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.
Last year, Sony bounced back in a big way with both core and casual consumers thanks to its explosive E3 press conference reveals. And while we doubt anything at this year’s event will top those particular highlights, it certainly seems like they’ll have enough to light up the eyes of even the most jaded convention-goer. Here are some of the heavy-hitters we expect Sony to roll out at this year’s E3.
It’s a bold statement for any company to make that they will fundamentally change how you play video games. Yet that is just what gamer Clif Chambliss AKA @8bitBass is claiming with his company’s new product: The GlomTom. Some may know Clif as his podcasting and blogging handle 8bitBass from over the years. He developed the GlomTom as a passion and dream to bring a revolutionary new product to his gamer peers from around the world.
I didn’t really get Skies of Saturn. You’re controlling a sail, and you can steer it through the world, catching the wind and squeezing yourself tight to fit through narrow gaps. But I didn’t get what the point was. Normally this isn’t an issue: I quite like games without an objective, in fact. But Skies of Saturn kept hinting that there was something more: cubes to collect, but nothing obvious about what to do with them. It was mysterious, but in a bad way: when I asked the developer if there was an objective and got the reply “You tell me”, that summed up my experience with the game quite well. It’s more than a little pretentious.