DS seems to be getting a bunch of N64 ports which is kind of weird since the console is as powerful as a Gamecube, if not more so. The Wii U looks impressive from the demonstration, but Nintendo decided to focus on Wii U Party games, instead of things like the Zelda demo or the tons of 3rd party games that developers are putting on their new console. Nintendo hasn’t had true 3rd party support since the SNES compared to their rivals, and now they finally do, and they show it off in a video. It would have been so much better if they showed Battlefield 3, showed Darksiders 2, showed Ghost Recon single player, showed Assassin’s Creed, showed Arkham City, that would have put NIntendo’s conference over the top.
Overall E3 Conference Grade: B
Overall I think Nintendo still won, but not like they should have won. Sony was right there with them, and that shouldn’t have been the case, and IMO Sony could have won had they shown off the games I mentioned as well as talked about or had a teaser trailer of SOny Santa Monica’s new game and Guerilla Games new game (They showed a Sly 4 teaser, and InFamous just came out during the conference so there’s no excuse for Guerilla). MS had a great presentation, but the content was utterly lackluster it was 50% Kinect, 45% Multiplatform, and 4% exclusive core games, 1% new apps. EA had a better conference than MS, and Ubisoft’s awful conference was almost as good as MS, and that should never happen for a console manufacturer. Overall this E3 was just OK. There was nothing huge, but everything shown was really impressive. Wii U and PSV stole the show, but not in the way previous E3’s. The best games shown IMO were Sony’s exclusives, the 3rd party games (Batman Arkham City, Elder Scrolls 5, Rage, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 3, Need For Speed: The Run, SSX, ), and PSV and 3DS games. The Wii should have had a better showing, but if it’s coming out in March 2012 like I expect then I guess we’ll see more of it at TGS. Nintendo, Sony, EA, and the big Third Party games kept this E3 afloat.