A Recap of E3, and Why I Think Sony Won.
E3 was decent this year, across the board. Not one of the big three had a fiasco of a presentation, and even though the jury's still out on whether a Nintendo Direct counts as a conference, it's really about the games. So, let's get down to why I think Sony won. This piece is more or less of a recap of my previous articles, but with some perspective. You can find them here:
Let's start with Microsoft. They showed games from most of their key franchises(only Gears was absent this year), and wowed us with Project Sparks and Sunset Overdrive. They even secured a few indie games. My problem with their presentation, however, is that most of their big stuff was leaked early, and most of it does nothing for me, as someone who isn't a fan of Microsoft's main IPs, and the remainder just isn't sufficient to convince me to want an Xbox One.
Now, Nintendo. They also fired off games from at least a few of their key franchises. A new Zelda is sure to move Wii Us, but I think it's a little late to be the game changer the company was looking for. Super Smash Bros. is unlikely to reach far outside of its existing niche, and it's coming to the 3DS too. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is great for 3DS owners, and will likely help the system further bury her console sister in sales. Yoshi's Island and Kirby fans have something to celebrate though, and a Captain Toad spinoff, and a Mario level editor are cool ideas.
Neither company had a bad presentation, and they were both solid on all counts. However, I just don't see the positions changing in the near future. That said, both companies at least proved why they should stick around, and that's good enough for me.
Now, Sony. Out of the three, much less of their hand was revealed prior to the event, and they also had more to show, in terms of original IPs. Uncharted 4 intrigues me, but based on the footage shown, I couldn't tell you if it's going to be any good or not. I can, however, say with confidence, that No Man's Sky looks great. Sony also talked about the right multiplats, and Arkham Knight is set to have extra content, exclusive to the PS4. In short, Sony won for me, by a landslide, regardless of what anyone says.
However, we have to remember, that the "winner" of E3 is a purely subjective notion. I once compared the event to a spectator sport, but it's not one with a clear, indisputable point system. Points are based on games, and what excites me, may not excite you, and vice versa. I maintain that all of the big three did good this year, and I look forward to next year.