Well, with Nintendo’s Digital event wrapping up this morning, that marks the closing of this year’s E3 press conferences. As usual, there were some high points in the media briefings and some stretches of snore inducing presentations. But how did they compare to each other? To past conferences? We did a host of live tweets during the conferences, so if you want to check out our on-the-spot reactions, check out @PixelTim (https://twitter.com/PixelTim) on Twitter. Here’s our impressions of this year’s E3 press conferences, along with all the press conferences in case you missed any:
Microsoft’s conference was strong this year with a game-centric presentation. I was impressed with how Sunset Overdrive is turning out and it’s on the top of my list of Xbox One purchases. There were some slow moments in the presentation and there weren’t any really shocking surprise announcements, but their focus on games got them some major bonus points.
Electronic Arts was amazing this year, mostly in part to their show opener: Star Wars Battlefront. Bioware’s announcements of a new Mass Effect as well as a new IP in development also helped them pull their conference to the front running of the media briefing race.
Ubisoft was by far one of the strongest this year. Besides that surprise showing of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege at the end of the conference, their presentations on Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity and the next Burnout title were extremely well done and got the hype flowing. There was a bit of a lull when their new fitness game Shape Up took the stage, but even that still looked way better than most fitness games on the market.
After Sony’s powerhouse performance last year, I was hoping for them to keep going strong this year. Unfortunately, Sony’s conference fell a bit short this year. They started to ramp up the pace with their opening, showing off The Order 1886 and Far Cry 4, but they strayed too far off into talking about other medias and statistics. The announcement of Uncharted 4, though predictable, was a nice touch. Overall, probably the weakest performance this E3; not bad but the others were way better.
I’m calling it, Nintendo was the winner this year of E3. Their new Zelda reveal as well as the SSB4 coverage, Splatoon, Hyrule Warriors, and the other first party Nintendo titles, were spectacular. I hope they keep doing more of these Digital Events; they’re really entertaining and a great way to showcase their products.