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E3 recap: The good, the bad and the pathetically lackluster

Gaming conference isn't a contest, but it still has a few clear winners


June 23, 2015

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    With E3 2015 finally over, there are definite winners and losers from the show.Everyone showed off their blockbuster games and ideas, but some clearly had a greater showing than others.Also, it’s argued that some press conferences fared way better than other, less fortunate ones. FromFallout 4, Halo 5 and Star Wars Battlefront to The Division, Uncharted 4, Star Fox Zero and the Final Fantasy VII remake, we’ve got you covered on all the happenings at E3 2015.

    Leading with the first press conference, Bethesda wowed media and gamers with their first-ever E3 show.They had a strong show carried by games like Battlecry, Doom and Fallout 4.By far, one of the most anticipated games -- and E3 favorite -- was the announcement and showing of Fallout 4.The post-apocalyptic RPG will be released in November with crafting and even PC mod support to carry over to the consoles.There will even be a special edition that comes with a real-life Pip-boy.

    Not to be outdone, Microsoft had a strong lineup of games and some surprise announcements as well.Microsoft showed off Halo 5: Guardians with a four-player co-op featuring unique characters.The story seems to be just as much about Master Chief as it is about a Spartan named John Locke and the team searching for him.The huge surprise from Microsoft was the backwards compatibility announcement, allowing Xbox One gamers to play Xbox 360 titles free of charge as long as they have the 360 disc (from a compatible list) or a compatible digital copy.Also, a new Xbox controller was announced that will be compatible with Windows 10 and Xbox One.The new controller will allow gamers to swap out the thumbsticks and D-pads, adjust trigger sensitivity, throw on paddle shifters for racing games, and more.A host of other games, exclusives, indies and features were announced as well.

    EA showed off a new Mass Effect, Need for Speed, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Mirrors Edge: Catalyst and, of course, its sports titles.A surprising new game called Unravel, a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer, made a splash thanks to its unique visuals and passionate developer onstage.For the announcement of the new FIFA 16 game, EA brought soccer legend Pele on stage.Pele kind of bored everyone with unrelated stories, but who was going to stop one of the greatest sports legends in the world?The biggest reveal by EA and probably the favorite event of E3 was the Star Wars Battlefront gameplay footage.Combat looked very fluid, vehicles and sounds were true to the box office hits, and the glimpse of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker battling each other was a strong ending for the game due in stores Nov. 17.

    As she does each year, Aisha Tyler delivered a strong conference for Ubisoft along with their CEO, Yves Guillemot.Ubisoft showed off titles The Division, a new medieval game For Honor, a new South Park game, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and a reboot of the Ghost Recon franchise.

    It seems Sony’s conference was all about retros and revivals to bring some PlayStation 4 classics back to life.A long-awaited game, The Last Guardian, was shown to a delighted E3 crowd -- and it looked gorgeous.A surprise during the Sony conference and one of the biggest announcements at E3 was the long-awaited and wished-for remake of Final Fantasy VII which is coming to PlayStation first.Also, almost ancient now Shenmue series was announced to be making a return.To parallel the revivals, Sony also showed off new games No Man’s Sky and Horizon.

    Probably the least favorite and dismal was the Nintendo press conference. The coolest take-away from the Nintendo conference was their cool opening, with Muppets fashioned in versions of Nintendo execs Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto.Gamers were, however, treated to a foretaste of Star Fox Zero.Also shown was Paper Mario/Mario & Luigi crossover -- and that’s about it.The rest of the show was a bunch of 3DS titles that most people didn’t care for.It is important we note that Nintendo is planning a new console, the NX. Maybe they are saving all their new information at that show later.

    Not as boring as the Nintendo conference but definitely subpar to the conference the day before, Square Enix had a mediocre showing.By far the biggest announcement was the remake of Final Fantasy VII by Square Enix, but outside of that there was a lot of nothing.Release dates were given for both Just Cause 3, which looked fun, and the new Deus Ex.The first gameplay footage of the new Kingdom Hearts 3 game was shown to a much-delighted Kingdom Hearts solo fan, who yelled out his appreciation amongst the applause.A new Nier game was announced, but that pretty much was it from Square.

    And now with E3 behind us, we can only wait for the holiday release dates to approach to start taking advantage of these awesome new games and features.It’s a great time to be a gamer and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the near future.


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