E3 2015
June 16, 2015

MICROSOFT
- Halo 5 Guardians: looks nice, as you would expect; I'm sure I would buy it if I had an Xbox One.
- Recore: Robots in the desert? Could be good, could be so-so. Hard to tell.
- Xbox One backwards compatible with 360 games: a sensible move given Sony's ridiculous PS Now service.
- Elite Wireless controller: I thought this looked very impressive, especially the idea of swappable components and the ability to lock the triggers.
- Fallout 4: If the copy of Fallout 3 and access to PC mods is exclusive to Xbox One then that will make this version the one to go for.
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
- Forza Motorsport 6
- Dark Souls III: I'm assuming this isn't exclusive to Xbox One?
- The Division
- Rainbow Six Siege with Vegas 1 and 2 for free.
- Tacoma: looks intriguing; could be a great game. You search an abandoned space station. Hopefully the AI turns out to be evil.
- Other indie games: all of which look interesting.
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: looks amazing and appears to focus more on exploration and platforming.
- Rare Replay: looking over the list of 30 games makes me realise that Rare don't actually have that many hits.
- Sea of Thieves: I fully expect this to be a 7/10 sort of game. Underwhelming.
- Hololens, Minecraft. Virtual reality, etc. Not my thing.
- Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Gears of War 4: both look impressive.

SONY
- The Last Guardian: looks a little like Ico with a giant dog. Will surely be great, right?
- Horizon Zero Dawn: seems similar in style to Recore, only the visuals were more impressive and they showed gameplay.
- Hitman, with minor PS4 exclusivity (beta and six contracts)
- Street Fighter V
- No Man's Sky: ambitious, but no release date.
- Dreams: looks cool but could be all style and no substance. Hard to tell.
- Firewatch: looks a bit like Tacoma, only in the jungle.
- Destiny: The Taken King
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate
- World of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VII Remake.
- Shenmue 3: I am of course excited about this more than anything else announced so far, but 2017 is still some years away. It could be shown at two more E3s before we play it! But still, SHENMUE 3!
- Project Morpheus
- Call of Duty Black Ops 3: quite a few non-exclusives in this show.
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Uncharted 4: the big exclusive, but hardly a shock. Looks good.

NINTENDO:
- Star Fox Zero: I'm sure this will be fun.
- Mario Maker: I would definitely have bought this if I hadn't sold my Wii U.
- Amiibo stuff: not my thing.
- Triforce Heroes: looks like the same as other Zelda handheld games.
- Hyrule Warriors on 3DS: probably quite exciting if you own a 3DS.
- Metroid Federation Heroes: more 3DS stuff.
- Fire Emblem
- Xenoblade Chronicles X
- Animal Crossing stuff.
- Yoshi's Wooly World with more Amiibos.
- More 3DS stuff.
- Mario Tennis Ultra Smash for Wii U: again, I'm sure this will be fun.

THE WINNER:
IMO... 3rd place goes to Nintendo. Some nice games that I'm sure will be a lot of fun. Mario Maker is bound to make me wish I had a Wii U, but then I'll remember the lack of third party support and come to my senses. Next year will be the big one for Nintendo when they announce NX or whatever it's called. No Wii U Zelda, so I'm assuming it'll become a NX launch title. Do we know this already? That might be old news.
2nd place goes to......... Sony. A lot of exciting games were shown, but they were either not exclusive or not due for release until late 2016. Shenmue 3 is obviously a game that will convince a lot of people to buy a PS4, but it's nowhere near release. I think owning a PS4 over an Xbox One will pay off in the long run but...
1st place goes to Microsoft for variety, better exclusives and games that seem close to actually being released. Gears of War, Tomb Raider and Halo 5 are definitely going to make me envious of Xbox One owners, plus they seem closer to release than a lot of the games Sony showed off. The indie games were exciting and creative. The new controller makes the PS4 dual shock look vastly inferior. The exclusivity deals for Fallout 4 could be significant. Rare are active and trying to do more than Kinect Sports or whatever they've been up to.

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joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - June 16, 2015 (06:32 PM)
This E3 has sucked so far. The only newly announced game I'm excited about is the next Mario & Luigi for 3DS, and that's due for next year. I will skip Fallout 4 and continue to wait for the next Elder Scrolls. As a Metroid fan, I would prefer that Nintendo had announced nothing at all rather than, ugh, "Metroid Prime: Federation Force". I hope this means they're saving the juicy stuff for Metroid's 30th anniversary next year, or things are going to get ugly in the Metroid fandom.

Anyway, I think Xbox One is starting to beat PS4 for me. As someone who had a 360 instead of a PS3, backwards compatibility is a big deal. Shame none of the new games are interesting, though.
EmP EmP - June 16, 2015 (06:49 PM)
New NIER just got announced. I couldn't have cared less about E3 until then. XCom2 was announced beforehand and so it was going to have to go some to make me care. My level of video game glee had already been tapped. NIER and Shenmue, though, coming quite close.
joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - June 16, 2015 (06:57 PM)
Every Metroid fan right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQXuazYI_YU
honestgamer honestgamer - June 16, 2015 (07:01 PM)
Miyamoto confirmed that Zelda is still coming to Wii U, according to an article IGN just posted. It could of course come to NX in updated form, and very likely will at some point, maybe about like we saw with Twilight Princess on GCN/Wii.

Nintendo's show this week was pretty underwhelming, but that's not a huge surprise. I would imagine a lot of their resources for new, unannounced games are going toward ensuring that NX has a stronger launch than Wii U did, and that simply takes time and draws from a finite pool of resources. I'm not even sure we'll be playing NX until 2017, but that still makes now the time for Nintendo to be devoting more development resources.

I thought Microsoft and Sony both had unusually strong showings this year, which did a great job of making Nintendo's weaker than average performance look even worse. But I feel that in general, this has been one of the strongest E3 shows ever and we'll be playing a bunch of great games in the coming years, across the three systems. Square Enix's show just recently ended, and I think it was especially strong. As far as third parties go, Square Enix is my pick for this year's winner. I'm interested in some of Ubisoft's stuff too, as usual, but a lot of the big games people are likely to be excited to play are coming in 2016. In Nintendo's defense, at least the bulk of what they showed is coming ahead of January.

By the way, your post was a great wrap-up of what was shown at the "big three" conferences. Thanks for posting it so I didn't have to!
JANUS2 JANUS2 - June 16, 2015 (07:03 PM)
Speaking of Elder Scrolls, I've been watching people play Elder Scrolls Online on PS Live and it looks horrendous.
bbbmoney bbbmoney - June 16, 2015 (07:23 PM)
Best E3 I've ever witnessed, and that's with Nintendo being completely unmentionable.
joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - June 16, 2015 (07:23 PM)
We don't really know what NX even is at this point. Is it Nintendo's next portable? Next console? Both? Who knows if Zelda U can be ported to it.

Can't say that Square is impressing me. An FF7 remake seems desperate, and who knows how this Project Setsuna will turn out. I'm more excited about "Legend of Legacy" coming out this fall.
honestgamer honestgamer - June 16, 2015 (09:15 PM)
To me, an FFVII remake seems not "desperate," but reluctant, considering fans have been begging them relentlessly to make it for more than a decade now. I'd say "desperate" is the last adverb that applies...
bbbmoney bbbmoney - June 16, 2015 (09:56 PM)
It'd be desperate if it was their only upcoming AAA project. Obviously that isn't the case.
JANUS2 JANUS2 - June 16, 2015 (10:31 PM)
PS4 seemed to benefit most from Square Enix's show with the Nier and Star Ocean announcements.

Overall I think both Sony and Microsoft fans can be pretty satisfied with what's to come. I think PS4 will eventually have more games I wanna play, but it's close.

I'll never buy a Nintendo console again. So I hope NX fails miserably and quickly and they go multi-platform because they have developed some of the best games of the past five years. Mario Kart and 3D Mario World would be best sellers on PS4 or Xbox One for sure. Mario Maker looks like Little Big Planet, only good.
joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - June 16, 2015 (11:03 PM)
I think desperate is about right. The budgets for these games are rising, and with it the risk. I'm sure the remake will make a lot of money, but I doubt that Yoshinori Kitase et al are really interested in it.
Genj Genj - June 17, 2015 (12:15 AM)
I'm most excited for The Last Guardian, FF7 remake, Dishonored 2 (loved the original), Dark Souls 3 and Uncharted 4. Horizon looks incredibly dorky but awesome (post apocalyptic robot dinosaurs). Recore was pretty much nothing but a concept video, but the concept as well as Keiji Inafune and ex-Metroid Prime developers has my attention. Star Fox Zero looked great and Platinum Games' involvement sweetens the deal. Xenoblade X & Rise of the Tomb Raider I've been highly anticipating since their announcements. The Metroid announcements really let me down. I wanted a real Metroid not some BS side game. Couldn't have cared less about Gears 4. I'm sure I'll relent and buy it but I've always preferred Uncharted over Gears. Fallout 4 will probably be pretty swell.

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