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Every year millions of gamers and reporters (okay, and a few celebs) converge on the L.A. Convention Center, impatiently awaiting the next tidal wave of video game announcements and demos. Yep, another E3 has gone by, and we’re all exhausted. Every year, as the doors of the LA Convention Center pry open, we hope to witness something innovative, fresh and, well, something we actually want.
LittleBigPlanet 3... Yaay!
Snake and gay music. That's what we saw.
Last year, Sony had the PlayStation 4 and and Microsoft had the Xbox One as the top attractions. So, what made E3 2014 stand out? Honestly, I need to think about that for a bit. I’ll be right back.
Officially, the E3 2014 brought 48,000 attendees, marking a 1.5% rise in attendance, while a total of 200 exhibitors were at the show, as opposed to last year’s 230. I have absolutely no idea if that’s significant or not, but there it is.
Sequels, Pre-sequels & Reboots
Microsoft was the first big-ass publisher to great us. Stepping out into their emerald-lit stage, they kicked off the show and it was very green indeed. The greenest show yet. At one point, I thought Phil Spencer would jump onto the stage dressed as a fucking leprechaun. Customary marketing bullcrap aside, Microsoft’s press conference had some things that are worth recollecting. They finally put Xbox One on sale without the Kinect. Oh and I almost forgot, if you’re a Halo fan, MS is prepared to shove you a fistful of Halo down your mouth with the upcoming Halo Master Chief Collection that’s going to include: Halo: Combat Evolve, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians.
Ahaaa! You can't hide from me and my team of assassins.
Mmm, the lovely greenery of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Sony announced PlayStation TV, which is going to be available for 100 bucks. Booo!!! I mean… Yay? They revealed a Glacier White PS4 (now that’s more like it!). They did delight us with the announcement of Uncharted 4: Thief’s End, albeit they only released a short teaser and nothing more. We didn’t really get too excited after seeing the footage of Metal Gear Solid 5. With no proper gameplay shown, we were all confused at the sight of a flimsy trailer full of random snippets and cut-scenes, with a questionable choice of music swelling in the backdrop. Thankfully, Sony went on stage and introduced LittleBigPlanet 3. They also went on stage along with Double Fine Productions announced the development of a remastered version of the classic LucasArts adventure game, Grim Fandango.
EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Activision and other top publishers were giving us a solid dosage of sequels, prequels and reboots. So, what’s on the menu? Well, traditional continuations of franchises like Super Smash Bros. (generally Super Mario), The Legend of Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, Batman, Call of Duty, Tomb Raider and so on. Ubisoft also gave us a bit more to look forward to: the brilliant-looking multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division (really can’t help being excited about that one) and the rather unexpected, but tremendously delightful, Rainbow Six: Siege.
The E3 2014 finally gave us chance to taste Bethesda’s new survival horror game, The Evil Within. How exciting was that? Suffice it to say, we didn’t run into what we were expecting. The for a survival horror game it sure as hell had a lot of the ‘survival’ toned down.
'Inside' tickles my fancy.
Below is another promising indie title.
The ever-expanding realm of indie games brings us a whole variety of titles that are lined-up for release in 2014 and 2015. Spearheaded with open-world MMO sci-fi space shooter No Man’s Sky and Inside (courtesy of Limbo devs Playdad), the indie scene has never looked more promising. In future we’ll be playing games like Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Below, Entwined, the delightful Abzu (from the makers of Journey) and more.
On the surface, the E3 seems like just another putrid cesspool of sequels and reboots. Fair enough, I’ll make a slight compromise here. We’re certainly not about to abandon all hope here, which is why we’re gonna say that it’s a very nice putrid cesspool of sequels and reboots. Most of the games we’ve played or seen footage of, do look damn impressive and we are really excited about them. Not all of them, but some of them. Okay, we are, in fact, excited about many of them.
There, I avoided criticizing the show as much as I could, and I tried to maintain a more positive outlook. Hope you enjoyed our take on the industry’s biggest event.
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