Bungie’s Destiny is an ambitious game. Retaining the atmospheric sci-fi feel of their Halo series, the team is trying to redefine gaming for the new generation. Mixing together open world, MMO-style gameplay, deep story-based dungeons, seamless four player co-op and competitive multiplayer, it would be awfully easy for Destiny to collapse under its own weight. It’s impressive, then, that it doesn’t. In fact, based on our weekend with the alpha, Destiny could be one of the best games this year.
It’s time for a little deconstruction of what went down at E3 this year. We’re pushing aside all the hype, bombast and showy PR tactics, and focussing on what really counts: the games. After last year’s conference, Sony came away as the clear winners, but this year the lines are a little more blurred. In fact, when we break it all down, it appears Microsoft wins. Let’s take a look.
E3 2014 has been and gone, and we’re all now reeling in the aftermath of a busy, busy conference. As always, trailers have been popping up here, there and everywhere, and it’s our duty here to sort through them to find the cream of the crop. So here they are, ranging from indie titles to the most expensive AAA games on the planet: the six best trailers of E3 2014.
After Microsoft’s competent but predictable showing, denizens of the gaming sphere were waiting with baited breath to see how Sony would respond. Did their slate of explosive blockbusters manage to counter Microsoft’s stable of sequels? Not quite. Here’s what went down at Sony’s E3 press conference.
Nintendo were fully aware that this E3 was their opportunity to redeem themselves, save the Wii U and restore themselves to their former glory. And boy did they deliver. Here’s what went down at Nintendo’s 2014 E3 conference.
EA played it very safe at E3 today, relying on sequels and brief teasers rather than showing off gameplay. Here’s what went down at their E3 conference.
Going into this year’s E3, Microsoft had carefully procured the coal which they were hoping would be turned into diamond in Los Angeles. After a press conference that was left spinning its wheels a little too often, it feels like what we’ve they’ve come away with is simply a slightly shinier lump of coal. While the Xbox arsenal continues to look strong for the coming year, you would not be alone in thinking the industry giant lacked that real heavyweight blow that would keep the conference at the forefront of gaming minds when all is said and done for this week’s expo. Here’s what went down.
Ubisoft is entering E3 with supreme confidence: and rightly so. New IP Watch Dogs has been a huge success, and with new versions of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry planned for this fall they’re sure to have a very merry Christmas. But this year’s E3 is an opportunity for them to show that they can break the mold: that they can do more than remake the same open world game with slightly different window dressing. Will we see true innovation from them this year, or will we see the first glimpse of their franchises going stale? Here’s what we’re expecting.
The EA conferences at previous E3s have been remembered for Battlefield, sports, and… well, not too much else. Despite this, last year’s conference was one of 2013’s most memorable, giving us looks at new additions to the Mirror’s Edge, Need for Speed and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises, as well as the heavyweight reveal of Peggle 2. Twelve months on, and it’s time to see if lightning will strike twice for the two-time Worst Company in America. Here’s what we’re expecting from EA at E3 2014.
Nintendo are, by all accounts, in a dire situation. The Wii U is doing dismally, and the 3DS’ sales aren’t good enough to sustain the company. Although they’ll be somewhat encouraged by strong Mario Kart 8 sales, Nintendo’s executives will be going into E3 with an air of trepidation: this could well be their last chance to save the company. As with last year, they’ll be eschewing the traditional keynote speech, instead opting for a more low-key (and cheaper) Nintendo Direct briefing, but that won’t stop the torrent of announcements. Here’s what you can expect from the struggling gaming giant at E3 2014.