James Pungello and Allan Muir of VGU discuss the Microsoft press conference at E3 2014 and their thoughts on the overall showing.
I was thinking: "Where are the heavy hitters, Microsoft?"
Typical MS promising the earth then not delivering All hype and no substance
I thought it was a good conference with many games shown, even if quite a few of them were multiplatform. BUT no big surprises though and a lot of CG.
It was a solid conference and they did announced a few good exclusives but I think the lack of gameplay hold the conference from been spectacular and maybe a console redesign to go with the recent price drop.
@ShinMaster I agree completely. There was way too much CG going on for my taste. There wasn't a huge megaton announcement. There were also quite a few multiplatform games, but the conference was still good. There were a bunch of games, everything looked enjoyable in it's own right. The pacing was perfect, and the speakers were good. It wasn't AAA huge OMG moment they hyped or gamers hyped it up to be, but it was a strong "B or B+".
Lets see what Sony and Nintendo do.
Phantom Dust had me super excited, as did Crackdown. The only two reveals through all of the conferences that had me get really pumped.
It was Solid nothing Breathtaking I give it a 7/10
Mediocre? No hardly. Was it way over hyped? Yeah it was.
Regardless of hype it was mediocre. I kept waiting for Halo 5, Gears announcement or a drop the mic and walk off stage moment. None of them happened.
I think if they had: -halo 5 gameplay -didnt reveal sunset overdrive beforehand -didnt reveal forza horizon 2 beforehand -another japanese developed game Then it wouldve been a solid 10 and enough to see them as the victor in the unbiased eye. As it is, 8, and an admirable effort (assuming of course Sony and Ninty go all out too). By MS standards (past 5 years sucked or were mediocre) this was a great conference and it has only reassured my confidence in Spencer. It might not win this gen, but i think the xbox one can will at the very least be looked back on positively in the games department. And that's a far cry from what it wouldve been under Mattrick's head.
Their biggest announcement was officially the Halo collection, everything else we knew about. It was mediocre.
Mediocre was my thoughts too, The format was awesome though, showing game after game was exactly what everybody asked for. The problem is you showed all Muliplatforms whichs are going to be on PS4 and no doubt look and perform better on PS4, so XB One should have fallen back on their exclusives, problem is, I really don't think they have any. There was no atomic bomb dropped at all unless you are a nostalgic XB classic owner. There wasnt anything to entice new next gen prospects to hop on board the xbox brand. I think Sony breathed a giant sigh of relief after MS's conferance, because everybody thought MS would absolutly bring it this year after getting blown out of the water last year. With all the movie theaters rented up for tonight, you almost guarentee Sony has some Atom Bombs for us.
@XB He probably meant to say first-party exclusives.
We are not being fair as gamers that was a good not great conference.
I disagree, the MSFT showing was a strong B. It's clear they saved some stuff for Gamescom and TGS. Also they saved Gears for probably the 2015 show. I do find it funny the gaming press and writers were impressed, but N4G calls their showing mediocre at best. I agree on some points, but it was a strong showing, considering what else they could have included.
1st "wait for E3" 2nd " wait for gamescon" You boys are gonna be waiting a while then.
I think your spot on with gears. Halo 5 is out next year so ide expect to see gears 2016 and they will drop gears at next e3. It really dose depend on what games you like but Forza Horizon 2 and Halo collection have me excited.
So was that the "NUCLEAR" show you were talking about? I thought it was good at best. You over hyped it a bit.
"It's clear they saved some stuff for Gamescom and TGS." more goalpost moving. and after gamescom/TGS, it's going to be, "it's clear they're saving stuff for E3 2015." - edit #2: it seems you've already beat me to that punch... "Also they saved Gears for probably the 2015 show." so what happened to MS going "nuclear"? where were the "megatons"? where was the 3rd party exclusive you were ranting, and raving about? what happened to revealing the "true power of the xbone"? what even happened to the DX12 stuff from June 2? edit: and i thought you said you had a "source"?
@truefan1 "I do find it funny the gaming press and writers were impressed, but N4G calls their showing mediocre at best." Actually, the guys on Gametrailers, although trying to put some positive spin on it, were clearly underwhelmed, including Adams Sessler. The consensus appears to be that MS did "what they needed to do", no more, no less. EDIT: MS needed to persuade non-XB1 owners and I don't know if they did that.
@truefan1 "I do find it funny the gaming press and writers were impressed, but N4G calls their showing mediocre at best." Actually, the guys on Gametrailers, although trying to put some positive spin on it, were clearly underwhelmed, including Adam Sessler. The consensus appears to be that MS did "what they needed to do", no more, no less.
Lol sure. M$ press conference was pretty underwhelming. I was waiting for the wow moment, and it never came.
They could have shown tv..tv like Sony. Man that would have had this room hyped (strange MS got a pounding for that last year though)!!!! A lot of the cats in hear are only on to squabble and bash MS...it's personal and nothing to do with games. Me I love games..
This would have been a very good conference for a winning console, but now MS needs to fight for its life. A good or even great show is not enough.
The thing is, unlike last gen MS no longer has the multiplat advantage, and they can no longer get away with treating multiplats like exclusives. Anybody who does even a little research will know that these games will look and perform better on the PS4. I'm willing to bet MS's E3 show sold more PS4's than it did XB1's.
Yep, Microsoft's conference was basically a lesson to all at E3 what you shouldn't do. It's fine to have 3rd party, but don't make them your main focusing point. If you're going to announce new games than have actual gameplay, nothing new was even in-engine. Best I could give it is a C-, though I think closer to a D fits better. I give props to Phil Spencer for his E3 introduction & humble manner, but I think that's just because he knew that he'd basically lied about getting stuff out of the way to show the great stuff. They didn't really show anything great. Most stuff that Microsoft calls exclusives are games that people can play elsewhere. FH2 is on 360, Halo 1-4 is on there too. The only proper exclusive dropping this year is Sunset Overdrive.
Typical M$, show a bunch of multiplatform titles and a exclusive here and there...and somehow they knocked it out the park...Please!! The way they was talkn I thought they was going to kill it.. To me it just look like the same old stuff, that was expected...dame at this rate it's Sony to own. All they have to do is not be there own worse enemy...Meaning all they need to do is drop Uncharted and the sequal to last of us and its game over!!!!!
How about that Sony conference
yes. somewhat dissatisfying..
average/ok. Only cool thing was Halo. should've shown more gameplay with phantom dust and Crackdown. all i got out of it was pre-rendered CGI. Halo doesn't interest me anymore, i grew out of that. And to show Conker (i admit i had a huge Grin on my face.)......as a playable character ticked me off... A Conker GAME would've been sweet.
Yes, it was like "Here is the game you all have been SCREAMING for...but you can't have it. Here, have some DLC instead!"
Nintendo needs Conker back. It's like putting Crash Bandicoot as a M$ exclusive.
Actually i think they implied theyre making a conker sort of "adventure" using Project Spark. Maybe a remake of an area from BFD just to show off what they can do with PS. The fact that they're even showing interest in an old rare IP is enough to excite me though. @boing1 Yeah that makes sense too. I guess we'll see.
I'm thinking it's more like 'here, make your own Conker game'.
Great conference imo. I was nervous and needed to feel I got the right next gen console. I'm happy and I have no complaints proud to be team Xbox I can't wait for Sony conference cause I know the Microsoft and Sony feud make both companies so much better we all win
Lots of multi platform games and cgi trailers was really disappointing.
it was average at best.
Plenty of cool games shown(inside looked great), just wish Crackdown, Phantom dust and Scalebound had actual game play instead of CGI trailers.
Right but you can't expect full blow gameplay for those games that early. I'm just glad Crack Down 3 and Phantom Dust are announced. Like I stated before MS did what they had to do and that was show gameplay. Especially sunset overdrive FH2 surprising had no gameplay shown which is disappointing and weird at the same time. As an X1 owner I have a ton to look forward to this holiday and I'm super excited excited.
I love a good bit of CGI, never stated that before but it is true, i just hope the rest of the show produces a little gameplay and not just CGI, buzzing at the games announced so far by everyone, just wish they showed a little bit more Game than CGI, that CGI stuff takes ages to make, so they must have a little game play code locked down, just enough to impress.
seems most people werent paying attention. the first hour was stuff releasing this year. the last 30 mins is 2015 stuff thats why most of it was cgi. we got fable legend, project spark, forza, sunset, and halo all this year and that one indie game. I cant see sony topping xbox this holiday even if uncharted comes this year. As for the show it was good! first glimpse of witcher 3, assassin creed and cod. new video of the division
Microsoft and EA done and I'm completely Meh...
Not completely, but I'm looking forward to Nintendo and Sony tomorrow. (Sony is live at 3am where I live. Not gonna stay up for that cuz work)
I thought they had some momentum and was expecting some major showings but pretty slim. Innit wasn't for Forza my X1 would be the prime dust magnet - actually it's kinda taken my Wii U's role.
An absolute let down. i was expecting some megatons and unannounced games. nothing convinced me of buying an xbox after watching that. their juicest moments were annoucned weeks before e3. they blew their wad prematurely. sony is gonn embarrass them for sure.
I was honestly expecting Resident Evil 7 exclusive when Capcom was being shown.. and also Shenmue 3. Meh.. EDIT: I think they played it safe. They showcased games.. but didn't give ME a reason to buy their console.
but all we got was this ridiculous dlc that graphically looked horrible. they business depended on this e3. its like they didnt give a fuck lol
I'll have to give them, that despite of the lack of... well, games worthy of their hype (maybe except Halo because it seems promising) I love how Spencer started it off with that "it's all about games!" and it WAS all about games. No BS like last year or when Nintendo said it on stage in 2012 and then showed dance titles and Wii Karaoke U.
The lack of a kinect / tv focus was nice. They showed a lot of games, though the only problem I saw was those reveals mainly being CGI and not much in-game footage.
Top notch conference.
whats there to say, that was pathetic
I don't think it was pathetic, but it was definitely a little underwhelming. Like people hae been saying there were a few good exclusies announced, but a lot of the conference focused on 3rd party games also coming to the PS4 (that will look and/or perform better on PS4) and a lot of CGI trailers without any gameplay. It was a solid conference, but MS needed more than a solid conference. They're losing market share and they needed to convince people like me and casual fence sitters to buy an xbone and I feel this E3 showing did not do that. I did find it slightly amusing (in a good way) that MS purposely steered well clear of any and all tv and kinect stuff. It;s great they removed compulsory kinect, but I think they should have showed something because right now it's looking a little pointless and there's very few reasons to own one. EDIT: The live ign panel just gave the MS conference a 9. Did they watch the same conference I did? I'm thinking that's some advertising dollars in action right there.
Good conference. But removing all the third party stuff and just looking at what Microsoft is bringing to the table, kind of meh. I felt like there build up was foreshadowing so much more that really didn't deliver.
It was an ok E3 but kinda misleading with the big 3rd party exclusive. I honestly thought MS was going to buy exclusive rights to a new Fallout game or a new exclusive from Rockstar. Well look at the bright side, atleast they didn't just flood the conference with TV & Kinect Games so i'll give them a C+.
I think it was much better than the previous years. I don't have an X1 but I really liked Sunset Overdrive and Scalebound (I know it was only CGI but I'm sure it's going to be amazing).
Imma be honest here, I wasn't that impressed. I really was annoyed by the constant CGI's and what really pissed me off was that Conkers skin. Crackdown 2 was really a let down and I don't have any confidence one 3. I didn't find a reason to buy an Xbox One. Too many CGI's and Multiplats. Sadly Sony will probably do that same with CGI's and Multiplats, an L for everyone : (. Hopefully Sony impresses me I don't even have a reason to buy a PS4 till I see that Project Beast and Uncharted : ) I'd give it a C, just because they did show games but they didn't justify the purchase.
Sony will probably show UC4, that alone will be worthy of watching.
I guess but I'm pretty worried. Competition makes everyone happy. I wish MS went a little harder and shocked us all. I wasn't really blown away to be honest.
Not all that impressed by anything they showed. Sony is going to have to try pretty hard to lose this E3. I feel like they've got it in the bag with Morpheus Uncharted and the Order, and you know they will be showing at least one more awesome new game.
A solid B from me. I agree that Phill overhyped it.
6/10 for me. Too many multiplats, early dlc and cgi. Fable was the only interesting exclusive to me and ssod is kinda meh for me right now and I wish they showed some of that 8 player co-op. Atleast they didn't talk about kinect and tv.
Yes a Solid B, but hyped it too much.
MS needs to stop going first at E3. IMO had Sony went first last year and MS second this "war" wouldn't be full of nearly as much drama. Going first killed them last year and slightly hurts them this year. Sony could literally show the same caliber and number of games and their show would be considered a smash hit. I liked the show. Loved the halo stuff. Just wish there was a "drop the mic moment" as everyone keeps saying. It def was NOT mediocre. But could have been better!
All Sony needs is The Last Guardian slotted for holiday 2014... Drop the Mic..
The Last Guardian and a price drop. Completely Meltdown!
Jack Tretton of all people gave it an A..
I looked at the clock and was like "30 mins left, yes here comes the big stuff". After the final montage I was like "lights going to come on and a big reveal will happen". It then went back to the analysis panel and I was like " -__- >:( " Man that was lame. It was like watching a marathon of gametrailers. That's kind of cool, but when majority of them are multiplat i'm left underwhelmed.