Here are all my notes from E3 2013 and my comments. I had originally planned to write an editorial on the matter but I’ve been fed so much BS today, I don’t give a shit anymore.
All notes started 8:50 AM PST
E3 2013 Notes
“Have more conversations with my TV.”
- random person on interview
— CoD and Battlefield tops on list very early on.
— Microsoft plans to reveal “games” for XBO. (I’m going to laugh as they fail to deliver a legitimate game console)
— Charlier Murder, TMNT from Activision, Flashback (remake). All will be on XBLA I believe.
— Kinect Sports Rival for Xbox one now has a shit ton of spurts.
Microsoft Press Conference notes
— Kojima appears at the XB1 conference.
— Kojima mentions graphics power and other things.
— World of Tanks to hit 360
— 360 getting new update to become similar to XB1.
— Max, the curse of brotherhood, was shown off. (CG1 cartoon animation)
— Dark souls 2 also shown.
— A trailer for Ryse: Son of Rome was shown for XBox 1.
— Sunset overdrive trailer shown, CG1 cartoony shooter thingy
— Forza 5 shown
— Minecraft and Quantum Break shown.
— D4 also shown by Sweary64
— Microsoft demonstrated Project Spark which is a simplistic game designer’s tool.
— Gaming DVR - allow you to record games and upload to cloud.
-> Connect to built-in twitch.
-> XBL Gold members can share multiplayer games even when not logged on
— Dead Rising 3 gets XB1 exclusive.
— Witcher 3 also XB1
— Microsoft had some technical issues with the showing of BF4’s video and a guy in the audience was scream XBOX SUCKS! (probably the best highlight of the entire conference.)
— They threw a rogue-like our way by means of Below a roguelike dungeon crawler.
— Halo discussed, release 2014
— Launch Price set as $499.99
— Final title shown was Titanfall, a futuristic FPS.
Comments: Microsoft showed mostly FPS games, thus proving Microsoft’s appeal to the majority of gamers very limiting. Their inability to show off new and exciting games cost them. Despite having Fantasia in their rights, it wasn’t enough to impress the crowds. It’s pretty obvious that Microsoft has the worst presentation of the entire day. With nothing appealing past FPS and one rogue-like, Microsoft gets the “F” for the day.
Need for speed Rivals (can begin with single player and end with multi)
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (actually pretty fun).
Titanfall (generic FPS)
Comments: While I did miss a portion of the EA conference, from what I saw, it wasn’t much. I do like that EA showcased a Plants Vs. Zombies game to fill us till PvZ 2, their only other good example of game design came from Need for Speed Rivals. Now, I was never a huge fan of Need for Speed, but Rivals made me actually want to look into the game more. From what I missed, I heard EA showcased their sports games, which most people don’t care for and a Star Wars game which barely scratched the surface.
The Crew (looks like a spiritual successor to Burnout Paradise)
Watch Dogs (cameras an paranoia)
-> Open world chicago
Just Dance 2014 (oh goddamnit not this shit again)
Assassin’s Creed 4 (no comment)
The Division (cop shooter about what happens if a deadly virus were to hit NY) [for PS4]
Comments: Ubisoft’s showcase did far better Microsoft and EA combined. Which only further solidified the fact that MS’s involvement in showcasing was very limited. Their idea of presentation showed little to no game play and what Microsoft lacked, Ubimade up for 2 fold.
Showed of many titles including Infamous second son, a new Final Fantasy, Diablo 3, and a new title called Watch Dogs. The showcase for these games was nice as the teaser trailers got people hyped for it. However, the PS4 will not launch till next year and the PS3 will continue till 2014. Destiny was shown with multiplayer FPS and Sony’s plans for cloud service will come in 2014 starting in the US. Finally the launch price is $399.99 MSRP
Comments: While Sony did take a little extra time prepping their presentation, they did not disappoint. Sony won the day, despite showing a few boring parts here and there, the majority of games that were shown, were quite appealing to the majority of people who came out to see it. And while Kaz didn’t make an appearence, the rest of the staff did well enough a job to get us excited for their titles.
There will be Nintendo’s coverage of Nintendo Direct tomorrow and that will be all I’ll be reporting on.