Friday, 14 June 2013

E3 2013 Wrap Up - Suicide and Redemption

Though nothing at this year's E3 surprised me, the event was full of ups and downs and a lot of solid games. So now E3 is drawing to a close its time to look at what's happened over the last week.

Sony

Sony without a doubt had the best showing at E3. With a reasonable price and a sleek design, as well as a butt-ton of exclusive games (both AAA and indie) the pS4 is a very enticing prospect. Add in the fact that it supports used games, doesn't feature online restrictions and doesn't come with 'innovations' no one asked for - Kinect 2, TV features etc. - and it looks as though Sony are onto a winner. 

Nintendo

Nintendo had a lot to prove at E3 and by playing it safe and sticking to their strengths I think they're in for a good Christmas. With big first party games like Super Mario 3D World and 3rd party games like Assassin's Creed IV the Wii U lineup looks very strong. Ubisoft's announcement that they would scale back support is a big blow but with Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, X and presumably Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei coming next year I'd say the Wii U can succeed. I still think they need a price cut to truly succeed but still, they're off to a good start with the Wii U recovery. Also, like Sony, they are aggressively pursuing the indie scene which is fantastic. 

Microsoft

Sadly Microsoft dropped the ball at E3. I'm a big Microsoft fan but I won't be buying the Xbox One. Games like Ryse and Project Spark look fantastic but nothing Microsoft can do can justify the price of the console or all of the restrictions and hassle that it comes with. I really wonder what was going through Microsoft's collective head when Sony and Nintendo had their turns. I just can't think of a good reason to buy an Xbox One. It's that simple.  

3rd Parties

None of the 3rd parties surprised me but with Battlefield 4, Battlefront and Mirrors Edge 2 EA managed to stun me. Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV from Ubisoft look like GOTY contenders. Square Enix is proving the iPad can do hardcore with Deus Ex: The Fall. Sega look set to continue their recent trend of good Sonic games with Lost World and it seems Batman is in good hands at WB Montreal. All in all there is a lot to look forward to from the 3rd party developers. 

To sum up, this year's E3 has been the best one for a good few years now. The games look great, there was some good drama and there is a lot to look forward to. 


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