That’s a wrap, folks, E3 2014 is nearly over. The conversations, however, will continue on as this E3 brought some interesting news. Here to help you wade through all the reveals, details, and events is The Crispy Noodle’s The Good, The Bad, and The WTF. Make sure to click the links for trailers, demos, and more!
- Sony E3 Press Conference — Innovation, exclusive content, and surprises slightly marred by bad pacing and lack of new 1st party exclusives
- Amazing demos and trailers of The Order: 1886, Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight, LittleBigPlanet 3, and No Man’s Sky
- New game announcements: Bloodborne, Entwined, Let It Die, Abzu, LittleBigPlanet 3 and Dead Island 2
- LittleBigPlanet 3 features 3 new playable characters and enhanced game mechanics
- Indie game showcase: Broforce, Not a Hero, Hotline Miami 2, Titan Souls, The Talos Principle, and No Man’s Sky all making console debut on PS4
- New features/services: PS Now entering open beta in July, YouTube uploading for PS4, Far Cry 4 allows you to invite PSN friends into your game even if they don’t have a copy, Destiny beta access available on PS4 first, Powers video series free for PS+ subscribers, and exclusive content for 3rd party games
- Actually released PSN game Entwined during the conference
- The Last of Us Remastered (WARNING: SPOILERS in trailer) coming to PS4 in July with 1080p 60fps graphics
- Ended with stunningly beautiful in-engine trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Major games shown: Destiny, The Order: 1886, Entwined, LittleBigPlanet 3, No Man’s Sky, Far Cry 4, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Microsoft E3 Press Conference — Games, games, games. 20 to be exact. Microsoft heard the complaints loud and clear, and got back to the games that players really want.
- No mention of Kinect, Xbox 360, TV, or sports…just games
- Incredible first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay showed off new combat tactics, new engine, and intense set pieces
- Sunset Overdrive looks bright, funny, creative, and fresh…and only for Xbox One
- Offered a cool new look at gameplay from The Division
- Revealed Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer
- First reveal of Assassin’s Creed Unity Co-op campaign gameplay
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection announced with full multiplayer support for each past title
- Very tight presentation overall
- Major games shown: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive, The Division, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo Master Chief Collection, The Witcher 3, Evolve, and Crackdown
- Nintendo E3 Digital Event — Classic franchises get updated and new features are announced amidst some awkward sketches
- Mii fighter allow users to put custom characters into Super Smash Bros Wii U
- Amiibo is Nintendo’s answer to Skylanders and Disney Infinity figurine games
- New IP Splatoon features creative 4 v 4 online multiplayer in which players spread ink to claim territory
- Mario Maker allows users to create and play their own Mario levels
- New Zelda Wii U game announced
- Star Fox Wii U announced
- Major games shown: Super Smash Bros Wii U, Yoshi’s Woolly World, The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Mario Maker, and Devil’s Third
- EA E3 Press Conference — Played it safe with tons of teasers and behind the scenes looks at established franchises
- Hinted at 3 games from BioWare (Dragon Age: Inquisition, the next Mass Effect, and a new unknown IP)
- Offered behind the scenes looks at games and the developers
- Showed a lengthy Battlefield: Hardline demo
- Finally revamped defense on Madden NFL 15
- Major games shown: Madden NFL 15, PGA Tour, FIFA 15, Dawngate, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mirror’s Edge 2, Battlefield Hardline, and The Sims 4
- Ubisoft E3 Press Conference — Lengthy, gripping, exciting, beautiful trailers and gameplay demos (finally) presented by an engaging host.
- Rainbow Six: Siege announced with some amazing gameplay trailer
- Assassin’s Creed Unity, Just Dance, and Rainbow 6: Siege each had longer, exciting, compelling, and unique gameplay demos
- All the trailers were packed with content, interesting, unique, and beautiful
- Aisha Tyler was comfortable presenting, and funny and engaging at times
- Poignant spotlight on smaller game Valiant Hearts: The Great War
- Major games shown: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Crew, The Division, Just Dance 2015, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and Rainbow Six: Siege
- Sony — Missed beats and misguided message
- Audio issues popped up a few times
- Awkward section featuring “fan letters to Sony”
- Very little details about PS Now streaming service
- Talk about TV, movies, numbers, and services bogged down the middle of the conference and felt lackluster
- Microsoft — Xbox featured a lot of games, however, many were old franchises, and previously announced games. For a company that faces criticism for a lack of exclusives, they might have focused too much on Halo and other established franchises.
- Maybe played it too safe
- Didn’t feature enough new IPs
- Ended on a slightly weak note (Crackdown)
- Nintendo — Exposition, exposition, exposition
- Nintendo began writing E3: The Novel with the amount of explanation and description they gave
- No hard release dates given and most games won’t hit store shelves until 2015
- Pacing was too slow and methodical
- Too much sameness with revealing new entries for existing IPs but no 3rd party games
- Too much focus on new content for previously announced games
- No new hardware or services to bolster sales or bring back lost gamers
- EA — Four words: Predictable, Sterile, Awkward, Boring.
- Too much focus on existing franchises and previous reveals: Battlefield Hardline (Cops n Robbers the video game), every EA Sports game ever, and Sims 4
- Lackluster demos with pre-recorded gameplay, awkward commentary, and generic sizzle reels
- Sims 4 demo was painfully awkward, cheesy, and canned
- The behind the scenes segments lacked actual content
- No Mass Effect trailer or gameplay after all the rumors and hype
- Ubisoft — Balancing issues and awkward banter.
- Just Dance and Shape Up were featured as much as the other, more interesting, games
- Aisha Tyler was good…as long as she wasn’t interacting with the developers and executives
- The Dead Rising 3 DLC reveal was very strange and confusing
- EA brought out a live cello player for Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer. A little odd, but nice music.
- One EA presenter said, “Oh, the feels” on stage after a trailer and made everyone cringe
- Ubisoft had a push up contest on stage for the Shape Up demo
- Nintendo’s Digital Event had strange action figure (think Robot Chicken) comedy sketches in between segments
Final E3 Press Conference Grades:
- Microsoft: B+
- Games, games, games — Microsoft finally figured that out! Reveals, first looks, and old standbys rule this conference focused on hardcore games.
- Sony: B-
- Strong showing of amazing looking games, surprises, and exclusive features had fans cheering, but Sony lacked 1st part exclusives and suffered from pacing issues by discussing TV and services.
- Nintendo: B-
- Like normal, Nintendo lacked major 3rd party support and instead focused on 1st party games. Games shown were mostly old franchises, but were creative and fun.
- EA: D+
- Same old stuff, not enough content, awkward canned demos, balance and pacing issues = ouch.
- Ubisoft: B
- Compelling, exciting, and stunning trailers and gameplay demos made up a very solid presentation.
So there you have it, E3 in a nutshell. Overall, this E3 was decent. The big studios showed some promising new looks at previously announced games, revealed updates to existing franchises, and showed off some cool new features, services, and exclusive deals. Unfortunately, there weren’t many new IPs present, and no conference really had that “wow” moment that stole the show. There were still surprises, but no industry shaking or truly exciting ones (such as Sony’s conference last year). Mostly, this E3 served as a reminder to gamers about all the great games already announced for the new consoles coming to store shelves within the next year. So what’d you think about this year’s E3? What excited, disappointed, or shocked you? Let us know in the comments section.
For more E3 coverage from The Crispy Noodle, check out Rich and Mike’s Extended Conversation from The Crispy Noodle Podcast about this year’s E3 by clicking the play button below. Enjoy!