June 20, 2014

A Recap of E3 2014

The premiere event of the video game industry has come and gone and there is much to be excited about. All of the companies brought out their big guns and I thought I would break down what happened in two parts. The first part will be about the presentations from the big three; Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Following that I will pick out my top five games that I am the most excited about and what you should be excited about too. Let’s get to it shall we.

Destiny, the latest from the creators of Halo. Image belongs to Bungie.

Destiny, the latest from the creators of Halo. Image belongs to Bungie.

Press Conferences

Microsoft kicked off E3 with a game-geared press event and it was overall much better than what they did last year. There was a greater shift towards games, which comes as no surprise due to how they handled themselves last year. Previously the focus was on the Kinect and entertainment aspects of the Xbox One but that wasn’t what people wanted; they wanted games. So this year they came out with some great titles, like Sunset Overdrive, Halo: the Master Chief Collection which has all 4 original Halo games remastered for the Xbox One and even Crackdown 3. It was a pretty decent showing but only Crackdown 3 really got me excited as I enjoy that open-world series quite a bit.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is shaping up into quite the experience.

The Sony press conference was a bit different as I actually got to attend a screening of it in theatre and it was quite the event. The theatre was packed and everyone was excited for what would come. Sony swapped places with the Microsoft of last year, and while they had a lot of game reveals they also talked about entertainment content and other pieces of technology like Project Morpheus, their virtual reality tech. However, a few games really got the crowd going, like Little Big Planet 3, No Man’s Sky, a lengthy Arkham Knight trailer and a new trailer for Uncharted 4. It was great getting to see the games on the big screen and I can’t wait for the new Batman game, which looks gorgeous.

At Sony's theatre event they made us feel special. Image belongs to the author.

At Sony’s theatre event they made us feel special. Image belongs to the author.

Lastly, Nintendo did their own digital event, much like last year, replacing massive stage shows with intimate and focused reveals. The event was the polar opposite of the other two events, starting with a Robot Chicken produced piece starring Nintendo characters only to be followed by the two presidents, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime engaged in an intense battle to prep for Smash Bros reveals.

As opposed to most of the Xbox One and PS4 games which seemed full of violence and drab colour palettes, the Nintendo event was full of games packed with vibrant colours and ones that made me smile as I watched on. The new Legend of Zelda looks completely stunning, and games like Yoshi’s Wooly World and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse look fantastic. After the event it was revealed that Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, was working on a number of new games including a new Star Fox.

Who doesn't want a new Legend of Zelda? Image belongs to Nintendo.

Who doesn’t want a new Legend of Zelda? Image belongs to Nintendo.

Verdict & Picks

Overall there are plenty of great games coming out and the winners really are anyone that loves video games. However if I had to pick one of the three as a winner I would have to say that Nintendo won,  or at least won me over. They once again were focused on games and creating great gaming experiences which is all I really want. I look forward to playing Destiny and NHL 15 on my PS4 but I’m looking forward to more games on the Wii U to play with friends and family. Lastly, here are my top picks from E3.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is shaping up to be a phenomenal experience.

5) Code Name: STEAM – an all new turn-based strategy game from the creators of Fire Emblem? Yes please.

4) Arkham Knight – the latest in the Batman: Arkham series, this game looks stunning and intense.

3) Splatoon – a 4 on 4 shooter made by Nintendo where you work to cover the maps in ink while taking out your opponents.

2) Dragon Age: Inquisition – Bioware are the kings of the modern RPG and this game looks like it won’t disappoint.

1) Destiny – The new online focused shooter from the creators of Halo. I recently played the Alpha demo and it is phenomenal.

Those are my picks from the show, what do you want to play most?

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