Last week, many gamers had the honor of watching the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014 live from their computer screens. As one of those people, I have to say I was jumping up and down from all of the excitement. Since some time has passed, I decided to look back over the conference in a more calm state.
To begin, E3 actually wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. Most of the games shown were mediocre. A few popular A-list titles premiered, including Dead Island 2, Uncharted 4, The Legend of Zelda, Assassin’s Creed and Mortal Kombat X.
Although fans of the above games might assume that this would carry the entire event, the games were only a small portion of what was presented.
Here is an analogy to help understand where I am coming from: Let’s say you go to a famous restaurant that has been promoting that they will unveil some great new dishes. You are seated and served small samples of a few dishes and… nothing more. It’s one thing to not be able to be fully satisfied but the anticipation made it seem like there was more.
Don’t get me wrong, E3 wasn’t a failure this year. Many small games and features were announced for the three gaming giants: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Sony told us more about PlayStation Now, which I wrote about earlier this year. Metal Gear Solid V showcased a lengthy cinematic trailer and a promising third-party developed game called No Man’s Sky was shown to the world for the first time.
The great Nintendo wanted to let everyone know that they will continue to create new and diverse products. A teaser trailer for one of their top franchises, The Legend of Zelda, was the show stopper for the event. Also, later this year owners of the Wii U will have more versatility like being able to take customized characters and game saves with them to use on another Wii U by simply downloading the data to a certain device. This and many of the other features will come at a price.
Finally, the wizards at Microsoft decided to take advantage of multiple platform games and unveil them during their showcase. The biggest game shown was Assasin’s Creed: Unity which will have co-op campaign gameplay. If that doesn’t win people over, the release of the Halo High Definition Collection should. The great Halo series will be updated with better graphics and gameplay for owners of the Xbox to enjoy.
So altogether, E3 was well worth watching and it brought forth some great games to look forward to. Unfortunately, most of what was shown won’t be released for quite some time. Well, it looks like it’s time to grind out some PlayStation trophies and Xbox achievements!
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